Why Signs and Wonders?
Healing is God’s Will Today:
One of the reasons people don’t receive their healing from the Lord is because they don’t believe God still heals people today. This might be because of their personal experience. Perhaps at one point in their lives they prayed for a healing, and because they didn’t get healed, they concluded that God doesn’t heal today. Another reason some people don’t believe in healing is because of wrong teaching. Maybe they were a part of a church that didn’t believe the entire Bible, and they were taught that certain parts of the Bible were done away with – that healings and miracles aren’t for the church today. We need to strip away all of those false teachings and man-made traditions and come to the pure Word of God itself.
If you don’t believe God wants to heal you, then you will have a hard time believing God for a healing. Therefore, the goal of this section is to convince you, through laying a strong Biblical foundation, that healing is God’s will today. Because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and He is the Lord who heals us, He is still healing the sick today. The Apostle Paul said, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). What you experience of the blessings of God in your life is directly proportional to what you know God has promised you in the Bible. If you don’t know Jesus said you could be healed, you’ll stay sick. But faith in healing comes by hearing what God’s Word says about the topic of healing.
King David declared, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:1-3).
David is praising the holy, wonderful, majestic, powerful name of Jesus. In this Scripture, David warns us to be careful to not forget about all of God’s benefits. What are His benefits? He forgives all of our sins, and heals all of our diseases. We need to be confident in this truth today! Most Christians will believe the first part of that statement – that Jesus will forgive all of their sins – He shed His blood, and died on the Cross so our sins could be forgiven. But they don’t believe the second part of that statement that says He heals all of our diseases today. As Christians, we need to believe the Full Gospel that says Jesus is both the Savior and the Healer. Consider this story from the life of Jesus:
“So Jesus got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 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.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.” (Matthew 9:1-8).
There are still people like the scribes and Pharisees today who get mad when a preacher has the audacity to stand up and say Jesus still heals today. Some people don’t like that, and that boggles my mind. Why wouldn’t you want to believe that Jesus is a Healer? Why wouldn’t you want to believe that He’s a good God? Why wouldn’t you want to believe He can bless us and change our lives today? That’s amazing to me. But it happened in the time of Jesus, so we shouldn’t be surprised when we see it happening today. Maybe you know people who say, “Jesus doesn’t still heal today. Sure he may have done it 2,000 years ago, but He’s not doing it today.” Don’t be swayed by the unbelief of those modern Pharisees!
Look at how Jesus responded to the scribes in this story: “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk‘? 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.” Jesus is saying that both forgiving sins and healing sicknesses are easy. He is saying that He is both our Savior and Healer. He is saying, “I forgive sins. I heal sicknesses. Both are easy to me.” This man arose and went home, both forgiven and healed, and the crowd glorified God. There are many places in the Scriptures where it talks about Jesus the Savior alongside of Jesus the Healer. The prophet Isaiah paints a beautiful picture of these dual roles Jesus: “But he was wounded and crushed for our sins… He was whipped, and we were healed!” (Isaiah 53:5, nlt). The Bible makes it abundantly clear that Jesus is both our Savior and Healer.
12 Biblical Reasons Why Healing is God’s Will Today:
Before we will have the faith to pray for sick people and see them recover, we need to have a rock solid faith that is founded on the unchangeable, infallible, perfect Word of God. We need to know what the Bible says about healing, because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Then our faith will be strengthened to believe God for the impossible. Here are 12 Biblical reasons why healing is God’s will today:
- The Compassion of Jesus:
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching… preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them.” (Matthew 9:35-36).
The number one reason why we believe that healing is God’s will today is because of the compassion of Jesus. “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14). There’s something about the heart of Jesus that, when he sees someone who is broken in their body, He is moved with compassion for them. Matthew tells us that Jesus was moved with compassion. The Bible doesn’t just say God stood up in Heaven and loved us so much that He sent us a little Hallmark card that says, “I love you.” No, the compassion of Jesus moves Him to action. Compassion is: “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” (dictionary.com). Jesus is not a distant, compassionless Deity way out there somewhere in the universe. Because God became a man, and walked the Earth, He can relate to us in our sufferings. He has experienced every temptation you have experienced, and He can relate to you. He is not an unmoved and unfeeling God.
One of the most encouraging Scriptures describing Jesus is found in the book of Hebrews: “Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:17-18, nlt). How then should we respond to this wonderful truth? “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:15-16, nlt).
- The Goodness of the Father:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?” (Matthew 7:7,11).
One of the fundamental truths we must believe about our Creator God is that He is good. There has been the idea that God is not good, and that although He is powerful, He is holding out on us. Too many Christians don’t believe God is good! Jesus came to reveal to us the heart of our Heavenly Father as One who is good. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” (James 1:17). If there’s anything good that happens in life – if you have any good thing – it is a gift from God. If you have anything you’re thankful for in your life: if you have a family, children, a roof over your head, food in the cupboards, thank God for it. All of these things are gifts from Him because He is a good God.
- The Willingness of Jesus:
“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed…Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him.” (Matthew 8:2-3, 5-7).
If you were to ask any group of Christians today, “Do you believe God can heal people?” most of them would say, “Yes, I believe that God has the power to heal people. He is God, and He can do whatever He wants to.” If you were to ask them, “Do you believe that Jesus did heal people in the past, two thousand years ago?” most of them would say, “Yes, I believe that Jesus did heal people in the past.” But if you were to ask a third question and say, “Do you believe that if you were sick today, that if we were to pray for you, that Jesus would heal you?” there would be fewer people who would answer that question in the affirmative. People question the willingness of Jesus to heal people. We know He can heal the sick, and we know He has healed the sick in the past, but we just don’t know whether He will heal the sick today.
One of the things we learn about Jesus in the above Scripture is His willingness to heal the sick. When a leper approached Jesus, looking for a healing touch, he made a very insightful statement when he said, “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.” He knew that if Jesus had the willingness, He had the ability to heal him. How did Jesus respond? He put out His hand and touched Him, saying, “I am willing.” Skip down a couple of verses in this chapter to the story of the centurion who comes to Jesus, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” Notice that this man didn’t even get a chance to ask the question, “Jesus, will you come and heal him?” Jesus said to him right away, “I will come and heal him.” See here the willingness of Jesus!
- The Name of the Lord:
“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)
You can learn a lot about a person by taking a look at their name. However, in the world today, names don’t have the same weight and significance as they did in the Bible days. When parents had a child, they would think and pray long and hard about what name to give that child, because they knew that there was something important in a name. It’s amazing how many Bible characters had a name that reflected their character. Abraham’s name meant father of many nations and he was the father of many nations. Jacob’s name meant deceiver or schemer, but fortunately the Lord changed his name to Israel, which meant Prince with God. When I was born, my mother named me Christopher, and I don’t know if she knew the meaning of that name or not, but my name means Christ-bearer, or one who takes Christ (the anointing, presence and person of Jesus) to the people. That’s exactly what I do as a preacher and teacher of God’s Word.
You can learn a lot about God by studying His names and titles in the Scriptures. This is one of the best studies you can do if you want to learn more about His nature. One of the things I often do when I’m studying a book of the Bible is to write in my notebook all of the different names of God recorded there, because every one of His names teaches us something about who He is. So why do we believe that healing is God’s will today? Because of the name of the Lord. One of his names is Jehovah-Rophe, which translates into English as The Lord Who Heals You. If that’s His name, then guess what He’s going to do? He’s going to heal you. That’s His name, and that’s His nature.
The Lord spoke through the prophet Malachi some 2,400 years ago: “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6). If He doesn’t change, and He was The Lord Who Heals You yesterday, then guess who He is today? He’s still The Lord Who Heals You today. If you want to see this in another Scripture, consider the Foursquare Gospel Church’s theme verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
Some of you might wonder why I am taking so much time to share so many Scriptures with you that confirm that healing is God’s will today. I don’t want your belief in healing to be based on my thoughts or ideas as a teacher or a writer. Because if I, through dynamic communication, can convince you to believe in healing, then someone who is a more dynamic teacher would be able to convince you to stop believing in healing. However, if your faith is built upon the rock solid Word of the living God, no one will be able to talk you out of it.
- The Power of the Full Gospel:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16).
The church that I pastor is a Full Gospel Church, not a denomination, but based on the Bible’s definition of what it means to be Full Gospel. The Apostle Paul said, “in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God…I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” (Romans 15:19). What does it mean to preach the Full Gospel? It is proclaimed with signs and wonders following. We see so little of this in the church today because we haven’t taken the time to pray and seek God and wait for the Promise of the Holy Spirit to come down in our lives. Because of this, we have had a powerless church, and preachers have started proclaiming a half Gospel. They preach Jesus the Savior, but they don’t preach Jesus the Healer. It is true that the most important part of the Gospel is the fact that Jesus is the Savior who came into the world to die on the Cross to save His people from their sins. There is no greater miracle than salvation. But the Full Gospel teaches us that the same Jesus who was wounded for our sins is the same Jesus by whose stripes we are healed.
- “Why Signs and Wonders?” is one of the chapters from my book: “Supernatural: Contending for Signs and Wonders Today.” Contact me today if you would like a free copy of the e-book version of this study in the Book of Acts!