Why do some question whether it’s God’s will to heal us?
We discussed this subject on yesterday’s PRAYER CALL, while taking Communion, in how Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, as our Passover Lamb, paid for both our HEALING and our REDEMPTION.
They were BOTH paid for in full, by the stripes on Jesus’ back and the blood that He shed, so why wouldn’t He want us to be healed, as well as forgiven from our sins?
Yet so many Christians today would still question that fact – as they often pray, “Lord, if it be thy will, Heal this person.”
However, I never hear anyone say “if it be thy will Lord save this person.”
The scriptures tell us,
1 John 5:14-15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us, WHATEVER we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed ALL who were sick,
17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”
1 Peter 2:24
24 who 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.
The Spirit-Filled Believer
SALVATION: IT’S ALL-INCLUSIVE
by Dick Mills
“Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases”
— Ps. 103:3
Salvation and healing are inseparable. The same Lord who forgives our sins, heals our diseases.
In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the word “salvation” is all-inclusive, including within its meaning forgiveness, reconciliation, deliverance, healing, safety, rescue, setting at liberty.
When Israel left Egypt, the sacrificial lamb slaughtered before their departure served two purposes.
1) The blood of the lamb sprinkled on the doorposts protected the people from the judgment of sin that came that passover night.
2) The flesh of the lamb was eaten to provide sustenance and strength for the journey ahead.
The physical benefits were so great that Psalm 105:37 (NKJ) states of God’s people:
“THERE WAS NONE FEEBLE AMONG HIS TRIBES.”
One lamb covered both SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL needs.
Jesus went about forgiving sins and healing the sick (Acts 10:38).
He told the twelve to do the same. He told the seventy to do the same. He could have told the five hundred to do the same.
Everyone called to preach the Gospel of forgiveness of sin is also told to heal the sick.
The two are inseparable.
Every time we take Communion, we are reminded of man’s two areas of need: spiritual health and physical health.
The cup reminds us that the blood of Jesus takes away all our sins.
The wafer, or broken bread, reminds us that with His stripes we are healed.
Salvation and healing come to us through the life and death of Jesus Christ. You can claim them both!
Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
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