Sickness and diseases are usually accompanied by sin, when you sin and don’t repent from it, you open doors to sickness, poverty and a lot more.
I think all of us are fascinated with this part of the Bible. Healing is something most question first when it comes to God, why didn’t that person get healed and so on.
We did a Bible study last year regarding healing and what different types of healing the Bible mentions, it was interesting to see how healing is not only applied to the physical but also spiritual. One thing that really stood out to me was the healing of the land and, how our sins play a big part in that.
Healing can be put into a few categories and that is how we will discuss this, let’s start by breaking down the different categories:
Rolls in healing – human element (faith), intercessors, words and thoughts
Physical healing of the body – with medicine, laying on hands, Jesus
Miracles – prophets, followers, “agents” from the devil, Jesus
Spiritual healing – land, people
Rolls in healing – Human element (faith)
Deuteronomy 32:39: “‘See now that I, I am He, and there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and I who give life. I have wounded, and it is I who heal, and there is no one who can deliver from [the power of] My hand.” We see here that the Bible mentions God doing the healing, sometimes it doesn’t depend on someone else praying for you or physically laying on hands to heal a person, it is all about the person that needs healing having faith in God that they will be healed. Either God wants to teach that person to believe and trust in Him or it’s just the person wanting to learn to have faith.
Psalm 103:3: “Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases;” God healing sickness or diseases because of our sins, when we repent of our sins most of the time healing comes shortly after if not immediately. Sickness and diseases are usually accompanied by sin, when you sin and don’t repent from it, you open doors to sickness, poverty and a lot more.
Jeremiah 30:17: “‘For I will restore health to you and I will heal your wounds,’ says the Lord, ‘Because they have called you an outcast, saying: “This is Zion; no one seeks her, and no one cares for her.”’ When your circumstances or environment gets healed from your enemies doing or attacks.
Matthew 13:58: “And He did not do many miracles there [in Nazareth] because of their unbelief.” Obviously, there is a lot more to it in this verse than just unbelief but, unbelief can cause a person not to get healed or to stay sick. I recently watched a testimony of a lady that was diagnosed with Lupus and a few other diseases, the doctors told her that she had 24-hours to live. A few hours in a man came up to her and asked if he could pray for her. She agreed, and he asked her if she believed that God can heal her which she replied and said, “I don’t know, wasn’t healing just for the people in the Bible?” The man then replied and said God’s word tells us that we are healed through the stripes of Jesus. She said well if the Word of God says so then I’m taking it. He laid his hands on her and started praying for healing. She then went and proclaimed every day that she is healed. The enemy made her pain worse the next 12 months but after that she was 100% healed. She said that if someone prays for healing you must stand firm on that promise and believe it, the enemy will try and convince you otherwise. If you don’t believe it, you could end up taking away or blocking your healing.
Mark 5:34: “Then He said to her, “Daughter, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in Me] has restored you to health; go in peace and be [permanently] healed from your suffering.”” Here is another example of someone having faith that they will get healed. She not only had faith in her healing, but she had faith in Jesus that she will get healed. I think most people don’t fully understand this concept, if you have faith in JESUS that He can heal, restore and give life then it will happen, Jesus won’t disappoint you. It is the same as in Luke 18:42: “Jesus said to him, “Regain your sight; your [personal trust and confident] faith [in Me] has made you well.”
James 5:14: “Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;” Some people are called to be intercessors, and some are just called to act as an intercessor in that moment. In this verse we see that intercessors were called to come and pray for healing along with using oil. Healing came through another person praying.
Numbers 12:11-15: “11 Then Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, I plead with you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12 Oh, do not let her be like one dead, already half decomposed when he comes from his mother’s womb.” 13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Heal her please, O God, I plead with You!” 14 But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up outside the camp for seven days, and afterward she may return.” 15 So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was brought in again [and declared ceremonially clean from her leprosy].” Moses was an intercessor on behalf of the people, he was the only one that could stand in front of the Lord at that time.
Words and thoughts
Proverbs 16:24: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.”
Proverbs 17:22: “A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Demonic spirits feed off negative thoughts and words, you give them more authority by allowing yourself to think and later speak in a negative manner. If you speak life, life will come forth.
In Numbers 12:10-15 the people got sick because of what they said, they spoke against Moses, but they did not know that they were speaking against God directly.
Physical healing of the body
2 Kings 20:17: “Then Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And they brought it and placed it on the [painful] inflammation, and he recovered.” Healing can come through the work of medicine as well. There are many examples of the disciples taking medicine for their illnesses. I think in situations like these we must consult God and ask for wisdom whether we need to take medicine or not, many plants and herbs were made with medicinal qualities.
Mark 2:10-11: “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has the authority and power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralyzed man, 11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your mat and go home.” Jesus has done a lot of miracles when He was still on earth, there are so many examples where He healed people of physical illnesses.
Prophets – 1 Kings 17:22-24: “The Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived. 23 Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the [lower part of the] house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.” 24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.” Elijah prayed to God to bring her son back to life and God allowed it and raised him from the dead.
2 Kings 5:14: “So he went down and plunged himself into the Jordan seven times, just as the man of God had said; and his flesh was restored like that of a little child and he was clean.” He was healed through a prophetic word spoken by Elisha.
Followers – Acts 5:15-16: “More and more believers in the Lord, crowds of men and women, were constantly being added to their number, 15 to such an extent that they even carried their sick out into the streets and put them on cots and sleeping pads, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on one of them.” Now, this is a very debated passage because it sounds like the shadow of Peter had magic powers, but in fact it was the Glory of God that was surrounding Peter that healed these people. God’s presence was so strong that they all got healed. I think Peter had a whole lot of faith, he probably prayed as he passed them in the streets and the people just got healed.
Acts 28:8: “And it happened that the father of Publius was sick [in bed] with recurring attacks of fever and dysentery; and Paul went to him, and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him.” Imagine the pain Publius went through, but God intervened!
“Agents” from the devil – 2 Thessalonians 2:9: “The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies],” There are a lot of deceiving spirits working in the churches, doing miracles and all sorts of signs and wonders. We need to be vigilant and pray for the spirit of discernment.
Revelations 13:3: “I saw one of his heads which seemed to have a fatal wound, but his fatal wound was healed; and the entire earth followed after the beast in amazement.”
2 Chronicles 7:13-14: “If I shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence and plague among My people, 14 and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” When we sin, it not only affects us but also our environment (land). So, for God to restore the land and to heal we must repent and ask for
2 Chronicles 30:18-20: “For the majority of the people, many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, and yet they ate the Passover contrary to what had been prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon 19 everyone who sets his heart to seek God—the Lord God of his fathers—even though it is not in accordance with the [ceremonial] purification [rules] of the sanctuary.” 20 So the Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people [of their uncleanness].” God can heal us through His mercy, if we seek God with all our heart and we really seek His face we can be cleansed of all impurities and be made new.
Hosea 14:4: “I will heal their apostasy and faithlessness; I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from Israel.” God can heal a lot of areas in our lives when we turn away from our sins and turn towards God.
1 Peter 2:24: “He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed.” We are healed through Jesus, just as we discussed earlier, when you believe that Jesus can heal, and you put your trust in Him, you will be healed. His blood paid for it all, our sins and
Matthew 4:24: “So the news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were sick, those suffering with various diseases and pains, those under the power of demons, and epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.”
On that note the most important part about healing is Jesus, His blood covers everything and everyone. When healing doesn’t happen we need to ask ourselves how did we or the person get to this point? Was it sin, unforgiveness, idolatry, words that we spoke or just a negative environment? Always consult God first, God will guide you if you let Him. – PDM