Healing Is For Today!!
The power of God to heal has been a hotly debated subject for many years by well-meaning Christians on both sides of the issue. It's only been in the last 50 years or so that healing has come to be accepted by a majority of believers and denominations as a fundamental truth in the Bible, and as a benefit of God's mercy and grace each person receives when they make Jesus Lord of their life. However, healing has to be accepted BY FAITH as we shall see in our discussion.
The Old Testament book of Isaiah tells us, when Isaiah was prophesying about the death of Jesus, "Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows." (Isaiah 53:4). One side of the argument states that this scripture does not refer to our physical bodies. However, the Hebrew word for 'griefs' means: malady, sickness, and disease. The Hebrew word for 'sorrows' means: anguish, pain, and grief. So we see that Jesus bore our PHYSICAL diseases, sicknesses, and pains, so we wouldn't have to. Isaiah goes on to say, "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon Him: AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED." (Isaiah 53:5). Glory to God! Jesus bore it all, spiritual, emotional, and PHYSICAL!
Now in order for us to experience physical healing we must believe and accept it by faith the same way we receive our spiritual healing, the forgiveness of our sins. But first, we have to have assurance that healing is God's will. 3 John 1:2 states, "Beloved, I wish (or pray) above all things that thou mayest prosper and BE IN HEALTH, even as thy soul prospers." The Apostle John was speaking under Divine inspiration when he wrote those words. Throughout the Gospels, and Acts, we see Jesus and His disciples constantly healing all those who came to them in faith. Matthew 4:23 tells us, "And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and HEALING ALL SICKNESS AND ALL DISEASE AMONG THE PEOPLE." When a Roman centurion came to Jesus asking Him to heal his servant Jesus answered, "I will come and heal him." (Matthew 8:7).
"Yes, but that was Jesus. He was the Son of God. Of course He could heal people." Well, it was Jesus Himself who was speaking when He made the astounding statement in Matthew 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go to My Father." What was one of the 'works' of Jesus mentioned over and over in the Bible? HEALING! The disciples, and the Church as a whole, were to be in the healing business. Jesus said so.
So we can clearly see that it is God's will that we be healed. However, whenever Jesus came across a group of people who did not believe that He was anointed to heal, then healing was not manifested in their presence. This happened even in His home town, "And He could there do no mighty works, save that he laid His hands upon a few sick folk and healed them: And He marvelled because of their unbelief." (Mark 6:5-6). There were a few who believed and they received their healing, but the others received nothing because they became offended and did not believe.
Well, some people say, healing was for the "early Church" and has passed away. First of all, there was no "early Church". It was the same Church as today, only in its early years of formation. The Church has always been, and always will be, the body of believers that have put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, God never changes. " For I AM the Lord, I change not." (Malachi 3:6). He is the same yesterday, today, and for ever! (Hebrews 13:8). Because God never changes, we can have full assurance that healing is His will for us today as it has always been from the foundation of the world.
I must address one other "heresy", and it is a shameful thing that even some in the Body of Christ believe. Many say that God uses sickness and disease to teach His children a lesson. That is ignorance gone to seed and it is a stench in the nostrils of our Heavenly Father to talk like that! You are treading on thin ice when you say that God is using something that came from the devil. 1 John 3:8 states, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." Not once in the Bible do you ever see Jesus putting sickness or disease on someone. NO! He was always HEALING them. "...and (Jesus) healed ALL that were sick" (Matthew 8:16). Doesn't sound like Jesus was passing out sickness and disease to me. Would you as a parent, if you had the power to do so, put a terrible disease on one of your children to "teach them something?" No. You would do everything in your power to keep them from suffering. Why would we ever think that God, Who loves us so much, would be any different? Get that "stinking thinking" out of your mind!
Jesus made it possible through His death on the Cross for all to be healed who will believe. He redeemed us from the curse which includes sickness, disease, and death. It is God's will for us to walk in Divine health and enjoy the abundant life. Next time you are attacked with sickness, or some terrible disease, look up all the healing Scriptures you can find and meditate on them. Let the truth of God's Word flood your mind and spirit. Begin to praise God for your healing before you see the manifestation of it. Believe the Word! Claim your healing! Walk in victory! To God be all the glory! Amen.