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Popular culture has resigned itself to a “there’s nothing you can do about it” attitude toward sickness and disease, and looking around us, it shows. We see people meekly accepting the death of a child or the debilitating disease of a loved one, whether physical or mental. But God never intended humans to suffer like this, and when we study the Bible, we see promise after promise of healing and wholeness. When we accept by faith God’s Word, we can experience this healing firsthand.
Doctors are limited to what they learned in medical school, but wise physicians admit to miracles they can’t take credit for or explain. Psychiatry and modern medicine is unfamiliar with the relationship between the human spirit and the Holy Spirit, and the role faith plays in healing. However, reading about the many miraculous healings Jesus performed affirms supernatural realities. For those who believe, healing is imminent, despite what it may seem like at the moment. “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves” (Malachi 4:2, NIV). This is a promise from God Himself.
Careful analysis of those healings reveals that faith was the common denominator connecting the sick person to the power of God. When Jesus healed the woman still suffering from a blood disorder despite all the doctors’ efforts, her belief in His ability to restore health and wholeness was the key factor. All it took was one touch. “And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague” (Mark 5:29, 34). Choosing to trust Jesus restored her physically as well as emotionally.
Sickness is from the devil, and despite what religious people say, this is not God’s will. When we refuse to accept the world’s philosophy, and acknowledge the power of the Great Physician, His favor is extended to us. The Canaanite woman acted on her belief when she asked Jesus to heal her daughter, and He honored her faith. “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour” (Matthew 15:28).
Now here’s something even more radical—we have that same healing power in us! God gave the power to Jesus, Who through His grace and love passed it on to us. “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8, NKJV). We’re not helpless, and we don’t have to tolerate mental illness, depression, physical infirmities, or any other kind of evil tormenting us or our loved ones. Doctors have the best of intentions, but true healing begins in the spiritual realm.
So contrary to what popular culture shouts at us about the inevitability of sickness eventually overcoming good health, it doesn’t have to be that way. God only wants good for us, and choosing to believe and act on what His Word says about us allows Him to establish His plans. “It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:8, NKJV). Do you believe?