Based on the writings of David Berg
Eight power-packed questions and answers about God’s healing power!–How YOU can expect God to perform miracles for you if you’ll simply have faith in His Word!
Q: DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD CAN HEAL ME WHEN I’M SICK?
A: Yes! The One Who MADE us can certainly FIX us and HEAL us! After all, if He’s God at all, He’s a God of MIRACLES. If He can MAKE our body, He can REPAIR it. If He can create the entire Universe, He can fix US. He is the great Healer, the mighty Renewer, the all-powerful Restorer!–And He can FIX us and HEAL us when we are sick!
Q: BUT I THOUGHT THAT GOD’S HEALING WAS ONLY FOR BIBLE DAYS, NOT FOR MODERN TIMES.
A: The day of miracles is NOT past! God is STILL in the business of healing the bodies that need it! Many skeptics, when they read the Bible stories of Jesus and His Disciples, think, “Well, yes, God healed people once upon a time, but that was long ago in the days of the Apostles. You couldn’t expect anything like that NOW.”
But the miracles of the Lord CAN and DO happen today! God is still alive, well, and working just as powerfully as ever amongst those who trust in Him!–And He can STILL heal today, just like He did in Bible times! He WANTS to, because He LOVES you!
And if you love Him and have given your heart and life to Him, YOU can pray and EXPECT God to heal you and your loved ones also! He says, “I am the Lord, I CHANGE NOT!” (Malachi 3:6)–And “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever”! (Hebrews 13:8) If Jesus could do those miracles back THEN, He can still do them NOW! JESUS is the One Who does the healing miracles, and if we have HIM in our hearts, we have His POWER! “The works (miracles) that I do,” Jesus promised, “shall YOU do ALSO!” (John 14:12)
Q: I LOVE JESUS, AND HAVE RECEIVED HIM IN MY HEART, BUT HOW DO I GET THE FAITH THAT I NEED FOR HEALING?
A: Romans 1O:17 says that “faith comes by hearing the WORD of GOD”! As we read and study His Word, our FAITH will automatically grow. The Lord has made many specific PROMISES in His Word that He WILL heal us, so when we pray, we should REMIND Him of those promises, and quote them to Him! He CAN heal us, but we have to do OUR part and “take Him at His Word”–BELIEVE His promises and EXPECT Him to fulfill His promises!
Q: DOES GOD SOMETIMES NOT HEAL US WHEN WE ASK HIM TO?–AND IF SO, WHY?
A: God does not always answer all of our prayers exactly as we would LIKE Him to. We should not, for example, insist that He heal our 75-year-old ailing Grandmother when He is wanting to take her Home to Heaven. Also, if we pray for something out of SELFISH motives, we can’t really expect Him to answer. As James 4:3 says, “You ASK, and receive NOT, because you ask AMISS (for the wrong reasons).” And sometimes we just lack the FAITH that we need to get answers to prayer!
However, 1John 5:14-15 says, “This is the CONFIDENCE that we have: If we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He HEARS us. And if we know that He HEARS us, then we know that we HAVE the petitions that we desired of Him.” (1John 5:14-15) So if you LOVE God, and are doing your best to OBEY Him, it most likely IS well within His Will for you to be healed if you are sick! Just trust that He’ll heal you, and He WILL!
Q: IF “FAITH HEALING” IS FOR TODAY, WHY ARE MIRACLES OF HEALING SO RARE?
A: Miracles of healing are being performed EVERY DAY!–Right NOW!–By ordinary people like you and me, who, like the Early Christians of old, simply believe God’s Word, that He will answer sincere prayer and deliver them from their sicknesses. If you are His saved child, you ALSO can claim His healing power! God loves you so much that He has made that provision for you! Not only Salvation for your spirit, but healing for your body! What wonderful love! If you’ll simply BELIEVE, trust God, and pray for healing and EXPECT miracles, YOU will have miracles of healing too! God is still a God of miracles and it CAN still be done!–If you will believe Him and trust in Him!
Q: BUT I DON’T FEEL LIKE I HAVE GREAT FAITH LIKE JESUS’ DISCIPLES DID. SO HOW CAN HE HEAL ME?
A: You don’t have to be some kind of a “spiritual giant” or healing evangelist or a religious fanatic to believe that God answers PRAYER! All you need is just enough faith to take God at His Word, and believe that when He said something or made a specific healing promise in His Word, that He MEANT it. Do you believe the Scriptures which say, “I am the Lord that HEALS you”, and “Jesus Christ makes you WHOLE”? (Exodus 15:26; Acts 9:34)
Do you BELIEVE that those promises apply to YOU personally? If so, that is enough faith to claim the miraculous power of God’s healing! You may not have the faith right now to raise someone from the dead like Jesus did, or heal the lame like Peter and Paul did, but surely you can trust God’s healing power enough for Him to heal you of a headache or an upset stomach or some minor illness.
Q: I WANT TO HAVE FAITH, BUT I REALLY DON’T HAVE MUCH. HOW CAN I GET MORE FAITH?
A: Just cry out to the Lord honestly in prayer and ask Him to give you more faith, like the man of old who pled, “Lord, I BELIEVE, HELP my UNbelief!”–Or like Jesus’ disciples who said, “Lord, INCREASE our faith!” (Mark 9:24; Luke 17:5) And He WILL! The FIRST thing that He will probably do to increase your faith is to remind you to read His WORD, because FAITH comes from the WORD! “For faith cometh by hearing the Word of God!” (Romans 1O:17)
Faith COMES, it GROWS, slowly and surely, by HEARING the WORD OF GOD! It’s NOT usually a sudden boom, just a flash of revelation and suddenly you have faith. But faith is BUILT, patiently and prayerfully, as you read, study and absorb God’s Word into your heart. So if you feel like, “Oh, I just don’t have much faith for God to heal me!”–The reason is probably because you don’t know the WORD OF GOD well enough!–Because THAT is where our FAITH comes from!
So often a lack of faith is due to a lack of reading and claiming God’s Word. The Lord has made many great and precious promises in His Word, and if you read them with an open receptive heart–if you do as Jesus said, and “Let these sayings sink down into your ears” (Luke 9:44)–then your faith will increase. But if you neglect to read God’s Word, if you do not study and believe it, you will never have the confidence to put His promises to the test and ask God to work for you in your times of need!
2Peter 1:4 says, “There are given unto us exceeding GREAT and PRECIOUS PROMISES, that by THESE (His promises) we might be PARTAKERS of the Divine Nature.” In other words, that we might have the faith to partake of God’s Divine power in our lives, whether it be for healing or whatever!
Q: YOU MEAN, IF I SINCERELY BELIEVE, I CAN CLAIM A VERSE FROM THE BIBLE AND SAY, “JESUS, IN THIS VERSE YOU PROMISED TO HEAL ME, SO I’M HOLDING YOU TO YOUR WORD”?
A: Exactly! And if you HAVE the faith, if you are asking sincerely and for the right motives, He HAS to answer! You also have to be OBEDIENT to His common-sense health rules and give Him some cooperation. For example, you could hardly expect God to heal you from a bad cold if you don’t do anything to take care of yourself and continue to expose yourself to the conditions that brought on your cold in the first place. Nor should you expect God to heal you from stomach disorders or skin problems if you eat “junk food” all day long.
The Lord definitely can and does heal, but you will notice in the case of Lazarus, that though Jesus did the miraculous supernatural act of raising him from the dead–something the people obviously COULDN’T do–He FIRST asked THEM to do what they COULD do!–To remove the stone that sealed the tomb. He said, “YOU roll away the stone!” (John 11:39) If you obey God and do what YOU can do, then, knowing that you have done YOUR part, you can trust in GOD to do the MIRACLE, the thing you CAN’T do!
All of God’s mighty power is just as real and present today as it was in the past to back up His Word and every promise He’s made. “He has NEVER failed in ONE of ALL His good promises!” (1Kings 8:56) All the resources and riches of Heaven are at our disposal! So let us take advantage of them by taking God at His Word and believing that He WILL answer our prayers when we have a need!
Do YOU need healing? Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply ALL your need according to His RICHES in Glory by Christ Jesus!” Not only CAN God heal us, but He WANTS to! When the poor leper came to Jesus and said, “Lord, IF THOU WILT, Thou canst make me clean,” the Scripture says that “Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I WILL, be thou clean!’–And immediately his leprosy was cleansed!” (Matthew 8:2,3)–He’s more willing to GIVE than we are to RECEIVE!
All He asks from us is that we honour Him with FAITH, by BELIEVING His Word and His promises. “For without faith, it is impossible to please Him: For he that comes to God must BELIEVE that He IS, and that He is a REWARDER of them that DILIGENTLY seek Him!” (Hebrews 11:6) In other words, to get answers to prayer, you must, first of all, “believe that God IS”, that He is real. And secondly, you must believe that if you PRAY and sincerely seek Him, that He will reward you with an ANSWER to your prayers!
Remember, faith–the faith that you need for healing and for answers to prayer–is built on the WORD, so read it prayerfully and ask God to strengthen your faith.–And He WILL!
PROMISES TO CLAIM FROM GOD’S WORD (for Healing):
“I WILL restore health unto you, and I WILL heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord.”–Jeremiah 3O:17a
“God, Who forgives all your iniquities, Who HEALS all your DISEASES.”–Psalms 1O3:3
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in His sight.”–1John 3:22
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