Today I asked God to heal me. It’s always an unspoken prayer, but today it was a heart cry. Having an illness isn’t fun, it’s tiring, disheartening and the obvious painful and uncomfortable. There are things I want to do like run, I have this deep desire to run and feel energetic and alive without the after effects and I have an even deeper desire for children and to be a healthy mum. Although I would love the first, it’s the latter that makes my heart ache the most, it’s the latter which makes me feel like I wish God would just hurry up and do His thing cos I’m not getting any younger, and truth be told, it’s the latter that made me ask “Does God still heal today?”
Why would I even ask that question, I can see the words already forming in your mind or maybe you’ve asked it yourself and are secretly glad you’re not alone. I get it either way. The truth is that people do ask that question and sometimes they don’t even admit it to themselves for fear of judgement. I can ask the question because I believe my God can take it and I need to have my faith built on more than pretty silk strands of fear,doubt and half truths.
So does God still heal today?
There are two sides or camps in this question, those who say no and those who say yes. I want to have a look at both sides.
God doesn’t heal today.
Christians who believe that God doesn’t heal today (yes, they do exist) believe so for a myriad of reasons:
- healing has ceased
- not everyone gets healed now e.g. amputees
- people die even though they have faith
Even if someone has received healing they would argue that there is probably a medical/scientific reason to explain it and therefore they could not tell someone with a terminal illness e.g. cancer to simply have faith or not go to see their doctor or not take their treatments. They would see this as being irresponsible.
There is some truth in this perspective, some people don’t get healed and faith and science can happily go hand in hand yet to be around people who fully embrace this perspective would only dull your spiritual senses and weaken your faith. Even if God didn’t heal you today, you still very much need His grace to get you through the reality of living with a chronic illness and that does take faith.
Also I would add that the Bible never gives us an example of God growing back amputated limbs, or healing everybody, everywhere that was ever sick.
We can’t conclude that God doesn’t heal today just because there are people who are unwell in the world.
God does still heal today
For those who do believe that God still heals today faith and sin play a big part in their belief. If someone doesn’t receive their healing they either don’t have enough faith or have unconfessed sin in their life because Jesus healed everybody that came to Him.
There are things about this stance I embrace and things which I don’t – if I don’t believe God heals why even bother with what I do. But the truth is that I do believe that God heals. What gets me about this stance is how much they blame the individual for where they are. I reject the spirit with which this gospel is preached and the lack of spiritual discernment and sound teaching in this area.
There have been many people who have died after hearing this message, because they felt that faith meant that they didn’t go to see the doctor or didn’t go in for treatment and the illness finally overwhelmed them. There are others who chose to take their own life. You can not take something as personal and debilitating as chronic or terminal illness and and tell people that the formula for success is more faith, such a message can kill and destroy if not the body then the soul.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. ~ John 10:10
However, there are plenty of examples of people receiving their healing, I have my own testimony here. But do you know what I have found? It’s less about that person’s faith than it is about YHWH’s grace.
How many of you know that God doesn’t have to do anything we ask of Him? You can’t hold a gun to His head and make Him heal you? But that’s what we often do. We hold our faith and His Words up to Him like a gun and say “you have to do it God” and then become really surprised, frustrated and anxious when He doesn’t.
God doesn’t have to heal us. And yes, even if Yeshua did heal all those who came to Him sick, He didn’t do it because He had to, He did it because He wanted to. He chose to heal us because He loves us.
We make our faith, our healing and deliverance about us, when it’s all about God. Yes, God does still heal today and His desire to heal us is just as strong as when Yeshua walked the earth, yet who can know the mind of God to say when, where, how and whom.
But there is one thing I do know. I know His heart and His infinite love for us, His abounding grace and His endless mercy, His beauty and compassion. When we know this we can rest in the finished work, because we recognise that healing comes as a function of looking into the Face of YHWH God and allowing His beauty to overwhelm us.
If God has chosen to heal you today, if you have received your healing. Don’t boast. Don’t make it about you. God healed you because He chose to, He wanted to heal you because of His love for you and how your testimony would bless others.
If you haven’t received your healing – hold on, do not despair; there is no time limit on perfection and you are being perfected.
God often has to deal with the conflicts, traumas and negative energies that we have stored inside our body and soul over the years. If you have experienced any of these strongly in your life (fear, anxiety, trauma, abuse, neglect, self-loathing/hatred,insecurity, hate, anger and lack of love) then this would have been stored within you and manifested itself in an illness. Technically, or scientifically our body wasn’t created to store negative energy – it steals, kills and destroys.
The only thing that can heal such deep rooted pain is the love of God not people telling you that you need to have more faith, that just breeds more negative energy. Bathe yourself in the love of YHWH and truth of His Word and know that there are other things you can do to support and nurture your healing.
Remember that illness isn’t a sign that God is punishing you, even the Bible says that God disciplines those who He loves to bring forth good fruit. I know it can be hard, trust me but there is so much Grace available to us, just reach out for it – God doesn’t want you to be lacking in anything.
And as for me, what do I do? Have I answered my own question? Yes, I have. I’ll stick my cut out of a running woman and a baby (girl hopefully) on my vision board and continue to cast my eyes on to the Love of the Cross.
Does God still heal today? Yes, because Love never fails.