Do you need a physical healing?
How you can receive God's supernatural healing
Good news! The Lord
Jesus Christ not only
healed people when on the Earth, He still heals
He has not changed. And His provision for
healing is contained in His
holy Word, the Bible. Healing was, and still is, a
part of His gospel.
Actually, the word gospel means
"good news," and this good
news of God's love is much more than forgiveness
and saving one's soul
for eternity, as wonderful as that is. Physical
healing is one of the benefits
of the atonement (at-one-ment) of the God-man,
Jesus Christ, bridging the
gap between a holy God and sinful man, which He
provided by His substitutionary
suffering and death in Jerusalem almost 2,000
years ago. His great sacrifice
provided reconciliation with and access to God for
all those who believe
in and put their trust in Him.
The benefits of Christ's atonement are actually
listed in two prophetic
Old Testament (Covenant) passages written hundreds
of years before He was
even born: Psalm 103:3-6 and Isaiah 53:4-5. Note:
Physical healing is included
in both of these passages! In the New
Testament, Matthew (8:17)
clearly confirms the healing meaning of Isaiah
53:4. Numerous other passages
Receiving forgiveness, eternal life and the
other free benefits of Christ's
atonement is the most wonderful thing that can
ever happen to a person.
It results from receiving Him.
How to receive Him
It is all about Jesus Christ. Have you received
Him yet? We receive Him
by faith The Bible says, "For by grace you
have been saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift
of God; not as a result
of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians
2:8-9). Jesus said, "For
God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish, but have
eternal life" (John 3:16).
John wrote, "But as many as received Him, to them
He gave the right to
become children of God, even to those who believe
in His name" (John 1:12).
If you have never received Christ into your
heart, you can, you must,
do so right now. Don't wait! He is only a prayer
away. You do this by believing
that Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah in Hebrew)
is the Son of God, that
He died for your sins, that He was raised from the
dead; and then by receiving
Him into your heart as your personal Savior and
Lord. God's grace is totally
free; you can never earn it or deserve it. Nor is
anything bad you have
ever done too much for Him to forgive if you are
Here is a suggested prayer: "Dear Lord Jesus. I
need you. I believe
you are the Son of God, that you died for my sins,
and that you rose from
the dead. I ask you to forgive my sins, and come
into heart to be my Savior
and Lord. Please help me to be what you want me to
be and help me to live
for you. By faith, I thank you for answering this
prayer, and I receive
you right now. In Jesus' name. Amen."
(For a fuller explanation of God's plan of
salvation with relevant Scripture
verses and in 63 languages, see htt
The following applies to all who have received
Jesus Christ, and thus
are members of His eternal kingdom and full
beneficiaries of His atonement
and what the Bible calls "the New Covenant."
He sent His Word
Do you have a need for
healing? God's good
news is that He loves you very much and is
concerned with all your needs,
such as spiritual, emotional and physical. He is
so concerned for you that
He has gone to great lengths to meet all your
needs. Yes, even physical
All of our needs are met in Jesus Christ,
the living Word, and
in the Bible, God's written Word.
God has sent His Word to you this day. "He sent
His Word and healed
them" (Psalm 107:20). God's Word is "living and
active and sharper than
any two edged sword, and piercing as far as the
division of soul and spirit,
of both joints and marrow" (Hebrews 4:12).
Receive God's Word for you today, as shared
below. Expect your healing!
But is healing God's
Most people believe
God can heal
but they are not sure it is His will, either for
themselves or for others.
For lack of a right understanding of God's
attitude and will on healing,
many people remain sick and die. God says, "My
people are destroyed (perish)
for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6), and that
includes lack of knowledge
about God's healing provisions in His Word.
We learn from God's holy, inerrant Word that it
is clearly God's will
to heal. When we realize this, we can pray
according to His will, and He
says, "And this is the confidence which we have
before Him, that, if we
ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
And if we know that He
hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have
the requests which we
have asked from Him" (1 John 5:14-15).
So, how do we know that healing is, in truth,
The Father's will revealed in Christ.
God clearly demonstrated
His will in His Son, Jesus Christ, who is "the
exact representation of
His (God's) nature" (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus said, "He
who has seen Me has
seen the Father" (John 14:9). If Jesus, then, was
a full and perfect representation
of His Father, it is very important to understand
that Jesus healed all
who came to Him. "And many followed Him, and He
healed them all"
(Matthew 12:15). Jesus "healed all who were
ill" (Matthew 8:16).
There is not one instance in the Bible where Jesus
refused to heal anyone!
This is significant. He healed them all. And
remember, Jesus always
did the will of the Father . Jesus said,
"...the Son can do nothing
of Himself, unless it is something He sees the
Father doing; for whatever
the Father does, these things the Son also does in
like manner" (John 5:19).
It could not be more clear. The Lord Jesus, God
incarnate (in human
form), healed everyone who came to Him, revealing
to us the Father's will
That the sick people took the initiative is
probably very significant.
Jesus never forced healing on anyone. We should
first desire and seek Jesus,
just for who He is. As we find Him, and "touch His
garment," so to speak,
as did the woman sick for 12 years (Luke 8:44),
our healing can come.
Has Jesus changed, no longer healing people as
He did before? Emphatically,
no. The Bible says that He "is the same yesterday
and today, yes and forever"
(Hebrews 13:8). What He did when physically on
Earth, He is still doing
today by His Spirit. Jesus commanded His disciples
to go and heal the sick,
which they did. Further, healing the sick is part
of His Great Commission
for the church age. He commanded, "Go into all the
world and preach the
gospel to all creation.... and these signs will
accompany those who have
believed: in My name they will... lay hands on the
sick, and they will
recover" (Mark 16:15,17-18).
The Great Physician. In the four
Gospels, there are 41 separate
accounts of Jesus healing people, 72 in all with
duplicated accounts. Those
healed were not just individuals but sometimes
multitudes. Christ was the
Great Physician then; He is the Great Physician
The Lord Jesus gave us a model prayer, the
Lord's prayer, recorded in
Matthew, chapter six. In it, He told us to pray:
"Thy will be done, on
earth as it is in heaven." It is clear that God
wants His will on earth
as it is in heaven. Can you picture heaven filled
with crutches, wheelchairs,
the blind and the lame? Not really. From the Bible
we know that heaven
is a place of eternal joy and bliss; a place where
there is no sickness,
sorrow or death.
The clincher! Not only is God's Word
full of promises for healing,
revealing His will, we learn of His deep desire
for our health by
His words prayed through the apostle John in 3
John 2: "Beloved, I wish
above all things that thou...be in
health" (KJV). God said
"above all things." This verse alone is sufficient
proof that health and
healing are God's will!
God hates sickness. The Bible reveals
that God not only advocates
health, but He actually abhors sickness! Leviticus
21 clearly reveals that
God would not allow sickness in His presence,
which in those days was in
the temple. Now, in New Testament times, our
bodies are His temple! According
to 1 Corinthians 3:16: "Do you not know that you
are a temple of God?"
Actually, the word temple here (Greek:
naos) is mistranslated. Used
elsewhere, the Greek word nieron means the
full temple, where there
was also the Court of Gentiles (symbolic of the
world of sin and sickness).
The word naos really means the especially
sacred part of the temple
that is the sanctuary, or Holy Place, where the
Holy of Holies is. There,
no Gentiles (sin and sickness) were allowed.
Sickness has no divine right
to be in our naos, or sanctuary, is
contrary to God's will, and
by faith in His Word and power, we must drive
A "better covenant." As mentioned, one
of many healing promises
in God's Word is Psalm 103:2-3. "Bless the LORD, O
my soul, And forget
none of His benefits; Who pardons all your
iniquities; Who heals all
your diseases." God does not say "some" of
your diseases, nor "half"
of your diseases, or a few, but all of your
diseases! But wait-this
is important: This promise in Psalm 103:3, as
well as Isaiah 53, is
a part of the Old Covenant. Hebrews 8:6 says that
with Christ and the New
Covenant, we have an even "better covenant"
than the old one! Under
this "better covenant," we should certainly expect
nothing less than the
Our Healer. One of God's names is
revealed in the Bible as "Yahweh
Rapha" (Hebrew) which means "the Lord, your
healer." God used various name
suffixes to reveal His provisions for humanity's
needs. ("Jesus," or Y'shua,
from Yeshoshua, means "the Lord is salvation.")
From all these examples in the Bible we clearly
learn that that it is
God's perfect will to heal and that His children
be healthy. Knowing this,
that we are actually agreeing with God and that we
are praying in His will,
it is easier for us to pray the prayer of faith
and receive from Him.
God sometimes allows sickness for
certain purposes, but He does
not cause it. Sickness is from the devil, about
whom Jesus said, "The thief
(Satan) comes only to steal, and kill, and
destroy; I came that they might
have life..." (John 10:10).
But why sickness?
We live in a world that
has rebelled against
God. It is a sin-sick world. Beginning with Adam,
the first man, all people
have broken God's laws. "All have sinned," the
Bible says (Romans 3:23).
Physical sickness is a result of the general
condition of sin in the human
race, and not always but sometimes our personal
sin. Deuteronomy chapter
28 of tells us that sickness is a "curse" that man
has brought upon himself
for disobeying God and breaking all His
Commandments. Because of rebellion,
the human race is under a general curse. The curse
of sin brings not only
eternal separation from God, but sickness.
God in His infinite
mercy and kindness determined
a way for that curse to be removed! He is the
Judge of the universe. As
a righteous Judge, He operates on 100 percent,
totally consistent principles
of justice. He is a holy and perfect Judge.
Justice must always be served.
Without exception, God must always punish sin,
which can produce sickness.
Otherwise, He would deny His very nature.
At the same time, He is a God of perfect love.
God, then, was faced
with the necessity of both judging and punishing
sin, but also being perfect
Did God have a dilemma? No, in His infinite,
perfect wisdom, He had
the perfect solution. He would take all our
punishment upon Himself! That
is what Jesus did, the glory of the gospel. He
became our substitute, taking
our sins and giving us His righteousness! Praise
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came from heaven
to take all the judgment
that we deserved. "He made Him who knew no sin to
be sin on our behalf,
that we might become the righteousness of God in
Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law,
having become a curse for
us" (Galatians 3:13). "He Himself took our
infirmities, and carried away
our diseases'' (Matthew 8:17).
When we acknowledge what God has done for us
and receive Jesus Christ
as our Lord and Savior, we are no longer under a
curse! We can then receive
all that Christ has provided for us.
Question: On what
basis can we expect a
healing? Answer: Jesus paid for it already!
It is important for us to realize that God does
not just give a whimsical
promise for our healing, without cost. Jesus has
already paid dearly for
it, with horrible, excruciating pain, and with His
own divine, precious
blood. And what He paid so greatly for, He wants
us to understand and benefit
from. He did it just for us. For you! Let His
sacrifice not be in vain.
Hundreds of years before Christ, the prophet
Isaiah wrote about this
Messiah to come: "Surely our griefs He Himself
bore, and our sorrows He
carried... and by His scourging (stripes) we are
healed" (53:4-5). The
two words "griefs" and "sorrows" literally mean
"sickness" and "pains"
in the original Hebrew. In the New testament,
quoting from Isaiah, Matthew
8:17 confirms the meaning of this and says, "He
Himself took our infirmities,
and carried away our diseases."
It is the scourging (stripes) Jesus experienced
that we need to better
understand. If you review the events of that awful
day we call Good Friday,
you remember that Jesus Christ was tried before
Pontius Pilate, then surrendered
to the Roman soldiers to be scourged. The word
"scourged" doesn't have
much impact until one realizes what it really
means. In scourging Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, they took Him and tied Him
to a pillar, or post.
Then they stripped the clothes from His back. He
was handed over to a Roman
legionnaire, a man probably without moral
convictions, a man used to brutality
and violence, a coarse man of brute strength. He
was a Roman soldier.
They gave this soldier a cat-o'-nine-tails, a
whip that had nine thongs
with little metal or stone pellets at the end of
each of the thongs. The
scourging was what the Jews called "the near
death": 40 lashes less one-39
stripes. This ordeal alone actually caused death
in many victims. STRIPE!
The lash whistled through the air into the back of
Jesus. Little bits of
flesh tore loose and red welts developed. STRIPE!
STRIPE! STRIPE! Again
and again, the lash. More skin torn off. The flesh
was opened up. Bone
began to show. The Savior's blood was pouring down
His back out of those
cuts. They called them stripes. They looked like
paint stripes but it was
not paint-it was the blood of Jesus, pouring from
those 39 deep, oozing
slashes in His body .
Jesus did not have to endure this horrible
scourging for our salvation.
He was still going to the cross for that. Yet,
each of those momentous
events on that Friday was for a specific, divine
purpose. Why the stripes?
Jesus came to deliver us from the curse and to
make us whole in spirit,
soul and body. He paid the total price. The
stripes were for our physical
healing! "By His scourging (stripes) we are
healed." We are healed for
eternity, but also available now.
Confirmation During the Church Age
After the resurrection
and ascension of the
Lord Jesus Christ to His Father, these healing
promises of God and His
Word were repeatedly confirmed in the actions of
the early church, then
in the New Testament writings and among believers
to this very day.
Referring to events after His departure, Jesus
said, "These signs will
accompany those who have believed: In My Name they
will...lay hands on
the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:17-18).
As recorded in the book of Acts, believers in
the early church expected
and experienced physical healing. In I Corinthians
12:9, healing is described
as one of the gifts God has given to His church in
perpetuity. In James
5:14:15, God again confirms the provision of
physical healing for His people
with instructions for the church. In addition, the
fulfillment of the healing
promises has been experienced by multitudes
through the centuries and in
Jesus Christ healed in New Testament times; He
still heals today. He
is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Call on
Him now, and receive
your healing from Him!
Overcoming the Number One
doubt. The number
one cause of doubt is the thought, "But not
everyone gets healed, so it
must not be God's will, so I probably won't get
healed either." This thought
destroys faith, is not of God, and blocks healing.
We have already discovered
God's will on healing. Not everyone gets saved
either, and we know it is
not God's will that anyone perish. All who do not
get saved either (1)
do not hear the Word, or (2) reject it. You have
heard God's Word about
healing; now do not reject it!
There are many reasons why some people do not
get healed, but only one
that would clearly rule out your healing, and that
is if God has truly
decided that your designated time on Earth is
complete, unlikely unless
you have finished out the duration He has revealed
in His Word. In Genesis
6:3, God revealed to Noah 120 years for our life
expectancy, to which a
few have attained. (My wife's great-grandmother
lived to 120; her grandmother
to 98!) Science has recently confirmed God's words
in Genesis 6:3 about
a 120-year lifespan! In his book, The Bible
Cure, Reginald Cherry,
M.D. (Creation House, 1998) points out that
researchers have discovered
that human cells are able to reproduce themselves
only about 50-60 times.
They have discovered a built-in "cellular
timetable" that would place the
human lifespan maximum at 120 years. That is
exactly what God said thousands
of years ago! However, while 120 years are
biologically possible, the psalms
reveal a lesser life expectancy than in Noah's
day, perhaps due to the
accumulated effects of sin. "As for the days of
our life, they contain
seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty
years" (Psalm 90:10). It is
rare now to see people live beyond 100, probably
due to modern lifestyles,
soils depleted of nutrients, modern food
processing and environmental pollution
in food and air.
But unless God has clearly shown you that
He is going to take
you home (actually a better alternative), you have
every right to ask for
and expect your healing. Until God whisks the
church off the Earth in the
rapture (probably soon), "it is appointed unto man
once to die." Yet we
want to live out the time God has allowed for us,
according to the provisions
of His Word.
Paul's "thorn in the flesh."
Doubters often cite Paul's
thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7) as proof
that it is not always
God's will to heal, a misinterpretation that Satan
has used to sow doubt
and rob many people of their healing. In so doing,
they improperly generalize
a doctrine against healing based on an isolated
text with questionable
meaning, which is not even good theology. It is
important to note that
(1) there is no evidence that this was a physical
sickness, (2) we know
it was a "messenger of Satan," probably a
spiritual attack as verse 7 implies,
and (3), this is very important¾the phrase
"thorn in the flesh"
was a Hebrew idiomatic expression for what today
we would call "a pain
in the neck."
This is also very important to remember: The
Bible reveals that Paul's
thorn came only because of his deep, totally
unique revelations and actually
being caught up into Paradise, to keep him from
being proud. Even if a
sickness, which is doubtful, you should never
expect a similar thorn, whatever
it was, unless you have had the equivalent of
Paul's revelations and similar
trip to Paradise! Yet, many people falsely
identify with Paul's "thorn"
and unnecessarily give up hope for their healing.
How to receive healing
Jesus said to the woman
who had been bleeding
for 12 years, "Your faith has made you
well" (Luke 8:48).
Where does faith come from? Faith comes
by hearing the Word of
God (Romans 10:17). You are hearing God's Word on
healing. God has sent
His Word to you to heal you and build your faith.
His Word, that living
and sharp Word, has penetrated your soul and
spirit, even to the marrow
of your bones.
Now is the moment to call on Jesus, the
One who took your sickness
with the painful, bloody scourges. Jesus said,
"Ask and you shall receive..
. For everyone who asks receives" (Matthew 7:7-8).
There are several ways your healing may
come, as God may lead
you to use one, more or all of them. The below
Bible prescriptions bring
healing in churches and in Spirit-filled prayer
groups and Bible studies
all the time.
In the church. God has given very
specific instructions for healing
in the church throughout the centuries. "Is anyone
among you sick? Let
him call for the elders of the church, and let
them pray over him, anointing
him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the
prayer offered in faith will
restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will
raise him up" (James 5:14-15.)
This is God's prescription for healing in the
church. Do not ignore it.
If your church does not believe in or literally
practice this direct command
from God Himself for the benefit of His people,
you should lovingly consider
finding a church that does.
Gift of healing. By His Holy Spirit, God
gives certain people
the gift or manifestation of healing, as revealed
in 1 Corinthians 12:9.
This may include a pastor, an evangelist, or any
other believer. They can
pray for you and you can receive your healing.
By any believer. Jesus said to anyone
who believes, "They shall
lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover"
(Mark 16:18). Any believer,
one who believes God's Word, can do this for you.
Or alone. We draw spiritual strength
from the fellowship and
prayers of others, which is strongly recommended.
However, your healing
may also come to you directly, all by yourself,
from any of the many healing
promises in God's Word and as you meditate upon
and believe them.
Receive (and keep) your healing! (1)
Saturate your spirit
with God's Word and promises, (2) ask, then
by faith, (3) receive,
and begin to thank and praise Him. "Therefore I
say to you, all things
for which you pray and ask, believe that you have
received them, and they
shall be granted you" (Mark 11:24).
Radical faith. Biblical faith is not
passive. It is active¾acting
on God's Word. Confess it. Act like it. The devil,
and some Christians,
will try to talk you out of it. Lying symptoms
from the devil may even
remain, or come back, but reject everything but
Sometimes we have to get "violent" in our
faith. Jesus said, "From the
days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of
heaven suffers violence,
and violent men take it by force" (Matthew 11:12).
This is referring to
forceful faith often needed to obtain kingdom
benefits. That is because
Satan was given certain dominion in the world at
Adam's fall. The second
Adam, Christ, came to break Satan's power and
restore God's authority on
Earth. This is done through the obedience and
faith of Christ's followers.
The gates of hell shall not prevail against the
church, but God's people
must be aggressive in their faith to forcefully
seize back what Satan has
stolen. Remember: This is spiritual warfare! (See
Ephesians 6:10-18.) It
may seem physical, but it is a spiritual battle.
Satan may not give up
easily, even though he was already defeated at the
Speak to that mountain! A sickness can
be like a mountain in
our lives. If yours is a mountain to you, remember
this powerful promise
of our Lord: "Have faith in God. Truly I say to
you, whoever says to
this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the
sea,' and does not doubt
in his heart, but believes that what he says is
going to happen, it shall
be granted him" (Mark 11:22-23). Jesus said to
actually "speak" directly
to the mountain in our lives. Speak to it! Take
authority over it. Command
it! Romans 4:14 says that God "calls into being
that which does not exist."
To receive from God, we speak His Word and call it
into existence! And
do not doubt in your heart. It will be granted
Angelic help! God's angels "...perform
His Word, obeying the
voice of His Word" (Psalm 103: 20). When you speak
God's Word in faith
according to His Will, God dispatches angels to
make it happen, bringing
it "into being" in your circumstances! "For He
will give His angels charge
concerning you, to guard you in all your ways"
(Psalm 91:11). Angels are
"ministering spirits, sent out to render service
for the sake of those
who will inherit salvation" (Hebrews 1:14).
Fasting. Some people find fasting
helpful, not as a gimmick,
and not to try to "force" God to heal them, but to
help them focus on God
and His Word by suppressing this bodily urge.
Cautions about fasting: Do
not go without liquids; medical supervision may be
if you have certain conditions; consult a good
book about spiritual fasting,
which can provide wise counsel and safety
Hold on to God and His Word. Your
healing will be manifest. It
is yours. "By His stripes, you have been healed."
Immediate or gradual. Some healings are
immediate, but many are gradual.
If yours is gradual, hold on. Do not give up.
Never say later, "Well, it's
not working," which cancels your faith. Or never
say, "Well, I guess God
is not going to heal me." Your healing will come
in His perfect timing.
Assume that it begins the very moment you
believe for it! He wants
you to keep believing His Word and His promises.
He has not forgotten you,
and is pleased with your faith.
Hindrances to healing
There are some hindrances to healing that God
expects us to correct.
Unconfessed sin in our lives is one
hindrance. Not that we are
ever perfect in this life, but I am referring to
any specific sin that
we have refused to release. This may include
unforgiveness or bitterness
towards others. It has been shown that such
attitudes can affect our physical
Not recognizing (discerning) the Lord's
body. This is rarely
mentioned by others, but it is clearly Scriptural.
of the body and blood of our Lord at communion,
Paul wrote, "A man ought
to examine himself before he eats of the bread and
drinks of the cup. For
anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the
body of the Lord eats
and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many
among you are weak and
sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep" (1
NIV). He is speaking of not recognizing
(discerning) the body of Christ.
Many believers angrily deny that others outside
their church or group who
also trust Christ are really His, thus not
recognizing His body. This is
spiritually and physically dangerous.
Other reasons for sickness are: (1) Some
people abuse their bodies,
using harmful substances, or not allowing enough
rest; (2) excessive stress;
and (3) some people do not provide the body with
nutritious food, often
substituting junk or processed food. Much modern
commercial food is deficient
in nutrients and contains chemical additives, such
as hormones and antibiotics
in meat and dairy products, and environmental
pollutants. Also, many people
violate God's food guidelines in the Bible and
still expect to remain healthy.
Examples are in Leviticus chapter 11, no longer a
but still the wisdom of God. God's law of sowing
and reaping always applies,
but His grace transcends our past mistakes. Be
open to God showing you
any area of your life that needs attention.
Suggested prayer: Dear Heavenly Father.
I see in your Word that
healing is your will, and that the Lord Jesus has
paid for my healing by
His stripes. I believe what He has done. I confess
and repent of (name
any known sin, including sins of attitude). I
confess and repent of (any
unhealthy habits or carelessness in taking care of
Good's temple, your
body). I receive my healing now, by faith. I thank
you in advance. Be glorified
in me and in my body. In Jesus' name. Amen."
"Should I see a doctor and follow his
advice?" God can use doctors,
and those in healing ministries usually encourage
the sick not to ignore
proper medical attention, nor to stop their
medications. It is not necessarily
a lack of faith to see a doctor, and your healing
will be a witness to
the doctor of God's power. However, some people
refuse highly invasive
and potentially harmful medical procedures or
chemical drugs, opting to
trust God, and perhaps using natural alternatives.
Personally, there have
been times when I felt led to just stand on God's
Word and not see a doctor,
and God healed me. Make all such decisions
"What about brother or sister so and so, a
'good Christian,' who
did not get healed?" No one is ever good
enough to be saved or to be
healed. It is only by grace through faith. If
faith seems to be applied
and someone still does not get healed, we have to
trust God's sovereignty
and grace. His Word says, "The secret things
belong to the LORD our God,
but the things revealed belong to us and to our
sons forever..." (Deuteronomy
29:29). The secret things do belong to Him, and we
may not understand them;
however, "the things revealed belong to us," and
we must act with faith
on what He has revealed in His Word about
"What about when an infant or child dies?
Was there not enough faith?"
Millions of children die around the world due to
neglect and starvation,
part of the general curse on the Earth. Children
of affluent families also
die, ostensibly due to no one's fault, and again
part of the curse of sickness
in the world. I believe God's angels surround and
take these little ones
directly into the arms of Jesus, as with aborted
babies. Again, Deuteronomy
29:29 applies. However, there are cases where
tenacious faith on the part
of parents and loved ones have brought back babies
and children from certain
death. In 1997 a 12-year-old cousin of mine was in
a coma for weeks due
to brain encephalitis. The doctors finally gave up
and suggested removing
her life support. The parents said no, preferring
to trust God. A prayer
network diligently sought for her healing.
Miraculously, the child later
regained consciousness and is back home. We must
pray fervently, believe,
leave the results to God. then praise Him, no
"But some people say..." About healing,
someone always remarks,
"But some people say such and such..."
citing all kinds of arguments
against God's healing provision. I once heard a
wise, elderly minister
from Australia respond to that remark. A Bible
scholar who had been in
the healing ministry for some 40 years, he had
heard every objection, and
had seen many people miraculously healed. His
simple response rang with
eternal truth and power: "It doesn't matter
what people say. The only
thing that matters is what God says!" Let that
be your guide. Be convinced
of what God says, act upon it, and be unconcerned
at what people say. As
Satan once used the disciple Peter, whom Jesus
rebuked, he will sometimes
use well-intended Christians to talk you out of
Continue to meditate upon God's Words,
which build faith and bring
healing, remembering this promise: "My son, give
attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them
depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are
life to those who find
them, And health to all their whole body"
(Proverbs 4:20-22). The
following are passages included for your further
reading and meditation.
"Thy word is truth" (Psalm 119:160. John
"All Scripture is inspired by God and
profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, for training in
righteousness" (1 Timothy
(Jesus said) "Scripture cannot be broken."
"Forever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in
heaven" (Psalm 119:89).
"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every
one of thy righteous
judgments endureth for ever" (Psalm 119:160, KJV).
"I will restore health to you" (Jeremiah
"He (God) sent His Word and healed them"
(Psalm 107:20). (God's
Word actually heals.)
What is "His Word"? Just abstract thoughts? No,
"For the word of God
is living and active and sharper than any
two-edged sword, and piercing
as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both
joints and marrow" (Hebrews
Other promises of deliverance:
"The righteous cry and the LORD hears, And
delivers them out of all
their troubles" (Psalm 34:17).
"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not
anxiously look about you, for
I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I
will help you, Surely I
will uphold you with My righteous right hand"
"He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I
will be with him in
trouble; I will rescue him, and honor him. With a
long life I will
satisfy him, And let him behold My salvation"
The following are other passages included for
further reading and meditation:
Psalms 30:2; 41:3; 103:1-3; 107:20
Matthew 4:23; 9:35; 10:1; 10:8; 14:14
Acts 3:6-7; 5:12-15; 19:11-12
For no matter how many promises God has
made, they are "Yes" in Christ.
And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to
the glory of God (2 Corinthians
Final but most important
1. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words
abide in you, ask whatever
you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John
15:7). Abide in Jesus. Let
His words abide in you. And then, by the authority
of the Son of God, you
can be assured that you can "ask whatever you
wish, and it shall be done
2. Praise and worship God continually, thanking
Him both before and
after your healing. He is loving, kind, full
of mercies, compassionate,
wonderful, all-powerful, and worthy of our praise.
Review and recite to
Him the praise psalms, such as 144-150.
A senior Christian leader who has seen many
healings and miracles told
the story of a girl who had sought diligently for
her healing, but it never
came. One day the Lord spoke to her heart and told
her that she needed
to stop asking for healing and instead to start
worshipping Him. She immediately
began worshipping the Lord, and her healing came
The lesson in this story is that we need the
Healer more than the healing.
We must draw close to the Lord Jesus, get to know
Him better, honor Him
and give Him glory. That must be our top priority.
Then we can better rest
in Him, confident of His love and power.
Then our healing can come.
May God bless you richly.
(Scripture references are from the
New American Standard
Bible unless otherwise noted.)
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