Forgiveness of Sin And Healing Are Both Received With The Same Kind Of Faith!
The Promise of Healing
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 diseases (Psalm 103:1-3)
Healing is always the will of God for the believer. Right after God delivered Israel from the bondage of Egypt, He revealed Himself as the Physician of His people in Exodus 15:26: If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put (allow) none of the diseases on you which I have brought (allowed) on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you. The phrase I will put in this verse is in the permissive sense, not in the causative sense. It should read I will allow.
This promise of healing is not just for the Old Testament saints, but for us today. We have a better covenant established on better promises. The good new is that the same faith that saves us is the same faith that brings God’s healing power into our bodies. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:10) So you could also say it this way: For with the heart one believes unto healing, and with the mouth confession is made unto health.
Believing for healing is as simple as believing for forgiveness of sin. First, you see the will of God through the Word to save and to heal. Then you believe it in your heart, and begin to say only what God says about your forgiveness and healing. You must look beyond the feelings you have to be forgiven and to be healed. Pray, ask, believe you receive healing or forgiveness, and then stand you ground in faith until the feelings of forgiveness and the actual healing manifests in your body. Believing and speaking the Word will draw God’s healing power into your body!
Both of my parents had back surgery when I was young. I can remember their dealing with the intense pain before they both had surgery. And years later as an adult that same kind of pain developed in my back! Thoughts came telling me that, like my parents, I would deal with a back issue all my life until I too had to have surgery.
Thankfully, when this attack on my health occured, I knew the Word of God. I knew that God wanted to heal me as much as He wanted to save me from sin. So I applied the same principles of faith for the healing of my back that I did for the forgiveness of sin.
I asked God to heal my back, based on His written Word and His revealed will to heal me. Then I took my stand. The pain increased after prayer! I continued day after day to thank God for healing me even though the symptoms got worse. I remembered that faith for forgiveness of sin meant that I had to believe I was forgiven while I still felt so guilty of my wrongdoings. So, even though the pain continued to be intense, and every day I struggled to move around with the pain, I simply thanked God for healing my back, over and over I thanked and praised God for healing me.
One day as I got up off from bed in the morning, I found that the pain had completely disappeared! And, just like the feeling of unforgiveness left as I exercised faith for God to forgive my sin, the back problem left me, and has never returned! Faith works the same way both for forgiveness of sin, and the healing of sickness, disease, and pain.
Diligently hearkening to the Word for healing is refusing to believe or speak anything contrary to the Word about your body. To do this, you must meditate regularly on God’s promises to heal. You must be diligent in the Word. He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions (Psalm 107:20).
I’ll leave you today with God’s medicine for your health. Take it according to the prescription in Exodus 15:26, believe you receive your healing, and watch God perform a miracle in your life!
So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you (Exodus 23:25).
And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you (Deuteronomy 7:15).
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (pains); Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5)
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses (Matthew 8:17).
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38-).
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24).