Are you ready for your healing? Are you ready to experience wholeness head to toe? If so, there are a few things you should know. If you have been around Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve surely heard some false teaching, messages and traditions that would limit your faith and prevent you from accepting the work Jesus has already completed on your behalf.
Those who profess these traditions aren’t bad people. They are merely misguided. In Matthew 15, Jesus dealt with religious people who were putting their traditions above the truth when He said, “you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition” (verse 6). Today we will look at the first 6 things to know about healing, and tomorrow the other 3.
So if you’re ready to break away from religious traditions and accept the love, truth and healing that Jesus provided for you, remember these six things:
1. God Is Glorified When You Are Healed, Whole and Ready for Service
Jesus said in John 15:8, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”
Nowhere in the New Testament will you find an example of God receiving glory because of someone’s illness. However, you do see God receiving glory when Jesus healed the multitudes. Just look at this passage in Matthew 15:30-31:
A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.
Healing, not sickness, glorifies God.
2. God Never Uses Sickness to Teach Lessons
Again, nowhere in the Bible does God say that we learn or mature as Christians by suffering sickness, disease or turmoil. Not once in the New Testament does it say that sickness is the teacher of the Church.
Instead, the Bible says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The Word of God, not illness, is designed to teach you.
3. Sickness Is Never a Blessing
If sickness were truly a blessing, we wouldn’t be working so hard to rid our bodies of it. Instead, we would welcome it.
Deuteronomy 28 details the curse that came on people who broke the Old Testament law. Verse 61 says, “The Lord will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed.”
Illness is not a blessing. It is a curse meant for those who rebel against God.