Jesus Our Healer

We often think of healing as being physical when really, healing can take place mentally and spiritually. As well as this, we’re not only healed of the natural but also of the supernatural. There are many examples in the bible of healing. Let’s take a look at both the Old Testament and New Testament. OT

In Genesis 20:17 we can find the story of Abraham when he prayed to heal Abimelech, his wife and the salve girls so that they could have children. NT In the book of Matthew 15:30-31 we see the story where the blind, lame and maimed came to Jesus and were healed. These two stories, like the other stories of healing in the bible, have one thing in common. Belief. These people believed in the Lord’s power that he would heal what they were asking for. These people had faith in what they were asking for. These people believed that what they were asking for would be granted, they believed that their situation would be made better. We need to believe. The stories in both the Old and New Testament highlight one thing and that can be found in Malachi 3:6 where we are told “I the Lord do not change”. (NIV) Our God is unchangeable. If He could heal Israel in the Old Testament and heal the sick in the New and heal us of our carnal selves… If He could heal our unforgiving hearts and heal that thing that we were praying, fasting and believing in… why can’t He heal us now? 
Unbelief hinders healing.

Unbelief is something that affects all of us regardless of where we are on our journeys but we’re encouraged to believe. Jesus encourages us in Mark 5:36 when he tells us“don’t be afraid, just believe”. Jesus also says many times in the bible about our faith. There are many times in the bible when he’ll say “your faith has made you well” or “your faith has healed you”. Matthew 9:22 is the story of the woman with the issue of blood. Jesus says “take heart daughter, your faith has healed you. Mark 10:52 is where you’ll find the story of blind Bartimaeus. Jesus says “go – your faith has healed you“.  Luke 8:42 is the story of the blind beggar. Jesus says “receive your sight, your faith has healed you“.  Let us leave unbelief outside where it belongs. Let us leave unbelief in the world and start believing! In the book of James 5:13-16 you can find the prayer of faith. “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray… Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”. From reading that prayer we know that we can be healed. We know that we can be healed through prayer and through faith. God may not be here in the flesh but that’s why we have the bible. He has given us His word. We’re told in Romans 10:17 that “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ”. His words can heal. But we need to believe and we also need to be honest. Mark 9:14-29 tells the story of the boy with the evil spirit.

“…What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. 
A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
“You unbelieving generation,”Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the boy’s father,“How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus.“Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Will you be like the boy’s father and seek the Lord?
Will you be like the father and be honest with the Lord?
We need to seek the Lord, pray and be honest. But most importantly, we need to belief and then, only then, will be receive the healing we ask for.

Sermon from Sunday 17th March 2013. Scripture used from the NIV bible. All content, excluding bible passages, is original.



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