Exodus 23:25-26… “Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span” (NIV). Jesus wants you well. He wants to give you a full lifespan. God’s will is that you live a full lifespan. The devil wants people so focused on their diseases that he wants them to forget the power of Jesus Christ the Great Physician. The purpose of this lesson is to build up your faith, and to give you the tools to help someone else.
The day of miracles has not passed. Physical healing is part of Christ’s ministry today. There are several basic reasons why. First, God is a healer. Exodus 15:26 says, “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee” (KJV). Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the LORD, I change not.”
Jesus healed the sick… Matthew 9:35… “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (KJV). Acts 10:38… “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
The disciples healed the sick… Matthew 10:7-8… “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (KJV). The true disciple of Christ is the same now as then. John 8:31 says, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”
Miracles of healing were manifested in the early church… Acts 3:6, 4:29-30, 5:12, 6:8, 8:5-6, 14:3, 19:11-12, Hebrews 2:3-4… All believers are commissioned to heal the sick. Mark 16:17-18… “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (KJV). Believers have not changed. Jesus said in John 14:12, “He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also.” The age of miracles and healing is not over.
Luke 5:17… The kinds of people who come to Christ for healing… “And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them” (KJV). People come to church for two reasons, to hear good teaching for their spirits, and to receive healing for their physical well-being. In this verse the people came from Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The Lord said to me one day, “Look up the meaning of these three places, because they tell what kind of people came for healing.”
Galilee… This word means “circle, revolution.” It describes people who are going around in circles. They are in constant turmoil. Their minds are spinning around for want of direction and with worry. There is no end to their problems.
Judaea… The word implies praise, celebration, and worship (from “Judah,” meaning “to praise”). This is talking about people like us, people who love the Lord, who worship, who praise God. Yet in spite of a worship vocabulary, there are unfulfilled desires in the heart, physical ailments in the body, and economic needs.
Jerusalem… This word means “peace,” or “double peace”. Often folks inwardly have the peace that comes with the forgiveness of sins, but outwardly sickness is wrecking havoc with their lives. This could also be reversed; outwardly we can look like everything, but “sin sickness” is wrecking havoc in our soul.
Luke 5:17 says, “And the power of the Lord was present to heal” (KJV)… “And the Lord’s healing power was upon him” (TLB). The word “power” refers to the full dimension of God’s power… all of it. It was there to heal the people. Ephesians 1:19-20 tells us that the same power that raised Christ up from the dead is working on behalf of believers. The Lord could have said, “Look at the universe. See my power? It upholds it all.” But He didn’t. He used an example that relates to us. The resurrection power can make you alive (Romans 8:11). The resurrection power conquered sin, sickness, and the devil.
Matthew 4:23-24… “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease amoung the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people who were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick and those that had the palsy; and he healed them” (KJV). This scripture reveals the kinds of teaching, preaching, and healing Jesus did.
Teaching… informs the mind. Was Jesus teaching people how to believe? Was He using the Old Testament scriptures? Was He building up their faith because they had been through a lot of discouragement? The word “teaching” means “teaching precepts, imparting knowledge, conditioning the mind, instructing to bring about a frame of mind.” Jesus was teaching the gospel of the Kingdom.
Preaching… stirs up the spirit. It’s the spirit part of us that God touches and the part of us that touches God. Jesus was stirring up the spirits of the people and getting them to be in touch with God. Preaching gives you hope and raises your expectations. The word “preaching” means “to proclaim a message, to urge acceptance of a message.”
Healing… Jesus was waiting upon people personally, and He cherished doing what needed to be done. The word “healing” means “to restore to health, wholeness, and soundness.” The word “healing” also carries the thought of personal care and attention, of bringing wholeness to the whole person. Jesus wants people well in body and soul and spirit. The prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 34:4 rebukes the shepherds with the following: “The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick” (KJV). Psalm 27:2 says, “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.” The “enemies” here refer to diseases as well as the demonic. There are all kinds of diseases eating away at people today, such as AIDS, cancers, coronary problems, diabetes, and much more. It’s the disease that has to stumble and fall, not the believer.
Healing all manner of sickness… The word “sickness” as used here is taken from a word (noson) meaning “a disease, sickness, distemper.” Loosely translated this could also include abnormal cravings. There is a lot of this today. “Craving” is out of control, and it refers to more than just eating. Usually we think of drugs and alcohol, but how about the craving to hurt someone, to abuse someone, to molest someone, to rape someone, to kill someone, or to do violence to someone? Human willpower cannot stop some kinds of craving, because abnormal craving is satanic in origin. Jesus can heal people of this terrible sickness. Abnormal appetites need to be rebuked in the name of Jesus.
All manner of disease… The word “disease” (malakia) as used here refers to weakness in your body, such as one that might be genetic. Many fear dying of the same disease that killed their parents or relatives. Jesus is concerned with the prevention of disease as well as curing disease. Many believers need to be prayed for, for the purpose of breaking an ancestral curse. Disease is really “dis-ease,” or being robbed of ease. Jesus broke the power of all curses, the power of all sin, the power of all diseases, and the power of every demon when He died upon the cross.
All sick people… The phrase “sick people” as used here is referring to people who cling to something that will make them sick. It could be alcohol, drugs, or an emotional issue. The Holy Spirit said to me, “People hold on to bitterness, hate, resentments, unforgiveness, jealousies, self-pity, fear, worry, and a whole lot of other things too.” Each of these things brings its own kind of sickness. Let go of these things. Some time ago I prayed for two teenage girls. They told me that their father had molested them and they were very bitter. God touched them that day and healed them. A seventy-year-old lady had clutched to her spirit the words her son had said to her when she was leaving one time. Her son had said, “You never did love me; that’s why you are leaving. I was unwanted, wasn’t I?” She said it wasn’t true, but the devil kept hammering those words into her heart. She too was delivered. I’m sure that the devil is behind a lot of things that people clutch to themselves. Let go of hate and resentments.
Diverse diseases… This refers to a person being held in custody of a disease. The disease is making them captive; they are confined to a bed or to a room or to a wheelchair. It’s not God’s will for a disease to control people. A lot of folk are held captive by ulcers, diabetes, cancer, paralysis, heart problems, and much more. “Diverse diseases” also includes the fear of coming down with a disease; for example, “It’s the flu season, so I guess I will come down with it too.” Jesus can set people free. He came to set the captives free, and to loose the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).
Torments… This is referring to memory pains and problems when the memory is out of control, such as prisoner-of-war memories, or flashbacks from drugs or from a traumatic experience such as rape, nightmares, or a near-death experience via an accident or serious illness. Torments are like a claw gripping your mind. Crime victims have torments. Jesus came to deliver from torments. Many people with torments take it out on their families. Anger, rage, and cruelty accompanies a lot of torment.
Those who are possessed with devils… Many are under demonic oppressions and under demonic control. Satanism is on the rampage in our nation. There are religious demons, lust demons, cruelty demons, fad demons, immoral demons and hundreds more that control the lives of people. Jesus commissioned the believers to cast out devils (Mark 16:16-18). Job said, “I knocked out the fangs of the godless oppressors and made them drop their victims” (Job 29:17, TLB). God set in the church those with the gift of discerning of spirits, and those with the power to cast the evil spirits out. Pray for those gifted with this ministry. Casting out devils is not a popular ministry. We are still in the days of spiritual warfare. Jesus wants people free.
Declare the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Resist the devil. Jesus wants people to be well.
Lunatics… This refers to mental illness and psychological disorders. Jesus wants people back into their right minds. Paul, in 2 Timothy 1:7, talks about a sound mind. Jesus gives people a sound mind.
Palsy… This refers to loss of muscle power and paralysis. Note John 5:6… Jesus asked this man, “Wilt thou be made whole?” (KJV). The NIV reads, “Do you want to get well?” Many ill or injured people wish to be well, but are unable to because they have lost hope. Jesus did not give up on the people who have lost the use of their legs or their muscles. Neither should we. No condition is hopeless. Don’t give up, ever.
And He healed them… Jesus has not changed. His plan for you is that you live a long lifespan. Have faith in the Lord’s ability to make people well. Listen to what the Word says in Acts 10:38… “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (KJV).
Mark 16:15-18… “And he said to them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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