“…for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” John 3:8 AMP
In the four Gospels there are 41 specific cases of healing which record God’s will about sickness and oppression. If you read them all you can only come to one conclusion: God wants people healthy!
Healing was one of the primary ways Jesus destroyed the work of Satan while ministering here on earth. He continually freed people from the clutches of sin, sickness and oppression for the purpose of contrasting the kingdom of darkness against the will and goodness of God’s Kingdom before mankind.
When it comes to spiritual realities, we must keep the boundaries clear about who does what, or we run the risk of being deluded and misled as so many will be in the church just prior to the return of the Lord! Today, I want you to notice a particular difference in two biblical cases of healing.
In Mark 1:40-41, a leper approached Jesus begging on his knees and saying, “…If you are willing, you are able to make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand and touched him and said to him, I am willing, be made clean!” In Mark 9:22-23, another man brought his demonized epileptic son to Jesus and, after describing his condition said, “…But if you can do anything, do have pity on us and help us. And Jesus said, [You say to me], If you can do anything? [Why,] all things are possible to him who believes!”
Do you see the difference here? One man knew Jesus could, but wasn’t sure if he would. The other had heard that He would but was not sure if Jesus could handle his particularly difficult case. We have to comprehend both characteristics of the Lord. He can and will heal, we simply need to be certain of it.
Both men eventually received what they needed from Jesus, and we have their stories recorded for us in the Bible. We can be in no doubt of God’s will. When it comes to illness, all we need is correct information and the faith to believe it!
About the Author:Rocky Veach is a respected leader, preacher, and pastor within the Christian community. He is best known for his passionate, people-building approach to ministry both in the United States and abroad. Read full biography.