It’s All About Healing
Hello folks, I am the Reverend Hank Wilson and welcome to the Christian Life Gospel Ministry’s Facing Life, it is our Biblical guide to staying upright when life tries to knock you down.
Often in this life, we find either others or ourself in need of healing. The damage might be due to an illness, an injury, emotionally upset; no matter the reason, we find we need help healing.
As a Christian, I firmly believe in God’s ability to help me heal, no matter the issue. So today, I want to take a look at how does God heal, are there times when God doesn’t heal, how can I deal with it when I’m not healed, and has God made any kind of promise to us about healing.
As usual, let’s start with a Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are in charge of the Universe. I know that you have a grand plan for us. I believe that you sent your Son, my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ to live and walk among us and to die for us. I believe that you raised Him from the grave and that He sits at your right hand. Father, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit into my life whenever I begin to feel in need of healing; healing an emotional wound, healing a physical ailment, healing from spiritual damage. I also ask that you send the Holy Spirit to help when someone I know is in pain and needs a healing touch. Thank you – Amen.”
Our scripture reading today is from the Gospel of Luke Chapter 5 verses 12-16. The Leper and the Paralytic. “While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And He ordered him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.”
As I mentioned in the beginning of the program, often in this life, we find either others or ourself in need of healing. The damage might be due to an illness, an injury, it be emotional, whatever the cause we just need help healing.
Moreover, as I declared in the beginning I am a follower of Jesus, and I firmly believe in God’s ability to help me heal, no matter the issue. So today, I want to take a look at how does God heal, are there times when God doesn’t heal, how can I deal with it when I’m not healed, and has God made any kind of promise to us about healing.
How does God heal? Our scripture in Luke 5, told us, one method is through miracles. The leper’s faith and belief in Jesus was strong and Jesus healed him. The leper reached out to Jesus for healing, and Jesus reached out and touched him.
One of my personal favorites is Mark Chapter 5 Verse 3 when Jesus healed on the Sabbath, “He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. He *said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And He *said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.” In this story, because according to Jewish law, it was unlawful to do any type of work on the Sabbath and the Pharisees are watching Jesus to see what He would do. Jesus asks them if it was lawful to do a good deed on the Sabbath, if it was ok to save a life. They did not answer Him and that bothered Jesus, and He went and healed the man. The stories in Luke and Mark are just two of at least 30 times the New Testament tells us about a miracle that Jesus performed that healed a person.
I realize there are those who say, ‘those are no such things as miracles’, there must be an explanation. As Saint Augustine once said, “Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.” Our human mind is limited in how much we truly know and understand about the way God works and how God has designed nature to work.
In 1983, physician Rex Gardner published a study in the British Medical Journal after he studied a number of miraculous healing events.
Three of the cases he mentions are:*(Cases are from www.collective-evolution.com)
“In 1975, a student physician was suddenly diagnosed with what is called Water-house Friderichsen syndrome. It’s a fatal disease, a bacterial blood infection that leads to massive internal bleeding. In this particular hospital there was a zero percent success rate of healing for anyone suffering from it. In the same evening, four separate groups actively sent healing intention to the patient and there then occurred a drastic improvement in her condition. When she had been admitted to the hospital, her chest X-rays showed extensive left-side pneumonia and a completely collapsed middle lobe of the lung. She also had developed intraocular bleeding, which left her one hundred percent blind in one eye. Only forty-eight hours later, the X-ray showed a perfectly clear chest, and she had regained full vision. This is impossible, according to modern day physicians.”
The final case is about “a woman who took a hard fall on a cement floor. She was taken to a hospital and the X-ray showed a compound fracture of the pelvis. This is a serious injury, one that takes a very long time to heal and even longer to rehabilitate. This woman was taken home where she was then surround by others praying for her and laying their hands on her. She should have been bedridden, unable to move for weeks, but after only two days she had fully recovered.”
As seen in each of those previous cases where an ‘unexplained’ or miraculous healing occurred, prayer quite often accompanied it. In fact, prayer is a recommended method of asking for healing. In James Chapter 5 Verse 14 “14 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”. In my home church, we have seen several cases where after the church came together and prayed for a person, the person healed; strong faith plays a role in all healings.
One very important way that God heals is by providing physicians and medicine. I grew up in a medical family and can attest to the fact that the knowledge of doctors and the improvements in medical technology and medicines, has helped heal people who otherwise would have died.
Throughout history physicians has played a major role in society and healing. In 2 Kings Chapter 20 verse 7 we read, “Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.” I believe that God has given physicians the knowledge and the desire they have to help. Without the power of God behind them, without the ability God has built into their genes, they would not be able to have the success rate they have.
Unfortunately, even with everyone praying for us, even when we have the very best in medical care, sometimes, we are not healed. Why doesn’t God always heal us? Frankly, there is no clear-cut reason why God heals some folks and not others. I believe that if we continue to profess our faith and trust in God no matter what we are going through, then it is as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians Chapter 12 Verses 7-10. “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 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.”
I believe that Paul is saying that since the knowledge he has received about the risen Christ is so powerful that in order to keep Paul from becoming so full of himself, that Jesus has given him something that was causing Paul problems. When Paul prayed for the removal of the ‘thorn’, Jesus answered him by essentially saying ‘no’. Paul realized that instead of talking about how great he, (Paul) is, that instead he would focus on admitting his own weaknesses. That is how we should understand the situation when our own healing isn’t total. By admitting that we are battling issues, while professing our faith in Christ others will see our actions and benefit from our struggles.
I think about that when I encounter a veteran who might have lost limbs but has never given up hope and continually fights on and perseveres. I have known people who were so sick, so infirmed that they wanted to just give up, but instead, they fought and maintained a positive attitude.
When it seems as if there was no answer to our prayers for healing then we must continue our prayers asking for understanding and patience. Healing and comfort will come our way one form or another. It is written in Psalm 147 Verses 1-3 that we are to “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is becoming. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” The healing may not come in the form of a cure for whatever we are suffering from; the healing may come in the form of our being better able to endure it.
God has a plan for each of us and if we open our hearts and minds to Him, that plan will be come clearer. He will heal us one way or the other. The next time you find yourself in need of a healing touch try this prayer. “Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are in charge of the Universe. I know that you have a grand plan for us. I believe that you sent your Son, my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ to live and walk among us and to die for us. I believe that you raised Him from the grave and that He sits at your right hand. Father, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit into my life whenever I begin to feel in need of healing; healing an emotional wound, healing a physical ailment, healing from spiritual damage. I also ask that you send the Holy Spirit to help when someone I know is in pain and needs a healing touch. Thank you – Amen.”
So until next time, stay strong, stay in prayer, and you can always find me sitting on the porch out in the country, reading my bible and doing my best to live life as a Christian. God Bless y’all
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