Isaiah 53:5- But He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
In today’s world, there are so many physical problems facing people. AIDS is running rampant around Africa and many other parts of the world, there are people dying every day because they cannot afford basic medicines that we sometimes take for granted.
It is important to understand that sickness was never a part of God’s plan for our lives. In fact, until sin came into the world, there was no sickness or death. Even after Adam and Eve disobeyed God and cast all humanity into sin, there still remained a time when sickness wasn’t a factor for humans. Just look at some of the time lines for the first people that lived. Adam was 930 when he died; Methuselah lived to be 969 and Noah was 950.
It wasn’t until after the great flood that people’s life spans started to drop. While no one is sure about what caused the rapid decrease in life-spans, it is apparent that something happened in the earth during the time of the flood that caused environmental changes.
People today rave about living to 100 years old, but as was clearly evident in Genesis 5 and Genesis 11, God’s will was for us to lead long and productive lives.
So what happened?
Mostly, it was the sins of the people and the careless ways that they lived that caused many diseases we have today. They didn’t understand or care that heavy drinking could cause liver problems, or about what we would consider basic sanitation.
Still, as we read in Isaiah, there is a hope for our ailments. The Blood of Jesus didn’t just wash away all of your sins, it also brought healing to your body. That means cancer, migraine headaches, polio, or even the common flu must all leave your body when the name of Jesus is spoken.
But many times we don’t take God at face value. We go by what we feel and what we are told by doctors. I’m thankful for doctors-I go to them and i listen to them. However, too often if they say we’re sick and we don’t feel good, then we convince ourselves that we are sick instead of acting in faith. That is a lie of the devil.
You see, your body is a temple of God. His Spirit dwells inside of you once you are saved. We are to glorify God in our bodies in all we do; but we cannot glorify God in our body if our bodies are sick.
God is perfect and holy; there is no sickness in what is His. If you are living with any kind of sickness, it doesn’t matter what it is or what anyone else says—it IS God’s will that you be healed and whole. You don’t have to beg Him for healing, or get 10,000 people to pray for you. Just go boldly before the throne of grace and remind the Father that His word said that “by His stripes we are healed,” then claim your healing and move on. Don’t allow anyone to steal the truth from you that you are healed and whole.
I know, it sounds easy right, or too good to be true. Look, the fact is if you’re not going to actually act in faith and stand on the promise of God’s Word without compromise, then it is. If, however, you can set aside your feelings and emotions, the things others may say, and even to a large extent what seems reasonable, then healing can indeed be yours. The only place in Scripture we see Jesus unable to heal anyone the Bible says it was because of their unbelief. Not a lack of power, not because He didn’t feel like it that day, but unbelief.
Now, immediately, someone is going to point out that not everyone get healed, including people that we’d look at and say have faith. The simple fact is, faith is not a magic wand. Often, things happen in process. A house isn’t build instantly, because the builder decides he wants to build it. No matter how much he believes and hopes, he has to do something. He has to gather the materials, the labor and then do the work. Often times faith works like that. Not always, as in the case of salvation, but often. So don’t back down just because you don’t see anything or feel any different. Keep building. Keep speaking the Word, keep thanking Him for the promise. Sure, take medicine, listen to sound advice from doctors. Who knows if the doctor or the medicine may not be the avenue God uses to bring healing…but never just accept defeat. I would rather die trusting God for something i don’t receive here then spend my life missing out on something that was mine all along.
What kind of testimony is that, some might ask? It’s exactly the kind I want to leave: that circumstances do not dictate the way I live my life or the way i relate to My God. Just like the Three Hebrew Children as they prepared to be thrown into the fiery furnace said ‘Our God is able to deliver us…yet even if He doesn’t, we’ll never worship you’ (paraphrase my own). I’ll gladly spend my life declaring that God is able, trusting him with my whole life, and leave the results up to Him. One way or another, in this life or the next, I know I’ll receive the promise.