Six months after the Lord healed me, I climbed half-way up the Great Wall of China (only halfway because the bus was going to leave). I would not have been able to climb the steps without healing.
Wednesday will be the eighth anniversary of the Lord’s healing. On November 21, 2010, Jesus healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, confirmed a miracle by my doctor. I struggled for about 15 years with pain, fibro fog, and other issues. I was about to resign from the job I thought God had chosen for me when God healed me. Sometimes, God brings those of us who are strong-willed and A-types to our knees in utter hopelessness before we will give Him control of our lives, our bodies, and our circumstances, even though we try. In our weaknesses, He is strong!
The next two days are dedicated to Jehovah Rapha, God our Healer.
Two years before God healed me, He impressed upon Keith, my husband, and me that He would heal me. We started thanking God for the healing and pressed into the Scriptures on healing and waiting upon Him. Abraham’s journey in faith became important to me. God promised Abraham an heir, and he waited 25 years for Isaac; yet, he believed God.
8 Reasons to Believe God for Healing
- God has been our Healer from the beginning.
And He said, ‘If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.’ Exodus 15:26
- Jesus goes out of His way to heal.
And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.’ Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him.’ Matthew 8:5-7
- Jesus touches those who are unclean. Jesus, the eternally clean Son of God, touched the leper (contagious and deemed unclean; anyone who touched him would also be deemed unclean), and he was healed.
Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:3
- Jesus honors our attempts to touch Him.
And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself, ‘If I only touch His garment, I will get well.’ But Jesus turning and seeing her said, ‘Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.’ At once the woman was made well. Matthew 9:20-22
- Jesus healed all who came to Him.
And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:30-31
- Jesus took our diseases on the cross.
And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24;
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. Isaiah 53:5;
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: ‘HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES. Matthew 8:16-17
- Jesus stops to heal those who cry out to Him. Blind Bartimaeus was begging on the road that Jesus was taking to Jerusalem on His way to the cross, and Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was coming.
When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ … And Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.’ … And Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. Mark 10:47, 49, 52.
- The Holy Spirit empowers Jesus’ disciples to heal. Peter to the lame man at the Gate Beautiful:
But Peter said, ‘I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene–walk!’ … With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. Acts 3:6, 8
At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s portico. … And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number, to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed. Acts 5:12, 14-16 ;
Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. James 5:14-15
Healing is for today.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
From the beginning of the world, Jesus has been our Healer. When the Holy Spirit fell upon the followers of Jesus on Pentecost, they received power. That power is for you and me today. We are promised healing, whether it is in this life on earth or in our transformed life when we see Jesus face-to-face.
Healing May Be Delayed
As Jesus does not always remove our issues in life, He does not always heal in this life. Jesus healed people through the apostle Paul. Paul considered Timothy his spiritual son; yet, Timothy had stomach problems.
No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. 1 Timothy 5:23.
God knows what is best for us. Sometimes, He gives us a thorn in the flesh as He gave Paul to keep him depending upon Him.
Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
The Old and New Testaments are filled with stories about people being healed and with people who receive promises from God. God deals with His followers in unique ways, and He knows what is best for us. Waiting, an active anticipation of God’s promise, is essential. Just as Abraham believed God’s promises to him and started walking to the Promised Land, a land he did not know, we must believe God’s promises to us and start walking.
We can learn from the experiences of others, especially the experiences of those in the Bible.
Remember, God heals miraculously today, AND God uses doctors today to heal. Luke accompanied Paul much of the time, and Luke was a physician.
8 Steps to Take Today
Below are eight steps you can do today to begin your walk towards peace.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you seek God’s best for your life.
- Dig deep into the Scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what He has for you to learn.
- Ask another believer to become your prayer partner.
- Pray that God will open doors for you and close those doors that He does not want you to go through.
- Start walking where you think the Lord is leading you. He will be faithful to close the doors He does not want you to go through if you ask Him.
- Thank the Lord for what He is doing in your life and what He will be doing in your life.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each evening, enter three things that you are grateful for that happened that day and one person you are thankful for. At the end of each week, read the previous week’s entries and give thanks.
- Work with your physician and pray that the Lord will give your health care providers His perfect wisdom. God promises His wisdom in abundance. Read James 1:5-6.
Jehovah Rapha, our Great Healer, we pray for the needs of Your followers. Father, they are great and many needs. Embrace these readers with Your healing touch. Comfort them, Holy Spirit, and give them peace. In the waiting, in the listening, in the quiet, give them hope. Now, may the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ enfold each one as they become aware of your gifts of every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. We honor and glorify Your Holy Name. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
In the comments section below, tell us what you are praying for. I will pray for you, and I am sure that others will pray for you.
Let’s start a prayer community. Prayer is powerful.