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Preventative medicine

God’s preventative medicine.

Long before the question of supernatural healing arises, the Bible has a lot to say about looking after the gift of the human body and preventative medicine. In the Western World there is great emphasis on preventative medicine. With the advances in science there has never been a time in the history of the World when more has been known about the working of the human body and the effect of a good balanced diet. Ignorance in times past is no excuse today. Many of the diseases, which take up valuable hospital time, could be avoided if attention was given to God’s advice in the Bible about taking care of the body. This applies particularly to believers. The gift of supernatural healing is one of the gifts of the Spirit given by God for the blessing of people whom He loves and for the building up of the Church. Prior to seeking divine healing it is advised to have a physical medical check up. The human being is made up of three parts – the physical body, the soul or personality, which includes the mind, and the spirit. All three parts are knit together in a wonderful way. When one part is damaged the others generally experience some kind of effect.

God provides generally for our health in 2 ways.
1. He has built into human bodies a stream of natural healing. Cuts, bruises and pulled muscles heal naturally in time. There is a system within the body whereby antibodies fight infection. Therefore within certain limits human bodies have the capacity to heal themselves, provided medical advice is taken and applied. God did that. The body produces interferon, which heals. A man’s health is safeguarded by an ingenious series of defences, arranged like the successive lines of an army entrenched to ward off invaders. Even teardrops have a powerful chemical within them.

2. God blesses by providing others to assist in the healing process. Doctors and nurses do not actually heal. Rather they co-operate with God in the natural healing process by stitching the cuts, plastering the bones together and cutting out the poisonous or damaged parts of the body, in order to allow the healing process to take place. Their studies give them a better understanding of what God has provided within the body for its protection. The doctors assist the natural forces of the body to restore a person to health. Psychiatrists may be used to heal a damaged mental situation. Others like parents and friends are there to guide and protect against harm. Family and friends are used to help heal emotional hurts. These are all aspects of grace. God wants people well. Even pain, which is the monitor of human health, has been provided for good. It is an alarm bell to warn a man to take care and not exceed the limits of the body’s capacities. God knew that man would have neither the wisdom nor the restraint to be in charge of his body and so He built in certain warnings and healing processes. Often they are acts of grace carried out anonymously. Failure to obey the laws of health, which God has decreed, brings about certain consequences.

God may not heal supernaturally, if the person has the remedy in His own hands. God lives in the body of the believer, which is the temple of God. Gal ch 5 v 22. 1 Cor ch 6 v 19-20. If God desires to dwell within a man’s body as His home, should the man not keep it in perfect condition? Rom ch 8 v 11 and ch 12 v 1.
Prov ch 4 v 20. God advises man to pay close attention to His advice. This applies to physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The following is a sample of God’s advice.

Man comes in three parts – the physical body, the soul, which embraces the mind, the emotions and the will) and the spirit. An emotion is the state of mind, which produces a feeling and then manifests itself by a sensible change in the body. Every part of a man’s body is affected for good or evil by his emotions. The emotions are the driving force of the personality. Emotions can upset every gland in the body. High blood pressure can be caused by damage to the emotions. Lots of teeth and appendices are taken out due to wrong emotions. Pain in the neck is often due to emotional stress. Wrong messages are being sent down the nerves. If a man sends fearful, negative resentful, critical messages down the nerves, he may cause pain in other parts of his body. The carnal mind filled with fear prevents the salivary glands from functioning. Fear in the mind can cause the release of toxins into the body and these can attack the heart and cause a heart attack. Ananias and Saphira probably died from a heart attack when they were filled with fear, having lied to the Holy Spirit. Acts ch 5.

1. Sleep or the lack of it. Psalm 127 v 2. God has designed the human body that it needs a time of rest during sleep. For the body to function efficiently it needs regular sleep. Every man knows that if he does not get a good night’s sleep he does not feel good the following day. To get the best performance out of any machine it needs to be maintained on a regular basis. This is particularly good advice in Britain’s 24 hour culture, with shops open 24 hours a day and television on air 24 hours a day. Ex ch 34 v 21. Mark ch 2 v 27. Regular sleep and a regular work pattern lead to a healthy body. Sleep acts as a generator, which charges the battery of the body. Science has proved that the body runs on a 24 hour clock and that mental activity is at its lowest ebb during the early hours of the morning. That means that a lorry driver or any driver who drives through the night is less alert than if he drives during the daytime.

2. Poor diet. Lev ch 3 v 17. Never has so much been known about the working of the human body as today. A poor diet does not enable the body to function efficiently. God gave certain dietary laws to the Children of Israel. What a man puts into his body can have harmful effects. The lack of food can lead to anorexia and too much food opens the door to gluttony. Obesity is a growing problem in many parts of the World. Overeating tends to make the mind sluggish. It causes cholesterol plaques within the arteries.
1 Cor ch 6 v 13. Each man is responsible for the body, which God has given to him. Part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control – the ability to say ”No“ to the fallen nature. Gal ch 5 v 22-23.

3. The effects of drugs, including tobacco. While there is no mention of cigarettes in the Bible, the word for drugs is sorcery and it is absolutely forbidden. Exodus ch 22 v 18. 1 Cor ch 3 v 17. 2 Cor ch 7 v 1. Alcohol consumption. Eph ch 5 v 18. “Do not get drunk with wine.” Prov ch 20 v 1. The drugs industry is now the largest industry in the World, even exceeding armaments. The widespread damage to the body from drugs is documented.

4. Sanitation. Deut ch 23 v 12- 14. Even some hospitals are dirty and dangerous places to be. Personal hygiene is on the decline. Lack of hygiene may lead to food poisoning or mrsa.

5. Exercise or the lack of it. Gen ch 13 v 17. Walking is recognised as the best form of keeping the body in good physical condition. Until the advent of the combustion engine, this was the normal form of exercise. 1 Tim ch 4 v 8. Any machine needs care and maintenance. It is the same with the body. The rise in the use of gymnasiums is evidence that many people recognise the need to take regular exercise.

6. Lust. 2 Sam ch 13 v 2. He made himself ill through lust. The permissive society has simply surrendered to lust. Sexual diseases are on the increase. Often these are caused by immoral sexual activity. Man is not to be ruled by his bodily appetites. Part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is the ability of a man to say “No” to himself. Gal ch 5 v 22. Sexual activity outside of marriage is forbidden. Rev ch 22 v 15. 1 Cor ch 6 v 11-13.. Prov ch 5 v 1-12.

7. Fear. Man was never intended to experience harmful fear. The human personality was designed by God to run on the fuel of love – love for God and love for fellow men and women. As soon as Adam rebelled against God fear entered the human race. Adam heard God coming and said that he was afraid. Fear can cause over 50 physical illnesses. 2 Tim ch 1 v 7. “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” Fear can cause ulcers, headaches, asthma, high blood pressure, blindness and arthritis. It can even kill. Ananias and Sapphira. Acts ch 5 v 5. Job ch 3 v 25. Satan plays on a man’s fears. Job ch 3 v 25. “Fear not.” This is the command, which Jesus gave most often. Mat ch 10 v 31. John ch 14 v 27. The carnal mind, which does not refer to God, is open to fear on the basis that it thinks that there is no one in control of the World.

8. Anxiety of the mind. Doctors say that 40 % of physical illness is due to stress in the mind.
“Do not be anxious about your life.” Mat ch 6 v 25. To be blessed is a state of mind of being at one with God. The peace of God calms the tensions and anxieties, which lead to so much inner tension and disease. “Do not let the Devil get a foothold.” Eph ch 4 v 27. John ch 14 v 1. Phil ch 4 v 4-7. 1 Pet ch 5 v 7. Mal ch 2 v 16. Anxiety, greed, bitterness hatred, fear and frustration. Fatal heart attacks can be triggered by anxiety. Mat ch 6 v 34. John ch 14 v 1. Phil ch 4 v 4-7. Lack of stress. Ulcers can be caused by stress. There is a danger of taking on too much responsibility. A man should nurture peace of mind in an anxious society. Dan ch 2 v 21- 23. God is in control of the affairs of the World. Anxiety is steadily increasing in the World as it becomes increasingly obvious that no leaders have the answers to the complex issues facing the developed World.

9. Gossip poisons the mind and the body. Mat ch 15 v 4. Prov ch 11 v 9. Psalm 41 v 5. Eccles ch 10 v 20. Prov ch 26 v 20. Jude v 10. Gossip brings about guilt and guilt can have physical consequences. Running people down exposes a man to a host of diseases of body and mind. Expressing animosity towards others releases hormones from the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and other glands. If released in excess these hormones can cause disease to many parts of the body.

10. Avoiding disputes. Mat ch 5 v 40. Keep out of court. The mental distress and possible illness arising out of going to a court of law may well be greater than any possible monetary success. Witnesses are often sick before and after appearing in court. Rom ch 12 v 18.

11. Loneliness. Lev ch 19 v 18. Mat ch 25 v 36. Loneliness is capable of hurling the heaviest weight, which the human heart can endure. Prov ch 18 v 24. To have friends one must first be friendly.

12. Dabbling in the occult is forbidden and dangerous. Lev ch 19 v 31. Lev ch 20 v 27. There is only one door into the supernatural, which is allowed for a man and that is by faith. All other doors are opened by the enemy but are forbidden by God. “Do not give Satan a foothold.” Satan needs fertile ground and will take the ground if given the opportunity.

13. Spiritual possession. It may not be a man’s responsibility / fault for having it, but it is his responsibility if he decides to retain it. Dr Lloyd Jones: “In a World of collapsing institutions, moral chaos and increasing violence, never has it been more important to trace the hand of the prince of the power of the air. If we cannot discern the chief cause of our ills, how can we cure them?”

14. Anger. Psalm 37 v 8. Eph ch 4 v 31. Jas ch 1 v 19. “It is not what you eat but what eats you.” Heb ch 12 v 14-15. Bitterness, resentment and anger often lead to ulcers and stomach disorders. Many people suffer from CRABS disease – criticism, resentment, anger, bitterness and self-pity.

15. The provision of a safe working place. The World recognises this by enforcing strict regulations, imposing on employers a duty to provide a safe working place for the employees. Those working at home ought to take care of their eyes and lungs.

16. Pollution of the land, sea and air. Isaiah ch 24. Acid rain is eating the marble in Athens after 2000 years.

17. Rest from work. Ex ch 34 v 21.

18. Most accidents are avoidable – especially those in the home.

19. Have a regular check up. Pain is God’s warning bell that something is wrong.

20. Contagious diseases. A man should watch the company he keeps – especially in the area of sexual contact. Sexual diseases are on the increase. This is without mentioning aids and soul ties.

21. Life styles and attitudes. After 40 a man is responsible for his face.

22. Peace of mind. It is essential in a stress ridden World to know that God is in total control of the events of the World. Dan ch 2 v 21-23.

Healing check list

HEALING. CHECK LIST. Physical, emotional or spiritual or all three.

There are a number of questions to ask a man seeking healing.

Where do you stand before God? Are you a follower of Jesus?
Do you accept that God’s first priority is holiness, even before health?
When did the illness first appear?
Have you had a physical medical check-up?
Memories. Has there been any painful experience in the past, which still dominates your life?
Addictions. Are there any parts of your life, which you cannot conquer? Smoking, gossip?
Is loneliness a problem? It is the heaviest weight the human heart has to bear.
Life style. Do you see faults in others, which you do not like? Could these be your own faults?
Diet. Do you eat a regular and balanced diet and get enough sleep?
Stress. Are you overloaded with work and personal responsibilities?
Shame. Are there things, which make you feel ashamed – things either done by you or to you?
Guilt. Are their sins, which have never been confessed or repented of or is the enemy tormenting you?
Family background. Did you have two caring parents, or did either behave badly towards you?
Freemasonry. Have you or any member of your family been involved with the Masonic Order?
Childhood. Did anything frightening or unhealthy happen during your childhood, e.g. fire, abuse?
Inferiority complex. Do you feel unworthy and unable to serve the Lord?
Idolatry. God must be first in your life. Is there anything, which comes before God, even your family?
Addiction. Are there any unhealthy habits or thoughts, which you cannot leave behind?
Curses. Has anyone said or done anything to make your life particularly difficult?
Fear. Is there anything, which makes you particularly afraid?
Temptations. Are there temptations, which regularly bring you into sin, through submission to them?
Religious ties. Are traditions and religious practices important to you?
Rejection. Have you felt rejected by anyone or even by circumstances?
Unforgivensess. Is there anyone who has hurt you or your family whom you have never forgiven?
Three basic needs. Do you feel loved and wanted? Do you feel you belong? Do you feel fulfilled in life?
Soul ties. Have you had a sexual relationship before or out-with your marriage?
Occultic involvement. Has there been any involvement in the past with New Age or occultic activity?
Have you sought healing from a source other than God?
Hidden sins? Are there any sins or activities, which no one knows about but which you know are wrong?
Contentment. Would you say that you are content with where you are in life or do you have any regrets?
Gossip. Are you guilty of gossip and unhealthy criticism of others and a desire to promote yourself?
How badly do you want to be well, badly enough to give up anything which is causing you to be ill?

Run through the 14 barriers to healing.

Jesus ministry of healing was incidental to His great preaching and teaching ministry. A man can think health or think disease. The mind has a tremendous influence on the body and its health. God designed the human body to live forever. It is depressing to listen to people talking about their ill health and the death of others. A man’s emotions follow his thoughts. When a man has the right attitudes, then his emotions respond accordingly. It is important to see that the Devil comes to rob, steal and destroy and not to give him the satisfaction of doing a good job. It is necessary to go in the opposite spirit. Every self-centred person is an unhappy person. A woman is only as happy as her least happy child. Today has enough troubles of its own. Today is the tomorrow a man worried about yesterday.

Practical steps for the counsellor.
1. Make sure there is plenty time.
2. Make sure there is someone else present for protection.
3. Make sure there is body freshness, especially when being close to another.
4. Take control and put the person at ease.
5. Explain divine healing. God the Holy Spirit heals and does so in many different ways.
6. Ask for permission to pray.
7. Be prepared to stop and allow time for review.
8. Pray with eyes open – watch and pray.
9. Tease out the background to the person’s life to find areas, which need to be dealt with.
10. Remind the person that since God wills his health, he should will it also.
11. Obtain medical advice on the nature of the illness.
12. Go over the mental and spiritual attitudes and try to ascertain if these may be contributing to the sickness. Few illnesses are purely physical. Mind, body and spirit interact with one another. Four major attitudes contribute to ill health.
(a) Fear. Fear in the mind triggers off all kinds of physical consequences.
(b) Resentment.
(c) Guilt. Living in a sinful way in disobedience to God’s commands. Dan ch 5 v 22-24.
(d) Self-centredness. Jesus calls a man to forget about himself.
13. Be acquainted with the reasons why people are not healed in order to prepare in advance to overcome them.
14. Do you really want to be well? How badly do you want it?
15. Have you actually asked God to heal you? It is usually done in public, so that God will get the glory.

A prescription for health.
1. Think health – be positive.
2. Be happy.
3. Live creatively. Be positive and do not wait for something to happen.
4. Love everybody. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Perfect love casts out fear.
5. Live one day at a time. Today has enough problems of its own.
6. A man should admit when he is wrong.
7. Get rid of resentments. A man should never let the sun go down on his wrath. Eph ch 4 v 26.
8. Keep the body in good repair. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
(a) Watch what is eaten. Never has so much been known about the workings of the human body.
(b) Take adequate exercise. The body must be moved regularly.
(c) Watch weight. Why does a man overeat? Emotional needs, frustration, boredom, inadequacy.
(d) Meditate on the Scriptures, which state the responsibilities of a man towards his body.
9. Learn to relax. There is a danger of being a workaholic.
10. Ensure that there is enough sleep. Sleep acts as a generator, which charges the battery of the body.

1. What is the situation in the World? Many suffer from disease. Diseases, once cured, are returning.
2. What is disease? It is a state of not being at ease with self, fellow man and with God.
3. Is disease and death inevitable? There are laws in this World – the law of death and the law of health.
4. Does God want a man to be well? How concerned is God that he is well? “I am your healer.” The Bible is full of miraculous healings.
Consider what God has done, before coming for supernatural healing.
(a) God sent Jesus to die for a man’s sins. By His stripes he is healed. Jesus died to deal with sin.
(b) There is a natural stream of healing built into the human body.
(c) The Bible is full of instructions to man to maintain a healthy body.
(d) Is a man’s life style contributing to his ill health? Poor diet, lack of sleep, anxiety?
(e) Jesus came so that man might enjoy life in all its fullness.
4. What steps need to be taken in order to experience life in all its fullness?
5. It is necessary to recognise and deal with sin. Sin leads to suffering and disease.
6. Jesus calls on man to repent of sin.
6. Disobedience to the Word of God opens up the way for disease to enter a man’s body.
7. Man is made in 3 parts – body, soul and spirit. Damage to one part affects the other parts.
8. There are several barriers to healing. These need to be dismantled to allow God to operate.
9. There are certain hard questions to be answered.
A. Do you want to be well?
B. Are you prepared to give up what is making you ill?
C. Are you prepared to go public in the matter?
10. There are different kinds of diseases – physical, emotional and spiritual.
11. There are powers which do not possess but overshadow, e.g. shame, oppression,
12. Can a believer be possessed of an evil spirit or spirits? “Do not give the enemy a foothold.”
13. Alternative medicine and therapies may open the door to evil spirits.
14. How did Jesus deal with evil spirits? He did not call for faith, not did He go looking for them.
15. There are certain practical steps to be taken. Take control and put the person at ease. God is at work.
16. Where does faith come in? A man needs to go on believing and not doubting.

14 BARRIERS TO HEALING. These must be overcome or else healing may not take place.

1. Vagueness. Bartimaeus knew exactly what he wanted Jesus to do for him. “I want to see.” A man does not receive, if he does not ask correctly and specifically. A man gets what he says. Just as vague prayers receive vague answers, so specific prayers receive specific answers. Jesus asked; “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus was looking for a specific request. If a man prays for healing for someone, can he not be specific about what he wants the Lord to do? Mat ch 20 v 32. John ch 14 v 14. A doctor cannot tell a patient what he will do, if the patient cannot tell the doctor exactly what is wrong with him. If a man cannot be bothered to identify what is wrong, how can he ask a specific question about healing? He cannot be very serious about it. Mat ch 20 v 32. John ch 14 v 14.

2. Repentance. If sin was so serious that Jesus had to die to pay the price for it, how much more serious is it for believers, who know the results of sin, to continue in sin? They cannot have sin and Jesus. God is love, therefore any state of mind, which is unloving, hinders His complete possession of a believer. An unforgiving spirit, bitterness of heart, slander, jealousy, contempt, criticism or any other sin is a barrier to healing. It raises the question of how badly a man desires healing. Confession of sins is an integral part of the healing process. James ch 5 v 16. “Confess your sins to one another.” There is a weight off the mind. The sin attacks the conscience and confidence. There is a vulnerability if others find out. It may be just the sin of one against the other or it may embrace private sins confessed to another. There is bondage in sin. When a man confesses the sin, the bondage is broken. There is power released into the person to overcome the sin. Satan no longer has the power over that person. There is an element of danger. What if the other person tells someone else about the secret sin? Lev ch 5 v 5 lists 4 types of sin, which need to be confessed to discharge the guilt. Lev ch 26 v 14 states the punishment for disobedience to God. The promise of healing is to those who obey God’s statutes. Ex ch 15 v 26.

3. Physical. It may involve travelling a distance to someone who can help. There may be a simple physical problem, which can be discovered by a medical examination, such as an over-active thyroid gland or lack of iron in the blood. A physical check-up should always be the first matter to be considered. God is unlikely to heal in a miraculous, supernatural way, if the matter can be resolved by a simple medical examination. Fasting may be required to clear the poisons from the body.

4. Demonic. The need for deliverance. There is no greater bar to healing than impurity of thought, whether or not it ever expresses itself in action. Nothing is harder to check by the power of the human will. Jesus did not pray for those who were possessed or call for faith from them. He commanded the spirit to depart. Discernment is required. Some will only be moved by prayer and fasting. Mat ch 17 v 14 – 21. If the medical people have no idea what is causing it e.g. M. E., then it is likely to be a spiritual problem.

5. Fear. This may be of another person, who will scoff or ridicule the proposed healing. It may be fear within the individual in need of healing as to what might happen, if he is healed. How will his life change?

6. Ignorance. Many do not know of God’s desire to heal or His power to heal. Those who do not take the trouble to find out what Jesus has promised will not be present when He is healing. Neglect and laziness may both prevent healing. Mat ch 22 v 29. At conversion God began to renew the mind and understanding of His ways. Ignorance of how to go about it may prevent a person from receiving healing.

7. Wrong motive and wrong inner attitudes. Healing should be for the glory of God and not for selfish
reasons. If a man wants to be healed so that he can carry on his existing life style and continue to live for
himself, e.g. to make more money, then God may well not heal. John ch 8 v 48-51.

8. Bitterness. Bitterness, anger and resentment all eat away at the body and can cause physical sickness and pain. Counselling may be required to probe the cause of the emotional illness. Prayer in itself may not be the right way of dealing with the bitterness. Job ch 10 v 1. Job ch 21 v 25. Prov ch 14 v 10. This may allow in a spirit of bitterness.

9. Disobedience. Where God has spoken and made the cause of the disease clear but the person will not take the necessary action healing will not result. It may be a doctor who has identified the disease and given the medicine to take but the patient will not take it. Refusal to finish the treatment will prevent healing. This applies especially where there has been abuse of the body. Or it may be a sinful area where certain action is necessary – giving up drink, which is causing the disease of the liver. In Deut ch 28 Moses listed the blessings, which would follow obedience and the problems, which would arise where there is disobedience. Habits are hard to break but obedience trains a man into new habits, which are pleasing to God. Today there is a classic example in relation to drugs. They are dangerous and in some instances deadly. Health is affected and this will be so until there is obedience and the practice of drug-taking is ended. There is no point of seeking healing, if a man is living in disobedience. 1 Sam ch 15 v 22. Mark ch 1 v 27. Rom ch 2 v 8. Acts ch 5 v 29.

10. Unforgiveness. So often the healings of Jesus were accompanied by forgiveness for sins. The two went hand in hand. Forgiveness is to do with mercy and grace flowing into the situation. Jesus taught a man to pray “forgive us our sins as we forgive others.” If a man does not forgive others, he cannot receive forgiveness himself. By not forgiving others, he blocks the forgiveness of God for his sins and therefore his healing is held back. Heb ch 9 v 22. Jer ch 31 v 34. Mat ch 6 v 12. Mat ch 18 v 35. Forgiveness is what sets a man free from his past. A man must forgive to allow the healing process to start. Unforgiveness of others affords Satan the greatest access to the Church. Believers can ask for mercy and justice, but if they will not show it to others, they shall not receive it for themselves.

11. Wrong diagnosis. Discerning the root cause as against the symptoms. This may be physical, emotional or spiritual. It may be that only the spiritual, physical or emotional aspect has been dealt with, while other aspects require attention also. Anorexia is an example. Once the evil spirit is cast out, the relationship problem needs to be address, which gave rise to the problem in the first place. There may also be a need to address the question of eating, diet and vegetarianism.

12 . Lack of faith. Even if a man believes that it is possible, God needs to speak into the situation through someone, not necessarily the person who is sick. No amount of hoping will be a substitute for faith. The promise of God must be appropriated by faith. There is no supernatural healing without an element of faith. James ch 5 v 15. Faith is believing a man has it before he sees it. Even if he believes that it is possible, God needs to speak into the situation through someone, not necessarily the person who is sick. If there is unbelief in the teaching of the Church it may prevent supernatural healing. There is a general teaching that supernatural healing and gifts of healing were for the first century Church only. In many instances the local Church has drained the supernatural out of Christianity. James ch 1 v 6. There is no supernatural healing without an element of faith. James ch 5 v 15. Where those who minister do so in a general climate of unbelief there will be no healing.

When Jesus spoke He taught the people and then He healed all who came to Him for healing. The response of the people was the key to healing. The Israelites said to Moses: “All the words which the Lord has spoken, we will do. What were they called to do by Jesus? He declared the Kingdom of God is at hand, therefore repent. Mat ch 4 v 17. The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in the hearts of men. The key to healing is repentance – agreeing with God that He is right and that a man is wrong. The word NIKE means in Greek – just do it. If believers are going to get anywhere with Jesus they must repent and go on repenting. It is a continuous process. They are acknowledging that God knows best and wants the best for them. The medical men may have a lot of knowledge but they do not necessarily know what is best for their patients. Only God knows that. So if believers want the best, they have to do all that the Lord has said.

Healing

HEALING.

There are certain themes, which run throughout the Bible.
1. The dominant theme of the Bible is the sin of man as he rebels against God and God’s gracious provision of a saviour to remove the sins of man and to restore man to a personal relationship with God.
2. Salvation. The Bible is principally a book about salvation – the process of being made holy. This is God’s first priority. All other objectives, including health, must take second place to that purpose.
3. Persecution. The hostility towards the people of God is a thread running from Genesis to Revelation.
4. Family life appears as the foundation for an orderly society. Even the Church is presented as the family of God.
5. Another theme, which features from Genesis to Revelation, is health or the lack of it – which is called disease. DIS EASE is simply not being at ease with God. Sin is at the root of all disease, sickness and suffering. God did not intend it to happen. Whether it be man’s personal sin, which causes his own personal disease or man’s personal sin, which causes another’s disease or the sin of another, which causes personal disease or collective sin, which leads to others suffering, sin is involved. When God created the World He saw that it was perfect. There was no disease or pollution. Human bodies were designed to last forever. It is amazing that they last for 70 years with 3 trillion cells all working together. Gen ch 1.

God is so concerned that disease has happened that He is deeply involved in the healing business. Jesus told His Disciples: “You will do what I have done.” John ch 14 v 12.

There are certain principles of God, which operate in the sphere of health. Just as a good building must have solid foundations, straight walls, the correct weight of roof in relation to the size and strength of the walls etc., so there are a number of principles, which operate in the realm of health.

FIRST. God created the first man Adam healthy. Everything was excellent after God finished His creation. God did not intend man to be crippled or struggling to cope. He made Adam healthy. There was no sin and no pollution. When a man considers the lengths to which God goes to make him healthy, he can be sure that it is God’s desire that he is healthy. Jesus came that man might enjoy life to the full. A man cannot enjoy life to the full, if he is suffering from disease. God created man in three parts – as a physical, emotional and spiritual being. To begin with man was perfect and Adam would have lived physically for ever, if sin had not entered the human race. Sin originated in the spiritual realm. Adam and Eve rebelled against God in their spirits and sought to be equal with Him. Immediately that led to disease in the emotional realm. Fear, guilt, anxiety and shame entered their lives. God came to Adam and he said: “I was afraid.” Fear gripped his life. This was followed in time by physical consequences. Death is the wages or result of sin. Must a man die? Rom ch 6 v 23. Because of sin all must die. It is a spiritual law, which operates in the natural and can only be overridden in the supernatural.

SECOND. Jesus is man’s healer. Ex ch 15 v 26. “I am the Lord your healer.” It is one of the all-embracing “I am” statements of Jesus. Jesus opens the way to spiritual life with God. Jesus deals with man’s emotional balance. He copes with anxiety, guilt, shame, complexes, fear and so on. So many of the physical illnesses have their root in emotional turmoil. Forty per cent of people consulting their doctors do so as a result of anxiety. The physical symptoms are very real but the source is in the emotional realm within the person. Jesus is also man’s physical healer in many ways. He has built into each man’s body a stream of natural healing. When a man’s anxiety is calmed down, often the physical symptoms recede – but not always. In today’s push button society man looks for instant cures. Healing often takes time. The damage also takes time to build up in the body and it takes time to restore the body to health. God’s promise of healing was conditional on the obedience of the people to His word. Though God wanted healing, the people had to want it also. Jesus can heal a man of every sense of rejection, inadequacy and inferiority. There were no incurable diseases in Jesus’ day. The Bible is full of incidents of miraculous healing in response to prayer. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Heb ch 3 v 8.

The THIRD principle. Does God always heal man’s illnesses? No. Often people say a man ought just to pray and God will heal. The evidence is that, if everyone were completely healthy, there would not be any greater response to God. There are two principles working together in this area. One principle is God’s priority to make a man holy. Most people in the World want to be happy in this life and will consider holiness in the life to come. Jesus did not die to make man happy but holy. “Be Holy” is what He said. Not “Be happy.” Jesus challenges a man that, if he seeks holiness in this life, he will be guaranteed happiness in the life to come. The first priority of God is personal holiness. The other principle is to make a man healthy. It is just the same as two principles, which apply in relation to aeroplanes – the law of gravity and the law of aerodynamics. Both operate at the same time. The law of gravity means that, since the plane is heavier than the air, it must fall to the ground. The law of aerodynamics says that, if the plane is going at a certain speed, the upper thrust of the air will keep it airborne. As long as the latter is operating, the former is held in abeyance.

So it is with God. As long as He is determined to make a man holy, the principle of His desire to make him healthy, is held in abeyance. Sin in a man’s life may well be blocking the healing process. Some of the sins, which Jesus died for, may still be evident in the life of a believer. If sin was so serious that Jesus died to pay the price for sin, then it is more serious for a believer to be still committing sin. So if by healing a man, it will further God’s purpose, then He may do so. But mostly it will not. His purpose might well be furthered more quickly and more effectively, if a man is striving for holiness – despite his illness. God may be causing the suffering, because He is shaking the sin out of his life. The weak, natural man just wants to be well. The mature Christian discerns the purpose of God being worked out in his life and displays patience through adversity. The healthy do not love God as they ought to love Him. God could heal everyone, just as He could dispose of Satan today. But would the people love Him any more? Healing is one of the gifts of the Spirit. 1 Cor ch 12 v 9 and v 28. It is a special gift from God to be used for the benefit of the Church. Jesus gave His disciples a specific command to heal the sick. Therefore it is His intention and desire.

Paul spoke about his thorn in the flesh. 2 Cor ch 12 v 7. This was not a sickness or physical disability but a spiritual personality, who came to harass him. It was a demonic spirit sent by God to save Paul from becoming proud and arrogant. Num ch 33 v 55. “The inhabitants of the land shall be pricks in your eyes and a thorn in your flesh.” God may not send all things but He can use all things – even sickness. Pain is a blessing. It is God’s warning bell that all is not well in the body. There is time to put matters right before it becomes too serious.

The FOURTH principle. If an evil spirit is cast out, the house must be kept clean or seven more will come in. That is a spiritual law. Mat ch 12 v 43 – 45. This applies to a person and also to a nation. A nation, which is delivered by God and experiences salvation in a mighty way and then goes back deliberately or carelessly to frequent with evil spirits, will end up worse than before. That is what is happening to Britain and other counties. Ignorance and apathy have allowed the enemy entry to the land. That is why there is so much by way of warning against apostasy in the Bible. If a man desires spiritual freedom from the enemy, it is a life-long battle. The battle has been won by the blood of Jesus. Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil. 1 John ch 3 v 8. But the individual, who is spiritually cleansed, must set his face against allowing the enemy a fresh foothold within his life. If he fails to do that, his final situation will be worse than the former. If only there was an easier option but there is no easy option. That is a spiritual law operating in the Universe. Any country with knowledge of the Scriptures is in a dangerous situation. There is no excuse. The spiritual leaders ought to know very well how these laws operate.

The FIFTH principle. Jesus healed all who came to Him. In the midst of a great multitude, Jesus never lost sight of the individual. Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing. No one ever deserves to be healed. It is all a matter of grace. He still heals today because He lives today in His people. Man needs to come to Jesus and to come in public. There is a big difference to thinking about a matter and acting on the concerns. Often a man is called to put his money where his mouth is. Jesus calls on man to put his body where his mind is. There was nothing secret about the healing ministry of Jesus. But there were certain conditions. In Luke ch 4 v 18 Jesus declared the purpose of His coming to Earth. It included setting at liberty all who were bruised. He wanted to restore all things to what they once were. Why did Jesus heal all who came to Him? Jesus healed people for three reasons:
1. Jesus healed as a direct expression of the mind and will of God. “I must do the works of Him who sent me.” John ch 9 v 4. Unless God wills healing, it is useless to pray for it.
2. Jesus healed to validate His claim of being the Son of God. Mark ch 12 v 1-12. God had broken into the natural World by the supernatural birth of Jesus and could not contain Himself.
3. Jesus healed because of His great compassion for the people He had created. They were like sheep without a shepherd. The good shepherd just wants to get his sheep home safely. Jesus never told anyone to wait a little longer or to come back another day. Mark ch 1 v 41. He never turned anyone away. But the people still had to come to Him. It is the same today. Jesus heals because it is His nature to heal. It is an expression of His love.

Before tacking the question of healing there are some serious questions to be answered.

(a) Does a man want to be well? He must want to be healthy. Whatever it is in life he wants, he must have his will set in the right direction – whether that be to work, to be well, to learn etc. Jesus asked the man at the well: “Do you want to be well?” He asked Bartimaeus: “What do you want me to do for you?” Some enjoy their illness, because they get more attention than they would if they were well. Some are even proud of their disease. A man should remind himself that God wills him to be well, so he should will it also. For others it saves them working. A man may receive more in benefit than his neighbour does who is working, when the first man is capable of working. Since the second man is contributing to the benefit being paid to the first man in his taxes, the first man is therefore stealing from the second man, if he is capable of working. He does not want to be well. But he could be. Just how badly does a man want to be well? The desire for healing must not be limited to the consideration of his own comfort, however natural that may be.

(b) Is a man prepared to have a medical check up? It may be a glandular imbalance. Do not despise the doctors, who are instruments of common grace. A simple medical cure may be possible, before deeper causes are investigated. Is a man prepared to take medicine or even have a blood transfusion? Should believers take medicine? That is a question, which has to be addressed. Medical means and skill are part of God’s grace to mankind.

(c) Is a man prepared to give up whatever it is, which is making him ill? How badly does he want to be well? Badly enough to do something about it, even if it costs time and money – anxiety, alcohol, fear, shame, etc? As long as a man clings onto the sin, which is making him unwell, he will continue to be unwell and frustrate the desire of the Lord to make him well. It is difficult to receive a word of faith for a particular situation with unrecognised or un-confessed sin lurking beneath the surface. Satan uses all his craft to draw a man’s attention away from God and faith in His Word and on to himself, his feelings or his circumstances. It may be a little pet sin, which is a comfort to him. It may involve breaking off company with others who are involved in drug taking or alcohol or just using bad language.

(d) A man should go over his mental and spiritual attitudes to see if they may be contributing to his illness – e.g. fear, guilt, bitterness, resentment, anxiety, self-centredness or un-forgiveness. He cannot expect to think, pray, believe and act with the faith of Jesus, if at the same time he is content to live in a way, which is dishonouring to God. It may be a lifetime habit, which needs to be broken after repentance, e.g. anxiety. Guilt may involve making restitution or asking forgiveness of someone who has been hurt by his action or words.

(e) Is a man prepared to go public and admit that he has a problem? This may be necessary, if there is demonic possession. Jesus healed all who came to Him. It may involve confession of sin in public. That could be very embarrassing. Pride may be wounded. There may be a choice. Which does a man want to keep – his pride or the disease? It is always easier to deal with sins, which others know about – bad temper or arrogance. Everyone knows about them anyway. The secret hidden sins, like lust, are harder to cope with in public. Some illnesses are debilitating but are secret. The woman with bleeding tried to find healing without anyone else knowing. She tried to touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak in the midst of the crowd. Jesus stopped and called her out before the crowd. He was not trying to embarrass her but it is important that a man acknowledges Jesus in public. Mat ch 10 v 32. It is a public declaration, which is effective in the process of salvation. There is nothing secret in Christianity – in that way it differs from so many sects and religious practices. Believers are called to live their lives in public before others letting their light shine before them – not at them but before them. Healing often takes time, just as the disease took time to manifest itself. God’s promise to heal was conditional to the obedience to His word. Go and show yourself to the priest, Bartimeaus. But there were certain conditions. It is a public declaration, which is effective in the process of salvation. Zaccheaus was called out of the crowd into public. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus without being seen. Jesus called him out of the tree into the crowd. Again Jesus was not making life difficult for him. Jesus had compassion for Zacchaeus. But Zacchaeus needed to go in public and make a commitment to Jesus, which others would see. Zacchaeus was lonely because he was stealing from his fellow Jews and had no friends. Zaccheaus wanted to have friends without having to admit that being ostracised was killing him with loneliness – loneliness inflicts the heaviest weight the human heart can bear. Maybe to have friends a man has to be friendly. How many lonely people need not be lonely, if they were not rude to their would-be friends? Proverbs ch 18 v 24. “To have friends man has to be friendly.” Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus over the noise of the crowd. He was blind and knew his need. He was a beggar and so he had no pride to protect. He had nothing to lose. For many people their pride will not let them make a public declaration for Jesus. They are so proud of their ability to cope without help that they will not admit that they need the help of Jesus or any person for that matter.

(f) Is a man prepared to face up to the disease and not pretend that it does not exist, e.g. alcoholism and anorexia? Consider reasons why some people are not healed. There are barriers to healing. It could be lack of faith, a wrong diagnosis, a wrong concept of God, refusal to take medical advice or un-confessed sin.

(g) Does a man believe God wants him to be well? Some believers think it is the purpose of God that they are ill. Wrong theology leads to confusion and prevents God working.

(h) Does a man believe God can heal him? Some believe that the gifts were only for the early Church. A man needs to ask God to heal him. “You do not receive, because you do not ask.” Do not be vague – but be specific.

(i) Is a man prepared to be patient and wait for healing? It may take time. It may be necessary to go on believing that he is healed, refusing to collapse again every time the symptoms reappear. Rise up and walk and go on walking. To doubt is to allow the disease a fresh foothold in his life. James ch 1 v 6 – 8. Peter had to go on believing as he walked on the water. When he took his eyes off Jesus he began to sink.

(j) Will being healed assist a man’s drive for personal holiness? God’s primary purpose is personal holiness and He will go to any lengths to achieve this. “Go and sin no more.” What is a man’s motive for being healed? Is it just to enjoy life better without necessarily repenting and striving for holiness?

(k) Are there any of the barriers to healing present in a man’s life?

(l) Is a man taking practical steps to look after the body in which he lives? The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor ch 6 v 19-20. If God desires to dwell within each man’s body as His home, should he not keep it in perfect condition? Rom ch 8 v 11. Rom ch 12 v 1. The Bible is full of good advice and specific instructions regarding the care, use and healing of the physical body, which is the gift from God to man. Man was created for the pleasure of God. Prov ch 4 v 20. God calls on a man to look after his body and present it as a living sacrifice.
(a) Watch what is eaten. A good diet is essential to good health. What a man eats is what he is.
(b) Is a man taking enough physical exercise? The body needs to move in order to function properly. Why should a man give children exercises at school and be surprised if adults, who do not take exercise on a regular basis, are unhealthy?
(c) Watch body weight at both extremes. Too many believers are overweight. This makes the body and the mind sluggish. Emotional needs often lead people to over eat. Self-control is part of the Holy Spirit. Meditate on the Scriptures, which underline the responsibility of a believer to look after his body.
(d) Learn to relax. This is becoming more and more essential in a stressful World. What about the Tribulation? How will believers cope then, if they cannot relax now?
(e) Sleep well. Sleep acts as a generator, which charges the battery of the body. If a man does not get enough sleep during the night, he cannot be fully awake during the day. Self-discipline is hard, especially for young adults who have been set free from adult discipline. Today’s 24 hour society can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. The body is designed to run on a 24 hour clock and is not at its best if abused in this respect. Jet-lag proves the point.

Jesus healed all who came to him. But each healing was in a distinctive and different way, depending on the nature of the disease. Depending on the particular disease there may be need for repentance, confession, forgiveness or simply sheer obedience to the Word of God. For emotional problems there may be a need for real honesty to face up to the source of the problem and not to run from it. Man cannot pretend that there are any easy options or simple cures. Man makes life very complicated and, when a ball of wool is in a knot, it takes patience and determination to unravel it. Often Jesus asked those in need of healing: “Do you want to be well?” At first glance it seemed a naive question. But those who know Jesus know that “naïve” is not a word, which could be used of Him. He was using a penetrating question to challenge the person as to whether or not he was prepared to be someone who gave to society, rather than one who was a net receiver.

Jesus commissioned His Church to carry on His work. Healing involves faith. There are twice as many healed through faith of their friends as those who came through their own faith. God gives man faith – but he has to use it. The gift of music is one thing, but it is only useful if it is used by years of practice. Moses invited the people to choose life. Deut ch 30 v 19. Jesus did the same thing. A man’s life style has a lot to do with determining his state of health in all its aspects. Live creatively and not for safety. Love is the quality, which will survive the present age. Every selfish person is at heart an unhappy person. Live one day at a time and do not overload the nervous system. Mat ch 6 v 34.

What is the situation confronting man as he looks at the World around him? He is living in a disease-ridden society. The doctors are over-worked. There are queues at the hospitals. Man is also living in an anxiety-ridden society. He is worried about the future. The future is so uncertain. The rate of change is so great that few can keep abreast of it. Will there ever be full employment again? There is a moral depression on many nations. There is a huge desire to be well. Consider the number of hospitals, doctors, medicines and alternative medicines. Great energy is applied to making and keeping the population of the World well. This is recognised by politicians and thinkers alike, but no one has any solutions to the problems facing the nations. Economic solutions have been tried and found wanting. The more diseases man cures the more new diseases arrive on the scene. M. E., aids and senile dementia are all on the increase and there is no cure in sight. Some diseases once eradicated are returning. This is certainly not an academic subject. All experience suffering personally and even if they are well they do not have far to look to see the results of suffering. No subject could be more relevant today. Without physical, emotional and spiritual health, life is not enjoyed to the full. Disease robs a man of life in all its fullness and limits his effectiveness in so many ways.

The dictionary definition of sin is: “Transgression of divine or moral law committed consciously.” Sin violates an ought. It is more than selfishness. Sin means the repudiation of God’s authority, doubt of His goodness, dispute with God’s wisdom, rejection of God’s justice and the spurning of God’s grace. Sin is an enormous debit to God. Sin is always linked to sickness and suffering.

There are three categories of sin. 1. Falling short of the mark. 2. Going astray. 3. Rebellion. All of them have the same consequence. They result in the alienation of man from God and of man from man – and man from woman. Man is not at ease with God and he is not at ease with his fellow man. In Exodus ch 15 v 26 God said that if only man would obey God’s commandments and live as he is told he would not experience all the diseases, which he encounters in life. That is a fairly sweeping statement and without qualification. Some diseases are caused by personal sin. For example abuse of the body or the mind or sheer carelessness. More suffering is caused by carelessness in the home – flexes trailing down stairs and people falling off chairs. Some are caused by the sin of others -for example a road accident or an accident at work or a personal assault. Some are man’s collective sins. For example, those suffering from starvation could receive food, if man collectively ensured that they did. There is enough food to feed every person on the planet 1¼ times over. But some food is hoarded. Some people overeat and some food is destroyed to keep the price up. All are guilty when a child dies of starvation. If two people are gossiping about another, that person may experience hurt of his emotions. Today man is tinkering with the genes and there is a hope around that if the defective genes can be replaced certain diseases will be cured. Sadly man is starting at the wrong end. He should be concerned with sin as the source of the problem. There is no place in the Gospels indicating that Jesus was ever in any kind of ill health until the last 24 hours of His life when he chose to die. He was without sin.

Deal with sin, says the Bible, and the healing will follow. There is no point in curing all the genes for a man to follow a sinful way of life and so bring more disease upon his body. This is one of the ways of the World – man organised in community without God. It will not work. The World is the whole human organisation, which, through sin, is against God and also against man’s own best interests. The World is trying to have a by pass operation – getting health without dealing with sin.

Accepting that there is suffering, is a man ready to accept that God wants him to be healed? For sin, God has provided only one remedy – the man Jesus. God loves each man so much and does not want to see him suffer. Yet suffering is an integral part of the fallen World in which man lives. Jesus suffered in a way man will not have to experience. Jesus wept tears over those who would not turn to Him for healing. There are times when a man can only weep at the suffering in this World, such is its scale. A man would be callous not to weep.

It seems that God, knowing how man would behave, provides for his healing in four ways. God is not only concerned for man’s healing, He is concerned to prevent his falling sick. Jesus bore man’s griefs on the cross. Isaiah ch 53 v 4-5. With His stripes man is healed. On the cross the provision for dealing with sin was accompanied by a provision for dealing with man’s healing. There are certain physical laws affecting the body. All the mechanisms of the body have one object – to bring stability in the organism.

ONE. God has built into human bodies a stream of natural healing. Cuts, bruises, pulled muscles and bones heal naturally over a period of time. There is a system within the body whereby antibodies fight infection. Within certain limits the human body has the capacity of healing itself provided medical advice is taken and applied. God did that. The body produces interferon, which heals. Antibodies attack infections. A man’s health is safeguarded by an ingenious series of defences, arranged like the successive lines of an army entrenched to ward off invaders. Even teardrops have a powerful chemical within them. Never in the history of the World has so much been known about the workings of the human body and the benefit of a balanced diet. The time to tackle a man’s health is when he is well and not when he is sick. The normal reaction to disease is to seek a cure.

TWO. God blesses a man by providing others to assist in the healing process. Doctors and nurses do not actually heal a man. Rather they co-operate with God in the natural healing process by stitching the cuts, plastering the bones together, cutting out the poisonous or damaged parts of the body, in order to allow the healing process to take place. Their studies give them a better understanding of what God has provided within the body for man’s protection. The doctors assist the natural forces of the body to restore a person to health. Psychiatrists may be used to heal a damaged mental situation. Others like parents and friends are there to guide and protect a man against harm. Family and friends are used to help heal emotional hurts. These are all aspects of grace. Often they are acts of grace carried out anonymously. God wants each man well. Even pain, which is the monitor of human health, has been provided for man’s good. It is an alarm bell to warn him to take care and not exceed the limits of the body’s capacities. God knew that man would have neither the wisdom nor the restraint to be in charge of his body and so He built in certain warnings and healing processes. Often they are acts of grace carried out anonymously. Failure to obey the laws of health, which God has decreed, brings about certain consequences. Men are more reluctant than females to seek medical advice. Often a disease could have been cured if the man had consulted a doctor earlier when the symptoms first became apparent. If the body is so well designed, why does man experience sickness? Sin is the answer. Man fails to obey the laws of health, which God has decreed. Man suffers consequences when he disobeys God’s laws, including the law of gravity.

THREE. A man’s emotional health is largely dependent on his three basic needs being met. 1. The need to be loved. 2. The need to belong. 3. The need to achieve. That is the challenge to each Church – to meet the needs of the individual members. By providing families, friends and work God meets these needs. Healing may depend on these needs being met. It may also be necessary to attend to these needs as well as physical or spiritual healing. People deprived of love can be emotionally scarred for life. Those who are damaged emotionally may be operating behind defence barriers, to avoid facing the pain of life. The greatest spiritual need for any person is to have a personal relationship with God. God designed man in that way. Believers also need fellowship with other believers.

FOUR. Both Old and New Testaments are full of incidents of miraculous healing in answer to prayer. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Heb ch 3 v 8. The Bible is full of good advice and specific instructions regarding the care, use and healing of the physical bodies, which God created for man’s spiritual benefit. The human body was the pinnacle of God’s creation. He even gave His only Son a human body. Man needs to nourish and feed his body as well as to protect it from harm.

If it takes a person 7 years to train for a doctor, and if Jesus spent years studying before He healed the masses, man cannot pretend that it is an easy matter. Nonetheless it is the responsibility of any group of believers to seek to heal. God would challenge all people to come to terms with the whole matter of their own personal health, especially while they are young, and grow up to be people who can be a blessing to others in this World. Often the Doctors can analyse what is wrong with the patient clinically but cannot get to the root of the problem – because it is either spiritual, of which the doctor knows nothing, or because it is psychosomatic – it is in the mind. The average doctor will not recognise sin or the devastating consequences of sin. The believer has access to God and with a gift of discernment can identify the source of the disease. It is essential to make the correct diagnosis. Great damage can be done, if the wrong diagnosis is made, just as it is, if a doctor makes a wrong diagnosis. Not only is the disease untreated but another area is damaged as well.

The Gospels are packed full of people who came to Jesus or brought their friends to Jesus to be healed and Jesus healed all who came to Him. He did not go looking for them. He did not always receive a response. Once there were ten lepers healed and only one came to say: “Thank You.” It is hard to believe but it happens today. People need to receive healing in their bodies – in their mind – and in their spirits. Jesus looked upon the people and had compassion for them. He took that concern to His Father and asked His Father to heal them. “I only do what I see my Father doing.” Jesus longs to see people healed today. Man serves a supernatural God, who is still in the healing business. But it will not happen, if there is unbelief in the Church. It will not happen without understanding of how the Lord operates and that means a study of the Scriptures. That will not happen unless the believers are willing and determined to come to terms with the claims of God to meet a needy World. Believers need to understand the principles and fulfil the conditions. Without that the believers will be left powerless and with a sense of guilt that they have let their friends and neighbours down. The question of healing in the physical, emotional and spiritual realm has to be a purpose of any real Fellowship of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus healed all who came to him. It was a conditional covenant. Jesus never said: “Suffer a little longer.” But each healing was in a distinctive and different way, depending on the nature of the disease. Jesus had a ten-fold healing ministry.
1. Infections. Luke ch 4 v 38 – 39. Jesus rebuked the fever. It was a foreign body within the body. It had no right to be there.
2. Old age. The natural process of sin in the body is that the body ages. People leading sinful lives tend to look older than those of the same age, who are living holy lives. Jesus imparted His peace to many.
3. Leprosy. Luke ch 5 v 12. Luke ch 17 v 11 – 19. Jesus spoke in faith and they were well.
4. Paralysis. Mat ch 8 v 5 – 13. The centurion’s son. Faith healed him.
5. Paralysis. Mat ch 9 v 1 – 8. Sin and sickness go together.
6. Anxiety is a major cause of disease. It is sin. Mat ch 6 v 25 – 34. “Do not be anxious about anything.”
7. The raising of Lazarus. Jesus spoke and it happened. John ch 11 v 43.
8. Unclean spirits. Mark ch 1 v 21-28. Jesus rebuked them and told them to come out.
9. Unforgiveness is so often the blockage to the natural stream of healing flowing into the body. Jesus often told the people that their sins were forgiven.
10. Luke ch 13 v 10 – 17. A woman had a spirit of infirmity. No doctor could cure her then or now.
M. E. If the medical people have no answer, it may well be a spiritual problem.

Man needs his body to express his personality. There are certain physical limitations in the body and, if man exceeds these, the body screams out in protest. A man is not to be ruled by his bodily appetites, but controlled by the Holy Spirit. This means saying: “No” to the old self-nature.

Practical steps to be taken.
1. Repentance.
2. Obedience.
3. Confession.
4. Forgiveness.
5. Practical health – taking care of the body.
6. Emotional problems.
7. Sinful causes.

There are different types of disease.
1. Physical. Bones or deformities from birth. Damage to limbs or parts of the body. A man was born blind. John ch 9. People tried to analyse why that was. Jesus was not concerned as to why it was.
2. Old age. The result of sin is death. It is only because man sins that he dies. There is only a limited sphere of operation, since all will die in time. Lazarus, though raised from the dead, died at a later date. Believers are also subject to the law of death, just as they are subject to the law of gravity. Sin is the basic cause of so much sickness. All life is strangely poisoned at source.
3. Infections. Some kind of foreign organism, which does not belong there, has invaded the body. Jesus dealt with Peter’s mother-in-law who had a fever. Luke ch 4 v 38 – 39. Jesus rebuked the organism.
4. Carelessness. A major number of sicknesses are caused by accidents – especially in the home.
5. Emotional illness. When a man’s basic needs are not met, he hurts. The three basic needs of man are to belong, to achieve and to be loved. Loneliness, unemployment or rejection in a variety of ways cause damage to the emotions.
6. Abuse of the body. A poor diet, over eating, lack of exercise, carelessness, dirt in the kitchen, carelessness in hygiene, lazy life-styles, e.g. not sleeping regularly or overwork, consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, bitterness in the heart, greed, anger, wrong attitudes cause all types of illness. Doctors estimate that forty per cent of illness is due to illness in the mind. God does not want to deal only with the physical symptoms but also with the cause of the sickness. There is great emphasis in the Bible on preventative medicine. God may well not heal supernaturally, if the person has the remedy in his own hands.
7. Allowed by God as divine discipline. Sometimes God sends sickness – the Egyptians and the angel of death. A loving father will discipline his children. Job. God disciplined Miriam for her grumbling against Moses. What happens on Earth is of universal importance to God, since the Universe is looking in on it. 1 Cor ch 4 v 9.
8. Spiritual. Satan has certain powers, which are permitted by God. Satan was permitted by God to afflict Job with boils. Demonic oppression, attack in the form of gossip, defamation of character and possession. Demons need to be attacked and driven out. No amount of pastoral care will be of any good, if the person is possessed by a demon, any more than a broken leg can be cured by sympathy and counselling. Believers are called to take part in warfare against the enemy of mankind – Satan himself and his demons. Demons are at work in physical, mental and spiritual illness. Believers are called to exercise authority over Satan. The woman with the issue of blood for 18 years. The Bible refers to it as a spirit of infirmity. God generally protects human beings, otherwise humanity would have died out centuries ago. When a person is involved in occult activity, Satan has fertile ground in which to work and can on occasions implant disease. Drug addiction opens the way for disease. Satan’s greatest battlefield is in the area of the mind. 2 Cor ch 11 v 3. Fear is a spiritual power, which has physical symptoms. Negative thoughts in the mind cause effects in the body by opening the minds to a spirit of fear. A man blushes with embarrassment. A man shakes with fear. A man is livid with rage. A man’s thoughts affect his emotions, which in turn affect his body. A phantom pregnancy is quite common. After the age of 40 a man is responsible for his face. Control of the mind by a demon can lead to gluttony and anorexia. Every great fear has to be imagined in the mind in the first place, before it can be turned into reality. It can be used for good or evil. If Satan gets a hold of a man’s mind, he will use it for evil. God gives man free will. A man must learn to reject the negative thoughts, otherwise Satan will use them. It takes a man’s consent and co-operation. A man cannot prevent Satan from influencing the thought life, but he can decide what thoughts will dominate his life.

A man’s thoughts shape his life. It is easy to blame others, but a man is personally responsible for allowing the thoughts to fill his mind. His life is not shaped by his circumstances but by his response to these circumstances. Each person is the total of his experiences and his responses to them. That is why each one will be called to account for his actions at the end of his life. God made man a creature of habit, because that makes life comfortable and easy to live, provided the habits are good habits. Bad habits are difficult to break. Sinful thought patterns are ingrained in man and difficult to shift. The best place to break a bad habit is when a man is right in the middle of doing it. Bad habits are the fertile ground Satan needs to get a hold of the thought pattern. If tempted by impure thoughts quote the Scripture to Satan – Phil ch 4 v 8. “Whatsoever things are pure, think on these things.” Pity ought to be directed towards others – not self. It is good to tackle these areas of life while young. Eccles ch 12 v 1.

Before addressing the question of healing it is essential to diagnose the patient to ascertain the nature of the disease. Is it physical, emotional or spiritual? Symptoms of all three may be manifested in the patient. But it is essential to get to the route cause of the disease. There are certain steps the individual must take himself.
1. Physical healing. There is a stream of natural healing built into every human being. Cuts heal. Viruses are defeated by anti-bodies. Poisons like nicotine and alcohol are flushed out of the system. However, there are limits on the resources of the body in regard to natural healing. Is a man taking all the necessary steps to assist in the natural healing?
2. Emotional healing. It is easy to identify wounds on a physical body. It is more difficult to identify wounds on a broken emotional mind. Are the three basic needs being met? When man listens to the enemy, fear lurks beneath the surface of the mind. When he listens to God’s word, he can be liberated from fear.
3. Spiritual. Inherited spiritual problems. Who was the father? Adopted children have special problems. What spirits were in the parents, which might have been transferred to the children?

APPLICATION.
1. Have a physical check up first. It may be a defective hormone or gland.
2. Consider the emotional situation. It may lead to physical symptoms. It is essential to tackle the source of the problem and not somewhere down the line e.g. what is causing the stress or fear or anxiety, leading to the physical symptoms? A man will only continue to hurt himself, if he refuses to forgive others. Those who speak against the believers speak in the name of the accuser of the believers – Satan. Resist such accusations.
3. Spiritual casting out of evil spirits. Identify the spirits and name them. Each spirit has a name. First establish if the person is oppressed or possessed. If the demon is cast out, fill with the man with the Holy Spirit or seven more demons will fill its place. Mat ch 12 v 43 – 45.
4. Western medicine has tended to tackle the physical man with physical remedies and to ignore the spiritual dimension – electric shock treatment for those with emotional breakdown. In many cases this may well make the person worse. Some pills have serious side effects. A depressed man may need deliverance or just have his basic needs met. The New Age alternative medicines tend to apply remedies like homeopathy – herbs and plants for physical remedies. There is a risk with all of them.

Mechanics of healing.
1. Oil. The sign of the Holy Spirit. Acts ch 10 v 38. James ch 5 v 14.
2. Laying on of hands. Concern and involvement. To shake hands is symbolic of friendship. Mark ch 16 v 18. Sheer obedience to the Word of God.
3. Faith – by someone. Faith is the door to the supernatural. Calling of elders is positive action in response to the Word of God.
4. Prayer. The motive must be right. Deliverance. Intercessory prayer, if God has said that He wills to heal. A man should ask God first, if he should pray. Is there an element of compassion?
5. Dealing with the source – repentance.
6. Speaking to the problem. Possession or oppression.
7. The gift of healing is given to some people. Without faith there can be no supernatural healing. God must speak.
8. God uses doctors as an act of natural or common grace. Do not neglect them.

Disease is a judgement of God. This is both personal and national judgement. Where a society lives in a moral quagmire with no fixed point of reference, God may well judge the nation. Healing is not a right. It may involve a change of lifestyle. It may take time to work out and may not be instantaneous, especially in the realm of the emotions. It may have taken a long time to manifest itself as a disease. A man should not feel condemned, if there is no response to the prayer for healing. God may be waiting for the best time or want to tackle another area of man’s life first.

Laughter is a painkiller because it releases endorfins from a gland into the body and these kill pain. Laughter also reduces the tension within a man and eases the pressure on the mind. It takes a man’s mind off himself. Death is the wages of sin. The natural death should be a quiet passing to the Spirit World, when God withdraws the spirit from the body – rather than the body becoming, by disease, unfit for the spirit to dwell in any longer. God is man’s deliverer. Ps 3 v 8. It is His nature to deliver His people. Jesus came to set the captives free. He gave His Disciples authority over demons. Demons are to be commanded and not prayed for or against. There is no medical cure for demon possession. It can only be dealt with spiritually. As well as deliverance, the person will need healing of the emotions. The fertile ground, which gave the demon the opportunity to work, needs to be dealt with also. Where there is oppression, as against possession, the person must co-operate and resist the Devil. It may be deliverance from a family curse or dealings with freemasonry. Satan uses demons to oppress as well as to possess. Acts ch 7 v 34. The Children of Israel were oppressed. Stress has consequences for the physical, emotional and spiritual being.

In the realm of healing as in all other realms, a man gets what he says. Mat ch 12 v 36-37. “For every idle word a man speaks, he shall give account on the day of judgement. For by your words you shall be justified and by your words you shall be condemned.” Negative thoughts and words can bring about disease. “That which I feared has come upon me. Job.” Speaking negative words over the body will bring a negative response from the physical body. Jesus told His Disciples to speak to the mountain – whatever it was – a mountain of fear. Faith is the opposite of doubt. James ch 1 v 6 – 8. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. “Cannot” is a negative word. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil ch 4 v 13. By His words Jesus cast out demons, which were causing affliction in the physical, emotional or spiritual aspects of the lives of people. Jesus ministry of healing was incidental to His great preaching and teaching ministry. A man can think health or think disease. The mind has a tremendous influence on the body and its health. A man’s emotions follow his thoughts. When a man has the right attitudes, then his emotions respond accordingly. It is important to see that the Devil comes to rob, steal and destroy and not to give him the satisfaction of doing a good job. It is necessary to go in the opposite spirit.

The physical body, the mind and the spiritual body are intertwined and very complicated. Damage to one part affects the other parts. Failures in healing do occur – mostly through unbelief. Unbelief prevents a person from receiving what God wants to give. Ignorance is also a cause of lack of healing. Wrong teaching can prevent a person from receiving healing. If a man believes that God has a lesson to teach him in his sickness, he should hurry up and learn it, so that he can receive his healing. If God wants to take one of His children to glory, He does not have to resort to a painful sickness to achieve that end. If a man is carrying sickness as his cross, he is carrying the wrong cross. The cross is one of self-denial. Insensitivity to the voice of the Spirit seriously limits a man’s capacity to receive from God.

Spiritual healing. Angels are available to be servants of God and to protect the individual. Heb ch 1 v 14. Angels are put to work by the prayers of the saints. Daniel prayed and Gabriel appeared to him. Gabriel said to Daniel: “The moment you began praying a command went out to me to come to you.” In other words Gabriel came in response to the words of Daniel. Where there are people who have been afflicted by demonic powers, ask for an angel every week to stand guard over them. That is faith in the Word of God. There are twice as many angels as there are demons. Use them to heal and to protect.

The secular World has no other alternative but to look for a physical cure, since mental illness is the only possible diagnosis. Often the drugs make the patient worse instead of better. If it is a spiritual problem, then only a spiritual solution will be totally effective. Resolving a child’s spiritual problem only to send him back to a dysfunctional family is not an adequate solution. If a person is abusing his body with smoking, God is unlikely to heal him so that he can continue to abuse the body and walk in disobedience.

Emotional problems. Nobody can consistently behave in a way, which is inconsistent with how they perceive themselves. In many cases traumatic childhood experiences continue to have debilitating effect on present living. Healing of the memories is a vital part of healing after a time of war or social unrest and where there have been huge family problems. Psychologists and mental health experts generally agree that people are mentally healthy, if they are in touch with reality and relatively free from anxiety. The truth is seeing things as they really are. The truth will set a man free.

God’s preventative medicine.

Long before the question of supernatural healing arises, the Bible has a lot to say about looking after the gift of the human body and preventative medicine. In the Western World there is great emphasis on preventative medicine. With the advances in science there has never been a time in the history of the World when more has been known about the working of the human body and the effect of a good balanced diet. Ignorance in times past is no excuse today. Many of the diseases, which take up valuable hospital time, could be avoided if attention was paid by man to God’s advice in the Bible about taking care of the body. This applies particularly to believers. The gift of supernatural healing is one of the gifts of the Spirit given by God for the blessing of people whom He loves and for the building up of the Church. Prior to seeking divine healing it is advisable to have a physical medical check up. The human being is made up of three parts – the physical body, the soul or personality, which includes the mind, emotions and the will and the spirit. All three parts are knit together in a wonderful way. When one part is damaged the others generally experience some kind of effect. God may not heal supernaturally, if the person has the remedy in His own hands. God lives in the body of the believer, which is the temple of God. Gal ch 5 v 22. 1 Cor ch 6 v 19-20. If God desires to dwell within a man’s body as His home, should the man not keep it in perfect condition? Rom ch 8 v 11. Rom ch 12 v 1.

Prov ch 4 v 20. God advises man to pay close attention to His advice. This applies to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The following is a sample of God’s advice.

1. Sleep or the lack of it. Psalm 127 v 2. God has designed the human body that it needs a time of rest during sleep. For the body to function efficiently it needs regular sleep. To get the best performance out of any machine it needs to be maintained on a regular basis. This is particularly good advice in Britain’s 24 hour culture, with shops open 24 hours a day and television on air 24 hours a day. Ex ch 34 v 21. Mark ch 2 v 27. Regular sleep and a regular work pattern leads to a healthy body. Sleep acts as a generator, which charges the battery of the body. Science has proved that the body runs on a 24 hour clock and that mental activity is at its lowest ebb during the early hours of the morning.

2. Poor diet. Lev ch 3 v 17. Never has so much been known about the working of the human body as today. A poor diet does not enable the body to function efficiently. God gave certain dietary laws to the Children of Israel. What a man puts into his body can have harmful effects. The lack of food can lead to anorexia and too much food opens the door to gluttony. Obesity is a growing problem in many parts of the World. Overeating tends to make the mind sluggish. It causes cholestral plaques within the arteries.
1 Cor ch 6 v 13. Each man is responsible for the body, which God has given to him. Part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control – the ability to say ”No “ to man’s fallen nature. Gal ch 5 v 22-23.

3. The effects of drugs, including tobacco. 1 Cor ch 3 v 17. 2 Cor ch 7 v 1. Alcohol consumption. Eph ch 5 v 18. “Do not get drunk with wine.” Prov ch 20 v 1. The drugs industry is now the largest industry in the World, even exceeding armaments. The widespread damage to the body from drugs is well documented.

4. Sanitation. Deut ch 23 v 12- 14. Even some of the hospitals are dirty and dangerous places to be. Personal hygiene is on the decline. A lack of hygiene may lead to food poisoning.

5. Exercise or the lack of it. Gen ch 13 v 17. Walking is recognised as the best form of keeping the body in good physical condition. Until the advent of the combustion engine, this was the normal form of exercise. 1 Tim ch 4 v 8. Any machine needs care and maintenance. It is the same with the body.

6. Lust. 2 Sam ch 13 v 2. “He made himself ill through lust.” The permissive society has simply surrendered to lust. Sexual diseases are on the increase. Often these are caused by immoral sexual activity. Man is not to be ruled by his bodily appetites. Gal ch 5 v 22. Sexual activity outside of marriage is forbidden. 1 Cor ch 6 v 11-13. Rev ch 22 v 15. Prov ch 5 v 1-12.

7. Fear. Man was never intended to experience fear. The World was designed by God to run on the fuel of love – love for God, love for the created World and love for fellow men and women. As soon as Adam rebelled against God fear entered the human race. Adam heard God coming and said that he was afraid. Fear can cause over fifty physical illnesses. 2 Tim ch 1 v 7. “God has not given man a spirit of fear.” Fear can cause ulcers, headaches, asthma, high blood pressure, blindness and arthritis. It can even kill. Ananias and Sapphira. Acts ch 5 v 5. Job ch 3 v 25. Satan plays on a man’s fears. Job ch 3 v 25. “Fear not.” This is the command, which Jesus gave most often. Mat ch 10 v 31. John ch 14 v 27.

8. Anxiety of the mind. Doctors say that 40 % of physical illness is due to stress in the mind. “Do not be anxious about your life.” Mat ch 6 v 25. To be blessed is a state of mind of being at one with God. The peace of God calms the tensions and anxieties, which lead to so much inner tension and disease. “Do not let the Devil get a foothold.” Eph ch 4 v 27. John ch 14 v 1. Phil ch 4 v 4-7. 1 Pet ch 5 v 7. Mal ch 2 v 16. Anxiety, greed, bitterness, hatred, fear and frustration. Fatal heart attacks can be triggered by anxiety. Mat ch 6 v 34. John ch 14 v 1. Phil ch 4 v 4-7. Lack of stress. Ulcers can be caused by stress. There is a danger of taking on too much responsibility. A man should nurture peace of mind in an anxious society. Dan ch 2 v 21- 23. God is in control of the affairs of the World. Anxiety is steadily increasing in the World as it becomes increasingly obvious that no leaders have the answers to the complex issues facing the developed World. 2 Sam ch 13 v 2. Emotional turmoil in children may arise from the divorce of their parents. Mal ch 2 v 16. If anxiety in the mind can cause so many physical diseases of the body, what steps should a person take to avoid such diseases? The doctors prescribe drugs. The anxiety could be caused by concern about a man’s job, break up of family, generation gap, bullying, disappointment with children, concern for the future of the children who are not working at school, drugs, sexual exploits, guilt over wrong living, pressure at work to perform, or within the family, to live up to the standard set by parents, financial pressures to keep up with the neighbours and families living beyond their means (Banks and adverts encourage people to spend more than they can afford.) Peer pressure to conform to standards of others is not limited to school days. The natural reaction of most people is to reject something about themselves, which they do not want to be true. That is why so few are prepared to read the Bible. It tells them the truth about themselves. Every self-centred person is an unhappy person. A man is only as happy as his least happy child. Today has enough troubles of its own. Today is the tomorrow a man worried about yesterday. Man never has any failures – only learning experiences.

9. Gossip poisons the mind and the body. Mat ch 15 v 4. Prov ch 11 v 9. Psalm 41 v 5. Eccles ch 10 v 20. Prov ch 26 v 20. Jude v 10. Gossip brings about guilt and guilt can have physical consequences. Running people down exposes man to a host of diseases of body and mind. Expressing animosity towards others releases hormones from the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and other glands. If released in excess these hormones can cause disease to many parts of the body.

10. Avoiding disputes. Mat ch 5 v 40. Keep out of court. The mental distress and possible illness arising out of going to a court of law may well be greater than any possible monetary success. Rom ch 12 v 18.

11. Loneliness. Lev ch 19 v 18. Mat ch 25 v 36. Loneliness is capable of hurling the heaviest weight, which the human heart can endure. Prov ch 18 v 24. To have friends man must first be friendly. Children suffer when their father abandons them. Emotional turmoil of children may arise from the divorce of their parents. Mal ch 2 v 16. Take steps to have social intercourse.

12. Dabbling in the occult is forbidden and dangerous. Lev ch 19 v 31. Lev ch 20 v 27. There is only one door into the supernatural, which is allowed for man and that is by faith. All other doors are opened by the enemy but are forbidden by God. “Do not give Satan a foothold.” Satan needs fertile ground and will take the ground if given the opportunity.

13. Spiritual possession. It may not be a man’s responsibility or fault for having it, but it is his responsibility if he decides to retain it. Dr Lloyd Jones: “In a World of collapsing institutions, moral chaos and increasing violence, never has it been more important to trace the hand of the prince of the power of the air. If a man cannot discern the chief cause of his ills, how can he cure them?”

14. Anger. Psalm 37 v 8. Eph ch 4 v 31. Jas ch 1 v 19. “It is not what you eat but what eats you.” Heb ch 12 v 14-15, Bitterness, resentment and anger often lead to ulcers and stomach disorders. Eph ch 6 v 4. “Do not provoke your children to anger.” Mat ch 18 v 10.

15. The provision of a safe working place. The World recognises this by enforcing strict regulations, imposing on employers a duty to provide a safe working place for the employees. Those working at home ought to take care of their eyes and lungs.

16. Pollution of the land, sea and air. Isaiah ch 24. Individuals are affected. It is the responsibility of government to pass legislation to keep the land, sea and air free from contamination. Smokeless zones. Clean beaches. Crop spraying. Poisons in the air. Petrol fumes. Nuclear discharge.

17. Rest from work. Ex ch 34 v 21. Mark ch 2 v 27.

18. Most accidents are avoidable – especially those in the home.

19. Have a regular check up. Pain is God’s warning bell provided by God to advise man that something is wrong.

20. Contagious diseases. Man needs to watch the company he keeps – especially sexual contact. Lev ch 13 v 46.

21. Life styles and attitudes. After forty a man is responsible for his face. Regular diet. Regular sleep. Regular work pattern. The body runs on a 24 hour clock. Lack of stress. Ulcers are caused by stress.
Mind under matter. Receiving negative thoughts. “I shall get the cold.” Satan feeds negative thoughts into a man’s mind. Then he reinforces them with suggestions: “It is in the family.” “You are next.” He plays on a man’s fears. Mat ch 9 v 1-8. Sin is usually linked to sickness.

22. Peace of mind. It is essential in a stress ridden World to know that God is in total control of the events of the World. Dan ch 2 v 21-23.

An emotion is the state of mind, which produces a feeling and then manifests itself by a sensible change in the body. Every part of a man’s body is affected for good or evil by his emotions. The emotions are the driving force of the personality. The emotion of fear prevents the salivary glands from functioning. Emotions can upset every gland in the body. High blood pressure can be caused by damage to the emotions. Lots of teeth and appendices are taken out due to wrong emotions. Pain in the neck is often due to emotional stress. Wrong messages are being sent down the nerves. If a man sends fearful, negative, resentful or critical messages down the nerves, he may cause physical pain.

There are other instances of disease caused by the following.
Abortion. Jeremiah ch 32 v 35.
Abuse of children. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery because of their jealousy. Lev ch 19 v 29. Some problems are caused by neglect by parents who fail to look after the emotional growth of their children. Child abuse.
Alcohol consumption. Eph ch 5 v 18. Do not get drunk with wine. Prov ch 20 v 1.
Infections. Luke ch 4 v 38-39. Jesus rebuked the fever. It was a foreign body within the body. It had no right to be there. Mat ch 4 v 1-8.
Mat ch 18 v 10. Inferiority complex may be caused by parents neglecting to look after the emotional growth of children.
Sexual abuse. Lev ch 19 v 29.
Sexual disease. Often it is caused by immoral sexual activity. A man is not to be ruled by his bodily appetites. Part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is the ability to say “No” to self. Gal ch 5 v 22.
Doctors, nurses and medical treatment are part of God’s common grace by diagnosing causes of illness.
Thyroid glands. It is always right to have a sound medical check up first.
Romans ch 12 v 2. God’s will for a man is not sickness. 2 Tim ch 1 v 7. Walk in faith in God and not in fear of the Devil. Psalm 91 v 4-6.

Man has 3 basic needs. To be loved. To belong. To achieve.
There is scope for natural self-help, supernatural divine help and for man to help meet the needs of others.

A man needs physical company. Moses had Aaron. David had Jonathan. Daniel had his 3 friends. Jesus had the Disciples. Paul had Barnabas.
Samuel cried out that his people had rejected him. It was the Lord who had been rejected.
In a Fellowship there is a need for like fellowship in the spirit.
In order to meet the need, a man joins clubs, public houses, a cause, a political party, a supporters club, a sect, etc. He longs to belong to somewhere he can feel needed and where he belongs.

The need to achieve. There is a desire to achieve something worthwhile and a frustration when that need is not met. There is a sense of satisfaction with a job well done. A man tends to spend longer admiring what he has done than he did in doing it in the first place.

A man feels good when someone appreciates what he has done and there is a vote of thanks. “Need me,” is a cry from the human heart.

How does a man help himself to meet the basic needs? He joins a Church. He gives – it is more blessed to give than to receive. Faith leads to works. There is plenty to do.

God acts in a supernatural way by giving gifts in His Kingdom to enable a man to achieve something worthwhile, which will last forever. A man should ask God to give his friend a gift.

Help others. Show them love. Visit a lonely person. Invite a lonely person to join the group. Offer someone work if possible. Do something together, with a shared vision. Get involved. See their need and endeavour to meet it. Be an instrument of blessing Gal ch 6 v 10.
Loneliness. Bartimaeus. Luke ch 18 v 35. Zacchaeus. Luke ch 19 v 2.
Belong. Personal. Gen ch 2 v 18. Family. Mat ch 12 v 48-50.
Nations. Deut ch 32 v 8. Acts ch 17 v 26.
Work. John ch 5 v 17. John ch 14 v 12. Gal ch 6 v 18.

14 BARRIERS TO HEALING. These must be overcome or else no healing will take place.

1. Sin. God is love, therefore any state of mind, which is unloving hinders His complete possession of a man. An unforgiving spirit, bitterness of heart, slander, jealousy, contempt, criticism or any other sin is a barrier to healing. If sin was so serious that Jesus had to die for man’s sins, how much more serious is it for the believers, who know the results of sin. A man cannot have sin and Jesus. The promise of healing is to those who obey God’s statutes.

2. Vagueness. Bartimaeus knew exactly what he wanted Jesus to do for him. “I want to see.” Man does not receive if he does not ask correctly and specifically. “You get what you say.” Just as vague prayers receive vague answers, so specific prayers receive specific answers. Jesus asked; “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus was looking for a specific request. If a man prays for healing for someone, he should be specific about what he wants the Lord to do? Mat ch 20 v 32. John ch 14 v 14. A doctor cannot tell a patient what he will do, if the patient cannot tell the doctor exactly what is wrong with him. If a man cannot be bothered to identify what is wrong, how can he ask a specific question about his healing? He cannot be very serious about it.

3. Ignorance. Many do not know of God’s desire to heal or His power to heal. Those who do not take the trouble to find out what Jesus has promised will not be present when He is healing. Neglect and laziness may both prevent healing. Mat ch 22 v 29. At conversion God began to renew the mind and understanding of His ways. Ignorance of how to go about it may prevent a person from receiving healing. Many do not know of God’s desire to heal man or of His power to do so.

4. Wrong motive. Healing should be for the glory of God and not for selfish reasons. If a man wants to be healed so that he can carry on his existing life style and continue to live for himself, then God ought not to heal. John ch 8 v 48-51.

5. Disobedience. Where God has spoken and made the cause of the disease clear but the person will not take the necessary action. It may be a doctor who has identified the disease and given the medicine to take but the patient will not take it. Or it may be a sinful area where certain action is necessary – giving up drink, which is causing the disease of the liver. Refusal to finish the treatment will prevent healing. This applies particularly where there is abuse of the body. In Deut ch 28 Moses listed the blessings, which would follow obedience and the problems, which would arise where there is disobedience. Habits are hard to break but obedience trains a man into new habits, which are pleasing to God. Today there is a classic example in relation to drugs. They are dangerous and in some cases deadly. Health is affected and this will be so until there is obedience and the practice of drugtaking is ended. There is no point of seeking healing, if a man is living in disobedience. 1 Sam ch 15 v 22. Mark ch 1 v 27. Rom ch 2 v 8. Acts ch 5 v 29.

6. Physical. There may be a simple physical problem, such as an over-active thyroid gland or lack of iron in the blood. A physical check-up should always be the first matter to be considered. God is unlikely to heal in a supernatural way, if the matter can be resolved medically. Fasting may be required to clear the poisons out of the body. It may involve travelling a distance to someone who can help.

7. Unbelief in the Church. If there is unbelief in the teaching of the Church it may prevent supernatural healing. There is a general teaching that supernatural healing and gifts of healing were for the first century Church only. The Church has drained the supernatural out of Christianity. James ch 1 v 6. Where those who minister do so in a general climate of unbelief there will be no healing.

8. Bitterness. Bitterness, anger and resentment all eat away at the body and can cause physical sickness and pain. Counselling may be required to probe the cause of the emotional illness. Prayer in itself may not be the right way of dealing with the bitterness. Job ch 10 v 1. Job ch 21 v 25. Prov ch 14 v 10.
This may allow in a spirit of bitterness.

9. Unforgiveness. So often the healings of Jesus were accompanied by forgiveness for sins. The two went hand in hand. Forgiveness is to do with mercy and grace flowing into the situation. Jesus taught man to pray: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive others.” If a man does not forgive others, he cannot receive forgiveness himself. By not forgiving others, a man blocks the forgiveness of God for his sins and therefore his healing is held back. Heb ch 9 v 22. Jer ch 31 v 34. Mat ch 6 v 12. Mat ch 18 v 35.
Forgiveness is what sets a man free from his past. A man does not do it for the other person’s sake only, but for his own sake. He must forgive to allow the healing process to start. Unforgiveness of others affords Satan the greatest access to the Church. A man can ask for mercy and justice, but if he will not show it to others, he will not receive it for himself.

10. Repentance. If sin was so serious that Jesus had to die to pay the price for it, how much more serious is it for believers to continue in sin? A man cannot have sin and Jesus. It raises the question of how badly a man desires healing. Confession of sins is an integral part of the healing process. James ch 5 v 16. “Confess your sins to one another.” There is a weight off the mind. The sin attacks the conscience and confidence. There is vulnerability, if others find out. It may be just the sin of one against the other or it may embrace private sins confessed to another. There is bondage in sin. When a man confesses the sin, the bondage is broken. There is power released into the man to overcome the sin. Satan no longer has the power over that person. There is an element of danger. What if the other person tells someone else about the secret sin? Lev ch 5 v 5 lists four types of sin, which need to be confessed to discharge the guilt. Lev ch 26 v 14 states the punishment for disobedience to God. The promise of healing is to those who obey God’s statutes. Ex ch 15 v 26. God is love, therefore any state of mind, which is unloving, hinders His complete possession of a man. An unforgiving spirit, bitterness of heart, slander, jealousy, contempt, criticism or any other sin is a barrier to healing. It raises the question of how badly man desires healing.

11. Demonic disease. Jesus did not pray for those who were possessed or call for faith from them. He commanded the spirit to depart. Discernment is required. Some will only be moved by prayer and fasting. Mat ch 17 v 14 – 21. There is no greater barrier to healing than impurity of thought, whether or not it ever expresses itself in action. Nothing is harder to check by the power of the human will. If the medical people have no idea what is causing it e.g. M. E., then it is likely to be a spiritual problem.

12. Fear. This may be of another person, who will scoff or ridicule the proposed healing. It may be fear within the individual in need of healing as to what might happen, if he is healed. How will his life change?

13. Lack of faith. The promise of God must be appropriated by faith. No amount of hoping or wishful thinking is a substitute for faith. James ch 5 v 15. Even if a man believes that it is possible, God needs to speak into the situation through someone, not necessarily the person who is sick. There is no supernatural healing without an element of faith. Faith is a man believing he has received it before he sees it.

14. Wrong diagnosis. This may be physical, emotional or spiritual. It may be that only the spiritual, physical or emotional aspect has been dealt with, while other aspects require attention also. Anorexia is an example. Once the evil spirit is cast out, the relationship problem needs to be addressed, which gave rise to the problem in the first place. There may also be a need to address the question of eating, diet and vegetarianism.

HEALING. CHECK LIST. Physical, emotional or spiritual or all three.

Where does a man stand before God? Is he a follower of Jesus?
Does a man accept that God’s first priority is holiness, even before health?
Find out when the illness first appeared.
Has he had a physical medical check-up?
Memories. Has there been any painful experience in the past, which still dominates a man’s life?
Addictions. Are there any parts of a man’s life, which he cannot conquer, e. g smoking, gossip?
Is loneliness a problem? It is the heaviest weight the human heart has to bear.
Life style. Does a man see faults in others, which he does not like? Could these be his own faults?
Diet. Does a man eat a regular and balanced diet and get enough sleep?
Stress. Is a man overloaded with work and personal responsibilities?
Shame. Are there things, which make a man feel ashamed – either done by him or to him?
Guilt. Are their sins, which have never been confessed or repented of?
Family background. Did a man have two caring parents, or did either behave badly towards him?
Freemasonry. Has a man or any member of his family been involved with the Masonic Order?
Childhood. Did anything frightening or unhealthy happen during a man’s childhood, e.g. fire, abuse?
Inferiority complex. Many people feel unworthy and unable to serve the Lord.
Idolatry. God must be first in a man’s life. Is there anything, which comes before God, even his family?
Addiction. Are there any unhealthy habits or thoughts, which a man cannot leave behind?
Curses. Has anyone said or done anything to make a man’s life particularly difficult?
Fear. Is there anything, which makes a man particularly afraid?
Temptations. Are there temptations, which regularly bring a man into sin, through submission to them?
Religious ties. Are traditions and religious practices important to a man?
Rejection. Has a man felt rejected by anyone or even by circumstances?
Unforgivensess. Is there anyone who has hurt a man or his family whom he has never forgiven?
Three basic needs. Does a man feel loved and wanted? Does he feel he belongs? Does he feel fulfilled in life?
Soul ties. Has a man had a sexual relationship before or out-with his marriage?
Occultic involvement. Has there been any involvement in the past with New Age or occultic activity?
Has a man sought healing from a source other than God?
Hidden sins? Are there any sins or activities, which no one knows about but which a man knows are wrong?
Contentment. Would a man say that he is content with where he is in life or does he have any regrets?
Gossip. Is there gossip or unhealthy criticism of others and a desire to promote himself.
How badly does a man want to be well, badly enough to give up anything, which is causing him to be ill?
Consider the 14 barriers to healing.

Practical steps.
1. Make sure there is plenty time.
2. Make sure there is someone else present for protection.
3. Ensure personal body freshness.
4. Take control and put the person at ease.
5. Explain divine healing. God the Holy Spirit heals and does so in many different ways.
6. Ask permission to pray.
7. Be prepared to stop and allow time for review.
8. Pray with eyes open – watch and pray.
9. Tease out background to find areas, which need to be dealt with.
10. Remind the person that since God wills his health, he should will it also.
11. Obtain medical advice on the nature of the illness.
12. Go over the mental and spiritual attitudes and try to ascertain if these may be contributing to the sickness. Few illnesses are purely physical. Mind, body and spirit interact with one another. Four major attitudes contribute to ill health.
(a) Fear. Fear in the mind triggers off all kinds of physical consequences.
(b) Resentment.
(c) Guilt. Is a man living in a sinful way in disobedience to God’s commands. Dan ch 5 v 22-24.
(d) Self-centredness. Jesus calls a man to forget about himself.
13. Be acquainted with the reasons why people are not healed so that there can be preparation in advance to overcome them.
14. Does a man really want to be well? How badly does he want it?
15. Has a man actually asked God to heal him? It is usually done in public, so that God will get the glory.

A prescription for health.
1. Think health – be positive.
2. Be happy.
3. Live creatively. Be positive and do not wait for something to happen.
4. Love everybody. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Perfect love casts out fear.
5. Live one day at a time. Today has enough problems of its own.
6. A man should admit when he is wrong.
7. Get rid of resentments. Never let the sun go down on wrath. Eph ch 4 v 26.
8. Keep the body in good repair. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
(a) Watch what is eaten. Never has so much been known about the workings of the human body.
(b) Take adequate exercise. The body must be moved regularly.
(c) Watch weight. Why does a man overeat? Emotional needs, frustration, boredom, inadequacy, etc.
(d) Meditate on the Scriptures, which state the responsibilities of a person towards his body.
9. Learn to relax. There is a danger of being a workaholic.
10. Ensure that a man has enough sleep. Sleep acts as a generator, which charges the battery of the body.
Jesus came to meet people at the point of their need and not to support them in their distress. Ezek ch 34 v 4. Healing should be a normal part of pastoral leadership. Take the doctrine of healing from the Scriptures and not from the opinions of others. God is restoring the power to heal in His Church today. He is preparing the bride for the bridegroom. Do not stop asking. Perseverance is a sign of faith.

The Scriptures give a man a picture of Jesus asking a man to hand over to Him the pain and sickness and He will carry it away.
Isaiah ch 53 v 5. Luke ch 8 v 50. Mat ch 9 v 35. Psalm 30 v 2.
Jeremiah ch 33 v 6. Mal ch 4 v 2. Psalm 103 v 3. Acts ch 3 v 16.