How do we win the battle against sickness today?
When Jesus began his ministry, He was revealing and doing the will of God for all people… He was fulfilling prophesy and fulfilling the scriptures through His healing miracles.
(When the evening came, they brought to him many that were possessed with Devils: and He cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses. Matthew 8:16-17).
And if it was God’s will to heal ALL when Jesus came into His ministry; “low, I come, to do your will, oh God” Hebrews 10:7, and if it is true that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) then it must also be true that it is still God’s will for Jesus to heal All who come to Him today. In fact as followers, Jesus Himself commanded us in both Matthew and Luke to go out, share the love of God, and heal the sick (Matt 10:7-9 and Luke 10:8-9). Yet, so many Christians no longer see healing in their lives, no longer believe in the power of healing, and most no longer believe healing is real or available to us today as followers of Jesus.
F.F. Bosworth writes in his book Christ the Healer
“Perhaps no one could be more conservative than the scholars of the Episcopalian church. Yet, the commission appointed to study the subject of spiritual healing for the body, after three years of study and research in both the Bible and in history, reported back to the church; the healing of Jesus was done as a revelation of God’s will for humanity. Because they discovered that his will is fully revealed they reported further, no longer can the church pray for the sick with that faith-destroying phrase, “if it be your will“.”
In other words, nothing could destroy the power of healing in the name of Jesus faster than a faith that is uncertain of God’s will to heal us. When we say “Oh Lord, heal my friend if it be your will”, we have basically shown the enemy that we have little or no faith that it is God’s will to heal us.
When we believe sickness is from God, or when we believe that it’s God’s will for us to be sick, or that it is He who selectively chooses who will and who will not be healed based on favor, then we have been terribly deceived by the enemy and we are left with a weak foundation for our faith to stand up against sickness from the enemy.
Brothers and sisters Satan is a liar: This is true….the Bible says so and Jesus said so. He has been deceiving the world since Adam and Eve and causing us to doubt Gods word, since that very day mankind fell when He asked Eve “Did God actually say?…surely you will not die!”
I believe today, many of us are equally deceived when Satan says things to us like ”Did God surely mean His forgiveness, grace, healing, and mercy are for All of us?…. surely God’s healing power was for generations past and not today’s church?…. Surely God meant healing was for the past or for our future in heaven and not literally now, when Isaiah said “By his stripes you ARE healed and when Peter said by His stripes we WERE healed”. Can you hear those words in the whisper of that same serpent that was in the Garden with Adam and Eve? “Ha Ha, Surely you don’t think you deserve healing, you are just another sinner!”
Well, “surely I say, Satan was a liar then and is still the same liar today trying to deceive the world. Remember Satan is the one, who destroys and who does everything he can to deny us of God’s goodness and to weaken God’s truths found in His holy word.”
Satan has never delivered a single promise within his lies, yet God has never broken a promise within His word….so who should we believe? Where do we place our faith? In God and His Word, or in the doubts born of a liar who accuses the brethren day and night?
When God said to the Israelites in the desert “I am the Lord who heals you” they all believed him and 3 million were healed! (He brought them forth…there was not one feeble person among their tribes Ps 105:37)
Today thousands are still being healed by God through the power of Jesus. Just do a search on Google and you will see some amazing stories of how the power of God is healing day in and day out. I was so excited with some of the stories I found in my searches, that I created a site to get the word out and post some at; www.documentedhealings.com
So doesn’t it make sense that if “God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons,” as the Bible says in Acts 10:34 then doesn’t it make sense that maybe it’s our own doubts that stand in the way between us and greater healing from God? I say this as a challenge for each of us, with great compassion and not to condemn/blame anyone left unhealed. The last thing I want, is to further beat down those seeking healing who’s prayers are not answered saying “your faith is weak”. What I’m suggesting is for most of us if not all, our faith has plenty of room to grow.
I like what FF Bosworth said;
“Don’t doubt God. If you must doubt something, doubt your doubts, because they are unreliable; but never doubt God, nor his word.” I say Amen to that!!!!
I have experienced some amazing healing in my own life, and I’ve witnessed several substantial, verifiable healing miracles in others over the past couple years, but oh how my spirit cries out for more! …..my heart so desires that greater faith to overcome ALL doubts and rings loud every day in my prayers.
I don’t think I’m alone, I see more and more followers with growing desires for a greater faith awakening within them, which I believe even this desire moving in the body of Christ, was planted by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit for our generation.
I truly believe we are entering a new time for the church where prayer will usher in a greater faith in His people and this greater faith will become the light of the world as we see greater fear, uncertainty, lawlessness and darkness spread across the globe. He is calling us to be His light in a dark world until every tribe, tongue and nation is reached with the good news of His Son ushering His return. I believe at the current speed of life and technology, that could happen soon, maybe within our generation making us the most blessed generation in over 2000 years.
Well, that is my prayer each day for all of us …. for “more God “and “more faith”…. Holy Spirit, crucify all our doubts that they may die, be buried, and resurrected with the full revelation of the Glory of Jesus! Let us believe every word from the mouth of God that it may not return to Him empty and void….. And Jesus answered them……. whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Matt21:21-22)
Oh Lord I plead, crush our doubts, place them under our feet with the head of the great liar, and let your word reign true through each of us as we serve you, now and forever, AMEN!