God in Christ Desires to Heal Us!

Our awesome Creator, Almighty God, who created all living things, and who knows more about us than we will ever know about ourselves, desires to fellowship with us. He also wants to give us both spiritual and physical healing through His Son and His Holy Spirit. For, through His unfailing love, He sent His only Son Jesus to die once in our place, the death that we deserved for our sins as a righteous punishment – Romans 5:8-11. As born-again believers in Christ, living and walking in His Holy Spirit, God promises to give us all things as stated in Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” For because the price Jesus paid for us, we are healed both in spirit and body as revealed in Isaiah 53:5-6, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, everyone, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Peter explained it this way in 1 Peter 2:21-25, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth’; Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by Whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” King David praises God for delivering him from a life-threatening illness as revealed in Psalms 30:2-3, “O LORD my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me. O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” God desires to comfort and heal the brokenhearted as stated in Psalms 34:18, “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit”, and Psalms 147:3, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

God’s word gives us another example where the Israelites repented and cried out to God for deliverance and He healed them in Psalms 107:13-22, “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He has broken the gates of bronze, and cut the bars of iron in two. Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.” Jeremiah prays a prayer for his own healing and deliverance along with his praise to God in Jeremiah 17:14, “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.”

So, why do so many who desperately desire healing NOT receive the healing they had hoped for, especially physical healing that may hinder them in this life? It is impossible to explain every case of why some are healed by God while many others go on without any deliverance from their physical ailments and pain. Perhaps many that are not healed could be due to a continuous life of living in sin, whom are in a dire need of deliverance from the Lord like king Solomon and the Israelites in 2 Chronicles 7:14-16, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” Maybe many that never receive healing are friends with the world where they automatically become enemies with God (James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-17)? Do you actively seek God in Christ wholeheartedly? Or do you fall in the camp of the hypocrites as Jesus stated in Revelation 3:15-16, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Or what about His other statement in Matthew 15:8-9, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

Diseases and illnesses that afflict and hinder us almost always are brought on by the enemy (demonic forces) through curses and afflictions allowed by God, where curses are usually brought upon non-believers and afflictions (non-curses) strike the children of God in Christ by the enemy because of what is stated in God’s word (James 4:4, James 4:7-8, 1 John 5:19), which His word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His word never comes back void and remains forever – Isaiah 55:11, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, Hebrews 4:12-13, 1 Peter 1:23-25. Heaven and earth will pass away but God’s word will remain – Luke 21:33. We are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and fear Him alone out of obedience by resisting all evil to begin the healing process as stated in Proverbs 3:5-8, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Before physical healing usually can take place, our spirit and soul must be healed by becoming a new creation and born-again believer in Christ. We must cry out to God in Christ so He will break the chains of the enemyPsalms 107:13-14. Jesus defeated all His enemies as disclosed in Colossians 2:15, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

Many times Jesus performed miracles so that unbelievers would become believers as disclosed in John 2:11, “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” God also worked miraculous signs through Paul as revealed in Acts 19:11-12, “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.” Many times there have been a family member healed by God that was an unbeliever or from a pagan religion where they immediately became a believer and follower of Christ to where their entire family and close friends became believers in Christ from the healing testimony. This is where God works miracles to promote a great rejoicing in heaven and on earth for expanding His kingdom – Luke 15:4-7.

Jesus destroyed the power of death, gave us life, and removed our bondage by the enemy through becoming our faithful High Priest as explained in Hebrews 2:14-18, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.” Greater is Christ who lives in us than the enemy who lives in the world – 1 John 4:4. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us – Philippians 4:13. With God, nothing is impossible – Luke 1:37.

As we become born-again believers in Christ and seek God wholeheartedly, He promises to give us the desires of our heart which could include physical healing as we read in Psalms 37:3-4, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” God promises to remove sickness from us if we serve Him as revealed in Exodus 23:25-26, “So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.” Some have experienced healing for themselves or for a loved one by making a promise, commitment, or a life-long covenant with God that if they are healed, then they will trust and serve the Lord with all their heart the remainder of their life on earth, by giving up the desires of the world and the flesh for Him.

Jesus gave us our two greatest commandments in Mark 12:30-31, “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” If we are struggling with following these two greatest commandments, then our whole walk with God in Christ is suffering. Therefore, if this is the case, how can we expect God’s healing or answers to our prayers? Jesus stated it another way in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

We must come to the Lord with singing, thanksgiving, and praise as illustrated in Psalms 100, “Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” God loves, protects, and heals the righteous as revealed in Psalms 146:1-10, “Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The LORD shall reign forever— Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!”

We cannot approach God or seek him without faith. Without faith it is impossible to please Him as disclosed in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Our faith is strengthened by the hearing, reading, and studying of God’s word as revealed in Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Jesus disclosed to His disciples on how to obtain stronger faith through prayer and fasting where His disciples failed to heal an epileptic boy as we read in Matthew 17:14-21, “And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, ‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.’ Then Jesus answered and said, ‘O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.’ And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

We must have faith when we approach God with our requests. For if we have any doubt then failure and false hope will take place as disclosed in James 1:6-8, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Our faith is also strengthened by enduring through the trials we experience as stated in 1 Peter 1:6-9, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.” James explained it this way in James 1:2-4, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

King Hezekiah got word from the Lord through the prophet Isaiah to put his house in order since he would die soon, but king Hezekiah seeked God, repented, and wept where God showed compassion on him. God heard his prayer and saw his tears and healed him by giving him 15 more years of life as stated in 2 Kings 20:1-6, “In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, ‘Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’ Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD, saying, ‘Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.’ And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: ‘I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.’ ”

Not everyone will experience healing like king Hezekiah, but many can and will experience healing similarly according to God’s will and His word. The bible tells us to pray without ceasing because this is God’s will for us as disclosed in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” James tells us to have the elders of the church and others of the body of Christ to pray over the sick by laying on of hands on them with faithful prayers in healing as stated in James 5:14-16, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

God gives healing for the backslider but not for the wicked as explained in Isaiah 57:15-21, “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, and the souls which I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners. ‘I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,’ Says the LORD, ‘And I will heal him.’ But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. ‘There is no peace,’ Says my God, ‘for the wicked.’

Instead of giving us healing while in this life on earth, God may desire to give us much more than simply healing our physical bodies. His plan for us could be to soon force us to fall asleep (soul sleep in Christ) in order to remove us from our current suffering in this life and to be later awakened by Christ with a new glorified heavenly body from Him and to be with Him in Christ for eternal life1 Corinthians 15:50-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Philippians 1:19-26. For no one knows the good things that our God has prepared for us as illustrated in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “but just as it is written [in Scripture], ‘THINGS WHICH THE EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND THE EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM’ [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].” For God alone knows the number of our days – Psalms 139:16, Psalms 90:12, Job 14:5. Or God may want us to faithfully wait upon Him – Isaiah 40:31, Psalms 27:14. As the Lord never gives up on us, we should never give up on Him. God has begun a good work in you where He will complete it until the coming of our Lord JesusPhilippians 1:6.

We our counted as His special treasure as long as we keep and obey His commandments as revealed in Exodus 19:5-6, “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…” God has only good plans for His children as explained in Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” As we seek Him, He desires to show us great and mighty things as disclosed in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

As God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9), His plan for healing may be different than our envisioned and anticipated plan. For Paul had prayed 3 times for the Lord to deliver him from an affliction in his flesh caused by the enemy but was told by God that His grace was sufficient for him as stated in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, “Because of the surpassing greatness and extraordinary nature of the revelations [which I received from God], for this reason, to keep me from thinking of myself as important, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan, to torment and harass me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.’ Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].”

With Job, who was a righteous man in the sight of God (Job 1:1), was struck with a dark cloud in his life where he lost all his wealth and family, and later his health was stricken with a disease by the enemy which was allowed by God where God proved to Satan that Job would never curse God’s name as we read in Job 1:6-12, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ So Satan answered the LORD and said, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.’ Then the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’ So Satan answered the LORD and said, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!’ And the LORD said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.’ ”

Once Job heard the bad news of the loss of his wealth and death of his sons and daughters, he fell to the ground and worshipped God as stated in Job 1:20-22, “Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.’ In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” Job was struck without any cause due to God Almighty proving Satan wrong, where God allowed Satan to strike Job with a sickness all over his body as revealed in Job 2:3-8, “Then the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.’ So Satan answered the LORD and said, ‘Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!’ And the LORD said to Satan, ‘Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.’ So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.”

Job’s wife even tells Job to curse God and die (which this evil thought and speech came from the enemy and NOT from God) as detailed in Job 2:9-10, “Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!’ But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” God’s word gives us this example in the book of Job that everything revolves around God and His kingdom. It’s all about Him and His honor and His glory as we read in Romans 9:18, “Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.” We can in no way question the authority and actions of our All-Powerful Creator as stated in Romans 9:20-26, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to Him Who formed it, ‘Why have You made me like this?’ Does not the Potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He says also in Hosea: ‘I will call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved, who was not beloved.’ And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’ there they shall be called sons of the living God.”

It’s NOT about us but it’s all about our Creator, for Jesus told us in Matthew 6:9-10, “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Its all about His will and His throne (NOT ours) on this earth as in heaven. This is why we must humble ourselves before God in Christ by removing all pride in our life where the enemy has deceived and tempted us with the cares of this world and the desires of the flesh – Proverbs 29:23. For the enemy is the father of all pride and self-centeredness which is a form of idolatry, a spiritual adultery and abomination against GodIsaiah 14:12-15, Romans 8:7-8, Colossians 3:5-6, James 3:14-16, James 4:4-5, 1 John 2:15-17. We can never please God in the flesh by being filled with pride and arrogance.

James tells us in James 4:6, “…God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Peter explains it this way in 1 Peter 5:6-11, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Also, if we have any unforgiveness in our heart towards anyone, then God will not forgive us, thereby hindering our prayers. Jesus stated it this way in Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” If we do not show mercy to others then we likewise receive judgement without mercy as disclosed in James 2:13, “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” The apostle Paul tells us if we take communion in Christ in an unworthy manner then we are guilty of bringing judgement of sickness and death upon ourselves as revealed in 1 Corinthians 11:27-32, “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

Other reasons that believers in Christ may be stricken with diseases or illnesses may be because God is using this temporary setback in our lives to chasten us to come back to Him away from the world as we read in Hebrews 12:5-11, “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.’ If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Paul stated it this way in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted – Matthew 5:4.

We have life in our mortal bodies through God’s Holy Spirit in Christ, which is the same resurrecting power that raised Jesus from the grave as explained in Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,’ Says the LORD.” Paul explains the spiritual warfare we experience in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” If we do not experience healing then we should ask and seek God in Christ for the answer, whether we will experience supernatural divine healing by God or whether God wants us to seek healing from a doctor specialist, or something else? Jesus explains it this way in Matthew 7:7-11, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

As God gave all authority over heaven and earth to Jesus, Jesus also gave all authority over the power of the enemy to His disciples and future believers in Christ on earth through His Holy Spirit as declared in Luke 10:19-20, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Jesus also commanded His disciples and future believers in Christ to perform similar miracles that He performed for His honor and glory as stated in Matthew 10:7-8, “And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” In Christ, we are commanded to do the same. This was not just for His disciples 2,000 years ago but is also for us today as revealed in John 14:12-14, “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. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” Jesus gave His disciples the power through His Holy Spirit to bind and loose heavenly things on earth where these would also be performed supernaturally in heaven as proclaimed in Matthew 18:18-20, “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. ‘Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.’ ”

Jesus gave a final command to His disciples and all future believers before ascending to heaven to make disciples of all nations and teach them to observe and do all His commandments as disclosed in Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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.”