Yes, the Bible is clear that it is God’s plan, will, and desire that we are all physically healthy and healed. In fact, the Bible states that God has already provided our supernatural physical healing provision. All we have to do is become enlightened of this truth, believe in it, and then learn how to receive our healing gift. Boom!
Did you know the Bible states that both 1) “salvation” (forgiveness/healing) from our sins, and 2) “healing” from our sicknesses were part of God’s redemptive plan when Jesus died and shed His atoning blood on the cross? Yes, God has already provided both our spiritual salvation (forgiveness/healing of our sins) and physical healing (healing of our bodily sicknesses/diseases/pain) at the cross, and all we have to do is believe it and receive it. Friends, this is the “full” gospel message and it is game-changing good news!
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”
Psalm 103 is often referred to as the believer’s “benefits package” – and it’s no coincidence the first two benefits listed are forgiveness of sins and healing of sicknesses.
“Surely He took on our infirmities and carried our sorrows; yet we considered Him stricken by God, struck down and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
The words “infirmities” and “sorrows” in this scripture (Isaiah 53:4-5) refers to our sicknesses, diseases, physical/mental pain and shame. And did you catch the ending phrase of this passage that states “by His stripes we are healed” ? So again, we see the Bible revealing to us that we are healed of both spiritual and physical disease. It’s also important to bear in mind this passage is arguably the most famous Old Testament scripture that prophecies the details about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, which of course was perfectly fulfilled by Jesus approximately 2,000 years ago!
Although the above scriptures (Psalm 103:2-3 and Isaiah 53:4-5) are very clear about our full gospel benefits (healing of both sin + sickness), many churches limit the gospel preaching to only the “salvation” benefit – i.e., the forgiveness of sins (a/k/a the “re-birth”). To some degree this is understandable, as salvation from our sins is clearly the #1 benefit as it’s how we obtain forgiveness from our sins and reconciliation with God, and receive our ticket-to-heaven where we will spend eternity with God. Healing of our sicknesses, on the other hand, is only temporary and limited to our time here on earth. [NOTE: Those going to heaven will be free of sickness for all eternity as they will be in their new glorified bodies.] All that said, living healthy and healed while we are here on earth is still an amazing benefit – and it sure beats being sick! Plus, God wants us to receive and enjoy all his gospel gifts, and to live a full, abundant, and victorious life.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
The good news is the Bible states we do not need to select just one gospel benefit. In other words, all of the atonement benefits are available to us when we accept Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Healer. We simply need to know about them and then receive them by faith!
In addition to the lack-of-preaching issue about the “full” gospel (healing of both sin + sickness), is the misinterpretation of the Bible and specifically Isaiah 53:4-5 (the scripture referenced above). In other words, some theologians and churches contend that Isaiah 53:4-5 only pertains to “salvation” such that the healing referred to is limited to “spiritual” healing. Interestingly, God apparently did not want us to be confused on this matter such that He graciously provided us divine New Testament clarification and revelation as follows:
“When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law sick in bed with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve them. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (Matthew 8:14-17)
As you just read, Matthew 8:14-17 is entirely about physical sicknesses and diseases being healed and has nothing to do with sin and salvation; and it specifically refers back to Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 53:4-5) stating that this “physical healing party” fulfilled the prophecy! Therefore, the Bible is very clear that God’s redemptive plan of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (as described in Isaiah 53:4-5), provided both spiritual and physical healing! Friends, this is huge and game-changing good news! Praise God!
The first step to receiving God’s supernatural healing is to become an informed patient (i.e., enlightened of God’s biblical truth about physical healing), which begins with knowing and becoming fully persuaded about God’s will for your physical healing. For example, just like we had to know, understand, and believe God’s will about salvation to ultimately receive our spiritual healing (forgiveness of our sins), we must also know, understand, and believe God’s will about divine health to ultimately receive our physical healing (healing of our sicknesses).
A biblically-informed patient also understands that it is God’s will for us to be healed of “all” sicknesses and diseases and to be healed “all” the time. Unfortunately, many people have been taught that God only heals people “sometimes” and of only “certain” sicknesses and diseases. Let us recite Psalm 103 again to settle this matter:
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:2-3)
Don’t you just love all those “all” words in the Bible?
Speaking of “all” words, did you know that Jesus healed everyone who came to Him for healing? Yep, that’s right! Jesus healed all who came to Him and wanted to be healed. The Bible states:
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Matthew 9:35)
The Bible tells us God (God the Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit) never changes. In other words, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Consequently, we can have total assurance that God’s biblical-day healing is still available to us today! The Bible states:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
“For I am the LORD, I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6a)
Unfortunately, “religious tradition” and “man’s interpretations” have typically taught that miraculous healing has either passed away or that God only sometimes heals people. The Bible states that “man’s traditions” makes void, nullifies, or short-circuits the power of God (i.e., God’s divine healing and other manifested power and benefits). The Bible states:
“And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition.” (Mark 7:13)
Did you know the Bible tells us to not over analyze His truths (i.e., to not over think them and to not dismiss them because they seem too good to be true)? That’s right! We are to keep it simple and fully believe and receive God’s written truths, blessings, and promises! The Bible states:
“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it. ” (Mark 10:15)
Therefore, it is vitally important that we know what “God” says in His Word versus what “man” says about God’s Word. In other words, we should always fact-check biblical teaching with God’s Word, which is the single source of truth.
As an example, many people will add the following statement to their healing prayer: “God, if it be your will, please heal me!” Unfortunately, this type of prayer and unbelief will almost never get a person healed. It demonstrates that the person does not yet fully know God’s will with regards to their physical healing; and consequently, they lack sufficient faith to receive their divine healing. As mentioned previously, we must first know God’s will and become fully persuaded about it, before we can ultimately receive our healing.
Interestingly, there was one example in the Bible where a sick person was unclear about God’s “willingness” to heal him. When the sick person asked Jesus about His willingness to heal him, Jesus immediately answered and clarified that is was His will to heal him. In other words, Jesus knew the importance of the sick person knowing, understanding, and believing this spiritual truth before healing could take place. The Bible states:
“When Jesus came from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.” (Matthew 8:1-3)
You may be asking, “Why is all this understanding so critical?” Because fully persuaded faith is the key ingredient to receiving divine healing. In other words, “faith” is the foundation of the Bible and is the key to accessing and receiving all of God’s promises and benefits. For example, a person becomes saved (forgiven of their sins) by their faith. The Bible states:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” (Ephesians 2:8a)
Similarly, a person becomes healed by their faith. In other words, one could simply replace the word “saved” with “healed” in the above scripture such that it reads: “For it is by grace you have been healed, through faith.” Did you know there are numerous examples in the Bible where Jesus stated to the healed person that it was their faith that made them well? In other words, Jesus did not state it was His heavenly power and grace (which clearly is the ultimate source), but rather stated it was the faith of the sick person that got them divinely healed. This is very interesting and important. In other words, the Bible is clearly linking “faith with divine healing.” Just like copper is the conduit for electricity, faith is the conduit for divine healing!
“ And he said to her, “Daughter your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:34)
“Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” (Luke 18:42)
As just mentioned, but worth repeating, is the following analogy: “as copper is the conduit for electricity, faith is the conduit for divine healing.” So, you can, and should, start thinking about your faith as being a receiver. Faith receives or takes God’s divine benefits. Remember, Jesus already provided your salvation and healing benefits approximately 2,000 years ago on the cross, and therefore they are simply lying on the spiritual shelf waiting to be taken and received. In other words, God is not making you wait for your salvation or healing benefit – He is patiently waiting on you to receive them!
Unfortunately, most people do not know how to release their faith, which prevents them from receiving God’s wonderful benefits (e.g., salvation, healing, deliverance, etc.). The good news is the Bible – God’s Instruction Manual – tells us how to release our faith and receive God’s gospel gifts. Let’s begin by looking at Romans 10:9-10 (please note we have underlined two key words for emphasis purposes).
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)
Romans 10:9-10, arguably one of the most famous Bible verses about salvation, speaks to the faith or belief in one’s heart combined with speaking or confessing with one’s mouth. This “heart-mouth” combination is crucial to releasing faith and receiving God’s gospel gifts. Let’s look at another all-important verse in which Jesus instructs us how to release our faith.
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. ” (Mark 11:23-24)
As you can see, Mark 11:23-24 is all about speaking (saying, declaring, confessing, professing) to your problem/sickness (your “mountain”), and believing in your heart (trusting God’s Word, His promises, and your petition) that it will be done. So, again it’s the “heart-mouth” combination, which is all about speaking “faith-filled” words. So, in summary, it’s very important that one understands this heart-mouth concept, and realize it is God’s specified and instructed way. It’s His faith methodology. Therefore, let’s be obedient and do it God’s way! The Bible states:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)
Did you notice that God did not instruct us to “beg and plead,” which is what most people do? Rather, God instructed us to speak to our problem/sickness directly (our “mountain”). In other words, God’s Word is telling us to not speak to God about our problem/sickness (our “mountain”), but rather talk to our problem/sickness about God – i.e., what God’s Word and promises have to say!
This heart-mouth method is all about “believing and receiving” our petitions (salvation, healing, etc.). The Bible instructs us to “take” our divine benefits by faith. So by way of review, we are learning that faith not only talks, but also takes. The good news is once we begin exercising our faith using God’s way (vs our ways or the world’s ways), we will start seeing our prayers answered! This is exciting news! Praise God!
Now that we know about releasing our faith, let’s make sure we understand the fundamentals about faith – where our faith comes from! The Bible states:
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
So, faith comes by hearing God’s Word. Therefore, a person can increase and develop their faith by simply hearing (and reading) God’s Word. Increasing, developing, and stirring-up one’s faith is important as we need to ensure it’s at a level that exceeds any amount of doubt and unbelief swimming in our hearts.
Sadly, most people do not read their Bible’s on a frequent enough basis, and then they wonder why they have such little faith. We must continuously feed our faith with God’s Word. Just like we feed our physical bodies with daily meals, we need to feed our faith with God’s daily bread (His Word). God and His Word must become priority place in our lives. Let’s put it this way, victory comes when God’s Word gains our full attention – when we get “full” of the Word.
Let’s now look at a Bible verse in which God instructs us on the importance of feeding our faith, including a reminder of the divine healing benefits we receive when we are obedient to it.
“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. ” (Proverbs 4:20-22)
Did you see that? God’s Word, when we consume it via our eyes and ears and keep it in our hearts, is medicine to our whole body. In other words, it does not matter what type of sickness, disease, or pain a person has in their body, God’s divinely-medicated word heals it. It cures every infirmity from the top of our heads to the bottom of our feet. Now that is a true wonder drug! Praise God!
Now, let us not miss the key ingredient to successfully flow and obtain the benefits of this spiritual law, which is the requirement to continuously consume God’s Word (healing scriptures) via our eyes and ears and keep them in our hearts. Just like certain prescription medicine needs to be taken three times a day, God’s medicine may need to be taken three times a day. The key is your obedience in consistently taking God’s word, so it stays within your heart.
Let’s pretend you recently picked-up some expensive prescription medicine and when you got home you placed it on your shelf and never took it. In this scenario, the medicine will be of no effect and will not heal you. Medicine only works when it is taken and gets inside one’s body. Similarly, God’s divine medicine – God’s Word and specifically healing scriptures – is no different. If your Bible is sitting on the coffee table and not being consumed – read or heard via your eyes and ears – then it will not work. Proverbs 4:20-22 is very clear we must continuously take it through our eyes and ears to keep it in our hearts; and when we do, God promises that it will provide supernatural healing to our entire bodies – all sickness, disease, and pain. Amen!
Another interesting takeaway about God’s Word, and specifically Proverbs 4:20-22 and Romans 10:17, is that “God’s Words” (the Bible) provides a person with life and health and faith. To amplify this important insight, one could logically infer that the “World’s Words” (news, social media, magazines, television, education, books, etc.) provides a person with death and disease and doubt. This contrast is startling and sobering! Therefore, we must be very careful what our “eyes and ears” are consuming, as it all gets stored in our hearts… and eventually bears fruit – whether good or bad!
Ok, now that we know where faith comes from (God’s Word), let’s ensure we fully understand what faith is. In very simple terms, faith is the belief in God’s Word. However, it goes a bit deeper. Faith is belief in God’s Word that has action applied to it – e.g., as previously discussed, faith is a receiver and takes God’s promises and benefits. Let’s now read the biblical definition of faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
So, to begin faith has to do with the unseen. Additionally, it’s important to understand that faith is not hope. Hope is something wished for in the future. Faith takes it now. Hope is not a receiver. Faith is a receiver. Let’s now reexamine Hebrews 11:1 using the Amplified Bible translation as follows:
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses.] “
Essentially, the Bible is telling us that the person who has faith (or who has just exercised one’s faith) has already received their prayer petition (e.g., the forgiveness of their sins, the healing of their sickness, etc.) albeit within the invisible or spiritual realm. As we will discuss later, this prayer petition (e.g., salvation, healing, etc.) will eventually get manifested into the visible or physical realm.
Another important element of faith is as follows: “Faith begins where the will of God is known.”
Another great passage in God’s Word to help underscore the idea of us “receiving” our petition immediately – albeit within the spiritual/invisible realm – is shown below.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)