Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth
all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy
diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee
with lovingkindness and tender mercies; - Psalms 103:1-4
is "health?" It is a common word in the English language, but its exact
meaning can be a bit difficult to pin down. Ask 10 different people on the
street what they think "health" means, and you will probably get 10
different answers. Often we can define a word by stating its opposite.
The opposite of health would be "sick" or "sickness." This word is probably
more easily defined, and most would define it in terms of diseases and
But is health simply the absence of physical sickness?
The history of man as unfolded in the pages of the Bible,
the best selling book
of all time, sees health and sickness as primarily spiritual issues - as
opposed to primarily physical health, as our modern culture does. Health in
Biblical culture is measured by man's relationship to his Creator. You very
seldom see people in Biblical times
going to doctors to purchase "health", and in the few instances where
they do, the result is often disastrous. (See 2 Chronicles 16:12-13 and Mark
5:25-26 for examples.) Instead, you see people who had a relationship with
God and believed in Him as their Creator
turn to spiritual leaders for guidance in health. In the Old Testament
times you would go to the priests if you were sick, and in the New Testament
we have story after story of people seeking out Jesus and His disciples in
their sickness and being healed: "Jesus....healed them all." (Matthew
Have times really changed today? Has science and
technology along with the modern-day medical system replaced our need to
know God and seek Him out to achieve health? Few would agree today that our
current medical system solves all our health needs. Many may turn to God
when all else fails, in desperation, especially when the medical system has
no answers for us and we don't know where else to look.
Well I am here to proclaim that God is just as
interested in giving you true health today as He has been at any other point
in history. In fact, His power to help us reach our true purpose in life is
more available today than it ever has been! You don't need to wait until you
are in a desperate crisis to cry out to God. You can start your journey to
healthy living right now! Join me as we explore the wonderful truths of
God's incredible love for us, and His desire to see us live a healthy
Bible Condemns Drugs
The Bible condemns drugs and
says to use herbs as medicine (Opinion)
Christopher Gussa…The Bible condemns the use of
poisons for medicine and labels it as sorcery, and very plainly tells us
that true medicine is leaves. The common name used for medical leaves is
herbs. Ps.104:14 says that He has given us "herbs for the service of man."
Strong's exhaustive concordance of the Bible, which lists every word in the Bible,
lists the word "sorcery" as word #5332 and tells us that it is translated
from the original Greek word "pharmakon." It gives the definition as: a drug
i.e. a spell-giving potion, a druggist or pharmacist, a poisoner.
Almost prophetically, Thomas Jefferson gave us this warning:
"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they
take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of
those who live under tyranny." Remember, this statement was made about 100
years before there ever even was an FDA!
Do you believe for a minute
that the government's healthcare plan (under any administration) is designed
to help us live longer healthier lives? Do you know how easy it is for
medical universities (funded by pharmaceutical companies) to convince new
doctors that "drugs save lives"? Have you ever wondered what The Bible says
about all this?
pharmacist today has the same Greek title that he had at the time the New
Testament was written 2000 years ago, and he is still doing the same thing:
dealing in poisonous drugs!
The Bible says that "sorcery", or the use of poisonous drugs, has
deceived all nations. "For by thy sorceries (pharmacea) were all nations
deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of
all that were slain upon the earth". (Rev. 18:23,24)
Webster's 2nd Collegiate Dictionary published
in 1980 under the word
"pharmaceutical." The definition reads:
"pharmaceutical" the practice of witchcraft or the use of poison.
very first place the word "medicine"
is used in the Bible is in Proverbs 17:22 and it says, "A merry heart doeth
good, like a medicine." If medicine and drugs are the same thing, this
would, at first glance, seem to reveal a contradiction in the Bible. This
question is answered in the very next text listed in the concordance under
medicine: EZ. 47:12, "The fruit thereof shall be for meat and the leaf
thereof for medicine." The Bible is telling us that medicine is good and it
tells us where to obtain it: from the leaves or what we commonly call "herbs".
The Will of
“Thy will be
done” (Matt. 6:10). “If the Lord will” (James 4:15).
In days of sickness, when doctors and medicines fail,
recourse is generally had to the words we have here quoted, and they may
easily become a stumbling-block in the way of divine healing. “How may I
know,” it is asked, “whether it is not God’s will that I should remain ill?
And as long as this is an open question, how can I believe for healing, how
can I pray for it with faith?” Here truth and error seem to touch.
It is indeed impossible to pray with faith
when we are not sure that we are asking according to the will of God.
“I can,” one may say, ‘‘pray fervently in asking God to do the best for me,
believing that He will cure me if it is possible.” As long as one prays
thus, one is indeed praying with submission, but this is not the prayer of
faith. That is only possible when we are certain that we are asking
according to the will of God. The question then resolves itself into making
sure of what is the will of God. It is a great mistake to think that the
child of God cannot know what is His will about healing.
In order to know His divine will, we must be guided
by the Word of God. It is His Word which promises us healing. The promise of
James 5 is so absolute that it is impossible to deny it. This promise only
confirms other passages, equally strong, which tell us that Jesus Christ has
obtained for us the healing of our diseases, because He has borne our
sicknesses. According to this promise, we have right to healing, because it
is a part of the salvation which we have in Christ, and therefore we may
expect it with certainty.
Excerpts from, The Spirit of Wisdom in Understanding
Prayer and Faith
It has been a common
practice for people when they pray to say, “if it be Thy will be done?” This
statement, of (if), raises a question of doubt and unbelief. What is not
realized is that this prayer request has been negated before and after it
was spoken. There is a known will of God, which is the written Word in the
Bible, and also an unknown will of God or the wisdom of God that is revealed
The Word and Spirit of God reveal His will. The Holy
Bible is the representation of God’s will, principles, order, promises, and
commands. These privileges are declared the will of God for His children! We
do not have to guess if it is God’s will for us – or even to ask if it is
His will - if God said it, in His Word, then it is ours, if we are faithful
and obedient to His Word!
Faith begins with knowing what the will of God is.
To have faith that your prayers are going to be answered, you need a
foundation (substance) of truth to your requests. Ephesians 5:17 advises,
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord
is.” The appropriate prayer request should be as Jesus taught, “Thy will be
done, as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2).
The Need for a
Manifestation of God’s Power
Acts 4:29—31 - Is it permissible to pray in this way
now, to ask he Lord, “Grant unto thy servants to speak thy word with all
boldness while thou stretchest forth thy hand to heal” (R.V.)? Let us look
into this question.
Does not the Word of God meet with as many difficulties
in our days as then, and are not the needs now equally pressing? Let us
picture to ourselves the apostles in the midst of Jerusalem and her
unbelief; on the one hand the rulers of the people and their threatenings;
on the other, the blinded multitude refusing to believe in the Crucified.
Now the world is no longer so openly hostile to the Church because it has
lost its fear of her, but its flattering words are more to be dreaded than
its hatred. Dissimulation is sometimes worse than violence. And is not a
Christianity of mere form, in the sleep of indifference, just as
inaccessible as an openly resisting Judaism?
God’s servants need even in the present day, in order
that the Word may be preached with all boldness, that the power of God
should be evidently manifested among them. Is not the help of God as
necessary now as then? The apostles knew well that it was not the eloquence
of their preaching which caused the truth to triumph, but they knew the
necessity for the Holy Spirit to manifest His presence by miracles. It was
needful that the living God should stretch forth His hand, that there might
be healings, miracles, and signs in the name of His holy Son Jesus. It was
only thus that His servants rejoiced, and, strengthened by His presence,
could speak His Word with boldness and teach the world to fear His name.
Do not the divine promises concern us also? The
apostles counted on these words of the Lord before He ascended, “Go ye into
all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.., and these signs
shall follow them which believe.., they shall lay hands on the sick and they
shall recover” (Mark 16:15, 17, 18). This charge indicates the divine
vocation of the Church; the promise which follows it shows us what is her
armor, and proves to us that the Lord acts in concert with her. It was
because the apostles counted on this promise that they prayed the Lord to
grant them this proof of His presence. They had been filled with the Holy
Ghost on the Day of Pentecost, but they still needed the supernatural signs
which His power works.
The same promise is as much for us, for the command to
preach the Gospel cannot be severed from the promise of divine healing with
which it is accompanied. It is nowhere to be found in the Bible that this
promise was not for future times. In all ages God’s people greatly need to
know that the Lord is with them, and to possess the irrefutable proof of it.
Therefore this promise is for us; let us pray for its fulfillment.
Ought we to reckon on the same grace? We read in the
Acts when the apostles had prayed, “they were all filled with the Holy
Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” “And by the hands of
the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people... and
believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women”
(Acts 4:31; 5:12—15). Oh, what joy and what new strength would God’s people
receive today if anew the Lord should thus stretch forth His hand!
wearied and discouraged laborers grieve that they do not see more results,
more blessings on their labors! What life would come into their faith if
signs of this kind should arise to prove to them that God is with them! Many
who are indifferent would be led to reflect, more than one doubter would
regain confidence, and all unbelievers would be reduced to silence. And the
poor heathen! How he would awake if he saw by facts that which words had not
enabled him to lay hold of, if he were forced to acknowledge that the
Christian’s God is the living God who doeth wonders, the God of love who
Awake, awake, put on thy strength, Church of
Christ! Although thou hast lost by thy unfaithfulness the joy of seeing
allied to the preaching of the Word the hand of the Lord stretched out to
heal, the Lord is ready to grant thee this grace anew. Acknowledge that it
is thine own unbelief which has so long deprived thee of it, and pray for
pardon. Clothe thyself with the strength of prayer.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit
I Corinthians 12:4, 9, 11
What is it that distinguishes the children of God? What
is their glory? It is that God dwells in the midst of them and reveals
Himself to them in power (Ex. 33: 16; 34:9, 10). Under the New Covenant this
dwelling of God in the believer is still more manifest than in former times.
God sends the Holy Spirit to His Church, which is the Body of Christ, to act
in her with power, and her life and her prosperity depend on Him. The Spirit
must find in her unreserved, full liberty, that she may be recognized as the
Church of Christ, the Lord’s Body. In every age the Church may look for
manifestations of the Spirit, for they form our indissoluble unity; “one
body and one Spirit” (Eph. 4:4).
The Spirit operates variously in such or such a member
of the Church. It is possible to be filled with the Spirit for one special
work and not for another. There are also times in the history of the Church
when certain gifts of the Spirit are given with power, while at the same
time ignorance or unbelief may hinder other gifts. Wherever the life more
abundant of the Spirit is to be found, we may expect Him to manifest all His
The gift of healing is one of the most beautiful
manifestations of the Spirit. It is recorded of Jesus, “how God anointed
Jesus of Nazareth... who went about doing good, and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10: 38). The Holy Spirit in Him was a healing
Spirit, and He was the same in the disciples after Pentecost. Thus the words
of our text express what was the continuous experience of the early Church
(compare attentively Acts 3: 7; 4:30; 5:12,15, 16; 6:8; 8:7; 9:41; 14:9, 10;
16:18, 19; 19:12; 28: 8, 9). The abundant pouring out of the Spirit produced
abundant healings. What a lesson for the Church in our days!
Divine healing is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Christ’s redemption extends it~ powerful working to the body, and the Holy
Spirit is responsible both to transmit it to and maintain it in us. Our body
shares in the benefit of the redemption, and even now it can receive the
pledge of it by divine healing. It is Jesus who heals, Jesus who anoints and
baptizes with the Holy Spirit. Jesus, who baptized His disciples with the
same Spirit, is He who sends us the Holy Spirit here on earth—either to keep
sickness away from us, or to restore us to health when sickness has taken
hold upon us.
Divine healing accompanies the sanctification by the
Spirit. It is to make us holy that the Holy Spirit makes us partakers of
Christ’s redemption. Hence His name “Holy.” Therefore the healing which He
works is an intrinsic part of His divine mission, and He bestows it either
to lead the sick one to be converted and to believe (Acts 4: 29, 30; 5:12,
14; 6: 7, 8; 8: 6—8) or to confirm his faith if he is already converted, He
constrains him thus to renounce sin, and to consecrate himself entirely to
God and to His service (I Cor. 10:31; James 5:15, 16; Heb. 12:10).
Divine healing takes place wherever the Spirit of God
works in power...
Jesus and the Doctors
We may be thankful to God for having given us doctors.
Their vocation is one of the most noble, for a large number of them seek
truly to do, with love and compassion, all they are able to alleviate the
evils and sufferings which burden humanity as a result of sin. There are
even some who are zealous servants of Jesus Christ, and who seek also the
good of their patients’ souls. Nevertheless it is Jesus Himself who is
always the first, the best, the greatest Physician.
Jesus heals diseases in which earthly physicians can do
nothing, for the Father gave Him this power when He charged Him with the
work of our redemption. Jesus, in taking upon Him our human body, delivered
it from the dominion of sin and Satan; He has made our bodies temples of the
Holy Ghost and members of His own body (I Cor. 6:15, 19), and even in our
day how many have been given up by the doctors as incurable, how many cases
of tuberculosis, of gangrene, of paralysis, of dropsy, of blindness and of
deafness, have been healed by Him! Is it not then astonishing that so small
a number of the sick apply to Him?
The method of Jesus is quite another than that of
earthly physicians. They seek to serve God in making use of remedies which
are found in the natural world, and God makes use of these remedies
according to natural law, according to the natural properties of each, while
the healing which proceeds from Jesus is of a totally different order; it is
by divine power, the power of the Holy Ghost, that Jesus heals. Thus the
difference between these two modes of healing is very marked.
That we may understand it better, let us take an
example; here is a physician who is an unbeliever, but extremely clever in
his profession; many sick people owe their healing to him. God gives this
result by means of the prescribed remedies, and the physician’s knowledge of
them. Here is another physician who is a believer, and who prays God’s
blessing on the remedies which he employs. In this case also a large number
are healed, but neither in the one case nor the other does the healing bring
with it any spiritual blessing. They will be preoccupied, even the believing
among them, with the remedies which they use, much more than with what the
Lord may be doing with them, and in such a case their healing will be more
hurtful than beneficial. On the contrary, when it is Jesus only to whom the
sick person applies for healing, he learns to reckon no longer upon
remedies, but to put himself into direct relation with His love and His
almightiness. In order to obtain such healing, he must commence by
confessing and renouncing his sins, and exercising a living faith. Then
healing will come directly from the Lord, who takes possession of the sick
body, and it thus becomes a blessing for the soul as well as for the body.
“But is it not God who has given remedies to man?” it
is asked. “Does not their power come from Him?” Without doubt; but on the
other hand, is it not God who has given us His Son with all power to heal?
Shall we follow the way of natural law with all those who do not yet know
Christ, and also with those of His children whose faith is still too weak to
abandon themselves to His almightiness; or rather do we choose the way of
faith, receiving healing from the Lord and from the Holy Spirit, seeing
therein the result and the proof of our redemption?
The healing which is wrought by our Lord Jesus brings
with it and leaves behind it more real blessing than the healing which is
obtained through physicians. Healing has been a misfortune to more persons
than one. On a bed of sickness serious thoughts had taken possession, but
from the time of his healing how often has a sick man been found anew far
from the Lord! It is not thus when it is Jesus who heals. Healing is granted
after confession of sin; therefore it brings the sufferer nearer to Jesus,
and establishes a new link between him and the Lord, it causes him to
experience His love and power, it begins within him a new life of faith and
holiness. When the woman who had touched the hem of Christ’s garment felt
that she was healed, she learned something of what divine love means. She
went away with the words: “Daughter, thy faith hath saved thee: go in
O you who are suffering from some sickness, know that
Jesus the sovereign Healer is yet in our midst. He is close to us, and He is
giving anew to His Church manifest proofs of His presence. Are you ready to
break with the world, to abandon yourself to Him with faith and confidence?
Then fear not, remember that divine healing is a part of the life of faith.
If nobody around you can help you in prayer, if no “elder” is at hand to
pray the prayer of faith, fear not to go yourself to the Lord in the silence
of solitude, like the woman who touched the hem of His garment. Commit to
Him the care of your body. Get quiet before Him and like the poor woman say,
“I will be healed.” Perhaps it may take some time to break the chains of
your unbelief, but assuredly none that wait on Him shall be ashamed (Ps. 25:
The Lord That Healeth Thee
… in our day we see the
Church awakening and acknowledging her mistake. She sees that it is under
the New Covenant that the Lord Jesus passed on His power of healing to His
disciples. She is beginning to see that in charging His Church to preach the
Gospel to every creature, He has promised to be with her “always,
even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20), and as the proof of His
presence, His disciples should have the power to lay hands on the sick, and
they should be healed (Mark 16:15—18). She sees, moreover, that in the days
following Pentecost, the miraculous pouring out of the Holy Spirit was
accompanied by miraculous healings, which were evident proof of the
blessings brought about by the power from on high (Acts 3:16; 5:12; 9:40).
There is nothing in the Bible to make her believe that the promise made to
Israel has been since retracted, and she hears from the mouth of the Apostle
James this new promise:
“The prayer of faith shall save [or heal] the sick”
(James 5:15). She knows that at all times it has been unbelief which has
limited (or set bounds to) the Holy One of Israel (Ps. 78:41),
and she asks herself if it is not unbelief which
hinders in these days this manifestation of the power of God. Who can
doubt it? It is not God or His Word which are to blame here; it is our
unbelief which prevents the miraculous power of the Lord, and which holds
Him back from healing as in past times. Let our faith awake, let it
recognize and adore in Christ the all-power of Him who says, “I am the Lord
which healeth thee.” It is by the works of God that we can best understand
what His Word tells us; the healings which again are responding to the
prayer of faith confirm, by gloriously illustrating, the truth of His
Let us learn to see in the risen Jesus the divine
Healer, and let us receive Him as such. In order that I may recognize in
Jesus my justification, my strength, and my wisdom, I must grasp by faith
that He is really all this to me; and equally when the Bible tells me that
Jesus is the sovereign Healer, I must myself appropriate this truth, and
say, “Yes, Lord, it is Thou who art my Healer.” And why may I hold Him as
such? It is because He gives Himself to me, that I am “one plant with him”
(Rom. 6:5, French ver.), and that, inseparably united to Him, I thus possess
His healing power;
it is because His love
is pleased to load His beloved with His favors, to communicate Himself with
all His heart to all who desire to receive Him. Let us believe that He is
ready to extend the treasure of blessing, contained in the name, “The Lord
that healeth thee,” to all who know and who can trust in this divine name.
This is the treatment for the sick indicated by the law
of His kingdom. When I bring my sickness to the Lord, I do not depend on
what I see, on what I feel or what I think, but on what He says. Even when
everything appears contrary to the expected healing, even if it should not
take place at the time or in the way that I had thought I should receive it,
even when the symptoms seem only to be aggravated, my faith, strengthened by
the very waiting, should cling immovably to this word which has gone out of
the mouth of God, “I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
God is ever seeking to make us true believers.
Healing and health are of little value if they do not glorify God, and serve
to unite us more closely with Him; thus in the matter of healing our faith
must always be put to the proof. He who counts on the name of his God, who
can hear Jesus saying to him, “Said I not unto thee that if thou wouldest
believe thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40), will have the
joy of receiving from God Himself the healing of the body, and of seeing it
take place in a manner worthy of God, and conformably to His promises. When
we read these words, “I am the Lord that healeth thee,” let us not fear to
answer eagerly, “Yes, Lord, Thou art the Lord that healeth me.”
The Prayer of Faith That Heals
It is when we seek to walk according to His
prescription in James 5, abandoning the things which are seen (II Cor. 4:18)
to lay hold of the promise of God, and so receive directly from Him the
desired healing, that we discover how much importance we have attached to
earthly remedies. Doubtless there are Christians
who can make use of remedies without damage to their spiritual life, but the
larger number of them are apt to count much more on the remedies than on the
power of God.
Now the purpose of God is to lead His children into a
more intimate communion with Christ, and this is just what does happen when
by faith we commit ourselves to Him as our sovereign Healer, counting solely
on His invisible presence. Renouncing remedies strengthens faith in an
extraordinary manner. Healing becomes, then, far more than sickness, a
source of numberless spiritual blessings. It makes real to us what faith can
accomplish, it establishes a new tie between God and the believer, and
commences in him a life of confidence and dependence. The body equally with
the soul is placed under the power of the Holy Spirit, and the prayer of
faith, which saves the sick, thus leads us to a life of faith, strengthened
by the assurance that God manifests His presence in our earthly life…
…there is a promise still more direct— that of healing;
the apostle speaks of it as the certain consequence of the prayer of faith.
“The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.”
This promise ought to stimulate in every believer the desire and expectation
of healing. Receiving these words with simplicity and as they are written,
ought we not to see in them an unlimited promise, offering healing to
whomsoever shall pray in faith? The Lord teach us to study His Word with the
faith of a truly believing heart!
Secret of Spiritual Healing
www.soilandhealth.org COPYRIGHT, 1919, BY HENRY LINDLAHR, M. D
Mind and soul must be in a condition of perfect
serenity and peace before they can receive the wireless vibrations of
healing power from the source of all life. This is the modus operandi of
true spiritual healing. It means the opening of our souls to the influx of
almighty love from the source of all life and love in the universe.
Life and love are identical in nature. Love is the
highest vibratory activity of the human soul as well as of the universe.
Why should we depend upon spiritual healers when within ourselves we have
the shortest wireless connection between the human soul and the oversoul? A
spiritual teacher cannot help us more effectively than by showing us how to
establish this wireless connection and how to operate it.
www.understandingprayerandfaith.com - Excerpts from The Spirit of Wisdom
in Understanding Prayer and Faith
The Word of God is clear, “I
call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before
you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both
thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy
The majority of humanity has choices in everything we
do. We have choices to live a healthy lifestyle, to eat healthy, to make
good food choices, etc. And as a result of our choices there are
consequences, which result in either “blessing or cursing” or “life or
death.” Scripture explicitly instructs us to “choose life.”
God does not curse,
our choices can bring about a curse,
because our Maker,
richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment”
does not inflict pain, suffering or sickness to teach us lessons, although,
we may learn from the lessons. Instead,
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17).
However, God most
is blamed for hardship, catastrophes and suffering worldwide. We are
accountable for our actions, and actions have consequences, both negative
and positive. The earth was given to mankind, and we have free will to
choose. We have violated God, the earth, ourselves, each other and are seeing the
causes and effects.
Furthermore, Satan wreaks havoc over the earth and its inhabitants. “Woe to
the earth and the sea, because he [Satan] knows that his time is short”
(Revelation 12:12). “The thief [Satan] cometh not, but for to steal,
and to kill,
and to destroy” (John 10:10). Humanity is to extend the arm and heart of God
in relationship with Him, in order to triumph over Satan, and these
victories include divine healing! We accomplish these tasks by prayer in
communion with God.
Divine healing is an accomplished fact. It is a
gift, like salvation, already paid for at Calvary.
It is not a matter of God’s
healing an individual; it is a matter of the person accepting the gift of
healing God has already provided.
As 1 Peter 2:24 illustrates, “Who his own self [Jesus] bare our sins in his
own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye
were healed.” (Emphasis added).
All we need to do is receive it and accept it.
Prayer is successful only when it is based on the
promises in God’s Word, and you
only believe, and operate in faith. “And
all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in
believing, ye shall receive”
It is all
about God, “For
in him we live, and move, and have our being”
(Acts 17:28). God is our Source and our Sustainer because, “There
is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath
he power in the day of death”
It is mandatory
that we nourish not only our body, but also our mind and spirit-man.
“All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished
unto all good works” (2 Timothy 2:16-18).
Jesus is quoted saying,
is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”
It is God’s will or divine intent for humanity to
be healed, healthy and prosperous according
John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above
all things that thou mayest prosper and be in
health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
“For God is love”
John 4:8) and it is the love of God that has provided healing. Divine
healing is obtained by the love and grace of God through the application of
prayer, and by the operation of faith.
Faith is a spiritual force.
Prayer is the application of this power, and God’s love and grace is
the manifestation of healing as one of His gifts.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith believes in what is not
seen, to manifest what can be seen.
We live in parallel kingdoms, the one we can see,
and the one we can’t see. The one we can’t see governs and validates our
existence. The unseen is evident by the reality of the existence of our
world. The obvious order, power and beauty of the material world is a clear
indication that the universe did not come into existence randomly, but is
rather the result of an action or actions taken by an all-powerful, divine
Faith is the bridge between these two realms, the
spiritual and the natural to enhance our ability to see and experience what
we can’t see.
Can a nonbeliever receive healing?
In accounts of healing in the Bible, the common link was the person’s faith
in Christ’s ability or in His name
for the person to receive their healing. According
to the following scriptures we see this
“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in
peace, and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34). “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong,
whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes
through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you
all” (Acts 3:16, emphasis added).
God heals non-believers because of His mercy, and He heals believers because
of His covenant. In both instances, the common thread is His love and grace;
and the person's faith.
is Jesus that allows us access in
receiving divine healing. Covenant relationship with God is established
by receiving the Christ, Jesus, as Lord and Savior over your life.
The Lord Jesus Christ was both fully God and perfect Man.
In fact, He was a perfect man--man as
God intended man to be.
Jesus redeemed mankind by taking our sins upon
Himself, so that we would be blameless, holy and righteous before God. Once
Jesus is Lord of your life, you are now considered born-again spiritually.
Humankind is a spirit; we have a soul (mind) and body. In Jesus, your spirit
is now regenerated by the Holy Ghost.
Holy Ghost is the third divine
person of the Holy Trinity:
the "Triune God" manifested as Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit; “For there are three that
bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”
(1 John 5:7). When you have a spiritual rebirth, born-again spiritually, or
also called born from above, you too become one with the Father, Son and
Holy Ghost. Jesus declares, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art
in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us” (John 17:21). “But he
that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”
(1 Corinthians 6:17, emphasis added).
In Christ’s authority and in His name we can,
boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time
In this relationship, we have the Word and promises of God that,
“He that believeth on me, the works that
I do shall he do also; and greater
works than these shall he
do; because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may
be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do
it” (John 14:12-14).
Because human beings have a spiritual soul made in
the image of God, once in communion and in sonship with the Father, through
His Son, Jesus, you are Spirit-led and can operate in the fullness of Jesus'
power and authority,
“…because as he [Jesus] is, so are
we in this world”
(1 John 4:17). “The disciple is not above his master: but every one
that is perfect shall be as his master” (Luke 6:40).
The mind is the bridge between our spirit-man and
body. And because the mind is an integral part of our makeup, it must now be
“renewed” to know the precepts and will of God,
“And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”
This process of renewal is learned through God’s
Word, the holy Bible, and also by the leading or communication of the Holy
Spirit to your spirit. This daily process of renewing the mind is wisdom and understanding of
biblical truths that now effect your actions.
Our spirit, soul and body are integrated processes.
The renewal of the mind is not only learning what to think, but how to think
that is predicated in the Word of God. Real analytical thinking requires
more than reason. It also, requires coming to the deeper truths that require
more than intellectual reason. It requires intuition, which comes from
revelation by the Spirit of God or being Spirit-led. You are healed first
through your spirit that is connected to God.
How do you
know that you are healed?
Sometimes healing is instantaneous or it may be progressive. With
progressive healing you have a deep sense of just knowing. It is important
to note that the communication of the Holy Spirit is spoken in a whisper, or
a knowing in your spirit or your heart. These whispers or thoughts are first
recognized through the mental faculties. Jesus quotes, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they
follow me…” (John 10:27). “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
But, Satan will also whisper lies of doubt and fear that you are not healed.
It’s almost like there is always someone speaking, either God or the
adversary, Satan. You must be mindful and
for it is of the utmost importance that you know what the Word of God says.
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
Why is this important?
Some would call supernatural healing a
miracle. Supernatural healings are associated with signs and wonders.
Although, the ability to work a miracle does not always mean that God is the
source of power behind the miracle. “Wonders” describe God's
supernatural activity, a special manifestation of His power (Exodus 7:3),
but false prophets can perform actions people perceive as signs and wonders.
Jesus foretelling the end-of-age,
The great deception
- “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew
great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24).
The sacrifice of Jesus ratifies that Christ has entered into a covenant, an
agreement, with us. It is the gift for eternal life and the removal of sin.
It is also a covenant by the operation of faith that provides supernatural blessings and
provisions, supernatural protection and power with a divine ability to
function in life, and perform God’s will.
The sacrifice of Jesus’ blood is the triumph over Satan and removal of
every curse of sickness, poverty, lack and bondage; and redeems our
entitlement of dominion, authority, protection, power, healing, peace,
joy and victory over death and the grave.
So why is
a believer not healed?
A non-committed follower of Christ that does not
believe whole heartily and
trust God does not
experience the full power, and transformation, that Christ brings through an
authentic relationship with Him.
Faith by association or
faith in an institution, or a person, or tradition can only bring you so far
in experiencing God. Knowing your identity or who you are in Christ, and
realizing that God truly loves you, enables the sons and daughters of God to
heal themselves and others!
is fulfilled as
Steps to Spiritual and
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Often physical infirmities come to us for such a
purpose. This was true in my own case. The still, small voice within spoke
out to guide and teach this Child of God...
Each of God’s children is in an experience in their
school (earth) each doing the very best he or she can. Jesus said, "Judge
not, that ye be not judged" (7 Matthew 1); "This is my commandment, that ye
love one another, as I have loved you" (15 John 12)...
If you decide to stay in school a little longer, this
is also good and it should now be easier. If you are to operate as a perfect
being, in perfect health, then you must have a perfect attitude. You must
become aware of the spiritual power within that is greater than you, the
still, small voice within...
...We need help from those around us as well as the God
power within to reverse our thinking, and attain that balance which creates
a healthy physical being... You are at the point where you must ask God for guidance.
These are the steps, which are suggested as a method
of spiritual recovery:
Accept the fact that you are afflicted with a
symptom and that recovery is possible.
Establish a faith in a power greater than yourself
and know that with His help you can regain health and harmony.
Make the decision to turn your will and your life
over to the care of God.
Conduct a complete self-analysis to better
understand your own emotions.
Admit to God, to yourself, and to others the exact
nature of what you find to be your shortcomings.
Be willing to give up what you are doing wrong.
Seek through prayer to improve your conscious
contact with God. Pray only for knowledge of His will for you and the
strength to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual
awakening as a result of this action, practice these principles in your
Just as the body must be purged and cleansed, so must
the emotions and spirit be purified. This is a comparatively simple task to
accomplish, but do not lull yourself into believing that it is an easy task.
Rigorous self-discipline and the ability to grasp and develop a manner of
living with complete honesty in all of your actions and
necessary. You must become strong willed to be a winner in accomplishing
that which you set out to do for yourself. You will look for all the good in
everything and refuse to accept any negation.
Renewing the Mind
– Excerpts from The Spirit of Wisdom in Understanding Prayer and Faith
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).
The process of “renewing your mind” by meditating on the
Word of God changes your beliefs in alignment with God’s Word, and once your
beliefs are changed, this changes your attitude; your attitude changes your
actions; your actions determine your habits; your habits determine your
integrity; and your integrity determines your destiny. Scripture makes it
clear, “For as [a person] he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs
The key and most important element in biblical meditation is
not just reading or even committing to memory what has been read, which is
important; but more importantly, it is to BELIEVE what you have read. Anyone
may repeat a Scripture, but the source of power is in your belief and your
faith of what is being read and what is being said.
One of the reasons for meditating on the Word of God is to
develop and build our faith. We must mix faith with what we read and hear.
In other words, we must act and think by faith in what God has shown us from
His Word. 1 Timothy 4:13, 15-16 tells us to, “Till I come, give attendance to
reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Meditate on these things; give
yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take
heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this
you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” “Thou wilt keep him in
perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee”
Faith rests on the Word of God, the promise of God and
the character of God. Meditation in the Word allows you to know the Word, to
arm yourself with the Word and execute the Word.
When we meditate on God’s Word, the Holy Spirit is
motivated. When the Word of God is read and spoken, we are empowered and
affected by the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit spiritual truths are
not understood. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The Word
of God is our spiritual food. “It is written, Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew
The goal of biblical meditation is to internalize and
personalize the Scriptures so that their truth can affect how we think, what
we say, our attitudes, our actions, and how we live. Psalm 119:15–16 states,
“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will
delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”
What Should We
The Bible has outlined specific modalities that we should
reflect, think, and meditate on as outlined in Philippians 4:8, “Finally,
brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things
are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise, think on these things.”…
As a practical daily lifestyle, commit Scriptures to memory
and in doing so, they will strengthen your faith, reinforce God’s promises,
and empower your spirit. The process of meditating on God’s Word and His
promises will bring illumination, and illumination will initiate action.
The Word and Promises of God
“For I am not ashamed of the
gospel, because it is God’s power for the salvation of everyone who
believes. . .” (Romans 1:16).
The Bible is the source of all wisdom. It teaches one
how to think, believe, speak, and act so that you can manifest your dreams,
turn despair into hope, fear and worry into faith, defeat into victory,
sickness into healing, and prayer into power. By applying this knowledge,
you can change every aspect of your life and positively impact the lives of
The Word of God is the foundation.
The Word of God is not just the law for man, for it is also the Law
of God. In Hebrews 11:3 we see that, “Through faith we understand that the
worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were
not made of things which do appear.”
The Word of God has inherent power in it, and it
contains the power and Spirit of God. The Bible is God-breathed,
authoritative, alive, and powerful, and each word and sentence has a
purpose and function. Scripture tells us in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of
God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
In a time when it is politically correct to say and
believe many things, we stand firm on what the Bible says:
Isaiah 40:8 - The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
John 6:63…the words that I speak unto you, they are
spirit, and they are life.
Proverbs 4:20-23 - My son, attend to my words;
consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep
them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them,
healing and health to all their flesh. Keep and guard your heart with all
vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of
2 Corinthians 1:20 - For all the promises of God in
him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
1 Peter 1:23-25 - Being born again,
not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which
liveth and abideth for ever. For all
flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The
grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth
forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Romans 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written
aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and
comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Hope an Anchor for the Soul
These scriptures offer
hope, strength, peace and promise:
Hebrews 6:18-20 - This was so that, by two
unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for
God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge
might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp
and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].
[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast
anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever
steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very
certainty of the Presence] within the veil, Where Jesus has entered in for
us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the
order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.
Isaiah 40:31 - But those who wait for the Lord [who
expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their
strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God]
as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall
walk and not faint or become tired.
Romans 15:13 - May the God of your hope so fill you
with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith]
that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing
(bubbling over) with hope.
Psalm 33:18-19 - Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those
who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for
Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness,
To deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
5:1-5 - Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous,
and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact
that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy]
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed
Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance,
introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we
[firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of
experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us
exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and
And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity
of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this
sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal
Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us,
for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who
has been given to us.
Lamentations 3:22-25 - It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness
that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; great and abundant
is Your stability and
The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being
(my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.
The Lord is good to those who wait
hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for
Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s
God's Promises of Healing
Jeremiah 17:14 - Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be
healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.
Psalm 103:1-3 - Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that
is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not
all his benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your
James 5:13-16 - Is anyone among you suffering? Let him
pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 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 trespasses to one another, and pray for one
another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a
righteous man avails much.
Psalm 41:3 - The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will
sustain him on his sickbed.
Psalms 107:19-21 - Then they cry unto the Lord in their
trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. 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!
Jeremiah 30:17 - For I will restore health unto you,
and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord.
Malachi 4:2 AMP - But unto you who revere and
worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing
in His wings....
Isaiah 53: 4-5 - He was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and with His stripes we are healed.
1 Peter 2:24 - 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 ye were healed.
“The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the
Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be
forgiven him” (James 5:15).
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In
my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They
shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not
hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark
Matthew 19:26 - “With men this is impossible, but with
God all things are possible.”
“For whatsoever is born of
God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world,
even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power”
(1 Corinthians 4:20).
“Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you” (Acts 1:8).
Numbers 23:19 - God is not a man, that he should lie;
neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he
not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
1 Corinthians 2:5 - So that your faith might not rest
in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.
Hebrews 4:12 - For the Word that God speaks is alive
and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective];
it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of
the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and
marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting
and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
give strength in vulnerable times:
Philippians 4:6-7 - Be anxious for nothing, but in
everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests
be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - “My grace is sufficient
for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly
I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest
upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs,
in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then
I am strong.
Psalm 18:2 - The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my
deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn
of my salvation, my stronghold.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me.
Isaiah 41:10 - Fear not, for I am with you; Be not
dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I
will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and of good courage, do
not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who
goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in
trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt
condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their
righteousness is of me, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17).
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome
them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any
means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
“For the joy of the LORD is your strength”
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
“Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH
is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4).
God's Saving Grace
that offer comfort in the most desperate times of need:
- For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it
is] the gift of God:
Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give
grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you;
that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that
we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Psalms 100:5 - For
the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all
Psalms 136:1 - give thanks unto the Lord; for he is
good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
1 Corinthians 10:13 - God is faithful [to His Word
and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be
tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of
resistance and power to endure…
James 4:8 - Draw nigh [near] to God, and he will
draw nigh [near] to you.
God's Unconditional Love
These meditations offer you God’s
compassionate and unconditional love:
1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved
Romans 8:38-39 - For I am persuaded that neither death
nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor
things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be
able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave
his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together
for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His
Jeremiah 29:11 -
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of
peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear
heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God
hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
Hebrews 13:5 - …I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Romans 8:35-37 - Who shall separate us from the love of
Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed
all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all
these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Romans 5:1-5 - Therefore
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we
stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we
glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And
patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is
shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
James 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift
is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him
up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
Casting the whole of your
care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for
all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about
you watchfully. - 1 Peter 5:7
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of
it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently]
righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). - Psalm 55:22
1 John 4:8 - God is love.
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