“and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”” Exodus 15:26
Something is missing about God and His nature when we no longer acknowledge that He heals. Or, at the very least, we acknowledge that He heals spiritually, but not physically. There is still a large portion of the church that says healing, miracles, signs, and wonders are not for today.
So in Exodus 15:26, God says “…I am the LORD who heals you” in the original Hebrew text, His name would be “Jehovah (Yahweh) Rapha” which means “the LORD who heals”. So from the second book of the Bible, God Himself says that He is a healer. It is in His nature. Much like He told Abraham that He was “Jehovah Jireh” which means “the LORD will provide”.
People instinctively know that God provides for them. Christians thank God for their house, their life, their kids, their food, the money they have. They thank God for all of it, and that’s great! The sad part comes when they say that God isn’t healing or doing miracles anymore. Well, He never stopped providing. He is Jehovah Jireh. So that stands to reason, He is Jehovah Rapha, He is still healing.
“But that was Jesus”
Ok so we’ve settled that it is in God’s nature to heal, but weren’t the miracles only for Jesus and the Apostles? Lots of people will say “but that was Jesus” when you talk about doing what Jesus did. What a cop-out phrase! You know why you would say that? It’s too hard to act like Jesus, and much easier to stay in the flesh! Well, Jesus removed all of our excuses. It would be one thing if He told the Apostles; “hey guys, soon I’m leaving, and I need to authenticate my message. So you guys will do miracles, but after that I’m taking them away. You won’t need to cast out demons, raise the dead, cleanse lepers or heal the sick. After you guys die, it’ll just be about going to heaven.” But, do you want to know what He actually said?
““Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
Notice that Jesus did NOT say “you Apostles”, He said “he who believes in Me.” Who is that? A Christian. Any Christian. If you truly are born again, you can, and should be doing the works of Jesus. If you say “but that was Jesus”, even Jesus said that it wasn’t Him.
“Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19
Jesus commanded His disciples in Matthew 10: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8
This was Jesus’s command to His disciples. Some would say, “that’s for the Apostles.” But Jesus said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
Read this closely. He said “make disciples” and then He said “teach them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” If He is saying it to them, He is saying it to us.
Is it easy? Well, actually I’m finding out that healing is a lot easier than you might think. Without grace, it’s impossible. But we are not without grace! One more scripture and I’ll wrap this up.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”” Mark 16:15-18
There’s a lot of people who say that this passage is not a part of the Bible, because it’s not in our earliest manuscripts. And that’s just silly! Not only does it follow the other gospels perfectly, but early church fathers believed that this scripture was canon.
That settled, just notice one thing about this. Jesus said “these signs will follow those who believe” He did not say “these signs will follow my twelve guys”. (Which by the way wouldn’t account for Stephen and Paul and Barnabas, all three of these men did miracles.) He said “those who believe”
Healing is simple. Believe. God is the healer. Not you. He is Jehovah Rapha. Let’s get this unbelief out of the church, and make an impact on this dying world. I’ve seen a lot more people come to Jesus through healing than through debates or intellectual assertions. This is His way.
Jesus is alive and His spirit lives within His people! Live like it’s true!
Jesus loves you. Be blessed.