About 15 years ago I was present in a Palm Beach Gardens Hospital Waiting Room when a compassionate doctor looked at a woman named Betty Royals and indicated that her son’s vital organs were systematically shutting down. Joe was about 40 years old at the time. The outlook for his recovery was not positive. We were there to prepare the family for Joe’s passing.
But instead of waiting on death, the church decided to pray! We began to ask God for Joe’s healing, claiming promises from God’s Word!
God miraculously turned that situation around. In fact, just a few days later, I walked into Joe’s hospital room, just before he was to be released from the hospital. The doctor had just walked out.
She looked at Joe and said, “I’ve shared your file with a number of my professional colleagues…” She was not a person of faith. In fact, she said, “Mr. Royals, we all agree, your turn around is really without explanation.” Then this physician – with no claims to faith – looked at Joe and said, “All I can say is that you are a miracle.”
“…you are a miracle.”
God has the power to heal.
Exodus 23:25-26 contains just one of dozens of promises for healing contained in your Bible. This is God’s promise!
God: “…I’ll get rid of the sickness among you; there won’t be any miscarriages nor barren women in your land. I’ll make sure you live full and complete lives.” —Exodus 23:25-26 MSG
Sometimes we’re so cautious to claim these kinds of promises, because all of us have witnessed good people who did miscarry…
Good people who did become sick, not only sick but chronically sick…
Good people who currently aren’t living “full and complete lives.”
Sometimes we don’t claim the promises, because we’re afraid we won’t be able to handle the disappointment that we’ll experience if things don’t change.
I can understand that kind of reluctance and hesitation. Our family has been praying for a miracle for almost four years. We haven’t seen it, yet…
We’re guarding our hearts against disappointment, but we’ve also discovered that we have to make a proactive decision every day to resist fear, resist discouragement and disappointment, lean into HOPE, continue to TRUST and BELIEVE the truth that God is always working everything together for our ultimate good and His great glory!
God has the power to heal!
I get passionate when I say that not because I need to remind God that He is Jehovah Rapha, but because I need to REMIND MYSELF that Jesus not only carried my sin, but according to Matthew 8:17, Jesus “…took upon Himself our sicknesses and weaknesses. He carried our diseases away and made us well.”
Some us need to adjust our theology. In the Bible, healing and health are always described as a blessing from God (Ex 23:25-26). Disease, pain, suffering and decay are always described as symptoms or “fall out” from “the fall.”
That doesn’t mean that your sickness is directly tied to some “sin” or personal disobedience in your life. It means that this world is broken! We are broken! The healthiest among us are still broken! And because of that brokenness, these bodies get sick!
In the NT, Jesus viewed sickness as an attack or assault from the evil one. That’s why sometimes Jesus actually rebuked sickness (Lk 4:39).
Jesus always viewed sickness as an enemy. There’s never any implication that Jesus told his followers to expect sickness or disease as part of their “calling” or “ministry.” He never suggested that “sickness” was part of a person’s “cross to bear.”
He did promise stuff like persecution, slander, even martyrdom. But He never promised sickness or disease.
Acts 10:38 gives us insight into how God views sickness.
…you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. —Acts 10:38 NLT
It’s interesting that Acts 10:38 says Jesus “…went around doing good…” “…healing all…”
Did you get the inference and implication?
“doing good” / “healing all”
At the very least, Acts 10:38 implies that sickness, disease and weakness are enemies we need to resist and healing is something “good” God loves to do!
Please hear me, child of God… sickness, in and of itself, doesn’t glorify God. Yes, a person can glorify God in the middle of sickness, but it’s not the sickness that glorifies God. It’s that person’s defiant, relentless and never-give-up-faith, their passionate love for Jesus in the face of seemingly unanswered prayer, and the holiness and character of their life that GLORIFIES GOD in the face of sometimes inexplicable mystery.
Whatever you do, don’t resign yourself to sickness! Don’t acquiesce to it! Don’t yield to it, unless God makes it clear and writes it on a tree out in your back yard! The same suffering and cross that paid for your sin, has also paid for your HEALING!
God still does miracles.
In The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson writes about what always precedes a MIRACLE:
Everyone wants a miracle. But here’s the catch: no one wants to be in a situation that necessitates one! Of course, you can’t have one without the other. The prerequisite for a miracle is a problem, and the bigger the problem, the greater the potential miracle.
So, what is a miracle?
British Pastor and author, Andrew Womack writes, “A miracle is a supernatural intervention of God in a CRISIS situation.”
What CRISIS has driven you to a point of desperation?
Maybe you’re desperate to…
• receive healing for some physical sickness, lingering illness or terminal diagnosis
• climb out of debt,
• find a job,
• become pregnant,
• find a spouse (not necessarily in that order),
• sell a house,
• see God restore a broken relationship,
• get new hope for your marriage and family,
• turn your vision into reality
Regardless of what you’re up against, a MIRACLE is when an extraordinary GOD gets involved in everyday lives of ordinary PEOPLE to do extraordinary WORK. It’s when a supernatural GOD intervenes, overrides and breaks in to your life with SUPERNATURAL POWER to do what God can only do!
Lord, I will worship you with extended hands as my whole heart explodes with praise! I will tell everyone everywhere about your wonderful works and how your marvelous miracles exceed expectations! I will jump for joy and shout in triumph as I sing your song and make music for the Most High God. —Psalm 9:1-2 TPT
What is it that you need God to do for you? What is the MIRACLE you are DESPERATE for?
Mark 5 introduces us to TWO people who were DESPERATE for a MIRACLE. These two individuals couldn’t be more different.
The first is the prominent leader of a Jewish synagogue. His name was Jairus. His twelve-year-old daughter was ill and dying.
The second person isn’t given a name. Names in the Bible are usually an indication of a person’s status or importance. But this woman isn’t remembered by her name. She was ANONYMOUS. She’s remember by her PROBLEM.
When we refer to her, those of us who grew up in church with the KJV usually refer to her as “the woman with the issue of blood.” She had been struggling with a problem for the last 12 years, and her problem actually went on to DEFINE HER.
After 12 years of living in sickness, isolation and separation this woman was emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually WIPED OUT. She was DEVASTATED.
“She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” — Mark 5:27-28 NLT
What’s going on here?
Some believe that this woman was holding on to an ancient prophecy about the Messiah found in Malachi 4:2 that said this, “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.”
The word “wings” is the Hebrew word “kanaph.” It’s translated “wings,” but Jewish people believed it also referred to a prayer shawl and the tzitzi or tassels on the edge of the prayer shawl.
Some people say that the belief had developed that when the Messiah came that He would come with HEALING in his “kanaph” or the tzitzi or tassels on the edge of his robe or prayer shawl.
When this woman says, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” She’s making a statement of faith! She’s saying, “I believe He’s the one! I believe He’s the fulfillment of Malachi 4:2 and I will not give up unless I touch the hem of his robe because I believe that today the sun of Righteousness has risen in my life with healing in his wings.”
This woman basically said, “I’m not going to sit here and wait to die. I can’t handle this isolation anymore. I’m going to Jesus. It may not be proper etiquette for me to brush against the shoulders of other people. It may be against religious law. I don’t care. I’ve got to touch Jesus!!!!”
That’s the essence of PRAYER!
The essence of PRAYER is “I’ve got to TOUCH Jesus!!!”
In Luke 8:46 Jesus said this: “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” —Luke 8:46 NLT
I love the way The Passion Translation reads:
Jesus replied, “Yes, but I felt power surge through me. Someone touched me to be healed, and they received their healing.” —Luke 8:46 TPT
This woman was healed, but almost simultaneous to her healing, Jairus gets bad news: “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
I love Jesus’ response! Verse 36 says, ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Jesus walked into the home of Jairus. Made everyone leave but Jairus, his wife and Peter, James and John. He walked up to this twelve-year-old dead girl and said, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. —Mark 5:35-43 NIV84
What CRISIS has you backed up against the wall? What CRISIS has driven you to a point of desperation?
Our desperation can be an invitation for God to work a miracle.
Our God is the GOD OF MIRACLES!