Does God still heal? Theologically most Christians believe that God can heal, that He is able to intervene into the affairs of man, yet most of us have little certainty that He will heal. We approach God asking for physical healing like that famous scene from Oliver Twist. Oliver, who toils with very little food, remains in the workhouse for months. One day, the desperately hungry boys decide to draw lots; the loser must ask for another portion of gruel. The task falls to Oliver, who at the next meal tremblingly comes up forward, bowl in hand, and begs Mr. Bumble for gruel with his famous request: “Please, sir, May I have some more!”. We so often approach the throne of Heaven as though we ourselves were beggars and thieves who are expecting to be struck rather than loved and cared for. We look at God the Father, as one who at any moment might smite us! Nothing could be further from the truth.
“We are all the product of a culture of highly developed unbelief.” Bill Johnson
You’re not an orphan or a beggar. You’re a son. You’re a daughter of the King of Kings. You’ve been given direct access to His Throne room. There’s no waiting room hoping to see His majesty. He welcomes His sons and daughters into his inner courts! You’re not imposing upon the LORD when you approach Him. What would it look like if the body of Christ was actually a “Culture of highly developed belief?” That we actually expected that God would act upon our behalf, that our prayers were actually heard and effective.
How did Jesus approach healing the sick? Did He timidly ask the Father for healing? Did He passively pray, “If it be Thy will?” No, never! He knew the Father’s heart, character and Word on the matter. Interesting to note, Jesus didn’t heal every sick person, but everyone Jesus prayed for was healed! The issue may be more complex than a 60 second sound bite from a Televangelist but you can be certain when you read the scriptures old and new healing is in His heart. That sickness, disease, and death were never apart of His original design. He told the Disciples “Greater works than these…” the ache in my heart is that these words may suggest there’s more healing to be had this side of eternity than we’ve been lead to believe. I long to grow a “a highly developed culture of belief,” in my heart, family, and community. If that’s your heart’s cry then I invite you to join us this week on a journey into the Scriptures on the subject of Divine Healing. It’s gonna be fun!
“The foundation upon which we build is Jesus. Our understanding of healing must be firmly fixed upon His character and person rather than our tradition or experience. John G. Lake, Wigglesworth, Dowie and so many others were successful in healing ministry because of their simple declaration – “Christ is all”. We preach – Christ – not an idea, not a theology not an interpretation of the truth, but a person – who is the final communication of God concerning Himself. He is the healer, He is the restorer, He is the re-builder of broken lives. The world is desperate for Jesus, but they cannot see Him. The Church must be His Body in the world – preaching the same Gospel of hope and deliverance, manifesting the mercy and grace of God in tangible ways, demonstrating His love.” – Kevin Matthews