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Healing Scriptures From The Bible
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Kraig Josiah Rice
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Table Of Contents:
Introduction Why Is Healing Available Today?
Healing Scriptures In The Old Testament Healing Scriptures In The New Testament
Some Link Verses in the Bible Other Scriptures of Comfort to Build Faith
God's Will and Timing Why Are Some Folks Not Healed?
Always Remember You Are Special AOG Position Paper on Diving Healing
Some Of My Thoughts Conclusion

(scriptures in purple symbolizing God's royalty)
(words of Christ in red symbolizing His blood)

Introduction

"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, Who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive Him, because it isn't looking for Him and doesn't recognize Him. But you do, because He lives with you now and later will be in you"
(John 14:16-18).

God the Holy Spirit is the Christian believer's Comforter today and He wants to comfort you through His Words in the Bible (His Word). God loves you. He cares for you. His will is to heal
(Matthew 8:2-3).

God says to you,
Child, everything will be all right. Don't worry. I am with you. I will continue to be with you always. I Am Jehovah Rophe, the Lord who Heals. Trust Me
(Exodus 15:26). I healed when I walked the earth in olden days and I heal today. I do not change
(Hebrews 13:8).

"Pay attention, my child, to what I say. Listen carefully. Don't lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning"
(Proverbs 4:20-22).

Trials are not enemies of faith
but
are opportunities to prove God's faithfulness

Healing Scriptures In The Old Testament

"Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor. The LORD rescues them in times of trouble. The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity and rescues them from their enemies. The LORD nurses them when they are sick and eases their pain and discomfort. "O LORD," I prayed, "have mercy on me. Heal me..."
(Psalm 41:1-4).

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all"
(Psalm 34:19).

"And the LORD will protect you from all sickness. He will not let you suffer from the terrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but He will bring them all on your enemies!"
(Deuteronomy 7:15).

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?"
(Jeremiah 32:27).

"...no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly"
(Psalm 84:11).

"O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me"
(Psalm 30:2).

"Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth"
(Jeremiah 33:6).

"And the LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had solemnly promised their ancestors. None of their enemies could stand against them, for the LORD helped them conquer all their enemies. All of the good promises that the LORD had given Israel came true"
(Joshua 21:44-45).

"Praise the LORD, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle's"
(Psalm 103:1-5)!

"He spoke, and they were healed- snatched from the door of death"
(Psalm 107:20).

God Forgives the Repentant:
"The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this:

"I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always show my anger. If I did, all people would pass away- all the souls I have made. I was angry and punished these greedy people. I withdrew myself from them, but they went right on sinning. I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them and comfort those who mourn. Then words of praise will be on their lips. May they have peace, both near and far, for I will heal them all," says the LORD. "But those who still reject me are like the restless sea. It is never still but continually churns up mire and dirt. There is no peace for the wicked," says my God"
(Isaiah 57:15-21).

"You must serve only the LORD your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will keep you healthy"
(Exodus 23:25).

"I will give you back your health and heal your wounds, says the LORD"
(Jeremiah 30:17).

"So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha's house. But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: "Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of leprosy." But Naaman became angry and stalked away. "I thought he would surely come out to meet me!" he said. "I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the LORD his God and heal me! Aren't the Abana River and Pharpar River of Damascus better than all the rivers of Israel put together? Why shouldn't I wash in them and be healed?" So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. But his officers tried to reason with him and said, "Sir, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn't you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!" So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his flesh became as healthy as a young child's, and he was healed!"
(2 Kings 5:9-14).

Healing Scriptures In The New Testament

"Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven"
(James 5:14-15).

"And then he told them,
"Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them"
(Mark 16:15-18).

It is God's will to heal.

"And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying,
"I will; be thou clean."
And immediately his leprosy was cleansed"
(Matthew 8:2-3).

You need perseverence with God when asking Him for anything.

"Jesus then left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter has a demon in her, and it is severely tormenting her." But Jesus gave her no reply- not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. "Tell her to leave," they said. "She is bothering us with all her begging." Then he said to the woman, "I was sent only to help the people of Israel- God's lost sheep- not the Gentiles." But she came and worshiped him and pleaded again, "Lord, help me!" "It isn't right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs," He said. "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even dogs are permitted to eat crumbs (crumbs of grace) that fall beneath their master's table." "Woman," Jesus said to her, "your faith is great. Your request is granted." And her daughter was instantly healed"
(Matthew 15:21-28).

You need faith to be healed. Where does faith come from?

"One day the apostles said to the Lord, "We need more faith; tell us how to get it." "Even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed," the Lord answered, "you could say to this mulberry tree, "May God uproot you and throw you into the sea," and it would obey you"
(Luke 17:5-6)!

"So then FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and HEARING BY the word of God"
(Romans 10:17).

"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see"
(Hebrews 11:1).

God wants you to exercise faith in Him.

"And there was a woman in the crowd who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors through the years and had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she was worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched the fringe of his robe. For she thought to herself, "If I can just touch his clothing, I will be healed." Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel that she had been healed! Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" His disciples said to him, "All this crowd is pressing around you. How can you ask, "Who touched Me?" But He kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and told him what she had done. And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. You have been healed"
(Mark 5:25-34).

Christ wants you to be obedient to Him

"As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. "Teacher," his disciples asked him, "why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?" "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him. All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world." Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smoothed the mud over the blind man's eyes. He told him, "Go and wash in the pool of Siloam" (Siloam means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came back seeing"
(John 9 1-7)!

Your healing may be for His glory.

"A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling Him, "Lord, the one you love is very sick." But when Jesus heard about it He said, "Lazarus's sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God. I, the Son of God, will receive glory from this"
(John 11:1, 3-4).

Jesus wants you to really believe that He can heal you or the one(s) you are praying for. Here are the scriptures that prove this.

"And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me." And they brought him unto Him: and when he saw Him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, "How long is it ago since this came unto him?" And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him." And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose"
(Mark 9:17-27).

"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree"
(Galatians 3:13)

"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise"
(Galatians 3:29).

Jesus Healed Folks of Cancer:

"Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom. And He healed people who had every kind of sickness and disease. News about him spread far beyond the borders of Galilee so that the sick were soon coming to be healed from as far away as Syria. And whatever their illness and pain, or if they were possessed by demons, or were epileptics, or were paralyzed- He healed them all. Large crowds followed Him wherever He went- people from Galilee, the Ten Towns, Jerusalem, from all over Judea, and from east of the Jordan River"
(Matthew 4:23-25).

"That evening at sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. And a huge crowd of people from all over Capernaum gathered outside the door to watch. So Jesus healed great numbers of sick people who had many different kinds of diseases..."
(Mark 1:32-34).

"As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one"
(Luke 4:40).

You Are So Special!

 Happiness keeps you sweet,
 Trials keep you strong,
 Sorrows keep you human,
 Failures keep you humble,
 Success keeps you glowing,
 But only God keeps you going!

Link Verses In The Bible

"Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed"
(Isaiah 53:4-5).

This verse is linked to

"He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds!"
(1 Peter 2:24).

It is also linked to

"That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias (Isaiah) the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses"
(Matthew 8:17).

Other Scriptures In The Bible
(to help build your faith)

"...how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case?
Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.
Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up.
But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint"
(Isaiah 40:27-31).

"God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble"
(Psalms 46:1).

"For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory."
The LORD says,

"I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you"
(Psalm 32:7-8).

"I look up to the mountains- does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made the heavens and the earth! He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never tires and never sleeps. The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night. The LORD keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever"
(Psalms 121).

"Because he loves Me," says the LORD , "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my Name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation"
(Psalm 91:14-16).

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil"
(Proverbs 3:5-6).

"Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death?... No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord"
(Romans 8:35-39).

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him"
(1 John 5:14-15).

"Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise"
(Hebrews 10:23).

"The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right; His ears are open to their cries for help"
(Psalm 34:15).

"O LORD my God, I cried out to You for help, and You restored my health"
(Psalm 30:2).

"For the LORD God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right"
(Psalm 84:11).

"I also tell you this: If two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask, My Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together because they are Mine, I AM there among them"
(Matthew 18:19-20).

"Then Jesus said to the disciples,
"Have faith in God. I assure you that you can say to this mountain, "May God lift you up and throw you into the sea," and your command will be obeyed. All that's required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too"
(Mark 11:22-25).

"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with THEE; He will not fail THEE, nor FORSAKE THEE"
(Deuteronomy 31:6).

"The STEPS of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way"
(Psalms 37:23).

"When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark,
you don't throw away the ticket and jump off.
You sit stiff and trust the engineer"
-Corrie Ten Boom

Why Is Healing Available Today?

To answer that question I quote an article written by Byron D. Klaus, who was president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) in Springfield, Mo. in 2002:

God Cares About the Sick and Suffering
By Byron D. Klaus

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of eight monthly articles on the 16 Foundational Truths of the Assemblies of God, written by faculty of Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

"Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers."

Early in my ministry I was called by a church member to rush to the hospital. Her 10-year-old was in a coma and near death, diagnosed with Reye’s syndrome. The doctors were saying the little girl had 48 hours to live. Believing that God cared enough to enter this tragic circumstance, we began to pray for healing. The morning this little girl should have died, she awoke from the coma. The doctors were thrilled at what had occurred, but predicted a three-month rehabilitation. Because of God’s healing power the little girl walked out of the hospital, with full use of her limbs, in three days.

This wonderful testimony highlights the ongoing work of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. We do not find it problematic or outdated to believe that when our total well-being is impaired, our God would be actively involved in restoration. Healing is part of the ongoing work of Jesus in His church, while we eagerly wait for His return when the completeness of salvation will be our experience
(1 Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 21:4).

Old and New Testament References to Healing

The Bible teaches that God did not cause human suffering. Human suffering, including sickness, is the result of the fall of Adam
(Romans 5:12,13). This fall, though human in its origin, was not a surprise to God whose desire is to bless His creation
(Genesis 12:3; Revelation 14:6). This fallenness is seen in the Old Testament, as sin and physical suffering are regularly associated together. For example, the Genesis account of Adam and Eve’s fall
(Genesis 3:16) clearly lets us know that the consequences of human sin include affliction and sickness.
Psalms 38:3 and 107:17 clearly emphasize the linkage between sickness and sin.

Healing also occurred in the Old Testament as referenced in the accounts of Naaman
(2 Kings 5:3-14) and Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:1-21). Jesus’ disciples and New Testament believers had a very solid foundation in the Old Testament Scriptures that they would have had access to. Thus when Jesus says that deliverance and healing are evidence of present Messianic salvation, divine healing can be viewed not only as a part of the gospel message, but an important verification of the truth of the gospel
(Matthew 11:4,5).

Jesus’ earthly healing ministry was substantially recorded in the Gospels. For example, more than 30 percent of Mark’s Gospel is given to Jesus’ ministry of healing. John records in his Gospel that if he were to write down all the miraculous acts of Jesus, there would not be pen and paper enough to do so
(Mark 21:25). John 20:31 clearly says that John wrote his Gospel with the full intent of recording certain of Jesus’ miraculous acts (many of which were healing) for the express purpose of helping people to believe in Jesus as the Son of God.

Salvation and Healing Linked

While complex schemes exist to understand the varying dimensions of a human being, the gospel’s fullest impact is on the whole person. The Bible simply does not offer a view of salvation that excludes any part of human existence
(1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Isaiah 53:4,5 provides a key Old Testament text referring to healing in the Atonement. The key phrases, "surely he took up our infirmities" and "by his wounds we are healed" (NIV) when evaluated in the original Hebrew language, carry solid connections to physical suffering. God’s desire to restore peace (shalom) is connected to the suffering of the servant Jesus Christ.
Matthew 8:17 is a clear connection linking the healing ministry of Jesus to the
Isaiah 53 passage. Matthew’s intent is to connect Jesus’ suffering on the Cross to physical healing present in that atoning act. The work of the suffering servant, Jesus Christ, on the Cross is about a restoration of spiritual shalom (peace), but because God’s intent is a restoration of the entire existence of a human being, this restoration includes physical dimensions as well
(1 Peter 2:22-24).

The Atonement provides all the benefits available to believers. While some of these benefits, like our resurrected bodies, are yet to be experienced, the atoning work of Christ guarantees their fulfillment. Healing should never be thought of as something separate from salvation. To suggest that the atoning work of Christ is limited in its scope or impact does a disservice to God, whose nature is clearly restorative and redemptive to all facets of human existence
(Jonah 4:2; Isaiah 9:2-7; Colossians 2:15; Romans 5:6-21).

In Romans 8:23, Paul also refers to the fullest impact of Christ’s work on the Cross. Even the simple observance of a present-day healing points us to the future reality that Christ’s atoning work was provided to return people fully to wholeness (physically and spiritually). The ministry of Jesus on earth was a clear indicator that the influence of the victorious reign of God had broken into our present history. Every time a person is healed we are given a visible testimony that our Lord is faithful and will one day return and bring to fruition the wholeness that we now are given a glimpse of in the healing of a physical body.

A Biblical Promise to Build Hope

Illness and suffering are part of a fallen world. While healing is provided in the Atonement and testifies to the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, there are situations where people are not healed that are hard to explain. What is clear in the Bible is God’s concern for the well-being of His followers. Early believers regularly and with anticipation brought their need of physical healing to prayer. James 5:14-16 clearly describes the practice of the Early Church. This community of believers wasn’t simply turning to prayer as a last resort. They believed that prayer and healing for their physical needs were linked together and could be regularly and expectantly part of Christian experience. Our Lord is the Creator of life and the re-Creator of life.

The clear expectation of the Early Church community, that healing should be part of normative Christian experience, critiques some contemporary opinions. Some today would affirm healing is possible, but would consider it an exception to God’s usual way of acting. While we wait for our Lord’s return, suffering is surely part of human existence. But because Jesus is the Healer and His atoning work on the Cross has resulted in the power to restore wholeness, we have the privilege to pray for that restoration to meet our physical needs. We can confidently believe that Jesus is our Healer."
This info comes from the web. Web address is
http://www.pentecostalevangel.ag.org/Articles2002/foundational_7.cfm

Fear tolerated
leads to
Faith contaminated

God's Will and Timing

"There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to rebuild. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak up. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace"
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).

Some theologians teach that divine healing has already been accomplished and that all we have to do is accept it. (It's past tense in timing). And how do we accept it? The same way we accept salvation- by faith. God's sovereignty and timing are under His control and not ours. He proved that by His discourse to Job. Your healing falls under the sovereignty of God. Period.

Let's use Christ as our example and look at Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Did Christ demand His own way? Did He get stubborn or throw a temper tantrum like some of us do when we don't get our own way? Christ pleaded with His Father for a way out.
"He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me." He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine"
(Matthew 26:38-39).

The result of His attitude (and yours and mine) should be "Your will be done in my life." So, no matter what we get or don't get from God, let's seek the Healer and not the healing. Let's praise Him for Who He is and trust Him in spite of our circumstances.

Self doubt is an inside job

Why Are Some People Not Healed?

Does it mean that God is angry with you or hates you if you are not healed. No, not at all. He may have another plan for you, or it may be time for you to go to Heaven.

How come isn't everyone healed who prays to the Lord for healing? There are many answers to this question but only God has the answer in your particular case.
It may not be necessarily that there is unconfessed sin in your life.
It is not necessarily that you have a lack of faith.
It is not necessarily that you have failed to pay your tithes or failed to do something else in obedience to the Lord.

It may be that it is a matter of God's timing. Delay does not mean denial.
It may be that this is
a trial of your faith.
It may be that God has something else for you.
It may be that God wants to draw you closer to Himself.
It may be that it is the result of a sin cursed earth, or just natural law.
It may be that God wants you to witness to doctors and/or nurses.
It may be that God wants to use your health challenges for His glory somehow.
It may be that it is time for you to go home to Heaven- it is Suppertime at the Lord's table.
Or, it may be none of these things. The answer lies in the sovereignty of God.

Two Things You Must Not Do:

There are two things that you must not do when you are hurting this badly:
1. Don't blame God for your negative circumstances. Only goodness and kindness comes from God's hand to you. Satan will lie to you and try to manipulate you against God by telling you that God did it to you. God is not to blame for your pain or for your circumstances. You might consider the possibility that Satan is behind it all somehow.
2. Don't throw away your faith. Your belief in God is a benefit to you. If you ever needed your faith to work for you, now is the time. Prayer, relevant bible study, and seeking Godly counsel will greatly help you.

"See, I am coming soon, and my reward is with me, to repay all according to their deeds.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let each one who hears them say, "Come." Let the thirsty ones come- anyone who wants to. Let them come and drink the water of life without charge"
(Revelation 22:12-17).

When Life Gives You Lemons
Then Make Lemonade

When something negative happens in your life- see if you can't turn it around and make something positive from it. And I always want you to remember who you are in Christ.
You are special:

IN CHRIST
I AM ACCEPTED: SCRIPTURES:
I am God's Child. John 1:12
I am Christ's Friend. John 15:15
I have been justified. Romans 5:1
I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
I have been bought with a price. I belong to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I am a member of Christ's body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
I am a saint. Ephesians 1:1
I have been adopted as God's child. Ephesians 1:5
I have direct access to God through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:18
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. Colossians 1:14
I am complete in Christ. Colossians 2:10
I AM SECURE: SCRIPTURES:
I am free forever from condemnation. Romans 8:1-2
I am assured that all things work together for good. Romans 8:28
I am free from any Satanic condemning charges against me. Romans 8:31-34
I cannot be separated from the love of God. Romans 8:35-39
I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
I am hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected. Philippians 1:6
I am a citizen of Heaven. Philippians 3:20
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I can find grace and mercy in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
I am born of God, and have power over the evil one. 1 John 5:18
I AM SIGNIFICANT: SCRIPTURES:
I am the salt and light of the earth. Matthew 5:13-14
I am a branch of the true Vine, a channel of His life. John 15:1, 5
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. John 15:16
I am a personal witness of Christ's. Acts 1:8
I am God's temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16
I am a minister of reconciliation for God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
I am God's co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1;
1 Corinthians 3:9
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm. Ephesians 2:6
I am God's workmanship. Ephesians 2:10
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Christ's Miracles Are Credentials That Prove His Deity

The Assemblies Of God Position Paper On
Divine Healing

DIVINE HEALING
An Integral Part of the Gospel

"FROM ITS INCEPTION the General Council of the Assemblies of God has recognized divine healing for the whole person as an important part of the gospel. It is part of the good news that Jesus commissioned His disciples to proclaim.

The Assemblies of God constitution in its Statement of Fundamental Truths, section 12, states: "Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers
(Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14–16)."

Though it is impossible in a brief paper to cover all the facets and implications of this statement or answer all the questions which have been raised concerning it, we shall attempt to show that the statement is scripturally sound.

I. An Integral Part of the Gospel

As we observe the ministry of both Jesus and the apostles, it is evident that divine healing was not something peripheral. It was an important witness to Jesus as the revelation of the Father, as the promised Messiah, and as the Savior from sin
(see John 10:37-38).

The Bible shows a close connection between the healing ministry of Jesus and His saving, forgiving ministry. His power to heal was actually a witness to His authority to forgive sins
(Mark 2:5–12). Again and again His healing miracles parallel His preaching of the gospel and show the same compassion
(Matthew 4:23; 9:35,36).

People came from all directions both to hear Him and to be healed
(Luke 5:15; 6:17,18). He never turned any away but healed all who came to Him
(Matthew 12:15; 14:14), curing all varieties of sickness, disease, deformities, defects, and injury
(Matthew 15:30,31; 21:14). He also delivered people from demons and the problems they caused
(Matthew 4:24).

Jesus recognized that sickness is often the result of sin
(John 5:14) or of the activity of Satan
(Luke 13:16). He recognized also, however, that sickness is not always the direct result of sin
(John 9:2,3). There were times when it was rather an opportunity for God to be glorified
(Mark 2:12).

Miracles of healing were an important part of the works God sent Jesus to do
(John 9:3,4). This is in line with the Old Testament revelation of God as the Great Physician, the Lord who heals
(Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:3, where the Hebrew participles used in both cases indicate it is God’s nature to heal). Jesus showed that divine healing is still a vital part of God’s nature and plan.

Healings also helped to identify Jesus as the promised Messiah and Savior. As the Great Physician, Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of
Isaiah 53:4, which in the Hebrew is very emphatic: "Surely our sickness He himself has borne [lifted and taken away], and our pain He carried [as a heavy load]. ("Griefs" [KJV] is the same word used of physical sickness and disease in
2 Chronicles 16:12; 21:15, 18,19; Isaiah 38:9. "Sorrows" [KJV] is the same word used of physical pain in
Job 33:19.)

Matthew applies this specifically to the healing ministry of Jesus: "He himself took away our sickness and bore away our diseases"
(Matthew 8:17, literal translation). Isaiah ties this in with the saving ministry of Jesus
(Isaiah 53:5). His sufferings were for our sins and lead to our peace with God: "And by his wounds we are healed [healing has come to us]."

The context in Isaiah 53:6 and the application in 1 Peter 2:24,25 emphasize especially the healing or restoration from sin. However, in view of the emphasis on physical sickness in
Isaiah 53:4, it is clear that these passages include healing from both the spiritual and physical effects of our sins and waywardness.

When John the Baptist was imprisoned, he began to wonder whether or not Jesus was actually the promised Messiah or just another forerunner like himself. Jesus responded by calling attention to messianic works which linked miracles and the preaching of the gospel to the poor. Again, healing was an important witness, an integral part of the gospel
(Isaiah 61:1,2; Luke 4:18; 7:19–23).

Divine healing continued to be an integral part of the gospel through the ministry of the apostles and the Early church. Jesus sent out the Twelve and the Seventy to preach and to heal the sick
(Luke 9:2; 10:9).

After Pentecost "many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles"
(Acts 2:43). Luke treats the Book of Acts as an extension of what Jesus did and taught, not only through the apostles but through a Church filled with the Holy Spirit
(Acts 1:1,8; 2:4).

Miracles, however, were not limited to the apostles. The promise of Jesus was to all believers
(John 14:12–14) who would ask in His name (that is, recognizing His authority and conforming themselves to His nature and purposes).

God used deacons such as Philip to preach and heal
(Acts 8:5–7), and an otherwise unknown disciple, Ananias, to heal Saul (Paul)
(Acts 9:12–18). Mark supports healing in the ministry of believers
(Mark 6:13, 9:38,39; 16:15–18).

Gifts of healings are included among the manifestations of the Spirit intended to edify or build up the Church
(1 Corinthians 12:7) and are tied in with the witness to Jesus Christ as Lord
(1 Corinthians 12:3).

II. Provided for in the Atonement

Under the Law attention is given to the priests, whose ministry points to our great High Priest who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities
(Hebrews 4:14,15). The priests, through the sprinkling of the blood of the sacrifices, made atonement for the sins of the people.

An examination of the atonement in the Hebrew Bible shows that in most cases it refers to a ransom price paid for redemption and restoration. This points to the redemption through Christ where He shed His blood in our behalf and in our stead. God has set Him forth to be a propitiation (literally, a mercy seat) through faith in His blood
(Romans 3:25).

The reference to the mercy seat goes back to Leviticus Chapter 16, where the high priest went once a year to sprinkle the blood of a sin offering on the mercy seat, the solid gold lid placed on the top of the ark of the covenant. In the ark were the tables of stone of the Law, which the people had broken.

The broken Law called for judgment and death. But when the blood of a spotless lamb was sprinkled, representing the sinless life of Christ, God saw that sinless life instead of the broken Law and could give mercy and blessing.

The primary purpose of the atonement was cleansing from sin (Leviticus 16:30; see also
Romans 5:11 where "atonement" [KJV] is the same word translated "reconciliation" in
Romans 11:15 and 2 Corinthians 5:18,19). It is also clear, however, that atonement brought release from the penalty and consequences of sin in order to bring restoration to God’s blessing and favor.

When the people complained after the judgment that followed the rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, God sent a plague on the Israelites. Moses then sent Aaron out into the midst of the congregation, where he made atonement for them, and the plague was stopped
(Numbers 16:47,48).

We read also that when the men of Israel were numbered, they were to give one-half shekel atonement money for their redemption and to prevent a plague upon themselves
(Exodus 30:12,15). Atonement thus provided for the consequences of sin, including sickness.

The Bible makes it clear that people could not pay the price for their redemption, so God out of His love and for the glory of His own name provided the atonement
(Romans 3:25; see also Psalms 65:3; 78:38; 79:9; Romans 3:21–28).

That this atonement provided not only for the sin but the consequences of sin is pictured by Hosea buying back his wife at a great cost to himself when she was to be sold in the slave market
(Hosea 3:1–5; 13:4; 14:4).

It is further illustrated by the brazen serpent incident: All the people had to do was look at it in order to live
(Numbers 21:9).

All this was accomplished through Christ at Calvary (John 3:14–16). There He made a full atonement for the whole person. The New Testament speaks of this as redemption, which has essentially the same meaning as atonement. Through Christ we have received redemption and the forgiveness of sins
(Romans 3:24; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:15).

Again, atonement provides for the consequences of sin. Even where sickness is not the direct result of sin, it is still in the world because of sin. Therefore it is among the works of the devil Jesus came to destroy
(1 John 3:8) and is thus included in the atonement.

The Bible indicates, however, that until Jesus comes we groan because we have not yet received the redemption of our bodies
(Romans 8:23). Only when the dead in Christ rise and we are changed do we receive the new bodies which are like His glorious body
(1 Corinthians 15:42–44, 51–54).

From the parallel between redemption and atonement, we see therefore that the provision for our bodies is the redemption spoken of in
Romans 8:23. We receive the forgiveness of sins now in connection with the redemption of our souls. We shall receive the redemption of our bodies when we are caught up to meet the Lord and are changed into His likeness
(1 Corinthians 15:51–54; 2 Corinthians 5:1–4; 1 John 3:2). Divine healing is a foretaste of this, and, like all the blessings of the gospel, flows from the atonement.

Again, the language of Isaiah 53:4 specifically speaks of physical ills and indicates that Christ in His atonement was concerned about providing for sickness as well as sin.
Matthew 8:16,17 not only confirms this, but shows that the atonement includes divine healing as a means of meeting the needs of those who come to Jesus.

III. The Privilege of All Believers

Just as salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), so all God’s blessings and gifts are ours by His grace or unmerited favor. We do not earn them. We do not deserve them.

No one in the New Testament demanded healing. People came to Jesus beseeching Him. They did not look on healing as their right, but as a gracious privilege extended to them.

As the privilege of believers, the promise of healing does not rule out suffering for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s. We are expected to be prepared to follow His example
(Hebrews 5:8; 1 Peter 2:19,21; 4:12–14,19).

Nor are we to look to divine healing as a substitute for obedience to the rules of physical and mental health. Jesus recognized the need of the disciples to get away from the crowds and rest awhile (Mark 6:31). Jethro saw that if Moses did not delegate some of his responsibilities to others, he would wear away
(Exodus 18:18).

Neither is divine healing a means of avoiding the effects of old age. Moses did retain a clear eye and his natural strength until the day of his death
(Deuteronomy 34:7). But this privilege was not granted to King David
(1 Kings 1:1–4).

The gradual breakdown of old age, pictured so graphically in Ecclesiastes 12:1–7, is the common experience of believers as well as unbelievers. Healing is still available to the aged, but the part that is healed usually continues to age like the rest of the body. We do not yet have the redemption of the body.

Even we who have the firstfruits of the Spirit groan and travail in pain like the rest of creation, waiting patiently for the fulfillment of our hope
(Romans 8:21–25). No matter what we do for this body, no matter how many times we are healed, if Jesus tarries we shall die.

However, the Bible does not tell us this to discourage us, but to make us realize that we must encourage and cultivate our life in the Spirit, for the Spirit quickens (resurrects), and that is our real hope
(Romans 8:11). In fact, even though outwardly one is perishing, inwardly one is being renewed day by day
(2 Corinthians 4:16).

Actually it is this inner renewal that makes us best able to have the faith to claim the privilege of divine healing. To the woman healed of the issue of blood, Jesus said, "Your faith has healed you"
(Mark 5:34).

Paul at Lystra, when he saw that the hearing of the gospel had brought faith to be healed into the heart of a cripple, commanded him to stand up
(Acts 14:9,10).

The inner renewal of the mind (Romans 12:2; Colossians 3:10) is seen also in the great faith of the Roman centurion who recognized the authority of Christ’s word
(Matthew 8:5–13) and the Syrophoenician woman who believed that even a crumb (of grace) would meet the need
(Mark 7:24–30; Matthew 15:28).

That divine healing comes through faith is further confirmed by the fact that unbelief hindered its reception at Nazareth
(Mark 6:5,6) and at the foot of the Mount of Transfiguration
(Matthew 17:14–20). There Jesus indicates the necessity also of expressing faith by praying and fasting
(Mark 9:29).

Prayer is one of the chief means of healing in the Old Testament. Many of the Psalms include prayers for healing. Many of the prophets prayed for the healing of others.
James 5:15 promises that the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise them up.

Great faith then receives healing through the simple Word of the Lord.

But Jesus did not turn away from those who had little faith or weak faith. Those who are sick often find it is not easy to express faith, and Jesus did a variety of things to help them.

Some He touched (Mark 1:41; 8:22), took their hands (Mark 1:31; Luke 14:4), or laid His hands upon them
(Mark 6:5; 8:25; Luke 4:40; 13:13).

Others He helped by a variety of acts, some of which called for faith and obedience on their part
(Mark 7:33; 8:23).

Others found that to touch Him or His garments helped them express faith
(Mark 3:10; 5:28; 6:56; Luke 6:19).

Peter’s shadow had the same effect for a time (Acts 5:15). So did the handkerchiefs and work aprons from Paul’s tent-making shop
(Acts 19:12).

The faith, however, had to be in the Lord, not in the means used to help them express their faith. This seems to be the reason for the great variety of means used, lest people get their eyes on the means rather than on God.

In the same class is James 5:14, which instructs the sick to call the elders of the church to anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. It is not the oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit) that brings the healing, but the prayer of faith.

The promise "anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing" is closely connected with prayer, asking in Christ’s name
(John 14:12–14; 16:23,24). His name, however, is the revelation of His character and nature. We have that in us only if we abide in Christ and His words abide in us
(John 15:7). Then our will lines up with His, and we can ask what we will, and it shall be done.

Some have tried to limit healing (especially the promise of Exodus 15:26, the covenant of healing or health) to Israel. But the healing of the centurion’s servant and the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman show that healing is the privilege of Gentiles also. In fact, there is healing for those who desire it and will respond to Jesus, even though He has not yet dealt with their sins (as in the case of the impotent man at the Pool of Bethesda,
John 5:2–9,14).

Others have tried to set divine healing in opposition to or in competition with the medical profession. This need not be so. Physicians through their skills have brought help to many.

It is true that the Lord is the Great Physician. It is also true that the Bible condemns King Asa because “in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians”
(2 Chronicles 16:12). But Asa had already sought for help from Syria in an act of unbelief and disobedience when he refused to rely on the Lord
(2 Chronicles 16:7). The emphasis is not that he sought physicians (which in this case may have been heathen physicians), but that he refused to seek the Lord.

It is evident that the physician had an honorable place in Israel (Jeremiah 8:22). Jesus also presented the medicinal use of oil and wine by the Good Samaritan in a favorable light
(Luke 10:34).

When the woman with the issue of blood was healed, we are told she "had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse"
(Mark 5:26). If it was wrong for her to go to physicians, this would have been the perfect place for Jesus to have said so. But He did not. Instead, He accepted the faith she now expressed and commended her for it. Even today God has performed many miracles for those given up by doctors.

Jesus also sent the 10 lepers back to show themselves to the priests (Luke 17:14). Under the Law the priests were in charge of diagnosis, quarantine, and health
(Leviticus 13:2ff.; 14:2ff.; Matthew 8:4). Thus Jesus recognized that human diagnosticians have their place.

The priests, however, were agents of the Lord, and in this sense it is possible to take all healing as divine, whether instantaneous or gradual
(see Mark 8:24). On the other hand, those healed in the Bible did not testify to divine healing until the healing was actually accomplished by divine power.

We recognize that there have been abuses today. But we must not let that cause us to retreat from a positive proclamation of the truth of the Scripture. The apostles were able to say, "What I have I give you"
(Acts 3:6).

Gifts of healings are among the variety of gifts and manifestations of the Spirit set in the Church as the body of Christ
(1 Corinthians 12:4–11,28–30). Like the other gifts, these seem to be administered through members of the Body for the edification of those who need them. (Just as the word of wisdom does not make a person wise, the gifts of healings do not make people healers. Rather as a fresh word of wisdom is given for each need, so a fresh gift of healing is given by the Spirit for each individual sickness.)"

This statement on divine healing was adopted by the Assemblies of God General Presbytery, August 20, 1974.
© General Council of the Assemblies of God - Divine Healing
http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/Position_Papers/index.cfm

I Have A   Big God
I Have A
   Little Problem

Some of My Thoughts On Divine Healing

Sometimes you feel so powerless- the circumstances are out of your control. You feel like there is not much you can do about it. But you have to remember that God is greater than any problem that I have. The perspective is Big God, little problem. God (the Mountain Mover) specializes in moving mountains (your trials) out of your life. Sometimes He instantly removes a mountain in your path. At other times He may slowly and gradually work His miracles. Sometimes He may not give you a total healing, but, instead, give you an enabling. God gave Paul the Apostle an enabling (Paul kept his infirmity but God enabled him to do the work of an Apostle at the same time).
"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a THORN in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure"
(2 Corinthians 12:7).

The forgiveness of your sins and the healing of your body was provided by Christ for you in His atonement. His healthy body was ripped apart so that your broken body can be put back together in healing. There is power in His shed blood. As a child of God you have a right (positionally) to this healing.

Don't believe Satan's lie to you that God does not care about you and that you have been abandoned by God. The truth of the matter is- that the Lord does care about you very much and He is concerned about what you are going through. Satan wants you to feel helpless and hopeless, but God wants you to trust Him.

Sometimes, it is hard to believe in something that you have not experienced. That is NOT the case with me. I have been divinely healed. If God is your Father you need to talk to Him about what you want from Him. Communication is essential. If you are not saved then the greatest healing is when Jesus Christ comes into your heart- that is spiritual healing.

God's way for the healing of any sick person is to go to church and let the elders anoint them with oil and pray for them. Maybe you don't like this way. I believe that the story of General Namaan of the Syrian Army has a message for us here. He didn't like God's way of doing things, either. But, like it or not, General Namaan did it and got his healing- and so can you.

What if you are not physically able to go to church? Then have the church come to you. How? Telephone your nearest Assemblies of God pastor and talk to him about your request.

Don't try to manipulate God with a vow. I know if you are in desperate circumstances you may be tempted to bargain with God like Hannah did in the Old Testament:
"And she made this vow: "O LORD Almighty, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime..."
(1 Samuel 1:11).

But I really want you to avoid this temptation for several reasons. God may not like it if you try to manipulate Him. He wants you to come by the simple faith of a child, not by manipulation in any form. And there is another reason:
"When thou shalt VOW a VOW unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee"
(Deuteronomy 23:21).

What is your destiny? It may just be that God is NOT finished with you yet. No one on earth has all the answers. To be NOT healed does not mean that God is angry with you or is punishing you. Always maintain a proper perspective of God- He is kind and loving and tender as seen in the life of Christ. Come to Him in faith. Remember who you are in Christ- you are not a lowly worm but a King's Kid- God only gives good gifts to His children. Healing is provided for you in the atonement of Christ.

After healing someone Christ had the person go to the priest (the local doctor at the time) and get a medically verified testimony of his or her healing. All truth is subject to verification. He did this for the same reason that He had 12 basketfulls of bread crumbs left over after feeding the multitude- as proof that He did a genuine miracle- so no one could claim that He did it by mass hypnosis.
"And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve BASKETs full"
(Matthew 14:20).

I want you to consider the possibility that you might be under Satanic attack. Satan will attack you simply because you belong to God. He will torment you, generally speaking, but he will specifically target you from time to time. When he does this he will try to destroy you directly or indirectly. He can cause you a lot of pain. He can bring a lot of hurt to your life. This is his job and he enjoys doing it.
If you suspect that he is behind the circumstances that brought you so much anguish, then you must draw your spiritual sword and do spiritual battle. Stand your ground, dig in your heels, and go to war with him. Attack him. Use the armour of the spirit (as mentioned in Ephesians). Don't lie down and quit and let him kick you again. You must fight to live. You must fight for your soul. As the song says, "Onward Christian Soldiers!"

Satan has a bag of tricks. Satan will try to rob a person of their healing by casting doubt on their healing so they mentally will take the illness back. Or he may cast doubt on the healer. Or he may try to discredit the one healed or the miracle itself. Satan is cunning like a fox- watch out for him. The One who is in you (Jesus Christ) is greater than he who is in the world (Satan).
"GREATER IS HE that IS in you, than HE that IS in the world"
(1 John 4:4).

Conclusion

Have you ever wondered why there are certain scriptures in the Bible? Well, maybe it is because God wants to talk to you and I about a specific topic- He wants us to know His will on a certain matter. His word is rich in truth if we take the time to mine for the golden nuggets of truth contained in it. That's the purpose of this web page. And always remember that Jesus Christ specializes in encouraging His children through His word.

"The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it"
(Isaiah 55:10-11).

Some folks wonder if it is God's will to heal. Yes, it is always God's will to heal and always Satan's will to destroy. Jesus Christ, Who is God the Son, went about healing every form of disease and sickness. As you study His ministry of healing you will discover this truth for yourself.

When you think you have been divinely healed and are taking medication, what is the rule? The rule is to keep on taking your medication and if you have been healed, your body will get a reaction to the meds. Once you get a reaction, quit taking your meds because that means that God has divinely and instantaneously healed you. Some faith healers will tell you to throw away your meds as an act of faith when you haven't been healed. That's not an act of faith but an act of presumption. Don't do it.

What about healing? Well, some folks say that healing is healing, no matter what your prognosis is and no matter how you get it. There is some merit of fact to that statement, but there are different kinds of healing.
Sometimes God heals instantaneously.
Sometimes He heals slowly over a period of time.
As shown in the gospels, God heals in response to prayer and faith.
Sometimes God lets a person's own body do the healing (but He helps).
Sometimes God uses ministers and/or doctors to heal through...
Sometimes God heals through proper diet, nutrition, and exercise.
And there are other kinds of healing not mentioned here.

It is God's will to heal and many folks have been healed who have asked God for healing. Where does disease, sickness, and death come from? God wanted only perfect health and happiness for our great great grandparents, Adam and Eve, and had perfect conditions created for them, but Satan had other ideas. Sickness, disease, and death came about when they (as representatives of the human race) gave their authority to the devil. If the devil has not personally caused your disease, it is in his camp one way or another. Satan is the ultimate one responsible for your disease, not God.

My prayer is that you reach out in love and faith to God and touch the hem of His garment. You might be surprised at what happens...

What if the ill one dies?
Sometimes God allows a person to go
Home to Heaven to be with Himself which is the ultimate healing...
Remember the old saying: "time heals all wounds".
The normal amount of time for grieving a major loss is about one year.


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written by Kraig Josiah Rice
www.breadonthewaters.com

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