We have the power and authority to heal, to work miracles, to prophesy, and love people in Jesus’ name if we have the Holy Spirit in us and are doing these things in the love of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. Here are some verses that tell us this. Some of these verses, I shared yesterday, but I want to share them again today for anyone that didn’t read it.
John 14:12-14 reads,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Matthew 10:7-8 reads,
And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.
Luke 10:17-20 says,
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Now, there is some faith involved in healing, but it does not need to be on both sides of the healing. It can be the person who has faith enough to ask God to heal someone else or it can be the person who has faith enough to ask God to heal her. Matthew 17:14-21 tells the story of a time when the disciples could not cast out a demon.
And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.
Did the disciples word the rebuke wrong? No, they let fear of how powerful this demon was overcome the authority they had. They forgot that Jesus had already told them that they had power over the spirits (Luke 10:19-20). They let fear push their faith away. I’ve been there, I’ve seen a person in wheelchair and let fear convince me that my attempt to heal would not work. I put my faith in me, not in God. Nothing is impossible with God, but my misplaced faith stopped the miracle from happening.
In Robby Dawkins’ book Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever[i], he described a phone call he received from a woman asking for healing for her father. He said he prayed for this man perfunctorily, but God healed this man in such a huge and glorious way that Robby Dawkins’ mustard size faith was grown into a huge mustard tree faith which became a ministry of miracles all over the world. It was not Robby, It was God who healed, He just let Robby get to be part of it; He obeyed, he prayed in Jesus’ name and the faith of the daughter who asked for healing worked to bring healing.
Matthew 9:22 says,
Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.”
Mark 10:52 reads,
And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.”
And Luke 17:19 says,
And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Each of those people did more than just hope or believe that Jesus would heal them, they acted on that belief, they reached out or they responded. Faith is exercised in taking action, not on silent hope. Ask, seek, knock and you will receive, find, and the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7).
Why haven’t you been healed? Why haven’t you been able to heal? It is not because you don’t have enough faith, if you asked, if you tried, you have enough faith. It isn’t because you’re not good enough, because you sinned, or because you deserve your illness, injury, or pain.
Isaiah 57:17-19 reads,
Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry,
I struck him; I hid my face and was angry,
but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.
18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;
I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners,
19 creating the fruit of the lips.
Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord,
“and I will heal him.
When Jesus healed, He did not heal some of the people brought to Him, He healed ALL of the people brought to Him. You will read some these verses below.
I can’t say why healing has not come for some. I know that many people who have the gift of healing, who, today, heal hundreds of people, say that when they began they did not see any results. Todd White, who has a great healing ministry says that He prayed for more than 900 people before seeing his first healing. Perhaps it is about persistence, perhaps it is about reaching the point where you know it is God being glorified and not yourself, I honestly do not know. What I do know is this, that I personally need the faith to boldly go before the throne of God and ask, that I need to understand that I have the authority over the spirits, and that God is The Lord, Our Healer.
So, do you like me just need to trust that God wants to heal, can heal, and will heal? In order to keep asking, to be persistent in the seeking, we need to know that God is willing to heal, can heal and does heal. God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). And honestly, I know there are some people who do not want to be healed. God will not force Himself on us. I prayed for someone recently who I realized more than hour into a conversation which was supposed to be me praying for her healing, that she simply enjoyed being the sick courageous victim, she had no desire to be healed. After two hours of this conversation in which I offered a compassionate ear, I interrupted her, prayed for her healing and explained that I had to go. She did not want to be healed even though it was her that came to me requesting the prayer. I still believe God will heal her.
Here are a few of the many verses to help us have the faith we need to exercise, since faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, 26 saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all
When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit
Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
2 the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
3 The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.
4 As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you!”
But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
Cherished, God loves you, He is willing to heal, He does heal, and He is able. Be persistent, ask, seek, and knock. I encourage you to look up scriptures about healing and memorize a couple of them. Keep them in mind, remember the truth when lies come at you regarding your health and healing. And know this, I have prayed that every person reading this devotional today will be completely healed and restored in Jesus’ name. I know that God is the Lord Who Heals, Jehovah Rapha.
[i] Dawkins, R. (2013). Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever. Chosen Books.