Has God healed you from an illness, injury, or some other condition?
Do you believe God heals today?
My pastor preached a sermon this past Sunday on healing and I thought it was worth discussing on this blog today.
In my Bible study on Hebrews, I wrote about Jesus/Yeshua healing us body, soul, and spirit. I had someone proofread two chapters for me and surprised me when she suggested I remove the part about Yeshua healing physically and rather say, “He heals the sickness of our sin.”
Unfortunately, she no longer believed Yeshua healed our physical bodies since God had not healed a few people she knew. I thought that was sad, but I know sometimes Yeshua does not answer our prayers for healing in the way we hope.
Why? Why doesn’t God always heal our bodies from the aches, pains, chronic illnesses, cancer, and injuries we sustain?
I believe there is more to it than we can understand.
I have had a nasty fungal infection for at least ten years on my foot…I have tried everything. Nothing gets rid of it. I prayed for healing, I have gotten all sugar out of my diet since I know fungus feeds on sugar. But no change.
I also have TMJ, which is when the joint in my jaw becomes inflamed and often slips out of joint. As many of you know this is painful. After it popped out while flossing my teeth, I prayed and asked Yeshua to heal it.
For about two weeks it felt great. It stopped dislocating and I could yawn and floss my teeth without pain.
One day while reading my Bible, my jaw suddenly went out. I immediately asked God why.
I said, “I thought you healed my jaw, Lord, why is this happening?
He spoke to my heart with the words, “Don’t believe satan’s lies.” I rebuked satan and his lies and told him, “Yeshua has healed my jaw and nothing you do can change that.”
My jaw has been fine since that day two months ago.
There are reasons we don’t experience healing:
I think God knows whether the healing or the suffering will keep us close to Him. Does the pain or the healing give testimony to Yeshua? Does the pain bring you closer to God in complete dependence or will the healing bring you closer to God? Only God know which one it is.
Are we sabotaging our health by our diet? Has God put people and doctors in your path to instruct you about eating right, yet you ignore them? God has given us many good fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean meats to eat. Has He spoken to you about your way of eating? Our poor diets will affect our bodies negatively. We want to eat all the fats, sugar, and bad carbs, then we want Yeshua to take away the adverse effects of it.
Believe it or not, even critical attitudes, bitterness, and unforgiveness can affect our health. We open a door to demonic spiritual influence through our sin.
Our sin can make us sick.
I have told this story before, a friend of mine called me complaining of her heart palpitations. She made an appointment to see her doctor but wondered if she should be worried. We prayed for healing.
Within a few days, the heart palpitations had stopped…. but within two months they were back. When we prayed together again, the Holy Spirit dropped a line into my heart: “Her heart problem is a heart problem.”
This friend was dealing with bitterness and resentment, which she confessed to me later. Once she asked for forgiveness, her heart problem went away.
Satan can also lie to us about our healing. God heals us, then satan comes along and makes all the symptoms return, leaving us feeling like the healing was not real.
That is what he wants us to believe. Does satan have that kind of power? Yes. He has the power to deceive us. Without knowledge and understanding of satan’s’ ways, tricks, and deceit, he steals what Yeshua has given, destroys our peace, and kills our faith.
Without knowledge and understanding of satan’s’ ways, tricks, and deceit, he steals what Yeshua has given, destroys our peace, and kills our faith. #IsHealingforReal? #ThisSideofHeavenTweet
I have heard of many healings which have “reversed” themselves. We must not allow satan to steal our healing!
I was once praying over a young man who had come up for prayer. He wanted prayer for healing of a family member who had cancer. While a friend and I prayed for him, the Holy Spirit surprised me by saying, “I will not heal him on this earth. I’m taking him home.” I wasn’t sure I heard correctly, so I ignored it…The next morning, I began praying for this young man’s family member, and again the Holy Spirit stopped me with, “Don’t ask me to heal him, I will heal him in Heaven.” I stopped praying for his healing and instead prayed for the family.
This may sound strange or even unloving of God, but I know of a close friend who also had God tell her something similar while praying for healing.
God’s compassion and love says, “I will not let you suffer here for long; I am taking you home.”
So, our physical healing can be instantaneous, over time, or in Heaven. It is God’s decision.
There is a word in Greek which means saved. It is sozo.
Sozo means: to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, rescuing one (from injury or peril), to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health, or to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue.https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Lexicon.show/ID/G4982/sozo.htm
The woman healed from a bleeding disorder when she touched the fringe of Yeshua’s prayer shawl in Matthew 9:21…
For she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well [sozo].”https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?t=kjv&strongs=g4982
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save [sozo] the lost.”Luke 19:10
Yeshua came to find us and to save us by giving us eternal life, healing of our hearts, souls, minds (emotions), and bodies, and by rescuing us from the evil one. He is our hope, our Savior, and our Refuge.
How has Yeshua saved you? Please share your story!