There is nothing you can do to get God to save you. You are saved by God’s grace through childlike faith. And you can’t do anything to get healed either. You receive healing by God’s grace just as you receive eternal life—by faith.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul. And all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul. And forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:1-4, NKJV).
In these verses, David praises God for His grace. He encourages us to remember God’s benefits. But so many Christians live far below the benefits that God makes available. We should never forget that we are forgiven of all our sins—that God has given complete forgiveness to every believer. David also reminds us that not only are we forgiven but that we are also healed of all our diseases. Just as it is God’s will for us to be forgiven, it is also God’s will for us to have good health. God wills us to receive His love and grace for healing just as He wills us to receive His love and grace for the forgiveness of sin.
“Who himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (Peter 2:24, NKJV).
Jesus took all your sins and diseases to the cross over 2000 years ago. Notice the verb “were” in 1 Peter 2:24 in the NKJV. It indicates that healing is already accomplished. By Jesus’ stripes, you are now healed. Yet, that doesn’t mean you won’t experience sickness in your physical body. In the realm of God’s Truth, you are healed, but sickness will still come against you. You have God’s righteous power to fight against sickness just as you have His righteous power to resist sin. Understanding the grace of God helps you to fight and resist sickness from a mindset of victory instead of defeat.
Even after you have asked Jesus into your heart, you are still faced with sin and sickness. If you commit a sin, that is not the new nature God has given you. You can repent and be dead to that sin and alive in Christ. You can live righteously by the grace of God. In the same way, you can be dead to sickness and alive to healing. Being dead to sin doesn’t mean that it is impossible for you to sin. And being dead to sickness doesn’t mean you never get sick. If you can resist sin, you can also fight sickness by the power of God. By the same Cross—by the same power—by the same grace of God that forgave you, you can receive the healing Jesus died to give you.
Healing begins in your mind. It rises from what you believe. If you can believe for God’s forgiveness, you can have faith for His healing. “Daughter, your faith has made you well,” Jesus told the woman weak from the loss of blood for many years. “Go in peace,” He said, “and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34, NKJV).
Dare to believe in the Truth of God’s Word. “By His stripes, you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV).
© 2020 Lynn Lacher
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