© 10 February 2017 Revive Israel Ministries
Approaching the Bible’s Teaching on Healing – Part 2
If you missed last week’s introductory article to this subject, be sure to
catch up on what you missed!
When a person is told that the reason he or she is not healed is always his
or her fault, and this also includes tragic accidents and death, we believe
this is wrong teaching. The reason a person is not healed may be that they
did not build a life of faith through the Word, but it also may not be so.
At any point a person can repent, seek God and immerse himself or herself in
the Word. Of course, if the person had faith according to Mark 11:24 they
have what they ask. However, a person cannot fully determine that they will
have that kind of faith. It has to be granted by God. So we would rather
talk about what a person can do to maximize the potential of healing and to
rest in God if the healing does not come.
- First we counsel people to place themselves in the hands of God and submit
to him as LORD. They should confess all known sin, curses, bitterness, un-forgiveness
and generational curses that may not have been renounced in our early discipleship.
(This is implied by James.)
- Secondly, they should take the Lord’s Supper. It has healing power.
- They should call the elders to anoint with oil and pray for healing. (James)
- They should focus their mind on their destiny in eternal life and the Age
to Come and be fully given to the Hope of their ultimate destiny. Thereby
they defeat the fear of death.
- They meditate on the goodness of God and Messiah and on the Biblical promises
of healing to give opportunity for God to grant healing faith. So there
is something that we can do, but it does not assure us of the absolute certainty
of healing. However, we can maximize opportunity for building receptive
- They avail themselves of Spirit led opportunities for conferences, healing
ministries etc. This should be prayed about and led by the Spirit without
a frantic pursuit of healing ministers and conferences.
- They do well to avoid pronouncements that they are healed. In addition,
we seek to preclude well-meaning people form pronouncing healing or from
leading the congregation into the intensity of standing in an absolute way
for such healing and then the possible crash that comes as a result.
- Yet we do avail ourselves of proven prophets that can speak a word into
the situation, and grounds that need to be broken and other possible pronouncements.
The situation of my youngest son is a case in point. The first time he was
taken ill at 1 year old with a fatal heart disease, the doctors gave no hope
and said he would die. Credible prophets spoke the word that he would be
totally healed and recover. We saw the most amazing supernatural recovery.
11 years later, when he was on life support, we organized the most intensive
prayer for his healing. This was confirmed by mature prophets, but not one
mature prophet could get a word from God that he would be healed, raised
from the dead, etc. So we knew that while we were battling, we could not
rest on any clear prophetic word. Though we read Scripture promises, God
did not grant us the faith to raise him up.
So let us all pray for healing. Let us build our faith for it. When sickness
comes, let us first go to God and pray and seek to receive faith for healing.
Let’s pray for healing as long as the person is living. However, let us recognize
the sovereignty of God in these matters and embrace the whole Bible and its
teaching in these matters.
If anyone has the patience for a very scholarly and good book, we do recommend
Michael Brown’s book Israel’s Divine Healer.
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