by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
From the time the Lord ministered healing in the earth to the present time, the healing power of God was always present. However, we have seen a waning of faith of the NT believers of today.
A general or gradual decline of teaching and participating in the work of God in the earth to minister God’s healing power occurred. Sometimes we lose our focus on believing what the Word of God said in order to believe more in the advances of medical science.
Or, we can be so preoccupied and mesmerized with the power of the storm that fear takes the place of faith, and we are found to be perishing. Storms are never designed just to distract. They are designed to steal, to kill, and to destroy. But Jesus is come to give life, and that you might have life more abundantly (see John 10:10).
The challenge to fight for your healing and receive divine health is upon us as never before. Years ago, the Holy Spirit gave me one of many reasons why God’s healing power and divine health was important to Him.
It is important to us because we need to be strong and healthy to do the work and will of God in the earth. It is difficult when we are subpar with our health, attempting to do the will of God.
Another thing that we need to do is stop calling the doctors the enemy. Do not get me wrong. Sometimes a misdiagnosis does occur or a pronouncement of death may be premature because the Lord always has the last say. But doctors are fighting against the same enemy we are fighting. They are only using natural means. Do not misunderstand me. There are some doctors that keep getting it wrong and you go back to them to get better, but nothing happens. That’s when you need to be a little more discerning and go to a reputable doctor.
Or, go to the Creator.
SENSIBLE EATING AND EXERCISE
There are many Christians that refuse to discipline themselves in this area. however, there are many Christians that have begun to take control of their eating and they exercise. There is a twofold benefit that if you remain active, longevity and an increase of the quality of life is achieved as we age.
Once the decline of health begins, and it will begin, the more active you become, the more you retain your independence.
While being active is not the “magic bullet,” it is essential that we do the right things to maintain our health. Regular exercise and eating the correct foods, and portions will go a long way to preserving our health for years to come.
There are certain natural vegetables that carry natural properties that attack some forms of cancer. Stop smoking. As a pun, you are burning the wrong kind of incense in the physical temple.
As long as we do the right thing, we will add years to our lives. Case in point. Rigorous exercise (3 to 5 times a week- cardio 30 to 45 minutes – running, walking) and upper and lower body strength or resistance training with weights may add two to three years to your life.
When you know that your physical life should have ended at 89, you lived to 91 or 92. That’s two or three more years to give the devil some trouble in Jesus’ name!
Before re-establishing an exercise routine, you should consult with your physician. Moderate to fast paced exercise routine over the course of time is beneficial. Rome wasn’t built in a day. So plan for the long haul.
HEALING: GOD’S MARKETING
Healing is the grace work of God to bring relief to physical maladies of man.
The healing power of God was used in conjunction with evangelism. In a way, it was the Lord’s “marketing” or “advertisement” that God was present and His power was present. When Jesus came, He healed those that had diseases, sickness, and He cast out demons.
As secular humanism of medicinal healing progressed, man’s dependence upon God decreased.
However, even with all of man’s medical technological advances and knowledge, they still are limited, whereas, God is limitless.
The only limit that is imposed upon us is called “our inability to produce results.” Prayer or our ability to entreat God in faith is our means of expressing our faith in God to request that He do what we are unable to do (see Mark 11:22-24, John 16:23-24, and Philippians 4:6-7).
Only God is able and willing to produce results. We can only believe that He is willing and able to produce results. That’s as far as it goes.
The limit is “according to your faith, be it unto you.” The limit is, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.”
If a person declines to believe, then, sadly, that person’s fate is usually sealed.
We must also conclude that as long as Jesus tarries, death is inevitable. Healing is the postponement of an eventuality. This is not a bad confession. Life includes death. We live in faith and we die in faith.
Some will ask, “What’s the use, then?” The use is getting your allotted time in according to Psalm 91:14-16 (NET).
“The LORD says, “Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he is loyal to me. When he calls out to me, I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life, and will let him see my salvation.”
It is not the will of the Lord for man to suffer with sickness and disease. It is the will of God to relieve all people of sickness and disease connected to sin (see John chapter 5:1-15).
What also happened was that many “ministers” have fraudulently used the Bible for their own personal means. Sadly, they take advantage of people seeking God’s healing power. They take their money and the people leave with the same condition. These false ministers want you to believe that they have the power of God but their character and motives were wrong.
These charlatans brought a bad name to the genuine power of God. If you were to talk to most people and try to teach them about the power of God, they would not listen, let alone get healed because they were deceived and left hanging by these charlatans.
As a result, His power to heal is only noticeable in places where the hearts of His minister are humble before Him. Does it mean that the healing power of God no longer exists?
Just because many boneheaded false ministers, false prophets, and “fake healers” is out there, it doesn’t mean that the genuine power of God isn’t out there working through a few humble servants.
NO MIGHTY WORKS THERE BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF
Mark 6:5-6 says, “Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.”
Remember what Mark said, “He could do no mighty work there.”
Notice the word “there.” Now, notice verse 6.
“And He marveled because of their unbelief.”
“There”, in His own country, was their unbelief. The reason was they couldn’t believe that God’s power was working through one of their own people, namely Jesus of Nazareth.
Therefore, unbelief stopped the power of God from flowing out of Jesus in that city.
So it is in the church today.
If you have people in the church that refuse to believe that Jesus can heal, then it is “there” that no mighty work can be done. No mighty work to heal AIDS, cancer, grow or replace lost limbs, heal organs, recover physical sight to the blind, the lame to walk, the infirm to receive strength, leprosy to be healed, mental illness, restore skin conditions, and so forth.
One of the things that I am also aware of is that just because nothing happened, it doesn’t mean that God is powerless. And it doesn’t mean that God is not God.
What does it mean?
It means that the healing didn’t take place. There is no sense in blaming God if healing doesn’t take place. What is important is that you stay in faith regardless of what happens and refrain from complaining and finding fault with the Lord.
GOD CANNOT CHANGE
Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”
God never changes. His purposes never changes (see Isaiah 46:10-11). His plans never changes because His plans stands forever (see Psalm 33:11). Just because there is a decline or even a temporary withholding of what He does (see Psalm 84:11), it doesn’t mean that God changed.
MEETING THE CONDITIONS
It only means that the conditions imposed upon man weren’t met, God couldn’t move.
It can’t rain if there is no water in the clouds. If there are clouds in the sky, and if no evaporation takes place, then water cannot be poured out of the clouds.
The conditions must be met for rain. If you do not believe, then your faith cannot draw the power of God out of God to heal.
GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT TO HEAL
Luke 5:17 says, “Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”
In most of your Bibles, you will see NU Text. In the Critical Texts published in the 27th edition of the The Nestle-Aland Greek NT and in the United Bible Societies, hence NU-Text says this of the latter portion of that verse,
And the power of the Lord was “present with Him to heal.”
This translation makes Biblical sense because of what Luke 4:18 and Acts 10:38 says.
We must remember that “the Word became flesh and dwelled among us…” or “fixed His tent of flesh” (see John 1:14 AMP).
After being baptized by John, the Holy Spirit came upon Him (see Luke 3:21). Jesus had the full measure of the Spirit upon Him (see John 3:34-35).
The Amplified Bible or AMP says this of verse 34,
“God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, but boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit.”
Therefore, the ministry of Jesus required that He have the fullness of the Spirit. This doesn’t mean that Jesus was to do things on His own (see John 8:28-29). The purpose of sharing all of this is to get you to understand that the ministry of the Lord Jesus is unique. Only in the sense that He had the Spirit of God “without measure” or “not…sparingly.”
Individual members of the Body of Christ, those that God called to minister in the area of healing (or any other area), will always have the Spirit of God by measure or sparingly.
Did you catch the contrast?
Believers can only minister healing grace within the limits or measure of Christ’s gift (see Ephesians 4:7). Otherwise, Paul probably would have said, “unlimited, limitless, measureless gift of Christ, instead of “according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
Did you get that?
Jesus had the Spirit without measure. Believers today, because of the ministry of Jesus, will only have the Spirit by measure. Therefore, the results will vary with us because we have the Holy Spirit by measure.
Having the Holy Spirit by measure is not a decrease in potency. It is a limit imposed by God because we are living in the dispensation of grace. We are not Jesus in the earth except that we are the Body of Christ. He is the Head of the Body (see Colossians 1:18). We are representatives of His ministry in the earth.
Therefore, we must always look to God for healing.