I suffered intense pain along with chronic fatigue from fibromyalgia for at least 10 years. My husband had an elevator installed when we built our new home in 1995; he was sure at the rate my strength was failing I would become bed-fast. I came to the place where I had the will to fight for healing. I recited the healing scriptures, claiming them as mine. I prayed earnestly for healing. I went for public prayer many times in obedience to James 5:14-16, and my family prayed faithfully for my healing. It’s a story on its own, but I can say emphatically I’m completely free from the devastating symptoms since 2004. I got my life and ministry back. God heals us because of His great love and compassion. The Bible is clear:
1. God healed sickness in the Old Testament. He never changes.
“For I, Jehovah, change not.” (Malachi 3:6)
2. Jesus healed sickness in the New Testament. He never changes.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8). “…even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit
and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Act 10:38).
3. Jesus sent His disciples out to heal the sick then sent all believers to heal the sick.
- Jesus sent out the 12 – to preach and heal (Matthew 10:1, 10:8).
- Jesus sent out the 70 – to preach and heal (Luke 10:9).
- Jesus sends all who believe on Him to heal (Mark 16:18).
And then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will…place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed (Mark 16:15,18).
4. The scriptures show us clearly that God’s will is to heal our sickness and diseases. Psalms 103, Isaiah 53, and James 5 are a few references among many.
Psalm 103: “Bless Jehovah…Who forgives all your iniquities (sins); who heals all your diseases…
who redeems your life from destruction…” (Psalm 103:2-4). See James 5:15, 16!
“Disease” in Psalm 103:3 is nosos in the Septuagint. It means physical healing.
“Heals” in Psalm 103:3 in the Septuagint is iaomai. Some insist that “Who redeems your life from destruction,” Psalm 103:4 means spiritual destruction, not physical disease.
The Bible is very clear. God heals our sick bodies. “Who redeems” in the Septuagint is ton lutroumenon; this means that God is right now, in the present, still working in this way. “Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows… But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement needed for our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4, 5).
“Is any among you sick? Call for the elders of the church; and let them pray…anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: the prayer of faith shall save the sick, the Lord shall raise him up; if he committed sins, it shall be forgiven him.
Confess your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed” (James 5:14-16).
The Greek word “sick” in verse 14 is astheneo. This means diseased, sick or weak.
The Greek word “healed” in verse 16 is iaomai. This means to cure, heal and make whole.
5. The healing gifts given to the New Testament church (that’s us) never passed away.
“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diverse kinds of tongues” (1Co 12:28). God never took these back because He is compassionate.
Jesus moved with compassion (Matthew 14:14; 15:32; 20:34, Mark 1:40, 41; 6:34,). He healed all who came to him except those whose unbelief stopped their ability to receive healing. (Luke 4:18). “Through faith in His name this man has been made strong-who you see and know. YES, the faith which is by Him has given him perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (Acts 3:16).