Is It God’s Will to Heal?
God has revealed His will concerning healing just as He has revealed His will concerning salvation. He is not willing that any should perish and that all should come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). God so loved the world that He gave His Son (John. 3:16). All who call upon His Name shall be saved (Acts 2:21).
It is impossible to have faith if we don't know God's will. As one man of God has said, "Faith begins when God's will is known." As long as there is doubt, there is double mindedness, and we will receive nothing from the Lord (James 1:6-8).
We have no doubt that God will honor His Word concerning salvation. All who believe with their heart and confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead shall be saved (Rom. 10:8-10). God does not respond to the faith of some, and ignore the faith of others. He will save all who come to Him in faith.
The same is true concerning healing. The same redemption that saved us also healed us. In fact, the same Greek word, 'sozo,' is used interchangeably in the New Testament to speak of salvation (forgiveness of sins) and physical healing.
If we want to know God's will concerning something, we need to look at Jesus, since Jesus came to do His will (Heb. 10:7). Jesus healed all who came to Him and never once refused to heal anyone. He never told a single sick person that it was God's will that they suffered a little longer. He never made anyone sick 'to teach them something.' These are terrible lies that the enemy has sown in the church in order to keep God's children in bondage to sickness and doubt.
James makes it quite clear in James 5:14, when he asks the church, "Is any sick among you?" The question reveals that there should be no sick in our midst. The word ‘sick’ is the Greek word ‘astheneo,’ and means “to be feeble (in any sense):--be diseased, impotent folk (man), (be) sick, (be, be made) weak.” James goes on to give the answer if per chance there are some sick ones in the congregation. He declares that the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up!
To suggest that it may not be God’s will to heal some would make Jesus' suffering on the cross of no effect. The Word declares that 'by His stripes we were healed.' (1 Pet. 2:24) Jesus bore all sickness so that we would not have to bear it, just as He bore all sin that we not have to pay the penalty. The power of sickness is sin, and if sin is defeated, then sickness has no legal right in the body of a believer. Sickness only exists because of ignorance, fear or rebellion.
God does not change. He is the Lord that heals us (Ex. 15:26), the Lord who sent His Word to heal us (Ps. 107:20), the Lord who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases (Ps. 103:1-3), the Lord who bore our sicknesses on the cross (Isa. 53:4-5), the Lord who healed all who came to Him (Matt. 8:16), the Lord who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him (Acts 10:38), the Lord who set the church against sickness and commanded us to go and to heal the sick (Matt. 10:8), the Lord who told us that greater works
would we do (John 14:12), the Lord who gives us power to lay hands on the sick and they recover (Mark 16:18), the Lord who confirms His Word with signs following (Mark 16:20), the Lord who healed the sick in the early church through the ministries of Peter, Paul and other believers (Acts), the Lord who gives gifts of healings to the church for the church age (1 Cor. 12:9), and the Lord who asks through James if there are any sick among us (James 5:14).
Healing is for all and is available to all through faith in God’s grace.
Is It God's Will To Heal? This answer is by Barry Bennett, Dean of Charis Bible College, Bible Teacher, and Author
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