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Christian faith and healing

  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Healing is an integral part of the gospel of the Kingdom of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading through the Scriptures, one is confronted with the overwhelming evidence of God’s desire to heal the sick, through the ministry of Jesus, the disciples and the prophets. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the most pressing needs of mankind today is total healing and the enjoyment of good health. To fully understand what healing is we need to define true health. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  3. 3. DEFINITION OF HEALTH <ul><li>World Health Organization “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. </li></ul><ul><li>WHO argues that if you live in poverty, in a police state or if you are unemployed, then you are not healthy in the truest sense of the word. </li></ul><ul><li>Man is a tripartite being. Man is spirit, he has a soul and he dwells in a body (1Thess. 5:23- “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely: and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”.) </li></ul>01/07/2011
  4. 4. THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD <ul><li>The perfect will of God is that we enjoy divine health (3Jn 2) and His promise is that we enjoy long life (Ps. 91:16) and receive healing for our sicknesses (Mark 16:17-18).Healing is the children’s bread (Mk 7:24-30). </li></ul><ul><li>Physicians and all those in the health professions aid in the healing process. The great and amazing advances in medical science have come from God. </li></ul><ul><li>The healings by the Lord Jesus Christ were instantaneous and His miracles were immediate. When you pray for healing by faith, recovery should start immediately and be completed within a short while. If this did not happen immediately you should put your faith in the Lord and seek for medical help. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  5. 5. CAUSES OF SICKNESS <ul><li>1) SIN : Adam and Eve were created sinless, blameless and guiltless and were created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26). They enjoyed perfect health. In the Garden of Eden there were certain qualities or practices that characterised their lifestyle and, no doubt, contributed to their health: </li></ul><ul><li>(a) They enjoyed fellowship with God </li></ul><ul><li>(b) They were naked and not ashamed (implying innocence, simplicity and frankness). Physically perfect, wonderfully made. </li></ul><ul><li>(c) They walked in obedience and therefore in dominion </li></ul><ul><li>(d) They had inner peace and harmony. No fear, anxiety, grumbling and murmuring </li></ul><ul><li>(e) They ate natural, unprocessed, food. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  6. 6. CAUSES OF SICKNESS <ul><li>(f) They had clean air, unpolluted rivers, good climate, no toxic and industrial wastes, no destructive viruses, bacteria and other micro-organisms </li></ul><ul><li>(g) There was no strife, war and covetousness </li></ul><ul><li>In summary there was no sin until Adam and Eve disobeyed (Gen 2:16-17). The law of sin and death began to operate and physical death followed spiritual death. Mankind gradually learned how to die young. Through this disobedience, sickness fell on the human race (Ps. 107:17-18; Rom. 5:12; James 5:13-15; Mk 2:5-11; Micah 6:13; Jn. 5:14; Mt 9:5; Jn. 9:3) </li></ul>01/07/2011
  7. 7. CAUSES OF SICKNESS <ul><li>2) Curses and demonic attacks </li></ul><ul><li>(a) Curses from disobedience to God’s laws as a judgement for sin (Deut 28:15-67; Lev. 26:15-16; Ps. 107:17-18; Mic. 6:13) </li></ul><ul><li>(b) Curses emanating from Satan and his agents i.e. Direct satanic or demonic attack. Evil spirits can directly cause sickness (Job 2:2-7; Lk. 13:16; Mt. 9:32-33; Mt. 9:17-27; Balak/Balam Num. 22-24) </li></ul><ul><li>(c) Curses from God’s servants e.g. Joshua and the city of Jericho (Jos. 6:26) </li></ul>01/07/2011
  8. 8. CAUSES OF SICKNESS <ul><li>(3) Undue physical and or mental strain (i.e. Lack of rest) e.g. Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25-30) </li></ul><ul><li>Note mental stress. </li></ul><ul><li>(4 ) Failure to take care of the body properly: </li></ul><ul><li>(a) Wrong foods and eating habits </li></ul><ul><li>(b) Unhealthy habits and practices- drugs, tobacco, alcohol etc. (Lev. 11:1-47; Deut 14:3-21). The New Testament does not require that we observe food laws, but God expects us to apply wisdom and eat food that will keep us healthy (Heb. 13 :9; Rom. 14:2,3,14-15) </li></ul><ul><li>(c) Lack of exercise </li></ul>01/07/2011
  9. 15. CAUSES OF SICKNESS <ul><li>(5) Ignorance - of negative implications of actions (or inaction) for our health (Hosea 4:6) </li></ul><ul><li>Neglecting health care because of the belief that there is a conflict between faith and health seeking behaviours. </li></ul><ul><li>Refusing to use prescribed medication because of the belief that taking medication is a lack of faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Are there people in the world today who are totally free of the use of medicinal substances knowingly or unknowingly? </li></ul>01/07/2011
  10. 16. CAUSES OF SICKNESS <ul><li>(6) Natural ageing (reduces physical strength)- Ps. 103:5; Isa 40:31. However, God can preserve our health and strength e.g. Moses had good eyesight and physical strength even in old age (Deut. 34:7). “As thy days so shall thy strength be” (Deut 33:25). </li></ul><ul><li>(7) Special circumstances : Reasons were largely unexplained. Godly people can fall sick. (2Kg. 13:14,20-21; Dan. 8:27; Phil. 2: 25-30; 2 Kg. 20:1-6; 2Tim. 4:20; Jn. 11:1; 2Cor 12:7-10; Acts 9:36-37 and 1Tim. 5:23). </li></ul><ul><li>(8) By Inheritance : This may relate to (1) and (2) above. Sin may result in organ disease in ancestors and these diseases may be genetically transferred to descendants. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  11. 17. IS IT GOD’S WILL TO HEAL? <ul><li>YES IT IS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL. </li></ul><ul><li>(A) Scriptures testify that it is God’s desire to heal (3Jn. 2; Exod. 15:26; Ps. 103:1-3; Deut. 7:15; Mt. 15: 22-28; Mt. 8:2-3, 16-17; Acts 10:38; Jn. 10:10; Lk. 4:18-19,40; Isa 61:1; Gal. 3:13-14, 1Jn. 3:8). Sickness does not glorify God. What brings glory to God is the healing and the deliverance from the works of darkness. </li></ul><ul><li>(B) Jesus made provision for our healing- Isa. 53:1-5,2Pet.2:24 </li></ul><ul><li>(C) Jesus committed the ministry of healing to the Body of Christ: Jn. 14:12; Mt. 9:35-36; Mk.6: 12-13;Mt.10:1,7,8: Mk. 16:16-18; James 5:14-16 and Lk 10:9,17-19) </li></ul><ul><li>(D) Gifts of Healings are available to believers: 1Cor 12:9 </li></ul>01/07/2011
  12. 18. IS IT GOD’S WILL TO HEAL? <ul><li>YES IT IS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL. </li></ul><ul><li>(E) The redemptive names of God: Jehovah Rapha, J. Ra-ah </li></ul><ul><li>(F) Scriptures reveal God’s displeasure with “shepherds” who refused to heal the sick (Eze.34:2-10,23) </li></ul><ul><li>(G) The experience of the history of believers for over 2000 years. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  13. 19. IS IT LACK OF FAITH IF I USE MEDICINE? <ul><li>Is it against God’s will to receive medical help and use medication? Have I committed sin if I do so? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: No to all these questions. </li></ul><ul><li>We must remember that Jesus Christ is the healer. Physicians cannot heal, they only aid or help in the healing process. The first step to take when we are sick is to pray and seek God’s face. We need to ask God to reveal to us why we are sick. The second step is to call for the elders of the Church (James 5:14-16) or other believers (Mk 16:17-18; Mt. 18:19-20) in a prayer of agreement. If God permits, then we should go to the hospitals for treatment believing that God can use medicine as a means of healing </li></ul>01/07/2011
  14. 20. SHOULD I DISCONTINUE MEDICATION? <ul><li>QUESTION: When I pray and make my claim to physical healing, should I discontinue medication? </li></ul><ul><li>ANSWER: No you should not. Your heart by faith knows that you are healed, but your body may not know it yet. Therefore your body may still need the medication for its normal function until the physical healing is manifested in your body. Maintain your confession of the word of God and continue to thank God for your healing. Once the physical healing is manifested there will be no more need for medication. Your physical healing needs to be confirmed by your doctor. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  15. 21. SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE <ul><li>1)No condemnation of medical remedies can be found in the Bible. </li></ul><ul><li>2) Luke was referred to as the beloved physician (Col. 4:14) </li></ul><ul><li>3) Christ did not criticize those who cared for the sick or wounded- Lk.10:30-35 (the good Samaritan); Mt. 9:12-13; Lk.4:23 (Physician heal yourself) </li></ul><ul><li>4) God taught the children of Israel certain health laws after He gave them the covenant of healing. He appointed certain people- the Priests to administer those laws. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  16. 22. SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE <ul><li>5) Jesus commanded the lepers to show themselves to the Priests after they were healed. The Priests were the medical examiners in Israel (Lk 17:11-14; Lev. 13:1-59) </li></ul><ul><li>6) Examples of Medical practice: </li></ul><ul><li>(a) Physicians and medical remedies: Col 4:14; 2Tim 4:11; Gen 50:2 (embalment); 2Chr 16:12 (Asa); Jer.51:8; Mt. 9:12; Lk4:23; Job 13:4 (worthless physicians); Jer.8:22 (Is there no physician there?) </li></ul><ul><li>The problem with Asa was that he did not seek the Lord before the physicians. He put his faith in the Physicians and not in the Lord. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  17. 23. SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE <ul><li>(b) The value of medicine: Prov. 17:22; Jer. 46:11; 30:13, 8:22; Ezek. 47:12; Rev. 22:2; Ps.104:14 </li></ul><ul><li>(c) Remedies: 2Kg. 20:7 (lump of figs); Isa.1:6; Lk. 10:34; 1Tim. 5:23; Jer.8:22; James 5:14; Rev. 3:18(eye salve); Mk 6:13; Job 2:7-8 (potsherd and ashes); Gen.30:14 (Mandrakes for fertility); Jer.46:11 (Balsam from Gilead contain medicinal substances); </li></ul><ul><li>(d) Anaesthesia and Surgery: Adam -Gen. 2:21-22; Circumcision- Gen.17:10-14; Treatment of fractures: Ezek 30:21 </li></ul><ul><li>(e) Sanitation and Disinfection: Lev. 14:41; 15:5; Deut.23:14 </li></ul><ul><li>(f) Sterilization/Preventing the spread of infection: Lev.11; 19:7; Num.11:19-20. </li></ul><ul><li>(g) Quarantine: Lev. 13:4,46 (leprosy); Lev. 14:8; 2Kg. 15:5; Num. 5:2,4; 25:9; 31:19-23; Deut 28:27; Lk17:12. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  18. 24. SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE FOR HEALTH CARE <ul><li>(h) Hygiene and Dietetics: Lev.11; 19:7; Num.11:19-20 </li></ul><ul><li>(i) Jesus used natural means mixed with faith (Blindman:Jn.9:6-7) </li></ul><ul><li>(j) Where medical science can no longer help, God remains faithful to His desire to heal us: Mk.5:25-34 </li></ul>01/07/2011
  19. 25. GOD USES MEANS TO HEAL <ul><li>Anointing oil- James 5:14 </li></ul><ul><li>Handkerchiefs and aprons- Acts 19:11-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Water- Jn. 5:2-4. </li></ul><ul><li>Saliva and mud- Jn. 9:6 </li></ul><ul><li>Wine- 1Tim. 5:23 </li></ul><ul><li>Serpent on the pole-Num 21:9 </li></ul>01/07/2011
  20. 26. GOD USES MEANS TO HEAL <ul><li>MEANS OF HEALING </li></ul><ul><li>1) Natural- The body has amazing resistance and recovery powers. Given a chance it will restore itself to health. </li></ul><ul><li>2) Drugs/ Medical care </li></ul><ul><li>Medical science cooperates with the laws and provisions of God and apply this knowledge to making people well. Medical care is a mercy ministry and God has positioned His children within these hospitals all over the world. </li></ul>01/07/2011
  21. 27. GOD USES MEANS TO HEAL <ul><li>MEANS OF HEALING </li></ul><ul><li>3) Corrective eating and sensible lifestyle (including stress management). The Bible says in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”. Many people have been healed through the acquisition of correct knowledge about illnesses and have had no need to continue the use of medication. </li></ul><ul><li>4) Supernatural healing (miracles) </li></ul><ul><li>-satanic healing which creates bondages and more problems. </li></ul><ul><li>-Divine healing- Lk. 13:10-17- which gives perfect healing and liberty </li></ul>01/07/2011
  22. 28. METHODS OF DIVINE HEALING <ul><li>Supply of body “spare parts” </li></ul><ul><li>Complete overhauling </li></ul><ul><li>Complete re-creation (Jn. 9:6-7) </li></ul><ul><li>Total repair </li></ul><ul><li>JESUS CHRIST, the Great Physician, is the HEALER and the RESTORER of HEALTH </li></ul>01/07/2011