WHY ISN’T EVERYONE HEALED?
Matthew 9:23-26, “Before looking at this subject in depth we must ask several questions.”
WHAT IS HEALTH?
Health is a state of wholeness in BODY-SOUL-SPIRIT!
WHAT IS SICKNESS?
Sickness is the absence of health, therefore a sick person is less than whole.
Divine healing is therefore the restoration of wholeness.
WHY ARE PEOPLE SICK?
a) Natural Causes
i) Wrong living
- Poor diet, bad habits, lack of rest, lack of exercises, etc…
ii) Wrong thinking
- Worry, resentment, fear, bitterness, grief, etc…
iii) Wrong believing
- Fear, lack of faith in God.
b) Spiritual Causes
i) Satanic attacks
ii) God’s discipline
In rare cases and in real extreme circumstances it seems that God can only get our attention by putting us in a bed of sickness!
C.S. Lewis said, “God is shouting at us, wanting our attention when we are in pain!”
2 Samuel 24:15
DIVINE HEALING IS FOR US TODAY
Here are four basic reasons:
SICKNESS IS THE RESULT OF SATAN’S WORK
The Bible clearly says that Christ came to destroy the works of the devil.
All sin, sickness, disease, sorrow, fatigue, pain, death – came into the world with the fall of man as part of the curse.
“When man fell and the curse was pronounced, Satan and his fallen angels, which became evil spirits, took control of this world system, and as a result man, earth, and all nature, are groaning under the curse.”
But thanks be to God, Christ has delivered the death blow to sin, sickness, and death believer is free through Christ’s blood covenant.
1 John 3:8
It is not God’s desire that his children be
– Under hardship
– Dominated by Satan
When conditions are met, God is found ever – willing to deliver the believer, since Christ came to heal all whom the devil had tyrannized, and to destroy the works of the devil.
The sick were healed in Old Testament times, during Christ’s lifetime, and during the apostolic age. As God is changeless, it is only reasonable to expect that healing will always be a part of God’s work.
The first promise of healing is found in the Old Testament immediately after the fall.
Though Satan caused Christ to suffer and be crucified, Christ delivered the death blow to Satan who is now a defeated foe.
In fact Jesus is the Greek name for the Hebrew name Joshua or a transliteration of the Hebrew “Joshua” meaning Jehovah is Salvation
In the Old Testament there are seven compound names of God-Jehovah. They reveal some aspects of the Lord’s eternal relationship to his people. Furthermore what Jehovah revealed of himself by his name to Israel, He is also to the Church.
- Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will provide. (Philippians 4:19)
- Jehovah – Nissi – to Israel Jehovah was the banner – the name of Jesus is the BANNER, WHICH flies over every Christian.
- Jehovah Shalom – to Israel was their peace. (Ephesians 2:14; John 14:27)
- Jehovah – Raah – to Israel Jehovah was their shepherd
- Jehovah – Tsidkenv – to Israel Jehovah was their Righteousness. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
- Jehovah – Shammah – To Israel Jehovah was ever present. (Matthew 28:20)
If Jehovah has remained constant in all His relationships revealed by His name He who is still the
- Our banner
- Our peace
- Our shepherd
- Our righteousness
- The ever-present
Is also our great physician (Jehovah – Rapha)
We notice that the ministry of Christ was largely devoted to the healing of the sick.
The Gospel writers made frequent reference to the fact that Jesus healed “ALL” who were sick.
The only exception to this seems to be the people of his hometown because they did not believe.
Jesus made very clear his willingness to heal. Jesus had great compassion!
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
The idea that it is God’s will, and for God’s glory, that men suffer with permanent bodily sicknesses in order to grow in grace, is a theory nowhere taught by Jesus.
Was there ever a time when Jesus told a sufferer that he should continue to suffer?
Not only did Christ heal the sick, but so did His disciples and apostles.
The twelve and the seventy in the Gospels were sent forth and given the power to heal the sick.
Later when Jesus ascended in glory He gave the promise of the Holy Spirit and power for service.
The same Holy Spirit who was in Jesus performing his works was to come and abide upon every believer and continue to perform similar works.
Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8
The power they were to receive would be the ability to do God’s supernatural works including healing.
Consider these cases:
Acts 3:1-11 – The lame man healed
Acts 5:12-16 – Many signs and wonders
Acts 6:8 – Stephen wrought miracles
Acts 8:5-8 – Philip healed many
Acts 9:36 – Tabitha raised from the dead
Acts 14:8-10 – A crippled man at Lystra
Acts 16:16-18 – A demon cast out by Paul
Acts 19:11-12 – Many miracle by Paul
Acts 28:3-5 – Paul healed of snake bite
Acts 28 – many sick people of Melita
Healing is secured for us in the atonement of Christ, therefore if the Lord still forgives sin, he also heals
The work of Calvary paid the price for the healing of the body exactly as it did for the forgiveness of sin!
Christ suffered as a substitute for our sicknesses in the same way that He suffered as a substitute for our sins.
There is healing by the wounds of Jesus.
1 Peter 2:4
“4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.”
Peter puts in the past tense, because the work of Calvary, which secured the blessings has been finished once and for all.
Jesus was so scourged to redeem men from sickness and sin that his back was one solid bruise.
He was wounded so that we can be made whole.
Divine healing has been secured for the Christian Church by the New Testament divine healing covenant in James 5:13-16
Why some people are not healed?
With some people you do everything, preaching, praying, evident believing and still do not experience healing.
To give a simplistic answer like, “He didn’t have enough faith” is either thoughtless or heartless.
These could be some reasons why people are not healed:
- Lack of faith, either by
- individual concerned (Matthew 15:28)
- the minister of healing (Matthew 17:17-20)
- the community (Mark 6:5-6)
- Unbelief in any one of those areas maybe a hindrance.
- Resentment – a bitter unforgiving spirit will prevent healing (Mark 11:25; 1 Corinthians 11:30; Matthew 5:23-34)
- Self-pity – which is a form of selfishness. It may also be a form of pride seeking attention (James 4:3)
- Sin – of any kind will hinder answers to prayer. Especially sins which are deliberately harbored or tolerated. (Psalm 66:18; Psalm 15:1-2; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16)
- Bodily abuse: Wrong diet, Not enough sleep, Smoking, etc…
- Discipline – God may use sickness as a form of discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11)
- Disobedience to specific instructions (2 Kings 5:11-12)
Having said all the above, it still appears that at times healing is withheld for reasons unknown to us – but known to God
25 “And the answer will be, ‘This happened because the people of the land abandoned the covenant that the Lord, the God of their ancestors, made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
Remember we cannot really tell God what to do.
We pray direct not directive prayer.
Should I use medicine?
- Use of medicine is neither praised nor condemned in Scripture
There need be no conflict between divine healing and the use of medicine.
Divine healing is firmly founded upon the infallible Word of God.
Divine healing teaching inspires, creates, and challenges true faith, which is accepting and acting upon the Word of God.
Divine healing magnifies the Word of God and draws us closer to the Lord
- For the seeker; because wants healing
- For the blesser; because wants to impart
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on March 25, 2018 at New Life Christian Church