Healing

This is one of the most important topics as it is rarely taught and it affects all of us. In short, when Jesus died on the cross, the Bible clearly says that He not only took our sins upon Himself, but He also took our physical and emotional sickness.

Isaiah 53:4-5 - Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

We read elsewhere:

Psalm 103:2-5 - Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

This has huge implications which are supported by looking at how Jesus (and later His disciples) ministered. We will see that Jesus actually wants to heal all of us, not just spiritually, but physically and emotionally. He also gives every believer the power and authority to heal (so we don't even need to ask for it). We should require only one clear verse to support this and yet we find support throughout the Bible. How can something so clear be so misunderstood? Because it isn't often taught, and this is for several reasons. For example, many people don't believe in miracles or that they occur today. Some people believe healing ended with Jesus or the Apostles but that is not true. I have been healed and have seen many others healed. Pastors do not need to carry the weight of this ministry as any believer can immediately heal by simply commanding sickness to leave and this doesn't neccesarily have to be done by laying hands on the sick (Mark 16:18). The "gift" of healing doesn't trump the will of God, but rather illustrates it to build up our faith for the ministry of healing, the signs of believers (Mark 16:18), which all of us can do. Whatever the reason this hasn't been taught, we need to get this message out to our sick and dying world! God doesn't want anyone sick.

When Jesus began His public ministry, we are told in Luke 4:16-21 that He was in the Temple and read from Isaiah 61,"'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.'"

He stops short of the lines about the day of vengeance, either because he was told what verses to read or simply because Jesus knew his mission was not judgment. But part of His mission was clearly healing!

GOD HEALED PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT

You may not realize this but healing is not just in the New Testament. There are fourteen occurrences of individual healings and three corporate healings recorded in the Old Testament. The individual healings are:
Genesis 18:10,14, 21:1-3; Genesis 20:1-18; Numbers 12:1-15; Judges 13:5-25; 1 Samuel 1:9-20; 1 Kings 13:4-6; 1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:8-17; 2 Kings 4:18-37; 2 Kings 5:1-14; 2 Kings 13:21; 2 Kings 20:1-7, 2 Chron 32:24-26, Isa 38:1-8; Job 42:10-17; and Daniel 4:34, 36.

In addition, there are three corporate healings:
Numbers 16:46-50; Numbers 21:4-9; and 2 Samuel 24:10-25.

There are also a lot of healing promises from God in the Old Testament:
Exodus 15:26; Exodus 23:25-26; Deuteronomy 7:15; Hosea 6:1-2; Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 35:5-6; Isaiah 53:5; Isaiah 61:1-3; Ezekiel 47:12; Malachi 4:2; and Psalm 41, 103, 116 and 147 make reference to God's promise to heal.

There is a clear connection in the Old Testament between sin and sickness, and one way God sometimes punished people was with sickness. However, most of the cases were not a direct result of sin but rather because creation is sick, and therefore indirectly a result of humanity's sin. In one example of sickness, Elisha, the powerful prophet of God who was faithful until he died, became sick with an illness he died from (2 Kings 13:14-20), even though he had a "double portion" (2 Kings 2:9). We do not know if Elisha prayed to be healed but everyone is going to die and it was apparently Elisha's time to die. Sometimes Jesus will tell His people the specific day and time they will die, and sometimes He doesn't heal and even won't heal some people who are ready to die. Bobby Conner tells the story of an old man in a meeting that was prayed for by Bobby and he fell down. When he came out of the trance, he got up and told Bobby he spoke with Jesus who told him He wouldn't heal him but told him the date and time he would die in a few months. Bobby visited him and the old man was in a bed at his home. They were talking and when the exact time came, the man coughed twice and died. WHy this happens sometimes is a mystery but it was apparently his time to go home. We need to hear from God and be led by the Holy Spirit.

There is an interesting story about Elisha in 2 Kings 4:8-37. Long story short, Elisha develops a friendship with an older couple and asks what he can do for them. The woman wants a son and Elisha prophesizes that she will have one the next year. She has a boy but one day he complains about his head and dies. She goes to Elisha at Mt. Carmel, cries at Elisha's feet, but Elisha says, "..."Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me" (2 Kings 4:27b). Elisha is making the point that God hasn't given him what is commonly termed a "word of knowledge." She says, "Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, 'Do not deceive me'?" and Elisha tells his servant to run ahead of them and lay Elisha's staff on the boy's face. Throughout the Old Testament, the prophet's staff represented his authority. The servant (Gehazi) runs back to them and says it didn't work. Elisha gets to the house with the woman, he sees the boy and prays, then he lays himself out on the boy. The boy get's body gets warm but he isn't healed yet. Elisha returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him, and the boy returns. Why the boy was not healed by Gehazi the servant is uncertain but perhaps the faith of Gehazi was lacking and Elisha, the prophet with a "double portion" (2 Kings 2:9) had to do it himself. We do know that Gehazi's greed disqualified him and he, as well as his descendants, were cursed with leprosy (2 Kings 5:20-27). The reason the boy was not healed the first time Elisha laid on the boy is uncertain as well but often healing is progressive (despite the claim by some that God always heals instantly). Progressive healing is even found in the New Testament with Jesus! We will get to that.

Finally, in the Old Testament we see that God is a healer by name (Exodus 15:26 - "The healing God") and a healer by nature. The Old Testament also prophetically points to Christ and His healing atonement (e.g. Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 35:5-6; Isaiah 53:4-5; Isaiah 61:1-3). In the very last chapter of the Old Testament we find this beautiful promise:
"But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves" (Malachi 4:2).

THE CONNECTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

In the New Testament, we clearly see how the Old Testament pointed toward Christ's healing atonement:
Matthew 8:16-17 - When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

"He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses."[Isaiah 53:4]

It is important to note that although the English reads different in each passage, the Greek in Matthew is an exact translation of the Hebrew verse in Isaiah:

"The word translated griefs, in Isaiah, and infirmities, in Matthew, means properly, in the Hebrew and Greek, diseases of the body. In neither does it refer to the disease of the mind, or to sin. To bear those griefs, is clearly to bear them away, or to remove them. This was done by his miraculous power in healing the sick. The word rendered "sorrows," in Isaiah, and" sicknesses," in Matthew, means pains, griefs, or anguish of mind. To carry, then; is to sympathize with the sufferers; to make provision for alleviating those sorrows; and to take them away."[1]

We also find Isaiah 53:5 quoted in 1 Peter 2:24, "who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed." The connection between the atonement and healing is unquestionable. Jesus died, not only for our sins, but also for our complete healing.

JESUS HEALED EVERYONE THAT CAME TO HIM

Jesus healed everyone that came to Him:

Matthew 4:23-24 — "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them."

Matthew 8:16 — "When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick."

Matthew 9:35 — "Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness."

Matthew 12:15 — "Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick."

Matthew 14:35-36 — "And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed."

Mark 6:56 — "And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed."

Luke 4:40 — "When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them."

Luke 6:18b-19 — "…Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all."

Acts 5:16 - "Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed."

Acts 10:38 — "…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and…he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

Likewise, God abides with us. 1 John 4:15 promises, "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God." 1 John 2:27 promises, "...the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you."

It is clear from these ten Scriptures that there was no sickness or infirmity that He could not heal (e.g. Matthew 4:23).

Then Jesus commissioned his disciples to heal. In fact, Jesus said in Mark 16:15-18 we read:

"And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

In the centuries that followed, healing became less common and some church leaders even suggested that healing ended with the apostles. This view became known as cessationism. This is a somewhat popular teaching today but it is a lie. The fact that cessationism is a lie is obvious when you operate in the gifts of the Spirit (or see them in operation, which they say ceased).

PAUL'S THORN IN THE FLESH (2 Corinthians 12:7)

Some people argue that Paul's "thorn in the flesh" was a form of sickness that he asked God to remove and God refused. From this they argue that God wants some people to be sick. Yet in this passage, the context is persecution, and sickness is not mentioned.

"When you examine the Greek text, there is no indication that the messenger Paul referred to was a form of sickness. The Greek word for "messenger" in this passage is aggelos, which is usually translated "angel." The obvious meaning would be that Satan sent a fallen angel (or perhaps a demon) to harass Paul, which God permitted to keep him humble. There is no reason to believe this passage supports the idea that God would not heal him of sickness."[3]

THERE IS NO FORMULA

We discover a lot when we look at all the examples of healing. For example, the Old Testament prophecied that the Messiah would give sight to the blind (Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:7). One one occassion in John 9:1-41, Jesus and the disciples see a man who was born blind, and the disciples ask if he or his parents sinned, that he was born blind. In Deuteronomy 28:28 we read that blindness is part of the curses for disobedience. Jesus answers, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him." this isn't saying he was blinded so this miracle could happen. Another translation says, "'...But because of his blindness, you will see God work a miracle for him'" (John 9:3 CEV). Jesus goes on to spit on the ground to make mud, and anoints his eyes with the mud. He tells the man to wash in a nearby pool of water, and He goes home seeing. I think this passage tells us a lot. For example, the Jews believed that blind people were cursed, perhaps for worshipping idols or serving other gods, and they were probably often spit on. When Jesus spit, he used the very thing that cursed him since he was a little boy to heal him emotionally as well. I want to point out that the reason Jesus gives for this man's blindness is "that the works of God should be revealed in him." The focus is on God, and I believe sickness, a natural byproduct of the fall and curse, gives us an opportunity to reveal the works of God.

In Mark 8:22-26, Jesus heals another blind man but in this case Jesus spit directly on the man's eyes, laid hands on him, and then asks him if he sees anything. The man says, “I see men like trees, walking” (a partial healing). We read, “Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly” (Mark 8:25). Sometimes we need to keep praying and ministering until a person is healed completely.

Earlier in Mark 7:31-37, Jesus healed someone who “was deaf and had an impediment in his speech”. We read, “He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’ Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.” Jesus never healed the same way twice. In fact, Jesus told the disciples to anoint with oil, yet we never see Jesus use oil. Jesus also didn't always anoint or lay hands. In many cases, Jesus merely spoke, and healing followed (e.g., Matthew 15:28; Luke 17:12-14).

As I mentioned before, Jesus clearly healed everyone that came to him and commanded His disciples to heal "all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease" (Matthew 10:1). We saw that Jesus healed everyone who was sick. People sometimes mention Nazareth where Jesus couldn't do "mighty works" because of unbelief (Matthew 13:58). However, Mark 6:5 says "He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them." We do not know why Jesus only laid hands on a few people beyond the fact that "He marveled because of their unbelief" (Mark 6:6). Also in John 5:1-15 we see that there was a Pool in Bethesda with "a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed" but we only read of Jesus healing one person which caused a commotion because Jesus was healing on the Sabbath. We read that Jesus withdrew (John 5:13) and that "the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath" (John 5:16) so it is possible that Jesus was unable to heal others because of this. However we see that "a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased" (John 6:2) so perhaps Jesus healed many or all of those who were sick at the pool.

There is also a remarkable story in Luke 4 where Peter's Mother-in-Law is healed. We read, "Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon's house. But Simon's wife's mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them." Why would Jesus rebuke a fever? Clearly some sicknesses are demonic but not all, so discerment is required. Hebrews 5:14 says, "But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

One thing to note from the Bible and experience is that God likes to use the Church body to heal. Everyone who touched Jesus' body was healed, and where is His body now? It is us, the body of Christ! A person may pray for God to heal them but it often won't happen until they humble themselves and ask the body of Christ (e.g. "the elders" mentioned in James 5:14) to pray for them. Praying for them does not mean to beg God to do it either. God has given us the authority already and it is already His will to heal. He already knows what we are going to ask Him for. We simply have to lay hands on the sick (Mark 16:18). We mustn't believe that we will heal by our long prayers, fasting, special oil, or any other actions or striving that we do. It is not a matter of holiness or maturity. Kids can do this, anyone who believes can do this... frankly, even the "Seven Sons of Sceva" (Acts 19) could do this (to a degree). It is by faith in Christ and done by Christ, according to His will and Word. Anything beyond this child-like faith is not of God and manipulation to get God to heal can enter into witchcraft-like manipulation. We are not more loving or compassionate than God that we need to beg and convince Him to heal. He has given us His Word and authority and we simply need to exercise it by faith. If someone isn't healed, we can only blame our faith and look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

It should be clear from what we've read that there is no formula in the Old or New Testament for healing. I believe God clearly intended this, especially with all the methods Jesus used, so we would not lose focus and think there is a formula. The only pattern is that everyone who touched the body of Christ got healed and the Church is now the body of Christ. We are now His hands, which by the way, never failed to heal. So in the hands of the Church, the body of Christ, no sickness or demon has a chance! I believe the Church has the power and authority to heal or deliver anyone and anyone who is desperate will simply surrender their pride and will to the Church, and eventually there will be a member or members of the body of Christ that will release the healing power of Christ through their hands (Mark 16:18).

THE ROLE OF FAITH

Faith can be also understood as confidence. We need to be confident in Christ and the authority we have through His atonement and His Word. It is not simply belief, as we can believe something false to be 100% true and yet it will always be false. Faith flows out of intimacy and a relationship with God (Father, son and Holy Spirit). In the Bible, sometimes the faith of the sick healed them:

Mark 5:34 - "He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'"

Luke 8:48 - And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

People sometimes make the mistake of thinking healing results from the faith of the sick but often the sick don't possess faith and are not Christians. Sometimes it's only the faith of the one praying/asking:

In Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26; Mark 5:22-24, 35-43; Luke 8:49-56 (parallel texts) we read the story of Jairus's daughter who was dead but Jesus raised her from the dead.

Or in John 4:46-54 when Jesus was in Cana and a man came whose son was sick in Caperneum. We read, "The nobleman said to Him, "Sir, come down before my child dies!" Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, "Your son lives!" Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole household.

Jesus healed in many different ways and not everyone appeared to have faith for healing, yet were healed. It could be that there is a level of faith sometimes required between the one who is sick and the one who is praying for healing.

As we mentioned previously, Matthew 8:16-17 states, "When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. There are other verses where Jesus appears to heal everyone:

Matthew 9:35 - "Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness."

Luke 9:11 - "... but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing."

Another interesting verse is the following:
Luke 5:17 - "One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick."

I believe Jesus had perfect faith and therefore always has "the power of the Lord...to heal the sick," so this verse is not saying that He had this power then (as opposed to other times) but is just confirming that it was present (like the other times). I believe that we already have the authority to heal, yet the healing power comes from God. It may come and go from us for different reasons, but is usually tied to faith and obedience. Lets look at some hinderances to healing.

HINDERANCES TO HEALING

Unfortunately there are a number of hinderances to receiving physical healing. Most people do not get healed today when they are prayed for, yet some ministers who have a high degree of faith for healing are healing most people they pray for. Since they couldn't handle 100% success as they would become a spectacle and have lines to their house, we will usually be limited by one reason or another. Here are some other hinderances.

  • An obvious possible hinderance is disobedience, on the part of the sick or the one praying for healing. However, there have been many unsaved and sinful people healed, and those praying for healing are sometimes disobedient and sinful, yet God in His mercy still uses them. However, it is best to repent and get all sin forgiven.

  • Another key hinderance is lack of knowledge or ignorance. A lot of people don't take the time to find out exactly what they have or find the best treatment. God can use medicine or the advice of a doctor (who may not even be a Christian) to heal you.

  • Sometimes it is a lack of faith of the one praying for healing. Jesus healed 100% but we are not going to always heal 100% because we couldn't handle it and God isn't going to have one person heal everyone. He uses His Church, the body of Christ today.

  • Sometimes the enemy pushes back and the symptoms return. This often happens when those who are healed begin to doubt or go back in some way to their sickness. The healing is still valid and these individuals need to command the symptoms to leave and completely resolve that they are completely healed. They need to testify about their healing (like the ten lepers were commanded to), maintaining faith.

  • Sometimes people focus on their sickness rather than focus on Christ and His atonement. Some people ask to be healed so they can do something, rather than doing what they couldn't, in order to be healed. People were told to rise up and be healed, not be healed so they could rise up.

  • Sick people usually don't don't follow James 5:14-15 and call the elders to have men of faith pray and anoint you for healing.

  • Sick people don't usually follow the following helps to healing:

    HELPS TO HEALING
  • Remember the source of healing. There is a wonderful speech that Peter makes in Solomon's Portico when Peter and John heal a man who couldn't walk from birth, and all the people there are amazed. Peter tells them, "'Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?" Peter then reveals the source, "...And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all... But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled" (Acts 3:12b,16,18).

  • As we have read, the Word of God plays an important role in our healing, and Jesus is the Word. I would encourage you to meditate (which means to "speak" in the original Hebrew) on the Word of God and His promises for healing. We are told that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). F. F. Bosworth, the famous healing evangelist, said "Faith begins where the will of God is known". All ministry starts from this place. It is impossible to fully pray in faith until you are certain of what God's will is for a matter. For example, why were the apostles raising people from the dead but none of the apostles were raised from the dead? We must, "know the things that have been freely given to us by God" (1 Corinthians 2:12). Jesus instructed us to pray for the Father's Kingdom to come, for His Will to be made manifest on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10). We must be like Abraham, "He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform" (Romans 4:20-21). Let the Holy Spirit guide you to healing promises that build up your faith and memorize them, regularly speaking them and focusing on Christ, not your sickness. Do not make your sickness an idol.

  • We need to recognize our authority and command our body to be healed with confidence and faith. The Church largely needs to really change their mindset on this one. If you are in Christ, All of Romans 6 says you have died with Christ and Ephesians 2:4-6 says, "But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." This is a place of authority and from here we are not asking God to heal but commanding sickness to leave and commanding healing in Jesus' Name (which means according to His nature and Word). We are not to "use vain repetitions as the heathen do" (Matthew 6:7). Sometimes people beg God, as though they have more compassion than Christ, which is not faith at all. We can "call for the elders of the church," who are the spiritual authorities over us, as James 5:14 instructs us. The next verse states, "And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." I would want men of faith who have experience with healings and know the authority they have in Christ. Those more experienced praying for healing are healing more than 80% of those they pray for.[2] However, God wants to see the Body of Christ work together so healing is going to sometimes be more effective in groups. It was a group of youth that prayed for my back on a youth group retreat and my back soon filled with a tingling heat and was healed. However, we all have the same Holy Spirit that is present in the Church and the Holy Spirit will go with us wherever we go and command a sickness or demon to leave.

  • Make sure the elders lay hands on you and anoint you with oil as James instructs. Laying hands on a person in prayer is the powerful interaction between two spirits through which the Holy Spirit's power is released. Remember that Jesus said one of the signs we can expect to follow us is that we will place our hands on sick people and they will recover (Mark 16:18). Peter healed some people by simply walking past them (Acts 5:15). Paul healed some when cloth that had touched his body was taken to the sick (Acts 19:12). They key is that we be full of the Holy Spirit, discerning what He leads us to do, and have faith/confidence that Christ will heal them.

  • Recognize that the sickness may be demonic. Not all sickness is demonic but many are. It can be beneficial to have the person praying for you be open to this and discern if it's demonic or natural.

  • Be thankful to God for all the blessings you have and regularly praise and worship Him.

  • Receive communion, as it is symbolic of the atonement, where Christ's body was broken for our healing and His blood shed for our sin. Self-examination, which is an essential part of communion, should reveal any unforgiveness or "open doors" you may have left for the enemy. Sin can block the blessing of God.

  • Fasting is an important consideration but this must be done wisely.

  • Surround yourself with people of faith who will encourage and build you up. Serve in ministry however you can to help others.

  • Don't ask God to do something He has commanded you (and the body of Christ) to do. More specifically, don't ask people to pray for you by asking God to heal you, but rather have them command what God has already given them the power and authority to do. They simply need to lay hands or if not possible, command what is sick to be healed. God loves to see the body of Christ healing itself, much like our bodies do!

  • When you are healed, make sure to tell others you were healed, exercising faith. Jesus told some sick not to tell others so Jesus could continue His public ministry without being killed prematurely. That doesn't mean we shouldn't tell others. We need to exercise faith, and this pleases God. We also saw that faith plays an important role and Jesus sometimes said that faith is what healed people.

    THIS IS SOMETHING WE ALL HAVE

    Many more things could be said and done. I think it's important to realize that there is not a formula and this is something we already have through Christ. Matthew 10:8 says, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." So we have received this and we're told to give this. An example of this is in Acts 3:6-7, "Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength." Faith is partnership so we have something (faith) which we use to give healing but it is not us who heal, but rather Jesus Christ through us. The only thing God requires of us is that we believe. Frankly, we don't even need to say the right words, or say any words at all. Jesus said of those who believe (us), "...they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Healing can be instantaneous, sometimes it is progressive, and sometimes it doesn't happen until we humbly surrender to the Church. But I believe God desires that you be healed now and I believe this article tells you (yes, YOU!) exactly how. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through this article, do what I've said without giving up, and you will be healed! Please let me know so I can rejoice with you!

    FOOTNOTES:

    1. Barnes' New Testament Notes
    2. Praying Medic, Divine Healing Made Simple, pg. 19
    3. Ibid, pg. 29


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