Hear and be Healed!
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit) and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)
The blind receive sight and the lame walk! The lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear!
Since the days of the Prophet Isaiah, the Jewish people expected that they would see healings like these when the kingdom of God arrived.
Proving that the Kingdom of God was available for everyone is the reason Jesus healed so many people!
And, it is why He told His disciples which includes all of us today, to do the same.
Let’s take a closer look at the Divine mandate of Jesus and all of His followers to reach out and heal others.
He healed all who believed that He could and would heal them:
“…and all who touched Him were healed.” (Matthew 14:36; Mark 6:56)
“...and He healed all of their sick.” (Matthew 12:15)
“...and healing every disease and sickness.” (Matthew 4:23; 9:35)
This caused the religious leaders (the Pharisees) to investigate Jesus potential Messiahship, especially when He healed a man born blind, something no prophet, magician, or mystical Rabbi had ever done.
The investigators came to the scene of the miracle. However, their minds were already made up that both Jesus and the blind man were sinners.
But the blind man who was healed and could now see told them, “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does His will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” (John 9:32)
Jesus performed a genuine “Messianic miracle,” but the Pharisees would not even consider that it could be true. Instead, they hurled insults at the man and threw him out.
“Repent and believe the Good News!" Jesus often said. (Mark 1:15)
After his physical eyes were opened, the man born blind believed the good news that Jesus was the Messiah!
“Lord, I believe,” he told Jesus, “and he worshiped Him.” (John 9:38)
From that point on, the man could see the spiritual truth that the Kingdom of God had indeed come to Israel through the Divine healing of the Messiah.
More important than restoring physical health was bringing sight to the spiritually blind, so Jesus commissioned His disciples to go preach the kingdom and do exactly the same works of physical healing that He Himself was doing:
“As you go, proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven has come near. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.” (Matthew 10:7–8, Luke chapter 10)
God has always used healings — and told His disciples to use them — to demonstrate His power and His glory so that people will turn to Him and partake in the blessings of the Kingdom of God.
This is why Jesus told the religious leaders of the day, “Even though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” (John 10:38)
The whole point of God’s supernatural works is so that people will put their faith in Him.
For this reason, He has given the gift of healing.
“To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit … the gift of healing by that one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
Healing is always performed under the authority of YHVH Rapha, God our Healer, whose Spirit gives us the power to manifest a portion of His Kingdom wherever we are, here on earth.
God is the healer, not us, but He wants us to exercise our faith in healing.
No person can heal, only the Spirit of God does the healing, but we are used as instruments for Him as we step out in faith, asking people if they want to be healed.
It is just a matter of faith! “Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith, let it be done for you!" (Mat 9:29)
Only believe the Good News. Your 'sickness" is paid for on the cross. It's done!
Overcoming Blockages to Healing
Wholeness (Biblical shalom) for the entire person is part of God’s will for our lives and part of God’s very character.
Even so, blockages often exist that interfere with God’s desire to heal.
We know, for instance, that sins, including bitterness and unforgiveness, can lead to physical sickness; it can also prevent people from seeking and receiving healing.
Before healing a lame man, Jesus first forgave his sins (Mark 2:5).
This could be why Jesus’s half-brother James encouraged the sick to confess their sins to one another and to seek out elders to anoint them with oil and pray for their healing (James 5:14–15).
“Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much,” said James 5:16.
But we must also remember that people are healed even when there is so-called sin in their lives, perhaps so that they will come closer to God and stop sinning.
Believers praying in the Name of Jesus for non-Believers, and they have been healed, so that they can believe!
This, again, shows God’s desire for everyone to be completely healed: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Jesus Commissions the Disciples to Do What He Has Done:
"And as you go, preach, saying,'The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:7-8)
The Messianic Prophecy of Isaiah 53 sums it all up:
The work was done when Jesus died on the cross.
Isaiah 53:5 says,
“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
If you need healing today, earnestly repent (and turn away) from all sin and just lift up your hands to God in praise, believe that Jesus already paid for your healing on the cross, and know that you are healed!
Let us commit our lives to the faith of the Healing Power of God and the Blood of Jesus, with full faith and see what God does in our lives and as we pray for others.
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