God’s love brings healing because He has a true father’s heart, one full of compassion, understanding, and a desire for our health and wholeness. Therefore, being healed and whole has always been God’s heart for us, His precious children. Furthermore, Jesus understands what life is like for us because He went through these things also, i.e., temptation, disappointment, suffering, weariness, grief and sorrow, rejection, loneliness, etc.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14 – 16
God sent His Son Jesus because of His love for us (John 3:16; 1 John 3:16). Through the fall of humankind in the Garden of Eden, we lost everything. However, Jesus recovered all through His atonement (the reconciliation of humanity to God). Sin, death, disease, and poverty are part of the curse that Christ redeemed us from through His atonement on the cross. Healing is part of God’s redemptive plan. Everything that Jesus obtained for us through the cross is available to us. He took our sins, sicknesses, diseases, and infirmities upon His own body to bring us healing spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially, and relationally (Isaiah 53:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24).
Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). We don’t have to see or understand everything that happens in our lives at the moment, but we can look to Jesus and trust that God is good, He is good at being God, and He will work all things out for good for those who believe and follow Him (Romans 8:28). When we truly know and believe that God loves us, we can trust Him with our lives and in any situation or circumstance that we may find ourselves.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” And He began to say to them, “Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-19, 21
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:” He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Matthew 8:16 – 17
Perhaps you need physical healing. We receive our healing by grace through faith in God (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, you cannot believe and receive your healing by grace through faith until you know that it is His will to heal you (Matthew 8:1-3; 5-7; 9:35; 15:26; Hebrews 13:8) and Jesus provided it for you through His death and resurrection (Matthew 8:16-17; Romans 8:11).
We can see from Scripture there are different options on how we can receive our healing:
- Believing you receive through your own faith in the Word of God (Mark 11:23-24)
- Point of contact – A point of contact is used to help release our faith to God. He can use any method to heal anyone who reaches out to Him in faith. Faith moves the hand of God! But we must keep our eyes on Him as the Healer and not on the delivery system or point of contact that carry’s God’s healing power to you. God is the source of all healing!
- Laying on of hands
- Anointing oil (Mark 6:13; Isaiah 10:27)
- Prayer cloths (Luke 8:43-48, Acts 19:11)
- Prayer and anointing with oil by church elders (James 5:14-15); or those specifically anointed to minister to the sick
- The supernatural manifestation of the healing power of God, i.e., gifts of healings, gift of faith, and working of miracles (1 Corinthians 12:9-10)
- The healing anointing (Acts 10:38; Luke 5:17)
- Taking Holy Communion (1 Corinthians 11: 23-30); When we partake of the bread, we are declaring that by Jesus’ stripes, we are healed and that Jesus’s health and divine life flows in our mortal bodies. When we partake of the cup, we declare that we are forgiven, healed, and made righteous through Jesus’ blood which gave us right standing before God because Jesus became a curse for us. We can take Holy Communion daily or as often as we want to remember and appropriate what He has done for us.
- Faith in the Name of Jesus (Acts 3:16)
- Using our spiritual authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19)
- Prayer of agreement (Matthew 18:19-20)
- Praying down the power (James 5:16)
Faith and God’s power or the anointing is needed for healing in most of these options. God’s power is always present, but it isn’t always in manifestation. However, you can always receive healing by simply believing and receiving His Word. Even when His power is in manifestation, faith has to be exercised because that is how we receive everything from God (Hebrews 11:1, 6), whether by our faith or the faith of the person who is ministering to us. Ask the Holy Spirit what would be the best way to receive your healing based on your present level of faith. He knows you better than you know yourself. Trust Him and follow His leading!
Healing is all about what Jesus has paid for and done. When we don’t see healing manifested in us right away, we may think that we haven’t done enough or done the right things to get our breakthrough. However, it is not about our performance but His performance. Remember, we don’t merit or deserve healing based on our own worthiness or righteousness but by the grace of God through Jesus and His finished work on the cross. Healing is the children’s bread (Matthew 15:26)!
So, here are some encouraging words to put your heart at rest and peace. First, don’t let the devil or anyone else put you under condemnation by telling you that it is contrary to the principles of faith to use doctors and medicine when you need healing. Remember, Jesus loves you, and He is willing to meet you on any level of faith at which you can receive. He healed all who came to Him and responded to every level of faith, never withholding the miracle. The important thing is to get into the Word of God and exercise the faith that you have in whatever the Holy Spirit tells you to do.
Jesus heals more than physical pain, sickness, and disease. He heals our internal brokenness because of our sin bringing spiritual healing as we receive Christ as our Savior (Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17). He also heals our deepest and innermost needs as well. God’s love makes us whole (Luke 5:17-26).
I have seen his ways and will heal him; I will also lead him and restore comforts to him and to his mourners. “I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far-off and to him who is near,” says the LORD, and “I will heal him.” Isaiah 57:18 – 19
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14
“For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” says the LORD. ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion, no one seeks her.”’ Jeremiah 30:17
Our heavenly Father wants to bring comfort and healing when we experience loss, pain, trouble, etc. He wants to heal the trauma we experience to recover our futures and walk in the destiny He has prepared for us. When we receive the Father’s love and comfort, we can begin to believe again for God’s purposes to manifest in our lives.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3 – 4
But You, O LORD, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15
We may have difficulty believing God loves us because of hurtful and challenging experiences in life that have caused pain. We shut our hearts down when we are in pain, and we may not even know it because the heart is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9). So often, we live with brokenheartedness manifested in various ways, i.e., sadness, depression, discouragement, fear, anxiety, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, grief, etc. We may also have self-rejection or self-hatred.
But, God calls us to wholeheartedness which is a part of the resurrection work of Jesus. Inner healing is applying the crucified and resurrected life of Jesus Christ and His blood to the wounds of our soul. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and those whose lives are shattered or fractured (Luke 4:18; Psalm 34:18). He came to release us from the adverse effects of our brokenness.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us by revealing our hearts and helping us to change (2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:26-27). First, we can ask the Holy Spirit to show us and remember a time when we were hurt. Then, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any lies we believe about Jesus that overshadows the truth about Him, and He will tell you. Next, repent and ask for forgiveness; then, ask Him for the truth. Finally, replace these lies with the truth from His Word and follow His leading. Visualize Jesus coming into the scene and allow Him to move freely, healing the hurt with His loving Presence. Once connected to the love of God, our hearts are safe, and we can then receive from Him all that we need.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28 – 30
Remember, fear and love can’t coexist. Fear is all about self-preservation and is the exact opposite of the nature of God. Fear comes from Satan, our enemy. Fear drives us away from God, but God’s love drives out fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). It is not enough to know that God loves us or confess that He does, but to experience His agape, unconditional love (Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8). We need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us a real revelation of the love of God. Knowing God loves us and that He is good will allow us to trust Him with our lives.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Because God loves us, He wants to meet our needs and for us to be blessed and prosper in every area of our lives! Remember, He is the Good Shepherd, and it is His love that gives us all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). When we depend on Him, we will not lack anything (Psalm 23:1). But we must learn to trust God and the power of His love. There are steps we can take to believe God loves us by trusting Him, trusting in His Word, His name, and the integrity of His character (i.e., His goodness, mercy, grace, etc.).
Have faith in the love of God. Have faith in God, who is Love. We need to learn to trust His love to save, heal, deliver, provide, protect, etc. His love does great things, and when we know we are loved, we do great things! When we have fear, worry, or lack of trust, it means we don’t believe in the love of God. Believe in His love. We need a revelation of the Father’s heart, His love, and mercy. The Father’s love meets all our needs. Live in the revelation that God loves you. Let Him love on you today. It will change your life!
Share the love of God and what Jesus has done in your life with others. Remember, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). Therefore, as you share Jesus’ healing power in your life, others can believe that if Jesus did it for you, He could also do it for them.
However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” Mark 5:19
God spoke the words ”Be healed,” and we were healed, delivered from death’s door! So lift your hands and give thanks to God for his marvelous kindness and for his miracles of mercy for those he loves! Psalm 107:20 – 21 TPT
My prayer for you:
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17 – 19
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