Receive Your Healing
Whenever sickness or disease strikes our body, mind or spirit, we usually want to know what our treatment options are. Although good medical care may be available, medical science can rarely provide a complete cure for what ails us. That’s because the source of sickness and disease is usually supernatural, falling outside the bounds of man’s natural world.
I’d like to answer two of the most important questions you might ask relating to healing: “Can Jesus heal my sickness or disease?” and “What is one of the most common things that can keep me from receiving a healing?” Let’s begin with the first question by examining what the Bible says that Jesus healed.
Acts 10:38 says that:
“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” After reading this verse, ask yourself “what did Jesus heal?”The answer will help you build your faith for the healing you’ve been praying for. Jesus healed a broad range of illnesses – in fact, He healed “every disease and sickness:”
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and HEALING EVERY disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.” Matthew 4:23-24 (NKJV)There is no limit to what Jesus can heal. He healed all types of sicknesses and diseases, including:
- those “ill with various diseases” (this verse talks about many of the bad reports that people receive today, including cancers, arthritis, and heart disease).
- those who were “suffering severe pain”
- those that were “demon-possessed”
- those “having seizures”
- those who were “paralyzed”
Secondly, the word “healing” means “to free from errors and sins.” Isn’t it interesting that the same word that means “to cure” is also connected to sin? One of the most common things that keeps people from being healed is sin that has not been confessed before God.
Sin will keep you from being healed because it takes faith to be healed, and sin turns your faith off. Not because God’s power is weak on the inside of you, but because the condemnation from your own sin prevents faith from being activated. 1 John 3:21 (NKJV) says “If our heart condemn us not, then we have confidence (faith) toward God.” You can’t have strong faith in God if your heart is condemning you. Another example comes from the book of James:
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” James 5:14-16 (NJKV)This verse explains that your healing is tied to forgiveness of sin. Not all sicknesses are caused by your own sin, but some are connected. Another example of this connection is contained in the story of Jesus healing the paralytic. In the story, the people brought a paralytic to Him after Jesus had preached to them, lowering the man down from the roof:
“And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Mark 2:4-5 (NKJV)What was the first thing Jesus said to the paralyzed man? “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
Finally, Psalm 103:2-4 (NKJV) says “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” Once again, forgiveness of sin and physical healing are closely tied.
- You need to get right with God first if you want healing.
- If there’s anything between you and God, you need to recognize it and then ask for forgiveness.
- You can expect many miracles for yourself if you have a right relationship with yourself and with God.