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Divine Healing

Sabbath Sentinel
Nov-Dec 2017

President's Corner

In I Corinthians chapter 12, Paul wrote about nine spiritual gifts that are available to the Body of Christ. One of these gifts is healing. “To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit...” (1Cor. 12:9)

Technically, the Greek language reads “gifts of healings.”

The Greek words gift and healing are both in the plural form. This plural form indicates that there are multiple manifestations of the healing gifting. There are also various kinds of conditions that can be healed.

Some people attribute all illness to sin. This is not a Biblical view. While some illnesses might be connected to sin, we certainly cannot say ALL illness is a sin. The disciples asked Jesus if sin had caused a man to go blind. Jesus dismissed this view .“And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him” (John 9:2-3).

If you fall off of a ladder and break your arm, it likely had nothing to do with sin. It was an accident. After all, Solomon did say that time and chance happen to all mankind (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

I would like to review for you at least five different manifestations of the gifts of healings.

1) Healing of Physical deformities and injuries - In Matthew 12:1-14, Jesus prayed for a man with a withered hand. This man was healed and his hand was completely restored. This physical deformity or injury was healed.

2) Healing of sicknesses and diseases. In Matthew 8:1-4, Jesus prayed for a man to be healed of leprosy. Leprosy is a skin disease that afflicts your body. In Matthew 8:14-15, Jesus prayed for Peter’s mother-in-law to be healed of fever. These were healings of infectious diseases.

3) The forgiveness of sins - In Matthew 9:1-6, there was a man with palsy, Jesus said ‘your sins are forgiven you’ and he was healed. In James 5:16, the Bible reads, “Confess your faults [or sins] one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” Confess your faults or sins one to another that you may receive healing. There are times that sin brings illness or infirmity. This is not always the case, but it does happen. When we confess the sin and forsake it, we can receive healing.

4) Casting out of Devils - Matthew 15:21-28 - Jesus cast a spirit out of a girl. When the spirit left, she was healed of her illness. This shows us that some illnesses originate from spiritual affliction.

5) Resurrecting the dead - In Luke 8:49-56, Jesus went to pray for a little girl who had died. In verse 50, Jesus said that the girl could be healed if they believed. He prayed and she came back from the dead. This is a gift of healing because it is reversing the processes of sickness that caused someone to die! This restores them just as if they had never died!

One other item I think is necessary to cover is illnesses caused by emotional wounds. Over the years of praying for people, I have found that depression, anxiety, and even fibromyalgia can be caused by a wounded spirit. Sometimes joint pain or rheumatoid arthritis will be caused by this. Some people have experienced traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, broken promises, or rejection. Due to these negative experiences, they have unforgiveness, hurt, and pain inside. When these issues are not resolved inwardly, it can cause problems outwardly.

Solomon wrote, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14). The spirit of a human is the intangible part of our being that allows us contact with God. It motivates us. A person with a whole spirit who is afflicted by a physical infirmity will be motivated to continue with life. When a person’s spirit is wounded, they fall apart physically. They lose all motivation and drive. Literally, their body begins to break down underneath the weight of inward distress. This is exactly what Solomon is referring to.

One detail about Isaiah 53:5 that I want to point out is in the phrase “the punishment that brought us peace was on him”.

The Hebrew word translated as "peace” is shalom. We typically think of the English word peace as meaning the absence of conflict. Shalom means to be whole, complete, or prosperous.

Too many times people think of the term prosperity in terms of money. We need to think of this word in terms of health. When we are prosperous in our health it enables us to pursue our God-given dreams with vigor.

When a person does not have prosperity in health, it hinders his or her from pursuing these things with strength.

In other words, poor health can slow us down from running the race full speed. Our health can be hindered in many different ways. When we are wounded in our spirit, it deters our confidence to receive from God. It also discourages us from pursuing the Kingdom of God in our personal lives and in ministry work.

After saying all of this, some people might say that they do not have the gifts of healings.

In the New Testament, we have a further promise that anyone can pray for others to be healed. James 5:15 reads, “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.”

 Jesus even said in Matthew 18:19, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it  will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

As long as we have the faith to pray for others to be healed, we can access this wonderful promise from God!  Moreover, Paul even said that we can earnestly desire the best gifts (I Cor. 12:31).  

In conclusion, I want to emphasize the importance of love and compassion when praying for people. In the gospels we read that Jesus prayed for sick people
out of compassion. “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick ” (Matthew 14:14).

We must have a heart that breaks at the sight of people who are hurting and disadvantaged. Out of this Godly compassion, healing virtue will flow.  When compassion arises in us at the sight of sick people, it is a sign that the heart of God is active and alive in us.  

Divine healing is a powerful manifestation of God’s love and compassion in the world today. We are the hands and feet of Christ on earth.

I encourage you today to seek healing in your life and pray for others to receive this powerful promise from God.