JEHOVAH RAPHA – I AM the LORD your healer…by Lana Vawser
Posted on October 13, 2008 by admin
You can live FREE from sickness and disease if you’re are a child of GOD.
Once we understand where sickness comes from‚ we can understand why we are able to get rid of it! God’s word clearly reveals that death‚ disease and sickness originated with sin and now are being spread by Satan (Rom 5:12-21; Job 2:6-7; Luke 13:16). Think of all those Jesus healed. The Gospels say they were all "oppressed of the Devil" (Acts 10:38). Only when sin is taken out of the human race‚ will there be no more sickness. Until then we pray for the sick to be healed!
The Bible teaches that forgiveness of sins and healing of the body go hand in hand. Healing is just as easy to receive from God as forgiveness of sins. If you have need of healing‚ it is only right that you surrender your life to God if you expect Him to heal you. Healing is one of the benefits of being in right relationship with God. "Praise the LORD‚ O my soul‚ and forget not all his benefits he forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases." (Ps. 103:2-3). God calls Himself in Scripture "Jehovah Rapha"‚ meaning "I am the LORD who is your healer" (Ex. 15)
Satan’s primary objective is to discredit God. Spoiling our bodies is one way he operates. Created in the image of God‚ we are caught in the middle of this spiritual battleground. Satan "as your enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour‚" (1 Peter 5:8). He will devour you with disease and sickness if you let him. Our great advantage is that God sent His Son to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:3). God through Jesus Christ will destroy Satan’s evil work in your body!
Our failures come because of an imperfect understanding of God’s word. God’s word declares that‚ "You will know the truth‚ and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32). Satan your adversary knows the truth better than you do. Until you discover and start claiming what is legally yours‚ Satan will continue his harassment and assault on your life. He knows your weak areas.
CHRIST THE HEALER
The Bible clearly reveals that God wills to be the "healer" of His people and declares His will to heal all those that obey Him. Christ’s works of healing were not only to prove His divinity but were a part of His complete mission of fulfilling the will of God. "Here I am‚ I have come to do your will." (Heb 10:9). "Many followed Jesus‚ and he healed all their sick" (Matthew 12:15). Jesus Himself is a revelation of the will of God. He did the will of God; He healed all who came to Him. He has an unchanging priesthood: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrew 13:8).
In Matthew‚ Chapter 8:16-17‚ God’s word tells us that "When evening came‚ many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him‚ and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: He took up our infirmities and carried our sicknesses." If He bore them then they rightfully and legally belong to Him and for us to take them upon our body is to be taking something that does not belong to us. If Christ took our sins then sin does not belong to the believer and as long as the believer has sin‚ Christ’s atonement means nothing to him. If Christ took our sickness and pain‚ then they do not belong to the believer‚ and for a believer to have them is illegal and Christ’s death in bearing them means nothing. (Matt. 1:21‚ 2 Cor. 5:17-21‚ 1 John 1:7-9).
At the hands of unbelievers‚ Jesus‚ our LAMB‚ was beaten. On His body deep furrows were plowed by the awful Roman lash and it literally tore pieces of flesh from His back. THESE WERE THE STRIPES by which‚ Isaiah and Peter say‚ WE WERE HEALED. And they were laid on His BODY. This was the bearing of our sicknesses‚ and so‚ the provision was made for the healing of our body. Then they nailed Him to the cross and pierced His side. His blood ran down on the ground‚ "This is my blood of the covenant‚ which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
Jesus our Lamb suffered in two ways. He shed His blood on the cross for our salvation from sin‚ and He bore the stripes on His BODY for our healing from sickness. If you have let Him take your sins‚ won’t you let Him take your sickness? Healing is part of your salvation; do not be cheated out of it any more than you would permit yourself to be cheated out of forgiveness of sins.
FREE FROM THE CURSE
In Deuteronomy‚ 28 chapter‚ we find sickness given as a part of the "curse". But Gal. 3:13 declares that "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us". Look for a moment to the sicknesses specifically stated in Deut. 28‚ diseases‚ fever and inflammation‚ scorching heat and drought‚ hemorrhoids‚ the scab‚ the itch‚ boils‚ tumors‚ madness‚ blindness‚ confusion of mind‚ and many more including all the diseases of Egypt‚ and as if these were not enough‚ Verse 61 adds "The LORD will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law‚ until you are destroyed". Is there anything left to be uncovered?
God has set us free from the curse of the law through Christ Jesus Our Lord‚ for "whosoever will" meet the conditions and believe the Word will receive their healing. We may say to ourselves "it is not His will"‚ but God is no respecter of persons. His promises are to all. "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord." (James 5:14). God is as willing to heal as He is to forgive sins. The only hindrance in getting the full benefits of Calvary is unbelief and lack of appropriation of the blessing which Christ died to give to all men. (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-16; 3 John 2).
HAVE FAITH IN GOD’S WILL
Faith in God works. The power of God flows through the conduit of faith. Jesus said numerous times‚ according to your faith‚ be it unto you. (Matt. 9:29) The faith that receives from God is based upon the knowledge of His will. We cannot definitely take healing by faith‚ if there is any question whether it is for us. Healing is part of the atonement work of Christ on the cross. We know that not all are saved (even though it’s God’s will that none should perish) because not all appropriate the blessing of Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ.
In the same light‚ not all appropriate the blessing of Divine Healing because not all HAVE ABSOLUTE FAITH that Jesus desires to heal them. When we have proper knowledge of the will of God‚ we do not pray: "Lord if it be thy will please heal me" for the "if" implies doubt‚ and doubt cancels faith. We should not pray a useless‚ unbelieving prayer concerning anything that God has promised. The will of God is expressed in the Lord’s Prayer: "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Is heaven filled with sick people?
Our will also has a big part in the question of healing. Will we take that which God has willed to give us? "If you abide in me and my words abide in you‚ you shall ask what you will‚ and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7). When we know God’s will for us then we simply need to ’Ask God for it’! When our "I will" meets His "I will" the work is done.
HOW TO BE HEALED
You have the right and authority to claim healing from God when you are a born again Christian (Matt. 13:15); when you are diligently listening to God (Exodus 15:26); when you are attending to God’s word (Proverbs 4:20-22); and when your faith is unwavering (James 1:6-7). Now don’t give up if you don’t have enough faith you can get it! Not everyone believes perfectly every time "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17). Fill yourself with the appropriate word of God! If you speak the word of God boldly‚ over and over‚ you will become a changed person. Your life will become full of God’s Grace. Begin to confess what God says about you and your healing.
Search the Word and collect verses to confess regarding your circumstance. Make it a practice to use these verses on a daily basis to build your faith. Don’t read them quietly‚ but read them aloud! You are building your own faith! Break your silence with God’s unchanging word. "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart‚ that is‚ the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth‚ "Jesus is Lord‚" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead‚ you will be saved. (Saved here Literally means Restored to Health!) For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified‚ and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Restored to Health!)" (Rom. 10:8-10). Here are some examples of what to say:
Never confess that I can’t……Instead Say: I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13). O LORD‚ my strength and my fortress‚ my refuge in time of distress (Jer. 16:19).
Never confess that you Lack……Instead Say: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19). …no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless (Ps. 84:11).
Never confess that you Fear……Instead Say: God did not give us a spirit of fear‚ but a spirit of power‚ of love and a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7). The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid. (Ps. 27:1).
Never confess Lack of Faith……Instead Say: God has given to every man the measure of faith. (Rom. 12:3)
Never confess your Weakness……Instead Say: do not fear‚ for I am with you; do not be dismayed‚ for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Is. 41:10).
Never again confess Defeat……Instead Say: Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4). Thanks be to God which always causes us to triumph in Christ. (2 Cor. 2:14). In all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
Never again confess Your Sickness……Instead Say: Jesus…By whose stripes you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24 and Isaiah 53:5). I am the Lord who heals you. (Exodus 15:26). Bless the Lord O my soul…who heals all your diseases. (Ps. 103:1-3). In My name they shall lay hands on the sick‚ and they shall recover. (Mark 16:18).
God’s word is infused into you by giving voice to it with your own mouth‚ and this is the language of health to your body. Tell Satan‚ out-loud‚ that he is overcome by the blood of the Lamb‚ and by the word of MY testimony! (Rev. 12:11). Say that you are washed clean by the blood of Jesus and that by His stripes you are healed‚ that you refuse to accept the curse of sin and sickness. Jesus died to give you life. Choose life!
As you win the battle and symptoms disappear‚ prepare yourself for the counter-attack! Satan does not give up easily. He will attack with a pain or an old symptom in the healed area to try and strike fear and doubt in your heart. This will test your faith. It is vital that you do not deny your healing and accept the condition again. Immediately strike back with the word of God. "Resist the Devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7). When you resist the devil he WILL flee from you!
Repeat these faith building verses. The more you speak the Word‚ the more you believe. It is supernatural medicine bringing faith to your spirit which works and permeates into your physical body. Heb. 11:1 tells us that Faith brings the manifestation (substance) or the result (evidence) you are looking for (the things hoped for). A continual affirmation of God’s Word in faith calls for the healing which is already ours and will build into your immune system a supernatural anointing that is capable of eliminating sickness and disease in your natural body.