There was nothing you could do to get God to save you. It was His gift. You were saved by God’s grace through childlike faith. And there is nothing you can do to get healed either. You receive healing just as you received forgiveness—by faith in God’s grace.
“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 redeeming grace. He encourages us to remember God’s benefits. But so many Christians live far beneath the benefits that God has for them. We should never forget that we are forgiven of all our sins—that Jesus has provided a finished and complete redemption 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 (3 John 2). 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 and paid the full price for them. Notice the verb tense “were healed” in 1 Peter 2:24 in the NKJV version. It reveals 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 sickness just as you have His righteous power to resist sin. Spiritually understanding the Truth of God’s grace helps you to fight and resist sickness from a mindset of victory instead of a mindset of defeat.
Even after you receive Christ’s redeeming grace, 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 His righteousness. In the same way, you can be dead to sickness and alive to healing in Christ. 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 by the power of God, you can also fight sickness by the power of God. By the same grace of God that forgave you, you can also receive the healing Jesus died to give you.
Healing begins in your mind. It arises from God’s Truth that you believe in your heart. If you can believe in God’s forgiveness, you can have faith in His healing. “Daughter, your faith has made you well,” Jesus told the woman who was weak from the loss of blood for many years. “Go in peace,” He said, “and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34).
Dare to believe the Truth of God’s Word. “By His stripes, you WERE healed.”
Live each day by faith and not by sight or what you feel (2 Corinthians 5:7). Healing is believed before it is received.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher