Every week I think that there will be a relaxing passage to write about, but that has not been the case over the last 4 weeks, and is not the case today. Today the passage has 2 stories, one about Jesus’ authority over demons, and the other about healing. Now I have taught on both, but today I want to talk about the healing and faith. I often get into disagreement with other Christians over this, so here I will tell you what I believe, which is based on this scripture passage. If you would like to know about our authority over demons, please read my post on that, ‘Authority Over Demons‘. That post actually deals with this passage, so there is no point writing it again.
Healing. A very contentious issue in churches today, as most Christians are divided into one of two groups. The first group believes that Jesus heals those who He wishes to be healed, if you ask God (in prayer) to heal you or someone, He may do so. Sometimes He may be using that sickness in your life, maybe to reach someone with the gospel, so He doesn’t heal you. This group believes that healing only happens when it is part of God’s plan, and it isn’t always. I don’t agree with this, I fall 100% into the second group. I believe that illness is not from God, ever. It is part of the fall, and is not part of God’s plan. I believe that we as believers have authority over illness, and it is actually not really up to God as to whether we are healed or not, but up to us. Shock! Before you start picking up stones, just read on. Get out your Bible and take a look through all of the healing stories, find me one story where someone asks Jesus to heal them, and Jesus says that it isn’t God’s will. You won’t find any. Jesus heals EVERYONE who asks Him. Simple as that. Surely if it were God’s ‘choice’ as to who gets healed, there would have been at least one person who wanted it and didn’t receive it.
So why don’t we see healing today? You can read more in my post – ‘Why We Don’t get Healed‘ (5 part series), but here are the 3 main reasons. Look at the woman who reached out and touched Jesus. She was unclean, she was bleeding. If you were caught in public in those days in that situation, you would have been stoned. She literally risked death to get to Jesus, because she knew that she would be healed if she only touched him. When you go for healing, do you KNOW that you will be healed, do you even expect to be healed? I often hear people who are surprised when someone is healed. If Jesus were here now, I’d be more surprised if someone wasn’t healed. The Spirit of Jesus is here now, why are we surprised to see healing? We don’t expect them, not like the woman did. We have a serious lack of faith. Maybe it is because we are taught not to have faith, or maybe we have been corrupted by failed attempts, but we lack faith.
The second reason is that we don’t understand how to minister healing. Jesus came across someone with an illness, he told them to be healed, and they were. Peter watched this, he came across illness, told the people to be healed, and they were. We don’t bother with what Jesus taught, we just run to Jesus and ask Him to heal the person. “Jesus, if it is your will, please heal my friend..”. No, that is not what Jesus taught. He even came here to demonstrate it for us. We are not doing it in our strength, we do it firmly by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus. Why do we not tell the person to be healed in the name of Jesus, why do we beg and plead God? It makes no sense to me.
Lastly, we are surrounded by unbelief. Jesus sent all of the people away, why? They were laughing at Him, and filled with unbelief. Jesus couldn’t perform miracles when there was unbelief. If He couldn’t, we don’t stand a chance. Unbelief is probably the biggest ‘miracle killer’, so take a look at my post ‘Unbelief: What The Bible Says About It‘, and the posts that follow.
What do you believe about healing, does it line up with scripture? I for one would really like to see more people set free from illness and disease.