God’s Will Concerning
Healing and Health Today
Physical Emotional Mental
Be reminded that this world changed kingdoms—from God’s government to Satan’s government. And God delivered to Adam the catastrophic news:
“Cursed is the earth because of you…” (Genesis 3:17‑19; Proverbs 26:2).
Corruption, dis-ease, and death now reigned on the earth (Romans 5:12). Adam and Eve were now under a cursed, fraudulent government system. Satan’s kingdom could not freely provide what the human race needed, including health & wellness. Stress (fear) came.
Our health & wellness are limited because of that impotent kingdom. Death obviously reigns and usually it’s the result of progressive issues or dis-ease.
This perverse system is what we were raised in—it is ‘normal’ for us. This mindset is deeply ingrained in each of us. It even operates below the conscious level. And because of this cursed world government system, fear (stress) is now ‘normal.’
But Isaiah 9:6,7 promised this about Y’shua Messiah (Jesus the Christ): “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. And the government shall rest upon his shoulder… an ever expanding, peaceful, never ending, fair, and just…kingdom.”
GOOD NEWS! Divine Healing and Health
Divine healing and health is a definite act of God through faith in Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the precious blood of Christ, whereby the human body is cured, healed, repaired, delivered from health issues and their power, and made whole, sound, and healthy.
And God’s government healthcare plan is already paid for; Jesus the Christ paid the price in full!
Is it God's Will to Heal Sick Bodies Today?
The great question with many is whether God wills to heal today. The question is not so much as to whether He can heal, but whether it is His will or not. Doubt seems to arise whenever we have been taught false concepts of God and His outrageous love. Such a theory should never have been stated that would question God's will to heal. Not only does the Bible teach that it is God's will to heal, but it teaches that He will heal all persons, in any age, who will come to Him through Jesus Christ and who will have faith, nothing wavering. One of the main reasons God does not heal more than what He does is that many of us do not understand that it is the will of God to heal. The truth is that God has made full provision to heal all who come to Him in faith. As long as we doubt the will of God in the matter of healing, it is certain that we will not get it. James said, "Let a person ask in faith, nothing wavering. For the person who wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that person think that s/he shall receive anything of the Lord" (James 1:5-8).
Is it not clear from this passage what is required of us if we want answers to prayer? In view of this, do we believe that God will break His kingdom government’s law to lie to us and answer us when we doubt? Do we think that God is going to make a special pet of anyone of us and do for us what He said He would not do? If we do not believe that He will hear and answer prayer, then let us be honest and acknowledge that when we do not get an answer to prayer it is because we do not believe. It is because we waver.
Bible Proof That it is Always God’s Will to Heal
There are many reasons we can give from Scripture to prove that bodily healing is always the will of God for all persons in every age. The following proofs are a few that are backed by many Scriptures to prove it is always God's will to heal:
1. Healing is in the atonement and therefore must be the will of God for all people for whom the atonement was made. That healing is in the atonement is plainly stated in a number of Scriptures. The literal rendering of Isa. 53:3-5 reads,
"He was despised, and forsaken of men; a man of pains, and acquainted with sickness: . . . Surely he hath borne our sicknesses, and carried our pains: yet we did esteem him violently beaten, slain of God, and degraded. But he was slain for our crimes, he was beat to pieces for our guilt; . . . and with his wounds we are healed. . . Yet it pleased Jehovah to beat him to pieces; he hath made him sick: when thou shalt make his soul and offering for sin."
This plainly pictures Christ as bearing the sins and illnesses of all people in His own body on the cross.
To prove that Isaiah did mean healing of the body instead of only forgiveness of sins we have the statement of Matt. 8:16-17 saying,
"He cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses [health issues]."
Peter also taught that Christ took our health issues on the cross:
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; and by whose stripes [wounds] you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
Paul taught the same truth when he stated that many of the Corinthians were sick and many had died because they had failed to get healing for the body by rightly discerning the Lord's wounded body (1 Cor. 11:29-30).
To say that Matt. 8:17 was fulfilled before the atonement was made on the cross, and therefore, it was not fulfilled on the cross, does not prove that healing is not in the atonement. On the same basis we could prove that Christ did not atone for sin on the cross because He also forgave sins before the cross. But 1 Peter 2:24 (above) settles this question by showing that both sins and illnesses were atoned for by Christ in His sufferings. Also, since Isa. 53 pictures Christ's sufferings on the cross, it proves that both sins and illnesses were borne by Him at that time. Christ forgave sins and healed before the cross in view of His coming atonement for both. Additional Proofs That Bodily Healing is in the Atonement
2. God would not have healed people in both Testaments if it had not been His will to heal all who come in faith to him. God is completely impartial of persons (Rom. 2:11), and He has told us if anyone who regards or judges persons with partiality they have sinned (James 2:9). This proves that God will heal all alike if He has ever healed anyone. Everyone can be healed the same way that others have been healed and they have the same right to such healing as all others have had, for it is God's promise to provide for all alike and be good to all alike (Ps. 84:11; Matt. 7:7-11). This is why Jesus died (Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:24; Rom. 8:32).
3. God would not have made plain His will concerning healing, if it were not His will to always heal those who meet His conditions of healing (Matt. 8:17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24; 3 John 2).
4. God would have been the originator of sin and illness, if it had been His will for such to continue in the human race (Rev. 21:3-7).
5. He would not have healed even one person in any age and He would not have provided for and freely promised healing at all if He were responsible for illness (John 10:10).
6. It was God's will that people should be healthy and sinless forever when He created them, and that is still His highest will (Gen. 2:17; 3 John 2).
7. Jesus Christ proved it to be God's will to heal all the sick when He actually healed all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38).
8. The universal will of God was made clear when the early church was given power to carry on the work Jesus "began both to do and to teach" (Acts 1:1-8;Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-15).
9. The fact that health issues are the work of Satan and his perverse kingdom proves that God wills to get rid of it in His children (1 John 3:8; John 10:10).
10. Sin is also the will of God if illness is, for both were dealt with on the same basis (Matt. 9:1-12; James 5:14-16; Matt. 13:15).
11. Satan and demons would not fight to make and keep people sick if it was the will of God for them to be sick. Satan would try to make people well if it was the will of God for them to be sick.
It is an unfailing principle of Satan to work just the opposite of the will of God. When we argue that it is God's will for us or anyone to be sick we are in co-operation with Satan and not God (Acts 10:38; 1 John 3:8; John 10:10).
12. Jesus would not have died to heal people of illness if it is the will of God for them to be sick, and if He wanted people to bear it (Matt. 8:16-17; John 10:10;Jn 14:12-15; Acts 10:38; 1 Peter 2:24).
13. Every time people asked Christ to heal He did it and repeatedly He said, "I will" (Matt. 8:2,7;)John 5:6 Since He spoke only as God gave Him words, then He expressed the will of God in saying "I will" (John 12:49).
14. There can be no analogy between Christ's prayer, "If it be thy will" and the prayers of Christians concerning God's will to heal. Healing is always of God and is always His will, and we do not have to ask Him if it is His will concerning anything that is definitely promised in Scripture. It is already His will to heal or He would not have given His word that it is. In other words, any promise God has made should never once be doubted and asking God whether His promise is true expresses doubt and unbelief. The promises to the believer are "ask what you will" and "What things soever you desire," therefore ask, and you shall have them (Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-15; John 15:7,16; John 16:23-26; Matt. 21:21-22; James 1:5-9; Heb. 11:6). How literally unnecessary it is to ask God to know His will concerning anything that is already clearly His will. “For all the promises of God in Him are ‘Yes’, and in Him ‘Amen’, to the glory of God through us!” (2Cor. 1:20).
15. Those of us who have a illness should ask God to forgive our unbelief even when we are only tempted to question the will of God concerning healing or anything He has promised. The will of God is expressed in the Lord's prayer, "Thy will be done in Earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). If we could be presumptuous enough to argue that Heaven is full of sick people and that this is God's will on Earth, we might question the will of God and excuse unbelief. This prayer has been perverted by Christians almost universally. Even Christian hymns and writings disclose such delusions of Satan to keep people in bondage to himself. Many of us Christians actually thank God for the work of Satan. Satan also leads us to believe that his works in their bodies glorify God and that they are in His perfect will by having illnesses. A clear sample of such fallacy is expressed in the following hymn of Frances Ridley Havergal, written in the Alps, Oct. 8, 1876, while she was in great pain:
"I take this pain, Lord Jesus, from thine own hand; The strength to bear it bravely thou wilt command. I take this pain, Lord Jesus, as proof indeed that thou art watching closely my truest need, that thou, my Good Physician, art watching still, that all thine own good pleasure thou wilt fulfill. I take this pain, Lord Jesus; what thou dost choose. The soul that really loves thee will not refuse. I take this pain, Lord Jesus, as thine own gift. And true, though tremulous praises I now up lift. 'Tis thy dear hand, 0 Saviour, that presseth sore. The pressure only tells me thou lovest me."
Sadly, this is accusing Christ of being the author of pain and illness for the pleasure of God; that illness proves the love of God; that it is the truest need of the human race: that the Good Physician instead of healing, makes sick; that it is God's pleasure to cause pain in His children; and that such is the choice of God and His gift to the redeemed.
We can believe that such poetry was inspired of Satan instead of God. Satan must laugh with happiness when he can get God's own children to accuse Him of putting on them the works of demons.
16. It is as impossible for God to communicate disease as it is for Him to communicate and propagate sin and rebellion. Neither sin nor health issues comes from God for they do not belong to Him. They belong to a fallen world of sinful creatures (Ephesians 6:12; James 3:11-12).
17. It is not presumptuous to pray in every case for healing, believing from the whole heart that it is already God's will and that it shall be done according to His will (John 10:10; John 15:7; James 4:7; 5:14-18; Mark 11:22-24).
From the standpoint of answered prayer, it has been made plain that it is always God's will to heal all who have faith. There is no limitation to the promises that He will heal and answer us concerning anything for which we pray. There is no limitation to believers to get what we want if we will pray in faith (Mark 9:23; 11:22-24; Matt. 21:21-22; John 14:12-15; 15:7, 16; 16:23-26). Even if there was no specific provision or promise that God will heal the body we still have the promises that God will do whatsoever we ask of Him. This is made clear in the above Scriptures, so would this not include healing for the body? If it does, then it is the will of God always to heal and meet His obligations to answer according to His Word.
18. If it were not the will of God to always heal He never would have provided the means of healing, made a covenant to heal, promised healing, demonstrated it, rebuked people for not having faith for it, continued to heal in every age, and He never would have made healing part of the spiritual equipment of the church and proof that an individual is a full believer (John 14:12; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; Acts 1:8; Acts 3:6; Acts 4:30; Acts 5:10; Acts 19:11; James 5:14-16, etc.)
19. From the standpoint of the promises of God it is clear that it is always God's will to heal the bodies of people and do anything and all things and whatsoever anyone asks (Matt. 7:7-11; 21:21-22; Mark 9:23; 11:22-24; John 14:12-15: 15:7, 16; 16:23-26; 2 Cor. 1:20).
20. The infinite fatherhood of God, as taught in Matt. 7:7-11; Luke 11:11-13, proves that it is always the will of God to heal the bodies of His children. If you had children would it be your will for them to suffer pain and illness? Would you heal your children if they got sick? Would you heal them every time they got sick? Would you will for your children to suffer pain and illness at any time if you could heal them? Why do you not want your children to be sick? Why wouldn’t you heal them every time they got sick if you could? Why is it your will for your children to be always healthy? Wouldn't you keep them healthy if you could? Do you not love your children enough to will for them perfect healing and health? Do you love your children more than God loves His own children whom He has bought with such a high price? Do you not think that God at least loves His children half as much as you love your own? If this is true, why would God then want to see His children sick? Why would He make them sick as He is oftentimes accused of doing? Why would it be His will for His children to suffer pain, illness, poverty, and all the curses that come upon rebels against God who break the laws of God?
If you acknowledge that God loves His children as much as you love your children, then let us read what Jesus said, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them who ask Him" (Matt. 7:7-11).
21. Healing is the children's bread (Matt. 15:21-28). It is their family right, their gospel right, their legal right, their redemptive right, their needful right, their prayer right, and their divine right?
22. Jesus demonstrated to the leper and others that it was God's will to heal the body. The leper believed that God could, but he questioned God's will (Matt. 8:1-4). Many of us today follow the unbelieving theory of the leper more than we follow the plain teachings of Jesus. The leper said, "If you will, you can make me clean." Jesus answered, "I will, be clean." Is it not sad that we would rather follow the doubting of the leper than the faith of Jesus. Jesus also said to the centurion concerning his servant, "I will come and heal him" (Matt. 8:5-10). Jesus never did say one time, "I won’t" and He never will say this to those of us who activate our faith.
23. The Lord's Prayer proves that it is always God's will to heal sick bodies. We are taught to pray, "Thy will be done in Earth, as it is done in Heaven" (Matt. 6:10). Can we conceive that it is God's will in Heaven for us to be sick, full of pain, poor, and constantly defeated by demons? Can we even imagine that God permits the devil's works to be manifest in the bodies of people in Heaven? Can we believe that God would not heal the bodies of His people in Heaven if they were sick? If we cannot conceive of illness being the will of God in Heaven, then such is not His will on Earth
24. The work of the apostles and others also proves that God wills to heal all men who believe (Acts 2:43; 3:1-16; 5:15-16; 6:8; 8:5-12; 9:17, 34; 15:4,12; 19:11-12; Heb. 2:3-4).
25. The suffering and death of Christ guarantees that it is the will of God to heal the bodies of people (Matt. 8:16-17; John 10:10-18; 1 Pet. 2:24; Isa. 53:1-10).
26. Healing and health is specifically stated to be the will of God (3 John 2; John 10:10- Acts 10:38- Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Pet. 1:24).
27. The fact that Satan fights so hard to get people to disbelieve that healing is the will of God is proof that it is God's will to heal for Satan is opposed to all the good works of God. If we believe that it is the will of God to suffer, then we commit sin by going to doctors or seeking help from any source. We sin when we ask for prayer to be healed. We sin in the least thing we do to get relief from such suffering, for we are seeking to get out of the will of God. And to follow that reasoning further, we should seek to get deeper into pain and disease in order to get deeper into the will of God. It is only when it comes to getting healed by God that we begin to doubt and question the will of God in the matter. This proves the satanic source of all such questioning. This proof of the source of all doubt and unbelief proves that it is the will of God to heal or there would be no such satanic opposition.
28. The fact that God did not create illness as part of the perfect creation and the fact that illness is here because of the work of the devil and because of sin, proves that it is not God's will for it to be in the human race (Rom. 5:12-21; Acts 10:38; John 10:10; Luke 13:16; 3 John 2).
29. God's prescription for the sick proves that He does not will people to be sick (James 5:14-16; 1:4-8; Mark 11:22-24).
30. The ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church proves that it is God's will for people to be healed (Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; Acts 1:8, Luke 24:49).
The promises to the believer are "ask what ye will" and "What things soever you desire," therefore ask, and you shall have them (Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-15; John 15:7,16; John 16:23-26; Matt. 21:21-22; James 1:5-9; Heb. 11:6). “For all the promises of God in Him are ‘Yes’, and in Him ‘Amen’, to the glory of God through us!” (2Cor. 1:20). Doubt or unbelief is the primary impediment of what God promised His children—what Jesus has already paid the price for.
What Divine Healing and Health is Not
It is not healing and health by natural remedies, imagination, will power, personal magnetism, metaphysics, spiritualism, immunity from death, presumption, insubordination to God's will, mind over matter, denial of the plain facts of sin, health issues, and disease, or natural healing by inherent laws and creative powers in humankind's body (i.e. our God-given immune systems, endocrine systems, lymph systems, limbic systems, etc.)
The plan of God is to end evil and suffering forever (Exodus 34:6-7; Matthew 13:37-43; I Corinthians 15:24-28; Galatians 6:7-8; 1 Timothy 1:5; Revelation 21-22). The ultimate purpose of God in all His present dealings with man is to bring him back to the place where he was before the fall (beloved fellowship) and free him of all possibility of failing in the future. “The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, and a clear conscience, and genuine trust (faith).” —1 Timothy 1:5
Thank you Finis Jennings Dake, Dake Publishing, and their book entitled God’s Plan for Man