DIG for Thursday the 16th of March…..but the healing is only spiritual not physical…..Matthew 8 v 16 and 17

I have often heard it said that when the Bible talks about healing it is talking about spiritual healing and not physical.

I believe this is used as an excuse when people cannot or do not see healing, and I believe it is a view that is not Biblical.

We have already seen that healing was prophesied in the Word, in the book of Isaiah; this is the section that many teach as being spiritual healing.

In the Word we see Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law of a physical illness (Matthew 8 v 14 and 15).

Then we see Jesus delivering and healing people in the evening (Matthew 8 v 16).

The Word then goes on to say that He did this in order to fulfil that which was written by the prophet Isaiah (Matthew 8 v 17).

So Jesus fulfilled Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5 by healing people of physical disease, so we are talking about physical and not spiritual healing.

The Greek (that we read in Matthew 8 v 17) also makes this clear with infirmities meaning frailties of the body and sickness meaning sickness, illness or disability.

The Bible is very clear, Jesus healed people of physical ailments.

The Bible is also clear in that Jesus is the express image of the Father, so God the Father wants you healed (physically) and living a supernatural life of (physical) health.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want me to live in health and to be delivered from all sickness, pain and disease”.

Matthew 8 v 16 and 17…..When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken of by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses

DIG for Wednesday the 15th of March…..so why do some people stay sick…..John 5 v 6

This is not an easy question to answer as there are multiple reasons, which I will get onto soon.

However if you have been reading my DIGs over the last few days you will know that it is always God’s will to see you healed and living in supernatural health.

So the blockage to healing cannot be and is never God, of that we can be assured.

He is not stopping our healing from flowing because we are in too much sin or are not good enough, that is not the reason.

In my experience the main blockages to healing flowing is that people are in unbelief or ignorance.

A person may not know what the Bible says about healing or a person may have bene being taught that healing “passed away” with the apostles.

This is of course wrong and not a true understanding of the Bible.

So a person’s doctrine, or ways of thought, can stop the healing from being made manifest; remember “as a man thinketh so is he”.

What people speak out stops healing from flowing out of the spiritual realm and into the physical; remember “death and life are in the power of the tongue”.

I had contact today with a believer speaking death over themselves, and I’m sure they did not even know they were doing it.

I’ve also known people who do not want to be healed (Jesus even asked a man if he wanted to be healed); the illness may have become their identity or they may lose benefits and have to work (yes, believe me I have heard this said by Christians).

So there are many reasons why people are not healed, but God is not one of them!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you God that it is always your will to see a person healed and living in supernatural health”.

John 5 v 6…..When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole

DIG for Tuesday the 14th of March…..healing was predicted and confirmed in the Word…..1 Peter 2 v 24

The Word is very clear with regards to healing, it is always God’s will for us to see healing in our lives.

Not only can we see this through the example of Jesus; He is the express image of the Father after all.

There are many Scriptures however that also speak of the truth about healing.

In the Old Testament we are given the promise that Jesus would deal with sickness anddisease on the cross (Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5).

In the New Testament we see the confirmation of this promise (1 Peter 2 v 24).

And as we saw yesterday we can see evidence of Jesus healing people throughout the Gospels (too many Scriptures to mention).

So, if you value the Word of God you have to believe that healing is for today.

Even if we do not always see a healing made manifest, we have to believe that it is God’s will to see us healed and living a life of supernatural health.

It is not that God heals some and doesn’t heal others, remember He is “no respecter of persons”, meaning He has no favourites.

The fact is that God has already provided all the healing we will ever need through the finished work of Jesus; it is up to each of us to understand this truth, believe this truth and then receive this truth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that your Word confirms that it is always your will that I am healed and living a life of supernatural health”.

1 Peter 2 v 24…..Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed

DIG for Monday the 13th of March…..well, what did Jesus do…..Matthew 8 v 16

Yesterday we say that Jesus could only do the will of the Father, He could only do what He saw the Father do.

So we concluded that if we looked at what Jesus did in the Gospels we could transfer this back onto the Father.

If you read through all Gospels you will see that Jesus never put illness or sickness on anyone, something that God the Father is often accused of.

If you read through the Gospels you will see many instances where Jesus healed ALL the people and nullified ALL sickness and disease.

If you read through the Gospels you will see that it is unbelief and not the will of Jesus that caused some people not to be healed.

If you read through the Gospels you will see that Jesus never refused to heal.

So what does this mean if we know Jesus is the express image of the Father and only does what He sees the Father do?

It means that it is always God’s will to see you healed, it means that God will never put illness or sickness on a person and it means that God wants you well!

But some may say that we cannot know the will of the Father; I say yes we can as we have seen the will of Jesus.

If we know the will of Jesus we know the will of the Father.

If we have seen the compassion of Jesus (and we will if you read the Gospels) you can know for sure that God the Father has compassion.

If Jesus has the will to heal then so has God.

This is a simple truth that we can see by rightly diving the Bible.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that it is your will for me to be healed and live a life of health”.

Matthew 8 v 16…..When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed ALL that were sick

DIG for Sunday the 12th of March…..He does the same as the Father…..John 5 v 19

In church today the Lord told me not to preach my prepared sermon but told me to speak on Divine healing, so I think I’ll write a few DIGs on this subject as well!

But first I have to lay some “groundwork” to ensure we can all understand about divine healing.

In the Gospels (especially John) Jesus makes something very clear.

He says He can only do what He has seen His Father do (John 5 v 19).

He says that He has come in the name of His Father (John 5 v 43).

He says He came from Heaven not to do is will but only to do the will of His Father (John 6 v 38).

He said He did not have His own doctrine but that of His Father (John 7 v 16).

He said that if you know Him you would know the Father (John 8 v 19).

Jesus is clearly saying that He does the same things as His father, He has the same nature and as a result thinks and acts in the same way as the Father.

He is in fact the express image of the Father (Hebrews 1 v 3).

So from this we can say that if we want to know what God the Father will do we can look to the Gospels and see what Jesus did.

I hope you can see the logic and truth behind that last statement.

This is very important as it can help us answer a very important question, and that is does God provide divine healing?

More on this tomorrow!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can see your will through the actions of Jesus”.

John 5 v 19…..Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say into you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise

DIG for Saturday the 11th of March…..what are you confessing today…..Romans 10 v 9

REM was one of my favourite bands as a young man and I had a bit of a walk down memory lane today as myself and a mate drove through to Aberdeen.

I’ve always loved this song and sing it often (just ask my wife).

But one line caught my attention today, “every waking hour, I’m choosing my confessions”.

This is an amazing line that should be what every New Covenant believer is actually doing.

To confess (under grace) means to agree, to acknowledge or to covenant.

It means to agree with what God says; it does not mean to drag up your sin as so many of us have been taught.

So what are you confessing today?

Are you confessing that you are healed and prosperous?

Are you confessing that you are at peace and living in joy?

Are you confessing the truths about the finished work of Jesus?

Are you confessing your salvation?

I hope and pray that you are and are having nothing to do with “confessing” any sin!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and now have only good things to confess”.

Romans 10 v 9…..That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved

DIG for Friday the 10th of March…..advice not a command…..2 Corinthians 8 v 10

There is one big difference between grace and law that I love; law lays down commands but grace does not.

Take for example when Paul is writing to the church at Corinth about the gifts they had promised.

He suggests that they should carry on with this work and advises them to do this.

He does not command or order, he gives advice (2 Corinthians 8 v 10).

And the same is true with regards to how we should give in to the church today.

Under the law the people were order to tithe or they would not be blessed.

Under grace we are blessed so that we can give with a cheerful heart, and give what we purpose in our hearts to give (2 Corinthians 9 v 7).

We no longer have to tithe under New Covenant grace, however we are advised to give.

Under the law the priests took the tithe from people, under grace ministers and pastors should receive an offering from the flock.

This highlights the big difference between law and grace.

Under law you had to perform to be blessed but under grace we are blessed through the performance of Jesus.

Being placed under law is not for the born again believer and should not be how things are done today.

We no longer live under law but live under grace (Romans 6 v 14 and 15).

Do not let any man try and put you under law; do not let yourself be drawn back into bondage after Jesus working to give you freedom (Galatians 5 v 1).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I now live under grace and not under law”.

2 Corinthians 8 v10…..And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago