In church meetings, I’m sure many of us have seen marvelous healings and miracles occur as the Spirit of God manifested Himself through the gifts of the Spirit. But I believe we sometimes think the only way God heals is through manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit.
According to First Corinthians 12:7-10, gifts of healings and the working of miracles are manifestations of the Spirit of God. However, we can’t always guarantee that God is going to move spectacularly through the gifts of the Spirit, because the Bible says, “But all these [gifts] worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally AS HE WILL” (v. 11). Therefore, we do not always know when God will move spectacularly through the gifts of the Spirit. However, we do know that God’s Word always works.
The Word Works
We need to keep in mind that when the gifts of the Spirit are not in manifestation, people can still be healed through faith in God’s Word. Therefore, we can always teach people the Word of God. In fact, I’ve seen just as many marvelous healings and miracles occur as a result of teaching people the Word of God, as I have when God moved miraculously through the gifts of the Spirit.
Healings and miracles can occur simply by teaching people the Word of God and by getting them to exercise their own faith for healing. You see, the Word is anointed. God’s Word is the same whether I feel the anointing or not, and the Word always works!
Many times I think people are waiting for a manifestation of the Spirit of God to heal them. But they don’t have to wait for a manifestation of the Spirit because the Word of God will always work for them!
For example, if doctors told you that you were going to die, would you just wait for a manifestation of the Spirit of God before you accepted the healing Jesus already provided for you? No, of course not!
Thank God, the Bible says, “. . . Himself [Jesus] took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” and “. . . by whose stripes ye were healed” (Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter
2:24)! If you were healed by Jesus’ stripes, then you are healed now by His stripes.
I’ve seen more people healed in my ministry because they heard the Word and acted on their own faith than by any other way. Praise God, the Word works! That’s the reason Paul told Timothy, “Preach the word . . .” (2 Tim. 4:2). Also, it’s through the Word that we can be assured that it is God’s will to heal us.
Satan Is the Author of Sickness
We know that it’s God’s will to heal His people because healing is in God’s redemptive plan. We already read the scripture, “. . . Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matt. 8:17). So we know that healing is in the redemption that Jesus provided for us.
We also know that it’s God’s will to heal His people because sickness and disease come from Satan, and God does not want us to have anything that comes from Satan. We really don’t have any business with something that doesn’t belong to us. Sickness and disease don’t belong to us—they’re of the devil. By the same token, healing does belong to us. Jesus purchased healing for us in the plan of redemption through His death, burial, and resurrection.
Unless our minds are renewed with the Word of God, we won’t understand that Satan is the author of sickness, disease, and everything that destroys. Our thinking will be all wrong. But once our minds are renewed with the Word of God, we will be able to see that Jesus came to redeem us from Satan’s power and to give us life more abundantly.
10 The thief [devil] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Jesus’ Earthly Ministry
According to John 10:10, anything which kills or destroys is from the enemy. The Bible also plainly tells us that when Satan is finally eliminated from the earth, the law of sin and death will stop functioning: there will be nothing that will hurt or destroy (Isa. 65:25).
Jesus came to do the will of God and to set men free, not to hurt or destroy lives. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to say that God hurts or destroys people’s lives.
Jesus healed people in His earthly ministry, taking sickness from people, not putting sickness on them. That makes it impossible to accept the teaching that sickness and disease come from God. Jesus plainly taught by His words and His actions that sickness and disease come from the enemy, Satan.
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Be Loosed From Satan’s Bondages
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
Verse 11 says this woman had a spirit of infirmity. Where did the spirit of infirmity come from? Notice the phrase in verse 16: “. . .whom SATAN HATH BOUND. . . .” In verse 16 Jesus also declared that this woman should be loosed from this infirmity and gave two good reasons why.
One reason was that Satan had bound her. We know that sickness and disease are bondages. God’s people should not be bound by sickness or disease because Jesus already paid the price for our redemption in the New Covenant.
The second reason Jesus said the woman should be healed was that she was a daughter of Abraham. I’ve heard people say, “Yes, but that’s Old Covenant.” Well, we’re under the New Covenant, and it’s a better covenant established upon better promises. Certainly, if God’s people can be healed under the Old Covenant, we can be healed under a new and better covenant!
To say that we have to be bound by Satan is wrong thinking! Galatians 3:29 says, “. . . if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” And Galatians 3:7 says, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”
The woman in Luke 13 with the spirit of infirmity was a daughter or child of Abraham, and so are we—if we are in Christ! Jesus said this woman ought to be loosed. Well, if she ought to be loosed, then we ought to be loosed! Therefore, if
Satan tries to bind us with sickness or disease, we don’t have to accept that! We can be healed.
The Issue Is Settled
God calls sickness and disease satanic oppression. But, thank God, we read in
Acts 10:38 that Jesus went about doing good in His earthly
ministry, healing all who were oppressed by the devil! So many times people get confused and think God is the one who puts sickness and disease on them. But Acts 10:38 plainly states that Satan is the oppressor and that Jesus is the Deliverer! Let the Word of God—not man’s ideas or opinions—settle this issue once and for all. Healing is the will of God for you!
25 And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
God told the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 28:15, “. . . it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.”
This verse doesn’t mean that if the children of Israel disobeyed God, God would send curses upon them. It simply states that if they disobeyed God, the curses would be able to come upon them, because disobedience takes God’s people out from under His protection!
By way of illustration, if you saw your child about to put his hand on a hot stove, you’d warn him, “Honey, don’t do that! You’ll get burned!” But if your child disobeyed you, and he put his hand on the stove anyway and burned himself, that wouldn’t mean you commissioned or authorized that. Indirectly you permitted him to choose whether or not he would obey you, but you warned him what would happen if he did touch the hot stove.
Well, it’s the same way with God. And it’s only in that sense that God permits certain things to happen in our lives, because He has already warned us in His Word about the consequences of disobedience. He said in essence, “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, then I’ll take sickness away from the midst of you, and the number of your days I will fulfill” (Exod. 23:25,26).
I’ve also heard people say, “I was sick and I learned a great lesson from it.” Well, I’m sure that any child who has ever burned his hand on a hot stove
learned a lesson too. He learned not to put his hand on a hot stove! But that wasn’t the way his parents would have chosen to teach him. And sickness and disease are not God’s way of teaching us either. That would be cruel, and God is not cruel.
The Word of God should settle the issue of God’s willingness to heal you. Say it out loud: “Satan is the oppressor. Jesus is the Deliverer. With Jesus’ stripes I am healed.”
Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Because God’s Word declares that healing is in God’s plan of redemption and that sickness and disease come from Satan, not God, you can know and be assured that healing is God’s will for you!