A couple of years ago at a workplace of a student of our Bible institute, a lady who was suffering from kaposi’s sarcoma was brought to me for prayer for healing.
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She was in so much pain especially in the legs. Two medical confirmations were proof that she was HIV positive. As we began to talk, the Lord revealed to me that all she needed was to repent and accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour.
While she sought physical healing, God wanted total healing for the whole person, the soul included.
Naturally, I preached to her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. I stressed to her that if she received Jesus in her spirit, He would take care of all her immediate needs and those of the world to come.
Of note, I encouraged her by two Scriptures. The first was 1 John 4:4 which reads, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” This means that since Jesus is in you, He will fight for you.
The second was John 1:12 which reads, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
You need the power of Jesus to operate inside you. Just becoming His child, you will be endued with power from heaven.
After the commitment prayer or the so- called sinner’s prayer, I asked her to go back for a blood test.
She went and tested HIV negative and she doubted it and went for second test and again tested negative to HIV.
The interesting thing, however, did not turn out to be the healing.
The lady went on to convince herself that the first two tests that had confirmed her as HIV positive were wrong. She could not believe that Jesus had healed her.
She was more comfortable to accept that sickness can come than believing the truth that Jesus can heal, a question of who really holds power between Jesus and Satan.
You probably have heard or witnessed a similar story. I will return in the next instalment and teach on how you can receive your own healing or that of your loved ones.
From the outset, I need to emphasise that the healing comes from Jesus and you have to receive it by faith.
You probably saw people that got worse after prayer. With medication some have improved while others got worse.
We will explore this in detail next week. While many believe that medication can cure, not all trust prayer for healing.
There is healing beyond drugs and therapy.
Personally, I believe Jesus can heal all manner of sickness and disease as pointed out in the Scriptures. I am also persuaded that proper medication can cure.
So my good friends in the medical field are not Satan sent. I have the grace to receive healing from Jesus and have the liberty to seek medical remedy if I so wish.
The problem of sickness and disease is intertwined with the problem of sin and death, that is, the consequences of the fall.
Whereas medical science views the causes of sickness and disease in physiological or psychosomatic terms, the Bible presents spiritual causes as the underlying or basic problem.
The Bible provides for healing. God’s provision in redemption is as extensive as the consequences of the fall.
For sin, God provides forgiveness; for death, God provides eternal and resurrection life and for sickness, God provides healing.
Thus during Jesus’ earthly life, His threefold ministry was teaching God’s Word, preaching repentance (the sin problem) and the blessings of God’s kingdom (life), and healing every kind of sickness, disease and infirmity among the people.
Matthew 4:23-24 states, “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 his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.”
Allow God to heal you; you are going somewhere.
All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible