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Tuesday, August 06 2019

This blog is based on a sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel,

Psalm 103:1-4 KJV

[1] Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 

[2] Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 

[3] Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 

[4] Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

When I was 4 years old, I was diagnosed with pneumonia.  My physician suggested that I be taken to the hospital, but my parents took me to the pastor first.  He prayed and I was healed.

During my childhood, I would become sick with pneumonia a few more times, but I was not miraculously healed and recovered through conventional medicine.

Why did God heal me at age 4, but not at age 6 or 8?  Why does God heal one person, but not another?

Mark 16:17-18 KJV

[17] And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 

[18] They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

The promise of healing is in the Bible, but Paul instructed Timothy:

1 Timothy 5:23 KJV

[23] Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

Paul was not giving Timothy an excuse to drink wine, but was telling him to take his medicine.  Furthermore, we know Jesus did much more than the scripture documents, but he did not heal every sick or disabled person He encountered.

Are these contradictions in the scripture? No, God does heal, but there are times that he does not heal.

A friend of Jesus’ died...

John 11:1-4 KJV

[1] Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 

[2] (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 

[3] Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 

[4] When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

Each of us in our lives will become sick or injured.  We may need healing

  • Physically
  • Emotionally
  • Spiritually
  • Relationships

Healing is a promise of God.

Isaiah 53:5 KJV

[5] 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.

It is said that Jesus may have received up to 468 stripes when he was beaten by a whip with lead or bones attached.  The Romans were not limited by Jewish Law to 39 stripes so after they bared Jesus’ entire body, they would beat Him until the soldiers were tired.  It was the blood spilled in His infirmity that allows for our healing.  

God can heal you if are sick in your body or are suffering emotionally, spiritually or relationally.

James 5:14-16 KJV

[14] 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: 

[15] 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. 

[16] Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Scripturally, the foundation of healing is faith or I believe God will heal.

Acts 14:8-10 KJV

[8] And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: 

[9] The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 

[10] Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

We also know that faith without works (deed or work) is dead.  The doctrine or teaching of healing begins with faith, but we must know that God is sovereign and is not subject to what we see as best.  He does not operate within our limited abilities and desires.

Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV

[8] For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord . 

[9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Since God is not bound by our limited thoughts and ways, His idea of healing may be different and better than ours.

The Bible gives us 4 things that can happen when we pray for a healing.

  1. God heals immediately

In John 5, the Bible tells us of the man at the pool of Bethesda 

  • A multitude of sick...Jesus walked by all of them.
  • Jesus picks a “certain” or a particular man
  • Sick for 38 years

John 5:6-9 KJV

[6] When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case , he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 

[7] The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 

[8] Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 

[9] And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked...

2.   God heals because it serves His greater purpose

John 9:1-7 KJV

[1] And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 

[2] And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 

[3] Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 

[4] I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 

[5] As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 

[6] When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 

[7] And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

3. Our healing may arrive after we come to a greater understanding of the Will of God

  • Lazarus
  • Jesus waited until Lazarus died, but it opened a door for Him to teach His will.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

John 11:25-26 KJV

[25] Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 

[26] And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

4. Our healing may come after we go through

Psalm 23:4 KJV

[4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

4. God may say “No”  - because it is best for us2 Corinthians 12:7-10 KJV

[7] And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 

[8] For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 

[9] And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: (God is giving us something better than healing) for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

[10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

When we pray for someone to be healed, we are not left to explain why God does not immediately heal.  He is sovereign.  

Bad things happen to good people.

God has not failed us not has He forsaken us.

His promises are true, and we must trust Him.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

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