So why do I make a big fuss about healing and the power of God? A lot of people don’t think it’s a big deal. They’ll say things like “well, I’m more concerned about their spiritual healing.” I understand people have good motivations, but they don’t understand. God’s power to heal is directly connected to His power to save. I’m convinced that healing and the power of God is the key (at least in the western world) to understanding God’s love, intervention in our lives, and even forgiveness. Follow me for a bit and I’ll show you what I mean.
“God doesn’t do that anymore”
Even if no one said this in the churches I grew up in, they lived like it was true. The one huge thing about this idea was, since God isn’t healing anyone, He must be far away and uninvolved. Seriously, think about it. Without realizing it, we live like that’s true. All of the sudden, we start living a “some day” lifestyle. Some day I’ll go to heaven, some day I won’t be a sinner, some day I won’t have pain in my body, some day I won’t be tormented in my mind. With this mindset, everything is pushed to the millennium, or heaven someday.
You know what healing brings? It brings right now. Right here, right now. God is here. We say that He is, but we live like it isn’t true. You see, the power of God manifests the love of God. It shows God’s kindness. Jesus put it this way, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 Jesus brought liberation. The Kingdom of God brings the whole world of God’s love and power. It creates things, changes people, heals them from sickness, and delivers them from demonic oppression.
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.” Matthew 4:23-24 NKJV
Directly connected to God’s healing and deliverance is God’s love and forgiveness. They are not separate. This is why the kingdom message is so important. It brings God’s reality right into the forefront. Jesus healed people and said “now go and sin no more.” That always confused me when I read it in the Bible. I was always taught I was a perpetual failure waiting to happen. That I was always going to be a sinner. But Jesus said “go and sin no more.” Listen, when Paul wrote his epistles, he wrote, “to the saints.” Not “to the sinners.” You might say, “well yeah.” No, think about it more simply than that. He wasn’t writing to sinners. He wrote, “to the saints!” Since the Kingdom is now, you can be not only forgiven, but changed from a sinner, into a saint. Totally free! Don’t tell me I’m not free. Jesus paid a price for me to be free.
“Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:34-36 NKJV
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2 NKJV
Honestly, my favorite part about God’s power, is not healing in and of itself. My favorite part of God’s power is the power to change. I’m so thankful that I don’t have to be a perpetual failure anymore. I’m free. You say, “that’s impossible.” Well, you’re wrong. I know me, and I’m free. Have I sinned since I gave my life to Jesus? Sure, but it’s not in my nature anymore to do it. And now since I’ve been given the power through Christ to be free, I’m not expecting sin anymore. He’s washed me. I really don’t think about sin. My redeemer lives, and He lives inside me.
If God seems far away or uninvolved in your life, consider maybe what you think about what He is willing to do in His power. Maybe you’ve relegated it until heaven someday. Think about, pray about it.
I hope this blessed and encouraged you! Thanks for reading!