Healing Is For Me!
by Rev. Allen Lumumba Bashiri-Barham, Sr., Ph.D.
Presented by Saint Luke Evangelical School Of Biblical Studies
Many Christians often live defeated lives when it comes to their healing. They live as though they have no control over their circumstances as it relates to healing. Whenever satan, (the “s” in satan n intentionally lower cased), attacks them, they pray, moan, and cry. They ask God to help them be strong in their sickness.
Some Christians even feel as though God gets some type of pleasure out of their sufferings. These Christians, honestly believe they are suffering “for the cause of Christ.” “My arthritis is really acting up today. Well if God wants to heal me, he can.” This is one of the many types of statements often repeated by sincere God fearing Saints.
The truth is, God does want to heal us. In fact, He has already healed us, but by many of us have not accepted our healing. Just because a person does not accept their healing, doesn’t mean that God has not healed them. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” God has done everything that He possibly can and will do to insure our healing. He is not going to do anything else in that department. God, our Holy and Righteous Father, gave “His only begotten Son” (St. John 3:16), and that Son gave his life for our “Total Victory,” not just for our salvation, but our healing as well.
In this brief essay I want to stimulate faith and validate the belief that no matter what a person’s condition may be, they can, with sincere conviction and God’s authority shout, “HEALING IS FOR ME!”
HEALING IS FOR ME
According to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary; the word “heal” means to “restore to health,” "restore to original purity or integrity,” and to “return to a sound state.” The word “Salvation” comes from the Greek word “Soteria,” which means “wholeness and healing, both in the spiritual and physical.”
1 Peter 2:24 says; “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Jesus not only purchased the salvation of our soul, but His sufferings also secured our physical healing. Healing is a part of Christ’s Atonement. It is God’s will that we are healed. Again, notice 1 Peter 2:24; “...by whose stripes ye were healed.” Now, notice Isaiah 53:5; “...and with his stripes we are healed.” Both Isaiah and Peter state the facts (through God’s Word) as it relates to healing. We are healed. Whether or not a person accepts their healing is entirely up to them but, even if one does not accept one’s healing it does not change the biblical truth that one is indeed healed.
You may say, “that was Isaiah and Peter talking.” Well, it was and it wasn’t. Lets notice what the Word says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17; “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” So you see, while it did come from their writings, it was God inspired. The entire Bible was God inspired.
The Holy Word of God informs us that the Scriptures are “Profitable for Doctrine.” That’s telling us that the Word is to be used for the establishment for our belief system. Everything we believe should be Word based and established. We should not believe that we are sick because the belief that says it’s okay to be sick is not Word based or established. That belief system is not established and confirmed by God’s Word. God’s Word declares your healing. His Word is “Profitable for Correction.” In other words; if what we believe to be correct is in fact, incorrect we can find the truth in God’s Word and use that truth to correct our faulty belief system.
I’m not saying that people always feel great or that we never feel pain, but that is not sickness. That’s our body letting us know that it has not yet been glorified. Many Christians suffer from aches and pains and then convince themselves that they are sick. Once we convince ourselves that we are sick we give our bodies permission to continuously bombard us with the symptoms of sickness. We are not sick however and should not believe ourselves to be sick because that is incorrect thinking. The Word corrects that type of thinking.
1 Peter also says that the Word is “Profitable for instruction in Righteousness.” 1 John 3:22 says, “And whatever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” In order to reap the blessings of God an lay hold to our birthright, we must keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. As long as we walk righteously (honest and sincere) before God, we have a God given right to declare that we are healed. It is our birthright to be healed. Now, if we choose to disobey the commandments of God, we will not have the power or authority to rebuke the devil when he attacks our bodies, minds and spirits.
In order to experience the manifestation of our healing we must follow five steps:
1. Submit to God;
2. Look to God’s Word;
3. Pray in Faith;
4. Call for Church Elders; and
5. Keeping Believing.
As hard of truth it may be, it is true nonetheless. If you are sick, you are sick because you did not accept your healing. Just because you hit your toe and it feels like it’s broken does not mean that it is broken. You must believe that you are healed. Your not accepting your healing does not make the fact that God has provided you with it any less real.
Isaiah said “...we are healed...” Peter said “...ye were healed.” If we are healed, and we were healed, then we should always be healed. God says in Jeremiah 30:17; “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds...” The Apostle speaks out i 3 John 1:2; “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
We must continue to fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life by working for the up building of God’s Kingdom. We must also continue to build up ourselves on our most holy faith and pray in the Holy Ghost that The Word of God would have it’s free course in our lives. Once we accept God’s Word as true, sickness will no longer have a hold on us, we will be able to declare, with absolute conviction. “HEALING IS FOR ME!”