Hello again friends!
Let’s chat about John 10.10 when it comes to healing and wholeness… Stick with me! smile.
There are many out there who struggle with the idea of healing being Father’s will and heart for us. I understand. We struggle for many reasons and there are MANY stories and examples of people who believed God and didn’t get healed. Why is this? Does it mean that it is not His will or His heart for us? Friends, we must come back to what is in scripture and Jesus’ obvious heart on the subject. Our experiences must not be our truth. What does Jesus say?
Now, I know not everyone gets healed. I personally have experienced GREAT LOSS because healing ‘didn’t work’. I don’t have all the answers. But apart from my experiences I keep coming back to the Word.
So even after all my personal hurt and loss and experiences this is where I stake my claim on the subject of healing. If this is a difficult subject for you, just consider the possibilities. Open your heart as you read. No matter what… you are still loved and valuable!
- Sickness was not in the Garden.
- When God created earth and us He did not include sickness. It was a pure paradise. The Garden of Eden shows us God’s original intention for us. Peace, beauty, life, wholeness, perfection! The Garden is the picture of what God wants for us today.
- Genesis 1:1-2:22
- Our bodies were created whole AND created to heal themselves.
- Genesis 2:1-22
- 2 Peter 1:3
- Genesis 1:27
- We were created in His image. We know from scripture Jesus was never sick, God is never sick, we can be overcomers of sickness because we have the life of Jesus in us.
- Even before Jesus came to earth God was healing people and He made plans for wholeness for people.
- Genesis 20:17, Daniel 4:28-37, 2 Kings 20:1-7, Psalm 41:1-3
- We live in a better covenant than the people in the OT lived in, so if God was healing people in the OT – who were living in a ‘lesser covenant’ – He is healing people today and His desire is for our (His children/people who belong to Him) wholeness.
- Again, we see God’s plan in His creation as well when we observe ‘pagan’ people (people who do not believe in Him) gaining their healing by using the principles shown in the Bible.
- When we look at the old covenant we see that God planned for His people to be healed. It is outlined in the law what sacrifices are to be made when someone is healed. Note Leviticus 14 and 15 specifically for the sacrifices of healing. This is not what we need to do today but we see God’s heart in providing for healing even before Jesus came as the ultimate sacrifice.
- Jesus is the EXACT representation of God.
- In other words, if we want to see God’s heart for us we can simply look at the way Jesus lived and worked on the earth!
- Hebrews 1:3, the Amplified Version of the Bible says it like this: “Jesus is the exact representation and perfect imprint of His Father’s essence…” I love that – the perfect imprint (on the earth) of His Father’s essence! The poetry of this touches my heart! 😊
- Why does this matter? Because some will say God gave me this sickness to teach me something or God wants me to learn something from this. BUT if it were God’s will for you to be sick to learn something we would have seen Jesus making people sick and then helping them learn their lesson. THAT. NEVER. HAPPENED! Not one time did Jesus ever put sickness on anyone!!!
- Anyone who came to Jesus always got healed!
- Jesus never reprimanded them for their sickness or their sin. He always simply met them where they were, loved them and healed them in a variety of ways.
- “According to your faith be it unto you” Matthew 9:29
- Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”. (People always bring this up as proof that sometimes God does not want to heal us. Which makes no sense because first of all, it is ONE example of a problem and second, God didn’t say no, God said my grace is sufficient for you. Grace is God’s ability in us. So God was saying to Paul …My ability is sufficient for you to overcome. My grace is for you to overcome.)
- Worth noting: Paul himself says it was a thorn in the flesh and goes on to say it was a messenger of Satan sent to buffet him. In other words, it was not a sickness at all, it was a spirit sent to antagonize him.
- Every promise and blessing we are given are for our good, for our wholeness and our completeness. There is not ONE time we are promised ANYTHING bad from God! This is phenomenal and precious.
- James 5:14, 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Peter 1:3, Colossians 2:9-10
- Health is part of the Kingdom. Whenever Jesus spoke of the Kingdom and Father’s heart for us health was a part of that. Even though Jesus didn’t teach directly about healing when He forgave people of their sin – healing always followed – showing us that healing is a part of our salvation; this (salvation and healing) includes of having our sins forgiven or having our sins forgiven includes healing.
- 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
- Also note in verse 9, the Amplified version says this: My grace is sufficient for you (My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough – always available – regardless of the situation) for my power is being perfected (and is completed and shows itself most effectively) in your weakness. This indicates the ability, the power, and the completion to show up and overcome even in our weak areas. And it (His grace and power) is ALWAYS available to us.
- Isaiah 61. All of what Jesus came for is wholeness and strength. We cannot do, or be, verse 3-7 and 9-11 if we are sick. Isaiah 61 says He came for healing. “Good news” to the humble and afflicted, ‘wounds of the brokenhearted bound up (healed), ‘release to the physical and spiritual captives’, ‘freedom to prisoners’, ‘comfort for those who mourn’, ‘crown of joy instead of ashes’, ‘joy in place of mourning’, ‘praise instead of a disheartened spirit’ (a garment of peace instead of a spirit of despair).
- We will be called trees of righteousness (strong and magnificent)
- And we will be called the planting of the Lord.
- All of Isaiah 61 is full of who we are to be. The promises listed herein are speaking of God’s people after Jesus comes. The first part of the chapter is what Jesus quoted in the temple. This was Jesus’ mission statement! (See Luke 4:17)
- The word(s) for salvation in the Greek are: Sozo and Sotiria. These words include: salvation, wholeness, healing, deliverance, provision, recovered, redeemed, restored, saved, etc. This goes so deep and there’s so much to these words, but it is interesting to note they all are inclusive of healing/wholeness/completeness.
- John 3:16 and 17
- John 10:10
- James 5:14 “Is any suffering among you, is any sick among you? …” This verse indicates that part of what happens for those in the body of Christ is wholeness/health and if that is not happening there are instructions listed there for us to remedy that and it shows us what is the Father’s heart and plan for us as His kids.
In all of this, hold close to the Father’s love for you. He holds you in His heart. Stay close. <3