What the Bible Actually Says About Healing: Know What You Believe and Why, Part 1
A crucial part of being a kingdom man is knowing what you believe, and why you believe it. You must settle this, make a decision on it, not leave it up to chance or up to the next influence that comes along to cause you to question. I’m not saying that you can’t be flexible, teachable, willing to adjust and to grow. But please don’t let other people do your thinking for you. Please don’t just believe something because it’s what you’ve always been told or what you’ve just always assumed.
So in this first part of the Know What You Believe and Why series, I’m tackling the topic of healing. In our western culture, there’s a huge split over whether or not we can see miraculous healing. Actually, let me rephrase that. Most everyone believes we CAN see healing. The difference lies in the question of, “What do WE do about it?” Should we go lay hands on the sick and expect them to recover right then and there? Should we accept sickness as God’s will, or should we reject it believing that God’s will is for us to be free of sickness, always?
For some, this topic may not matter much. Health and sickness have never been a part of life for you. That’s awesome. But even to you, I’d contend that this topic SHOULD matter. Why?
Because, as you’ll see, the Bible says a lot about it. In fact, Jesus commissioned you, whether you are sick or not, to go out and heal the sick. To go out and do miracles. To go out and bring the experience of the kingdom through miraculous healings to the people around you.
So as a man, living in integrity, having your beliefs and your actions fully integrated, it’s time to rise to the occasion and live this thing out…fully.
There may be others who actually HAVE experienced the pain of sickness in one way or another. You may have not always seen God heal.
I am in the middle of that very journey. But I have irrevocably decided to base my beliefs and my mindset on the declared words of God, not on my experience. It sometimes feels very foolish, but I would rather believe God for too much than for too little.
What follows is only a partial list of many of the Scriptures that have given me strength and faith to truly believe that God will heal me, and that this sickness is soon to be finished.
As you read it, let it open your eyes to the fact that this faith is meant to be a real, tangible, otherworldly experience. We are meant to SEE Jesus act, to be able to watch him actually DO stuff. And one of his favorite ways is in kicking disease out and putting broken bodies back together.
On God’s Heart to Heal
“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”
“So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.”
2 Kings 20:5
“Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
O LORD my God, I cried out to You, and you healed me.
Blessed is he who considers the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases.
He sent His word and healed them…
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
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.
Surely He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains; 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.
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.
“For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD…
“I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick…”
But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then his fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
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.”
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If you are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
1 Corinthians 6:12-14
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
1 Corinthians 12:28
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call 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 will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
On God’s Heart for Our Sleep
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
On God’s Promises Being Trustworthy
2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.