"Time to Heal"
"A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break
down, and a time to build up;" Ecclesiastes 3:3.
According to James 5:13-16, it is never wrong to pray
for the sick brethren; however, it is well to remember that God heals
in His time and in His way. Later in this message we will give you information
as to God's ways of healing the sick Christian but first, let's look
at a few accounts of healing in the Bible.
Hezekiah, after the prophet Isaiah had already told him
to set his house in order and get ready to die, wept and prayed before
the Lord and Isaiah was sent back to tell Hezekiah that God would heal
him and give him fifteen more years, and God even gave him a sign that
he would be healed. We may wonder at this situation, but we must ever
remember that God is Sovereign and needs not to explain Himself to anyone.
When Jesus was ministering in Capernaum a centurion came
pleading for healing for his sick servant and Jesus said, "I will
come and heal him..." Matthew 8:7. It was just a simple request
from a heart of faith but Jesus heard and answered him. True and genuine
faith in Jesus Christ will accomplish great things for those who will
In Syria, the people brought all kinds of sick folks with
various diseases and torments to Jesus. He cast out devils, healed the
insane and those with palsy, and Matthew says in 4:24, "and he
healed them". All they had to offer was their simple childlike
faith in the power and deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
One time, one of many times, when the children of Israel
had gone away from the worship of God unto other interests, God called
them "backsliding children". Jeremiah 3:14. God promised if
they would return to Him He would "heal your backsliding".
In Hosea, when the children of Israel promised to return
to the Lord from the false gods of material strength, God promised,
"I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely".
In Luke 9:1, the Lord gave the twelve disciples authority
over all devils, and power to cure diseases. Verse 2 goes on to say,
"and he sent them to preach the kindgom of God, and to heal the
How our great nation needs this verse to be answered today! and so it would be, but never as long as we leave out the heart of the message and continue in our wicked ways.
Now we need to get back to the heart of this message. We have seen enough to know that the Name of Jesus Christ is sufficient to cure all ills, heal all diseases, cast out all devils. So now come back to the simple every day situation that we face in our daily lives...that of praying for the sick as we are told in James 5:13-16. The sick must initiate this procedure. It is his confidence and faith in Jesus Christ that would cause him to call for mature Christians to pray for him. The Lord will save the sick, raise him up and forgive the sin that caused it in the first place. Probably the most important thing about this healing is that which we never mention for fear of discouraging the sick person. We need to declare plainly to the sick as well as to all concerned that God will heal, but it will be according to His wisdom and infinite knowledge, and in His time (due time). Sometimes He will simply direct the sick to a doctor who will give the healing medicine. Today this is quite common. Sometimes He will heal instantly by his miraculous power. This is the way we usually desire it to be, so that one may be cured by an out and out miracle; sometimes, and we are reluctant to state this, but I believe the sick should be given to understand and to accept the fact that God may simply heal him by separating the soul from the body which is physical death, and taking the soul to Himself, leaving the body to be buried. This is not easy to accept in some cases, but is actually the Greatest Cure of all, and the Only Real and Permanent cure.
There is one other sickness we must mention...that of SIN SICKNESS. We all are born in sin and with Adam's nature, and so are by nature the children of sin and so we do what is natural -- we sin. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned; and come short of the glory of God." The cure for this sickness is to Believe God and His Word, and Receive His Son Jesus, as our Savior. Just simple childlike faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is God's remedy for sin. All sinners who come to God in Jesus' Name will be accepted..."All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." --John 6:37.
Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no many cometh to the Father but by me." John 14:6. Luke 19:10 says, " For the Son of man (Jesus Christ) is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Jesus Paid It All (all the penalty for sin)
Sin is the greatest sickness in the world. Jesus died
to save you from that sickness, and He will if you come to Him in true
repentance. Jesus truly is able to save...Hebrews 7:25, "Wherefore
he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by
him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them".
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