We seek the Lord for healing but do we stop and consider what things we can do to bring ourselves into alignment with God’s Word about healing?
Isaiah 53:4-5 is one of the most important scriptures that we can claim in relation to our healing.
As we consider the question of healing, this article content is inspired by material from one of Bill’s teaching pamphlets.
Isaiah 53:4-5 says
Surely He has borne our griefs, And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
One of the most important keys to receiving our healing is forgiveness. By forgiving, we can come into the blessing of God and know His full assurance of salvation and love.
We can receive His grace and forgiveness not because we deserve it but because Christ chose to give it.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14)
As we grow in our understanding of forgiveness we are more able to extend forgiveness to others in return.
But when we chose not to forgive others, and we hang on to unforgiveness, the Bible tells us that God will not forgive us.
Matthew 6:15 says, “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Jesus paid the price for our sins at the cross to make forgiveness available for us.
Forgiveness shows that we are ready to move forward in the will of God, to grow in our Christian life and to seek healing from God for ourselves and for others.
Another key to receiving our healing is faith. Faith is a gift from God.
It says in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently see Him.”
Faith is not obtained by our power or our free will. Faith is given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
Faith is where we believe that the things we desire in God become the things that can be possessed.