The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:8
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy; I have come that you may have life and have it to the full”
Let’s clear away some of the rubble or arguments against healing today. There are teachings and just assumptions that stand in the way of healing that we will refute.
Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh – Often instead of fighting the good fight of faith and resisting sickness and disease, people who misunderstand Paul’s thorn in the flesh, accept sickness as coming from God.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10 is not the answer to why God did not heal someone. First off notice Paul was given the “thorn” to keep him humble because of the surpassing great revelations he received. Most of us have not had the revelations like Paul so we are not candidates for this “thorn”. Second Paul wrote the “thorn” is a “messenger of satan”, see vs 7. This is not a normal way to refer to a sickness. The word used for messenger ‘ἄγγελος‘ indicates a personage, a messenger, or angel sent to deliver a message, in this context possibly a fallen angel or demon from satan, not from God. Third in the Old Testament, most references to thorns in the flesh refer to human enemies, see Numbers 33:55.
The sovereignty of God – The early church did not look on sickness or disease as something to receive as God’s will. James tell the church if there is any sick among you let them call for the elders of the church to anoint with oil and the prayer of faith will heal them, see James 5:14-16. This is a big difference from what many Christians believe today. They do not call for prayer when sick. They believe everything happens according to God’s plan, even sickness, disease, and disaster. Yet many of these same people will resist what they believe is from God by going to a doctor but they will not seek healing prayer.
The Vineyard and many others hold a world view that more closely aligns with the early church. We have a warfare world view. We are at war with the devil, his demons, sickness and disease. We expect bad things to happen in this present evil age in which we live. We know it is our duty in Christ to resist the evil one and pray for healing, deliverance and salvation. We know our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against, principalities, powers, rulers and spiritual wickedness in the heavenly realm (Eph 6:10-17). They are attacking men and women to destroy them. Bad things happen to good people because there is a war going on. It is not God’s will to accept evil. He sent His Son to destroy the works of the devil, 1 John 3:8. And it is our mission to carry on the work of the Lord in the earth today.
Hopefully by now we have seen some common beliefs that stand in the way of healing are not Biblical. So what do we do about healing?
Contending for a Breakthrough – When we pray for someone and they are healed it is an awesome feeling. But when we pray for someone and they are not healed it can be frustrating to say the least. There are obstacles that can stand in the way of healing they need to be diligently contended against for a healing breakthrough to come.
When we pray for the sick we will see some healed immediately, some partially healed and others seemingly nothing changes. We must remember it is God who heals. We must continue to pray and believe. Contend in faith for healing. We must continually press into the Holy Spirit and ask Him for guidance in prayer. Through persistance, we can work through hindrances to healing and we can pray against and break them.
John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.