Do you need healing? God’s healing power is for you! Jesus took care of our sickness and pain on the cross. Miracles of healing still happen today.
I am believing for miracles through God’s healing power to happen in your life even while you read this post! If that sounds outlandish, I don’t care. I don’t mind being radical for Jesus.
I’ve never met or heard of anyone who never had an ailment at one time or another. On any given day, I probably know of someone who is sick in some way. Like others, my history is dotted with illness.
Several months ago, I went to the doctor for what I thought was a quick appointment for something that wasn’t serious.
She was concerned. She took a closer look, shared more of her expert advice with me, and I left with an appointment card bearing the date and time of my scheduled surgery for a few weeks later.
It was only a little distressing compared to what others have gone through, but I was nervous between that initial day and the day I received a clean pathology report.
Dealing with the Battle
Nervousness wasn’t the only problem; I had to deal with an intense ongoing battle. Every time I felt the pain or remembered the upcoming surgery, I had a choice to make. Was I going to worry? Or stand in faith for a good report?
Right after praying God’s promises and deciding to trust God, doubtful thoughts would come. The “what if’s” were flying at me in fast succession.
What if I have cancer? What if I have to undergo treatments? Oh my Lord, what if I have to stay in the hospital for a long time?
Then I knew I would have to keep doing what I know to do: believe God for healing and stand on His promises until it’s done. I also began to wonder:
Why am I going through this?
The battle wasn’t easy, by any means. Many times my strong faith would falter after only a few minutes.
Don’t Receive It
My friend’s advice from when I faced a sickness years ago kept coming to me, “Don’t receive it.”
What does that mean? It’s the devil who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He wants to steal your health, kill your body, and destroy your faith. If he approached you with a “gift” of sickness or disease, would you receive it?
God does NOT give us sickness or disease. God is the One who gives good gifts. I had to keep reminding myself of those truths.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17 NASB
Why There’s Sickness
Why does God allow us to go through tough situations?
We live in a fallen world, and as a result, there’s sickness and disease. But Jesus came because God wanted to restore us back to what He called good when He created us and the world.
My husband can skip rocks across a calm body of water, but I have never been able to do it no matter how much I try. You know how it leaves that ripple effect? Let’s look at it like this a moment:
- Our world is a pond.
- The rock is that ailment that happens.
- The ripple effect is God’s ability to use that for many different purposes.
God could use those ripple effects for many different reasons. Through it maybe I would learn to cling to him like never before. Maybe I would increase in faith and decrease in doubt. Maybe I would dig into His Word and study like crazy about healing.
Looking back, I’d say all those happened anyway.
If you’re dealing with an infirmity, you may not know the reasons why until it’s over. But you can be sure that God will work everything for your good (Romans 8:28).
God can take that rock out of your pond, AND He can use the ripple effects. And God will be glorified!
Receiving God’s Healing Power
Check this out in Isaiah. This is cool:
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4 (ESV)
In the Hebrew, the word griefs means “sickness,” and the word sorrows means “pain.” I love that! How exciting, right?
That’s why I say pray His promises! Jesus already took care of our sickness and pain on the cross. Even if it’s a serious disease. If you are fearful that a sickness might cause death then look at it this way. It’s appointed unto man once to die, so pray, “God if it’s not my time to die, then I am receiving healing according to what I know in Isaiah 53:4.”
So many healings that took place in the Gospels happened because of the faith of that person. I know it’s easier said than done, but choose to believe that He has healing for you. “According to your faith be it unto you.”
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. Matthew 10:1 ESV
Jesus gave authority to His disciples to heal. We are His disciples. That goes for you and me, too! It’s not just for them back then. Why do we want to pick and choose parts of Scriptural truth? Jesus is the same (Hebrews 13:8). Why would He give healing to only part of His people? Why would He give authority to His people for only part of history? He doesn’t because He doesn’t change!Jesus already took care of our sickness and pain on the cross. #ThrivingInChrist
3 Passages Where We See Physical Healing and Spiritual Healing at the Same Time
These passages tell me that physical healing is just as much as my covenant right as salvation is!
#1 from Isaiah 53
Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 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. Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV, emphasis mine
Griefs = sickness
Sorrows = pain
Transgressions and iniquities = sins
Jesus took care of it all on the cross! By His stripes we are healed!
#2 from James 5
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. 15 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. James 5:14-15 NKJV, emphasis mine
I’d often wondered why in a passage about physical healing, there is a line about sins being forgiven. It seemed almost out of place until I realized that God will bring physical healing and spiritual healing at the same time.
#3 from Luke 4
It’s found in Jesus’ words as well:
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; Luke 4:18 NKJV, emphasis mine
Those who are:
- Brokenhearted need emotional healing
- Blind need physical healing
- Oppressed need spiritual healing
Again, Jesus can and will take care of all of these for you!
#4 from Mark 2
Jesus forgave the paralytic’s sins at the same time He healed him. (The full story is in Mark 2:1-12.)
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” … 9 “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘[Your] sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? Mark 2:5, 9 NKJV
God’s healing power is for YOU for whatever type of healing you need: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Miracles of Healing
I’ve heard stories of miracles all my life. I don’t remember most of them, but a few have stayed in my mind. A young lady came to the altar several years ago to accept Jesus as Savior; while she was there God healed her of cancer. She had the tests before and after to prove it.
Another one is a case of a man that couldn’t move his neck past a certain degree. One Sunday morning during the time of worship last year, he was healed after having the same problem for about 15 years.
When my brother was a teenager, he saw a blind person recover his sight after he prayed for him.
God Has Power to Heal
Sickness and disease does not come from God. Even though sickness exists in this broken world we live in, and He can use your circumstances for many different reasons, God has power to heal.
Jehovah Rapha—the Lord your Healer (Exodus 15:26)—provides physical healing. You can believe in physical, emotional, or spiritual healing because of what Jesus did on the cross. He suffered to make you whole. Oh, how He loves us!
Miracles of healing still happen today. God’s healing power is for YOU!
How have you experienced God’s healing power?
The Praying for Healing Toolkit shows you how to pray for physical healing.
The Praying for Healing Toolkit shows you how to secure a breakthrough in praying for healing. It gives you examples and the tools to pray specifically and proactively.
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Don’t miss the other great posts in the Power of God series:
- Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
- Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
- God’s Power Defies What Is False
- How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
- A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
- Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power
- God’s Healing Power Is for You
- Live Empowered: the Holy Spirit Moves through Us