Ways God Heals
Updated: Jan 14, 2020
There are three ways (that I would like to share) in which God has provided to fulfill His promise written in 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV), that says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him, the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” If we are “in Christ” then these promises belong to us.
Obedience to the Principles of God; the Spiritual law of Sowing and Reaping
First, we can receive the blessings and promises of God through our obedience to the principles of the Word of God. These policies are established in the earth by God. They are His spiritual laws. Both the just and the unjust can tap into them. So often in Scripture, we see passages that reveal, “if you (meaning you & I) do this, then I (God) will do this…..” The book of Proverbs is full of them. For instance, Proverbs 21:5 (NIV) says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” In other words, if I am diligent in planning for my finances I will profit but, if I act hastily then poverty is my portion. Proverbs 11:14 states, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” The NIV translation says it this way which is pretty much self-explanatory, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” The truth is, we may not be under the law anymore, but the principles are still activated in the earth. If we sow the principles of God into our lives, then we will reap the benefits. The law of sowing and reaping has not ceased since Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Our separation from Him through disobedience to the law has (Hebrews 4:15-16; 10:19-23), but His principles have not. We will reap what we sow. Both good and bad. This law can apply to all the principles of God. If we judge, we will be judged (Matthew 7:12). Those who sow trouble will reap trouble back (Job 4:8; Prov 22:8). If we give, it will be given back to us. If we give generously, we will reap abundantly. If we sow sparingly, we will reap little (2 Cor 9:6). Remember the words of Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Part of the reason many of us are sick physically is that we keep sowing junk food into our bodies. In the book of Daniel, in the first chapter, we learn that Daniel requested of the chief of the eunuchs to test his servants; he and Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, for ten days and let them eat only vegetables to eat and water to drink. Daniel did not want any of the king's wine or delicacies (fatty food). Daniel challenged that his appearance would be better than those who dine at the king's table. He would be more healthy. After ten days, Daniel was right. (See Daniel 1:8-15). It stands to reason that God’s life-giving foods eaten by bodies He created, would have substantial benefits and healing properties as opposed to creamy man-made chemically induced foods. “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8).
I think there has been much confusion in the body of Christ in regards to receiving the promises of God and law vs. faith. I have heard statements like, “we are no longer under the law, so it doesn’t apply to us. We are under grace, so we receive by faith.” Personally, I believe in both. I believe in the principles of God and the spiritual law of faith. In fact, I have received healing both ways. But for now, let's continue concentrating on the principles. Further down, we’ll dive into the law of faith.
Statements like, “we don’t need to lay hands on each other because God can do it without us” or, “there is no distance in the Spirit” might contain truth, but they are also one dimensional. God is multi-dimensional, and He has established many ways to receive healing, and I believe it is unique for each. For example, one principle revealed in Scripture says, “At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.” (Luke 4:40) Jesus modeled to us ways in which God’s principles were activated. Laying on of hands is one of them. Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe; In My name….. they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” The principles to obey is--faith in His Word (to believe that this Word is true), and to lay our hands on the sick. Our job or responsibility is to sow; to simply obey the principles. It isn't our responsibility to try and manufacture results. We can't. We don't do the healing. The results or the reaping of the Word are His. Yet, many beat themselves up, feel condemned, go into self-pity or even despise this word because healing doesn't always happen. And rightly so. Precious people who have been praying for healing, don't get healed, and some insensitive individual tells them it is because they don't have enough faith. Or perhaps we are the ones laying our hands on the sick, and they don't recover. Friends, we don't do the healing. We sow. We obey. God does the reaping part. Also, we should never be that insensitive, and neither should we make assumptions as to why someone doesn't get healed. Our job is to be obedient to the principles in the Word of God, and trust in God for the results. It is His job to watch over His Word to perform it. Instead of getting stuck, I encourage you, keep praying, keep believing and keep practicing the principles of God.
Subsequently, confession of sins one to another, or with your counselor who is safe, is another spiritual law for healing. James 5:16 confirms, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” Anointing with oil is yet another principle to obey to reap healing. In the same above passage