The first thing we need to understand is it is always God’s will for us to be healed, and I believe scripture clearly supports that truth. Now before you put your dukes up, hear me out and with a sincere heart ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you.
I believe the easiest way to see this truth is to look at the life of Jesus. Jesus was the Son of God, sent in the flesh, who came to do the will of God (Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 10:7). Jesus never refused to heal anybody, anywhere, at any time. The only time Jesus didn’t heal was because he couldn’t because of their unbelief (Mark 6:5). There are numerous times in scripture where it says Jesus healed all the sick that came to him (Matthew 4:24, 8:16 and 12:15 to name a few).
Matthew 8:2-3 shows a beautiful example of the will of God exhibited through Jesus. It reads: “And behold, a leper came and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. Then Jesus put out his hand and touched him, saying, I am willing, be cleansed. Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
Jesus did not say, “I won’t heal you because it isn’t my Father’s will for you to be healed. He wants you to suffer.” No, he was showing the leper the beautiful will of God for us all to be healed. God does not show favoritism (Acts 10:34), and what he did for this leper, he wants to do for every sick person.
Sickness was part of the curse of the old covenant law (Deuteronomy 28), and Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law in the new covenant (Galatians 3:13). Sickness was never a blessing as some say. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” All who were oppressed by the devil, not God. God and Satan are not on the same team, working together to make people sick. God sent Jesus to defeat that lousy snake and for his children to live in health and wholeness.
Is there any sickness in heaven? Of course not. Heaven is a place of perfectness, not a corrupt, fallen place like earth where there is sickness and sin and evil. In Matthew 6:10 Jesus prayed, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” He prayed for what was in heaven to manifest itself on earth. God’s perfect will is for us to walk in perfect health on earth like we will in heaven.
John 10:10 states, “The thief does not come except to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” Jesus came to bring us abundant life and abundant health.
James 1:13, 16-17 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he himself tempt anyone. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
He told us not to be deceived because he knew we would be. God only gives us good gifts and sickness is not one of them.
3 John 1:2: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Psalm 35:27: Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
God wants us to prosper in every area of our lives: physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. It gives him pleasure to see us prosper. Why? Because he is a good daddy who loves us more than we will ever know and wants the best for us. It doesn’t mean he would never ask us to do anything hard, but he doesn’t want tragedy or sickness to come upon us. What a life-changing revelation this has been for me.
If it is God’s will for us all to be healed, then what does it mean to suffer according to the will of God? Stay tuned. I will touch on that next week.
Published: September 19, 2016