Healing is God’s Will Today:
One of the reasons people don’t receive their healing from the Lord is because they don’t believe God still heals people today. This might be because of their personal experience. Perhaps at one point in their lives they prayed for a healing, and because they didn’t get healed, they concluded that God doesn’t heal today. Another reason some people don’t believe in healing is because of wrong teaching. Maybe they were a part of a church that didn’t believe the entire Bible, and they were taught that certain parts of the Bible were done away with – that healings and miracles aren’t for the church today. We need to strip away all of those false teachings and man-made traditions and come to the pure Word of God itself.
If you don’t believe God wants to heal you, then you will have a hard time believing God for a healing. Therefore, the goal of this section is to convince you, through laying a strong Biblical foundation, that healing is God’s will today. Because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and He is the Lord who heals us, He is still healing the sick today. The Apostle Paul said, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). What you experience of the blessings of God in your life is directly proportional to what you know God has promised you in the Bible. If you don’t know Jesus said you could be healed, you’ll stay sick. But faith in healing comes by hearing what God’s Word says about the topic of healing.
King David declared, “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).
David is praising the holy, wonderful, majestic, powerful name of Jesus. In this Scripture, David warns us to be careful to not forget about all of God’s benefits. What are His benefits? He forgives all of our sins, and heals all of our diseases. We need to be confident in this truth today! Most Christians will believe the first part of that statement – that Jesus will forgive all of their sins – He shed His blood, and died on the Cross so our sins could be forgiven. But they don’t believe the second part of that statement that says He heals all of our diseases today. As Christians, we need to believe the Full Gospel that says Jesus is both the Savior and the Healer. Consider this story from the life of Jesus:
“So Jesus got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.” (Matthew 9:1-8).
There are still people like the scribes and Pharisees today who get mad when a preacher has the audacity to stand up and say Jesus still heals today. Some people don’t like that, and that boggles my mind. Why wouldn’t you want to believe that Jesus is a Healer? Why wouldn’t you want to believe that He’s a good God? Why wouldn’t you want to believe He can bless us and change our lives today? That’s amazing to me. But it happened in the time of Jesus, so we shouldn’t be surprised when we see it happening today. Maybe you know people who say, “Jesus doesn’t still heal today. Sure he may have done it 2,000 years ago, but He’s not doing it today.” Don’t be swayed by the unbelief of those modern Pharisees!
Look at how Jesus responded to the scribes in this story: “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Jesus is saying that both forgiving sins and healing sicknesses are easy. He is saying that He is both our Savior and Healer. He is saying, “I forgive sins. I heal sicknesses. Both are easy to me.” This man arose and went home, both forgiven and healed, and the crowd glorified God. There are many places in the Scriptures where it talks about Jesus the Savior alongside of Jesus the Healer. The prophet Isaiah paints a beautiful picture of these dual roles Jesus: “But he was wounded and crushed for our sins… He was whipped, and we were healed!” (Isaiah 53:5, nlt). The Bible makes it abundantly clear that Jesus is both our Savior and Healer.
12 Biblical Reasons Why Healing is God’s Will Today:
Before we will have the faith to pray for sick people and see them recover, we need to have a rock solid faith that is founded on the unchangeable, infallible, perfect Word of God. We need to know what the Bible says about healing, because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Then our faith will be strengthened to believe God for the impossible. Here are 12 Biblical reasons why healing is God’s will today:
1. The Compassion of Jesus:
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching… preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them.” (Matthew 9:35-36).
The number one reason why we believe that healing is God’s will today is because of the compassion of Jesus. “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14). There’s something about the heart of Jesus that, when he sees someone who is broken in their body, He is moved with compassion for them. Matthew tells us that Jesus was moved with compassion. The Bible doesn’t just say God stood up in Heaven and loved us so much that He sent us a little Hallmark card that says, “I love you.” No, the compassion of Jesus moves Him to action. Compassion is: “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”[i] Jesus is not a distant, compassionless Deity way out there somewhere in the universe. Because God became a man, and walked the Earth, He can relate to us in our sufferings. He has experienced every temptation you have experienced, and He can relate to you. He is not an unmoved and unfeeling God.
One of the most encouraging Scriptures describing Jesus is found in the book of Hebrews: “Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:17-18, nlt). How then should we respond to this wonderful truth? “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:15-16, nlt).
- The Goodness of the Father:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?” (Matthew 7:7,11).
One of the fundamental truths we must believe about our Creator God is that He is good. There has been the idea that God is not good, and that although He is powerful, He is holding out on us. Too many Christians don’t believe God is good! Jesus came to reveal to us the heart of our Heavenly Father as One who is good. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” (James 1:17). If there’s anything good that happens in life – if you have any good thing – it is a gift from God. If you have anything you’re thankful for in your life: if you have a family, children, a roof over your head, food in the cupboards, thank God for it. All of these things are gifts from Him because He is a good God.
- The Willingness of Jesus:
“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed…Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him.” (Matthew 8:2-3, 5-7).
If you were to ask any group of Christians today, “Do you believe God can heal people?” most of them would say, “Yes, I believe that God has the power to heal people. He is God, and He can do whatever He wants to.” If you were to ask them, “Do you believe that Jesus did heal people in the past, two thousand years ago?” most of them would say, “Yes, I believe that Jesus did heal people in the past.” But if you were to ask a third question and say, “Do you believe that if you were sick today, that if we were to pray for you, that Jesus would heal you?” there would be fewer people who would answer that question in the affirmative. People question the willingness of Jesus to heal people. We know He can heal the sick, and we know He has healed the sick in the past, but we just don’t know whether He will heal the sick today.
One of the things we learn about Jesus in the above Scripture is His willingness to heal the sick. When a leper approached Jesus, looking for a healing touch, he made a very insightful statement when he said, “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.” He knew that if Jesus had the willingness, He had the ability to heal him. How did Jesus respond? He put out His hand and touched Him, saying, “I am willing.” Skip down a couple of verses in this chapter to the story of the centurion who comes to Jesus, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” Notice that this man didn’t even get a chance to ask the question, “Jesus, will you come and heal him?” Jesus said to him right away, “I will come and heal him.” See here the willingness of Jesus!
- The Name of the Lord:
“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 none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)
You can learn a lot about a person by taking a look at their name. However, in the world today, names don’t have the same weight and significance as they did in the Bible days. When parents had a child, they would think and pray long and hard about what name to give that child, because they knew that there was something important in a name. It’s amazing how many Bible characters had a name that reflected their character. Abraham’s name meant father of many nations and he was the father of many nations. Jacob’s name meant deceiver or schemer, but fortunately the Lord changed his name to Israel, which meant Prince with God. When I was born, my mother named me Christopher, and I don’t know if she knew the meaning of that name or not, but my name means Christ-bearer, or one who takes Christ (the anointing, presence and person of Jesus) to the people. That’s exactly what I do as a preacher and teacher of God’s Word.
You can learn a lot about God by studying His names and titles in the Scriptures. This is one of the best studies you can do if you want to learn more about His nature. One of the things I often do when I’m studying a book of the Bible is to write in my notebook all of the different names of God recorded there, because every one of His names teaches us something about who He is. So why do we believe that healing is God’s will today? Because of the name of the Lord. One of his names is Jehovah-Rophe, which translates into English as The Lord Who Heals You. If that’s His name, then guess what He’s going to do? He’s going to heal you. That’s His name, and that’s His nature.
The Lord spoke through the prophet Malachi some 2,400 years ago: “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6). If He doesn’t change, and He was The Lord Who Heals You yesterday, then guess who He is today? He’s still The Lord Who Heals You today. If you want to see this in another Scripture, consider the Foursquare Gospel Church’s theme verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
Some of you might wonder why I am taking so much time to share so many Scriptures with you that confirm that healing is God’s will today. I don’t want your belief in healing to be based on my thoughts or ideas as a teacher or a writer. Because if I, through dynamic communication, can convince you to believe in healing, then someone who is a more dynamic teacher would be able to convince you to stop believing in healing. However, if your faith is built upon the rock solid Word of the living God, no one will be able to talk you out of it.
- The Power of the Full Gospel:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16).
The church that I pastor is a Full Gospel Church, not a denomination, but based on the Bible’s definition of what it means to be Full Gospel. The Apostle Paul said, “in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God…I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” (Romans 15:19). What does it mean to preach the Full Gospel? It is proclaimed with signs and wonders following. We see so little of this in the church today because we haven’t taken the time to pray and seek God and wait for the Promise of the Holy Spirit to come down in our lives. Because of this, we have had a powerless church, and preachers have started proclaiming a half Gospel. They preach Jesus the Savior, but they don’t preach Jesus the Healer. It is true that the most important part of the Gospel is the fact that Jesus is the Savior who came into the world to die on the Cross to save His people from their sins. There is no greater miracle than salvation. But the Full Gospel teaches us that the same Jesus who was wounded for our sins is the same Jesus by whose stripes we are healed.
- The Healing Anointing of His Manifest Presence:
“Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” (Luke 5:17).
The Bible teaches us God is Omnipresent, which means that He is everywhere. King David expressed this truth eloquently in Psalm 139: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there” (verses 7-8). Although it is true that God’s presence is everywhere, there is also a manifestation of that presence that can be experienced by us. There are certain times in certain places where the presence of God is actually felt in a tangible manner. We see an example of that in the life of Jesus in Luke chapter five. There was a manifestation of the power and presence of God in that place on that certain day. We see this again in the next chapter of Luke’s Gospel: “And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.” (Luke 6:19). There was something about being in the presence of Jesus that caused people to be healed.
Remember the story of the woman with the issue of blood? “And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” (Matthew 9:20-21). Sure enough, she was healed, because of the manifested presence of God on Jesus. The Bible calls this presence the anointing. This is why worship is an important component in our church services, if we want to see people healed. When we worship the Lord, He comes to dwell in the midst of our praises (Psalm 22:4). “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4). Many times people are healed during praise and worship, because they have touched His presence. There is healing in the presence of the Lord.
- The Demonstration of His Deity:
“When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:5-12).
We are contending for signs and wonders today because they are a demonstration of His Deity – that is, they prove that Jesus really is God. I can give you all of the greatest arguments in the world as to why I believe there is a God because of the intelligent design in creation, and try to talk you into faith in God. But there’s something that happens when you see a manifestation of the supernatural power of God. People can’t argue with that. Remember when Peter and John healed the crippled beggar in Acts chapter three? Luke tells us that, “seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it…For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.” (Acts 4:14-16).
When God’s power is demonstrated, and a supernatural event that takes place, it shows people that there is a God. A miracle by its definition is “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.”[ii]
- The Name of Jesus:
“Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk…And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:6,16).
The beggar by the temple gate was healed through faith in the name of Jesus. Jesus taught His disciples, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13). There is power in the name of Jesus. I wish that we would get a hold of this truth. Too many Christians use “in Jesus’ name” only as some religious little postscript they add at the end of their prayers. This phrase has no more significance to them than wrapping up their prayer and letting God know that they’re done talking. Don’t let the words “in Jesus’ name” ever be something you thoughtlessly tack on to the end of your prayers. When you speak those three powerful words, you’re declaring, “Lord, I’m not asking for these things because I am a holy or a perfect person, and I’m not asking because I deserve it, but I’m asking because of the virtue and power of that name. Because Jesus lived a perfect life, and His righteousness has been credited to me, I’m asking based on the authority in that powerful name!” There is healing in the name of Jesus.
- The Cry of Desperation:
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” (Mark 10:46-52).
We believe healing is God’s will today is because of the cry of desperation. Bartimaeus was desperate for a touch from Jesus, but there were people in the crowd trying to discourage him from reaching out to Jesus, saying, “Be quiet! Just be content with what you’ve got. Maybe this is your lot in life, maybe God wants you to be sick.” But Bartimaeus wasn’t content. He didn’t care what other people said. He cried out in desperation, and wouldn’t stop until he received what he wanted from Jesus. And Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” How many times Jesus asked this precious and wonderful question of people! What do you want Jesus to do for you? I heard a preacher say once that God doesn’t answer prayer; He answers desperate, persevering prayer. Let’s never give up in our prayers.
10. The Message of the Cross:
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; 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).
We believe in the Cross of Jesus Christ – that His death paid the price so that our sins could be forgiven. Why don’t we believe the rest of that passage? Not only did Jesus take our sins, He also carried our griefs and sorrows, and was chastised for our peace, and whipped for our healing. You don’t have to be depressed; Jesus took your griefs and sorrows. You don’t have to be troubled in your mind; Jesus purchased your peace. You don’t have to be sick, because Jesus paid the price for your healing, through the stripes that He took on His back. When you start to doubt whether or not healing is God’s will today, just look to the Cross. When Jesus died to purchase our salvation, He didn’t have to give them His back to be whipped. He did that to purchase our healing. If the price has already been paid, why wouldn’t you want to receive that from Him? Peter quoted this passage: “Jesus 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). The message of the Cross tells us that healing is God’s will today.
11. The Destruction of the Works of the Devil:
“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).
Why did Jesus heal sick people in His ministry? He saw sickness as an oppression of the devil. There was a time in the life of Jesus when “there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” (Luke 13:11-13). But the leader in charge of the synagogue was upset that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. Do you know how Jesus responded to him? He said, “Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound–think of it–for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” (verse 16). The Apostle John emphasized this when he wrote, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8). Why do we believe healing is God’s will today? Because Jesus wants to heal all those who are oppressed of the devil.
12. The Great Commission:
“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease…And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:1,7-8).
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18).
The final reason why we believe healing is God’s will today is found in the Great Commission. The Lord Jesus has commissioned us as His disciples to lay hands on the sick and see them recover.
If you are a Christian, God wants you to lay your hands on sick people and see them healed. The New Testament church experienced many signs and wonders, which resulted in many people coming to faith in Jesus. Because the early church is our blueprint, we need to contend for signs and wonders to be restored to the church today!
Here is one of the stories from our church of someone who encountered Jesus as their Healer, and had her life changed by Him.
Zerlina writes: I was only 34 years old in September 2005 when my life changed drastically. One morning, I woke up to terrible pain all over my body, like when you have the flu and your whole body aches. The next day, the pain shifted to the front of my thighs. I found everything difficult and painful. I went to the doctor after a week and he told me that it was a virus and I should go home and have some chicken soup. Two weeks later, things were worse, to the point where I could hardly walk. I literally shuffled back to the doctor and he told me that it was a virus and I should go home and have turkey soup – since we’d just had Thanksgiving. I then went to another doctor who sent me straight to the hospital in Winnipeg. They kept me there for six days doing every test the neurologist could think of: spinal tap, MRI, CAT scan, blood work to name a few. They found nothing. So they had a psychologist come in and talk to me to see if I was making this up. I wasn’t. They sent me home and told me to see my regular doctor.
I was experiencing a constant ache in my front thighs, some pain in my neck and elbows. This limited me a lot. I was not able to walk up stairs without having to stop every two or three steps or have my husband Al lift my feet for me. I couldn’t ride my bike (which we did a lot of as a family), I couldn’t run or do any exercise (no baseball, football, sports with the kids), and I couldn’t have my kids (Shantal 11, Kevin 10 and Chase 7) sit on my lap because the pain would just be too intense. I missed out on cave exploring and hiking on summer holidays. I could not stand through the singing at church on Sunday mornings.
Enjoying life had become impossible. Standing hurt. Sitting hurt. Walking hurt. Sleeping hurt. Pain relievers did nothing and muscle rubs didn’t work. I was in constant pain and nothing made it subside. To make things worse, I kept having what I called “episodes”. I would feel faint and light-headed for 5-10 minutes and my entire body would hurt so much that no one could touch me, or even sit on the same couch, since their movement would hurt me. This pain would take a few weeks to subside.
During this time, Al and my children had to take care of everything in the house – cleaning, laundry, cooking. This was very hard for me to watch, since I’m the one who normally does all those things and takes care of everyone. The kids learned to do whatever I asked them. They would get things for me from the basement or upstairs, because if I went, they’d be in trouble from their dad! It was nice to have them do these things so I didn’t have to, but it was also hard to ask them to do so much for me. They learned a lot during this time.
For over a year, I kept going back and asking the doctor to figure this out. He had no clue. I kept asking him if it could be this or that and he kept telling me it couldn’t, but he had no idea of what it could be. I decided to go the natural way – taking herbs. There was a slight change, a little less pain, but the thing was still there, flaring up, and making life hard. I saw a muscle specialist and he had no idea what it was. This whole time, I had been praying that God would heal me. I prayed. I believed. God didn’t heal me. After two years, I had pretty much given up on healing. I began to think that maybe this would be a “thorn in the flesh” like the apostle Paul had.
The weeks before Christmas 2007 were really painful. My legs ached so badly and my neck just wouldn’t stop hurting. The week before Christmas, I had had enough. I was really down and was questioning why Jesus wasn’t healing me. Did He really want me to be this way? Did He really not want to heal me? What I heard from Him was, “I am here. I know what you’ve been through and what you’re going through.” Nothing about healing me. Just comfort. I remembered His words to me at the beginning of the year at a ladies evening in Winnipeg called “Girls Night Out”. The speaker was talking and she stopped and said that she had a word from the Lord for someone who was there that night. What she heard was, “I have heard all your prayers.” That word was for me. He did care. He did hear all those prayers for healing that I had prayed! I wasn’t alone! Somehow those words didn’t bring the comfort they had months earlier. So I wrote down my struggles and sent them to Pastor Chris, hoping for some encouragement. He told me that the following Sunday morning he was going to be ministering on miracles and healing. He encouraged me to pray and believe that this would be my day of healing.
I prayed, read and meditated on the Bible verses he gave me during the week. I prayed that Jesus would heal me on Sunday. I asked my family and friends to pray and agree with me that Jesus would meet me at church and heal me of this disease. The story in the Bible of the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years kept coming to me. She had been afflicted for 12 long years and had spent all she had on doctors who couldn’t help her. When she saw Jesus, she knew that if she could just touch the edge of his robe, she would be healed. So that’s what she did – she touched the edge of his robe and instantly she was healed. That is what I prayed and believed for, that I could just touch the edge of Jesus’ robe, because if I could do that, I would be healed. The enemy did not like all this hope and faith, and the pain increased as the week went by. By Saturday I had problems standing up on my own and had to rely on Al to hold me up so I wouldn’t fall when I stood up. Sunday I got another attack from the enemy as he tried to shift my focus from Jesus and Him healing me that day to something hurtful that some friends had done. I saw through his scheme and told him that he was not going to win this one and I was back on track, focusing on Jesus.
So Sunday, December 23, 2007 came. I had problems standing in church; my legs shook, twitched and ached through the whole message. I just wanted Pastor Chris to get to the “if you want a healing touch from Jesus, come to the front so we can pray for you” part! It seemed as though he was never going to get there. But the time came and I was up at the front as fast as I could walk (not very fast!). I had several people pray for me and the pain in my legs subsided. Praise God! But the pain wasn’t all gone, there was still some there, so I stood up there, waiting for Jesus to show up and to completely heal me. I had to eventually leave church, and on our drive to my parents for a Christmas gathering, I kept on praying for more healing. By the time we got to my parents, all the pain was gone, except for some pain over my knees. I could touch my legs. I could walk up and down the stairs in without stopping. The constant pain was gone! Jesus answered my prayers for healing; He let me touch the edge of his robe. What the doctors could not explain or cure, Jesus did. Praise God, He showed up! This pain that had been with me constantly for over two years was gone. And Jesus gets all the glory! I can’t stop praising Him for the gift He has given me! I kept praying that He would completely heal the pain over my knees which He did. I am completely healed. He is good, whether He had healed me that Sunday or not…He is good!
The week that followed was fun. I went snowmobiling with my family without any pain. I walked up and down the stairs – just because I could. We even went tobogganing with a group of friends and I was up and down the hill just like everyone else. I am so very thankful to Al, Shantal, Kevin and Chase for supporting me and believing with me for healing. Shantal had enough faith to say to me, “Mom, after Jesus heals you on Sunday, and you ask me to go get something from the basement, I’m going to tell you to go get it yourself because you’ll be able to!” I reminded her where it says to “honor your father and mother” pretty quickly! But she had faith. Once church was over, Chase came up to me right away and asked, “Mom, did Jesus heal you?” Yes He did, Chase, yes He did. Having faith that He would, Kevin kept saying things like, “Once you’re healed this Sunday…” Faith.
Along with thanking my husband and kids, I also want to say thank you to all my friends and family who had been praying for me for over two years. Your support and prayers have meant so much to me and I am truly blessed to have you in my life. And I want to give the biggest thank you to Jesus…you are the best and I will forever be grateful for what you have done and continue to do in my life…and I love you!
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