God’s healing promises in the time of sickness
While we live on this earth we need to understand we are still in our sinful and failing bodies and every single person, throughout their lifetime will be struck with various ailments and diseases. It does not spare anyone. But as Christians we have a hope in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the healer. I believe if we understand some of the basic truth’s about the authority we have in the Lord Jesus Christ, this will further strengthen our faith in order to receive healing and restoration.
1. Assurance of Salvation:
What do i mean by assurance of salvation? What is meant by this question is when you ask yourself, are you 100% confident that you’re sins are forgiven once and for all, and you have eternal life in Christ Jesus? This is absolutely vital that you know and understand this truth as a Christian. If you are not sure, now is probably a good time to receive this promise of salvation.
The Bible tells us that through good works we cannot receive salvation, because all have sinned and no amount of good works can cover up your sin. The only way to cleanse ourselves of sin is to accept the eternal sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, where his body was broken and his blood spilt so that the price of our sin is paid in full. This is a free gift of God and all we have to do is to receive it in order accept his payment for our sin (Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”). Also as it says in John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
You can say this prayer in order to accept the Lord Jesus Christ into your life right this moment and be certain that you’re sins are now forgiven and you have eternal life with the Lord:
“God I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me. Amen.”
2. Confidence in Christ
We know that when we have accepted Christ into our lives, he now lives within us through the Holy Spirit. This is amazing. God lives in us and we become his temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”). This is why our lives are transformed and we no longer delight in the things of the flesh, but we seek after that which is of the Spirit of God.
Now, because God lives in us, we have authority over all disease, sickness, principalities and any storm that may come against us. It doesn’t mean that we are free from all of these things, but we can fight it through the power of God who dwells with us.
We can be confident of this because this is the promise given to us through the Word of God – the Bible. Below are some of the many promises given to us:
1. James 5:13-16
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
2. Psalm 103:13-14
“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.”
3. Psalm 41:3
“The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.”
4. Psalm 30:2-3, 5
“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
5. Jeremiah 30:17
“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast; It is Zion, for whom no one cares!”
With these reminders of how much God cares for you and loves you, its time to declare by “faith” healing from all sickness and disease. By faith, means, you need to already believe that healing has taken place and trusting fully that the Lord is more than able to do this and more importantly, he that is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Always remember our God is the living God, who works miracles, who dwells within us, who speaks to us, who directs us, who covers us under his mighty wings, and when we trust in him anything that happens, it happens with a purpose and it is always turned for good. We need to trust God with our life and everything that we are as he alone has power over life and death. As it says in Romans 12:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”