After a person is saved, the next step in their growing as a believer is to be healed, in their emotions and sometimes physically. Jesus is able and willing to do both.
Luke 4:16 – So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. (Verse 17) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: Verse 18) “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Verse 19) To preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”
When Jesus had sent His disciples out, He told them three things to do: preach the gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons.
What does the Bible say about physical healing? Does God want us healed, or does God want us sick? These are very simple questions we can ask ourselves, because too many Christians today do not believe in divine healing, emotional or physical.
Look what God says in Exodus 15:26 – and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”
This reference is not referring to “spiritual” healing. It is physical healing. God never changes and what He did for the Israelites in the Old Testament, He is still doing today.
Exodus 23:25 – “You shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.
Deuteronomy 7:15 – “And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt, which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.
Psalm 103:2 – Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (Verse 3) Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, (Verse 4) who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
If we can believe that God can forgive all of our iniquities, and saves us from an everlasting eternity without Him, then why is it so hard for people to believe Him when He says over, and over in His word, “I am the God that heals all your diseases?
Isaiah 53:4 says, “Surely He has borne our griefs (sickness is what the word means in Hebrew) and carried our sorrows (infirmities in Hebrew); The word sorrows is in the Old Testament 24 times and twenty of those times it is translated “sickness.” It is also quoted in the New Testament also, for those who think it just applies in the past tense.
Matthew 8:16 – When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, (Verse 17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
Matthew 4:23 – Now Jesus went about Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Verse 24) Then His fame went throughout all Syria and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytic; and He healed them. If He healed in the Old Testament and the New Testament, He is still healing today. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He changes not.
Jesus never healed people to draw attention to Himself as some draw big crowds today, as if to say, “Look what I can do!” He healed people because of His mercy and because of “who” He was. This is what God does; He saves, He heals, and He sets the captives free!
Tradition makes some people uncomfortable with the teaching of healing. Some believe in “excesses” in the body of Christ. One excess is, “God heals every one,” and the other is “God doesn’t heal any one today.” Those are excesses that do not line up with the Scripture.
Another excess is “God does heal, but He chooses whom He will heal and He doesn’t choose to heal others only some.” Here is the problem with that kind of thinking. It places the blame as to why someone doesn’t get healed on God.
Here is another excess: “God has already healed everyone, through the cross, and those with enough faith can receive it.” In other words: If you don’t get healed, you didn’t have the faith to be healed. Now, it places the blame on the person.
BLAME IS FROM THE DEVIL!
Blame, shame, and condemnation, came into this world with the fall. It was the very first thing Adam and Eve did after the fall. God came to Adam and asked him if he had eaten the fruit. Adam said, “The woman you gave me, gave it to me.” And then when Eve was asked, she blamed it on the serpent. This is almost laughable if it weren’t so serious.
When we learn about physical healing from any doctrine or dogma, that begins to put blame on either God or the person, it is not from God. We need to stop blaming God for people not getting healed and stop blaming the people. We live in a fallen world and people get sick and hurt. Everything that goes wrong in a person’s life is not a loving God trying to correct you. You don’t burn someone to teach them not to “touch” that.
All through the Bible forgiveness and healing are combined. Jesus died for our sins, broke the power over us to sin, and He also broke that power over sickness.
To make this very clear, ask yourself: “Since I have been saved, have I sinned?” Yes, I have, because I still live in this fallen world and still make mistakes. So then, if I still sin, but am forgiven, does my body still get sick? Yes, because my body is not made perfect yet! However, that does not mean that Jesus does not still heal. We still believe, pray, and have our faith, to know that God does heal.
Remember these two phrases; “He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted and to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” God heals our emotions also. Oppressed means “bruised,” “crushed,” or “shattered.” It’s a hurt. To set free those who have been wounded. This means that, past wounds can hold you in bondage. People who have had their hearts broken, for whatever reason, also need God’s healing.
Here is the good news: He came to heal the “Brokenhearted!” Some people will tell you, “You just need to learn to live with it!” No, you need to be healed by the Master! Jesus never said, “I came so that you could “cope” with your brokenness.” He did not say that! He said, “I came so that you could be set free!” Jesus can do for us what no psychiatrist can do. We are not to go through life with open wounds. We bring every need to our Lord and Savior.
Here are some ways to know if you still have some emotional hurts that are keeping you in bondage: When someone points out an area that triggers an emotion to rise up that makes you want to say to them, “So do you,” you are in an emotional bondage. You take the focus off yourself and throw it back on the person that said that. Some will regurgitate their past hurts to any one who will listen.
Here is what a mature Christian will never do to someone who is hurting. They will not say to them, “You need to just get over it!” In order for a broken bone to heal it has to be set so it can heal correctly. Things have to be put in alignment. You go to a doctor who is an expert, get it set, and heed their instructions.
In the body of Christ there are experts that are set in place to help people with inner healings and deliverance. However, you won’t find help if you never tell any one about your hurts. Don’t let the devil steal your joy of being a Christian by controlling your emotions. Jesus came to mend us and deliver us from our past and give us an abundant life, so don’t let the devil ruin your future with Christ.