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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Divine Healing

By Doug Clay
June 13, 2010

One of the things I’ve learned in ministry is that nobody sails through life with perfect health. We are all human, and at some point we all get injured or sick — yes, even Christians. It may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually we will all find ourselves in an ER or a doctor’s office waiting for medical help. It’s not a pleasant thought, is it? But it’s part of life! Anybody who tells you differently, well, they’re simply ignoring the truth.

One of the amazing aspects of Jesus’ ministry was to watch Him live and move among people. As He walked among them, it was always with love and compassion — and, whenever He came upon the sick, He healed them.

In fact, it is interesting to note that Christ’s first “public” act of ministry (following His Sermon on the Mount teachings), was a series of three healings — a man with leprosy, a gravely ill servant of a Roman captain, and Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick with a fever.

Do you know what I think? I think Jesus was showing us that healing is a big part of the gospel. And the fact is, Christ’s death on the cross not only provides for forgiveness of sin, but also healing for sickness. At the moment that you accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you become a part of His family. According to 1 John 4:4, you belong to God. Healing is a privilege that believers have. The One who gave you the gift of eternal life is the same One who can heal your body. This is an incredible privilege.

Healing is so interconnected with salvation (Matthew 8:16,17), we must make it a high priority. We need to embrace it and practice it in our everyday lives. Whenever the opportunity arises, we need to pray for the sick. After all, healing may lead to someone’s salvation. I have no doubt that one of the purposes of healing in Jesus’ day and ours today was to get the attention of those who are lost so they can come to know Him.

Jesus said, “God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free” (Luke 4:18, The Message). “In the next two or three hours Jesus healed many from diseases, distress, and evil spirits. To many of the blind he gave the gift of sight. Then he gave his answer: ‘Go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard: the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the wretched of the earth have God’s salvation hospitality extended to them’ ” (Luke 7:21-23).

Christ was saying such healings witness about Him. Look, it’s no fun to be sick. There’s no joy in pain or discomfort. So whenever God relieves a cold, stops a throbbing earache, cures a cancer, or restores strength to a hopeless accident victim … it’s all part of Him demonstrating His love for us. And it’s continued proof that Jesus really is the Messiah, Savior and Healer that Isaiah prophesied about when he foretold, “The Messiah would be whipped so that we could be healed … and beaten so we can be whole” (The Message). It’s all there in Isaiah 53.

And here’s another benefit: Healing isn’t limited to just physical hurts; it’s for emotional wounds too. Aren’t you glad He cares about our mental anguish? Sometimes the emotional pain from broken relationships or our past is worse than any physical pain we experience. But God’s grace and comfort is always there for us, and He’s able to comfort us in our darkest hours and restore us to wholeness … if we call on Him. Psalm 147:3 assures us, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (NIV).

In all sincerity, I don’t fully understand everything about healing — especially as it relates to why some people are healed and others are not. Or why God sometimes uses doctors and hospitals as extensions of His healing and at other times provides healings on His own. Nor do I fully understand the timing factor. But I have personally experienced healings. I have witnessed healings, and I have prayed for people to be healed. Some were, others weren’t — but the Scriptures are clear that, on my part, I must trust the Word, pray for the sick and expect God to perform the outcome.

Many health care policies have some sort of co-pay. In order to be seen by a doctor or get your prescriptions filled, you have to pay something. But as Christians, we’ve got a much better deal. You see, Jesus is our co-payment. He knows our need; He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities; He’s seated next to God the Father interceding on our behalf and has the power and ability to heal!

Maybe you are battling an illness. Or you may be struggling as you watch a close friend or family member suffer. Questions and doubts may plague your mind, but the Book of James offers clear instructions to pray for those among us who are sick, saying that the prayer of faith will heal the sick and the Lord will raise them up (5:15).

Perhaps you have never seen or experienced God’s healing. God’s Word is true. He has the power to heal, and He wouldn’t command us to pray for the sick unless He cared and intended to act. Let me encourage you to pray for your healing. Pray for those you know — a family member, a co-worker, a neighbor. You’ll be amazed what God will do when you give Him the opportunity.


DOUG CLAY is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God. Adapted from the iVALUE video series available online at ivalue.ag.org. Used with permission.

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