Healing Questions Answered
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Bob Petersen
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October 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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HEALING QUESTIONS ANSWERED

 

Let’s answer some common questions:

  1. Does God want everyone healed?
  2. Where does sickness come from?
  3. If God wants everyone healed then why isn’t everyone healed
  4. Does God put sickness on us?
  5. Does God use sickness to teach or punish us?
  6. Is it a lack of faith if I see a doctor or take medicine?

 

Many who combat healing do so from what they consider the abuse of it and people’s experiences of not being healed.

 

1.Does God want every sickness healed?

 

First, we need to see how God views sickness and disease.

Matthew 9:35 NKJV Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Exodus 23:25-26 NKJV 25 "So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. 26 No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. 

 

Secondly, we need to see that Jesus paid for healing and forgiveness in the same process

Isaiah 53:4-5 (AMP) Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

 

Did Jesus take on Himself every sin that will ever be committed?

  • If not, He has to die again for every sin committed after the cross

How do we access that forgiveness?

Did Jesus take on Himself every sickness and disease?

  • If not, He has to pick and choose and He’s not a respecter of persons

Bill Johnson: How can God choose not to heal someone when He already purchased their healing? Was His blood enough for all sin, or just certain sins? Were the stripes He bore only for certain illnesses, or certain seasons of time? When He bore stripes in His body He made a payment for our miracle. He already decided to heal. You can’t decide not to buy something after you’ve already bought it.

 

Lastly, we need to see that salvation and healing were bought for us in the same process

Matthew 9:2 NAS And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven."

Luke 7:37-38, 50 NAS 37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 

50 And He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved (Gr. Sozo) you; go in peace."

 

2.Where does sickness come from?

 

  • Viruses, diseases & such that are natural to this fallen world through the original sin
    • These type of things can gain entrance through worry, weakened immune systems
  • Biological and generational weaknesses
    • Spirit of infirmity
    • I take vitamins and also Mucinex during certain times of the year
  • Directly from the enemy
    • This can be in the form of attacks, open doors such as witchcraft, unforgiveness, etc.
  • Sin
  • Self-affliction
    • Eating bad, smoking, drugs, etc.

 

3.If God wants everyone healed then why isn’t everyone healed

 

We need to remember where the sovereignty of God starts and stops

  • Lack of knowledge
  • Lack of faith
    • Don’t take offense at the thought that you don’t have enough faith
    • The disciples were called, “Oh you of little faith” many times

 

Faith is simply you believing what God says and pursuing it

 

We need to understand that just because we say we believe it doesn’t mean that we are convinced to the point that faith takes over

  • Mental assent is where our mind says we believe but our heart doesn’t
  • Mental assent isn’t bad as long as we remember that it is just that, an assent.
    • When a building is higher than us we climb stairs to enter it
    • As we learn about healing we are climbing stairs to enter the supernatural manifestations of it
      • The gift of faith might be the elevator

 

Faith is something that we grow in by reading and believing God’s word

Romans 10:17 NKJV So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:15-17 GOD'S WORD 15 How can people tell the Good News if no one sends them? As Scripture says, "How beautiful are the feet of the messengers who announce the Good News." 16 But not everyone has believed the Good News. Isaiah asks, "Lord, who has believed our message?" 17 So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message that is heard is what Christ spoke.

 

Mark 5:25-34 NAS 25 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse —  27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28 For she thought, "If I just touch His garments, I will get well." 29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My garments?"  31 And His disciples said to Him, "You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" 32 And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well (Gr. Sozo); go in peace and be healed of your affliction."

 

4. Does God put sickness on us to teach or punish us?

  • Does God put sin on anyone?

 

Common instances where people say God puts sickness on people

  1. God sent plagues on the Egyptians
    1. But those covered were not touched by them
  2. What about Job?
    1. God didn’t do any of that, the devil did

 

  • Sickness is always to be opposed and never accepted.

 

5.Does God use sickness to teach us?

Again, God doesn’t put sickness on us to teach us.

But, we can seek to find out how sickness got access to us and by doing so learn.

 

6.Is it a lack of faith if I see a doctor or take medicine?

  • Absolutely not.

 

  • The only time to not take medicine or see a doctor is when God directly tells you not to
  • You can work from there and believe God for whatever you want according to your faith

 

How do we access healing?

  1. Pray or be prayed for and believe you receive by faith and not how you feel.
  2. Seek God for any blockage when healing isn’t manifested in it’s time.
  3. Seek God for any supplementation to your original prayer.
  4. Thank and acknowledge God for healing according to His word

 

Bill Johnson’s steps if you’re not healed:

  1. Realize it’s not God’s fault.
  2. Learn from others who see miracles. Have them pray for you. If you don’t know people who see miracles, find them.
  3. Do what Jesus told His disciples to do when He addressed the problem – pray and fast (not just for a specific problem, but for a lifestyle anointing.)
  4. Take risk – pray for people (NOT – “if it be thy will” kind of prayer.)
  5. When God heals people, give Him thanks and praise.
  6. If someone isn’t healed, realize the problem isn’t God, and seek Him for direction as well as personal breakthrough (greater anointing for consistency in healing). Also, don’t take it personal. There are other factors involved besides great faith. That is only one element in the equation. Just learn to do your best to be faithful to His gospel, and honor Him for the results. It’s also not wise to blame the person who is sick.
  7. There’s a difference between a miracle and healing. Miracles happen in an instant and healing happens over time. It is important to recognize the progress of what God is doing in a person’s body and give thanks, because healing increases in an atmosphere of thankfulness.