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the day of miracles PAST? We read in the New Testament that when Jesus
Christ was on earth 1900 years ago, He HEALED THE SICK. And it seems
there are so MANY MORE sick today than there were then. Well, is the
day of miracles past? WHAT ABOUT this thing we call divine healing?
I've encountered scores of folks who say,
"Well, I know God can HEAL today IF it's His will but HOW CAN WE KNOW
WHETHER IT'S HIS WILL?
Others say, "Well, I think God helps them that
help themselves. I believe God works thru medical science. We should
always call the doctor, and take his drugs and medicines, or submit to
his knives, and then pray that God will cause this human means to
For OUR Day, or Only for Time of Christ?
think Jesus Christ is like the professor emeritus at the university --
He USED to do great things, but now He's grown old and feeble and
doesn't perform many miracles anymore.
But, we read in I Cor. 15:3-4: "For I delivered
unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died
for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried and
that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures." And
again in Heb. 13:8 -- "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and
forever," and in John 14:12 -- "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater
works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."
Some think healing was only to prove JESUS was
the CHRIST -- the promised MESSIAH -- but not for this day and age.
When Divine Healing Began
friends, do you know when divine healing -- healing direct by a miracle
from ALMIGHTY GOD, as a result of believing PRAYER began? And
incidentally, let me say I'm not referring to some modern MENTAL
science, so-called, or power of mind over matter, or hypnotism. I'm
speaking only of physical healing performed directly by the Eternal
Creator GOD as a result of BELIEVING PRAYER. Do you know when this
first began? Well, most of you are going to be surprised. It didn't
begin with the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth at all. It began MANY
CENTURIES BEFORE THAT!
It began WHEN the CHURCH began! Most people
think the CHURCH was first started after the resurrection of Christ --
on the Day of Pentecost. That was merely the NEW Testament Church. But
the Church started long before that -- it started way back in the days
of MOSES! Of course, that was the OLD Testament Church, but it was
God's CHURCH just the same.
Listen! Acts 7:38 -- "This is He, that was in
the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to Him in the
mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to
give unto us."
Now physical healing by faith in God is
something the Eternal placed in that Old Testament church, way back in
the days of Moses!
Let me quote to you the first account in all
history of direct divine healing. Ex. 15:23-26 -- "And when they (the
children of Israel) came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters
of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called
Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we
drink? And he cried unto the Eternal and the Eternal showed him a tree,
which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet:
there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved
them, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken unto the voice of the
Eternal thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt
give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put
none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the
Egyptians: for I am the Eternal that health thee."
And do you know that the same conditions, "If
you will obey and keep my commandments," etc. -- apply today, and
that's one reason why a lot of people who have a little light on divine
healing and believe in it are not being healed!
Let me quote that to you over in the NEW
Testament, my friends, I John 3:22 -- "And whatsoever we ask, we
receive of Him," WHY? "because we keep His commandments, and do those
things which are pleasing in His sight."
Well, with so many telling the people, and so
many people believing, that Jesus Christ did away with the
commandments, it's no wonder that many of us are not having prayers
answered today! "Whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep
His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight."
Yes, God is the same yesterday, today and
forever. He is not changed and the same conditions apply today that did
back in the days of Moses. Obedience and faith. And Jesus said,
"According to your faith be it unto you."
God the ONLY Real Physician
will notice that God said, "I am the Lord (or the Eternal) that heals
you." He is a jealous God in a sense, so far as the prerogatives of God
are concerned. And so, turn over to the 20th chapter of Exodus where
God was giving the Ten Commandments to all the people. Moses didn't
give the people the Ten Commandments. GOD gave the people the Ten
Commandments, and He said, "I am the Eternal thy God ... Thou shalt
have no other gods before me."
He had said, "I am the God that heals you," and
now He says that you should "have no other gods before me."
You know, my friends, a doctor can't heal! And
any honest doctor will admit it. And none of his drugs, or medicines,
or knives can heal. There is no healing in any of them. There is only
one kind of healing, and that is healing directly by the almighty God.
There is no other healing !
Scripture Labels Other Modes of Healing IDOLATRY
else is healing in the strictest sense. God says, "I am the Eternal
that heals you," and He isn't going to let anyone else heal you. He
says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," -- no other healers,
in other words. One of the NAMES of God is "Jahveh-rapha" (as used in
Ex. 15:26) meaning "God Healer." Now turn over to the 23rd chapter of
Exodus, and the 24th and 25th verses. God says, "Thou shalt not bow
down to their gods," (these Gentile gods) "nor serve them, nor do after
their works ... ye shall serve the Eternal your God, and He shall bless
thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst
of thee." That's what God said to Israel back in the days of Moses,
long, long before the days of Christ.
Do you know that for centuries, Israel's means
of healing was faith in God alone? He alone was their physician. There
were no doctors, no physicians in Israel. That is, not until those
Israelites began to turn to the ways of the heathen nations around
Now at first God alone was their King, too, but
soon they began to notice how the heathen nations around them were
doing, and they wanted a human man for their king, so God permitted it.
He gave them Saul, later David and his dynasty, and of course later
they did begin to turn to the heathen methods of doctoring and
Medicine Condemned as Idolatry
King Asa of Judah as an example. He turned to the king of Syria and
paid him money to become an ally. You know God had said that He would
fight their battles for them. They didn't need foreign allies. They
should have depended upon God and whenever any of the Kings of Israel
or Judah did it they won every time.
But this King Asa of Judah forsook God. He
relied instead upon the King of Assyria. He sent him money and treasure
to bribe him to become his ally. I don't think they called it
lend-lease in those days, but he depended upon a Gentile ally, instead
of trusting in God to fight his battles.
Later Asa was diseased. Notice, II Chron. 16:12
-- "And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in
his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he
sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his
fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign."
The Pagan Origin of Medicine
Gentile nations had many gods. They had their gods of medicine as well
as their gods of war. They had medicine men or doctors. Their method
was to go to these human doctors who would use their medicines and
their drugs and then they would pray to the god of medicine, and, they
believed, the god of medicine would cause these medicines to heal.
Now there, my friends, is where medical
"Science" (falsely so called) came from. From the heathens. And I want
you to notice what God's Word says about it. This is pretty plain talk.
I hope I'm not offending people, but I have to preach God's Truth. You
know God says to "Cry aloud and spare not, and tell my people their
sins," and proclaim the Word of God faithfully and truthfully, and,
well, that's just what I have to do.
I want you to notice another experience
recorded in II Kings, first chapter: "Ahaziah fell down through a
lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick."
Ahaziah was the King of Israel. So he sent messengers and he said unto
them, "Go, inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether I shall
recover of this disease." Baal-zebub the god of Ekron was the patron
deity of medicine -- the medicine god of Ekron. The way they went to
inquire of him was to go to the medical doctors of Ekron, who were
supposed to have direct contact with, and the blessing of, the god of
medicine. "But the angel of the Eternal said to Elijah the Tishbite,
Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say
unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that you go
to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?"
Isn't it because you don't have any GOD to heal
you? Isn't that why you have to go to this medical god's doctors in
Ekron? God had said, "I am the Lord that healeth thee. Thou shalt have
no other gods before me."
"Now therefore thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt
not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely
die. And Elijah departed." Now if you will turn to the end of the
chapter to the 17th verse it says, "So he died according to the word of
the Eternal which Elijah had spoken."
How People Today Misunderstand
people today misunderstand this truth entirely. So many seem to believe
we should go to the doctors, then pray for God to cause their medicines
to heal. They assume God raised up medical science and blesses it and
works thru it. But this is merely the same old Pagan practice of
idolatry tho very few realize it today. Truly all nations have been
DECEIVED into practicing Pagan idolatry believing it is true
Christianity! For the real Christian who has faith in God there is a
Now, there is one other example before I leave
this that I would like to give you, and that's the example of Hezekiah.
That's in II Kings the 20th chapter and the first seven verses. Will
you notice this: "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the
prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus
saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not
live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Eternal,
saying, I beseech thee, O Eternal, remember now how I have walked
before Thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which
is good in Thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore."
He put his heart in this prayer! He was in
earnest about this. Notice too that he obeyed God and he trusted Him.
He didn't trust anything or anybody else; he trusted God alone. And he
was in earnest. "And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into
the middle court, that the word of the Eternal came to him, saying,
Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the
Eternal, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have
seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt
go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy days fifteen
years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the
king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for
my servant David's sake." And so he was healed.
"IF It's God's Will"
Now, that reminds me of a time when I was called to the sickbed of a woman, who had called for me to come and pray with her.
When I arrived she said, "Well, I know that God
could heal me if it's His will, but I'm not sure it's His will."
I said to this woman, "Well, you know it's too
bad you can't have your sins forgiven, because, you know, God could
forgive your sins too, thru the blood of Christ, IF IT WAS HIS WILL.
But of course since we can't know anything about His will, why, how are
you ever going to be saved?"
"Oh!" she said, "I know His will, I know it's His will to forgive my sins."
"Well," I said, "You can have faith in that?"
"Yes," she said, "I certainly can."
I asked, "How do you know? How do you know it's His will to forgive your sins?"
"Why, because the Bible tells me so."
"Well, you know," I said, "I believe you're
depending on this: Psalm 103:2-3 -- 'Bless the Eternal, O my soul, and
forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities'!" I
said, "There it is, He forgives every one of your iniquities. Is that
right?" She exclaimed, "Why, yes!"
Then I said, "Listen, why didn't you read the
rest of that sentence? -- 'Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who
health all thy diseases.' "
My friends, can we believe the first half of a
sentence and then think God lied in the last half? Why, the two go hand
in hand. Do you know that when Jesus was here, He not only forgave
sins, He healed the sick, and the healing of the sick is nothing but
forgiveness of sin; the forgiveness of physical sin.
Healing Is Forgiveness of Sin!
is the transgression of the law. Spiritual sin is the transgression of
God's spiritual law, the law of LOVE summed up in the Ten Commandments.
Those are spiritual principles. The penalty of that kind of sin is
death; but it is the second death. It's appointed to all men once to
die, whether you are a Christian, whether converted, or not. And after
that the judgment. But the penalty is eternal death. It is the second
death in the lake of fire. That is the penalty of sin.
But there are physical laws, too, that regulate
your physical health. And if you break those laws, or if they are
broken, it is transgression of law, and it exacts a PENALTY. It might
be an accident, or something you didn't do yourself at all -- you might
not have been guilty of any wrong and yet nature's laws have been
violated, or you wouldn't be sick. It isn't natural to be sick. It's
unnatural, and wrong.
So sickness is only the penalty of physical
transgression, and whenever one is sick, he is paying that penalty! The
penalty of transgressing these physical laws that regulate the human
body is PAIN, suffering, sometimes the first or physical DEATH. It's a
physical transgression, or sin -- and there's a physical PENALTY for
Consequently, healing is nothing more or less
than the FORGIVENESS OF SIN -- the consequent removal from us of the
PENALTY we have incurred -- and no human doctor, no medicine, no drug,
has ever been given power to forgive sin -- whether spiritual or
HOW Healing Works
NONE BUT GOD CAN FORGIVE SIN !
Therefore none but GOD can heal!
Once Jesus was preaching inside a house. As
soon as word spread that He was in the house, so many people flocked to
the place no more could crowd in, and a large crowd was pushing around
the door. Then came four men carrying a bed, upon which was lying a man
very ill with the palsy. Finding themselves unable to get this man thru
the crowd at the door, they went upon the roof, tore away the tiling,
and let the bed down thru a hole in the roof in front of Jesus.
When He saw the faith they had manifested by
this drastic act, Jesus said to the sick man on the bed, "Man, thy sins
are forgiven thee." (Read Luke 5:18-26; Mat. 9:2-8; Mark 2:3-12.)
Now notice HOW Jesus healed!
He did not give the man drugs or medicines, He FORGAVE THE PHYSICAL SINS which had caused the palsy !
The scribes and Pharisees began to reason,
saying, "Who is this which speaketh blasphemies?" (Yes, and the modern
doctors think believing Christians are equally blasphemous today when
we trust the SAME Jesus for healing.) "Who can forgive sins," reasoned
the Pharisees, "but GOD ALONE?" Yes, who? Certainly doctors can't.
Drugs can't. Surgery can't. None but GOD ALONE can forgive sin. And
healing is forgiveness of sin !
"But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He
answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is
easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say, Rise up and walk?
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to
forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee,
Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately
he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed
to his own house, glorifying God."
Now notice, please! The Pharisees knew NONE
could forgive sins, but GOD ALONE! And, in order to prove to them that
healing is the forgiveness of sins -- and that He, Jesus, was actually
USING the very POWER OF GOD in healing, Jesus HEALED this man in front
of their eyes!
He said, "Arise, and take up thy bed, and
WALK"! (Mark 2:9.) WHY? "That ye may KNOW that the Son of man (Christ)
hath power on earth to forgive sins"! THAT'S WHY! Turn to it. Read it
in your own Bible! Healing is FORGIVENESS OF SINS! Therefore, since GOD
ALONE can forgive sins, GOD ALONE CAN HEAL THE SICK !
Christ Paid The Penalty!
Now God "forgiveth ALL thine iniquities," and "health ALL thy diseases."
Well, how does God forgive our spiritual sins?
Sin is the transgression of LAW. (I John 3:4.) That's the Bible
definition of SIN. God's law of "LOVE" is a spiritual law (Rom. 7:14).
The penalty is DEATH (Rom. 6:23). How does God forgive our spiritual
transgressions -- remove the DEATH penalty from us? Why, by having
given His only begotten Son, who, while we were yet sinners, DIED FOR
us. (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8.) In other words, CHRIST PAID THE PENALTY IN
OUR STEAD! So since He paid the penalty we have incurred, for us, in
our stead, God legally can remove the penalty from us. We do not have
to pay the penalty, because JESUS paid it for us!
Then HOW does God forgive physical sins? Why,
exactly the same way! Jesus paid the penalty for them, too, in our
stead! Is that in the Scripture? Most certainly it is!
Here it is: "(Jesus) 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." (Mat.
There it is! Turn to it in your own Bible, and
read it! Jesus healed ALL that were sick, because He Himself took our
physical infirmities, and bare our sicknesses!
Let Peter answer: "By His STRIPES ye are healed" -- I Peter 2:24!
Just before Jesus was taken out to be
crucified, He submitted voluntarily to being BEATEN WITH STRIPES. "Then
released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he
delivered Him to be crucified." (Mat. 27:26.) "Then Pilate ... took
Jesus, and scourged Him." (John 19:1.) Jesus suffered this PHYSICAL
PAIN, actually breaking open His body in great welts, in order to pay
for you, in your stead, the pain, suffering, sickness, or other penalty
of your physical transgressions!
WHY Do We "Break Bread?"
at Lord's Supper, or Communion, or Passover (by whichever name you
might call it), do people take the unleavened BREAD, as well as the
We know the wine represents the blood of
Christ, shed for the remission of our spiritual sins. But what does the
bread represent? Why do we take that?
Notice the instruction of Paul, in I Cor. 11: 23-30.
"The Lord Jesus the same night in which He was
betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and
said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in
remembrance of me." His body was BROKEN -- beaten with lashes -- and by
HIS STRIPES we are HEALED! Thru this, He, Himself, TOOK our infirmities
and bare our sickness!
Now complete Paul's instruction in this
passage. Let him make this meaning absolutely plain and clear!
"Whosoever shall eat this bread ... unworthily, shall be guilty of the
body and blood of the Lord ... For he that eateth and drinketh
unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning
the Lord's body." That is, not UNDERSTANDING that Jesus body was broken
FOR OUR HEALING! Now continue: "For this cause many are weak and sickly
among you, and many sleep" -- that is, are DEAD! (Verses 29-30.)
Because they do not understand Jesus' body was broken for our HEALING
-- because they take this bread unworthily (that is, not trusting in
Jesus' stripes for healing), many are suffering sickness, many have
died -- the penalty of physical transgression!
We take the broken bread UNWORTHILY if, and
when, we take it at communion service and then PUT OUR TRUST IN DOCTORS
AND MEDICINES, instead of in Christ -- thus putting ANOTHER god before
HIM! So, many are sick. Many die!
Do you see? Do you UNDERSTAND? God said, "I am
the God that heals you -- you shall have no other gods before me!" His
name is "Jahveh-Rapha" -- God our HEALER!
Is There No Need for Doctors?
God is the Healer -- the only real Healer -- and if medical science
came out of the ancient heathen practice of medicine-men supposed to be
in the good graces of imaginary gods of medicine, is there, then, no
need for doctors?
Yes, I'm quite sure there is. But if all people
UNDERSTOOD and practiced God's TRUTH, the function of the doctor would
be a lot different than it is today. Actually, there isn't a cure in a
car-load -- or a train-load -- of medicine ! Most sickness and disease
today is the result of faulty diet and wrong eating. The true function
of the doctor should not be to usurp GOD'S prerogative as a HEALER, but
to help you to observe nature's laws by prescribing correct diet,
teaching you how better to live according to nature's laws. In other
words, to PREVENT sickness, not heal after you are sick! Unfortunately,
most doctors today are woefully unprepared properly to advise patients
about diet. They studied MEDICINE -- not FOODS!
There are a few schools of "healing" coming
along today somewhat along this line, who work more with nature's laws,
and not with drugs and medicines -- the naturopaths, osteopaths and
chiropractors, etc. These may and may not be good, largely according to
the school from which they came and the ability of the man himself.
There are other needed functions for certain
types of doctors. Child-bearing, for instance, is not a sickness from
which women need healing, but a natural thing ordained of God. It would
seem but right that we should have obstetrical specialists, then, for
specialized aid and care on such occasions.
If something breaks on my automobile --
something that can be fixed back either by myself or a specialist in a
garage, I do not just PRAY and DO NOTHING, and expect God to do for me
what I can do for myself. If you break an arm, or other bone, it
certainly is right to take it to a specialist and have him SET IT. He
can't HEAL it, however -- you should TRUST GOD to do that. So, you see,
there are a number of functions which human doctors or physicians can
rightly perform. But remember that healing is, after all, OUT OF THEIR
LINE -- only GOD can heal! Only God can forgive sin!
Physicians Took All Her Money
one more illustration, in the New Testament, about going to doctors. A
certain woman, diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, (Mat.
9:20), who had spent all her living in going to many physicians,
NEITHER COULD BE HEALED OF ANY, (Luke 8:43) -- who had actually,
instead of being healed, "SUFFERED many things of many physicians, and
had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew
worse, When she heard of Jesus, came in the press (crowd) behind, and
touched His garment. For she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I
shall be whole. And straightway . . Jesus ... looked round about to see
her that had done this thing
whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague." (Mark 5:26-34.)
Notice, none of these physicians were able to
heal. Rather, this woman grew constantly worse. She actually SUFFERED
many things of these many physicians! And yet they CHARGED HER A PRICE
-- they took all she had -- all her living! In how many homes is that
experience being repeated TODAY?
Listen! Only GOD can heal -- and it is
something He GIVES you -- without money and without price -- NO CHARGE
WHATSOEVER! It's as FREE as salvation!
WHY, then, do people place their faith and
their trust in human men who have no power to help them -- sometimes
spend all their money on these men of a "science, falsely so called" --
and be utterly unable to place any FAITH in GOD to heal them? God can,
and WILL heal you if you're sick! He PROMISES to do it! He's ABLE! He
WILL -- He says so! It costs you nothing!
Then WHY, O WHY, are people unable to place
FAITH in HIM, and in His sure Word, and instead trust the human doctors
who are unable to heal?
IS IT HIS WILL?
Now let's settle this question -- "Is it God's WILL to heal me?" once and for all.
"Be ye not unwise, but UNDERSTANDING what the
will of the Lord is." (Eph. 5:17.) How do YOU KNOW God's will? Is it
His will to forgive your sins -- to give you eternal life? Well, HOW DO
The BIBLE is the revelation of God's will. It
is His very Word! Now if He tells you in plain language it is His will
to SAVE you, you believe Him! And when He tells you in the same kind of
plain language it is His will to HEAL you, YOU MUST BELIEVE HIM!
Otherwise you make God out a liar.
If you can't believe God when He says HE is the
One who HEALS YOU -- when He says He is the One who HEALETH ALL THY
DISEASES -- yes, ALL of them -- then how can you believe Him when He
says He "Forgiveth all thine iniquities" ? If one of those promises --
WRITTEN PROMISES -- of Scripture can be broken, so can the other.
Jesus healed. It was always His will. One came
to Him and said, "If those wilt, thou canst make me clean." He had the
dread disease of leprosy. Jesus promptly answered, "I WILL. Be thou
clean." And immediately the leprosy departed from him. (Luke 5:12-13.)
The Word of God says Jesus Christ is THE SAME,
yesterday, today, and forever. Then it is still His WILL today!
Part of Gospel Commission
not only PREACHED -- He HEALED! "Jesus went about all their cities and
villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the
kingdom, and healing EVERY sickness and EVERY disease among the
people." (Mat. 9:35.)
He commissioned His twelve disciples to HEAL,
as well as preach. "Then He called His twelve disciples together, and
gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick"
GOD ALONE has power to HEAL. But Christ Jesus
delegated this power to His MINISTERS whom He was sending out to
preach! Show me where the Eternal GOD, who alone has the power to heal,
ever delegated that power to the doctors, physicians, of medical
science! HE NEVER DID! They do not HAVE the power to heal, but every
true minister of Jesus Christ -- if he is one whom God has called to
the ministry -- DOES HAVE THAT POWER! Well, what a shame that most
ministers today do not KNOW that they have been given that power, and
most people who are sick do not know it either!
Later Jesus sent 70 other disciples on a
special mission. And He commanded them to "HEAL THE SICK" wherever they
went (Luke 10:1, 9).
His final parting COMMISSION for all ministers
of the Gospel, after His resurrection, just before ascending to heaven,
was this: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
16:15-18). Now that's a PROMISE! Jesus said they SHALL recover!
For the Christian TODAY!
the New Testament Church was started, the apostles and evangelists
continued to HEAL THE SICK as well as preach the Gospel!
Almost immediately after the day of Pentecost
when the Holy Spirit came, Peter and John, in the name of Jesus Christ,
healed the cripple, lame from birth (Acts 3:1-11). As a result, they
were thrown into prison, but after they were released they met with the
other disciples and prayed earnestly to God, saying: "And now, Lord,
behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all
boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth thine hand to
HEAL." "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were
assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and
they spake the Word of God with boldness" (Acts 4:29-31).
Afterward so many were healed, that even
Peter's shadow passing over the sick resulted in their healing, THRU
GOD'S POWER (Acts 5:15). Those who came to these ministers of Christ,
for healing by PRAYER to GOD, were HEALED, every one" (Acts 5:16).
Philip went down to Samaria, and the sick were
HEALED! (Acts 8:5-7.) Thru Paul's ministry, God healed the sick. The
demand on his time became so great, and many at a distance, whom Paul
was unable to visit, wanted healing, and so God honored a SPECIAL MEANS
-- Paul anointed and prayed over pieces of cloth -- handkerchiefs and
aprons -- and sent them to those requesting prayer for healing, and
THEY WERE HEALED! (Read of it in Acts 19:11-12.)
Now God is the SAME, today -- and hundreds
today, are being healed by that very method, given to us in the Word of
God! In my office we hold a daily prayer service. All letters
requesting special prayer are brought in, and members of my staff join
me in interceding with God for each one. All who ask prayer for HEALING
are given special consideration and prayer. And, since it is impossible
for me to visit each of these in their own homes, I anoint a
handkerchief in each case, following the Apostle Paul's example, and
this is mailed to the one who is sick.
God's Instruction to Those Sick TODAY
God's instruction to YOU, today, if you are ill. If we are to live by
every Word of God, we should obey this Scripture. God does not say call
your family physician. Instead, notice:
"Is any sick among you? let him call for the
elders of the church; and let them PRAY over him, anointing him with
oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of FAITH shall save the
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins,
they shall be forgiven him" (Jas. 5:14-15).
He does not say, call the doctors and let them
give medicines and drugs, and God will cause the medicines and drugs
and dope to cure you. Yet that seems to be the way many professing
Christians believe, because it's what they practice.
Instead, God says call GOD'S MINISTERS. And let
them PRAY, anointing with oil (the type and symbol of the Holy Spirit).
Then GOD PROMISES He will HEAL YOU! I can't heal you. No minister can
heal you -- that is, directly. But God PROMISES that when you call for
His called ministers, and they PRAY the prayer of faith (not doubt),
and anoint with oil, that GOD will HEAL! And He has given His ministers
authority to use the POWER contained in the NAME of Jesus Christ, and
in and thru that name, to heal -- tho remember it is always GOD who
actually does the healing, not the minister.
Now if the president of some large company
sends you a check for $100, you take that check to the bank and you
have PERFECT CONFIDENCE you'll get the $100. That check is simply his
written PROMISE to pay you the $100. He is a man, and you TRUST HIM.
You don't shake at the knees, or try to work up FAITH enough to get
that check cashed. Of course not. That would seem silly.
Well, the Bible is the written WORD OF GOD. I
have shown you God's written promise to PAY you a certain thing, upon
demand -- HEALING! Then how much more silly is it when you try to work
up faith, and strive to have faith to just TRUST GOD to do what He
promised ? Is His Word good? Do you BELIEVE it? Do you? If you do, then
cash His "checks" on the "Bank of Heaven," and EXPECT to receive what
God promises! Just like you EXPECT to receive the money from the check
at the bank. That is real faith!
Leave the Way and Time to God
word of caution! You can't dictate to God. He usually doesn't do things
OUR way or always in OUR time. Leave that to Him! He PROMISES to heal
you. Accept His promise. STAND ON THE PROMISES! Expect the answer! You
KNOW you'll get it. But leave the "how" and the "when" to God. Let Him
do it His way and in His time. Faith is the evidence of things NOT SEEN
-- not felt. Don't pay any attention to how you feel, or what you see,
after you have called upon God for healing. Just KNOW YOU are to have
it -- and that's that!
In our many, many experiences, we have had
healings in our own family and many other cases that were
instantaneous. Then I'm thinking now of a woman who came to me and
another minister for prayer for healing. After we anointed her we
noticed no change and she felt none. It was four days later that she
was suddenly, instantly healed. I've known some to heal gradually. It
was even so in Jesus' own ministry -- one began to mend from that hour!
Leave the "how" and "when" to God, but KNOW His promise is SURE!
The Scripture CANNOT BE BROKEN!
"Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth ALL thy diseases!"