Healing is something we all need in some way at some point in our lives. To be healed, whether physically or emotionally, is something believers have a right to expect. Good health is part of the finished works of Jesus Christ, yet some people hesitate to believe this promise. For it to be manifested, we must understand how healing under the new covenant of grace applies specifically to us.
Healing is a blessing, but to be healed under the Law of Moses the people had to work for it. Anything less than perfect performance brought multiple curses (Deuteronomy 28:21, 22, 27, 28, 34, 35). Many people got sick and died under the law because no one could do everything exactly right, the way the Ten Commandments demanded. Sadly, some Christians still have a law-based mindset in this area.
Religion tries to indoctrinate us into thinking we must earn healing by adding to what Jesus already did for us. However, we no longer have to work to deserve it; it’s now available for us to receive by faith. During His ministry, Jesus was able to heal everyone who believed that God wanted them healed. The only time He was unable to heal was when He encountered people who didn’t believe this. “And he marvelled because of their unbelief...” (Mark 6:6).
It’s God’s will for us to be in perfect health. When the leper came to Jesus asking for healing, Jesus affirmed this truth. “A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,’ he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be healed!’ Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed” (Mark 1:40-42, NLT). Jesus did this before He went to the cross, while still operating as a prophet under the law. Now that the law has been replaced with grace, we don’t have to beg for healing, but simply receive it and give thanks.
There’s nothing wrong with doctors and health care professionals; God can work through them to accomplish His will. However, behind all the medicines and surgical procedures is faith, without which there is no healing. When Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood who came to Him after the doctors failed to cure her, He called attention to her faith. “And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction’” (Mark 5:34, NKJV). Faith acknowledges that God alone is ultimately responsible for healing.
If we suffer from wrong-thinking in this area, we must change the way we think by exposing our minds to the Word of God. What we expose ourselves to determines how we think, and how we think influences how we feel, both physically and emotionally. Believing and trusting God for our healing allows Him to reveal the wisdom needed for its manifestation, and takes the burden off us to rely on our own knowledge. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths…It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:5, 6, 8, NKJV).
Trusting in human effort alone to heal us puts us on shaky ground. Trusting that God provided for our healing two thousand years ago leaves no room for doubt. This is something we can wholeheartedly believe.