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Since the majority of Jesus’ 3 year ministry on earth consisted of healing people’s physical ailments, in addition to delivering from demonic forces and preaching, it is a continual question in this day and age, where is healing now?
Scripture expresses that Jesus’ life revealed the will of God for us. Since His ministry on earth consisted of bringing restoration to people’s lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually, it would naturally follow that this is still God’s desire. There are many verses that speak of God’s desire to heal; one of God’s names for Himself is even “The Lord our Healer,” as translated into English, though we will cover those in the next post.
In part of my own personal search as to why there is presently such a great lack of physical healing through prayer, I have put much time into studying people who have been known to be unusually effective in prayers for supernatural healing. In this post, I would you to share with you one of the most phenomenal healings I’ve ever read and the principles of healing by which this great man of faith lived.
Healing does take place in even the most deadly diseases.
John G. Lake was a missionary to South Africa from 1908 to 1913. While there, a horrific bubonic plague broke out. John Lake was caring for the sick and burying the dead. Britain sent a ship of medical supplies and a corps of doctors to him. The doctors asked Lake how he had protected himself from the deadly plague. His answer was, “I believe ‘the law of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and death (Rom.8:2).’ As long as I walk in the light of that law [of the Spirit of life], no germ will attach itself to me.” In scriptural context, this verse speaks of Jesus’ work of salvation bringing the life of the Spirit of God to us and freeing us from “the law of sin” or, in other words, from everything evil that came into the world through sin, such as disease, poverty, addictions, spiritual death, and early physical death. The doctors were unconvinced, so Lake insisted they do a microscopic experiment on him. Lake showed them that if one of them took bubonic plague foam from the lungs of a dead person and put it under a microscope, the disease cells would still live. If they put the foam in Lake’s hand, and then looked at it under the microscope, they saw that all of the disease cell’s instantly died, proving what Lake said to be true.
It is worth noting here that Scriptures do promise protection from deadly things as long as one is not purposely bringing the harm by foolishness (Lk. 10:19; Mk. 16:18; Matt. 4:5-7). Lake was not foolishly bringing harm to himself. He was bringing help to people in a situation that no one else could because his level of faith in God’s Word kept him safe.
Learning from Lake’s faith in God’s healing power, we can compare our thoughts to these healing principles:
I cannot take credit for this list. I do not personally know the person who created it; their web address is below. This is a summary of John G. Lake’s principles of healing which he compiled from his study of Scripture. It is a long list; however, I found it very personally challenging and well
God’s will is for us to expect to receive divine healing every time.
We are commanded to heal all of the sick; we do not need a special “leading or unction.”
Every believer is already an “heir” of all the authority he needs to minister healing.
All believers can minister healing effectively; some have specialized gifts of healing.
God’s desire is to heal all of our diseases just as He forgives all of our sins.
Jesus never asked Father God to heal anyone, He commanded healing and deliverance.
Jesus healed thousands at a time without requiring them to repent or believe first.
Great faith is not necessary or the key to receiving divine healing from disease.
The disciples did not “intercede” for healing; they commanded spirits of infirmity to leave.
Our traditions about healing have hindered us from demonstrating the power of God.
Unconfessed sins may make people sick but they do not keep them from being healed.
Jesus healed them all, regardless of their level of faith, if they wanted to be healed.
Jesus never tried to find the root cause of the illness or the sin that “opened the door.”
Jesus was never prevented from healing due to the sin of their ancestors.
Jesus taught the disciples to command spirits of infirmity to leave rather than to intercede.
We command the healing power of God with impartiality and it flows every time.
We are not to judge who is confessed up, in faith and ready to be healed.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is given so that we will minister in the power of God.
We are commanded to lay hands on the sick and pray a prayer of faith (authority.)
The commandment to heal the sick is sufficient without a rhema word for each person.
Healing sometimes takes time to manifest, while miracles are usually instant.
Healing for every illness has already been provided in our salvation by the cross of Christ.
The only requirement for a person to receive healing is to want to be healed.
God is an equal opportunity healer and is never the cause of a delay of healing.
God will reveal any specific keys to divine healing readily, usually as soon as we ask.
God never causes illness to teach us a lesson; it is never His will for us to be sick.
God is willing to minister healing and creative miracles through any believer.
We are to command the power of God without picking and choosing who is worthy.
We have authority to cast out even the devils that people think they want to keep.
We can receive gifts by the “laying on of hands and impartation” from other believers.
N.T. believers initiated divine healing and deliverance at will and the anointing flowed.
Signs and wonders follow our belief vs. we wait for a new command every time.
As believers, we cannot increase our healing anointing except by exercising it.
Believers already have 100% of the Holy Spirit — all that we will ever have.
Christ, in me, is always instantly available to destroy the works of the devil through me.
God will heal through any believer, because it is not about us, but about His goodness.
Every believer is God’s child, man’s servant and the devil’s master.
We don’t beg God for their healing; we proclaim freedom for the captives or prisoners.
There is no one who is so bad that God will not heal them.
The main hindrance to receiving healing is believing that there are hindrances to healing.
Because Christ is in me, I already have all the power and anointing that I will need.
God’s anointing abides within me, is always ready to heal and is always on.
God has healed me every time that I commanded spirits of infirmity to leave me.
God has healed most of the people that I have ministered divine healing to.
God never withholds any good thing from me and will heal me every time I ask.
God will heal every believer — until He is ready to take them home to Heaven.
Sickness is the devil’s work and Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.
We do have to maintain our healing with faith, even if we didn’t have faith to be healed.
Returning to sin can enable spirits of infirmity to come back on us.
We must exercise our authority, refusing to receive spirits of infirmity back again.
This discussion on physical healing will be continued in the next post called, “Does God Want to Heal Me?”
Click here to go to the site where I found the above list of Lake’s healing principles- Cross Walk LifePrint This
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