WHY ISN'T EVERYONE HEALED?
"He sent his word, and healed them…" (Psalm 107:20)
One of my deepest heart's desire is to see everyone in the body of Christ healed. I have been used by God for many years to pray for people for their healing, and then seen them healed. This includes praying for myself, animals, plants, trees and grass. I have prayed for many people who have been delivered from demons, but I have also seen some not improve or become progressively worse.
The reason I am writing about healing today is because I am appealing to heaven to understand why everyone is not being healed.
Jesus And Healing
After Jesus went through His wilderness test, He emerged with power. He began His ministry in Galilee "teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing ALL MANNER OF SICKNESS, AND ALL MANNER OF DISEASE among the people" (Matt. 4:23). They brought people to Him that were sick, tormented, possessed with devils, lunatic, and had the palsy, and He healed them all. I think about these scriptures all the time and practice prayer for the sick at our OTC gatherings. Jesus gave His twelve disciples power against unclean spirits to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease (Matt. 10:1). We have this same power for all sickness and disease to be healed. (Mark 16:17-18)
After Pentecost, when Peter and John encountered a lame man begging for alms,they prayed for him to be healed. He was instantly healed (Acts. 3:6-7). Was it because of their empowerment and set-apart walk with God that this man was healed? No! The diciples said "Men, Israelites, why do you marvel at this? Or why do you stare at us, as though we had made this man to walk by our own power or holiness?" (Acts 3:12). This should grab our attention, that it was not by their own power, or by being set apart that those for whom they prayed were healed.
Abraham And Healing
Genesis 20 teaches us a similar lesson about Abraham. In this story we see Abraham journeying in the south outside the land of Gerar, which was ruled by King Abimelech. King Abimelech sends for Sarah who was instructed by Abraham to tell the king she was his sister. This story reveals many things operating in the heart of Abraham. For one, he was being governed by a spirit of fear, which had reared it's head in his earlier journeying in Egypt (Gen. 12:10-17). As before, he demonstrated fear and manifested a lying spirit by declaring Sarah was his sister and not his wife. Because of this half-truth (she was his half sister), the women of the house of Abimelech had their wombs shut up and there was no reproduction. A half-truth is an un-truth. Once confronted by the King, Abraham told the whole story, but not without passing blame onto God whom he accused of making him wander. Then something miraculous happens. "Then Abraham prayed to God and God HEALED Abimelech and his wife and his slave women, and they gave birth" (Gen. 20:17).
Moses and Healing
There exists an ancient Egyptian medical book dating back to 1550 B.C.E. called the Ebers Papyrus. In this book are hundreds of recipes for healing through the use of a multitude of natural ingredients (then) thought to be magic formulas. The problem with these formulas is that people died anyway. During the time of these "medical" practices, Moses was growing up in Egypt. Acts 7:22 tells us that Moses was learned in All of the wisdom of the Egyptians. It would not be far fetched to believe that he would have been acquainted with this medical book.
We have a great God who knows what we need to live in optimum health. God gave Moses breakthrough instructions for health and cures. Hear what God told Moses to tell the people: "If you give careful attention to the VOICE of the Lord your God, do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put NONE OF THESE DISEASES upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you" (Exod. 15:26).
In his book, Eating God's Way, pg. 26-27, Dr. Michael K. Lake has discovered that what you eat affects your soul. Given to Moses were these words of God, "You shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and you shall not make your SOUL ABOMINABLE by beast or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean" (Lev. 20:25). Abominable in this sentence means to abhor, disdain, have a strong emotional response of rejection and antipathy. Dr. Lake further states "When we partake of things that God has said are NOT FOOD it causes God to have a strong emotional response of rejection toward us! This is the strongest word for disgust in the Hebrew language."
May we all carefully consider this interpretation.
Isaiah And Healing
Most of us have read miraculous stories about the benefits of fasting. In my own life, abstaining from certain foods has brought healing to my body. Isaiah the prophet describes in Chap.58:6-12 the portrait of a true fast. In these six scriptures, which must be studied personally, the prophet uncovers information promoting divine healing. In the subject of fasting, he also points out that finger pointing and speaking vanity affect our health negatively.
Let us look at the list below labeling the benefits of a true fast, and ask God for the ability to put these principles into practice in our lives.
The benefits of a true fast according to Isaiah:
- Looses bands of wickedness;
- Undoes heavy burdens;
- Causes the oppressed to go FREE;
- Breaks every yoke;
- Causes your light to break forth;
- Causes your HEALTH to spring forth; and
- Causes your righteousness to go before you;
WHAT TO EAT
"It is important that the body be kept healthy, because, as the Besht taught, only a healthy body can be fully fit for spiritual activities
When your body is sick, your soul is weakened, and you cannot pray as you should, even though you are free of sins. So be very careful about the health of your body. (Keter Shem, Tov, pg. 25b
Eat nothing that does harm to the body. (Derech Hayim, 2-18)
It is not only a matter of how much food, however, but what food. Since the goal is to have God-consciousness, we should pay attention to how different foods affect us personally. Watch what you eat and see how it affects your spirituality; and adjust your diet accordingly. When we eat to serve God, we will not choose our food to suit our taste and lust, but according to its health qualities and how it affects us spiritually." From Jewish Spiritual Practices, pg. 278
It is time to seek the LORD to discover what may be blocking our healing and the healing of those to whom we minister.
May we gather all the glorious healing scriptures in the Word, ask God what they mean and how we should apply them to us and others in need.
Father, may we have wisdom to know all your instructions, the discipline to use what we learn, and the faith to believe that ALL your Word is for our benefit, for our health.
Blessings and honor