Are you ready for your healing? Are you ready to experience wholeness head to toe? If so, there are a few things you should know. If you have been around Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve surely heard some false teaching, messages and traditions that would limit your faith and prevent you from accepting the work Jesus has already completed on your behalf.
Those who profess these traditions aren’t bad people. They are merely misguided. In Matthew 15, Jesus dealt with religious people who were putting their traditions above the truth when He said, “you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition” (verse 6).
Traditions for Christmas, New Year’s, Resurrection Sunday and the like can be beautiful things. But when you’re talking about the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, there is no place for mindless, spirit-crushing tradition.
Jesus agreed when He said, “For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes—so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them” (Matthew 13:15).
So if you’re ready to break away from religious traditions and accept the love, truth and healing that Jesus provided for you, remember these six things:
1. God Is Glorified When You Are Healed, Whole and Ready for Service
Jesus said in John 15:8, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”
Nowhere in the New Testament will you find an example of God receiving glory because of someone’s illness. However, you do see God receiving glory when Jesus healed the multitudes. Just look at this passage in Matthew 15:30-31:
A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.
Healing, not sickness, glorifies God.
2. God Never Uses Sickness to Teach Lessons
Again, nowhere in the Bible does God say that we learn or mature as Christians by suffering sickness, disease or turmoil. Not once in the New Testament does it say that sickness is the teacher of the Church.
Instead, the Bible says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The Word of God, not illness, is designed to teach you.
3. Sickness Is Never a Blessing
If sickness were truly a blessing, we wouldn’t be working so hard to rid our bodies of it. Instead, we would welcome it.
Deuteronomy 28 details the curse that came on people who broke the Old Testament law. Verse 61 says, “The Lord will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed.”
Illness is not a blessing. It is a curse meant for those who rebel against God.
4. God Still Heals
While some people might try to tell you that healing has passed away, don’t believe it. Healing is still available. God is still in the healing business.
God said, “I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26). He didn’t say, I was the Lord who healed you, or I will be the Lord who heals you in heaven someday. He said, I am your Healer—right now, today! “I am the Lord, and I do not change” (Malachi 3:6).
5. Healing Is Always God’s Will
God always desires that you be healed, but He won’t force that healing on you. If you want to be healed, you must cooperate with Him. You must believe His Word and act on it.
At the same time, you must resist the enemy, Satan, who seeks to steal, kill and destroy you (John 10:10). He’s the one who wants to see you sick, in pain and unable to do all God has called you to do. That’s why you must resist Him so that he will flee (James 4:7). How do you do that? With the Word. When thoughts come to your mind that are contrary to the Word of God, speak the Word aloud. Read about Jesus’ temptation in the desert to better understand how to combat the devil and win (Matthew 4).
6. God Wants You to Live a Long Life
Proverbs 3:1-2 says: “My son, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you” (AMPC). Those verses paint a picture of what God wants for all of us. He wants our lives to just get better and better. He wants us to enjoy the fulfillment of the promise in Psalm 91:16: “I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
Long life is God’s plan for you!
Right now, let these truths from the Word of God begin preparing your heart for all that God has for you, including healing, health and wellness. If you need help knowing how to stand in faith for your healing, check out Healing and Wellness: Your 10-Day Spiritual Action Plan. Let it be the beginning of your journey to God-ordained wholeness!
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