I am always skeptical about certain things. Maybe it is my nature, or maybe it is because I am over 50 and have become much more cautious in my middle age.
Whatever the reason, the monetization and glamorization of healing turns my stomach and get's my dander up. I cannot see why the guys in tuxes and toupees living like fat cats can't see that they are hurting the full gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
They are encouraging skepticism and unbelief by their actions.
I don't blame both sincere believers and unbelievers for throwing healing out with the bathwater. But is that biblical?
In Exodus 15:26
“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.”
There was a whole set of regulations in the law that people had to observe when they were healed.
Now these were for real conditions that they had no way to heal by medical science.
For example, leprosy in 2 Kings 5. That is just not in somebody's head, it is toes and fingers falling off of you!
Why would God set up these regulations if this was not something that He both desired and brought to pass. It would have been a waste of time.
David introduces and starts to pray for inner healing. Not just physical healing. In...
I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
Now the soul is different from the spirit. The soul is the where our will, emotions and intellect lie. The spirit is the spiritual man on the inside of you and there is a difference.
David was asking for healing because he had damaged his emotions and will with sin. When we sin, and when we are sinned against, there is damage done to our soul, and many times depending on the severity of the sin, it will damage us to a point that only God can heal.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
In Psalm 103:2-4 We see that forgiveness of sin, is not the same as healing.
You cannot just lump the 2 together.
When the Bible talks about our healing, it is not just talking about spiritual healing or salvation. It is talking about physical healing.
Diseases are not spiritual conditions, they are physical ones.
Isaiah 53:5 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.
Here we see prophesied concerning Jesus that there would be a 3 fold redemption for mankind.
Not just our sins, although that is most important, but also for our soul, and for our physical bodies.
Peace is seated in the emotions. It is a feeling.
And the stripes Jesus took on His back, paid for our healing.
Now I could give you many many examples of the healings that Jesus did. But instead, I encourage you to go read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and underline every time Jesus heals someone.
Then ask yourself the question, was there 1 person, who came and asked Jesus to heal them, that He didn't? You might just be surprised at the answer.
Ok, so Jesus healed when He was physically present on Earth, but what about after He went to heaven? (Read Acts 3:1, Acts 5:16, Acts 8:7 )
You see, I do not see where the Bible teaches that there was an age of the Apostles where the miraculous was done, but now we are in a different age and the Bible is written so we do not need the miraculous.
I just never bought into the philosophy of woe is me and woes the day, for all these things have passed away.
The same Jesus, the same Holy Spirit, the same message is being preached today with the same sinful mankind who needs God to move in miraculous ways in their life.
Jesus did not change Heb 13:8.
So, in laying that foundation I want to say this. If you are hurt, both inside and out, Jesus has the answer. You do not have to go to some guy selling healing in a traveling circus. You can go directly to Jesus!
Now be warned, He may ask you some pretty tough questions, or ask you to do some pretty tough things like.......
These and many other things might be asked of you.
You see, Jesus wants to heal, but in order to do that, He first has to teach you how to receive. And that is a process.
Even He had to pray more than once for a guy that was blind.
So if it was sometimes a process for Him to heal, how much more at times may it be a process for us to receive healing?
However this I know, as someone who has received both inner and outer healing. Jesus is still in the healing business, and never once have I seen Him make it a show, a spectacle, or charge money for it, and I absolutely doubt from the bottom of my heart that He would be riding around in a Limo, wearing designer tuxes, and worrying about how good His hair looked.
Now that is something to think about!
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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