Does God still heal in this present day?
I have been a Christian for over thirty years, as a matter of fact if the Lord tarries and I live, it will not be too long until I will move into my fourth decade as a born again child of God.
During those years I have bee a prodigious reader of religious material. I have read behind some of the most fundamental and some of the most liberal writers and I can attest to the fact that you can find about anything you wish when it comes to religious writings concerning Christianity.
Some have written that we can demand anything of God. He will be obligated to do that which we desire. Then there are others that see God as a theosophical being that must be considered in the abstract and not a literal living God.
I for one belief that the Holy Word of God the Bible must be the one and only book that we consider as an authority on God, simply because I believe the Holy Bible to be The God Breathed book of God.
I believe God’s Holy Spirit breathed on the men of old and they wrote down that which the Holy Spirit directed. The theological term for what I believe would be, Plenary Verbal Inspiration. (Plenary means absolute)
Now does the Bible teach that the Lord heals even today in what would be considered modern times. To answer the question let us look to the Bible.
First there is spiritual healing of the soul. Every person that is a Christian has experienced this healing.
Psalms 41:4 “I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.”
Psalms 147:3 “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
The gift of healing, is it real?
Matthew 10:1 “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”
Mark 3:15 “And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:”
Mark 16:18They 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.”
1Corinthians 12:9 “To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit.”
What of physical healing of the body?
Matthew 4:23 “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.”
Matthew 8:3 “And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
The Apostles healed.
There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
Acts 9:34 “And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.”
Acts 28:8 “And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.”
But does God heal today?
The service was started and the congregation was singing and Joe arose with his baby in his arms and walked up to me. I leaned over and he said, Pastor my baby is burning with a fever. I stopped the singing and called the elders to the front and we anointed the child and as I was praying with the elders and my hand was on the child’s forehead, his skin cooled to the touch. Praise God we had church then!!
Her name was Marie, she came forward on a Sunday night and asked to be prayed for as her doctors had told her of a dreaded disease in her body, and we anointed her and prayed. Something unusual happened, I suddenly had the insight that the healing was done and I said as much out loud. Many by their own admission later, did not think much of my saying this. The following Wednesday night she stood with trembling, tears and shouts of glory and related how the doctors could not find the disease. She lived disease free for a number of years before she went to be with the Lord.
My wife had a broken hip and God miraculously instantly healed her and proved himself to an agnostic medical doctor in answer to simple prayer. (The entire account of this can be read on the Answer2Prayer.org website)
His name was George and he was possessed with a demon and God released him in answer to prayer as I prayed over him.
Another was named Louis and God delivered him from demon possession in answer to prayer.
Three times in my ministry I have dealt with demoniacs and two were saved and one walked away growling like a wild animal.
I have seen many come to Christ as a direct result of intercessory prayer though the years.
There have been many instances of divine healing and direct answers to prayer in these years of my ministry. The stories could go on and on, but I believe I have made my point, God does still heal. He heals souls and He heals bodies and He supplies needs. I believe the only hindrance to what God can and will do in this modern age in which we live, is the hindrances that our lives and lack of faith puts upon Him.
Let me give you one verse to close this and prove my point.
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
Live for Him my friend and watch the wonderful things that He can and will perform in your life and the lives of those around you.
Oh ye of little faith! If Jesus is eternally present and created this entire world…….then Jesus word is still eternal today…….remember Isaiah 53……..this is a whole account foretold years before the actual crucifixion. Jesus was whipped [beaten] for our healings. The key word is OUR. That literally means yours and my healing.
I was snatched three times from the jaws of death, a kidney failure, Guillian Baree Syndrome and massive infections from a recent operation. I will never ever forget the goodness of the Lord and HIS hand on my life. Faith is the one word that will forever stay in my mind when we talk about healing. Faith is not believing that God can but it is knowing that HE will.
Absolutely He still heals. If He didn’t, we wouldn’t have all the wonderful and miraculous people, turning from their evil ways and giving themselves to the Lord. He is ALWAYS there to heal. He is unchangeable. He doesn’t just do things some of the time. He is an all time great healer and heals continuously. But what we must remember is that He heals us in HIS way, in HIS time, and in HIS manner. Our ways may be totally different from the way He sees to do things. And that is because he is the Alpha and the Omega. He is ALL!!! He knows the bottom line and outcome of all things, as we do not. So healing to Him may not be healing to us unless we just wait and have faith.
Some scripture referrals on healing:
John 20:25,37-38 (NIV) Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me… Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
John 3:12 (NIV) “I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?”
1John 3:5 (NIV) But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
1Peter 5:6 (NIV) Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Yes, He did 2.000 years ago. Heb 13:8 says He never changes. That He is the same yesterday today an for ever. So that being the case, I say he sure does heal today.
Certainly. However we fail to understand why He doesn’t answer all prayers for healing. Yet, we know that God is good and if we love Him He will use even our pain or infirmities for our good and His glory.
Scripture tells us that God will not leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5). Scripture also says that All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2nd Tim 3:16-17) If the word is profitable for instruction then we have to believe the scriptures like 1st Tim 2: 3b-4 God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth.
Thus meaning that there is a Spiritual healing that takes place, we are healed from our blindness and we will see the light when we accept Christ as Savior.
James 5:13-16 Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone among you cheerful? Let him sing Psalms. Is any among you sick let him call the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses one to another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective fervent prayer a righteous man avails much.
Since scripture is applicable, then we can say that God does heal today if we are willing to seek it. The healing may not be in the fashion we desire, nevertheless, it could heal our spirits, our emotions, or even draw us closer to the Lord.
Remember God loves those who humble themselves and seek His help; just like the ten lepers they sought out the Lord you too must seek Him out, as He heals you do not make the mistake of not coming back with a heart of thanksgiving.
God bless you all.
Pastor Duane Surels
Yes, hallelujah, yes He does. God is still on the throne and still in charge and no one can convince me of anything different. I will tell you what happened at our small church.
One of our members was going in the hospital to have a kidney stone pulverized for it was way too big to pass and he was in a lot of pain. That Sunday morning the Deacons led him to the alter and the Preacher anointed him as we all prayed. The next morning the Dr. took another x-ray, as he did on all his patients, just to double check. Well, you can imagine the surprise when the Dr. could not find the stone anywhere. Yes, God is still in the healing business!
Miss Ann, a beloved member of our congregation, found out she had cancer in both breasts. Only a few of us knew for she did not want it well known. We had been praying for her day and night. After she went into the hospital she let the Preacher tell the congregation that it was her and that she had a double mastectomy. We had someone stand in for her at the altar and the Preacher anointed in Miss Ann’s name as we all prayed. The Dr’s set up her schedule for chemo, when Miss Ann went back to discuss all this with her Dr………….hallelujah, she was cancer free and never took one chemo treatment………Yes, God is still in the healing business!
Another beloved member, Brother Jerry, was on a small vacation when he had a heart attack in another state. His wife, of many years, was beside herself with grief. Thank God her niece and her husband were also there. They got Brother Jerry to the hospital. The Dr. told Sister Sarah that Jerry only had a very small window of hope. Sarah called our Preacher, the word was passed around and in no time the whole congregation was praying for Brother Jerry. You guessed it, that small window of hope that the Dr gave……….God threw open the door of hope. Yes, God is still in the healing business!
Now, on to our Preacher’s wife. We got a big scare with Miss Betty, whom we all love dearly. God did not put a sweeter woman on this earth, than her. She went for her physical and they found a 75% blockage in her neck. This woman was worried but not once did she show being scared. Miss Betty said she would not worry about it, for if it was meant to be; then it would be. They decided to send her to another Dr. for extensive tests and, God bless her, they found a spot on her lung. Once again to the altar with all the faith that our little church could muster. Preacher anointed her with the Deacons standing around and the whole church praying. When Miss Betty went back for more test……hallelujah, the spot on her lung was gone and the blockage in her neck was down to a 5% blockage……Yes, God is still in the healing business!
I could go on with more stories, including one about myself which God deemed to heal me. As I said before, my church is a small church with a membership of about 70. Our congregation goes strictly by the Holy Bible. We do not take away nor do we add any words to God’s words. We have a strong faith and truly believe that God will heal us when we pray. If for some reason the Lord seems fit to tell us no, then we don’t question His almighty decision. We also wait on Him to heal in His time, not ours. That is what happened with me. I too was anointed and I waited. I waited in excruciating pain, for the Dr. wanted to operate and I did not want that. Each day and night I would ask God “if it be Your will Lord, reach down and touch me and heal me.” One day about two months later, it dawned on me………hallelujah, I have no more pain. I thanked God over and over for healing me, as I thanked him for each miracle I witnessed on the other healings in my church. So the answer to your question……does God still heal in this present day?…….Yes, God is still in the healing business, and we have a group of faithful Christians from a small church who can all witness and testify to that fact. Amen, amen.
Yes!! I’m a 100% disable Vet-Nam vet. I have had my aortic valve replaced, 3 strokes a knee replaced. After my first stroke I could not talk nor walk. The Dr. told my family I never would. I prayed to God for help. I had to quit work and was very depressed. I listened to a tape that said now is the time to get in the word. I now walk and teach a men’s bible study and clean the church. God is not done with me.
Yes. God does heal in this present day. Just in this year alone, I have been healed of cancer and pulmonary disease. True, I have two wonderful doctors who have monitored me, but they have given no medical help other than encouragement. I received two sessions of chemotherapy, vice 12 required. I have been on oxygen for several months and am being released. No treatment was given.
God has healed me numerous times when no medical help was sought. Once in particular, friends prayed over me for a severe pain in my leg that would not leave after many weeks. During the night, I was awakened, feeling a strange sensation in my leg. The next morning, the pain was completely gone and I knew that during the night, God had done His corrective surgery.
God healed me of a severe rash that was endangering my life because it was beginning to go into my eyes and mouth. Much prayer went up for this. One morning, I discovered some flakes on my blouse and went into the ladies room where I discovered my face was like baby skin and the rash had left my body completely.
On another line, God also heals through deliverance. After thirty years of heavy smoking, I pledged before God that I was not going to live with this addiction. He saw my heart and in the space of one day while travelling a great distance to another state, He delivered me instantly and completely. That was 34 years ago and the desire to smoke has never returned.
So, please know what God has told us that He wants us to prosper in health and since He is the Great Physician, He knows how to bring it about.
God still heals today and will continue to heal. God’s healing is something altogether special in that His name is glorified and the whole person is restored in spite of methodology and or instrument.
Healing is a gift from God. God heal through His servants of old (2 king 2:22), His Son Jesus while He was on earth (Matt 9:35) and through men and women from the time of the early church to present (James 5: 16).
Healing is also a demonstrable ability of the devil and his agents. The act of healing however, seems to decline on the part of most in Christendom with exception for some sects. These sects claim divine healing powers, but the question arises as to whom the glory is given considering the fact that the devil and his agents perform acts of healing as well (Rev 16:14). God is faithful to the cause of healing and hence the distinction can be made that the apparent lack or infrequency of healing is as a result of unfaithfulness on the part of those to whom the gift has be entrusted or He God in His wisdom has permitted such. God is still in the business of healing for He says “………for I am the LORD that healeth thee” (Exd 15:26).
Yes the Lord still heals today as both my wife and I can attest.
Dear Brethren, Our God is ALL POWER and what is for man difficult, it isn’t for Him. Therefore, if we consider God can’t heal nowadays, we are limiting Him and that is not right. I completely believe GOD IS ALWAYS THE SAME AND HIS POWER CAN NEVER BEEN REDUCED.
Hector Alberto Alvarez Colman
Of course GOD still heals! A few years ago my mom was really sick and she wasn’t in church. The doctors said she wasn’t going to make it and she started praying. A few weeks later she was healed. My mom was so happy we started going to church!
Surely God still heals, because He is God He never changes. As he healed in the past, He will always do the same.
But the time and ways He uses to accomplish this can never be measured or determined by human standards. That’s why we cannot say that in this or that church, in this or that hour, healings will occur. NO ONE can ever say that. ‘Thy Will be done’, says Jesus, and The Will of God is done when, where and how it pleases to Him.
So, GOD has the power to heal and continues to do so. Not humans.
Pastor Lucas André
Albrecht University Chaplain at Ulbra (Lutheran University of Brasil)
AMEN, and PRAISE THE LORD, HE DOES!
Just since last Fall, we have known of three personal friends that have been completely healed by God!
We have a dear friend in AR, Don, who was literally on his death bed. Hospice had been called in, and he was almost down to days and hours to live. Helen, his wife, was having her children stay with them, one at a time, at night, in case they needed them. Everyone was praying for them! Including your precious Volunteer, sweet Sarah! Don started rallying, and then was able to start getting out of bed, eating and walking on his own, and today, he is back to living a full, complete and a normal life once again! PRAISE GOD!! They call it a ‘Miracle’ that Jesus has performed! And we have to agree with them!
Here in CA, we have two sisters, one had cancer of the lung and of the colon. She had the two surgeries on her lung and colon. She is 60 years old, and her name is Geraldine. The Drs told her on her last visit that they are sure that they got ALL of her cancer! PRAISE GOD! She had a LOT of people praying for her! Also, again, your sweet Volunteer, Sarah, was praying for her! And a wonderful Christian Sister, Brenda, taking care of her!
She has a half-sister named Elsie, who went into a coma. They were not sure why. The Drs thought she was almost brain dead. She was put on life-support! All of her five adult children were called to her bedside. They were beginning to make arrangements for her funeral. The prayers continued to flow by EVERYONE! Suddenly, little by little, she started to get better! PRAISE GOD, she is now at her daughter’s to be taken care of by her, while she finishes recovering, and does not remember any of what happened! Her son in FL said ‘those prayers made a believer out of him and now he IS a Christian!’ PRAISE GOD!
Do we think God still Heals? You better believe we do! Each and every day! And He is not about to stop until Jesus returns for us all to come home with him! We cannot think of any Bible Verses right at this time to back any of this up, all we know is what we have seen, felt, and know in our hearts all of this to be true!
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Last February I was in the hospital with a brain tumor. The tumor was found by CAT scan and MRI and confirmed through a biopsy. I was sent home to face chemotherapy and radiation. Many gathered around me, anointing me with oil according to the word of God, and prayed for me. When I went back to the neurosurgeon for removal of the staple used after the biopsy, he could tell that something had changed and ordered a new MRI. When the results came back, he asked if I had had surgery, and I said “No, only prayer.” The tumor was gone, and the neurosurgeon contacted the oncologist who verified the results and cancelled the chemo and radiation. Does God still heal? Yes! It is not my opinion or theology, it what the Lord has done for me. And the healing continues as what looked like surgery to the surgeon is healing and leaving no scar tissue.
God hasn’t resigned from healing that I know of and since HE is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and HE healed yesterday of course HE will heal today and assuredly HE will do so tomorrow.