by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
This message was originally posted five years ago, but the truths are so important that they bear repeating periodically. We hope many more readers find encouragement and strengthening for their faith as we offer it again today.
When the Lord, Jehovah, called Moses to go to the people of Israel and announce to them that God was ready to set them free from slavery, Moses insisted that they would not believe him. So God gave him a number of signs to perform before the people as evidence that God was indeed miraculously working with Moses.
We want to take a close look today at the first sign: “And the Lord said unto him [Moses], ‘What is that in thine hand?’ And he said, ‘a rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, ‘Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.’ And he put forth his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.” (Exodus 4:2-4).
Our focus in this lesson is not particularly on Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage, but rather on God’s ability to do what He did to that wooden rod. This event carries great significance for us when we are seeking to believe the Lord for healing of our physical bodies. We are spiritual beings living in physical bodies, and when we have a problem in that physical body, we need to have something physical changed. Because we are seeking that change from a Spirit God, we sometimes find it hard to comprehend His ability to make those changes without using any physical instruments or medications that we can relate to with our five senses.
But let’s look at what He did to this rod. It was a solid, extraordinarily sturdy piece of wood, undoubtedly several feet long. Moses used it for a great many things during his shepherding years and then throughout the journey from Egypt to Canaan. It was real wood, and it was strong enough to serve him with no defects for well over 40 years. Yet by one simple act of exerting His spiritual power, the Lord turned that solid, totally lifeless, piece of wood into a living creature, with muscle, organs, skin, eyes, etc.
Now, this serpent was not a figment of Moses’ imagination or a mirage, because Moses was so frightened by it that he ran from it. But the Lord insisted that he pick it up, and once Moses had a grip on the serpent, it became a solid piece of wood again.
Now, we’re not talking about simply changing the shape or size of an object. We are talking about actually changing the very chemical and molecular structure of an object – changing it at the cellular level throughout the whole object. Something that was totally without life instantly became a living creature and then, by another act of God’s power, became a totally inanimate object again.
Once we get a clear picture of this event, we begin to realize just how easily that same God can change the chemical and molecular structure of any created thing – including the structure of flesh, of tumors, of diseased tissue, of abnormal limbs, of any physical element with which our body is impaired. God has no more problem neutralizing a huge tumor, or creating healthy bone where there is none, or replacing plaque coated arteries with new supple, pliant arterial tissue than He had changing a piece of wood into a serpent or changing a living being into a lifeless stick.
No matter what you are facing in your physical body today, do not limit God and His delivering, miracle working, healing power. He didn’t feel any strain on His power when He changed Moses’ rod, and He will feel no strain on His power when He changes the negative tissues in your body into healthy tissues.
And don’t, in your own mind, limit His willingness to do the work. If He was willing to do such an extraordinary thing for Moses, for no other reason than to provide examples of His ability and willingness to deliver His people — even before Jesus had died for them and given them His own righteousness — how much more is He willing to do as much to deliver the people His own Son gave His life for. The Old Covenant and God’s promise to Abraham were enough to cause Him to move in such creative power. How much more, under the New Covenant — with the finished work of Jesus Christ securing us a place in God’s heart — will He do equally miraculous works for us.
We’ve just finished recording the message “Drawing From God’s Well” on video. Hope you find it a blessing in helping you to believe the Lord for your healing.
by Ted Pavloff, Glory Ministries
“And The Lord God said, if you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will not permit any of the diseases to be brought upon you which I have permitted to be brought upon the Egyptians; for, I the Lord, am your healer.”
Exodus 15:26 (Direct Hebrew Translation)
There are many truly fine born-again Christians today who are floundering in a theology that keeps them doubting the wonderful mercy of God; particularly in the area of physical healing. I don’t recall ever meeting any Christian who does not believe that God can heal; but I have encountered many who will not believe that God will heal them – or that it is always His will to heal the sick. This latter group has been taught to believe in God’s ability, but not His mercy.
The problem is, man’s concept or idea of God is considerably stunted. We have listened for centuries to what man says about God, and these words often are classified under something called “Theology.” And the trouble with theology is it enlightens and tells man all about God’s power, but it often ignores, puts down, or outright denies God’s desire to use His power on man’s behalf.
It is foolish for us to put all our confidence in what man says about God and totally ignore what God has to say about Himself. He announced from the very beginning that He was a healing God, and our text is one of many examples. David, in the 103rd Psalm writes, “Bless the lord O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all of our iniquities; who heals all of our diseases.” (NAS). Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them …” (NAS). John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”(NAS), and that Word was Jesus, “Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.” (Acts 10:38, NAS).
Regardless of what may appear to be the immediate cause of any illness, the origin of all sickness and disease goes back to the high treason of original man. When Adam sinned, he immediately died spiritually, and sickness came into the world riding on the back of that spiritual death. And since Adam’s sin was not God’s will, how can any of the evil results of sin be His will? The truth is, beloved, sickness in any form is never the will of God. In 1 John 3:2, the Apostle John writes, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”(KJV)
Just before He ascended to Heaven following His resurrection, Jesus commanded the disciples to go and preach what he had commanded them and He said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe (that’s us): In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:16-18,KJV)
He said, “I am the Lord who healeth thee.” And He also said, “I am the Lord; I change not.” Are we ready and willing to listen to what God says about Himself? Are we ready to believe Him?
It is imperative that we answer those two questions correctly. You see, believing faith is the hand that reaches up and takes what Our Lord freely offers; and that most certainly includes healing. So reach for it!
(Find more of Ted’s teaching at his WordPress site: A Walk In The Word.)
Smith Wigglesworth, originally a plumber in England in the early 1900’s, answered the call of God and became a true twentieth-century apostle. He became known throughout the world for his powerful preaching of the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was renowned for his healing ministry on several continents. He and his wife Polly ministered together for many years until she went home to be with the Lord, and Smith carried on the work, accompanied in later years by his daughter and son-in-law.
These thoughts are excerpts from his book Ever Increasing Faith (copyright 1924 by Smith Wigglesworth). The Gospel Publishing House has produced a “Revised Edition” of the book (copyright 1971 by Gospel Publishing House), which is currently in print.
Excerpt from sermon: “Have Faith in God.”
“These are days when we need to have our faith strengthened, when we need to know God. God has designed that the just shall live by faith. Any man can be changed by faith, no matter how he may be fettered. I know that God’s Word is sufficient. … His word is from everlasting to everlasting. … This is the food of faith. ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.’
“Everywhere men are trying ti discredit the Bible and take from it all the miraculous. One preacher … said, ‘It was an easy thing for Jesus to feed the people with five loaves. The loaves ere so big in those days that it was a simple matter to cut them into a thousand pieces each.’ But he forgot that one little boy brought those five loaves all the way in his lunch basket.
“There is nothing impossible with God. All the impossibility is with us when we measure God by the limitations of our unbelief. … I was in Belfast one day and saw one of the brethren of the assembly. He said to me, ‘Wigglesworth, I am troubled. I have had a good deal of sorrow during the past five months. I had a woman in my assembly who could always pray the blessing of heaven down on our meetings. She is an old woman, but her presence is always an inspiration. But five months ago she fell and broke her thigh. The doctors put her into a plater cast, but after five months … the bones were not properly set … so she broke the thigh again.’
“He gook me to her house, and there was a woman lying in a bed on the right hand side of the room. I said to her,’Well, what about it now?’ She said, ‘They have sent me home incurable. The doctors say tha I am so old that my bones won’t knit. … They could never do anything for me … and I shall have to lie in bed for the rest of my life.’ I said to her, ‘Can you believe God?’ She replied, ‘Yes, ever since I heard that you had come to Belfast my faith has been quickened. If you will pray , I will believe. I know … there is nothing impossible with God.’ I said, ‘Do you believe He will meet you now?’ She answered, ‘I do.’
“It is grand to see people believe God. … Her husband was sitting there; he had been in his chair [wheelchair] for four years and could not walk a step. He called out, ‘I don’t believe. I won’t believe. You will never get me to believe.’ I said, ‘All right,’ and laid my hands on his wife in the name of the Lord Jesus. The moment hands were laid upon her the power of God went right through her and she cried out,’I’m haled.’ I said, ‘I’m not going to assist you to rise. God will do it all.’ She rose and walked up and down the room praising God.
“The old man was amazed t what happened to his wife, and he cried out, ‘Make me walk, make me walk.’ I said to him, ‘You old sinner, repent.’ He cried out, ‘Lord, You know I never meant what I said. You know I believe.’ I don’t think he meant what he said; anyhow the Lord was full of compassion. If He marked our sins where would any of us be? If we will meet the conditions, God will always meet us. If we believe, all things are possible. I laid my hands on him and the power went right through the old man’s body; and those legs, for the first time in four years, received power to carry his body, and he walked up and down and in and out. He said, ‘O what great things God has done for us tonight!’
‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’ [Mark 11:24]. Desire toward God, and you will have desires from God; and He will meet you on the line of those desires when you reach out in simple faith.”
(This article is taken from Chapter One of Sandra Conner’s book Healing Is For You!, and we have posted it previously as an individual post. However, the message is so important and so needed in the present-day world that we try to repost this truth at least once a year since we continually acquire new visitors who may not work their way back far enough to find it from the previous year.)
JESUS IS OUR DOCTOR
Do you have a family physician? Is he kind, compassionate, and easy to talk to? Does he make house calls? Is he able to diagnose and treat all the various maladies that beset the different members of your family, without having to call in one or two specialists? Does he guarantee a complete cure every single time if you follow his instructions?
I’m sure by now you’ve experienced at least a chuckle or two, for we all know that we will never be able to answer “yes” to very many of these questions about any human doctor. However, there is one doctor who meets all of the above criteria. He’s been in practice for thousands of years, and He hung out a shingle in Exodus 15:26 advertising His availability to all who have need of Him. He gladly takes on new patients daily, and He specializes in hopeless cases.
We’re referring, of course, to our dear Lord, Jesus Christ. Did you know that He is your doctor? Yes, the Almighty God who created our bodies and souls to be perfect, nevertheless knew that sin would invade our lives and with it the curse of death. Sickness, of course, is simply death in process.
So our gracious Creator made provision for cleansing from sin and sickness. He shows Himself a healer at various times, even in the book of Genesis, but in Exodus He makes the clearest statement of all about His relationship to our need of physical and emotional healing. When He delivered the Israelites from Egypt and began to make them a nation under Him, He first established a covenant with them to govern His relationship with them. The very first covenant promise He made to this whole nation of people after bringing them from Egypt is in Exodus 15:26:
“If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians, for I the Lord am your healer.”
Now, in the original Hebrew language, that word healer is literally physician, and to the Hebrew people, what the Lord had actually said was, “I the Lord am your physician; I am your doctor.”
A little later, He reaffirms Himself as the one who cares for their health, when He says in Exodus 23:25-26:
“You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and water, and I will remove sickness from your midst. There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”
You see, God always intended to be the doctor for His people. He intended to remove sickness from them and cause them to walk in health and long life. His Word is full, from beginning to end, of promises about our healing coming from Him. Who is better qualified to do the job than the Creator Himself? He’s a doctor who never loses a case that is entirely turned over to Him, and His prescriptions have no negative side effects.
Now, the Lord is not against us when we believe that we need to make use of human doctors or medications. Psalm 103:14 says that He remembers our frame, that we are dust. He realizes that most of us have been reared in a society, even a church society, that has, for centuries now, been taught that God doesn’t heal the way He did when Jesus was here in the flesh, and that medical science is one of God’s substitutes for what Jesus once offered. He understands that we must have time to let His truth create faith in us and set us free from those teachings.
God has His own means of healing, which we discuss in detail in a later chapter, but He is so concerned that we be well and whole that He is willing to work through any channel that we allow Him to work through to get us well. If we believe we need a human surgeon’s hands, and if we pray, God will move heaven and earth to work through that surgeon’s hands for us. If we believe we need an aspirin and pray over it before we take it, God will bless that aspirin to do us some good.
We must, by no means, belittle the human medical profession. On the contrary, most of the doctors and nurses that I have known have been kind, dedicated, sacrificing people. If it were not for them, many of God’s people who have not known the truth about healing would have long ago been dead. And even if all believers looked only to the Lord for their healing, there would still be millions of non-believers who would die miserable deaths and suffer untold agonies if they had no access to doctors and human medicine. Christians who have a desire to enter the medical profession have a real mission field among non-believers for that very reason.
But beloved, as sons and daughters of God, we must always be raising our sights to God’s highest and best. We need to be honest with ourselves, and each other, and recognize that medical science is not God’s substitute for what Jesus once offered. Rather, medical science is man’s best effort to help himself.
Dr. Herman B. Betten was only one of many medical doctors who, upon learning the full truth about God’s healing, gave up the medical practice completely and began ministering God’s Word and helping people receive healing through His Word and the power of His Spirit. In a sermon he preached in 1917, he explained why he gave up medicine. He said, “The reason I have given up the medical profession is not because I do not think it is a good thing, but because I have found something else that is better.(Sermon preached in 1917, quoted in Wilford H. Reidt, Jesus God’s Way of Healing and Power to Promote Health, p. 99.)
God’s people need to lay hold of that which is better. If we will stay faithfully in God’s Word, apply it in obedience, and spend time with Him in prayer, we will come to the place where we are fully convinced that God has healing for us from His own hand. We will come to a place of faith that will let us receive health and life from our Heavenly Father and not have need of man’s services.
God is the most experienced, most knowledgeable, best equipped, and least expensive physician, surgeon, nurse, and psychiatrist in the universe. He’s the better way to health. We need to set our sights on His better way. We all know from experience that when driving a car, whatever direction we set our eyes is the direction our car will take. So it is in spiritual things. If we keep looking up – to God’s highest and best way for us – we will rise to live on that level. We must not condemn ourselves for walking where we are, but neither should we be satisfied with always living with less than God’s best.
So what should we look at? JESUS. Is it that simple? Basically, yes. We can hear all kinds of arguments, using Scriptures out of context, to tell us that God may not want us well, or that He may insist on our having surgery or taking human medication in order to get well. In truth, if a believer were to take those over-used Scriptures in the light of all the rest of God’s Word, rather than the doctrines of men, revelation would come. I have often chuckled over the fact that so many who argue that we must use medicine, on the basis of Paul’s telling Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach, are the very people who believe that it is always a sin to drink wine.
And I never fail to feel sorry for people who insist that Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was a physical illness, when Paul clearly says himself that it was an evil spirit – “a messenger from Satan” – sent to cause him problems in the natural. (2 Corinthians 12:7). Paul, and every Christian, must be willing to suffer persecution for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus didn’t take that as our substitute. But He did take sickness, disease, and infirmity for spirit, soul, and body, so that we wouldn’t have to; and it is an insult to Jesus Himself for us to choose to carry them again in ourselves.
There will always be arguments against believing God for our healing because, since the Garden of Eden, there have been arguments against taking God at His Word about anything. But as you, dear Christian, spend more and more time in the Word and prayer, the Truth will shed light on all those lies, and you won’t have to depend on your own reasoning to overcome all the arguments.
So, does God Himself tell us in His Word exactly what to expect from Him concerning healing? He says in Psalm 103:3 that He “forgives all of our iniquities and heals all of our diseases.” Psalm 107:20 says that when the Israelites were sick and dying as a result of their sin, God “sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”The One Who forgives sin is the One Who delivers from its consequences. Are we saying then that sickness is always the result of sin? There may not always be a specific sin that leads to specific symptoms, but all sickness – death in process – is the result of sin gaining ascendancy over man in the Garden of Eden and bringing in the curse, which would eventually destroy all that sin had contaminated.
In Deuteronomy, chapter 28, when the Lord, through Moses, is instructing His people about the blessings of following Him and the curses of refusing to walk in relationship with Him, He lists a multitude of specific things involved in that curse. He names numerous diseases specifically, including mental sickness. But just so there won’t be any misunderstanding, in verse 61, He says that all sickness and disease experienced by man are part of the curse of the broken law. But the great news is that according to Galatians, chapter 3, Jesus took that curse for us, and we now have become inheritors of the blessings.
So here we are, back again to Jesus. He not only took our sin so that we could be righteous; He also took our sickness so that we could be well. Let’s read this same truth from another part of Scripture. Isaiah 53:4-5 (Amplified Version) says:
“Surely He has borne our griefs, sickness, weakness, and distress, and carried our sorrows and pains; . . . He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement needful to obtain peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes that wounded Him, we are healed and made whole.”
Now, does that really mean physical and mental healing? Let’s be sure. Look at Matt. 8:16-17:
“And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill, in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.’”
Could it be clearer, Beloved? Isaiah was prophesying a Savior who would fulfill all of the covenant promises of the Father God, including the promise to be the perfect physician for His people.
Notice that this prophecy, when translated fully from the Hebrew, includes griefs, sorrows, and distresses, all of which affect the mind and emotions. And if we will look at Isaiah 61:1, we find the picture of Jesus coming to heal the brokenhearted also. Jesus says in Luke, chapter 4, that He has come to fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah 61, so we can have confidence that there is no hurt or brokenness is our spirit or soul that is not also covered by Jesus’ work. I can testify personally to two different times in my life when I experienced such a broken heart that I thought surely it was too shattered for the Lord to heal it completely. But, dear Christian, when I turned it all over to Him, He so completely healed my broken heart and restored my joy that I can barely remember how hopeless I felt. Jesus did that for me; no one else could have. He’ll do it for you too.
Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus was the “exact representation of the nature of God.” He came to show us in the flesh exactly what God is like and what He will do. Indeed, He gives us such a complete picture of Himself as a compassionate, faithful doctor that if we will but look at it long enough, every doubt and fear will dissolve away, and we will have total confidence.
One of the main hindrances to our receiving healing is totally eliminated when we look at the preceding Scriptures. Many people feel that they have to talk God into healing them; they are afraid that it may not be His will every time. But an honest look at Isaiah 53, especially in combination with 1 Peter 2:24, which says, “… by whose stripes you were healed,” will make it clear that the Lord has already made His decision, once and for all. The question of healing is settled forever because God sees that work as having been completed and the price paid in full by Jesus. God’s Word is settled forever in Heaven. Now all we have to do is settle it here on earth. We have to say, “I agree with you, God. Jesus paid for it. He’s my healer. You said You would be my doctor and that Jesus was the fulfillment of every promise. So that means He’s my doctor. I’ll take Your healing.”
Sometimes we look at the leper that came to Jesus in Matthew 8:2-3 and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Now he hadn’t had the opportunity of getting to know Jesus well enough to know for sure that He was always willing to heal. But you’ll notice that Jesus didn’t waste any time letting him know. His immediate response is, “I will.” That settled the question, and that leper was able to tell people everywhere he went that Jesus was not only able, but very willing. Jesus’ response to the centurion in that same chapter is equally as quick. As soon as He hears the need, He says, in verse 7, “I will come and heal him.” Look at His willingness, beloved. He is so willing to heal – so hungry to meet the needs of His creation.
But, let us look at an even more wondrous sight. See the woman with the issue of blood, in Mark 5:25-30:
“Now a woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse, after hearing about Jesus, came up in the crowd behind Him, and touched His cloak. For she was saying, ‘If I just touch His garments, I shall get well.’ And immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. And immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My garments?’”
Beloved child of God, let the picture of this event sink down deep into your spirit. See the brilliance of it as it outshines any other Scripture in expressing the finality of God’s decision to heal His people. Oh, I can rarely think about it without tears springing to my eyes as I fully realize what our dear Lord has done for us. Examine the story closely, you who are still fearful that God may not be willing to heal you. This little woman had heard of Jesus. No doubt, she had heard many tell of His compassion, His wisdom, and His miracles. She may have even heard Him speak with her own ears, although that is doubtful, since she was considered unclean in her diseased state and probably would not have involved herself in public gatherings, except in this desperate hour. But she makes it clear by words from her own mouth that she has heard enough to know that this man is a healer. He has healing in His nature; He is so saturated with healing virtue that it even flows through His garments. She makes up her mind that she is going to have some of it, presses through the crowd, lays hold of Jesus’ clothes, and receives complete healing.
Did she ask Jesus to heal her? NO. Did she ask if it was His will for her to be well? NO. Beloved, do you see? Not only did this little woman not ask Jesus to heal her; she did not even get His permission to take healing virtue from Him. Jesus Himself didn’t know that anything was happening until He felt that healing power flow out of Him. Even then He didn’t know who had received but had to ask.
“How could that happen?” you may ask. Well, God’s nature is healing, and He sent Jesus to manifest His nature in the flesh. That woman saw that healing nature of God, accepted Jesus as the appointed vessel to dispense it, operated on her God-given covenant rights, and took her share, without asking. No need to ask. No need to get permission. God had promised, and then sent the fulfillment of the promise. His decision was made. He had come to set His people free from sin and deliver them from the curse. When a heart full of faith connects with the forever-settled Word of God, it’s like striking a match against a hard surface: the result is inevitable. Hallelujah!
It would be good for us to look at another woman who recognized something in the nature of Jesus that caused her to know He could not refuse her healing. In Matthew 15, beginning at verse 21, we meet a Canaanite woman who has a daughter who is demon-possessed.
“And behold a Canaanite woman came out from that region, and began to cry out, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.’ But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came to Him and kept asking Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she is shouting out after us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she said, ‘Yes, Lord, but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once.”
Now this woman did not have a covenant with Jehovah as the Israelites did. She did not actually have the same legal right to God’s provisions of deliverance and healing as the covenant people of God did, but she had a desperate need and had perceived something in Jesus that caused her to know that He could and would meet her need. Jesus does not speak to her immediately. When He does speak, He reminds her that He was sent to the covenant people of God. Her only reaction is to ignore any indication that she doesn’t fit the requirements and to continue to press in to get her need met. Then Jesus speaks more directly. Many may think our Lord cruel in this conversation, but He is working to draw something from this woman for her good, and for the good of those who are watching, and those who would later be reading of this event. He tells her that deliverance and healing are the bread that belongs to those in the covenant family of God, and not to those who are outside that family (who were often referred to as “dogs” in that day).
It has always seemed so remarkable to me that this woman could stand to hear such an answer and yet never waver in her expectation that Jesus would give her what she asked. Jesus is so pleased with her response that He calls her a woman of “great faith,” and He grants her request fully. What was it that marked this woman as being “great” in faith? She saw in Jesus the goodness and compassion of God, and she knew that could not fail. She ignored everything to the contrary. She would not consider any other answer but that this living God would meet her need. She determined to look only at God’s loving nature, to press into it and hold on, somehow knowing that very nature would not be able to refuse to meet her need without denying Itself. Beloved, that’s the way God feels about it. If we will meet Him on the line of total faith and commitment to Him, refusing to give attention to anything to the contrary, His very nature and faithfulness to His Word will not allow Him to refuse us the help we need.
But, is that true every time? Well, let’s look at the life of Jesus, the Physician. If, according to the Word, He is the only complete and exact representation of God and His will, then we will be able to tell if God is always willing to heal and deliver every person every time. It really doesn’t take very long to read through the four gospels, and get a complete picture of the life of Jesus. The fact is that Jesus healed everybody who came to Him for healing. He healed a lot of people who didn’t come to Him, but He healed everyone who did come. Matthew 4:23 says that Jesus “was healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.” Verse 24 says, “they brought to Him all who were ill, … and He healed them.” Luke 4:30 says, “And while the sun was setting, all who had any sick with various diseases brought them to Him, and laying His hands on every one of them, He was healing them.” Luke 6:19 says, “And all the multitude were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.” Matthew 12:15 says, “But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed Him, and He healed them all.”
ALL, ALL, ALL. There was never one to whom Jesus said, “No”. There was never one to whom He said, “You’ll have to wait.” There was never one to whom He said, “I’m trying to teach you something through this sickness.” No one seeking healing ever heard Him say, “I can’t heal you because it’s time for you to die.” (On the contrary, He recalled several from death.) There was never one to whom He said, “Go down the street to Doctor So-and-So, and I’ll give him the wisdom to give you an operation, and you’ll get well.” No, dear Christian.
History tells us that there was rather advanced medical science being practiced during the time of Jesus, and even as far back as Moses. Dr. Lillian Yoemans, who gave up her profession as a medical doctor to minister God’s supernatural healing power to the sick, says in her book Healing from Heaven, “The history of medicine shows us that they (Egyptian physicians) had a most elaborate system of medicine and surgery … The ancient Egyptians prior to and contemporaneous with Moses performed many surgical operations, including the removal of tumors and operations of the eye. As to medicine, they had an extensive pharmacopoeia.” She goes on to say, “But the most striking thing about the attitude of the Word of God toward human systems of healing is that they are ignored therein as though they were non-existent. In view of the fact that elaborate systems of medical science flourished during the periods covered by the Sacred Record, it seems that no words could be more eloquent than the divine silence regarding them.” (Healing From Heaven, revised edition, pp. 37,38, 66.)
Medical science was not a tool that Jesus needed to use. There are dedicated people out there today who offer medicine and surgery in an effort to help, but Jesus still has a better way. He can perform surgery without cutting into our body; He can perform surgery without costing us a fortune. Jesus never told anybody, “You go to man and get your help.” Rather, He always said, “I am your help. You can have it if you’ll take it.”
God never changed His mind. He sent Jesus to destroy the work of the devil. That’s why Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil. We never have to wonder if sickness is from God. God sent Jesus, and He healed every oppressed person, saying all the time that He was only doing the will of the Father. He’s still doing the same thing today. How can we be sure? Malachi 3:6 says, “For I, the Lord, do not change.” And Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” He has healing and deliverance for you today. If you’re sick, make an appointment with the Great Physician, and let Him make you well!