Journey to healing and wholeness

Through correct philosophies and right thinking

Knowing that God wants you well

God has provided healing for us through Christ’s crucifixion. It is one of the gifts that He has chosen to give mankind and that is one of the reasons that He wants us well. He wants all of His children (sons and daughters) to be able to receive and walk in every gift that He has made available to us through His Son Jesus Christ. In His earthly ministry, Jesus healed many people and healing is still available to us today through the redemptive work of Christ. As you read through this journey, it will become self evident that God wants you well and healing can be yours because Jesus provided it for us and God loves us and wants us to walk in the fulness that His Son provided for us.
Many people willingly embrace their sickness or infirmity as God’s plan for their lives. Sickness is not God’s plan for your life! Scripture tells us that, “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” John 10:10. The devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but Christ came to give life and to give life more abundantly. Sickness is not from God, just as health and life are not from the devil, it is actually that simple. I don’t think anyone would accredit the devil with giving God’s people health and life, why then do we then accredit God with bringing or allowing sickness, disease to come upon His own people? When we do this, either we are ignorant of God’s Word and His goodness or we are questioning and slandering His character.
Jesus, God manifested in the flesh, during His earthly ministry never put sickness on anyone. He never told anyone that it was not in God’s timing for them to become well and He never refused to heal anyone. Jesus always healed and was always willing to heal. When the leper came to Jesus asking if He would heal him, Jesus replied, “I will,” Matthew 8:3 and Mark 1:41. The only time in the gospels where it tells us that Jesus could not do many mighty works is in Matthew 13:54 58 and Mark 6:1 6, when He was in His home town of Nazareth. Because the people doubted that Jesus could do anything for them and most likely, they did not even bother to come out to Him.
I have listed here several scriptures that speak of healing and living the abundant life. Jesus equated this with doing good and not evil. You will not find death in any of the scriptures, nor will you find any reference to sickness of any type.
Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed, 1st Peter 2:24.
But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you, Romans 8:11.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him, Acts 10:38.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all thine iniquities; Who heals all thy diseases, Psalm 103:2 3.
Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers, 3rd John 1:2.
He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:20-21.
. . . for I am the LORD that healeth thee, Exodus 15:26.

Most people know John 3:16; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” And they consider it to be solely a salvation verse, but let’s read the two verses before it and we will see that it also refers to healing.
14 But even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him, John 3:14-17.

The account of the serpent in the wilderness is that the Israelites had gotten into complaining and God sent fiery serpents to bite and kill the people. However, Moses interceded to God and he was told to lift up a bronze serpent on a pole and that when the people looked at it, they would be healed. You can read about this in Numbers 21:5 9.
John 3:16-17, is the New Testament fulfillment of Numbers 21:8. Whoever believes on, looks on Him (Christ), shall not perish, but have everlasting life. The church has minimized the term “everlasting life” to mean merely living forever. All of us will live forever, some of us to everlasting life and others to eternal damnation; “those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of damnation,” John 5:29. The definition of everlasting life is this; “And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent,” John 17:3. Everlasting life is knowing God, His Word, His Son and His Spirit, that we might also gain the inheritance that we have in Christ (life and life more abundant). And life more abundant includes health and healing. Even earthly logic tells us that sickness is not having life more abundantly. Some people will then make the argument that we all have to die of something. And it is true that we will all die, “for it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27. So we shall all pass from this physical life, but we do not need to be taken because of sickness or disease. We can live a healthy, productive and triumphant life up until the very end.
We also see in the Old Testament that life and health are blessings and death and sickness are curses, Deuteronomy chapter 28. Now, in the New Testament, we are no longer under the curse, for Jesus has taken that from us, Galatians 3:13. We are now under “grace.” Life and health are still blessings and we can consider death and sickness to be non blessings. Man can come up with many clever reasonings to justify his sickness. I have put down a few of the more common justifications, ones that I have also used over the years, with a very small critique next to each. However, I will not spend time debating these arguments. For God’s power is within His Word and not in man’s vain philosophies that make the Word of God of no effect, Colossians 2:8.

God is teaching me something through this. (Sickness is not from God; it is from the devil. God’s preferred way of teaching is through His Word, 2nd Timothy 3:16-17. However, your sickness could be leading you to know God’s Word and the power within His Word. And in that respect, He is trying to teach you something).
God made me like this and if it’s OK with Him, it’s OK with me. (I tried believing this lie for years, and you can even attempt to justify this through, Exodus 4:11. But, why would a all powerful and loving God, who could make perfection, choose to make less than what He was able to make and then say, “I am OK with it”?)

Well, the important thing is your spirit, (implying that physical healing doesn’t matter). (You tell that to someone hurting and in chronic pain. If the physical body is hurting, the spirit and the soul are also grieving. God is love and true love would not leave someone suffering and say, “well, it really does not matter”).
He told me that His grace was sufficient for me, (as I bear my sickness). (His grace covers believers and unbelievers alike. However, this does not apply to sickness, it applies to “persecution for righteousness sake,” 2nd Timothy 3:12. I address this later, in this section. But, if you want to believe this applies to your sickness, you have the right to do so. For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he, Proverbs 23:7).

The justifications that we come up with can be endless. We do this mainly to make ourselves feel better about our inability to receive healing from God’s Word, that we or others need and place all the responsibility for our healing on God.
Many bible scholars, when trying to disprove physical healing, say that it only refers to spiritual healing. This may be the focus of certain scriptures, for we are a three-part being, (body, soul and spirit). “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1st Thessalonians 5:23. But the question then becomes, where does one part leave off and another starts? Where do we draw the line of what is spirit, what is soul and what is body? For the body is complex and one part affects another. I believe that if the physical body, or soul, is hurting, the spirit would be grieved. We cannot completely separate or isolate one part from another. And if we are being led by the spirit within us that is complete and whole, our physical body will eventually follow and become completely healed and whole.

God’s Spirit wants you to be well. He actually wants us to allow Him to do His job. According to Romans 8:11, the Spirit within us will quicken our mortal body. We are the ones that usually inhibit God’s Spirit from moving in our lives, either through disbelief, unbelief or believing wrong and worldly teachings. See, the Holy Spirit will not force His will upon us, and He wishes us to be healed and to enjoy the fullness that God has provided for us, but we need to get to the right place in our mind through proper beliefs and right actions.
God has given us a choice. In Deuteronomy 30:15, He said, “I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil,” And God told the Israelites to, “Choose life, that both, they and their seed might live,” Deuteronomy 30:19. Since God is “the same yesterday, today and forever,” Hebrews 13:8, it stands to reason that God also wants us to choose life and what is good and not to accept our sickness that is slowly destroying our body, leading to death.
Paul’s thorn in the flesh, spoken of in 2nd Corinthians 12:7-9, is often cited as proof that Paul had an illness or a disease, perhaps a puffy eye and God expected Paul just to bear it. People have told me, “Well if Paul had his thorn, I can also bear my thorn.” Paul’s thorn in the flesh was not sickness ― it was persecution. Paul later wrote; “and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” 2nd Timothy 3:12. Let’s take a closer look at Paul’s thorn in the flesh.
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: 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, 2nd Corinthians 12:7-9.
1. Paul’s thorn in the flesh, was not from God; it was a “messenger of Satan to buffet him, lest he should be exalted above measure.” So it was clearly something not to be embraced.
2. Paul’s thorn in the flesh, does not apply to you unless you have an abundance of revelations. Being mature in Christ, having written or spoken great teachings such as the apostle Paul did.
3. Paul’s thorn in the flesh, was persecution, for Paul later wrote, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” 2nd Timothy 3:12. Here is a brief list of the apostle Paul’s trials and persecutions, 2nd Corinthians 11:23:
Five times received 39 stripes, three times beaten with rods, once stoned, three time suffered shipwreck, wearied through journeying and of robbers often, in prisons often, in hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness and responsible for the daily care of all the churches. You can see a more detailed list here.
An example of persecution is, when Paul preached in Iconium and when he became aware that the Jews wished to stone him, he fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia. The Jews from Iconium and Antioch formed a posse and came to where he was, they stirred up the people and stoned him. When your enemies follow you around just to do you harm, that is real persecution! You can read about this in Acts 14:1-20.
4.“thorn in the flesh,” was used in the Old Testament three times meaning, “people” (your enemies), will become thorns in your sides or thorns in your eyes, if you do not overtake them and drive them out of the land, Numbers 33:55, Joshua 23:13 and Judges 2:3.
5. Also, the apostle Paul said to the church at Corinth that he labored more than they all, 1st Corinthians 15:10. It would have been very difficult for Paul to truthfully make that statement if he was dealing with a physical infirmity.

It is God’s will to heal, just as “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” 2nd Peter 3:9. Just as we had to decide to come to Christ, to live for Him and serve Him, we also have to decide to stand firm on His Word for our healing. Although we have an adversary in this world, he cannot stop us. All he can do is hinder us and delay us. If our adversary could have kept us from our salvation, he would have done just that and our adversary cannot keep us from our healing either, once we realize that it is ours.
It took me years to realize that God truly wants His people well. As I went through many stages of belief, my underlining view of God was always that He was uncompassionate and uncaring. I now realize the Bible to be true rather than going by my feelings. For scripture says that, God is Love, 1st John 4:19, and it would be a contradiction for Love to put a sickness on you. But you may be thinking that God’s ways are much higher than our ways and He may be using this sickness (evil) to achieve good. There is no doubt that in this physical life, we go through many trials, tribulations and even evil things and hopefully, we learn and grow from them. But God is love, and 1st Corinthians 13:5, says; “love thinks no evil.” Therefore, how can God use evil for good, if He thinks no evil?
Salvation, is the Greek word “sozo,” .Strong’s NT:4982
Definition: to save, that is to, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. – – – Strong’s Dictionary.
The word, “sozo” has been interpreted as;
Save, Saved, healed or made whole. Click on the above link to see the individual scriptures.
Jesus used physical healing to call people to Him, to give them an opportunity to believe on Him as their Messiah. In His earthly ministry, Jesus was either healing or teaching the people. If Jesus used healings, miracles, signs and wonders to draw people to Him, how much more should we also be using healing miracles to bring people to Christ.
God provides healing for us in many different ways. There are over 40 unique healings recorded in the gospels and over 10 healings in the book of Acts and they were all done in different and unique ways. You can find a table listing of all the healings on the ministry website. Jesus never put sickness on anyone. He never told anyone that it was not God’s plan for them to be healed, that it was not God’s timing for their healing, or that they needed to suffer just a bit longer to build up their character. So if you tried one certain way to get healed and it has not yet worked for you, do not give up! Rather keep on pursuing every means possible until you are successful.

Action to be taken:
Knowing that God wants you well
• You must be totally convinced that God wants you well, that healing has provided for us and it’s a gift that all of us can acquire.
• Review the healings in God’s Word, over 40 unique healings in the gospels and over 10 in Acts.
• In this section, praise God because He wants you well and God is able and willing to do so. For scripture tells us that, If we have God’s Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in us, God shall quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you, Romans 8:11.

God’s Word is still sufficient to heal and provide for us today and forever, it has not diminished in its power over the years, “Jesus Christ (the Word), the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” Hebrews 13:8.

His Word will heal and make us perfectly whole, if we dare to believe, we shall see mighty signs and wonders.

We are healed not because of our actions, but because of what Jesus did for us, it’s all about Him.

When we truly seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, Matthew 6:33, we will have no need to seek yet another kingdom. For the kingdom of God will provide all of our needs.

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