Three Stages of God’s Healing Process

by Pastor Max Flynn ~ www.radiantlifenow.com & www.gocovenant.com 
 
Recently, at the conclusion of a 3-day fast, the Lord awoke me with these 3 thoughts:

  1. I know God CAN Heal Me;
  2. I know God WILL Heal Me;
  3. I know God HAS Healed Me!

This came from a burden I had for a pentecostal brother who knew God can and under certain circumstances will heal him, but he does not know or believe God HAS healed him!

I also know many Christians who rob themselves with that traditional prayer of unbelief, “IF it be Your will, heal me.”  Of course, that prayer nullifies all the principles of faith as the Word of God is clear it is God’s will to heal and restore ALL who will believe (3 Jn 2, Ps 103:1-5). Therefore, I am putting this outline together for those who are teachable and want to receive, enjoy and give away God’s healing power to others when needed. This is not an exhaustive list of Scriptures, but some on which YOU need to meditate so the Lord can speak to you (Prov 4:20-27). For “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God,” Rom 10:17. [All Scriptures in NKJV unless otherwise noted.]

I.  GOD CAN HEAL ME.

  1. Because Jehovah-Rapha is one of God’s covenant names, and it is His nature to heal, “I am the Lord your doctor,” Ex 15:22-26. 
  2. Because of His healing nature when we serve Him, He will bless us and take sickness from our midst, Ex 23:25.
  3. Because God placed the double judgment of sin and sickness upon Jesus, the Son of Man, for the double curse that came upon man as a result of Adam’s disobedience.
    1. John 3:14,15 - And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.
    2. See Numbers 21:2-9.
  4. Because Jesus was God’s sin offering - sickness-bearing Servant:
    1. See Isaiah 52:13-14.
    2. See Isaiah 53:1-12.
  5. Because the OT saint’s faith was forward-looking for what the Messiah, the Suffering Servant, would do for them: “By whose stripes you ARE healed” - present tense!  You will see in the NT Jesus allowed the Father to work His will through Him and through the events of the cross Jesus paid the price for us and the resurrection completed it – “By whose stripes you WERE healed!
  6. YES! God can heal you if you will believe it and receive it!

II. GOD WILL HEAL ME.

  1. God’s WILL is demonstrated throughout the Gospels:
    1. See Matthew 4:23-25 (also see 9:35-36 in His training His disciples):
    2. That’s how He drew the crowds so He could teach, preach and demonstrate the power of God’s Kingdom over Satan’s.
    3. In Matthew 8 and 9: After teaching the Sermon on the Mount, He began to demonstrate the WILL OF GOD and the power of God’s Kingdom in action, example and training.
      1. Healing of the leper, Matt 8:1-4, If You are willing...I am willing…
      2. Healing of the centurion’s servant, Matt 8: 5-13
      3. Healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, Matt 8:14-15, Lk 4:38.
      4. Healing all who came to Him demonstrating God’s will over the enemy, as well as fulfilling the Isaiah chapter 53 Messianic prophecy, Matthew 8:16-17, This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, "He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases." (NLT)
    4. The KEY element for healing shown – FAITH!
      1. Matt 8:13– Again the centurion, then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour.
      2. Matt 8:23-26 – Jesus teaches from the storm, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" (In Mk 4:35, Jesus expresses God’s will, Let us cross over to the other side.)
      3. Matt 9:1-6, Jesus heals the paralytic of his double need, When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." … 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"—then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
      4. Matt 9:18ff – Jesus goes to fill the request to heal the ruler’s daughter,  While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live."
      5. Matt 9:22 – As He went His healing power was released and received through faith, But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour. (Mark 5:24-34, And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.")
      6. Matt 9:23 – The ruler’s request completed & Jesus’ faith revealed, When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, 24  He said to them, "Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him. 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
      7. Matt 9:27ff – Jesus heals two blind men, When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!"  And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you."
  2. Jesus proclaims and demonstrates the Messianic promise spoken by Isaiah (Chap. 61), see Luke 4:18-19 & Matthew 11:2-6.
  3. Jesus fulfills the will of God and destroys the work of the devil:
    1. Peter preaches to the Gentiles what God did for them through Jesus. Acts 10:38, How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
    2. The Apostle John again teachings us of the double curse of what God did through Jesus, The Christ, 1 John 3:8  He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
    3. That is what Jesus DID for us and we enter into this double victory through faith in the double cure, especially when we take the two elements of communion; 1) the bread –His body broken for us - for our sicknesses and 2) The cup of the New Testament in MY blood - for our sins!  (1Cor:11:23-26)

 
III. GOD HAS HEALED ME. It HAS been done!

  1. This is the KEY in the full process; again  He took the double-curse, I Peter 2:24, Who Himself bore (1) our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—(2) by whose stripes you WERE healed!
  2. Ephesians 1 & 2 also holds another KEY to your healing.
    1. See Eph 1:3ff as it tells us God HAS blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings IN CHRIST.
    2. See Eph 1:16-22 as it tells us:
      1. How to understand this and,
      2. What Christ did and has done for us.
    3. See Eph 2:7-8 tells us how this is done (by grace through what God has already provided us IN CHRIST) and how it comes (through faith)!
    4. See Mark 11:22-24 as it explains how all spiritual power is received and released.
      1. See 1 John 5:4 which confirms by faith we work from the position of victory!
      2. See 1 Jn 5:14:15 which also confirms we HAVE the petitions we ask of Him.
    5. In James 5:14-16 we are instructed how to pray for the sick using the Mk 11 prayer as our foundation: Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
    6. Then Jesus concludes His teaching and instructs us what to do, along with His promise: He will be with us (just as the Father was with Him) to confirm His word with signs following, Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents [Lk 10:18-20]; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

 

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