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If you’ve ever suffered from a health issue, you can remember how glad you were when you recovered. Our bodies have an amazing power to regenerate and heal, but the process isn’t spontaneous; it comes from God, the Great Physician. He can heal the body, soul, and spirit, and also direct His healing powers through anyone He chooses to use. It’s actually His will for us to be healthy; we can therefore be thankful for the healing Jesus made available to us.
Regardless of how healing and wholeness come about, we can be sure that God is behind it. His Word says that those who trust in Him will prosper on every level, including physical health. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2). Our souls are our minds, our thinkers, and our choosers; what goes on in our minds has a powerful effect on our physical bodies. To prosper is to be successful and to grow strong and healthy, which is what God wants for us.
We don’t have to beg and plead for healing, because Jesus has already obtained it for us on the cross. “…And with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Knowing this, we can be confident that whatever physical manifestations of illness we’re experiencing right now are only temporary. Our faith allows the physical blessings that begin in the spiritual realm to be transferred to the physical realm. God is in perfect health; in light of this, there’s no reason why we can’t be as well. “…Because as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).
We can agree with the Word on healing and follow up with our acts of faith. It’s important that we have faith, first, so that our faith can give birth to actions. Following the doctor’s orders isn’t simply a set of dead works if trust in God’s promises is our motivation to do what needs to be done to restore our soundness. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17). He’s well able to work through health care providers, and does so on a regular basis.
The world doesn’t know God’s Word on healing, but we can be grateful that we have His guarantee. We can rest assured knowing our restoration to wholeness is a “done deal,” regardless of what it may look like or feel like right now. God says He’ll take care of His children and He always keeps His promises. “The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health” (Psalm 41:3, NLT).
When the doctor gives us a bad report, we know that God is bigger than any report or diagnosis. Trusting in Him for our healing means to lean on and rely on what He tells us, with no worries or doubts. This kind of faith produces physical results others can see for themselves. “It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:8, NKJV).
Thankfulness for our healing is the proper response. There’s nothing wrong with pills, medicine, or therapy, but we need to acknowledge that healing comes from God, not from them. “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23). When we know and believe the promises in the Bible about healing, there’s absolutely no reason to stay sick. Meditating on this makes us truly thankful.
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