Psalm 107:20-21 says, “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” We see from this verse that God sends His Word to heal and deliver us. Who is the Word? Jesus Christ (Jn 1:1). The Word heals and delivers - Jesus heals and delivers. The Word is truth (Jn 17:17). The Word is eternal (Mk 13:31). The Word is forever settled in Heaven (Ps 119:89). “With His stripes, we are healed” is forever settled. “Jesus does good, healing all oppressed of the devil“ - is forever settled. “They shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover” - is forever settled. God does not change. His Word does not change. He will not break His covenant, nor alter the thing which has gone forth from His mouth (Ps 89:34). We must be settled on God’s Word - because God is.
We do not pray, “Lord, if it by Thy will” concerning healing. His will is clearly revealed concerning healing (Mk 1:40-41). There is not even one New Testament example of anyone praying if it be God’s will to heal. Not one. We pray “If it be Thy will”, because we do not know God’s will - because we do not know God’s Word. God’s Word is God’s will. No one questioned God’s will to heal in the New Testament. His will was known. It is known now. “I am the Lord, I change not” (Mal 3:6). We are either ignorant, or in unbelief. We must stop accusing God. We must stop blaming God. God made His will known.
John 15:7 says, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” The word “ask” can mean to beg or plead; but it also means to require or demand. How can we find out what Jesus meant in these Scriptures concerning healing and deliverance? Did He mean plead or beg, or did He mean require or demand? It’s easy to find out. All we have to do is look at the Book of Acts and see how His disciples prayed.
Did Peter ask or beg for the man at the beautiful gate to be healed, or did he demand, “In the name of Jesus, rise up and walk!” (Act 3:6)? Did Paul beg and plead for the demon to come out of the girl, or did he demand “I command thee in the Name of Jesus, come out of her!” (Act 16:18)? When Peter raised Tabitha from the dead, did he say, “Lord, if it be Thy will” - or did he say, “Tabitha, arise!”. We must speak with authority in Jesus Name.
Some may say, “Supernatural healing was only for the Apostolic age”. Well, let me ask you this: Was the great commission only for the Apostolic age? Most of us would agree the great commission is still for us today. If that is true, do you know what Jesus said in the great commission? “Make disciples…baptize them…..teach them to observe ALL things that I commanded you” (Mt 28:18-20). What did Jesus command them? “Heal the sick” (Mt 10:8, Lk 9:2, 10:9). If healing isn’t for us, I guess preaching salvation, making disciples, and baptizing them isn’t either. We must not try to explain away parts of the Bible we do not like or understand. Gods Word is perfect. He does not need us to “fix it” for Him.
There can be hindrances to us receiving healing, but never in God granting healing. God has already healed us. He has already made His will known. Jesus already bore our sickness and carried our pain. God is not waiting for us to jump through the right hoop to receive from Him. He has already given us all things (Rom 8:32, Eph 1:3, 2Pt 1:3). If your attitude is, “If God wants to heal me, then He will heal me” - your likely going to die. That’s no different than saying, “If God wants to save me, then He will save me”. Your likely going to Hell. You must reach out by faith, and remove any road blocks, or “mountains”, that are in your way (Mk 11:22-24). Jesus told His hometown that there were many widows in Israel during Elijah’s time on earth - but he went to the widow in Sarepta. Why? Because she believed (Lk 4:24-27). Jesus was saying, “This good news, the Gospel, is available to anyone who will believe it and receive it. However, it’s not going to just drop on you from Heaven. You must act on it. You must acknowledge it. You must confess it. You must believe it“. Next week, we will look at some possible hindrances to people receiving their healing. Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!