Bible says a merry heart does good even as a medicine does good. So it
is clear that God says medicine is good.
Bible also refers to God as a Physician. Obviously God is not opposed
to Physicians because He is not opposed to Himself.
God saying medicine is good and His not being opposed to physicians is no
excuse for the Christian to not develop faith for Divine healing. Without
faith it is not possible to please Him.
combination of both the natural & the supernatural will create an
atmosphere for God to move."
3 May 2014
Live Table of Contents
1: "Pastor John, the Confusion & Condemnation Are Gone!"
2: God Has Provided Supernatural & Natural Remedies
3: Creator God Is Both a Medical Doctor & the Only Healer
3Faith Will Do
Whatever It Takes to Get the Job Done
4: God First. Doctor Second
5: God's Word Is Medicine & Medicine Is Good
5Wisdom from Proverbs
Block the Spout Where the Healing Comes Out
6: Two Realms Working Together for Good
7: A Personal Illustration of Both Faith & Obedience
7We Knew Exactly What
8: Additional Old Testament Examples
8"Is There No
Balm in Gilead?"
8Why Medication Would
Not Work for Egypt
Thereof for Medicine"
9: Examples from Jesus' & the Apostle Paul's Ministry
9Jesus' Stamp of
Approval upon Physicians
9Doctors Can Only Do
that Something Should Be Given Her to Eat"
9Jesus Came Up Under
9"I Receive This
with Thanksgiving in Jesus' Name"
Kenneth E. Hagin Was Not a Hypocrite
10: The Final Analysis, "If It's Good, It's God!"
Scriptures for Meditation
One: "Pastor John, the Confusion &
Condemnation Are Gone!"
is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom...." (Proverbs 4:7)
someone is in need of healing, we always advise them to ask the Father for
wisdom before they ask for anything else. We do this because there may
be an open door to sickness in their lives that they have not yet
considered. Until that open door is closed, they will continually meet
with frustration and failure by simply praying for healing and not first
asking for wisdom.
Bible says that wisdom is the principal thing, meaning it is the first thing
one should ask for when encountering any of life's problems. Get
wisdom in the matter first then God's provision will flow.
once preached the message you are about to read in a Church in North
Carolina. A precious Pentecostal woman who had been involved in
Pentecost all of her life walked up to me after the service and with tears
of joy told me the following.
John, I was raised in the Pentecostal Church since I was just a little
girl. All my life I've been taught that it is a sin and a lack of
faith to use doctors or medicine. But I have had symptoms over the
course of my life where it seemed only doctors and medication were able to help
me. I've spent my life in confusion over this because the doctors and
the medication made things better and that was good. But I have lived
with condemnation for using them because I've always been taught that was
bad. But what you preached tonight has set me free. The
confusion and the condemnation are gone. I see I was not doing the
wrong thing by utilizing the wisdom God gives to doctors and the medications
He alone provides. But I also see that it's my responsibility to build faith for
healing while using medication and I will do that. But I thank God for what I learned
Believers and even Ministers actually believe itís a lack of faith and
even sinful to use medicine
or to go to a doctor. That presumption
is based on a lack of knowledge of God's Word.
recently received a report of a Christian man who began to show symptoms of
a heart attack coming on during a Church service. Some within the
congregation began to pray for him immediately while someone else ran to
call for an ambulance. The ambulance came, took him to the hospital
and through medical intervention the man's life was spared.
someone from that congregation actually rebuked the man for going to the
hospital when the symptoms appeared. He was told that going to the
hospital was "a lack of faith" on his part. I happen to know
this man well enough to know that he simply did not have faith for
healing. He has spent most of his adult life sitting in a goofed-up
Church that teaches goofy doctrine, particularly when it comes to Divine
This man used great wisdom allowing himself to be taken to
the hospital. The individual who called for the ambulance was being
led by the Spirit of God to save the man's life. When
someone does not have faith for miracle healing, doctors, medicine and
medical technology are the best friends they could possibly have.
people wrongly assume that simply "believing in healing" is the
same as actually "having faith for healing" when, in fact, it is not the same.
Actual faith for healing can only come by meditating on (softly speaking to
oneself) the healing Word of God.
Book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth (keep speaking it forth);
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to
do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy
way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." (Joshua 1:8)
son, attend to My words; incline thine ear unto My sayings. Let them not
depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are
life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."
we see from the Word of God that faith for healing enters in through the
eye-gate and the ear-gate. When one meditates on healing
meaning to speak them softly to oneself over and over, faith comes
supernaturally. Almighty God set it up to operate this way.
then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." (Romans
like to say it this way. "Faith comes by hearing and hearing and
hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."
People who do not
deliberately meditate on healing Scriptures to
build faith for healing simply do not have faith for healing. They may
"believe in healing" but they do not "have faith for
healing." There is a vast difference.
insist that one has faith for healing when they have never deliberately taken time to
develop faith for healing is presumption - it is not faith.
needs to be hearing the message of healing, through proper preaching and
teaching and through personal reading of healing
Scriptures, over and over and over in order
to stimulate and to increase the general measure of faith that is given at the New
look at something the Apostle Paul said about "the measure of
I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not
to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think
soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the (not "a")
measure of faith." (Romans 12:3)
the New Birth, every believer in Jesus Christ is given the same measure of
faith to start them on the journey of faith. When a believer in Christ
is dealing with sickness, hearing and reading the healing Word of God will indeed
increase the general measure of faith for
Even as hearing the Word of salvation
produced faith for one's salvation, hearing and hearing the Word of healing will produce
faith for one's healing.
It is vital to
receiving supernatural healing
that one first understand that God is a God
of compassion, that it is always
His will to heal and that they must continually be exposed to the Word of healing.
process of hearing and hearing is occurring and healing faith is increasing, doctors, nurses, medical technology and medicine can prove to be
companions to the sick and suffering.
Two: God Has Provided Supernatural & Natural
God said Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the
face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of the tree
yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." (Genesis 1:29)
God deliberately gave Adam and Eve herb bearing seed, trees and plants that produce
fruit and seeds to keep them healthy and living eternally, as long as they
walked in obedience to Him. Within
those herbs, plants, trees, fruit and seeds are contained minerals, vitamins,
enzymes, nutrients and other elements that, in spite of man's
fall, still have healing qualities, renew body cells
and increase longevity.
These elements are extracted in order that we may
take them as supplements and for healing reasons. This is called
Our bodies are made of the same elements as herbs,
trees, plants, seeds, fruit and other living organisms. Therefore, we can gain
many benefits by accepting them and not rejecting them.
are also drugs called "miracle drugs" which God has given man wisdom to
produce. We know the wisdom for most miracle drugs has come from God
because they do much more good than harm.
some so-called miracle drugs are highly toxic, very dangerous and can even
be deadly. This is why it is so vitally important that the Christian learn
to be led by the Holy Spirit's supernatural guidance
before becoming involved with highly toxic, man-made drugs. Although
many highly toxic drugs can save one's life in a crisis, some can end up
doing more harm than good.
says all good things come from God. (John 10:10; James 1:17) However,
when using homeopathic remedies or man-made drugs, one must also use wisdom and
take them in moderation. The Apostle Paul said that all things are
acceptable within reason, but we must never be brought into subjection to any of them.
(1 Corinthians 6:12)
is very possible to become somewhat dependent upon some natural remedies and many
man-made drugs. It is possible to even become addicted to them and now
that which God intended for good has become not so good. Wisdom
must be used at all times.
also needs to be said that some pharmaceutical companies do not necessarily
always have the best interest of humanity in mind. Sometimes, in pursuit of
wide profit margins, they are thinking more in terms of creating customers
than creating cures.
The Christian should never allow a doctor
to make all of their decisions for them. If a doctor recommends taking
a certain drug, always ask the Holy Spirit, "Is this Your will for
me?" and then follow His inner guidance
by the red-light or green-light which He will surely give.
have taken an oath to do what they believe is best for their patients and
many are committed to doing so even at their own expense. But all doctors
are not led by the Holy Spirit when instructing their patients. The
Christian has a great responsibility to learn how to be personally led by
the Holy Spirit in order to be sure the doctor is leading them down the road
to recovery, not the road to further problems.
Doctors are not trained in properly diagnosing the root cause of sickness
and treating it with safer, more natural remedies. Many are trained to treat
the symptoms only and are often quick to prescribe something not natural
that will not eradicate the root cause of sickness, potentially compounding
you find yourself in need of a doctor, you should do your best to find one
that believes in Jesus Christ and the Word of God. If such a doctor is not available,
simply ask the Holy Spirit to lead you by the "red-light" or
"green-light" within. He will show you which doctor is the
best for you at the present time.
Three: Creator God Is Both a Medical
Doctor & the Only Healer
said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and
wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His
commandments, and keep all His statues, I will put none of these diseases
upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that
healeth thee." (Exodus 15:26)
a brief word about causative and permissive verbs in the ancient Hebrew
language that will help you.
is pretty simple stuff, so hold steady for just a moment.
There were no permissive verbs in the
ancient Hebrew, only causative verbs. Because there were no permissive verbs,
causative verbs were often used in their place. Sadly, that means the
Whenever God was permitting
a curse, because people were
permitting it through disobedience, the Hebrew record implied that God was causing it
when He was not. Whenever a causative verb is used as a substitute for
a permissive verb, it can make God appear to be a God of wrath when He is
not. He is love. (1 John 4:8)
is what is actually occurring in the above verse where it states, "I will put none
of these diseases upon you." It actually should read, "I will not
permit any of these diseases to come upon you."
God does not
cause sickness or disease to come upon anyone. Sickness and disease comes to
steal one's health, to kill and to destroy. Jesus said that is the job
of Satan, the thief, not God.
thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come
that they might have life, and that they might have it more
abundantly." (John 10:10)
the Almighty; we cannot find Him out: He is excellent in power, and in
judgment, and in plenty of justice: He will not afflict." (Job 37:23)
does not steal, kill or destroy human health. God does not afflict with
sickness and disease.
God does permit disease when people permit disease through lack of knowledge
of His Word, lack of knowledge of His will for them to be well or through sin and
disobedience on their part.
can occur when people neglect to take proper care of themselves.
can also occur as an outright Satanic
attack against God's obedient children.
Bible reveals that
sickness is not caused by God.
He simply permits it when man permits it in one way or another.
15:26 above also says, "...for I am the Lord that healeth thee."
word "healeth" is actually "rapha."
"medicine, stitch up, cure, healer and physician."
is a reference to a medical doctor and it is how God refers to Himself.
is important to keep in mind as you continue to read that God not only
refers to Himself as a medical doctor, but He also refers to Himself alone
as the Great
Physician or Healer. He alone has the power to heal.
and nurses do not possess the ability to heal, they can simply assist God
and assist nature. The humble ones will admit this
nurses and nurse practitioners can promote health and disease prevention.
Together they can diagnose diseases and their symptoms, treat everything
from mild ailments to serious conditions, analyze laboratory reports and
x-rays, prescribe medications, perform surgeries, suturing, set broken bones
and perform many other highly skilled duties - but only Almighty God, the
Great Physician, possesses the power to heal.
healing comes from God alone. Therefore, all healing is Divine healing.
can drugs, medicine, folk or homeopathic remedies heal, but they can assist nature, and we will see
from the Bible that all of these forms of medicine are good, not bad, when
you find yourself in need of a doctor, you should do your best to find one
that believes in Jesus Christ and the Word of God. If such a doctor is not available,
simply ask the Holy Spirit to lead you by the "red-light" or
"green-light" within as to which doctor you should choose. He will show you which is the
best for you at the present time.
you have unrest about going to a certain doctor, do not go to that
doctor. Go to the one you have peace about. This is the primary
way God guides when
there is no Scripture to tell the Believer what to do.
It is very important that the Christian be led by the Holy Spirit for
themselves as to which doctor they will submit to and which medications and
procedures they will or will not receive.
want to say it again to be sure I am being clear. Doctors, nurses, medicine
and medical technology are good. The wisdom for the help they offer
comes from God. The natural help they offer, combined with the
supernatural help that comes from knowledge of God's Word, trusting the Holy Spirit
and faith-filled prayer, creates an
explosive force through which God can heal.
Will Do Whatever It Takes to Get the Job Done
it comes to personal faith and Divine healing, one must not be so
heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good.
is always God's will for one to be well as a result of walking in obedience
to Him, and faith will do
whatever it takes, both naturally and spiritually, to cause the will of God
to come to pass.
I love Pastors.
Most of my friends are Pastors. But the following needs to be
Pastors are simply crazy for telling their people they have no faith and God
is not pleased if they go to a doctor. That is gross ignorance of God's
Word, God's will, God's nature and
quite frankly, it is a complete lack of common sense.
Pastors must never forbid their people to use doctors or
medicine. To submit to a Pastor who wrongly believes he has the authority to
tell people such a thing is to submit to potential tragedy.
recently read of a Pastor's daughter who died as a result of entering a
diabetic coma. The Pastor and his congregation refused to allow a
doctor to attend to her. They insisted God would heal the child by
faith and by faith alone. They prayed for her but were not built up in the
Word of faith for healing and the child died.
The Pastor, the
congregation and even the child believed in healing, but they did not have faith for
healing. The comatose girl should have been taken immediately to a
doctor, but the Pastor and the congregation were too spiritually prideful to
seek medical help. It cost that precious child her life and her Daddy,
the Pastor, went to jail. The congregation is now without leadership
and I am sorry to say that, at least in one way, they are better off without
know of other Pastors over the past thirty years who had people die because
the Pastor did not have the authority to forbid them to go to the doctor
when they were sick, but he did so regardless.
such Pastor in Oklahoma
had eleven people in his congregation die under his leadership because he
illegally, immorally and unbiblically forbade the use of doctors. In
all eleven cases, medical doctors testified that each would
have readily lived with proper treatment.
Pastor, Minister, Spiritual leader or any other human being has the
authority or the right to tell anyone that they are forbidden to go to a
doctor or to seek medical help.
No Pastor, Minister, Spiritual leader
or any other human being in their right mind would ever attempt to do so.
refuse to go to a doctor or to use medication to "prove" one has
faith is as foolish and dangerous as handling snakes to prove one has
Christian Ministers handling snakes proves one has faith in Christ, the
Hindu snake charmers of Burma have more faith in Christ than Christian snake
handlers because they do a far better job of it.
People like that are so void of common sense they could not empty water
out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.
Kenneth E. Hagin always said, "It would be funny if it wasn't so
Four: God First. Doctor Second.
Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet,
until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to
the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and
died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. And they buried him in
his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and
laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of
spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning
for him." (2
we have a King of Israel who became ill, did not bother to first seek
Jehovah-Rapha as his Healer
and went directly to the physicians. That is
as dangerous as seeking God alone and not going to the doctor when one has
no faith for healing.
Seeking the physician's care only and not even
bothering to consult with Jehovah-Rapha actually cost King Asa his very
often make this mistake. They do not bother to take even a skinny minute to
pray when sickness symptoms appear. They run immediately to the
medicine cabinet or to the doctor, not even
bothering to consult Jehovah-Rapha. King Asa found out quickly this is the wrong way to go. Now, it is perfectly fine to go to the doctor
if one does not have faith for healing. But one should never put the doctor
first and Jehovah-Rapha second. Always seek the Lord's wisdom first.
Even while under a doctor's care, the
wise Christian will continue to consult with Jehovah-Rapha and to meditate on healing
faith for and cooperating with their healing.
Asa was trusting only in the arm of the flesh when he went running lickety-split
to the doctor and right past Holy God.
cost King Asa his life and it could cost you yours. Slow down. Take the time
to ask God
for wisdom before you do anything else.
is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get
understanding." (Proverbs 4:7)
any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in
faith, nothing wavering ..." (James 1:5-6)
trust in the flesh is death. To trust in the Lord is life.
Five: God's Word Is Medicine & Medicine Is
son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not
depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are
life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh." (Proverbs
Bible reveals that God's Word is God's medicine. Medicine which will bring healing
and health to sick or diseased flesh. The word "health" in
this verse actually means "cure, remedy and medicine." God Himself actually refers to His Word
Medicine is good as we are about to see, but
one must never put man's medicine before God's medicine.
merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the
bones." (Proverbs 17:22)
are two things to be taken from this passage of Scripture.
merry heart is a healthful thing. A merry heart is a very "good"
thing. Did you get that? A merry heart is a "good" thing.
Solomon, speaking by inspiration of the Holy Spirit is saying that medicine
is "good" even as a merry heart is "good." Here
Bible clearly reveals that both joy and medicine are good things. If
the Bible says medicine is "good" what Pentecostal Minister,
Spiritual leader or anyone else for that matter, has the right to tell
someone medicine is not good? The answer is apparent. No one has
the right to say something is not good when God said, "It is good."
second thing we must take note of here is that "a broken spirit"
drieth the bones. The word "broken" actually means
"fretful, angry, hateful, jealous and unforgiving." It seems
to me that far too many people, saved and unsaved, are suffering with
arthritis and other crippling, debilitating bone diseases because they are
fretful, angry, hateful, jealous and unforgiving.
special word of caution concerning the problem of unforgiveness.
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison oneself and actually expecting someone
else to die. Unforgiveness is quite possibly the greatest hindrance to
answered prayer next to a lack of understanding righteousness.
always counsel people as follows. "If you're having a problem
forgiving someone, God understands and He is not angry with you. As
long as you want to forgive, He will work with you."
having a problem with unforgiveness ourselves, we always pray
this way, "Father, I'm having a problem forgiving that one because of the
pain they've caused me. Please allow Your forgiveness to flow through me for
them, in Jesus' Name."
works every time.
what I call "bitter forgiveness" is unacceptable with the Lord.
Bitter forgiveness is when one takes the attitude, "Alright, I'll
forgive them, Lord, but I don't want to and I don't like
is not forgiveness. One must be both willing and obedient to forgive in order to be forgiven
and blessed themselves.
ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if ye
refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the
Lord hath spoken it." (Isaiah 1:19-20)
son forget not My law; but let thine heart keep My commandments: For length
of days and long life and peace shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and
truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of
thine heart: so shall thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of
God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine
own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy
paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from
evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."
King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live apart from Jesus Christ, stated
that keeping God's laws and God's Word would result in long life and mental
and emotional peace.
also said that trusting in the Lord with all one's heart, leaning not to
one's own intellect and acknowledging Him in all one's ways would actually
produce fresh, life-giving marrow in one's bones.
is a scientific, biological fact that human blood is produced from within human
Sick marrow produces sick
blood which will not
carry the healing life of God throughout one's body.
produces healthy blood which will carry the Zoe healing life of God
throughout one's body.
it is clear that trusting in the Lord with the whole heart and not leaning
to one's human understanding alone will produce supernatural healing results
for the one who is in need of it.
sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the
bones." (Proverbs 14:30)
the Holy Spirit reveals that envy, which includes bitterness and
unforgiveness, causes "rottenness" to one's bones which results in
sick marrow and crippling diseases.
light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones
fat." (Proverbs 15:30)
good report maketh the bones fat" is a reference to speaking words of
health, healing, forgiveness and love literally causing one's bones to
produce healthy marrow which, in turn, brings health and healing to the
"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul,
and health to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24)
It is just not possible to produce
life-giving marrow and ward off bone-crippling, organ-destroying, debilitating diseases, or
any type of disease, when one speaks negative words of sickness, disease,
hatred, bitterness, fear and unforgiveness as a lifestyle.
Block the Spout Where the Healing Comes Out
you are in need of physical or emotional healing and there is even one
person in your life whom you refuse to forgive and with whom you choose to
live in unresolved conflict, you will want to take care of that immediately.
when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your
Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do
not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive you your
trespasses." (Mark 11:25-26)
is vital to one's healing that forgiveness be offered to all wrongdoers.
This does not mean that one is required to fellowship with them again,
especially if the wrongdoer has broken one's trust. Broken trust must
first be restored in order for fellowship to be restored, and that is the
responsibility of the one who broke trust. But whether or not they
choose to restore that broken trust, the one in need of healing must make
the decision to harbor no ill-will in their heart towards the wrongdoer
whatsoever. Ill-will can kill.
if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not
against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion
and every evil work." (James 3:14-16)
Christians live with bitterness, envy, strife and unforgiveness and as a
result suffer with crippling arthritic and other debilitating,
life-threatening conditions. Unforgiveness and strife block the spout
where the healing of God comes out. A combination of bitterness, envy,
strife, unforgiveness and negative speaking has resulted in tremendous,
unnecessary suffering for many.
are containers. They contain life or death. This is why the
Bible says, "Life and death are in the power of the tongue."
One can literally change their situation from
sickness to health simply by breaking the habit of unforgiveness and speaking death-filled
words and developing the habit of forgiveness and speaking life-filled
teaching was continually enforced by Jesus, the Master
Healer. (Matthew 12:33-37;
to, obeying and speaking God's Word is the equivalent of taking God's medicine.
God's medicine is far better than man's medicine because you can take it
with all other forms of medication and you never have to worry about
overdosing. There are no adverse side-effects whatsoever.
medicine offers nothing but health, healing and prosperity in every form.
God's medicine is good, but God's Word definitely says that man's medicine is also good.
The supernatural and the natural combined create a positive environment for
God to move.
Six: Two Realms Working Together for Good
those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of
Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house
in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face
toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I
beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect
heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept
"Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to
Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy
prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, 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.
"And this shall be a sign unto thee
from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that He hath spoken; Behold,
I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun
dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by
which degrees it was gone down." (Isaiah 38:1-8)
had granted King Hezekiah many overwhelming and quite supernatural victories over
his enemies. Unfortunately, King Hezekiah began operating in
pride and arrogance concerning those victories, as if he himself had
accomplished them. He began to take the credit for what God had done for
him. (2 Chronicles 32:24-26)
a result of his pride, King Hezekiah became deathly ill through some sort of ulcer or
boil. Human pride is a real killer.
The Prophet Isaiah was sent
to tell Hezekiah he was now going to die because of his pride.
Hezekiah repented immediately, crying out to God for forgiveness and finding
The Most High God instructed the Prophet Isaiah to
to Hezekiah and to tell him that his prayer of repentance was heard, he
would be healed and he would also be given another fifteen years to
if only human beings could fully understand the power of human repentance.
the Apostle wrote, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1
repented and it resulted in God's promise to heal him. However,
something else quite interesting also occurred which resulted in Hezekiah's
promised healing. Let's look at verse 21 of the 38th Chapter of
Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon
the boil, and he shall recover."
Isaiah instructed the
King's assistants to take a lump of figs, make a plaster or a poultice of it and lay it on
the ulcer / boil which would result in the manifestation of Hezekiah's
teach that the fig poultice had no healing properties and that Isaiah gave
his instruction to be obeyed as an act of faith which would result in
believe the fig poultice was used to draw the toxins and poisons out of the
deadly ulcer / boil, assisting in Hezekiah's healing.
one chooses to believe, one thing is quite apparent here. God promised
to heal Hezekiah as a result of his repentance. Then, for whatever His
reason, the Most High God instructed Isaiah to tell the King's assistants to
make a fig poultice and apply it to the deadly wound.
I believe it was a combination of Hezekiah's faith in God's healing promise and a natural
homeopathic remedy operating in conjunction with the supernatural power of God.
can do that if He wants to.
God. He makes the decisions and lays out the ground rules.
many occasions I have laid my hands on individuals and watched God
or near instantly remove tumors, growths, sickness and disease
supernaturally without any medical assistance whatsoever.
many occasions I have also watched God heal individuals through a
combination of doctors, medicine and faith.
Hezekiah's case, Almighty God chose to heal him through a combination of
faith and making application of a medicinal remedy. He did something
similar with me when I had a tumerous growth in my inner ear as we will see in the next chapter.
it takes faith to obey God and go to the doctor or take medication, no
matter who says otherwise.
When God instructs a child of His to go to
the doctor or to take certain medication, to not do so is both unbelief and
Seven: A Personal Illustration of Both Faith
wife, Barbara, and I were once on the way out to conduct a Sunday morning
Church service. Suddenly I was overcome with vertigo, falling over
backwards and landing on the floor. As the room spun around me, I
realized I was in serious trouble. Barrbara
went ahead and preached the service for me. I went to lie down on the
bed and to seek the Lord as to what was wrong with me.
For the next
two months I lay on that bed on my right side, unable to change positions
without being overcome by the most extreme vertigo. Barbara continued to
preach and teach every service for me over the next two months as I was
I lay there on my right side day after day, I would listen to healing
messages, stirring up my faith for supernatural healing. Barbara would read healing
Scriptures aloud to me over and over.
Barbara and I
both believe very strongly that Christians should always utilize the
services of doctors
particularly when they do not have faith for Divine healing. However,
I was strongly impressed in my heart that in this particular case, I was not
to do so. Barbara had complete peace about my not seeking medical
attention as well. We were in complete agreement on this matter.
day while Barbara was away from home, I had a dream of
the dream I was looking directly at my own face in a mirror. As I
stood staring at myself in the mirror, wondering why I might be doing so, my face
swing open as if it were hinged on the left side of my head. It
actually appeared to open like a door. As my face swung open on the
side of my head, I was able to see the backside of my face and the inside of
my head in two sections, side by side.
I was looking at a cross-cut dissection of
the inside of my head and face. It was like looking at a full-color
I looked around the inside of my head I suddenly noticed there was a tumor, or a
growth of some sort, at the very top of my Eustachian tube, directly behind
my left inner ear. It was the size of a large pea.
I stared at the growth lodged behind my inner ear, I said to myself, "There's
some sort of a tumor or a growth at the top of my Eustachian tube behind my
As soon as I said that to myself, my face immediately
began to close on its imaginary hinge, and I was staring at myself in
the mirror again.
As I looked at myself in the mirror the dream suddenly
came to an end.
realized I had been dreaming. When one has a dream or a vision, they don't
always realize they're having a dream or a vision until they come out of the dream
or the vision.
realized immediately that the Holy Spirit had just shown me, through a dream
of revelation, what my problem was. I had a tumor or a growth of some
sort which had developed behind my inner ear at the top of my Eustachian
tube. This is what was causing such extreme vertigo, incapacitating
Knew Exactly What to Do
arrived home shortly thereafter, I explained to her what the Holy Spirit
had just revealed to me and how.
Knowing that sickness, tumors and growths don't
come from God
because they destroy life, we knew exactly what
(John 10:10; James 1:17) Barbara had a similar
previously and when we addressed it by faith we saw amazing, supernatural
and I agreed together in
prayer, cursing the tumor, addressing it by faith, commanding it to come out
of my body, in Jesus' Strong
Over the next two days I
actually felt it moving down the Eustachian
tube, ultimately working its way into my mouth. On the third day I
woke up in the morning realizing it was about to come into my mouth.
Because it was no longer lodged behind my inner ear, I was actually able to
get up, at which time I went into the bathroom and spit it into the sink. It was the same
bloody mass that I had seen in the dream of revelation three days
vertigo left nearly immediately. However, it was two weeks before I could
confidently drive an automobile again. I was well on my way to a quick and a
full recovery and back in the pulpit again all because of a supernatural
dream of revelation, resulting in a supernatural healing.
To God be the
But there is something very interesting that accompanies this
supernatural healing testimony.
wife and I
hardly ever watch television. However, at the time of my supernatural
healing I did have the television on when a commercial appeared. It was for a certain type of over-the-counter
medication in a purple box. It literally grabbed my attention.
I looked at it on the television screen, I clearly heard the still small voice of
the Holy Spirit within me say, "If you'll use that every time it (the
mass) tries to reappear, it will hinder it." So, just to be on
the safe side, believing it could reappear because the Lord had referred to
the possibility of it reappearing, I went and purchased the product. I
figured it was best to have it on hand in case it was needed.
enough, the vertigo reoccurred some weeks later and I knew that was a sign
that something was trying to grow behind my inner ear again. I took
the product as directed and after a short period the vertigo would
leave. I had to do this a few times before the problem permanently
did the Lord give me a supernatural dream resulting in a supernatural
healing, only to turn around and tell me that I was going to have to take an
over-the-counter medication to keep it from reoccurring?
was for the same reason Isaiah instructed Hezekiah to use a fig poultice on
the Lord's command to me was to be obeyed as an act of faith in order to
keep the growth from redeveloping.
As I stated earlier in Chapter Five,
sometimes it takes faith to obey God and take medication.
Had I not
taken the medication when I needed to, as the Lord instructed, it would have been an act of both unbelief and
disobedience. The Lord would then have to permit the vertigo-causing mass to redevelop
because I was permitting it to redevelop by disobeying His command to use
that particular medication.
I know for sure is this.
mass is no longer behind my inner
ear and it is a result of both the natural and the supernatural
working together for good.
made no sense to Naaman why he had to dip in the River Jordan seven times
when God could have just healed his leprosy without such a nonsensical
instruction. But had he not obeyed the Prophet's instruction, he would
not have received his healing. (2 Kings 5:1-14)
made no sense to the blind man why Jesus made clay out of spit and dust,
placing it on his eyes only to have him wash it off in the pool of Siloam.
Jesus could have healed him without such nonsensical acts. But had the
blind man not obeyed, he would not have received his healing. (John 9:1-7)
always sets the stage for the miraculous.
obedience includes going to the doctor or utilizing medications and medical
procedures if the Holy Spirit is leading you
inwardly to do so.
a Pastor, Spiritual leader or Christian to forbid or discourage another
believer in Jesus Christ from going to a doctor, seeking medical attention
or taking medication, homeopathic or otherwise, is not only ignorance of the
Bible - it is ignorance of the Bible gone to seed.
Eight: Additional Old Testament Examples
There No Balm in Gilead?"
harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of
the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken
hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why
then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?" (Jeremiah
God is speaking through the Prophet Jeremiah of the grief He is experiencing
over the need for Israel to go back into captivity, this time under King
Nebuchadnezzar. God describes Himself as "black" referring to the
way the Hebrew people would cover themselves with sackcloth and ashes, blackening themselves
during times of grief.
This behavior was a sign of mourning in Israel and God was referring to it
to help the Hebrew people better understand how grieved He was about
their rebellion and His
caring, allowed judgment
that was now to follow.
then asked the question through Jeremiah, "Is there no balm in
Gilead? Is there no physician there?"
This is a reference to the
good that physicians and medicine do towards bringing healing to the sick.
God is asking,
"Is there no balm to bring good out of this evil? Is there no
physician to bring good out of this affliction?"
Here God, again,
refers to medicine and physicians as something that can bring good out of
Bible repeatedly reveals that medicine and physicians both bring soothing and can assist in the healing process.
Medication Would Not Work for Egypt
up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain
shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured." (Jeremiah
will stick with the short story here.
centuries before the Prophet Jeremiah lived, Egyptian physicians had a
reputation for the number of prescriptions and remedies they had devised for
curing human ailments. As far back as 1500 B.C. there are records of over
800 prescribed remedies and over 700 different drugs developed by Egypt's
Egypt was known throughout the civilized world as a nation with
tremendous medical knowledge, skills and expertise.
above passage of Scripture, God is rebuking Egypt for their interfering with His plan
to protect and to provide for Israel.
God is explaining to
the Egyptians that
in spite of their medical skills and expertise, medicine, which is intended of God to cure, will
not work now for the Egyptians
because they placed themselves under a curse
by tampering with Israel.
Anyone and everyone who
lifts their hand against the City of Jerusalem
or the Nation of Israel
comes under a curse, whether it be an individual or a nation.
It is not possible to disobey God concerning Jerusalem or Israel and receive
His promise of physical blessing.
is not possible to disobey God in any area of life and receive His promise
of physical blessing, but this is particularly true when it comes to
disobeying Him concerning Jerusalem and Israel.
disobey His command to not harass Jerusalem and Israel, and to not tamper
with their well-being and security in any way, is to bring a curse upon
oneself. This is true of both individuals and nations.
a matter of fact, every nation which was formerly a world power and is no
longer a world power, ceased to be a world power by coming directly against
Israel or by simply refusing to help Israel when the opportunity was
was the original Hebrew, the father of the Jewish nation. (Genesis
14:13) God promised Abraham a mighty blessing if he would allow the Savior
to come into the world through his genealogy.
I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name
great; and thou shalt be a blessing." (Genesis 12:2)
God did not limit His promised blessing to Abraham alone. God promised
to bless those who blessed Abraham and Abraham's offspring. God
further promised that He would curse those who cursed Abraham and his
I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in
thee shall all families of the Earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
every generation God's promise to Abraham continues. God promises to
bless those who vow to protect and to provide for Israel's security.
This is true for both individuals and nations.
for the peace of Jerusalem (and Israel): they shall prosper that love
thee." (Psalm 122:6)
every generation God promises to curse those who tamper with Jerusalem's or
Israel's security in any way. This also is true for both individuals
in that day I will make Jerusalem (and Israel) a burdensome stone for all
people: all that burden themselves with it (them) shall be cut in pieces,
though all the people of the Earth be gathered together against it
(them)." (Zechariah 12:3)
Christian's disobedience to God results in broken fellowship with
God. This is particularly true when it comes to an individual or a
nation lifting its hand against Jerusalem or Israel.
When one is out of fellowship with God, individually or nationally, things stop happening for them and
start happening to them. The only way out of a self-created quagmire like that is
immediate and whole-hearted repentance.
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from
Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2
and non-Christians alike who live in disobedience to God, particularly
concerning Jerusalem and Israel, may often find their medication does not work for them
proficiently. The reason is disobedience to God, concerning Jerusalem
and Israel in particular, always has and always will block the spout where the
healing power of God freely flows out.
you hold anti-Semitic sentiments and wrongly accuse Israel of being a
"Terrorist State," you have sickness in your body and no amount of
prayer or medication seems to bring relief. Simply apologize to
Almighty God and ask Him to forgive you for anti-Semitism. Give Him
your word that beginning immediately you will stand in support of Israel and
God's Covenant with Abraham to bless them. You will be wonderfully
surprised to discover the curse has been reversed and your medication can
now do what God intended for it to do. Your healing prayers will be
answered, assuming you are living right before God in all other areas as
and non-Christians alike who are continually plagued with infirmity and
sickness and medications that just do not seem to work, should take their cue from Egypt in Jeremiah's day. If you have
been opposing Israel's right to exist as a sovereign free democracy, even as
America has the right to exist as a sovereign free democracy, you would do
quite well to repent in that area immediately. God promises to bless those who bless
Israel and to allow those who curse Israel to be cursed in turn.
The quickest way to stop healing from being wrought in one's body and to
cause prayer, medications and medical treatments to be ineffective is to
defy the Most High God in any area. But this is particularly true concerning
Jerusalem and Israel.
certainly learned this the hard way.
in May of 2014, the World Health Organization published a report informing
the nations of the world that global antibiotic resistance is no longer a
looming threat. Rather, it is now a present-day reality. They
announced that common infections and minor injuries which have been
treatable for decades can suddenly kill once again.
World Health Organization blames global antibiotic resistance to over-use
and abuse of antibiotics.
in a world compromised of nations that are increasingly and alarmingly
hostile towards Hebrews, Jerusalem and Israel, it would be much more
accurate and Biblical to say that global antibiotic resistance is a direct
result of abuse of Hebrews, Jerusalem and Israel.
with little Israel never pays. It always costs.
is what the Bible clearly conveys to every nation throughout all
O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven." (Psalm 119:89)
learn from Hebrew-harassing Egypt in the Prophet Jeremiah's day.
yourself. Don't wreck yourself.
your medication has not been working for you, healing just does not seem to
come and you espouse anti-Semitic beliefs, your wrong beliefs are the cause
of your problem.
repentance is your solution.
Leaf Thereof for Medicine"
by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall
grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit
thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months,
because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof
shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." (Ezekiel 47:12)
is actually a reference to the coming Millennial Reign of Jesus
Christ. The Millennial Reign is the 1,000 year period between the end
of the seven-year Tribulation and the beginning of Eternity.
us who were Born Again and "raptured"
before the seven-year Tribulation began will be present during the
Millennial Reign in our perfected bodies. We will have received those perfected bodies
in the same moment in which the Rapture occurred as indicated by the
following verses of Scripture.
I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet
shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed." (1 Corinthians 15:51)
look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the
working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself." (Philippians
the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be
with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
there will be people who will be Born-Again after the Rapture occurs and during the
seven-year Tribulation Period.
These people will enter into the 1,000 year Millennial
Reign in their natural, unperfected bodies. They will receive their perfected bodies at the
end of the 1,000 year Millennial Reign.
those individuals are not yet in perfected bodies, they will be subject to
sickness and disease during that 1,000 year period. Sickness will not
be as severe as in
this present world, for Satan's grip on the Earth will have loosened
significantly. However, there will still be a certain amount of sickness and disease
with which those in unperfected bodies will have to contend.
Those individuals will be able to eat the leaves of
healing from the trees that line the rivers flowing from the Throne of
God. The leaves will serve as "medicine" causing them to
receive healing and preservation, even allowing them to live without sickness
leaves of "medicine" and healing will renew body cells and cause
health and longevity for them, even as God said the trees in the Garden
would do for Adam and Eve before they fell. The leaves of healing will
provide medication, perfect nutrition, minerals and vitamins and serve as health
supplements to the food which will also be eaten during that
time. "The fruit thereof shall be for meat..." (verse 12).
if those folks can take medicine and health supplements which resist disease, renew body cells and cause
longevity during the Millennial Reign, why would God say we cannot take
medicine and health supplements here and now?
in Scripture has God said we cannot take medicine and health supplements
here and now.
provided medicinal plants, herbs, seeds and health supplements in the past
for Adam and Eve and throughout Bible and human history.
promises to provide medicine and health supplements during the future
Millennial Reign of Christ.
also allows human beings to partake of medicines and health supplements in
every creature (formulation) of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it
be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the Word of God and
prayer." (1 Timothy 4:4-5)
God's will for human health,
healing and longevity is the same
yesterday, today and forever.
I am the Lord, I change not ..." (Malachi 3:6)
Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
Nine: Examples from Jesus' & the Apostle Paul's Ministries
Stamp of Approval upon Physicians
Jesus heard it, He saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the
physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance." (Mark 2:17)
would Jesus acknowledge that sick people should take advantage of the
services of physicians and their prescribed treatments if it were not the
will of God for them to do so? This question we have already answered
in Chapter Two where we saw God refer to Himself as a
God is opposed to physicians, He is opposed to Himself and Jesus said,
"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation."
the Great Physician, is not opposed to Himself.
Neither is He
opposed to His children using physicians because He Himself is a Physician.
Can Only Do So Much
"And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she
had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she heard of
Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched His garment. For she
said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole. And
straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body
that she was healed of that plague.
"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? And His disciples said unto Him, Thou
seest the multitude thronging Thee, and sayest Thou, Who touched Me?
And He looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the
woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell
down before Him, and told Him all the truth. And He said unto her,
Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy
plague." (Mark 5:25-34)
is a woman who had a severe bleeding problem for twelve long years.
She probably should have died years earlier. She had suffered greatly at the
hands of many physicians, spending all she had and could not seem to be
healed. She made the decision, as a conscious act of her own free will, to
find Jesus and to pull on His healing power with her faith. The end result
was an outstanding miracle of healing.
Jesus, realizing what had been done, did not sharply rebuke this woman, demanding, "I understand you've been going to doctors
for twelve years, lady. They ripped you off and quite frankly you had it
coming. Who told you to go to the doctor? Don't you know that
using doctors and medicine is
a lack of faith?"
to the contrary, Jesus lovingly said to her, "Daughter, your faith in action has
brought this miracle of healing to your body."
The doctors could only do so much
for this severely ill woman.
a touch from Heaven.
needed Jesus' healing touch.
doctors can only do so much
need a touch from Heaven.
You need Jesus'
did not rebuke His daughter for utilizing the services of doctors, nor
will He rebuke you for doing the same, as some unlearned
spiritual leaders have done and would do.
do not make the same mistake
King Asa made, running lickety-split for the doctor's office right past the
Lord without even stopping for His all-wise
Commanded That Something Should Be Given Her to Eat"
behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and
when he saw Him (Jesus), he fell at His feet, And besought Him greatly,
saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray Thee, come
and lay Thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
And Jesus went with him; and much people followed Him, and thronged Him ...
He yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain
which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He saith unto the ruler of
the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And He suffered no man to
follow Him, save Peter and James, and John the brother of James.
cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and
them that wept and wailed greatly. And when He was come in, He saith
unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but
sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
"But when He had put them all
out, He taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were
with Him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And He took the
damsel by the hand, and saith unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being
interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the
damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years.
were astonished with a great astonishment. And He charged them straitly that
no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to
eat." (Mark 5:22-24,35-43)
walked into the home of Jairus' shortly after his twelve-year-old
daughter had died. He raised her from the dead and immediately
commanded that something should be given the child to eat.
Why? Because it was once again time to cooperate with the natural
world to where she had returned.
knew she needed to begin to ingest healthy sustenance with nutritional value
that would renew her body
cells and cause her life to continue.
when Jesus said that something should be
given her to eat, He was referring to something with nutritional value. He
was referring to something with enzymes, minerals, vitamins, etc., because the natural and the
supernatural combined make an explosive force for long life and strong
the rest of us, this child not only needed to eat to live, she needed to eat
pastries, candy, French fries, chips, soda pop, most fast food, etc., have
nutritional value. One must deliberately ingest healthy, mostly live, food with nutritional
value in order to live long and strong.
It is vitally important to
always eat something green, and I am not talking about eating all the green M &
M's before eating all the other colors. I
am talking, "Eat something live, Clive!"
must use wisdom when eating. One cannot eat any old way and
expect health and healing to continually manifest in one's body.
cannot and must not ingest death and corruption and then pray for life and
That is just
plain ole common sense.
Came Up Under a Doctor
He said unto them, Ye will surely say unto Me this proverb, Physician, heal
thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Thy
country." (Luke 4:23)
fully realized these religious leaders referred to Him as a
"physician" because He healed spiritual, emotional and physical
sickness and disease.
Jesus had no problem at all with them referring to Him as a
physician because that is what He is. He is the Great Physician.
lived for all of Eternity past with His Father, Who calls Himself
"The Lord that healeth thee" or "The Lord Your Physician."
thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and will do
that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and
keep all His statutes, I will allow none of these diseases to come upon thee
which I have allowed to come upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that
healeth thee." (Exodus 15:26)
Physicians are referred to no less than ten times
Bible. Neither Jesus nor His Father have any problem whatsoever with
their family consulting physicians when necessary.
again, the rule of the house is seek God first and seek the doctor second.
Receive This with Thanksgiving in Jesus' Name"
every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received
with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."
(1 Timothy 4:4-5)
word "creature" used by the Apostle Paul in this verse is actually
"formation" and "formulation."
God has formed animals to be eaten in
moderation. He has formulated fruits, vegetables, herbs and herbal
remedies for nourishment. He has also formulated miracle drugs for the
express purpose of counteracting sickness and death in a human body.
However, it all must be received with
thanksgiving in order for it to have its intended good effect in the human
body. There is
something supernatural about saying, "Father, I receive this with
thanksgiving, in Jesus' Name."
Paul did not say to pray,
"Father, we ask You to bless this food." Paul did not say to
pray, "Father, I bless this food."
Paul said that everything
ingested must be "received with thanksgiving." Then and only
then is it supernaturally sanctified to our bodies.
you pray over your medication as you would over a meal?
Do you receive
both meals and medication with thanksgiving in Jesus' Name?
ask, because sadly, some
Christians do not even pray over their meals, let alone their
have rarely had to take medication and I certainly do not
pop a pill at the slightest symptom of anything.
when I do take
medication I always pray, "Father, thank You for this medication in
Jesus' Name. I thank You that it is now sanctified to my body by Your
Word which I have prayed. It will do its job effectively without side
effects now, in Jesus' Strong Name."
the Beloved Physician"
Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. (Luke 1:1-3; Acts
Luke was a medical physician. The Apostle Paul referred to him as
the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you." (Colossians 4:14)
Apostle Paul would have firsthand knowledge of Doctor Luke's medical mastery
because Doctor Luke was either Paul's first cousin or
his flesh and blood brother. In Romans chapter 16, verse 21, Paul referred to
as "my kinsman" which is a direct reference to an immediate blood
Personally, because they both demonstrated the same
intellectual aptitude, I believe Luke the physician and Paul the Apostle were
physical brothers sharing the same parentage.
Luke was not only Paul's "kinsman" but he was also Paul's most
trusted confidante, chronicler and his personal physician.
Doctor Luke's writing of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, he used
well over 400 medical terms that are used nowhere else in Scripture.
a matter of fact, it was Doctor Luke who was used by the Holy Spirit to
bring forth the Scriptural revelation that a babe in the womb, in any stage
of development, is a living human being and not just a blob of flesh.
Luke wrote the following concerning pregnant Elisabeth's encounter with her
cousin, the approximately two-week pregnant virgin Mary, whom Elisabeth
called "the mother of my Lord."
whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo,
as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped
in my womb for joy." (Luke 1:43-44)
Greek word for "babe" used by Doctor Luke in this passage is
"brephos." It literally means "infant, young child,
living, breathing, nursing human being."
Luke, via the agency of the Holy Spirit, revealed that from the moment of
conception God considers even an embryo to be an infant, a young child and a
living, breathing, nursing human being.
means that every embryo, fetus or fully formed infant whose life is
deliberately terminated by abortion is the
termination of a God-created human being. Every abortion ever
performed, by a Christian or a non-Christian,
will ultimately be accounted for and judged.
is quite apparent that the highly knowledgeable and extremely skilled
physician, Doctor Luke, was assigned to his kinsman Paul by the Holy Spirit
to help keep him in good health in the midst of Paul's tremendous physical,
emotional and spiritual suffering endured for the Word's
sake. (2 Corinthians 11:23-31)
anyone thinks God and Jesus are down on physicians, nurses and medical
technicians, it is because they are
not up on Scriptural knowledge.
anyone thinks God and Jesus are down on balms, medicines, medical treatments, medical
technology, vitamins, supplements, homeopathic and herbal remedies, it is
because they are not up on Scriptural knowledge.
is a terrible and a damaging condition.
and medicine go hand-in-hand with faith and healing.
Kenneth E. Hagin Was Not a Hypocrite
For years I have
witnessed Christians persecuting and ridiculing Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin,
"The Father of the Modern Faith Movement," for the
way he and his wife would utilize doctors and medication if they were impressed
of the Lord to do so.
extremely limited understanding of Dr.
Hagin's life, Ministry and teaching, they refer to him as a hypocrite for
preaching faith and occasionally utilizing the services of physicians.
Having not paid close attention to Dr. Hagin's Ministry because of unbelief,
pride and offense on their part, his detractors do not realize that he never instructed anyone to not
utilize physicians, only to turn around and utilize physicians himself.
never instructed anyone to not use medication for any reason, only to turn
around and utilize it himself.
Hagin never recommended to anyone, "Throw your medication away and go
it by faith, otherwise, God cannot heal you."
position on physicians and medication and my position are identical. We both
say, "If you're on medication, don't throw it away to prove you have
faith. That's foolishness. Meditate on the healing Word of God
and it won't be long before the doctor tells you that you won't be needing that medication any
new adherents to the message of faith in God's Word for Divine healing have
thrown away their medications and eyeglasses to prove they have faith for
is not faith at all. That is foolishness and presumption.
for healing comes by meditating on God's healing Word. It does not
come by foolishly throwing away your medication or your eyeglasses.
If you insist
upon doing so, please do not come driving down through my
Ten: The Final Analysis, "If It's Good It's
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of
turning." (James 1:17)
have seen in this book, beginning all the way back in Genesis chapter one, that herbs,
balms, medicine, physicians, medications and medical treatments are
the above Scripture James, the half-brother of Jesus, said if anything is good,
it could only have come from God.
He said every good thing comes
directly from God and not from the devil.
He also said
this will never
In essence James said, "If it's good it's from God. End of story."
Jesus said the same thing when He said,
"It is the thief who came to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come
that you might have life and have it more abundantly." (John
Sickness and disease steals, kills and destroys. Doctors,
medicine, faith and healing tend towards abundance of life.
it could not possibly be a lack of faith or an act of disobedience to use
doctors and medication, unless He, the Almighty, specifically
not to do so.
And when I say, unless "He" specifically tells
someone not to do so, I am not talking about a Pastor, a Spiritual leader or
anyone else ever telling someone "on behalf of God" that they are
forbidden to go to a doctor or to use medication. This is something
one must hear directly from God for one's self.
or not to use doctors or medication is for the individual to decide between
them and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will normally address the
individual concerning this decision by the Inward
Witness or by the still
If you are taking medication or are under a doctor's
your faith for healing before making any
changes. This is done by listening to healing messages in a Spirit-filled
Church, by CD, Internet, etc., over and over and over.
Scriptures and think upon them. Speak them softly to yourself.
Listen to them while you sleep, for your spirit never sleeps.
Continually put the healing Word of God into your spirit through the
eye-gate and the ear-gate. Faith will rise and healing will come.
Proverbs 17:22 says, "A merry heart doeth good like a
Is medicine good?
The Bible says,
"Yes, medicine is good. And if it's good, it's
will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Even when that means sticking
with your doctor, your medication, possibly surgery, an organ transplant, a
blood transfusion, etc.
have clearly seen from the Bible that God, the Great Physician, is adverse
to none of these solutions, contrary to what some of the world's Bible
teachers and false religions wrongly declare.
it comes to doctors, medicine, faith and healing, every individual must be
led by the Holy Spirit for themselves.
leads you as an individual, it is
vitally important for you, as a Christian, to keep building your faith level
for healing by
hearing and hearing the healing Word of God.
the natural and the supernatural combined create a powerful atmosphere for
Christian has a God-given obligation to get their own leading directly from
God and then to do all within their power, naturally and spiritually, to care
for their body.
Christian's body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with
a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are
God's." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
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SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION
is not only able to heal you, but it is His will to heal you. Carefully read
the following Scriptures and speak them softly to yourself often. Select a
few as favorites to use more often than the others. God loves you and He
wants to heal you. You do not have to do anything to earn His love or your
healing. If you are Born Again, Jesus has
done that for you.
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away;
behold all things are become new ... For He hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin
for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in
Him." (2 Corinthians 5:17,21)
thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord 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 [permit] none of these diseases upon thee,
which I have [permitted] upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth
thee." (Exodus 15:26)
ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy
water, and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee." (Exodus
poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of his
troubles." (Psalm 34:6)
Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing..." (Psalm 41:3)
long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation." (Psalm 91:16)
the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless
the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all
thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from
destruction; Who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who
satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the
eagles." (Psalm 103:1-5)
sent His Word and healed them and delivered them from their
destructions." (Psalm 107:20)
Lord is my strength and song, and is become my saving health." (Psalm
shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord." (Psalm
I have longed after Thy precepts: quicken me in Thy righteousness."
Thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for Thy law is my
delight." (Psalm 119:77)
me after Thy loving-kindness; so shall I keep the testimony of Thy
mouth." (Psalm 119:88)
will never forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou hast quickened me."
my cause and deliver me: quicken me according to Thy Word." (Psalm
son attend to My words; incline thine ear unto My sayings. Let them not
depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are
life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh."
thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will
strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the
right hand of My righteousness." (Isaiah 41:10)
He [Jesus] 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 53:5)
me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for Thou
art my praise." (Jeremiah 17:14)
I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith
the Lord." (Jeremiah 30:17)
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 4:23)
He [Jesus] was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if Thou
wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand, and
touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was
cleansed." (Matthew 8:1-3)
the evening was come they brought unto Him [Jesus] 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 by Esaias the
Prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses." (Matthew 8:16-17)
when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from thence: and great multitudes
followed Him, and He healed them all." (Matthew 12:15)
Jesus went forth and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion
toward them, and He healed their sick." (Matthew 14:14)
when the men of that place had knowledge of Him [Jesus], they sent out into
all that country roundabout, and brought unto Him all that were diseased;
and besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment: and as
many as touched were made perfectly whole." (Matthew 14:35-36)
great multitudes came unto Him [Jesus], having with them those that were
lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus'
feet; and He healed them: insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they
saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk and the
blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel." (Matthew 15:30)
it came to pass that when Jesus had finished these sayings, He departed from
Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judea beyond Jordan; and great
multitudes followed Him; and He healed them there." (Matthew 19:1-2)
Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the
gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
liberty them that are bruised." (Luke 4:18)
came to pass on a certain day, as He [Jesus] was teaching, that there were
Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every
town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem and the power of the Lord was
present to heal them." (Luke 5:17)
He [Jesus] said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith has made
thee whole; go in peace." (Luke 8:48)
Jesus saw her He called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art
loosed from thy infirmity. And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she
was made straight, and glorified God." (Luke 13:12-13)
verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name
[Jesus], He will give it you." (John 16:23)
His Name [Jesus], through faith in His Name hath made this man strong, whom
ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect
soundness [of body] in the presence of you all." (Acts 3:16)
it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead,
even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole." (Acts 4:10)
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went
about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God
was with Him." (Acts 10:38)
if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He
that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by
His Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:11)
that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He
not with Him also freely give us all things." (Romans 8:32)
hath redeemed us from the curse of the law [sickness] being made a curse for
us: for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: that the
blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we
might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." (Galatians
faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh unto
God must not only believe that He exists, but that He is a rewarder of those
who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
His ownself bear our sins in His body on the tree, that we, being dead to
sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed."
(1 Peter 2:24)
I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as
thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2)
"I believe with certainty that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today and forever. It is His will to heal me in answer to my prayer of
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