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God the Healer

Manmin News   No. 723
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July 31, 2022


쏛nd He said, 쁈f you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.쇺 (Exodus 15:26)


God is the same yesterday and today. Today as ever He wants His beloved children to have nothing to do with diseases and to lead a healthy life. As there셲 no effect without cause, every disease has its cause. Thus, when you understand causes of diseases, it is not difficult to receive healing. Let셲 now delve into causes of diseases and the way to meet God who is our Healer.


1. Preparatory step: the faith that God wants

The Four Gospels records the ministry of Jesus. Through Him, the blind came to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk and jump, and the leprous to be cleansed. All kinds of diseases were healed and even the dead came back to life.

Although Jesus had such great power, not all people were healed. The result depended on whether they had God-given faith or not. When they came before Him with such faith, they could receive answers to any kind of problems (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 10:46-52). Even if they themselves could not come to Him, their family members came on their behalf, asked with faith, and received the answers.

Mark Chapter 2 writes about a paralytic man and his friends. They were unable to get to Jesus because of the crowd. So, they removed the roof above Him and let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. They did so because they had faith that he would receive healing as long as he got to Jesus. Jesus saw their faith and healed the paralytic. He stood up and walked. As described in this incident, we need to prepare our vessel for receiving answers from God, and the vessel is 쁣aith.

Even such diseases as are terminal and incurable in the view of medicine can be healed by the power of God. The power can make those on wheelchairs walk and jump, the blind see, and the mute speak. And people at a critical juncture between life and death can be recovered through prayer. In order to receive healing, however, we first must understand the causes of diseases first.


2. Causes of diseases

1) Sin

When God created the heavens, the earth, and all things in the beginning, there was no disease, no pain, no disaster, and no death. But after the first man Adam sinned and was sent out from the Garden of Eden, all things on the earth were cursed and many germs, viruses, and dirty things that carry diseases came to exist. Diseases caused by pollution and congenital and acquired infirmities that cause the deformity of body came into existence as well.

Exodus 15:26 reads, 쏧f you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer. It implies a cause of diseases is sin, and when we live by the Word of God we will have no disease and God will protect us.

Of course, there were some exceptional cases like the blind man in John Chapter 9. Except for such cases, most of diseases come from sin. Thus, you should solve the problem of sin first. That is why Jesus forgave people of their sins before He healed them of their diseases (Mark 2:5). Thus, you must repent that you did not live by the Word of God.

2) Violation of the order of the physical world

If you keep doing something that may damage your body, it is likely that you will have diseases. For example, you may exhaust yourself and push yourself over your physical limit. You may have irregular eating habits or overeat, or you may not be on a balanced diet. Perhaps you smoke or drink alcohol. Although you know they are bad for your health, you may not be able to control your desires or fail to take care of your body due to greed. Then, you get sick. They are all acts of violating the order of the physical world that God set, and when you violate the orders and laws for this world, you cannot receive God셲 protection.

You must cherish and protect your body that God gave to you and keep it holy. So, you must repent that you did not act properly in the sight of God.

3) Neurological or metal causes

If you are stressed out due to anxiety or worries, or if you harbor serious anger, hatred, and sorrow it can cause you to have neurological and mental disorders. Mental disorders as neurosis, psychosis, depression, and other such diseases caused by anger are the examples. Such mental diseases often lead to other physical diseases. There are also some people who become possessed by the forces of darkness when they are mentally weak and give up their thoughts and hearts.

Philippians 4:6 reads, 쏝e anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 states, 쏳ejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks. Hebrews 12:14 says, 쏱ursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. When you live by the Scriptures, you will not have such mental diseases.

When you have hatred, anger, and ill feelings, you cannot forgive others and you may blame or hate them. When you cannot feel thankful and rejoice, when you complain and worry, the reason you do so usually lies in the lack of your trust in God. It is not right in the sight of God, so you have to repent of it.

4) The enemy devil and Satan

When people are possessed by demons or Satan, they may suffer from some diseases by demons or the devil. It usually happens in families whose members were engaged in serious idolatry. Tests and trials do not go away in such families. Such problems as diseases, physical and mental disorders, alcohol addiction, depressions, and even suicide never stop happening in such families (Exodus 20:4-5).

Even if you are a member of such a family, if you live by the Word of God, you can be under the protection of God. But some of you may still have a cord linked to idols without knowing it. That is, your names might have been carved on idols or idol-related objects by your parents or your ancestors. Then, you must have it removed. Only when you cut such a cord can you be set free from diseases.

Also, if one셲 ancestor or a current family member committed extremely evil acts, he/she could be possessed by Satan or demons. If someone is under the work of evil spirits, though he/she professes to be a believer, it is likely that he/she has committed such evil acts that are beyond limitations. If such people are not mentally normal and could not listen to the Word nor repent for themselves, it is not that they themselves have to come to church, but their family members have to repent on behalf of them with love and receive powerful prayer with faith.


3. How to receive healing of diseases

1) You should quickly destroy the wall of sin against God.

Isaiah 59:1-2 reads, 쏝ehold, the LORD셲 hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. It means the reason you could not receive answer from God is because of the wall of sin between God and you. Thus, to experience His work, you should thoroughly repent of your sin first and destroy the wall of sin between God and you.

First, repent that you didn셳 believe God and accept Jesus Christ if you have not been a Christian.

God created us and even gave His only begotten Son as atonement because of love for us (1 John 4:10). Not knowing and believing such love of His is the greatest sin of sins.

So, you should first believe that God is alive and that when we pray He can answer and heal us. You should also repent that you did not believe God and did not accept Jesus Christ. After you accept the Lord, you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. Then, the fire of the Spirit will burn your diseases and cleanse you instantly.

Second, if you have already become a Christian, repent that you did not have true faith.

You may say you have believed, but you have to repent that you didn셳 believe God and the Lord with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. Such people are likely to rely on the worldly methods rather than God when they are faced with problems (2 Chronicles 16).

If they believe the almighty God, they will rely on God. Reliance on the worldly methods shows that the lack of their belief in God. Thus, you must repent that you did not perfectly believe Him. And you should rely on Him and show your faith. Then, He will answer your prayer.

Third, repent you did not keep God셲 commandments.

1 John 5:3 says it is the love of God to keep His commandments, and Proverbs 8:13 reads the fear of the LORD is to hate evil. If you say you believe, love, and revere God and still live in sin, you are a liar as 1 John 2:4 says. You cannot receive any answer even if you ask God to forgive you unless you keep His commandments. When you repent that you did not keep the commandments and start living by the Word with true love for God, you can receive healing.

Fourth, repent that you wanted to reap without sowing before God.

If you want to receive healing and answers, you must plant seeds of faith in God (Galatians 6:7). You should plant seeds of time, efforts, and devotion. You should worship in spirit and truth, pray, work faithfully for the kingdom of God, and give tithes and offerings (Matthew 6:21). God does not see your actions themselves but receives the fragrance of your heart in your actions. When your fragrance of faith, devotion, and love pleases God, the fruit of healing and answers will quickly come. Your heart셲 desire can be fulfilled when you plant the seeds of faith more heartily.

2) You must possess spiritual faith in the Lord.

Jesus did not have original sin nor commit any sin in His life, but He was whipped and shed His precious blood. It was to redeem us from all kinds of sins. Isaiah 53:5 says by His scourging we are healed. If you believe this, you should confess you have already been healed and rejoice and give thanks. Then, you will be given spiritual faith that deserves God셲 answers. But the timing of answers may differ from person to person.

God works differently depending on each person셲 heart and situation. If you are such a person who would lead a diligent believing life unchangingly even well after receiving healing, God may heal you though your faith is not enough to receive the answer. But some people are healed little by little as their faith grows. Such differences are made because the fundamental purpose of God셲 healing is in each person셲 salvation.

Also, even if you were healed, if you sin again, something worse could happen to you (John 5:14). What셲 important is that you should unchangingly live by the Word of God after you are healed. When you ask with such a truthful heart, God will quickly give you the answer.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, there is something far more important than healing and receiving answers and blessings: God wants all people of all nations to be saved and reach heaven. I urge you to accept Jesus Christ, receive forgiveness of sin, and possess spiritual faith that God wants. I pray in the name of the Lord that by doing so you will receive answers to any plea, prayer or supplication and reach perfect salvation.


 

 

 
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