I want to start off with some good news: God wants you well!
I get it—I’ve been there. There have been some really hard things. And maybe you’ve tried, over and over again, and still don’t see results. You are frustrated, scared, discouraged, and tired. Maybe you are starting to lose hope. If this is you, I have good news for you! God wants you well!
He is on your side, and whatever bad, hard, painful, difficult thing you are going through didn’t come from Him.
There is so much doctrine, so many teachers, so many opinions, but in the end, only one thing matters—what does the Word of God say about this? If you don’t agree with this statement right out of the gate, would you be willing to keep reading? Would you allow me to take you on a brief journey through scripture to see what the Word has to say about God’s will?
He sent His only son to save you. And God has not only provided forgiveness for ALL of our sins, He has also provided a way for us to be healthy in our bodies and your minds. Furthermore, He wants you to be blessed financially and He wants us to be free from depression and discouragement and hopelessness. When Jesus went to the cross for us, it was a package deal. Healing isn’t just an “add-on” or potential benefit that might happen on occasion. Jesus died for every part of us—spirit, soul, and body. It’s all part of His atonement.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross only to make a way for us to go to Heaven one day when we die, and then just leave us to suffer and do the best we can while we are here on the earth. Eternal life for us as Christians starts the moment we become born again. He made provision for us to live saved while we are here. Now this is not to say that we will never encounter hardships, sickness, pain, etc., but it means that we can have victory over them, every time! We have an enemy, and the Bible clearly tells us that he comes to steal, kill, and destroy. If we don’t stop him in our own lives, then that is what he will do every chance he gets.
“Jesus gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” ~ Galatians 1:4 (KJV)
Jesus gave Himself to deliver us from this present evil world—not just the evil world to come.
Look at these scriptures where salvation and healing are mentioned together:
“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.”
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forgot not all of his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all they diseases.
I Peter 2:24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
We can see in these scriptures that the Bible doesn’t separate the forgiveness of sin and physical healing. It’s a complete, package deal. God really is that good!
I know what you are thinking—then why didn’t so-and-so get healed when they prayed? Why am I still sick? Why do I feel bad all of the time? If God is so good, then why do all of these bad things happen? I haven’t done anything to deserve this, my child hasn’t done anything to deserve this, so how can God let this happen? These are all good questions.
The Bible teaches us that we must know His will and what His word says and act on it in order for it work in our lives. We have an enemy that works night and day to convince us that God’s word is not true, that it doesn’t work, or it will work for others but not for you, that we are unworthy to receive anything good from God—sound familiar? He uses the same tricks and lies on everyone (see I Corinthians 10:13). But if you consider that there are many, many people that do get healed, that good things do still happen to and for people, that God is still in the miracle-working business today, then could you also consider that maybe YOU are one of the ones He wants to heal and bless?
Think about this–what if you suffered and sacrificed so that your own child could be saved, healthy, happy, protected and free, and then your child came to you and said thank you, but I’m only going to receive one part of what you’ve done for me. I’ll live in the house you provide for me, but I won’t eat the food or take the medicine or wear the clothes you provided for me. You would be disappointed, right? Or what if you had all of these wonderful things stored up for your child, but he or she was out of touch or too busy and didn’t know about them? Would that mean they didn’t belong to your child? No, it would just mean that he/she had not come to receive them or take possession of them. It’s the same with our heavenly Father. He has provided for us in EVERY way. We just have to come and receive from him. And the way we begin, is by knowing what the Bible says, what is promised to our, what our benefits are.
Jesus suffered greatly when He was beaten at the whipping post. He suffered beyond what any of us can really comprehend. He was nearly killed before he ever got to the cross. The Roman cat-of-nine-tails was a cruel, tortuous instrument designed to inflict maximum pain. Every lash tore away flesh, so that by the time the beating was over with, bone was even exposed. Blood loss was heavy. Jesus did this for us. If we believe the Word of God is true, then we must believe that He suffered for our healing.
Jesus wants you to take advantage of all that he has bought for you. Everything—including healing and health for your physical body and your mind.
Why is it important for you to believe this and have it firmly established in your heart? F.F. Bosworth said, “Faith begins where the will of God is known.” And Hebrews 4 says without faith it is impossible to please Him. Mark 11:24 says we are to have faith in God, and then whatsoever things we ask in prayer, believing we receive, we shall have them. Bottom line—you can’t believe God for something if you are not certain it is His will for you to have it. You can’t take a stand against the enemy if you don’t really believe that’s who you are fighting against. If you think you are supposed to have the flu, migraines, or cancer, then it will be hard for you to resist it. What we think and believe matters—a lot.
So how do you get to this place? How do you know what to believe and ask God for? How do you know to resist the enemy? Let me give you three easy steps:
- Determine your need/want. Decide what you want to ask God for. Be specific. Know what you want, and think about what the looks like. Write it down. If you are sick, imagine yourself well and what you will do when you have lots of energy and are not in pain. If you are anxious, imagine what it feels like to be filled with peace and joy and have no fear for the future. If your child is struggling, imagine him/her healthy, happy, and whole, and what that looks like. Be strong here—don’t allow the enemy to play with your emotions—we are most vulnerable when it comes to our children. We must keep our minds and words focused on the result we are seeking.
- Base your prayer/request on the Word of God. Go to the Bible and find several scriptures that specifically speak to your heart and your situation. Don’t rush this. Spend some time reading and asking God to show you where to go in the Bible. The Psalms are a great place to start. The book of Ephesians will tell you who you are as a Christian. The Gospels are full of stories and testimonies of Jesus’ healing ministry—picture yourself in those stories.
- Speak the Word/desired result. Once you have found verses that address your situation, write them down in your journal, and also write them on index cards or paper and post them around your house so that you are constantly reminded of them, and can read them throughout the day. During your prayer time, pray these verses and declare them in faith over your situation. Refuse to allow any thoughts or words contrary to what you are believing and standing for to come out of your mouth. But remember, you must truly believe what they say. Looking at them and speaking them out throughout each day will help you to believe them and get them down in your heart. When you know that you believe what these scriptures say more than you even believe what you feel in your body or see with your eyes, then you know your faith is active, and results will come!
- Renew your mind. Every time you see those scriptures in your house, every time you look at them in your journal, read, speak, and mediate on them. Let the words get IN you. Once you get this revelation and truth established in your heart and mind, you will no longer be able to believe that God is causing illness or wants people to be sick and die. Or that perhaps He has brought this burden to teach us something, to make us a better person, to cause us to suffer for the greater good. If you search for the truth for yourself in the Word of God and when you choose to believe and speak it, you will find it and it will make you free!
Yes, we live in a fallen world where bad things happen—things that can’t always be explained that seem so wrong, so sad and difficult. But Jesus has made a way for us as Christians to live victoriously. He promises us that He is faithful to His word, and faithful to us. As we learn and grow in knowledge of Him, His Kingdom, and His grace, the victories will start to come easier and more frequently, until you find yourself living from faith to faith, from victory to victory!
If you aren’t sure what to look for or where to start, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite scriptures. I pray that they will bless you and transform your life the way they are mine!
I am the Lord that health thee. Exodus 15:26
Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He shall 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
Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord. Psalm 118:17
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils; and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses. Matthew 8:16-17
How God anointed Jesus of Nazereth with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. Acts 10:38
For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer—I have overcome the world.
But thanks be to God, who ALWAYS causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus.
Beloved, I pray above all things that you mayest prosper and be in health. 3 John 2