Youíve heard it dozens of times: "If God
wants people healed, why doesnít He just heal them? Why all this
Letís begin our answer with a simple
proposition: God is perfectly holy, and because Heís holy He canít
bless sin without working against Himself. But since He wants
to bless us, He has to find a way to do it without violating His own
principles. The Bible describes two solutions: the Old Covenant and the
New Covenant--essentially Godís "old contract" and "new
contract" with His people.
blessings stopped flowing
Earth in its original perfection was a kind of
incubator where people were to grow into a free, loving relationship with
the Lord. But when the first humans misused their freedom by selling out
to the enemy, the earth was cut off spiritually from its Creator. Godís
blessings stopped flowing, and a world-wide curse was all that was left.
So how could God win back the human race without
invading human freedom and without breaking His own rules? Since the Lord
meets people "where they are," the method He used to begin with
Israel was the standard form of solemn agreement in the ancient Near East,
the blood covenant. Covenant sacrifices, coupled with
repentance and obedience, opened the door to Godís promises. They made
it possible for Him to bless the Israelites without undermining His own
is your insurance
Getting and staying healthy under the Old Covenant
was no easy matter. To do it, the Israelites had to keep countless
dietary, sanitary, and religious rules, along with constant priestly
sacrifice. The rite for the cleansing of leprosy, for example, goes on for
most of two chapters in Leviticus. So we can thank God that His first
healing covenant was only a temporary arrangement, leading Israel (and all
humanity) to the New Covenant in Christ Jesus.
The book of Hebrews claims that the New Covenant
is better than the Old (7:22). Why? Because all Godís promises in both
Testaments are "yes" in Christ Jesus, guaranteed by one
perfect sacrifice. If youíre in covenant with the Father through Jesus,
every benefit offered in Scripture belongs to you as Godís child. Jesus
is your insurance against sin, sickness, and whatever makes your life less
best news of all
For as many as are the promises of God, they all
find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter
the Amen . . . to God through Him . . . to the glory of God (2
Corinthians 1:20, Amplified).
This is Good News, right? And the best news of all
is that your enjoyment of these blessings as a Christian doesnít depend
on (a) your own sacrifices, (b) how "good" you can be by your
own effort, or (c) your power, prestige, and income (Acts 10:34).
The bottom line is that Jesusí sacrifice brings
us all the benefits of the Old Covenant without its complicated
requirements. The New Covenant comes entirely free of charge, and itís
available to anyone who confesses Jesus as Lord and lives in His simple
rhythm of repentance, cleansing, and restoration.
forget that . . .
God should be our first
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now
to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.
God is ready to heal us
way--spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity.
Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole" persons
enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to cooperate
with Him in getting healed--through medicine, diet,
exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes
healing is a gift from Him.
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