Does God Want to Heal You?
One of the most important things we can learn from the healing of the leper in Matthew 8:1–4 comes from Jesus’ answer to the leper’s question. The leper asked, “Lord, if thou will, thou canst make me clean.”
The leper knew Jesus could heal. He knew Jesus was a prophet and because of His ministry, healings had taking place in other people’s lives. He had enough faith to press through the multitude. He knew the anointing to heal was there. The only question that remained was, “Will You?”
This question is a primary obstacle to many who are endeavoring to increase their faith today. They may know it’s God’s will to heal and ask God for healing, but a nagging question lingers in the back of their minds: “Will God heal me?”
Jesus responded to the leper’s question in a very straightforward manner. “I will.” He didn’t quibble or provide conditions. He didn’t say, “If you get your heart right, then I can.” He said, “I will.” That’s all the leper needed to know and it was done.
Jesus’ answer needs to be a cornerstone of your faith. You must invest your faith in the truth that it is the will of God to heal you and bring His promises to pass in your life. If you’re not settled on this truth, you won’t have a strong foundation for your faith.
Sickness Isn’t From God
After Jesus answered the leper’s question, how quickly was the leper healed? Immediately. God’s will is not only that you be healed, but that you be healed immediately. It is the will of God for you to have life and have it more abundantly now.
I don’t care who you are, how ugly you acted yesterday, how long you’ve been a Christian, whether you’ve done things as you should, if you’ve yelled at your wife yesterday, or whatever it is you’ve done. It makes absolutely no difference. The will of God is that you be healed immediately.
Some people have the idea that God may not want to heal you right away, but that doesn’t line up with what we know about God. God didn’t create the earth with sickness and disease; it came in as a result of the fall of man and the spiritual corrosion that had entered man’s heart. Sickness and disease are of the enemy, the one who has come to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
Is leprosy destructive? Is cancer destructive? It most definitely is. Because of that, you can know clearly where it comes from: the enemy. The will of God is that you be delivered from any and every kind of sickness and disease.
Healing is in the atonement. One of the reasons Jesus died on the cross was so that you could be healthy. First Peter 2:24 says we have been healed by the stripes of Jesus. That means it’s already been done. As far as God is concerned, He sees you as healed, just like He sees you as righteous. He sees you in Christ and through the redemptive work of our Lord.
Two Realms of Truth
The reason why some Christians are still sick, even though the price for their healing has already been paid for, is because you and I deal with two realms of truth. Second Corinthians 4:16–18 says:
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (KJV)
The Bible teaches that we live in a temporal world. If you look up the word “temporal” in this passage, it means temporary or subject to change. What we see brings that change to pass is when we focus our attention upon and invest our attentiveness to the eternal truths of God’s Word.
The two realms of truth are who you are in Christ and what your life looks like in the natural. These realms are often in conflict. Most people look at the natural and say, “Okay, there’s a problem here so the spiritual realm must not be true.” Faith looks at the spiritual truth that we are healed and recognizes the reality that it is ours in Christ.
When you invest your faith in spiritual truth—not in what the symptoms in your body say or what the doctor says—it changes the natural criteria you’re dealing with. It causes both realms of truth to line up.
This is the challenge of the walk of faith: altering temporal reality to coincide with spiritual truth. Your faith is the way that occurs.
God Works With Our Faith
Now, it is true that we often don’t see as many “immediate-lys” as we’d like. It is important to know, though, that we do see references in the Word to a process of recovery. For example, we’re told in Mark 16:18 that we are to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.
God works with whatever level of faith is available to Him. Sometimes, people are not positioned in their hearts to really believe an immediate conclusion will come to something that’s dragged on for decades, but they have enough faith for the recovery to begin. If they’ll keep working on their faith and doing what God directs, the recovery will be completed. That’s the process of God working with people wherever they are in their faith.
Brother Kenneth Hagin used to say there are two contributors to how quickly the promise of God is manifest, and he used healing as his example. The contributors are the strength of the anointing ministered and the strength of the faith that receives. That’s why it’s important that the anointing be administered by direction of the Lord, as opposed to just doing something religiously or because people want it to be done.
We always want to talk about the sender, but we also need to consider how strong the receiver is. Mark 11:22–23 says:
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (KJV)
The Word says when you pray, believe that you receive. Healing is already there and available to you. When you pray, believe—that’s faith—that you receive. Don’t include a “Lord, if it be thy will….” It is the will of God for you to be healed right now.
Our faith needs to be invested in this truth, and it needs to be strong enough to receive. God will meet you where you are. If you have faith for a recovery and not an immediate healing, God will initiate a recovery. As you work on your faith, that recovery will continue until it is manifest in your life.
How do you know if you are in faith? I’ll talk to you about that in my next blog post.