I once heard a suggestion that we are not to fully believe that it is God’s will to heal ALL who are sick. Some He does, but some He does not. Hmmmm … but something deep inside of me was in total opposition to what I heard because I am fully persuaded that IN CHRIST, healing is made possible to anyone who believes and that healing is His children’s bread.
For me, the validity of God’s word is the absolute truth. Even if I have not seen everyone healed yet, it does not affect the power that lies behind what He has spoken. He takes us from faith to faith, from glory to glory. He summons us to tap into His thoughts and His ways that are higher. He issued us an invitation through His Word that WITH HIM, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE and that nothing is impossible to him who believes.
Life has its sudden tosses and turns. We often hear those around us sick with the so called incurable disease. All of a sudden we see hopelessness starts to creep in their hearts. Sometimes when we are caught off guard, we wonder why it happens? But we are to remember that we still live in this fallen world where the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for anyone whom he can deceive and devour with his lies, lies and more lies. Thus, His Word says,
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at ALL times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize and devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
But God Who is rich in mercy and abounding in love has a greater and more glorious plan for us. Though the enemy is always on a lookout like a thief who comes to kill, steal and destroy, JESUS already came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. But, nothing is automatic in the Kingdom of God. The programming of our minds need to be renewed for our lives will go according to our most dominant thoughts. If we think that it’s just but norm to be sick and to stay sick, then we just made the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ of no effect.
We may have a continual enemy who seeks our utmost attention by throwing at us his devilish schemes, but we are to be constantly reminded that 2000 ago at the cross, the Blood of Jesus Christ sentenced him his eternal damnation and defeat. Therefore, we do not look at what the enemy is doing and react to it. Instead, we are to keep our eyes on Jesus and respond to what He has already done.
I love how the Message Paraphrase said it …
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” (Hebrews 12:2-3 MSG)
Yes, we may not be able to fully control the things that come against us, especially sickness and disease, but because our God SO LOVED us, it is His utmost desire and will for us to be healed and whole. He so delights to see His sons and daughters live a good life that He has prepared and made ready for us. Yet a victorious living is only assuredly attainable by the victory that was won 2000 years ago when Jesus suffered, was crucified, died and resurrected.
We are called to impose such divine victory and take dominion over our circumstances by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside us. We are to fight a good fight of faith armed with the full armor of God! We fight beholding Jesus Christ who already won the battle at the cross two thousand years ago. We fight not FOR victory; but we fight FROM the victory that Jesus secured and made available for us. We labor to enter His rest knowing that when Jesus cried out, “IT IS FINISHED!”, our total redemption, inclusive of our healing and wholeness, was sealed!
God sent us His Word and healed us. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus took upon Himself our sins, sickness and disease that we may be FREE from them. Indeed, whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
“He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction (Psalm 107:20).
He sent His Word to equip us for every challenge that we face, to powerfully make known to us what He had finished and accomplished. He filled us with the Holy Spirit Who helps us in our weaknesses and intercedes for us in accordance to the will of God, and His will is for us to be healed and whole.
“SURELY He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
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)”
Another promise that we have is this …
“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals ALL your diseases. (Psalm 103:1-3)
In my own personal life, when I hear suggestions like what I have mentioned at the beginning of this blog, I consider them “check points”! I check what’s in my heart by asking myself. Moreover I ask Him …
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
I asked the Lord, sought His face and knocked at His heart’s door which I know we have a 24/7 access to. I did inquire of Him that when I pray and contend for healing and wholeness, will there come a time when I have to stop praying just because I’m not seeing what I am believing? This is considering, of course, that the person I am praying for is believing and contending the same way, for how can two walk together if we are not in agreement?
When He gave me this scripture and opened my eyes to see, my heart was overwhelmingly at peace.
This was the case when David’s child was ill.
“David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them. Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”
When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?”
And they said, “He is dead.”
So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said,‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:16-23)
David never gave up praying, contending, fasting and weaping. He pressed on and on while the child was alive. When the child died, did he question God? No! What did he do? He arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, changed his clothes, went into the house of tbe Lord and worshiped. Oh wow … what a response to learn from.
What reason do we have to stop believing just because we are not seeing any change nor improvement yet? We are to set our face like flint, never budging, but fully trusting the Word of God! We keep hope, a confident expectation of good, in front of us for He Who promised is faithful.
Healing is a very personal thing. While contending, we are to get ourselves in tune to the frequency and listen to what the Lord is speaking into our hearts at the same time be sensitive on how He is moving in the hearts of those we are praying for so that we could all respond to Him in one accord, “BE IT DONE UNTO US ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD THAT BY YOUR STRIPES, WE ARE HEALED!”
At the end of the day, we have nothing to lose. Every step of the way, we always have two choices, to continue or to quit believing. “May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in His season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist. So seize any opportunity the Lord gives is to do good things and be a blessing to everyone, especially those within our faithful family.” (Galatians 6:8-9)
When we choose to believe the Word of God which is spirit and life, we get to follow in the path of the Holy Spirit which is NOT a chore; instead it opens us up to experiencing the life God has for us. (Galatians 6:10 The Voice)
Having faith in His promises on healing and wholeness does not come by striving lest one should boast when manifestations come. Instead, this kind of faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit that only comes when we are resting on the finished work of Jesus Christ. We partake and benefit from what He has given and paid for. It is not in our own strength for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in us [energizing and creating in us the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. (Philippians 2:13 AMPC)
We have a BETTER covenant with BETTER promises IN CHRIST, for He has REDEEMED us from the curse of the law.
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-15)
We may not have seen the promise yet that ALL who are sick gets healed, but He is enlarging the place of our tents, stretching our tent curtains wide, never holding back, lengthening our cords and strengthening our stakes. He is expanding our capacity to believe which is a breeding ground for miracles to come forth.
Remember, Jesus Christ, the Anointed One and His anointing, dwells in us. He has given us a “no-limitation-life” by the power of His Word revealed, declared and delivered to us by the Holy Spirit. Is there anything too difficult for Him?
A balloon can never make itself expand! It needs to be infused with air. Likewise, we can never make ourselves expand in and of our own ability. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us is what makes us expand. We have this TREASURE in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
He promised us this ….
“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.” (John 13:12-13 AMPC)
To do greater things than what Jesus did had been spoken to you and me. He put it in His will for us, signed by His own precious blood. He gave us the Holy Spirit and anointed us to break yokes and destroys bondages. Indeed, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM!
Let us then put HOPE in front of us, the kind of HOPE THAT NEVER DISAPPOINTS! Hopelessness can NEVER be found in Christ’s vocabulary and it should not be in ours, too. For Christ IN US is the HOPE OF GLORY. (Colossians 1:27)
The knowledge of this TRUTH has been revealed to set us free, for IN HIM there is ALWAYS a way out! He had already provided the REDEMPTIVE SOLUTION to every challenge that we face. For sickness and disease, HIS WORD WAS SENT TO HEAL US that BY THE STRIPES THAT JESUS BORE IN HIS BODY until He was beyond recognition, so beaten, so bruised and so broken, WE MAY BE HEALED AND WHOLE.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for always giving us the provision to live victoriously. Your strength indeed is made perfect for our weaknesses and Your grace is always sufficient. Thank You, Jesus, for withholding nothing from us. All that You puchased and paid for us You have laid out as a FEAST before us. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for revealing, declaring and transmitting to us the things that have already been FREELY given. Teach and guide us to know how to dance with the unforced rhythm of Your GRACE as You lead us to do the “greater things” decreed upon us. We have have not seen anything yet, but we know that these have been deposited into our heavenly account for us to unravel, not by might nor by power, but only by You, Holy Spirit. Amen!
“Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of His explosive power flowing in and through you.” (Ephesians 6:10 TPT)