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Healing – Body, Soul & Spirit

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

When Jesus first announced His anointing (Lk 4:16-20), He was quoting from Isaiah 61. The Bible mentions multiple forms of inner healing in this passage, including “binding up the brokenhearted”- “comforting all who mourn”- providing “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” and “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”. The entire chapter focuses upon physical, emotional and spiritual healing. The fact that Jesus quoted this passage when He began His ministry emphasizes the importance of healing as a key evidence of revival.

Wounds are Real:

On one occasion Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman at a well (Jn 4:1-30) and His focus was not just upon the physical realities of her life, but emotional wounds. He provided her with compassionate Truth that soothed her deepest emotional dysfunction. To meet at the well in the heat of the day is an indication that the woman was an outcast. She was not welcome to draw water alongside the “respectable” women. Jesus honored this outcast by choosing her to reveal Himself as the Messiah.

Encountering Love:

God provides all kinds of healing by drawing us near to Himself. The Bible records such an encounter in I Kings 19. The prophet Elijah runs for his life because he was discouraged to the point of praying to die. First, God sent angels to meet his physical needs. Next, God responded to Elijah’s pain by drawing near and reaching out in a gentle whisper. Finally, after Elijah experienced the healing of his heart, he was ready to follow through with God’s plan. Restoration can be a process, but its always an encounter with His Presence.

Restoring Wholeness:

Remember that the meaning of revival is to live again, to bring back to life or to breathe fresh life into something that is dead. God’s pattern is to restore lives, spirit, soul and body; and although breakthrough in each area of life is unique and personal… the key ingredient is always the power of love. God really loves unconditionally, with a love that has no limits and no bounds. It reaches as far as the deepest pain and is attentive to the whispered prayer.

He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)

He is at work, showing us the way to find rest for our whole being. No question, we have real difficulties in life; yet the promise in Scripture is to come be yoked with Him (Mt 11:29). He wants us to rest in His Truth about our life problems. Jesus told us in John 8:32, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”. God has made provision for our wholeness.

He is Jehovah Rapha – The Lord Who Heals Us! (1 Pe. 2:24)

The Substance

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).

Village Church in the Myango District

Village Church in the Myango District

Faith is “The Substance”:

Its the assurance or confident belief in who or what we place our hope. Faith comes before we possess the reality. Once we receive what we hope for, we no longer hope for it. We just begin to live from a different perspective, from the substance of a new revelation. Faith is the evidence of things not yet seen, but within reach. The amazing thing about faith is that it is the spiritual substance of our walk with God that enables flesh and blood to pull upon invisible things that are waiting to become physical and actual.

The Promise Connection:

The Apostle Peter said it like this, ”through believing and trusting in God’s exceedingly great and precious promises, we become partakers of the divine nature…” (2 Pet 1:2-4). God’s power has given us access to everything we need pertaining to life and godliness and when we come into the knowledge of His will for us, we can pull it into our world through faith.

Faith like Jesus:

Jesus came to the earth as God in the flesh (Jn 1:1-3) and He was completely reliant on His Father through faith. Jesus said: “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me” (Jn 5:30). This is rich with meaning for us, because it sets a model for our relational access to the Father. Jesus was humble before God and looked to God in trust… and for faith. Jesus did not seek His own will, but the will of His Father.

Slow to Believe:

Jesus appeared to ten of His disciples after His resurrection and His disciples were slow to believe that Jesus had risen from the grave (Lk 24:36-43). Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?” (Lk 24:38). Becoming slow to believe is the evidence of a troubled heart where doubts are beginning to arise. The seeds of doubt are like weeds in the soil of the heart; they must be removed or they will crowd out faith.

A Limited Mindset – “Seeing”:

Later Jesus appeared again to His disciples and this time Thomas was among them. Thomas earlier had said: “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

Be a Believing… Believer!

Jesus said to Thomas: “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. “Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (Jn 20:24-29)

Blessed… Empowered:

Faith and believing, even when we cannot see the evidence… is the posture that moves the Father’s heart. Don’t sit back and wait any longer with needs that have not been met. Run to the Father and awaken your heart to the Promises of God’s Word. There is substance in the heavenly realm waiting for our faith to get activated. When you believe in the Promises of God… you become empowered to live in the substance of those Promises. 

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Pet 2:21).

Renounce Poverty

You can probably make the case that the underlying cause of poverty in the world is based on governmental corruption, exploitation and the spread of diseases. Yet I would like to propose that most poverty is not tied to natural realities at all, but have even deeper spiritual causes. Its my belief that poverty has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of spiritual wickedness and deception.

Prosperity is Good News: 

Jesus gave a very real promise that we tend to overlook or explain away… He said that the Holy Spirit had anointed Him to preach “Good News” to the poor. Good news to the poor is found in the message of prosperity, blessing and abundance. Its the Gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus is emphasizing. Jesus was not just telling a people to hope for a better life, He was trying to get hearts engaged in the Kingdom of Heaven which is demonstrated by abundant life and sufficiency in God. Its wholeness spirit, soul and body. 

Kingdom Truth:

We must come to recognize that poverty has its hold on our world without authority from God. It is an illegal governing power over the Children of God, who are designed to live free of sin’s curse and find shelter, refuge and provision within the Father’s House. Poverty is not the will of God on any level and we, as God’s people must renounce its power and break its grip. This is most evident when you watch how nations are transformed by a change in beliefs and a discovery of the true nature of God’s heart. 

From Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan:

The key factor – and the most neglected – in understanding India’s hunger problem is how its belief system affects food production. Most people know of the “sacred cows” that roam free, eating tons of grain while nearby people starve. But a lesser-known and more sinister culprit is another animal protected by religious belief – the rat.

According to those who believe in reincarnation, the rat must be protected as a likely recipient for a reincarnated soul… Large scale efforts of extermination have been thwarted by religious outcry.

Rats eat or spoil 20% of India’s food grain every year. A recent survey in the wheat-growing district of Hapur in North India revealed an average of 10 rats per house.

…the 20% loss from rats amounts to 26.8 million metric tons… [imagine] a train of boxcars carrying that amount of grain. With each car holding about 82 metric tons, the train would contain 327,000 cars and stretch for 3,097 miles… longer than the distance between New York and Los Angeles…

Thousands of lives and billions of dollars go into social programs, education, and medical and relief efforts… Yet the problems of hunger, population and poverty continue to grow. The real culprit is not a person, lack of natural resources or a system of government. It’s spiritual darkness.

This does not mean we ignore the material needs of billions of people in this world who live on the edge of starvation. It’s important to provide food and other relief. But it’s even more important to recognize that focusing primarily on physical needs is not going to end poverty. Helping people to end their spiritual poverty by introducing them to the true God who gives grace, hope and wisdom through Jesus is most important.

Begin with Yourself!

Think about what you believe right now… then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you where you have allowed poverty mindsets to cloud your perception of reality. Ask your Father to speak to you and anoint you to carry Good News to the poor, to be a blessing wherever you go and to release the overflowing abundance of a wealthy heart. You might have to begin by renouncing the ways of poverty.

Emotional Wholeness

When Jesus first announced His anointing (Lk 4:16-20), He was quoting from Isaiah 61. The Bible mentions multiple forms of inner healing in this passage, including “binding up the brokenhearted”- “comforting all who mourn”- providing “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” and “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”. The entire chapter focuses upon inner healing. The fact that Jesus quoted this passage when He began His ministry emphasizes the importance of healing emotional wounds.

Emotional Wounds are Real:

On one occasion Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman at a well (Jn 4:1-30) and His focus was not upon physical healing… instead, He provided her with compassionate Truth that soothed her deepest emotional dysfunction. To meet at the well in the heat of the day is an indication that the woman was an outcast. She was not welcome to draw water alongside the “respectable” women. Jesus honored this outcast by choosing her to reveal Himself as the Messiah.

Encountering Love:

 God provides inner healing by drawing us near to Himself. The Bible records such an encounter in I Kings 19. The prophet Elijah runs for his life because he was discouraged to the point of praying to die. First, God sent angels to meet his physical needs. Next, God responded to Elijah’s pain by drawing near and reaching out in a gentle whisper. Finally, after Elijah experienced the healing of his heart, he was ready to follow through with God’s plan. Restoration can be a process, but its always an encounter with His Presence.

Restoring Wholeness:

God’s pattern is to restore spirit, soul and body and although breakthrough in each area of life is unique and personal… the key ingredient is always the power of love. God really loves you and I unconditionally, with a love that has no limits and no bounds. It reaches as far as the deepest pain and is attentive to the whispered prayer.

He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)

 He is at work, showing us the way to find rest for our souls. No question, we have real difficulties in life; particularly with people, yet the promise in Scripture is to come be yoked with Him (Mt 11:29). He wants us to rest in His Truth about our life problems. Jesus told us in John 8:32, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”.  God has made provision for our emotional wholeness.

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