The Basics of Healing

To understand healing we need to first look at salvation
Salvation or being born again…
The Bible states that God wants all peoples to be saved
1 Timothy 2:3b-4 “God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
“It is pleasing to our Saviour-God to pray for them. He longs for everyone to embrace his life and return to the full knowledge of the truth.” (The Passion Translation)
To be saved they need to believe and call upon the Name of the Lord

Romans 10:9-10, 13 “…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved…For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Are all people saved? – No, of course not!
Many have not heard the Gospel of the Kingdom
Romans 10:14 “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”
Others have heard the Good News and have rejected it
2 Timothy 3:4b “… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”
Some have heard the message but have yet to truly grasp it
2 Timothy 3:7 “…always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth”
Others once believed have have drifted or are drifting from the truth
Hebrews 2:1 “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”
Still others have out-and-out renounced the faith
Hebrews 6:4-6 “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.”
You see … God created us with “free will” and He will not go against that given ability to choose right from wrong and to decide your own lifestyle and destiny
But, in spite of this, the truth is still the truth … “God desires all people to be saved by coming to a deep understanding and acceptance of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3b-4 emphasis mine)
The word “salvation “ in the Greek “soteria”
The study of salvation is a branch of theology called ‘Soteriology’
Included in this Greek word are the following:
Born again
Healing then….
Healing is part of the Good News – the Gospel
Healing is most often the “calling card” that God uses to get your attention
Matthew 4:23 “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”
We see that this has always been God’s plan
We see it prophesied through the prophet Isaiah
Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
We see it strongly repeated by one of the key foundational apostles – Peter
1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
It is true that God’s wills that all be healed? Yes!
Are all healed?  No!
No more than ‘all people are saved’ because again we are created with free will
Before we look at why healing does not always happen we need to see what brings about sickness
We live in a fallen world – “germs”
Demons can cause sickness and addiction
Lifestyle choices – what we eat, drink, and how we live (sleep, drugs…)
Simply aging – we are living longer and so parts of us are malfunctioning
DNA – born ‘defective’
And why are people not healed when through the Cross of Christ healing is available?
Biblically not everyone was healed and/or delivered…
Paul and his ‘thorn in the flesh’ – 2 Corinthians 12:7
Timothy who was sick – 1 Timothy 5:23 “ No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
Epaphroditus – “…for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. Indeed he was ill, near to death…” (Philippians 2:26-27a)
There are a number of reasons people are not healed:
They have not heard that Jesus is the Great Physician and still heals today
Religion has convinced them it is God’s will to be sick so they can learn something
Or that it is punishment for some sin in their life
They don’t want to be healed
They would lose sick benefits / Workman’s compensation / used to their new norm / victim mentality / like the attention
They don’t want to change their lifestyle
An alcoholic…
Someone who is obese and continues to overeat
` Galatians 6:7 “That which you sow you shall also reap”
They have a wrong mindset – usually Christians
So, they have opinions and understanding contrary to Scripture (strongholds)
2 Corinthians 10:5 “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…”
The timing is not yet “now” / You are not the person to release the healing
Acts 3:1-10 The healing of the lame beggar
Jesus passed him every time the Lord went into the temple
But at the right time and with the right person the healing was released
So, with that as background we, as believers are:
1> Called to pray for the sick as a sign that the Kingdom has come (outreach)
Luke 10:2-3, 9 “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you.”
This is praying for those who are not born again introducing them to the Kingdom
Mark 16: 15a,17a, 18b “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel … and these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
We are called to lay hands on those who are not saved and who are sick
2> There are those who regularly flow in the gifts of healings (outreach)
1 Corinthians 12:9b “…to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit”
Part of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit
Meant to enable us to be “a witness” (Acts 1:8)
This gift flows when Jesus is enthroned in your heart
John 7:37-38 “Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds—“All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!”
Reference to Ezekiel 47:1 … Verse 38 above could have been translated… “rivers of living waters will flow from His throne within”
Directed by the Holy Spirit
Feel power flowing in arms and hands
Letting you know what is or is not happening
Need to be yielded to the Holy Spirit and under His control (Ephesians 5:18)
3> Elders are especially called to lay hands on the sick (care of the sheep)
James 5:14-15 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.
Prayer of faith – believer to believer
4> Believers called to pray for each other (care of the sheep)
James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
Most times we can receive our healing on our own simply because we are born again and have a personal relationship with Jesus
But apparently there are times when we will need, as believers, to have others pray for us as well
In the Scriptures the major use of healing was as a sign that the Kingdom was at hand
People would first get healed – God got their attention – and then they heard the Gospel of the Kingdom and were saved
Healing was God’s calling card to get people’s attention
There is no faith involved on the part of the non-believer … it is simply a sovereign move of God that happens and changes a person’s life forever
My personal testimony:
November 8, 1976 – healed (43 years this November)
No faith – sovereign move of God
November 9, 1976 – born again
February 9, 1977 – Baptized in the Holy Spirit
In my experience – if a person is not careful they can lose the healing
Every morning for 2 years, 2 months, and 2 days – woke up in pain
Every morning I reminded the Devil that I was healed and knew it
Eventually he realized I was serious and stopped bothering me
Many lose their healing by not standing in faith
Many lose their healing because they doubt after knowing they were healed
Many lose their healing because they didn’t get saved after being healed and the Devil stole the healing
It is imperative that after being healed the person gets saved and grows spiritually
3 John 2 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers”
Soul prospers when the person receives Christ and then begins to walk in faith
When looking at healing and the role of faith in healing we need to be careful
You cannot create a theology or teaching on healing based on one or two verses
You don’t create a theology on a subjective experience or lack of experience
To understand healing you must have a wide view based on the whole council of God
The whole Bible – the whole New Testament – and not just isolated verses
My testimony – I was healed when I had no faith in God healing today and I was not even born again … a pagan and a priest
If all it takes is “faith” then we need to wrestle with:
Paul who had a “thorn in the flesh’ that God refused to take away
Timothy – who apparently had stomach issues
Epaphroditus – who was sick unto death and almost did die
Healing works different outside the Church in our witness than it does inside the Church with believers
When we say that a person is not healed because they did not believe
Not true – unsaved people are healed all the time and they don’t believe in Jesus
When we tell a believer that they did not have enough faith to be healed
Not true – We are simply heaping guilt and condemnation upon the believer
When we beat ourselves up as believers because we should be healed and we are not
Little faith – “never good enough” – Guilt and condemnation
I had no faith for healing or faith in Jesus and He healed me
Now I have an amazing amount of faith and have two incurable diseases..
It is not our place to understand everything
His ways are greater than our ways
His thoughts are greater than our thoughts
You cannot box God in – He will work with or without us … and He will do things differently than we expect or even demand
It is our task – as part of the Great Commission – to lay hands on the sick and release healing
It is our task – as believers – to support other believers, praying for their healing
It is God’s task to heal
My advice – my understanding
Like Jesus…
We say what we hear the Father saying / We do what we see the Father doing
Jesus did not heal the lame man at the Beautiful Gate …
He did not hear the Father tell Him to do that
He did not see the Father touching that man’s body
But Peter saw and heard the Father and the man was healed and stood up, walked, ran, and danced praising God….
And the religious people saw it and wondered
The Kingdom had come in a very visible way and people got saved