There is another important matter concerning divine healing. You must first examine yourself to see whether you are sincere and prepared to receive His salvation? If so, you will be like a boy who wants only the gift of his father and not the father himself. This is the procedure of divine healing: God forgives sins before He heals.
You should be careful not to sin again after being healed by God. God certainly will not give you health and strength to love the world. You must heed what the Lord said to the man who was healed after being sick for 38 years: “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14). These words are addressed to everyone whom God has healed.
If you want to be healed, you must first believe in three things:
1. The Word of God.
|We must believe that God’s word is powerful. He created the universe and all things therein all by His word. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast (see Ps 33:9).|
2. The Blood of the Lord Jesus.
Since we know that sickness comes from sin, we should ask the Lord to cover our sins with His precious blood. Then, we should overcome Satan’s evil power by the blood of Christ.
Nevertheless, we should not underestimate the devil’s works. We must always be alert and be on guard. We should always bear in mind the victory of the Lord Jesus on Golgotha. When He was lifted up on the cross, this was a proclamation that Satan’s plot was defeated.
If we humbly confess our sins before the Lord by the blood of Christ we can rebuke sickness in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Note: Saying in the name of the Lord” is not enough; one should say, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ because his precious holy name is most feared by Satan.) Then Satan and his legions will flee in terror. Only the Lord Jesus can heal all the sick who are oppressed by Satan.
3. The Power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit gives life. His power of an indestructible life made it possible for the Savior to be born from a virgin and to be raised from the dead. Can’t this supernatural power of life destroy the power of sickness? Unfortunately, the works of the Holy Spirit are often hindered by man’s disbelief.
|Doctors and Medicines|
Some people may ask, “Why doesn’t God let His servants experience His healing so that they can testify for Him?” Actually, God did give them opportunities to experience the power of healing. God allowed sickness to befall them occasionally so that they might be healed and know His power of healing. However, when they had those opportunities, they consulted doctors right away because they were not willing to put away their doubts, nor believe absolutely in the word of God. Since they failed to see the need of God’s healing grace, they refused to pay a greater price by committing themselves to Him completely. But God still has mercy on people’s weaknesses and allows them to be healed through physicians and medication.
Some may say, “Shouldn’t physicians change their profession if the sick do not need to go to them?” This concept is not right either. God establishes doctors on earth with a great mission. They are to help and show sympathy toward those who do not accept Christ, to those who have yet to understand the truth of divine healing and those who are weak in faith.
God bestows grace on man according to the proportion of his faith. A person who relies on God totally will be protected by Him according to his faith “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isa 26:3). This is the greatest blessing!
For those who do not accept the Lord, or do not know the truth or are weak in faith, or do not know how to depend on the Lord; if they do not follow their doctors’ advice, won’t they suffer and die eventually? Our loving God has prepared physicians and medication to heal these people. The Lord once said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Matt 9:12).
The Lord Himself is the greatest Physician who heals all sickness of our soul and body. But God has another purpose: He wants to use all Christian doctors to preach to the unbelieving patients. In fact, many Christian doctors who love the Lord have indeed given beautiful testimonies for the Lord’s name and brought many of their patients to Christ.