Divine healing is one of the nine spiritual gifts set in the Church for the protection, admonition, and edification of the body of Christ. “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit,” 1 Corinthians 12:8-9. Healings were set in the Church for the healing of the body. It is a witness to the world of Yahweh’s power, love, and care for his children.
The power of Yahweh is manifested through spiritual gifts to nourish and strengthen the Church, or, as Paul pointed out, “Unto the edifying of itself in love.” These gifts are the children’s bread. They have many physical, financial, and spiritual benefits. Bread, a satisfying and nourishing food, is essential to the well-being of the body.
When Paul visited the church at Corinth, he found the lack of understanding spiritual gifts had left many of its members weak and sickly. Some of its members were spiritually asleep (1 Corinthians 11:30).
After more than nineteen hundred and seventy years of miraculous manifestations of Yahweh’s healing power, divine healing is as unpopular in Church bureaucracy as it was when the religious leaders crucified the lowly Galilean for practicing and preaching it.
There has never been a generation since the time of Christ that did not have the opportunity to witness miraculous manifestations of the healing power that the Savior taught and practiced. Yet there has never been a generation since Christ that the majority of the highly educated and trained theologians did not bitterly oppose the visible manifestation of supernatural healing power.
There is no subject in the Bible more clearly taught than divine healing. At least ninety-eight percent of all the recorded miracles Christ did were connected with some form of supernatural healing. Any teaching concerning Christ must present Him as a divine or spiritual healer. There is absolutely no way a Bible scholar can deny that the Savior practiced and encouraged the practice of supernatural healing. Not only did He teach His followers that supernatural healing was possible, but commanded His disciples to heal the sick. And when their faith was insufficient, He rebuked them (Mark 9:18-29).
The manifestation of healing power is so widely spread today that those of the civilized world who have not seen or personally experienced healing have had sufficient evidence to indicate divine healing is a reality. If we do not choose to investigate, we are without excuse.
The doctrine of divine healing is scripturally established. Yahweh made divine healing available to us. It is also apparent that about seventy-five percent of the religious world either acts indifferent or becomes hostile and argumentative when the subject of divine healing is introduced.
Surveys indicate a large percentage of people receiving doctors’ care are not physically ill. In view of this, we wonder if perhaps in spite of the pain and misery associated with disease and sickness if there is some strange and unexplained quirk within us that sometimes causes us to surrender to, if not openly invite and welcome, sickness and disease.
If divine healing is to be accepted as a benefit to the body, we must first be awakened to the root of the problem. Many people accept sickness and refuse healing. Is this not evidence that some need is being met through sickness? We live in a time of severe pressures. On every hand, demands, insensitiveness, and disrespect are ripping apart family ties and close relationships.
This is the materialistic age; too many things have preeminence over our relationships with family and friends. Our busy work schedules seem to leave no time for relationships and communication. Many people feel empty and unfulfilled in the midst of great wealth, yet they continue to sacrifice relationships to grasp for more material things.
We find a growing number of our citizens lonely, neglected, and depressed—especially among the children and the elderly. But the numbers are increasing among all age groups, because this condition prevails where individuals are neglected or are deprived of a close personal commitment and spiritual relationship with others.
Sometimes physical illness can fulfill a subconscious desire to draw the attention of those we love. In times of illness, we may receive the respect and recognition that has escaped us or it may become a release valve to relieve ourselves of built up pressure and stress. Illness can become a way of telling those around us that our load is too heavy. Sometimes sickness is a signal that our body needs an opportunity to rest and revitalize. Medical attention can make one feel pampered, recognized, and cared for.
In severe cases of neglect and loneliness, sickness can stem from a subconscious death wish. When life has become futile, the body seems to send out self-destruct signals. This condition should not occur so often in a country founded on Christian principles.
Divine healing is from the realm of the Holy Spirit. It edifies the spirit and lifts us above the need to pamper our carnal emotions. It does not give us retreat and recreation, but revitalizes, energizes, and shoves us to the front line of the battle.
If we have never become awakened to the needs of the spirit, healing could appear to be a very unwelcomed answer to our problems. When the spirit is neglected, bruised, and starved it becomes sick, which affects the body and its emotions. The emotions, if allowed, will then lead us into all manner of fantasized and empty experiences. Our spirits must receive spiritual love and communion to be healed. It is possible for our needs to be met through the Spirit- filled and energized body of Christ. Without the operation of the Holy Spirit our spirits’ needs cannot be supplied. When our spiritual needs are not met, the body suffers through some form of illness: physical, mental, or emotional. In extreme cases, all three conditions exist depending on the extent the spirit has suffered neglect.
Let us examine the problems at the church in Corinth. In the eleventh chapter of his first epistle to them, Paul rebukes the members for their lack of spiritual discernment. They did not understand their responsibility to the body, nor did they understand the composition of the body of Christ. Paul looked at the outward manifestation of their works to diagnose the condition of the spiritual man that generated the weakness in the church. These Christians, even though they were Yahweh’s children, were moving in an emotional and carnal realm. Being self-motivated, they were not meeting the spirit needs of the people. They were not manifesting spiritual love; they were unwilling to share with others, because they did not care about their needs.
These conditions exist today in formal and dead churches. “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep,” said the wise old Apostle.
Our physical bodies have natural needs, but our spirits’ needs must take preeminence. Christ spoke of this need when He said, “Man shall not live by bread (symbolizing natural food) alone but by every word of Yahweh,” Luke 4:4.
Sharing the word is spoken of in the Bible as breaking bread. In some places, the word of Yahweh is spoken of as Living Waters and a River of Life. Paul used the communion to teach us the need for giving and receiving the natural things, as well as the things of the Spirit.
Yasha gave Himself, saying, “Take eat: this is my body which is broken for you,” 1 Corinthians 11:24. Then, “I am the bread of life,” John 6:35. Paul says, “I speak to the wise men: judge ye what I say, the cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion (the partnership, the participation, the sharing, the association) of the body of Christ (1Corinthians 10:15-17)?”
The members of this young body of believers at Corinth were selfishly consuming their abundance of food and drink and refusing to share with those that were hungry. They were without Spirit-love and compassion for the other members of the body.
Yahweh understood our spirits’ need for communion, for this reason He placed His newborns into a family unit. The Church is the spiritual family of Yahweh. As family members in equal standing with the Father, all members should be loved and cared for by that unit.
Our spirits’ needs include the physical, mental, and emotional. The person that is receiving a balanced spiritual diet is strong in all these facets. The Church is spoken of as the bride of Christ; it is the feminine part of Christ (Ephesians 5:30-32). As in the natural, so it is in the spiritual family, children are to be loved, protected, fed, corrected, trained, respected, recognized, and appreciated. We must encourage the members to allow their spirit to develop and mature. Spirit-children, like the natural children, should grow and desire to follow the actions of the parents. A child will become the product of their parent-figures in his life.
I am convinced that the Church will produce healthy offsprings when it recognizes the need of expressed love and binding relationships. Very large and formal churches cannot, nor do they usually attempt to, create a social binding of its members. I am not speaking of casual handshakes; I am speaking of involvement and of holy, clean, and spiritual commitments. I am speaking of the Church as a family unit- Yahweh’s family. I am speaking of becoming the manifestation of the living, loving, caring, ever-present Christ—the head of the Spirit-born family of Yahweh.
The Church must express Yahweh to the world as the Father who loves, provides, heals, nourishes, encourages, and cares for his precious children. Oh, the beauty that the world would behold if only the veil of flesh that covers the nations could be ripped away so that Yahweh might be seen and understood in the fullness of his glory (2 Corinthians 3:13-18).
Divine healing builds faith, and faith restores peace. Misery, worry, and anxiety abides not in a house where peace reigns. Worry and anxiety are known killers of mankind. It is well proven that our way of thinking and our attitude toward life can bring ill health and unhappiness. Yasha has the power and the will to heal us both spiritually and physically. Each unit, or local body, should seek Yahweh for faith and deliverance from carnal thinking until it can function in its full potential. When this is done, it will meet the spiritual needs of the people. The Church will not be condemned with the church at Corinth, and there will be no need for sickness in the body.
Yasha commanded his disciples to heal the sick as they preached the gospel of the Kingdom: “And as ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, and freely give,” Matthew 10:7-8. “And when he had called unto Him His disciples, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease,” Mathew 10:1.
Yasha’s work was hindered by unbelief: “And He went out from thence, and came into His own country; and His disciples followed Him…. And He could do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief…,” Mark 6.1, 5-6.
The Lord’s power must be present to heal: “And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them,” Luke 6: 17.
Healing is a sign that follows the believer: “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned, and these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover,” Mark 16:16- 18.
Healing is for the New Testament. believers: “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him,” James 5:14-15.
Divine healing is not for unbelievers: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed, for let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord,” James 1:6-7.
Divine healing was always practiced. Moses prayed for his brother Aaron and his sister Miriam when they were afflicted with leprosy because they were prejudiced: “Moses cried unto Yahweh saying, heal her now, O Yahweh, I beseech thee, and the Lord said unto Moses, If her father had spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? Let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again,” Numbers 12:13-14.
Leprosy was healed under the law: “And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, this shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: he shall be brought unto the priest; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper…;” Leviticus 14:1-3.
Elisha healed Naaman: “And it was so when Elisha the man of Yahweh had heard that the King of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the King, saying wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? Let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of Yahweh: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean,” 2 Kings 5:8-14.
Elisha healed the Shunammite’s son: “And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto his father, my head, my head. And he said to a lad, carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then he died. And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the Man of Yahweh, and shut the door upon him, and went out. And she called unto her husband, and said, send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the Man of Yahweh, and come again. And he said, wherefore wilt thou go to him today? It is neither new moon, nor Sabbath. And she said, it shall be well. Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. So she went and came unto the Man of Yahweh to Mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the Man of Yahweh saw her afar off, that he said to Behazi his servant, Behold yonder is that Shunammite: Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. And when she came to the hill, she caught him by the feet; but Behazi came near to thrust her away. And the Man of Yahweh said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the Lord has hid it from me, and hath not told me…. And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord…. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes,” 2 Kings 4:17-37.
Abimelech was healed: “So Abraham prayed unto Yahweh: and Yahweh healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservant; and they bare children,” Genesis 21:17.
Healing was common in Bible times: “And Yasha went about all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing 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 disease and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them,” Matthew 4:23-24.
Yasha healed the centurion’s servant: “And Yasha said unto the Centurion, go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour,” Matthew 8:13.
Peter’s mother-in-law was healed: “But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. And He came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them,” Mark 1:30-31.
Yasha healed the sick: “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,” Matthew 8:16.
Yasha healed a great multitude: “And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all,” Matthew 12:15.
The demon possessed, blind and mute were healed: “Then was brought unto him (Christ) one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, in so much that the blind and dumb both spake and saw,” Matthew 12:22.
Yasha healed out of compassion: “And Yasha went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick,” Matthew 14:14.
People brought the blind, mute, maimed, and many others to Yasha for healing: “And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those that were lame, blind, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Yasha’s feet; and He healed them,” Matthew 15:3.
Yasha healed the Judeans that followed him: “And great multitudes followed Him and He healed them there.” Matthew 19:2.
“And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them,” Matthew 21:14.
“And Yasha 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,” Matthew 9:35.
Paul healed the sick: “And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: the same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, stand upright on thy feet, and he leaped and walked,” Acts 14:8-10.
Peter healed the sick: “And he (Peter) took him by the right hand, and lifted him up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength,” Acts 3:7.
The dead were raised: “And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead, and Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him,” Acts 20:9,10.
Yasha healed a nobleman’s son: “So Yasha came again into Cana of Galilee, where He made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When He heard that Yasha was come of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto Him, and besought Him that He would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Yasha unto him, except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Yasha saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Yasha had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth,” John 4:45-51.
As members of the body of Christ, we have certain responsibilities to other members. One of these is keeping our spirits healthy and alert; in doing this, we are protecting our bodies against sickness and disease. When one member is overcome by illness, other members should band together in the restoration of that member.
James admonishes the sick to confess their sins that they may be healed (James 5:16). This commandment often generates hostility, but it shouldn’t, “For we have all sinned and come short of the glory of Yahweh,” Romans 5:12. “If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, if we say we have not sinned we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not, and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Yasha Anointed, the righteous” 1 John 1:8-10, 2:1.
Many people show an attitude of doubt when attempting to confess sin. Example: They say, “If I’ve done anything wrong, Lord, forgive me.” Even though this may seem to have a pious ring, it is not confessing sin, nor does it reveal a right attitude toward our relationship with Yahweh. If we do not know the difference between good and evil, or know if our actions are right or wrong, we should study the Bible prayerfully. We should ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us.
Confessing sins is admitting our lack. We must name it. Example: “I am guilty of slothfulness. Lord, please forgive me,” or “I have harbored ill will in my heart, and I seek deliverance,” or “I have acted selfishly, and I am asking for your forgiveness.” Confession is an indication of guilt and reveals a need for improvement or correction—it should generate action in that direction. If we recognize our sin, yet continue to generalize and say, “Lord, forgive my sins,” or “Forgive me if I have sinned,” then we could be refusing to face our problems.
If we wish to avoid the sins caused by ignorance, we can say, “Lord, if I have sinned, please reveal this to me.” Wait before the Lord in prayer and study. Always be ready to repent (turn from the wrong). This attitude promotes spiritual growth and generates progress.
We should keep the commandments, Exodus 15:26: “If thou wilt diligently harken to the voice of Yahweh thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that heals thee.” Just as important, we must not doubt Yahweh’s love and concern for us, nor should we doubt His power to heal (Hebrews 11:6; Psalms 103:1-5).
He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrow, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of Yahweh, and afflicted. But 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,” Isaiah 53:3- 5.
Our love and concern for others must be visible. It is not enough to just love; we must let others know we love. As our love flows out, we will begin to reap a hundredfold harvest of our sowing. This is the principle of sowing and reaping. If we wish to be healed, we must learn to be faithful in praying for others. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, `that ye’ may be healed, the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much,” James 5:16.