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".... And the power of the Lord was present to heal them."

Luke 5:17

From "The Holy Spirit: Gifts & Ministries," © 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew

I.   Where does sickness come from?

      A.  There was no place for sickness and disease in the original plan of God.

            1.   Upon completion of the work of each creation day, God looked upon it
                  with approval and saw that "it was very good!"

                          Genesis 1:31

            2.   God never intended for man to be sick in body, but rather that he have
                  physical health, as well as that of soul and spirit.

                          I Thessalonians 5:23
                          3 John 2

      B.   However, with sin came sickness into the world, and "so death passed
             upon all men..."

                          Romans 5:~2, 14
                          Genesis 2:17;3:17

II.   Jesus undid at Calvary the deeds of the Destroyer (Satan).

                          I John 3:8

       A.   Through the work of the cross, the believer can attain physical health,
             as well as the salvation of his soul.

                          Isaiah 53:5
                          Matthew 8:17
                          I Peter 2:24

       B.   Therefore, physical healing is closely associated in scripture with spiritual
             deliverance and forgiveness of sin.

                          Psalms 103:3
                          Isaiah 33:24; 53:3-5
                          Matthew 4:24; 8:16-17, 9:26; 12:22
                          Mark 2:1-12
                          Luke 5:18, 20-23; 6:17-18; 8:2,36; 11:14;13:16
                          Acts 5:16; 10:38
                          James 5:15

III.   What are the spiritual requirements necessary for obtaining physical healing?

        A.   One must first have the desire to be healed.

                          Matthew 20:30-33
                          Mark 10:46-52
                          John 5:6

        B.   He must believe that God is able to heal him.

                          Matthew 8:10, 13; 9:2, 28, 29
                          Luke 17:19
                          Acts 3:16; 14:9
                          Matthew 9:23 (Note: This was the only question that Jesus
                          asked them.)
                          James 5:14-16

        C.   The promise of healing has always been conditional upon obedience
               to God's commands. ("If .... ")

                          Leviticus 26 (Deuteronomy 28)
                          Exodus 15:26; 23:25
                          Deuteronomy 7:12,15
                          Isaiah 58:8
                          John 5:14

        D.   Although the promise of healing was primarily intended for the people
               of God, His healing hand of mercy may be extended even to the unsaved.
               Jesus healed a man blind from birth whose only understanding of the Lord
               was that He must have been sent from God (See John 9:35-37). The Lord
               honored the extent of his faith and sought him out Himself (vv. 35-37), that
               He might further reveal Himself to him. The man got saved and worshiped
               God (v. 38).

IV.   Did Jesus always minister immediate relief from sickness and disease?

        A.   Scripture shows that usually the healing Jesus ministered was received immediately.

                          Matthew 9:22; 15:28; 17:18; 20:34
                          Mark 1:31, 42; 2:12; 5:42; 7:35; 10:52
                          Luke 5:13, 25; 8:47;4:39; 13:13
                          John 5:9

        B.   However, the blind man was healed in two steps.

                          Mark 8:23-25

        C.   The ten lepers received their healing "as they went."

                          Luke 17:14

V.     How was healing ministered in Bible days?

         A.   Through the laying on of hands.

                          Matthew 8:2-4, 14-15; 9:29; 20:34
                          Mark 1:41; 7:32-33; 5:23; 6:4; 7:32-33; 8:23, 25; 16:18
                          Luke 13:13; 22:50-51
                          Acts 9:12,17; 28:8
                          James 5:14

         B.   By the anointing of oil by the elders.

                          Mark 6:13
                          James 5:14

         C.   Through prayer.

                          Genesis 20:7, 17; 25:21
                          Numbers 12:13
                          I Samuel 1:7-19, etc.
                          I Kings 13:4-6
                          2 Kings 20:1-6 (Isaiah 38:1-5)
                          2 Chronicles 32:24
                          Matthew 21:22 (Mark 11:24)
                          James 5:15-16

        D.   Through fasting.

                          I Samuel 1:7-19, etc.
                          Isaiah 58:8, etc.
                          Mark 9:29
                          Acts 9:8-9, 17-19

        E.   By the teaching of God's Word.

                          Psalms 107:20 (Note: In the Hebrew, the present tense
                          is used: " ... sends ... and heals.")
                          Proverbs 4:20-22
                          Acts 8:5-7

        F.   By special miracles of God.

                          Numbers 21:8-9 (brazen serpent)
                          2 Kings 20:7; Isaiah 38:21 (lump of figs put on boil)
                          Mark 7:32, 3 (fingers put in ears of deaf)
                          Mark 8:22 (spit put on eyes of blind)
                          John 9:6-7, 11 (clay put on eyes of blind)
                          Acts 19:11-12 (handkerchiefs taken from hands of Paul)
                          Acts 3:7 (lame man lifted up by the hand)

        G.   By a creative word. (See Mark 11:23)

                          Mark 5:41 ("Arise!")
                          Mark 7:34 ("Be opened.")
                          Mark 9:25; Luke 4:39; 5:39 (Rebuked the sickness)
                          Luke 5:13 ("Be thou clean.")   
                          Acts 9:33-34 ("Arise ... ")

        H.   Through simple faith in His promises.

                          Matthew 8:8
                          Mark 10:52
                          Luke 17:19
                          John 4:50
                          Acts 3:16; 14:9
                          Hebrews 11:11

        I.   By an individual's act of faith.

                          Matthew 14:35, 36
                          Luke 8:43-48

        J.   By obedience to a simple command.

                          2 Kings 5:10, 14 (told to wash in Jordan seven times)
                          Luke 17:14 (commanded to show themselves to the priests)
                          John 5:8, 9, etc. (told to pick up the bed and walk)
                          John 9:7, 10-11 (told to wash in pool of Siloam)
                          Acts 14:10 (told to stand up)

        K.   By practical advice.

                          I Timothy 5:23 (wine for the stomach)

VI.   Are disease and sickness always the result of sin and rebellion against God?

        A.   It is true that sickness may be sent by God as punishment for sin.

                          Genesis 19:11; 20:17, 18
                          Exodus 9:8-11; 32:35
                          Leviticus 26:16
                          Numbers 12:11; 21:5-7
                          Deuteronomy 28:22, 27, 35, 65
                          I Samuel 5:6, 9, 12
                          2 Kings 5:20-27; 15:5
                          2 Chronicles 26:16-21
                          Job 33:19-22, 29-30
                          Psalms 25:18; 107:17
                          Zechariah 12:4
                          John 5:14
                          Acts 13:10-11
                          James 5:15-16
                          Revelation 16:2

        B.   But this is not always the case.

               1.   The physical ailment may be simply due to old age.

                          Genesis 27:1; 48:10
                          2 Samuel 19:35

               2.   It may be due to the sin of one's parents (See 2 Samuel chapter 12;
                     I Kings chapter 14), but not always (John chapter 9).

               3.   When Jesus healed the man blind from birth, He made it clear
                     that the physical defect had not been the result either of his parents'
                     sin or the sin of the one afflicted. It was only "that the works of God
                     should be manifest in him."

                          John 9:1-3

                4.  Paul's companion in the gospel (Epaphroditus) was "sick nigh unto
                     death... for the work of Christ." It was not due to any sin in his life,
                     but because the work of the ministry was so demanding.

                          Philippians 2:25-30

                5.  Job was declared "perfect and upright" in the sight of God (ch. 1:1, 8;
                     2:3), but God allowed Satan to afflict him tremendously (ch. 2:7, ).

                6.  Through the healing of Aeneas' paralysis the entire cities of Lydda and
                     Sharon turned to the Lord.

                          Acts 9:34-35

VII.  God is not limited in His ability to heal.

        A.   It doesn't matter how long a person has been afflicted by the ailment.

                1.  He can heal those afflicted from birth.

                          John 9:1, etc. (blind man)
                          Acts 3:2 (lame person)
                          Acts 14:8 (the cripple)

                2.  He can heal those who have been suffering from the same sickness
                     for years and years.

                     a.   Eight years. Acts 9:33-34

                     b.   Twelve years.  Matthew 9:20-22 (Luke 8:43)

                     c.   Eighteen years.  Luke 13:11

                     d.   Thirty-eight years.  John 5.5

                     e.   Since childhood.  Mark 9:21

                3.  He can even heal those who are at the point of death.

                          2 Kings 20:1-6 (Isaiah 38:1-5)
                          2 Chronicles 32:24
                          Luke 7:2-10
                          Philippians 2:27

                4.   If necessary, God can even raise them from the dead.

                          I Kings 17:17-23
                          2 Kings 4:32-35; 13:21
                          Luke 7:12-15; 8:49-55
                          John 11:43, 44
                          Acts 9:37-40; 20:9-12
                          Hebrews 11:35

       B.   It doesn't matter what type of disease or illness the person has, either.

             1.   Jesus healed "all manner of sickness and all manner of disease
                   among the people." He went forth "healing every sickness and every
                   disease ... "

                          Matthew 4:23; 9:35; 11:5; 12:15; 15:30-31; etc.

              2.  The following diseases are some of those recorded in scripture
                   where God healed the afflicted.

                   a.    Blindness.

                                 Matthew 9:27; 20:30-34
                                 Mark 10:46-52

                   b.   Lame; cripple.

                                 Matthew 21:14
                                 Acts 3:2; 14:8-10

                   c.   Deaf.

                                 Mark 7:32; 9:25

                   d.   Dumb.

                                 Matthew 9:32, 33; 12:22

                   e.   Atrophy (withered hand).

                                 Matthew 12:10-13 (Luke 6:6-10)

                   f.   Speech defect.

                                 Mark 7:32-35

                   g.   Dropsy.

                                 Luke 14:1-4

                   h.   Leprosy.

                                 Numbers 12:10-15
                                 2 Kings 5:6-14
                                 Matthew 8:3
                                 Mark 1:40-42
                                 Luke 5:12-13; 17:12-14

                   i.   Fever.

                                 Matthew 8:14-15 (Mark 1:30-31; Luke 4:38-39)
                                 Acts 28:8

                   j.   Paralysis (palsy).

                                 Matthew 4:24; 8:6-13; 9:2, 6
                                 Luke 5:18
                                 Acts 9:33-34

                   k.   Insanity; mental illness.

                                 I Samuel 16:14-23; 18:10 ("Prophesied," v. 10, should
                                 more correctly be translated "raved.")
                                 Matthew 4:24; 17:15-18 (Luke 8:26-39)

                   l.   Hemorrhage .

                                 Matthew 9:20-22 (Mark 5:25; Luke 8:43)

                   m.   Barrenness.

                                 Genesis 17:15-21; 20:17-18; 25:21; 30:22-23
                                 I Samuel 1:6-7
                                 Judges 13:2-3, etc.
                                 Luke 1:5-25

                   n.   Boils.

                                 2 Kings 20:7 (Isaiah 38:21)

                   o.   Dysentery.

                                 Acts 28:8

      C.   When Jesus ministered healing to a person, it was a complete work.

                          Mark 7:35 (The man began to speak plainly.)

      D.   The only thing by which God is limited in His power to heal is our own
             unbelief. Scripture says that in one place Jesus "could do no mighty work
             ... because of their unbelief."

                          Mark 6:5, 6 (Matthew 13:58)
                          James 1:6, 7

VIII.   Why do people sometimes not receive their healing?

          A.   It may be due to a lack of faith.

                          James 1:6, 7

          B.   Sin or disobedience may be the barrier.

                          Psalms 66:18
                          Isaiah 59:1, 2
                          Jeremiah 5:25
                          John 9:31

         C.   It may be because of a wrong motive (James 4:3; Mark 8:11;
                Luke 11:16) or insincere intentions (i.e., pride; testing God, etc.).
                We must be careful to consider our own motive in praying for
                another's healing. Jesus was "moved with compassion" to heal the
                sick (Matthew 14:14; 20:34; Mark 1:41) He never healed anyone
                simply for publicity, or "to be seen." Rather, He fled from them
                (John 5:13).

         D.   God may be desiring to work into our lives certain qualities characteristic
                of His Son, and sometimes this can only be achieved through suffering.

                1.   Patience.

                          Romans 5:3
                          James 5:10, 11

                2.   Obedience.

                          Psalms 119:6
                          Hebrews 5:8

                3.   Humility.

                          2 Corinthians 12:7-9

                4.   Compassion.

                          2 Corinthians 1:4

                5.   Contentment.

                          Philippians 4:11-14

         E.   The person might really be in need of spiritual deliverance.

                          Matthew 4:24; 12:22; 17:18
                          Mark 9:28, 29
                          Luke 6:17, 18; 8:2, 36
                          Acts 5:16; 10:38

IX.   Why do people sometimes lose their healing?

               If they return to the sin of their past life, having no change within,
        there is no guarantee that they will be able to hold on to their healing.

                     John 5:14

X.   Whose responsibility is it to pray for the sick?

       A.   First, the afflicted one is to pray.

                          Isaiah 38:1-5
                          2 Corinthians 12:7-9
                          James 5:13

       B.   If he is unable to pray himself effectively, he should call for the elders
                  (James 5:14) or those in the church with specific gifts of healing
                  (I Corinthians 12:7-11).

       C.   The entire church should continually lift up in prayer the afflicted
              members of the body.

                          James 5:16-17

XI.   No matter who is the vessel used by God to perform a miracle of
        healing, Jesus is always the Healer (Exodus 15:26). He alone is to
        receive the glory for any manifestation of the power of God (Acts
        3:12; 14:11-15).

        A.   Miracles of healing should draw people closer to God, cause them
               to recognize His Lordship, and lead them into worship.

                          I Kings 18:39
                          Matthew 9:8; 15:31
                          Mark 2:12
                          Luke 5:25-26; 13:13; 17:15-18; 18:43
                          John 9:38

       B.   It should give them a desire to follow Him, to continue in His ways.

                          2 Kings 5:14-17, etc.
                          Matthew 20:34 (Mark 10:52)
                          Luke 8:38, 39; 18:43
                          Acts 9:34-35

       C.   Nevertheless, some remain ungrateful and take their healing without
              any intention of continuing in the things of God.

                          Luke 17:12-18

XII.  Is this interest in divine healing a valid emphasis?

        A.   Scripture is clear in showing us that God does not want His people
               to be sick.

                          3 John 2

        B.   A great portion of the Lord's ministry involved healing those physically
              afflicted. (He did not minister only to the spiritual needs of the people.)

                          Luke 4:18

        C.   When He commissioned the apostles to go forth, it was with this command:
              "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers ..."

                          Matthew 10:18

        D.   The Holy Spirit has provided that specific gifts of healings be placed within
               the body of Christ, for our benefit.

                          I Corinthians 12:7-11

XIII.  When the day comes that Christ shall reign supreme over all the earth,
          there shall then be no sickness known among the people of God.

                 Isaiah 33:24; 35:1-10
                 Revelation 21:4

          A.   "The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein
                 shall be forgiven their iniquity."

                          Isaiah 33:24

          B.   This promise of healing to the people of God can be individually
                claimed today; but we must look to Him for it, rather than to the physicians.

                          Deuteronomy 32:39
                          2 Chronicles 16:12
                          Mark 5:26
                          Luke 8:43

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