Hear and be Healed
So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.Exodus 15:22-23 (NKJV)
In our previous study, Delivered from Bondage, we found out that God has already delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son. We also found out that it is our responsibility to glorify and magnify God in our lives, and not to give the devil a place in us.
It wasn't a mere coincidence that the Lord brought the children of Israel into the wilderness of Shur, where there was bitter water, then healed the water and started talking to them about their own healing. Though it was in the wilderness, there was water, but this water was bitter and could not be drank. And because of the bitterness of the water they complained. Then Moses cried out to the Lord and He showed him a tree which he cast into the waters and made them sweet. After making the waters sweet He made an ordinance with them and said,
"If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."Exodus 15:26 (NKJV)
So now here the Lord was dealing with the issue of their physical well being. The Lord wants you healed not sick. There are a lot of things you can do while in good health than while sick. Some people believe that God cannot give you everything, in other words you are not supposed to have a full life. For example if they found a financially rich person sick or in a non-functioning marriage they will say that it's because you can't get everything from God. However the Bible in 1 Timothy 6:17 tells us that God gives us richly all things to enjoy. It brings God a lot of pleasure when you enjoy His blessings. I don't know about you but I'd not feel good if I gave someone a nice gift and found that they couldn't enjoy it for one reason or another. God won't give you a nice house and then make sure you spend all your life in a hospital ward so that you cannot enjoy it.
The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)
Yes, the blessing of the Lord will make you rich, and He will not add sorrow with it. It's a lie to say that the Lord can't give you everything. It's a lie from the devil so that he can hinder you from enjoying what the Lord has so richly given you. God won't give you a nice house then give you such a bad family that your home becomes a hell on earth. If there's anything in your life that is not right ask God what to do about it, just like Moses did. Don't complain about it, just pray about it. The Lord wants you to enjoy every blessing He has brought into your life, not to mourn about some of them. Yes, that wife or husband and those children are to make your life better not worse. The Lord is not in the business of making things worse for you, He is in the business of making them better for you, so quit complaining and start praising God.
So the Lord wanted Israel to know Him as their healer. They had seen Him as their deliverer and protector and now He wanted them to recognize Him as their healer too. Sickness is not God's best for you and it's not His will that you be sick because He knows that you can't do much in the Kingdom while you're sick. Acts 10:38 tells us that the Lord Jesus, anointed of the Holy Spirit and with power, went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. Part of Jesus' ministry in this world is to heal the sick. Healing was not a by the way in the ministry of Jesus, it was part of the main business. In Matthew 15:26, the Lord Jesus compared healing for the children of Israel to bread for one's children. In other words, as bread is to someone's children, so is healing to God's people.
Psalm 23:5 tells us that the Lord prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. From what Jesus said in Matthew 15:26, I know that on the table there is the bread of healing. If you need healing, just come up to the table that the Lord has prepared for you and have your fill. It's the Lord's will that you enjoy good health. Don't let the devil lie to you that you have to suffer this or that sickness, it is his business to steal and to kill and to destroy. One way of stealing from you is by conning you. Con men are thieves, it's only that they use lies and not violence. The devil can also steal from you by cheating you out of your blessing if you don't know the truth. The Lord Jesus came that you and I may have life and have it in abundance. Sickness is not life in abundance, so rise up and claim your rightful portion from the Lord's table in Jesus' name.
The Apostle John, in 1 John 5:14 tells us that our confidence in God is that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. Now this same apostle prayed for Gaius in 3 John 2 that he would prosper in all things and be in health just as his soul prospered. Did God grant that prayer? Yes He did for it is His will that we be in good health, and not only so, He says that He shows no partiality and the same prayer can be granted today if you pray. (Romans 2:11). 1 Peter 2:24 tells us that by the stripes of Jesus Christ we were healed. Our healing was accomplished by the sufferings of Jesus Christ just as our deliverance was.
He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.Psalm 107:20 (NKJV)
The Lord sent His word and healed them and in Luke 5:15 we see that great multitudes came together to hear and to be healed by Jesus of all their infirmities. (See Luke 6:17) There is a connection between hearing the word of God and being healed. When you hear the word of God concerning your health and act on it you're certain to be healed. The question, is do you really believe it or do you just give it a mental assent? The Lord wants you to enjoy good health, just imagine, the stripes He was beaten so that you can be healed. He also says in Matthew 8:17 that He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sickness. Don't bear the sicknesses again, cast them on Him, He desires to bear them for you. Hear the word of God and be healed today.
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