We are going through the basic doctrine upon which Foursquare is founded. Last week we talked about Jesus our Savior. This week we will be talking about Jesus our Healer. I have believed in healing since I became a Christian and began to read the powerful ministry of Jesus in the Gospels. I have seen people healed over the years and I have personally been healed as well. God has been doing a work in me over the past year to pursue healing. I believe we are going to see God move in healing in this church and in our city. I am so thankful that I am a part of a movement that was founded on God's moving in power.
I. Scriptural Foundation for the Healer
Let it not be forgotten that Satan is the source of disease, and that sickness is not simply a physical condition but the reflection of a spiritual condition. Sin caused sickness; Satan caused sin. We must seek a means of deliverance that will deal not only with the physical manifestation but with the spiritual condition, and with the Enemy who has caused it.
Satan caused Job to have boils. Some of the people Jesus healed were afflicted by demons. He would cast out the demon and heal the person.
Exodus 15:26: He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
God is revealing His attribute to His people as God our Healer or the Great Physician. Here His very Name declares it is His nature to be the Healer to those who obey His Word - to recover to health and to sustain in health.
Exodus 23:25-26: “You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness. There will be no miscarriages or infertility in your land, and I will give you long, full lives.
If we are in covenant relationship with God as we serve Him only, He will provide for our needs and will protect us from illness. There will be no miscarriages or infertility in the land.
Isaiah 53:5-6: But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
Jesus died to redeem and save us, but He also died to heal us.
Luke 4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Jesus anointed the Holy Spirit to bring Good news, set the captives free, give sight to the blind, set the oppressed free and to proclaim that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. Why is there such a heavy emphasis on salvation and heaven in the gospel message and none of these other things?
II. Key truths for Healing
A. Is it God's will for me to be healed?
Luke 5:12-13: In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
The Leper was certain that God was able to heal Him, but he was certain that it was His will to heal him. Jesus made it clear that He was that He was willing to heal Him.
The moment we say, “If it be thy will” in prayer for the healing of the sick, we are throwing all the responsibility on God. We are making God responsible for the sickness. We are saying the Lord could heal if He only would. This is not scriptural. The Lord puts the responsibility on the one who is seeking His healing touch.
John 6:38: For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.
John 14:10-11: Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
Jesus was the expression of the Father’s will. In His entire life and ministry, He was “The Word,” speaking out the will of God. He literally acted out the will of God. Therefore, when we see Jesus healing the multitudes who came to Him, we see the Father revealing His will.
“It is impossible to boldly claim by faith a blessing which we are not sure God offers, because the power of God can be claimed only where the will of God is known ... Faith begins where the will of God is known.”
- F.F. Bosworth
A total of twenty-seven individual miracles of healing credited to Jesus are to be found in the Scriptures, as well as ten occasions recording the general healing of large numbers of people. His ministry dealt with a wide variety of human ailments: demon possession, sickness, disease, accident, and even death. In each instance, Jesus freely and frankly presented Himself as an object of faith to be sincerely believed.
John 21:25: Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.
B. Faith releasing Healing
Mark 11:22-23: Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.
Charles Price points out that the original Greek can be translated, “Have the faith of God.” This faith is a gift that is deposited into us from God. It is not something that we can work up ourselves.
C. Why are not all healed?
There is a danger when we base our theology on personal experience. We must always look at truth. It is God’s will for all to be healed. He heals all diseases. That coves everything.
Matthew 4:23-24: Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all.
III. Jesus modeled how we are to follow Him
Matthew 10:1: Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.
Matthew 10:5-8: Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!
In Luke 10 Jesus sends out the seventy in pairs in preparation of Him arriving to those towns.
Luke 10:9: Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.
It says Heal the sick - not pray for the sick. This flows from the authority He has given us.
God is bringing us into a season where we are going to see God's healing power released in our gatherings and in our city. John Wimber of the Vineyard Church has inspired me to pursue healing to be the norm. God has set a pattern for us to follow. Let us stop making excuses and start walking in faith. Let us take risks so that others might encounter Jesus and Jesus will be glorified.
John 14:12-14: “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!