Spiritual Healing Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

This is my text that I used for tonight's 05/14/2005 sermon
It should be available in audio format at
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The Bible offers its reader and obeyer more than eternal life after this world and this physical life. There are many benefits of the Christian life in this world. Of course the most important thing is to have obeyed Acts 2:38 and be living holy so as to be ready for eternity. We also need to understand that those in the Bible who were healed or even raised from the dead, later died.

Jesus loved us enough to pay a dear and painful price for our healing in this life.

Isaiah 53:5 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.

1 Peter 2:24 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.

As is the case in so many options the Bible offers us, there is a step of faith required of us. So often that step of faith is to simply take the time and speak the words of our prayers to God.

For healing, though, there are other steps of faith available for the Saints to take. Now I don't say this in any way to diminish simply praying for the sick or for the sick to pray for themselves. Also I believe that God gives extra grace to those who, for good reason, have no local fellowship. Those blessed with a true Church to attend should do so.

James 5:14 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:
James 5:15 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 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

So we see in the above instructions that they in no way diminish the need for prayer and prayer is even mentioned. Those blessed with a elder (which is another word for Pastor) or elders should avail themselves of their blessing when sickness or infirmity comes their way.

Hearing the Word of God will nourish your soul and increase your faith.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

So let us study examples of healing in the Word of God to increase our faith that we may be healed of any infirmity.

Mark 8:22 ∂ And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.
27 ∂ And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?
28 And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.
29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Here is an example from the Old Testament of a man obeying God and a healing taking place.

2 Kings 20:6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant Davidís sake.
7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Now some will teach that Christians should not use doctors. That doctrine is not supported by the Bible. Now I will say that one should use prayer as the first thing when there is injury or sickness.

Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

If Jesus Himself said the above words, how can any follower of Jesus teach against doctors?

Luke 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Colossians 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

It would appear from the above verse that Luke was continuing as a physician after becoming a Christian and following Jesus.

Mark 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

We who are Apostolic Christians know that the same Jesus who healed that lady is the same Jesus who indwells us as the Holy Spirit.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
8 ∂ I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Jesus is now the Spirit of truth and the comforter.

The Word of God also gives examples of followers of Jesus Christ taking a step of faith by speaking words and healing being the result. This is important for our faith. It is one thing for Jesus Himself to heal people, it is quite another for his followers to also be able to use that power. What a wonderful and loving God Jesus is!

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his motherís womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomonís, greatly wondering.
12 ∂ And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

Peter went on to give Jesus credit for the healing. This is an interesting account because the lame man did not even ask for healing, but simply cooperated with the man of God who had compassion on him.

There are many accounts of healing in the Bible and I won't attempt to read all of them now, but the basics are the same that healing comes by the power of God.

It is generally not based upon whether the individual deserves healing, but rather based upon their asking, though with the account in James there is the implication that in some cases there was sin in the life of the sick person. It does say "if" though so while sickness may well be the fruit of sin it is not a sign of sin. Many have sickness who do not have unrepentant sin. So beware any doctrine that would teach that illness was a sign of sin. There are certainly many very healthy sinners, eh?

In closing I again read these Biblical instructions:

James 5:14 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:

James 5:15 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 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Pastor Winter