Today, as I contemplate over a question that has arisen with much controversy…Can I expect God to heal me today? Let me make it perfectly clear in the beginning of this letter, I do believe that God does heal our physical bodies.
Maybe another question should be asked and looked at as we look into physical healing…and that is, when can we expected to be healed?
Let’s look into the scriptures for these answers.
- Isaiah 53:5 (ESV) “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed”.
In the context of this scripture we can see Jesus’s death on the cross involved the healing of our souls (spirit) to bring us into a right relationship with God the Father…but in the latter part of this scripture “with his wounds we are healed” which is in the Hebrew “rapha or raphah” meaning to heal, to mend, to heal, physically, to make whole, a restoring to normal, an act in which God typically performs.
- Now in 1 Peter 2:24,(ESV) “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
The Greek word for healed in this scripture– is “iaomai” – which is used generally for the physical, to heal, to cure. But this Greek word throughout the Bible can also mean both spiritual and physical healing. These are key verses on healing, but are often misunderstood and misapplied.
However, the contexts of Isaiah 53:5 means spiritual in the first part of the scripture but is also applied for the physical in the latter part (healed).
In 1 Peter 2:24, could be speaking of either spiritual or physical healing, but in the context of this verse it talks about our sins and our spiritual (soul) healing. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
Again we must look at the context of the scripture. In other words, we can see a link between the spiritual and the physical, in that both were mentioned in the Hebrew and Greek references.
If both the spiritual and physical healing was presented during and at the time of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection, than why doesn’t everyone get physically healed when they pray or are prayed for? It seems at times receiving salvation (spiritual healing) is easier applied in our lives than receiving our physical healing.
Many times people are physically healed instantly when they place their faith in Christ, but there are times when people ask for prayer and do not receive the healing needed, instantly.
The question may simply be when will He heal me? We as believers begin to get discouraged. I will make this bold statement, IT IS GOD’S WILL to heal, but sometimes IT APPEARS as though it may not be right now; for they did not receive their healing, instantaneously. God has a purpose and timing for everything on earth and that includes our healing.
We must never waiver in our faith and allow God to work good things in us, building our faith. Could it be that we do not see His will (Promises) for our healing? When we find the promise and allow it to be “birthed” in our hearts we will find His will (His promise) for us and our situation. When you find the promise in God’s Word and by faith, believe you will receive it, your answer will be manifested, brought forth.
Again let me say, God can, God is able and YES HE WILL. I believe the very secret in receiving anything from God is by faith, but also seeking God for who He is.
- Matthew 6: 33-34 NLT “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. ”
- Apostle John puts it in the proper perspective, 1 John 5:14-16 (ESV), “And this is the confidence that we have toward 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 that we have asked of him.”
Do you know His will? Find the promise, stand firm on the promise, keep your daily relationship with Him and expect what you asked for. His will working out in you.
I am a firm believer that God still performs miracles and God still heals people. Sickness, disease, pain, and death are still realities in this world. It is undeniable that unless the Lord returns, everyone who is alive today will die, and many of them (Christians included) will die as the result of a physical problem (disease, sickness, injury). With this said, all has not received their physical healing, when they have prayed.
It is clear that the cross of Jesus was more about our spiritual healing, that of making a right relationship with God for a life of living for and with Him for eternity, but we also must look into at the scriptures that talk about our physical healing.
Just as we believe by faith for salvation and forgiveness of our sins so we must have faith for the deliverance of our sickness, diseases and troubles. God is a loving and merciful God. Again, we must look to God in spirit and truth as our deliverer for both our spiritual and physical health. God is able and willing to heal all that come to Him in spirit and truth. The utmost concern in all of Jesus’s ministry on earth was our spiritual well-being.
When He healed the sick it was always to point the way to Father God. In like manner the purpose for our healing should always be to point to God. The Bible states, that in life, we will have tests, trials and troubles, yes, tribulations, but be assured that “in Him we live, move and have our being”.
It has been said, without a test there would be no testimony. Because of sin there is sickness but we can be assured we have an advocate that cares all about our troubles. God has made a way to go to Him, through Jesus Christ in faith believing…petitioning or asking for the very thing we are in need of in this life.
He has said in His Word to A.S.K…ask, seek and knock and the door will be opened…I believe we can take this both for spiritual healing as well as our physical healing.
- Romans 12:1-3 (NLT) “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”…
- …we are to focus our hearts on heaven where we will no longer have to deal with physical problems. As we read in Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (ESV).
Here we can see that it describes the true healing we should all be longing for: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Our primary concern should be our spiritual well-being for eternity and then our physical health. Make sure our spirit lines up with God’s Word and continue to believe God’s Word and the promises written in His Word for our situation, be it spiritual or physical. God cannot and will not go back on the promises of His Word.
Do you know what His Word says about you concerning your condition; in regards to the promise He has made for his people? Find the promise and you will find God’s will, your answer. As you read/study His Word, allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you and place /birth His promises deep within your spirit…
- Do you know you are His child?
- Do you know who you are in Christ Jesus?
- Do you know the promises are for you? Stand firm!
Is there such a thing as Divine Healing? Most certainly! Through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as stated in:
- 1 Corinthians chapter 12 and James 5:14-15 tells us, “Is any sick among you? 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 of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;…”
We can see plainly that God is a healer. Another verse states that the disciples were sent to lay hands on the sick.
- In fact, we read, “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18). We also read, one of the great titles of Yahweh is Jehovah Ropheka, the Lord our Healer (Exodus 15:26).
So, in much the same way that no desperate person who goes to Calvary for (salvation) mercy and forgiveness of their sins, is turned away, so it must be concluded that no one who asks/ petition for physical healing through the blood of Jesus Christ will be denied. Many times there are conditions to be met for God’s blessings and favor to become realities in our lives. Search God’s Word, obey His Word and believe His Word.
For instance, to be guaranteed eternal life, we must believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, repent, turn from our sinful ways and accept, allow Him to be our Savior and Lord of our life. When we come to Him in spirit and truth we will know we are saved, for His spirit will reside in our hearts. We will become a new person spiritually. It takes faith to believe in salvation, just as it will take faith in His Word for our physical healing.
Again, as stated in God’s Word, “Not by might nor by power but by my spirit saith the Lord of hosts.” Yes, God will fight your battles; all that is needed is faith, a trust in His Word, believing and applying the promises for you in your life.
Do you know God will? Many saved people have died from their illnesses and diseases in spite of their praying for healing. Since healing is attainable through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, why then are we not healed. If by simply faith, we can receive salvation (spiritual healing) than why have we not receive our physical healing in simply faith? It only takes faith the size of a mustard seed, according to God’s Word.
It’s not the size of faith but how we apply it, take root or you might say use it in the heart. Did we not receive our salvation by faith, so we should be able to receive our healing by faith? The only way for God to cleanse our sins is through the blood. Calvary is not one among many cures for sin, it is the only cure for sin.
Therefore, we must conclude that, if through Christ’s life, death and resurrection we can attain both spiritual and physical healing, then the very answer to our healing lies in His Word.
We must work out our own salvation, in other words, our salvation is based on our own individual belief, relationship with God our Father and the Lord our Savior. Begin to allow God’s Word to be birth/placed with in your heart…believe His Word as TRUTH, and by faith begin to apply it into your, mind, body and soul. IT WILL CHANGE YOU!
Here are a few scriptures (13 promises) you may want to meditate on and allow them to take root/birth within your spirit. As you read these scriptures it is always good to read the verses before and after the scripture as well. May His Word be planted in your heart and become reality for you. For faith in His Word will bring about a change in what is needed!
Exodus 15:26: And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
Isaiah 53:5: “He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
Mark 11:24: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Mark 5:34: “He said to her, Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Psalms 89:34: “My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.”
Psalms 118: 17: “I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD.”
Proverbs 4:20-23: “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
Matt 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.”
Mark 11:22-24: “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
John 14:13-14: “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
John 15:7: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
I 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.”
I John 5: 14-15: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
In conclusion, may I state, by faith we are saved and by faith we are healed. Simply put, it is God that saves us and God that heals us, both spiritually and physically! We as believers must put our trust in God and rely on the reality of the cross and truly what it means; Salvation of our souls and the reality of the truth of the promises in His Word which was given to all who would believe.
God was and is my/our healer, both spiritually and physically. We are to place our trust in the finished work of Christ at the cross. But, here’s the reality of the matter, sickness causes death.
Unfortunately, physical death is inevitable and is a process that comes to all. We are all getting older. We are all slowly dying. The PREACHED Gospel brings HEALING…God’s Word makes it very clearly in:
- 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Our outward man is perishing”.
In other words, we are all getting older each day– we are headed for death — we are perishing. There was in the Gospel and still is great power which accompanies the preaching of Christ Crucified.
We should not think it strange, therefore, that, in the wake of genuine gospel preaching, wonderful and miraculous healing do occur.
Miracles and healing always pointed to who Jesus was during His earthly walk, the fulfillment of who He is and who He will become for us now, and in the future as our redeemer and Savior for eternity.
Faith comes by HEARING and hearing the Word of God… PRAYER is communicating with GOD. All scripture is to correct and to build us into all truth. When we are in need let’s allow His Word to heal us…yes, He gave us HIS WORD and HEALED US…
Do you believe? We do get sick…it is a fact, but always remember, God wants to heal us and will as a living testimony… of His saving power both for salvation and His mercy for a hurting people…
All is needed is to begin to walk in the Spirit…Allowing God to bring the spiritual into the physical realm. “Seek Him and His righteousness and everything else will be added…”
Begin to desire, obey, seek and expect everything good that God has for you…spiritual gifts are waiting for the believer who will believe and receive.
God’s CHURCH is on the rise.