The Bible is full of encouraging words about healing from start to finish. God even gives Himself a name in the second book of the Bible, Exodus. He says, “I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26 NIV) But many people ask, especially when they’re sick and despairing, or someone they love is, “Can miraculous healing occur today?’ Or, specifically having read or heard of the miracles of Jesus, they ask, “Does Jesus still heal today?”
Thoughts about the possibility of divine healing range from “It never happened” to “It may have happened in the past, but not now” to “I sure hope it can happen today, but I have my doubts.” The fortunate ones are those who say, “I think it can happen and it happened to me. I believe it.” Jesus does still heal today and around the world are blessed and uplifted people who can say things like, “I had no hope and then someone prayed for my healing and look at me. I’m healed.”
Foundation for Healing from the Bible
Last week in writing about “Victory in Christ,” I wrote these words:
“Truly, Jesus won an extraordinary triumph over sin, death, evil, poverty, illness, demonic powers, and so much else at the cross. He defeated those things and the enemy who is behind them. From what He did for us, we’re meant to receive benefits.” One of those benefits is divine healing. Jesus does still heal today.
But, the foundation for the extraordinary level of miraculous healing that we read about in the New Testament is laid down in the Old Testament.
Some Old Testament examples…
There are phrases that support it such as in Psalm 103:2-3 (NIV):
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…”
There are stories of miraculous healings, Naaman from leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-19), and Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 32:24), from some sort of inflammation that was going to be fatal. Elisha (2 Kings 4:11-37) and Elijah (1 Kings 17:17-24) raise boys from the dead. This is just some of the healing in this portion of the Bible.
Healing with Jesus Christ
When Jesus came into the world, it was for some specific purposes: To make God known (Matthew 11:27), to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), and to bring salvation and redemption to the world (John 3:16). The works of the devil include everything that makes people sick or broken.
So, the 4 gospels are full of accounts of Jesus healing. Matthew 4:23 describes well the atmosphere around Jesus: He “went through Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
In Luke 6:19, this extraordinary healing power of Jesus is described this way. “…And the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.”
Verse after verse…
I could put verse after verse here to demonstrate the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, but I think so many of us know that these verses exist. The challenge is to believe that the events described actually happened and then to go a step further. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, who ever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…” (John 14:12-14) He said, “And these signs will accompany those who believe…they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:17)
Ministering Healing to Ourselves & Others
So, Jesus did heal, but His vision was for more than the brief period of His lifetime on earth. Jesus’ plan was to begin His ministry, to die for us, rise again, and to depart. Then, the Holy Spirit would come to dwell in those who would believe, causing the “life of Jesus” to be recreated and lived out through us. We were to become the hands and heart of Jesus on earth. He has commissioned those who believe in Him to heal. (The Holy Spirit even surprises those who don’t believe by sometimes healing them or using them to heal.)
There is no need to beg for healing. Jesus has told us we may have it. “Therefore, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24) Not only that, He has asked us to carry on for Him. “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8)
Where Do We Start in Order to Heal Today?
But how do we take this ministry up? And how do we do it with confidence? The first step is to believe God, believe the Bible. The second step is to take a risk and try to minister. The third step is to ask people if they feel differently or if they can do something more after you pray and speak to their problem. If they’re not better, then, without embarrassment, you try again.
But why not let someone demonstrate for us. Here is a crash course on healing from Art Thomas, a missionary evangelist, healer, film producer and so much more. He was preparing people to go out into the streets to minister. Watch:
When We Don’t See Healing from Jesus
Some reading this will have had a loved one who died though everyone was praying for them. There may be a reader who is struggling with a chronic disease. My own husband has had a wrestling match with cancer for 12-13 years, though during that time, he has encountered a great deal of healing and tremendous peace. God has loved us so well. But, we continue to pray for the cancer to be totally wiped out.
In my own body, I have prayed for healing for plantar fasciitis, my knees, my shoulder, and various other things and have had every single one of them healed. God has given me the opportunity to minister healing to many others and I have seen a lot of healing. In the ministry of others around me, I have also witnessed healing.
Are there times when nothing happened? Oh yes. I have had my share of disappointment and heartache seeing someone not get healed. But, let’s not ever build our theology on our experiences. Always, let’s look to Jesus for the goal for which we are “shooting.”
Often, just as in Jesus’ day, when someone gets healed, that may happen before they have accepted Christ and that healing prayer brings them to Him. But, why not practice Jesus’ ministry just because it is wonderful to help people feel better and to demonstrate our trust in God?
Encouraging Others That Jesus Does Heal Today
Finally, we encourage each other to take risks and step out in this ministry of healing by:
- Studying the healing stories of the Bible together and talking about them.
- We pray for God’s guidance and help.
- When risks are taken and we step out and try, that’s when we’ll see more healing.
- Continue to learn, to talk, to share experiences and build each other up.
- Share testimonies of healings that occur in order to build faith up in ourselves and others.
- Bless and pray for all those in the medical profession. God works through them to accomplish His healing too.
- Anticipate God’s goodness all the days of your life.
Do you have a story of healing? We would love to hear about it! Share in the comments below.
There are 100 verses about healing the sick at this link.
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Books to Read:
In my book, Jesus and the Addict, (chapter on the Holy Spirit, for example) there are some stories of remarkable healing miracles that happened at the hands of people in recovery, some of whom had little or no faith. The Holy Spirit so builds us up even when we’re young in faith. Books
Two other books that may help you are:
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