My Church Says
Healing Went Out With The New Testament.
GOD HEAL TODAY?
To say "Jesus saves" is to say "He heals!"
There in lies faith, in knowing who you are dealing with, and
standing in faith that what He says is true. He does not lie.
God is in the normal business of healing.
Essentially twenty-five percent of the scriptures in the New
Testament deal with the healings that Jesus brought about.
He commissioned His disciples to do the same. Heal the sick and
spread the Good News.
First he commissioned the twelve, then
the seventy and twelve, now us... each of us fall under the same
commission, if you have given yourself over to Christ, allowing
Jesus to be the Lord and savior of your life.
Those who are led of God are of God.
to know more? Read on
Does God heal Today?
Robbie L. Rogers
A large fire consumed building after building. Onlookers wondered how
the volunteer fire department would put it out. Suddenly the fire truck
careened around the corner, plunging headlong into the inferno.
Immediately the brave men put out the fire from within. The towns
people were so impressed that they presented the chief with a generous
check. They asked what he was going to do with the money. "Well...
the first thing we will do is get the brakes fix on that truck."
Thats kind of the way I ran into this teaching. I found myself
surrounded by some serious questions we all suffer agony over. When you see or hear of God healing someone miraculously.... you are
getting a small glimpse of what it is to be like in heaven... when the
final redemption of our bodies take place... its exciting to
think about... no more suffering or pain.
For some of us
that is a biggie... right? Each person could tell a story about a person who was healed.
Sometimes they are instantaneous, however, sometimes we are not
privileged in seeing in it in our life.
Thats a cope-out some say. God only heals who He will and thats
the end of it. Turn to Roman 8:22, 23 And I Corinthians 15:50-54
for the answer.
8:22,23 "For we know that all creation has been
groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And
even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a
foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and
suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us
our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has
I Corinthians 15:50-54 "What I am
saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit
the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live
Let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not
all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. It will happen in a
moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For
when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with
transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that
we will never die. For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed
into heavenly bodies that will never die.
When this happenswhen our perishable earthly bodies have been
transformed into heavenly bodies that will never diethen at last the
Scriptures will come true:
"Death is swallowed up in victory.
Oh death, where is your victory?
Oh death, where is your sting?""
In our early walk, and
sometimes even now if we admit it, we doubt
God concerning our prayers to heal. Not that we necessarily doubt His
ability; but maybe the faith of the one we are praying for; or our own sinful
nature, or something in the past, maybe causing a blockage, or whatever.
Anyway you look at it... it is doubt that God
will truly answer our prayers for any given thing. Rather than
expecting it as we should, we are frequently taken by surprise when
it happen as we prayed for. We had a sign at the back of our
church. It was not placed there so we could not see it on the way in by accident;
we need to firmly get those words
implanted on our hearts as we leave church services and go into the world...EXPECT A MIRACLE,
yes even in the world!
However, sometimes we catch ourselves almost intentionally avoiding a
person, or when we are face to face, we are fearful of asking, "You
and I prayed for a healing in your life... has God healed you?" We
want to know, but our flesh rises up in doubt so we don't even ask
Dont we do that?
DOES GOD HEAL TODAY?
A man in our church contracted Leukemia, a very severe case. He was
prayed for often, that God would heal him. The entire church came
together several times, even asking one time for anyone who did not
believe that God could heal him to leave, and some did.
Time after time
he went to Biloxi for Chemotherapy treatments. He was
often very weak, especially in the morning. The Air Force retired him on
disability and a year and a half later, I think it was, he lay in bed in
Biloxi, not expecting to live the night out. That night hel was awakened by a sensation of high heat traveling
throughout his body, moving as though it were the hand of God. The next morning there was no trace of Leukemia.
Why does God heal some... and not others, and why on his time
table, not ours? We did all the right things for Bill, yet he lay
there dying. We
continued to pray, but were sickened with anguish along with him.
I know we all have felt that same anguish,
if indeed we have said prayers for those we love when they are sick.
Watching a loved one suffer is not easy. Many fall away
after such experiences; but, have you ever thought about Gods
time verses our time.
Read II Peter 8:8,9. "But you must not forget, dear friends, that a day is like a
thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The
Lord isnt really being slow about his promise to return, as some
people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want
anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to
Im not to good at math, but a thousand days verses one of His
years equates to a bunch of difference. Something like over 8
million of our hours in every day of Gods time. Now thats
what I call a full day.
What couldnt you do with such a day? Count all the hairs on my
head, listen to us all, heal us, and have plenty of time
to run the universe.
How much time do we exist in Gods time. The time we have
here on earth? I dont know, maybe you can figure it out... maybe a
couple of hours on His time. How long in His time did that
problem you are fretting over last? How long will God love you,
an eternity, and that's in His time!
How long is our Christian life span?
There is no end? We will be able to see what is done in His
time and our time on earth, the birth-pain years we now struggle
through will be but a
fleeting time then. Yet, we are stuck here now. Right? We must
live it now. Right?
"Should I expect God to heal today?"
should be changed to: "If I do not expect God to heal today,
then I am saying to God, you dont care about my situation...
virtually I cant depend on you." No, always say
or think expecting a miracle!
Scripture tells us unless we stand, doing
all things in faith
(I John 5:17; Rom 14:23) What are we standing in? SIN! But, lets not get too far into that subject.
Exodus 15:26. "If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord
your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and
laws, then I will not make you suffer the diseases I sent on the
Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you."
Or as we often sing, praising, "I am the God who healith
Exodus 23:25,26 "You must serve only the Lord your God.
If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will keep you
healthy. There will be no miscarriages or infertility among your
people, and I will give you long, full lives."
"The Lord nurses them when they are sick and eases their pain
If you are around me much, you will often hear me extol the virtues
of learning Gods character. If you know Him, you know Jesus and Holy Spirit, and no one
can draw you aside. The Greek word that means "I save" also means "I
In II Kings 5 we are told the story of Naaman the great warrior who
had leprosy. He raged with anger when Elisha sent word for him to
wash in the Jordon River seven times. It was not what Naaman
expected and he would have gone away unhealed if not
for the wise council of his trusted servants. As he washed in
obedience, against his better judgement, his skin became like that of a
We are not so different than Naaman.
We too are often trying to put God in
a box, expecting Him to do as we want and on our own time
A young Hindu, born in Kenya, contracted erythrodermic psoriasis, a chronic skin disease that dropped his weight
from 160 to 105 pounds. He was treated all over the world in major
hospitals. After spending eighty percent of his familys wealth the
only difference was that he had a liver disease from strong drugs. He
was so horrible to look at he lost his wife and children. As he lay in
hospital bed he wanted to die.
Finally he cried out to a God
that he was not sure even existed, saying, "God
if you are watching me let me die, I am sorry if I have done something
wrong." He opened a Bible and found Psalm 38. As he read every verse leaped
from the pages. He prayed for God to heal him, falling asleep. The
next morning was different, he felt joyful, like a new
man, even his body looked different.
He like Naaman took a bath. Astounded he called for the nurses to come, his skin had lifted off
in the water. He told the nurses God was healing him. When he emerged from the water he was like Naaman. He had skin like a
baby . He was totally healed.
Since then he has been reunited with his family, but says the
inner healing that took place was far greater that the physical healing.
Today he lives as a servant to Jesus.
Inner healing... funny he would claim such a thing.
Few churches commit much talent and ministry to such. Speaking of inner healing
let's look at Romans 8:1-4. "So now there is no
condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. For
the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus
from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses could not
save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a
different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like
ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sins control over us
by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the
requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer
follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit."
Did you get that? "There is therefore now no
condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
If you feel
condemnation, look to where it is coming from. Satan condemns; Holy
Spirit Convicts; there is a big difference. One brings the possibility
of life and healing, that has no ending. The other death
and an unholy shame, an eternal death that has no ending.
I want to talk a little about the flesh here. Look
at Romans 8:6 & 7. "For the mind set on the flesh
is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and
peace. Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the Law of God, for it is NOT ABLE TO DO
"...for it is NOT ABLE TO DO
You and I, as Christians, are aliens to the world, and prisoners in
the flesh, your sinful nature. If you leave with nothing more I want you to take
this key with you. Your flesh wants to hold your spirit captive. That
is, the part of our body that is sinful in nature. No the body
itself is not sinful for God declared it good as recorded in Genesis...
just our flesh, our sinful nature part. Don't get hung up on your
skin here scripture is talking about a condition within that if we
follow causes us to become sinful. We all carry a sinful nature
within us, our Biblical definition flesh.
Sort of like the little boy in Sunday School who was giving the
teacher a fit. She finally grabbed and shook him until his teach
rattled. She said, "Boy... I think the devils got a hold of
you!" He replied, "I think so too!"
Now look at
Romans 8:8. "and those who are in the flesh
cannot please God."
Let's read it again,
"and those who are in the flesh cannot
How many of you are your own worst enemy?
Look at verse
Romans 8:9-11. "But you are not controlled by your
sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit
of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the
Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all.) Since Christ
lives within you, even though your body will die because of sin, your
spirit is alive because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of
God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised
Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same
Spirit living within you."
the old song said, say to Satan, "Hit the road Jack and dont you come
back no more! No more! No more! No more! Hit the road Jack and dont
you come back no more!"
If you listen to your flesh as though it is telling you the truth, you
are being deceived. Satan is all too often given charge of our
flesh by us giving him permission, due to a lack of living in the spirit and he,
the deceiver you are listening to.
Lift up your shield of faith. Reject
those firey darts and recognize where they are coming from; they come
from the power of darkness. The wrong side of the tracks within you.
Look at verse
Romans 8:12-19. "So, dear brothers and sisters, you have
no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the
power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will
live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of
you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave
instead like Gods very own children, adopted into his familycalling
him "Father, dear Father." For his Holy Spirit speaks to us
deep in our hearts and tells us that we are Gods children. And since
we are his children, we will share his treasuresfor everything God
gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his
glory, we must also share his suffering.
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will
give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day
when God will reveal who his children really are."
some versions there are the exclamation points here at "Father!
Dear Father!"" Or "ABBA!
FATHER!" as some have it.
He has given YOU the right to call out to Him, your very own
Daddy. Thats what that means.
How many of you have heard the
blood curdling scream of a child that has fallen and scraped the skin
off their knee? Thats what He has given us
permission to do. Run with all abandonment, because a bully pushed
you down and scraped your knee, yelling, "I want my Daddy!"
Look back at verse 17. "And
since we are his children, we will share his treasuresfor everything
God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his
glory, we must also share his suffering."
Jesus teachings in Mark
1:15 and many other places in the New Testament we know Gods
Kingdom, the rule of God, is not only for the future but is for
here and now, where we are, yes even here in Santa Rosa Beach, and His Character, His
Spirit is fully involved.... wanting to heal our affirmatives, wanting us to succeed in
what we are suppose to be about... doing His will.
Matthew 10:7,8 "Go and announce to them that the Kingdom
of Heaven is near. Heal the sick,
raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as
freely as you have received!" and to Luke 10:17-20
"When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported
to him, "Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name! "Yes,"
he told them, "I saw Satan falling from heaven
as a flash of lightning! And I have given you
authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes
and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. But
dont rejoice just because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your
names are registered as citizens of heaven."
Expect a miracle!
No where in the Bible does it say healing was confined to a
particular time, instead Jesus teaches us these are the signs of the
coming of the Kingdom of God. We should make it a regular
expectation in our prayer life... expecting miracles, not
standing in wonderment when it happens.
There is a gift, discernment, or the gift of knowledge, that I am
always reluctant to speak of. It can be falsely used to tear down
rather than to build up the body of Christ. Like the gift of
speaking in other tongues, or prophesying the word of God in an
unknown language... be very careful.
A word of knowledge is extremely powerful when spoken in truth
and by those professing and truly displaying the fruits of Holy Spirit.
But I have been on the receiving end of such when it was not. If
you give such a word, and you should if directed by Holy Spirit to do
so, do so fearfully, making sure you are standing in faith.
If so, it will not come back void from the life God intended. As
with other gifts practice in proper times before you involve displaying
such a gift before the whole body.
That is to say, practice them in your private time with God while you
are in prayer, your prayer closet. Then and only then submit
yourself and your gift to the leaders of your congregation and accept
their direction. If they do not see or feel you are to use
your gifts during church services pray concerning the situation and give it to God. Let
Him handle your battles.
As a servant of God, duly commissioned, accept your position in
faith, the position He died on the cross to save you for, bringing you
in as adopted heirs into the Kingdom of God.
Now how do you pray for one
another for healing? Whether they are in front of you or thousands of miles away, during
your prayer ask God for a picture, or a word concerning that person... what
is needed. Ask the person, if possible, the same
1.) What needs do they have. What is wrong. Why do they want
or need prayers.
2.) What has caused this condition?
3.) How should I
pray for you?
4.) After prayer,
ask how do they feel now? Reassure them or continue to
pray for them until you and they both feel right about it.
5.) Be persistent, advise them to do the same.
Tell them to cry out to the one who heals, God, their Father!
OUT THIS! GOD HEALS!
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