Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.
—3 John 2
All those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Savior will receive healing in heaven. And when we include heaven, everyone is healed.
God’s Word reveals His healing for us. Peter wrote, “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” (1 Peter 2:24).
If God provided healing through Christ’s finished work of grace, why doesn’t everyone receive it here on earth?
Some people answer by saying God doesn’t want them to be healed and that sometimes He even wants them to experience illness. If it is true God wants us to experience illness, why would we go against God’s will by praying to be healed or even seeking medical help? Just because everyone isn’t healed doesn’t mean that healing isn’t God’s will.
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). The will of God for healing is revealed in Jesus.
Our Abba Father is love. He is light, and there is no darkness in him (1 John 1:5). He doesn’t play games. His motives are pure. What He says in His Word is true. But some believe God wants them to be ill when they don’t experience healing.
There is no definitive reason to explain why one person receives healing and another doesn’t. Each person is different. You just can’t stereotype everyone and put them into one mold. However, looking at some things might keep us from attributing sickness to God who loves us.
When we abuse ourselves, we receive the result of how we have lived. The natural law of cause and effect is in operation. For example, someone who drowns himself in alcohol and drinks uncontrollably can have liver damage. Someone who is addicted to drugs can damage his body. Someone who is sexually promiscuous can get sexually transmitted diseases. Things like bitterness, rebellion, unforgiveness, and pride are things that can harm us and have consequences for our minds and bodies. Does God want us to overcome the results of what sin has caused? Of course, He does. And the Holy Spirit can address the deep wounds sin leaves behind. But each person is different. There is no cookie-cutter answer. The good news is that God cares and loves us. He will never forsake us or leave us.
The natural world we live in is fallen. Not only do our bodies decay as we get older, but every living thing in this world experiences decay. Things happen in life. Accidents occur. Diseases are inherited. These happen because of the original sin that entered the world. That original sin gave the enemy permission to come against us. He manipulates those who listen to him. He lies in our minds and accuses us. He makes us feel that we are not worthy of God’s forgiveness and love. He wants us to believe that God could never love and forgive us. He certainly wants us to believe that God wants us sick and that He makes us sick. Sickness and death are from the enemy (Hebrews 2:14).
The Word is God (John 1:1), and the Word of God heals (Psalm 107:20, Proverbs 4:20-22). But when we don’t know the Word, the enemy takes advantage of our lack of knowledge and plants his lies in our minds. He wars against the truth of God’s Word trying to take root in our hearts. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy all that God loves (John 10:10). He tells us that God wants us to be sick—and that sickness is what we deserve. Sickness may be what we once deserved before we knew Christ. But Jesus took what we deserved to the Cross. We don’t get what we deserve. We get Jesus and everything His finished work of grace declares us worthy to receive.
If the enemy wants you to be sick and die, God wants you to be well and live. While we don’t understand the reasons some don’t receive healing, we know that healing comes through faith in the gift of Jesus’ finished work on the cross for us. 1 Peter 2:24 tells us that we were healed at the greatest cost. We need to trust what God says in His Word and hold on to it.
Jesus wants us to have a relationship with Him—one where the Holy Spirit speaks to us through His Word and where we hear His Truth. Not everyone gets to the place where they personally hear God speaking to them, but He desires for His children to have the revelation from His Word of who He is and what Jesus gave His life for them to have.
Your relationship with Jesus opens the door for you to hear from God. Your answer from God is the one for you. It is one of a kind—not someone else’s answer. No one has your answer but God. And your answer is revealed through the Truth of His Word. When you desire above everything to believe the Word, the Holy Spirit will teach you (John 16:13).
Do you long to prosper in your understanding of God’s Truth for your life? Are you hungry enough to seek His Word for answers to whatever your need—whether spiritual, emotional, or physical? God desires you to allow His Truth to penetrate your heart because it brings life and healing to everyone who finds it (Proverbs 4:20-22.) God wants you to experience what He has given you. His Word is life (John 6:63). He sent His Word so you could experience His forgiveness and healing and deliverance (Psalm 107:20).
“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:8, NKJV).
Ask Him. Seek His Truth in His Word. His Truth prospers your health as your understanding prospers (3 John 2). It heals and delivers you. Hear His revelation for your life (Romans 10:17). He will open His heart to you.
© 2023 Lynn Lacher