Self Esteem: What Does the Bible Say?
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What Missionaries Ought To Know about Anxiety
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Anxiety In the Bible
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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HEALING
Some time ago I had discussion with a dear believer about her ideas concerning “healing and the old time religion.” She shared with me her belief about the scripture, Isaiah 53 in which the prophet foretells the coming of the Messiah, his work and his mission. In it we read “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed.” She insisted that the healing referenced in this passage was for our sins-sick-souls and not for our physical bodies. Sickness, she said, is how God teaches us humility.
She was shocked when I pointed out Matt 8:16 & 17 “…He cast out the spirits with his word and healed ALL that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet saying Himself took our infirmities and bare our sickness.” The beauty here is that scripture actually interprets itself.
If you’re confused about the Bible or a passage of scripture, ask Jesus. He wrote it. He’ll tell you exactly what it means. He is the WORD made flesh. That’s why “by him (Jesus) and for him were all things created” (Rom 11:3 & Jn 1:3).
But, you might ask, creation happened before the birth of Jesus. How could Jesus create everything? Good question. Recall in Genesis, God who is a Spirit (Jn 4:24) spoke words right out-loud and said several times, “Let there be…..” Indeed, in John’s Gospel we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God… and the Word became flesh to dwell among us.” Jesus is the Word made flesh to dwell among us.” He also says, “Lo I come in the volume of the book.” (Ps 40:7 & Heb 10:7). Who better to ask than the author himself.
And this idea of physical healing should not be new to the believer. It IS the old time religion. Matt 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing ALL manner of sickness and ALL manner of disease among the people. And Matt 9:35 “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing EVERY sickness and EVERY disease among the people.”He healed them ALL.
But that was then. We’re now in a new dispensation, my friend argued. And besides, that was Jesus. He healed them to prove his deity. It’s not for us to pretend we’re Him.
NO NO NO, I said.
“JESUS CHRIST, THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TODAY, AND FOREVER.” Heb 13:8. And Mark 16:17, “These signs shall follow them that believe; in my name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues…. they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.”
Yes, it was necessary for him to die on a cruel cross and there shed his blood for the sins of the world. But it was also the Father’s will that he been beaten, tortured, whipped and scourged that you and I might, by his stripes – be healed.
If you are tormented, addicted, sick, diseased or racked with pain today, I say to you: “Rise and be healed in the name of Jesus.” Your cure, your remedy has been purchased. Jesus already paid ALL your medical expenses. Hallelujah!
Sickness and death entered the world after Adam and Eve sinned. Knowing that sickness has plagued humans ever since then, what does the Bible say about healing?
The Bible Answer
There are many Scriptures in the Bible that refer to physically being healed by God. David spoke of a God who would heal all your diseases.
(Psalm 103:3) Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
(Psalm 41:3) The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. ESV
Jesus Healed Many
(Mathew 4:23) Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
(Luke 8:48) Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
(Luke 13:13) Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
(Luke 14:4) When they refused to answer, Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away. NLT
Jesus Disciples Were Given Authority To Heal
(Mathew 10:1) Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
(Mathew 10:8) Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
We Can Be Healed Today
A physical healing from God is not limited to the people who lived in the days of Jesus or his disciples. The New Testament Church today is full of testimonies from people who have had faith in God for their healing and received it. From minor ailments to the worst of diseases, God is not limited to what he can heal.
Listed among the signs that will accompany those who believe in (Mark 16:17-18) is the laying on of hands of the sick. The Scripture says they will get well. The following Scriptures in the book of James speak directly to Christians who are sick.
(James 5:14-16) Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
God chooses to heal many in his Church today through a man of God. We read in the Bible where the sick came to Paul and were healed by his laying on of hands and prayer (Acts 28:8-9). God did extraordinary miracles through Paul to the point that sick people were being cured just by receiving handkerchiefs and aprons that had been touched by Paul (Acts 19:11-12).
God Will Not Always Heal Us Physically
While an individual needs faith to be healed, it is not always a lack of faith that prevents a healing. In this life, we do not have eternal health. With the only exception being those who are living when the rapture occurs, we’re all going to die. All of us are destined to die once, and then face the judgement (Hebrews 9:27). With that being the case, as Christians we know God will not always heal us. If he did, death would never come.
It’s the times when someone loses their life at an early age due to sickness that’s the most difficult to understand. We often ask why God didn’t heal them. It is not for us to always know why, but sometimes it is not his will for a person to be healed. (1 John 5:14) says that what we ask of God must be according to his will. There will be times when sickness will end in death, and other times healing will come for the glory of God (John 11:4).
In (2 Corinthians 12:7-9) we find Paul was not healed from his ailment, even though he pleaded with God. God’s response was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
The Ultimate Healing
The Bible says by Jesus stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5) (1 Peter 2:24). Many interpret this Scripture to mean a spiritual healing, not physical. Without excepting God’s spiritual healing provided to us by following his plan of salvation, no amount of physical healings will matter in the end.
For a Christian, when the ultimate healing comes, there will be no more need for physical healing!
(Revelation 21:4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
God Chooses Who Will Heal
First of all, the Bible never tells us it is God’s will to heal every person and it never says all sickness is caused by the Devil or by a person’s failure to be close to the Lord, as some people might teach. The Bible tells us God works in ways we don’t understand, yet we can be sure He has a perfect plan for our lives, even if it does mean we must suffer. Isaiah 55:8 says:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
We believe God very definitely wants us to pray for and seek his healing power when we are sick or when others are sick, even though we do not believe in the showy healing meetings that are being held in the name of the Lord today. If you check the practices of the so-called faith-healers, you would find only certain ones are allowed to come forward for healing; many are not cured (sometimes many are not even sick) and many times people are planted in the audience to feign certain ailments so it can appear they have been healed.
We believe in miraculous healings and we believe God does heal today, but not in the way practiced by faith-healers. The Bible never tells us Jesus held meetings for the purpose of healing the sick. He did indeed heal the sick when they came to Him, but His major interest was in healing their sin-sick souls. Everyone who came to Him for healing was healed, not just a select few.
Many of the faith-healers claim sickness is a sign of sin in a person’s life. This is not always true. Faith-healers claim a failure to be healed is due to a lack of faith on the part of those who are ill. Again, this is not Biblical for in James 5:14-15 the Word of God says it is the prayer of faith by the elders through which miraculous healing can come.
God’s Will to Heal
Furthermore, healing can come only if it is God’s will. Contrary to what the faith-healers teach, it is not always God’s will to heal. Many Bible characters suffered from sickness and, though they prayed to be healed, God did not always heal them. Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 tells of asking the Lord to heal him from a certain illness. Yet God did not heal him, and in fact told him that “…my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Timothy must have also suffered from some recurring sickness because Paul advised him to drink a medicinal grape syrup for his “often infirmities” in 1 Timothy 5:23.
Oftentimes God works through sickness. Through the patient suffering of His dear children, God sometimes wins lost sinners who see the faith and courage of those who trust in Him. God uses sickness to speak to His children when we are too busy to listen to Him–He asks us to lie down and listen. As one of God’s children, we should just pray His will be done.
When Suffering is a Mystery
Many times, suffering and trouble for a child of God is a mystery.
The Book of Job was, no doubt, included by the Holy Spirit to help us understand we are to serve God and love him during times of difficulty as well as during times of comfort and ease.
Satan actually accused God of bribing Job to serve Him. God responded that Satan would certainly see that Job would continue to love God and serve Him even though great sorrow and great physical difficulty came to Job.
Thank God! Job proved to Heaven above and earth beneath and to Satan that he was not serving God simply because of the blessings which God had given to Him as Satan falsely accused.
“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” James 5:11
This verse shows us that Job was very patient and loving, even in the face of sorrow and physical difficulty and discouraging circumstances. This verse also emphasizes the tremendous blessings which the Lord gave to Job at the end of that test and trial.
Another passage of Scripture tells us that other Christians have been tested and tried across the years:
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might he found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
The following verses tell us of many Christians who experienced terrible persecutions and even death, yet remained faithful to the Lord:
“And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and of Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouth– of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom, the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:32-40
These verses show us that knowing God does not always keep us from tests and trials, although He will certainly go with us through them and help us and sustain us in time of need.
These verses also teach that there is a bright and happy conclusion to all of these things in due time, even if it has to be on the other side, with Him in Glory. But in the mean time, we can have the peace and the comfort and the sweetness of the full measure of His presence and help.
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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.