God has placed properties for our healing in so much of His creation. From understanding the Biblical foundation of essential oils, to good nutrition and eating responsibly, to the healing power of music. It’s all there for the discovering of those who go looking, and so are many principles in His Word.
The Bible reiterates over and over the power of forgiveness, and finally even medical science is catching onto this. A powerful book on this topic is Gray Matter by neurosurgeon David Levy. He starts simply praying over his patients before their surgery and is amazed by the responses. In some cases, patients with mystery illnesses are referred to him but by leading through a process of forgiveness they don’t need surgery, and all their health issues clear up. Did you know it can be equally important to forgive yourself? I’ve written about how my husband’s father received healing on a locked shoulder after he chose to forgive himself for a stupid mistake that caused it in the first place.
Today I want to have a look at the fascinating methods of Biblical healing. The question is sometimes asked, did healing die out with the apostles or once the Bible was put together? From what I see with my own eyes and from the accounts of church historians, the answer is a resounding no. If you would like to watch a few documentaries about God’s healing power on earth today, have a look at Holy Ghost, Furious Love, and Father of Lights. In fact one of my favourite books about God using children in healing, is Children and the Supernatural.
There were so many ways Jesus healed in the New Testament, mud in eyes, laying on of hands, people laying hands on Him, a mere command, and there a number of ways that He has given us as New Testament believers to continue to bless others with this gift of healing and claim it for ourselves.
There are signs and wonders:
“God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with diverse miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.”
And can we just establish that God’s very nature is to heal, whether that be instantly or through a process? We can see that through Scripture.
Acts 10:38 NLT
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
Deliverance from the demonic is a key to healing, using discernment to see what spirits are operating.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free”
1 Peter 2:24
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.
Specific commands that we are to keep dealing with healing include they laying on of hands, (Mark 16:18) anointing with oil (James 5:14-15) because the anointing is what breaks the yoke and is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Have you ever walked in somewhere that the Holy Spirit is operating powerfully and people are just getting healed left, right and centre without any person coming near them?
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
There are gifts of healings and miracles and there is the spoken Word declared over another or over yourself.
God has given us many tools and resources, but they don’t do us any good if we leave them sitting in the toolbox. We must begin practicing using them. Perhaps we will be clumsy at first as any student, but the Word of God is powerful. The Word of God is referred to as a sword, a powerful weapon.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. (2 Corinthians 10:4,5)
The Holy Spirit is our teacher, and as we pick up these tools that we may not know much about, and ask questions, He will guide us to Scriptures, people who know how to use these tools, and books written by ministers who dig deeper into Scriptures than we are sometimes able to with our time restraints.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
So, I challenge you. If there is a burning question on your heart at the moment, ask the Holy Spirit to show you. He is the Spirit of Truth and will not lead you astray. My sister has been suffering from a chronic illness for several years and she will regularly pray about what her next step for healing is. She has had breakthroughs from laying on of hands but also by the Holy Spirit leading and guiding her to natural remedies, and even telling her exactly what to eat.
But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you.