Healing

Healing is not something God does from time to time - healing is a part of God’s character and also part of the atonement, no different than salvation.

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Mark 16:17-18

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongue; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Acts 10:38

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 

Luke 4:18-19

“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;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Isaiah 61:1-2

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord..."

Isaiah 53:4-5

"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."

1 Peter 2:24

who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

1 John 3:8

"He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."

Psalm 103:2-6

"Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed."

Matthew 8:16-17

"When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. 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.”"

Health Was natural and eternal before the fall

God's original creation, Adam, knew nothing of sickness before the fall.

Genesis 1:26-31 "Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

Elohim is plural of Elowahh, implying that the triune Godhead was at work with humankind from the beginning - God the Father, the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We receive further confirmation in the following statement, "let us make man in our image." Adam was fearfully and wonderfully made in God's image - and so are you. God is triune, and so are you - possessing a spirit, soul, and body. God gave Adam dominion over all things on this planet. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is on the face of all the earth and every tree which has fruit yielding seed. It shall be food for you. 30 To every beast of the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the earth which has the breath of life in it, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day."

We don't know how long Adam lived in the garden. We don't know how long Eve lived in the garden - their DNA was intact, which was God's DNA. The only reference we have on the age of Adam is that he had enough time to name every living creature and that he had enough time to experience loneliness. There was no temple or place of worship in the garden. It wasn't necessary. Man was already in full relationship with God. Sin was not a part of their makeup - neither was death, sorrow, disease, sickness, poverty, addiction, bondage, or destruction. God made the earth and then gave Adam dominion over the world and everything on it. Man had free access to the tree of life and could partake all they wanted. They were clothed with God's glory and in His likeness.

  • Wisdom is a tree of life - Proverbs 3:18
  • Righteousness is a tree of life - Proverbs 11:30
  • Hope is a tree of life - Proverbs 13:12
  • A wholesome tongue is a tree of life - Proverbs 15:4

The tree of life in Eden must have played a role in nourishing the life of Adam and Eve. That is until they partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. From then, God didn't want them to experience both.

Genesis 3:22-24, "The Lord God said, “The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. And now, he might reach out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life."

Adam would have "lived forever," even in his fallen state, if he had eaten the tree of life after his sin. Sin and sickness are two fruits from the same tree. Sin and sickness are always grouped together. Sin, sickness, and death came in by your enemy into the garden. Sin entered the world through one person, and death took place through sin, disease through sin, sorrow through sin, sickness through sin - these are works of the devil; they are not part of God. Sin and sickness are part of the fall. They are not part of how God designed Adam and Eve to live, nor you and I.

Interesting when it comes to trees. It took one more tree to reprieve sin and sickness. It took the cross.

1 Peter 2:24 "He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. “By His wounds you were healed."
Galatians 3:13 "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us—as it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” Our curse is removed because Christ became a curse for us.

The restoration is done; you were healed 2000 years ago. In the book of Revelation, Jesus told the church in Ephesus that if they overcame, Jesus would permit them, once again, to eat of the tree of life. Revelation 21 and 22, the last two chapters in the Bible, finish up with a new heaven and new earth. Once again, like in the garden, there will be no temple in the city. The Lord God and the Lamb will be its temple. The tree of life will bear fruit again for all who obey God's commands. Rev. 22:14

More importantly, right now, we can tap into the exact source of life, which is found in Jesus Christ.

Jesus says, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5.
"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6.

 You and I don't have to wait to eat from the tree of life in Revelation. I'm sure it will be enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to it, but we can enjoy the life of God right now, in Christ. We don't have to wait for our healing and destruction of sin. Christ paid the price, once and for all, 2000 years ago.

Something to remember: You are God’s Workmanship, fearfully and wonderfully made. You were never designed to carry sickness and disease.

Death and sickness originated with sin and is now cultivated by Satan

Romans 5:12 "12 Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, so death has spread to all men, because all have sinned."

In other words, Adam sinned, and sin spread to everyone. It's now universal.

"13 For until the law, sin was in the world. But sin is not counted when there is no law."

Sin existed, but we didn't recognize its existence until it was defined in the law.

"14 Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of Adam's sin, who was a type of Him who was to come."

The Apostle Paul says, "Adam was a type of Him who was to come." Interesting. We will get to that in a minute.

"15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if through the trespass of one man many died, then how much more has the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many."

Through one man, sin came into the world.
Through one man, the gift and grace came into the world.
Jesus's sacrifice to the world was superior to Adam's failure.

"16 The gift is not like the result that came through the one who sinned. For the judgment from one sin led to condemnation, but the free gift, which came after many trespasses, leads to justification."

Adam's sin leads to condemnation
Jesus's free gift leads to justification.

"17 For if by one man's trespass death reigned through him, then how much more will those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ."

Jesus's gift, and grace of righteousness, are abundantly superior to Adam's fall.

"18 Therefore just as through the trespass of one man came condemnation for all men, so through the righteous act of One came justification of life for all men."

Jesus paid the price to justify all men and provide life.

"19 For just as through one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One the many will be made righteous."

One man's disobedience - sin.
One man's obedience - righteousness.

"20 But the law entered, so that sin might increase, but where sin increased, grace abounded much more, 21 so that just as sin reigned in death, grace might reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Here's what we know about sin:

1. Sin came to the world by one man.
2. It was not in the world at creation.
3. Sin came from outside the world.
4. Sin caused death and sickness to enter the race.
5. Sin is universal in effects (Rom. 5:12).
6. It was here 2,500 years before Moses.
7. It is not credited without a law.
8. It Did not come by Moses' law.
9. The Penalty of sin came before Moses' law.
10. Both sin, sickness, and death came from Adam's transgression of Gen. 2:17.

Here is what we know in the comparison between Adam and Christ:

1. Adam was head of the old creation (Gen. 1:26); Christ is head of the new creation (2Cor. 5:17–18; Eph. 2:10).
2. Adam sinned (Gen. 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:12–21); Christ did not (1Pet. 2:22).
3. Adam, by one sin, made many sinners (Rom. 5:15); Christ, by the act of obedience, made many righteous (Rom. 5:19; 2Cor. 5:21; Heb. 10:10–14; 1Pet. 2:24).
4. Adam was made a living soul; Christ was made a quickening Spirit (1Cor. 15:45).
5. Adam was of the earth; Christ was the Lord from heaven (1Cor. 15:47).
6. Adam brought death (Rom. 5:12, 17; 1Cor. 15:21); Christ brings life (Rom. 5:17–18; Jn. 10:10; 1Cor. 15:21–22).
7. Adam passed a sinful nature to his offspring (Rom. 5:12, 19; Eph. 2:3; Ps. 51:5); Christ imparts a sinless nature (Rom. 5:19; 2Cor. 5:17–18; 2Pet. 1:4).
8. Adam brought condemnation (Rom. 5:16–18); Christ justifies (Rom. 5:18; 3:24; 4:25).
9. Adam lost the grace or favor of God (Rom. 5:15; Gen. 2:17; 3:6–24); Christ restored grace to people (Rom. 5:15–17; 3:24; Jn. 1:17).
10. Adam offended God (Rom. 5:15, 17–18; Gen. 3:6, 17–24); Christ pleased God (Rom. 5:18; Mt. 3:17; 7:5; 2Pet. 1:17).
11. Death reigned through Adam (Rom. 5:12, 14, 17); life reigns through Christ (Rom. 5:17–18, 21; Jn. 3:16; 10:10).
12. Adam caused sin to abound (Rom. 5:20); Christ caused grace to abound (Rom. 5:20).

A question must be asked, "why did Jesus heal?"

Most people would say to prove He was God. The medical industry heals people at times. Though they like to think they are God, they aren't. Somebody was healing in Jesus' name during His ministry. That person wasn't God.

Jesus healed to destroy the works of the devil! He healed because it was His nature to do so. God is love. The very essence of His existence is love. It's what He does. It's who He is. The Father sent His son to destroy the devil's works; therefore, God's will must be to destroy the devil's works. Listen to these verses to pick up the theme:

Luke 13:16 "So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?"
John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
Acts 10:38 "how 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."
1 John 3:8 "He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."

We let the devil run through our life, and then we cry to God and say, "Why did you let the devil run through our life?" Often we forget that we have an enemy.

God has such power behind every statement He makes. In Jeremiah 23:29, He said His words are like a hammer. Hammers strike until the rock crumbles. When God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion." He meant it. When Jesus said, "It is finished," He meant it.

When God makes a statement, it is done. His Word is forever established. It is finished. God meant it when he said, "I give you dominion over the devil's works." If you can get a hold of this, it will change everything.

When Adam fell, Satan became the God of this world, which technically means what? What was Adam? If Adam handed Satan this world, and Satan became the God of this world? That doesn't mean Adam was divine and diety in and of himself. It just means he was the overseer - the ruler over the earth. There was no being on the planet higher than Adam. Whatever Adam had authority over was handed to Satan. With our new nature, now being that of Christ, it should be automatic that we agree with God and His will - the problem is that we have been told His will is different from what His Word says.  

We think Satan got dominion, and then Jesus came to make the playing field even. No! Jesus restored rule to humanity. Dominion isn't a game where Jesus is just a little ahead of the devil. The triumph is complete. The gap is enormous! Dominion over principalities and power and all spiritual forces is absolute.

So sickness, sin, death, disease, bondage, poverty, and sorrow are works of the devil. They are Satan's character. Jesus came to destroy his works!

Something to remember: God's way of dealing with sin, sickness, and death is to remove them. Man's way of dealing with it is to suppress it.

The First Prophecy in the Bible and the First Promise of Redemption Included Healing

The first prophecy in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:15,

"And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.
"

God said to Satan, "And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and hers.
"

The Hebrew word for enmity is "'eybah," which means hostility, hatred, or treating as an enemy. This "enmity" was more than a separation from the other. These two seeds are warring factions against each other - the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, or Satan.

Notice that it is not the seed of man. It's the seed of the woman, which could only refer to the coming of the Messiah, the Son of God, the seed of promise, and Mary. One seed is Christ, and the other is Satan's seed.

Genesis 3:15 is also the first place in the Bible where we see the Law of Double Reference in action. God is talking to the serpent, and at the same time, God is speaking to Satan, saying, "your seed."

  • One was a corruptible seed.
  • The other was an incorruptible seed.

  • One seed was death.
  • The other was life.


  • One seed was sin.
  • The other was redemption.

  • One seed was sickness.
  • The other was wholeness.

These seeds will always be at odds with each other!

Hold the idea of "seed" as we move to the book of Isaiah.

The book of Isaiah further highlights this plan. Listen to this scripture set in chapter 53. We will start in verse 4:

Isaiah 53:4-6, "Surely He has borne (nasa: to lift or carry away)
our griefs (choli: suffering, disease, sick, sickness)
And carried (cabal: to carry or bear) our sorrows (pains physical and mental);
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.


5 But He was wounded (chalal: to harm, slay, or pierce. This refers to Christ's piercing of the hands, feet, and side, stripes by scourging, cuts by thorns.)
for our transgressions, He was bruised (daka: to crumble, beat to pieces, break, bruise, crush, destroy, or smite, and other bodily sufferings.) for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him 
(Jesus) the iniquity of us all."

All of this was part of the work of atonement! Moving down to verse, this is where the "seed" comes in:

10, "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed 
(Same word, Zera', offspring. In other words, Christ is the fulfillment of the promise from Genesis 3.),
He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant 
(Jesus) shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities."


The atonement of Christ is the completion of God's prophetic declaration in Genesis 3:15!

Most people can see that Jesus was our sin offering. 2 Corinthians 5:21 states, "He was made sin for us that we might be the righteousness of God in Him."

But this scripture set in Isaiah 53 is not limited to sin. Christ became not only our sin offering but also our sick offering. Both sickness and sin were part of the curse in the Garden, and both were dealt with in redemption at atonement.

In other words, God made covenants to heal the body AND save the soul (Ex. 15:26; 15:26; 23:25; Lev. 26; Dt. 28; Matt. 26:28). God sent His Son to demonstrate these provisions (Matt. 8:16-17; 9:5-6; John 10:10; Acts 10:38). He even commissioned the early disciples to carry out the work (Matt. 10; Mark 16:5-20; Luke 10; 24:49; Acts 1:1-2, 8; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; Heb. 2:3-4). God declared that healing would accompany conversion if the gospel is taught correctly and men receive and act on the truth (Isa. 6:9-13; Job 33:14-29; Ps. 103:3; Matt. 9:5-6; 13:14-17; Acts 28:24-28; Jas. 5:14-16).

The Word confirms this prophecy in Matthew 8:16-17 "When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
"He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses
.
"

This included physical sickness, not just spiritual healing.

Peter also confirmed the prophecy of Isaiah:

1 Peter 2:24 "who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed."

There is a good chance that Peter physically saw Jesus' body on that tree and the stripes he bore for our healing. You have to know how personal that moment was for Peter. No doubt, by the time he wrote 1 Peter, he knew what those stripes meant.

The words "took" and "bore" from Isaiah 53 imply removal or being taken away, to bear or lift - with the idea of removal. Both Hebrew and greek have the same meaning. It's the idea that one person took the burden of another and placed it on Himself.

Sickness was taken away in the same sense sins are taken away.

What was it He bore away by taking upon Himself? It's not just sins, but griefs, sicknesses, and sorrows or pains. He carried them upon Himself to deliver us from them.

Many of us know that Jesus did this for sin, but we don't always get the sickness part of it.

Sin and sickness are a package deal. You cannot separate them from this moment in atonement. If you accept that He atoned for your sin, you must also accept that He atoned for your sickness and death. All of this was prophecied by God, first thing in the book of Genesis.

Something to remember:  Healing and salvation aren't a-la-cart; either you believe in atonement or don't, but you don't get to pick and choose.

The First Healing found in the Bible

Do you know when the first healing took place in the Bible? You might guess it was in the gospels, but that's not the case. It's found in the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis.

The first recorded healing took place by the prayer of a prophet. You may have heard of him - his name was Abraham. Ironically, this was also the first bodily affliction found in the Bible from wrongdoing - Abraham's wrongdoing.

Let's pick it up in Genesis 20:1-18 (NLT), and it will make more sense:

"20 Abraham moved south to the Negev and lived for a while between Kadesh and Shur, and then he moved on to Gerar. While living there as a foreigner,
2 Abraham introduced his wife, Sarah, by saying, "She is my sister." So King Abimelech of Gerar sent for Sarah and had her brought to him at his palace.

3 But that night God came to Abimelech in a dream and told him, "You are a dead man, for that woman you have taken is already married!”

4 But Abimelech had not slept with her yet, so he said, "Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation?

5 Didn't Abraham tell me, 'She is my sister'? And she herself said, 'Yes, he is my brother.' I acted in complete innocence! My hands are clean."

It's not the first time we saw Abraham deceive someone about Sarah. She was so beautiful that everyone took note of her immediately. Abraham technically didn't lie because she was his half-sister, but he deceived them because they were also married. Abraham wanted to hide their marriage from the nobility, assuming they would kill him to get to her because of her beauty.

Now, God is telling Abimelech that he's a dead man for something he didn't know - ouch! Now he's pleading his case with God.

"6 In the dream God responded, "Yes, I know you are innocent. That's why I kept you from sinning against me, and why I did not let you touch her.

7 Now return the woman to her husband, and he will pray for you, for he is a prophet. Then you will live. But if you don't return her to him, you can be sure that you and all your people will die."


King Abimelech's and his people's outcome hangs in the balance of the king's response to God. God called Abraham a prophet, even with the deceit. He tells Abimelech to return Sarah and to have Abraham pray for him, and he will live. If not, he and his whole innocent nation will die - ouch!

“8 Abimelech got up early the next morning and quickly called all his servants together. When he told them what had happened, his men were terrified.

9 Then Abimelech called for Abraham. "What have you done to us?" he demanded. "What crime have I committed that deserves treatment like this, making me and my kingdom guilty of this great sin? No one should ever do what you have done!

10 Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?”

11 Abraham replied, "I thought, 'This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.'

12 And she really is my sister, for we both have the same father, but different mothers. And I married her.

13 When God called me to leave my father's home and to travel from place to place, I told her, 'Do me a favor. Wherever we go, tell the people that I am your brother.'"

14 Then Abimelech took some of his sheep and goats, cattle, and male and female servants, and he presented them to Abraham. He also returned his wife, Sarah, to him.

15 Then Abimelech said, "Look over my land and choose any place where you would like to live."


16 And he said to Sarah, "Look, I am giving your 'brother' 1,000 pieces of silver in the presence of all these witnesses. This is to compensate you for any wrong I may have done to you. This will settle any claim against me, and your reputation is cleared."

17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children.

18 For the Lord had caused all the women to be infertile because of what happened with Abraham's wife, Sarah."


Interest that infertility was the issue here. Abraham and Sarah were struggling with the same problem. They were waiting for the child of promise through Sarah and already had Ishmael through Haggar.
Now all of a sudden, Abraham is praying for Abimelech and others to be healed of infertility. What's even more interesting is that in the next chapter, Abraham and Sarah have Issac right after this event.

How did Abraham operate in healing? Christ hadn't come yet.

To answer this question, we must go back to Isaiah 53:4. We discussed this scripture set in the last lesson; I won't go through the scripture set, but Isaiah is prophecying about Christ's atonement. I want to highlight the first three words, "Surely God has."

Notice the past tense, "Surely God has." The book of Isaiah was written a thousand years before Christ and the atonement, yet it's still past tense. It's not, "Surely God will." It's "Surely God has."

If Isaiah were to say these words today, it would make sense because God has. Christ and the atonement are in the past, but Isaiah says, "Surely God has" 1,000 years before it took place.

What does this mean? It means that atonement was the plan from the very beginning.

It used to be that farmers used credit from the local stores for seed and other necessary items to plant and farm in early spring. The farmers didn't have the money until harvest time, but the stores knew the harvest would come. Certainly, there was a relationship of trust among the locals, and the farmers would gladly pay their debts as the money from the crop would arrive. There was an exchange, based on trust, in what all parties knew would eventually come.

What took place with this healing in Genesis 20 and others in the Old Testament. The atonement was on the credit of "Surely God has" until the payment arrived.  

Something to remember: If satan could have understood the depth of those three words, he wouldn't have put Christ on the cross.

Covenants

From the beginning, God made covenants with His people to heal them. Listen to this verse found in Exodus 15:26 (NLT):

"He said, "If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you."

God healed Isreal through spiritual means in the wilderness. Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 define an explicit covenant with Israel. If you do these things, I will provide these blessings. If you do not do these things, these curses will come upon you. Health and healing were promised when men met certain conditions. Healing was promised on the condition of obedience. God is a God of covenant with His people.

God is a God who makes covenants with His people, and God is a God who keeps His covenant.

"He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
" - Psalms 103:3

Psalm 103 was accomplished at atonement.

"He sent out his word and healed them,
    snatching them from the door of death.
" - Psalm 107:20

"And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him." - Acts 10:38

Listen to the heart and covenant declaration of God in Psalm 91 (NLT),

"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If  you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home
.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.
"

These are God's promises if you make Him your refuge and shelter. As we worship, seek, obey and live in His shelter, it must be in the right heart attitude. Listen to these words in Isaiah 58:1-11 (NLT),

"58 "Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast.
    Shout aloud! Don't be timid.
Tell my people Israel of their sins!
2     Yet they act so pious!
They come to the Temple every day
    and seem delighted to learn all about me.
They act like a righteous nation
    that would never abandon the laws of its God.
They ask me to take action on their behalf,
    pretending they want to be near me.
3 'We have fasted before you!' they say.
    'Why aren't you impressed?
We have been very hard on ourselves,
    and you don't even notice it!'
"I will tell you why!" I respond.
    "It's because you are fasting to please yourselves.
Even while you fast,
    you keep oppressing your workers.
4 What good is fasting
    when you keep on fighting and quarreling?
This kind of fasting
    will never get you anywhere with me.
5 You humble yourselves
    by going through the motions of penance,
bowing your heads
    like reeds bending in the wind.
You dress in burlap
    and cover yourselves with ashes.
Is this what you call fasting?
    Do you really think this will please the Lord?"

In other words, these are the wrong mindsets; But Isaiah continues in verse six with right heart attitudes:

6 "No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
    lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
    and remove the chains that bind people.
7 Share your food with the hungry,
    and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
    and do not hide from relatives who need your help."

This scripture set is the fasting or mindset that God asks of us, and what comes as a result? Verse 8:

8 "Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
    and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
    and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
9 Then when you call, the Lord will answer.
    'Yes, I am here,' he will quickly reply.
"Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
    Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
10 Feed the hungry,
    and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
    and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
    giving you water when you are dry
    and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like an ever-flowing spring.

Healing is based on our heart's attitude and perspective toward His covenants. Jesus sadly said this in Matthew 13:15 (NLT).

For the hearts of these people are hardened,
    and their ears cannot hear,
and they have closed their eyes—
    so their eyes cannot see,
and their ears cannot hear,
    and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
    and let me heal them.'
 
God is a God of covenant. Don't let your eyes and ears become dull to the promises of God. Understand with your heart. Return to Him if necessary. In doing so, He promises by covenant to heal you.

Something to remember: God's covenant to you was paid for by the blood of Jesus. The question for you is, "do you believe this to be true?" If so, "What are you going to do with what you believe?" It's not about God giving healing. It's about you receiving it.

Books

Kenneth Hagin
These classic Bible Study Courses by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin have been reedited to include chapter review questions to further enhance your study of God's Word. These teachings on the vital subjects of faith, prayer, the Holy Spirit and His gifts, and healing will show you how to live a life of victory and abundance!
E.W. Kenyon
The church must use Jesus's name more and more to confront sickness and demonic activity and live in the victory Christ has provided. You don’t need to be a weak, defeated Christian. Discover what the Word has to say about you and your rights and privileges as a redeemed believer!
F.F. Bosworth
Bosworth offers an astonishing discussion of healing, based on the premise that Jesus redeemed us from our diseases when he atoned for our sins.
John G. Lake
John G. Lake was one of the most powerful healing evangelists of the twentieth century. His life’s work included countless conversions, healings, and deliverances, as well as the establishment of hundreds of churches and ministries.

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