I remember a season of sickness. There were 2 car accidents, a slip on the ice with a back injury, 2 girl surgeries, and a broken leg. Sounds like ‘a partridge in a pear tree song’! Have you ever gone through that season? It seems like no matter what is going on, you are out for the count. I had been to the Dr, the Chiropractor, and had all kinds of pain meds. But all they did was make me nauseous. I got frustrated. I was angry. I hated it. I had to slow down. Yep – almost killed me! But I learned something. Something I need to share today.
I had two choices – give up, or give God a chance.
Yep, came down to my last choice – why is that? idk, human nature I guess. I thought I had this healing thing all figured out. I mean, really, I had like 20 books about it. I had read parts of all of them. Yep, lots of ‘head knowledge’, but no idea how to apply it. But there was my mistake = “I” had it all figured out, yeah right. My best thinking and plans got me nowhere. Still flat on my stomach with back spasms. Did my exercises, took my meds, still no healing. ugggh!
I don’t believe God brings sickness. The Bible does not teach that. In fact everyone who came to JESUS got healed – he healed them ALL. So, I did my homework. What does God’s Word say about healing? Is there power in the WORD to make me better? Could my reading this WORD out loud over my body help? Would my body follow what the WORD said? What did I have to lose. Nothing. So I tried it. I got out my books and GOOGLE and printed me out some HEALING VERSES. Spoke them out loud while I was laying on my stomach with back spasms. Spoke them when I was in the wheelchair, spoke them while I was on crutches, and then the cane. And now I can walk. And no more back pain – thank you Jesus!
I had to learn to keep my mouth shut too. That was a hard one for Ms. D. When someone asked ‘How are you doing?’ I would NOT say the first thing that came to my head. I would speak IN FAITH, ” I am great, I am getting better everyday,” even though my body still hurt at the time. I learned the hard way that whatever I am feeding will grow. If I feed my pain, I get more. If I feed my healing I get more. I also memorized a few scripture verses, and would answer with them,. “By His stripes I am healed.” or “Jesus is healing me right now.” God’s Word became the Authority in my life – if He said I could be well, well than dang it, I can be well. God doesn’t lie.
And another toughie for Ms. D, I had to let other people pray for me. I am a stubborn woman, ask my kids or husband. I wanted to do it myself, thank you very much. But alas, I think that Spirit of Pride and Independence and doing things my way or the highway was wrong. That’s what I learned I guess. God’s Word heals, God hears my prayers, God answers my prayers, and He uses the prayers of His people to heal others. And there is power in His Word. And I learned that He loves me, and wants me to be well.
Now I am not an expert, I don’t know everything, God does. This has just been my experience. What about you?
Here is a great post from Joyce Meyer. She has .pdf’s on
- emotional/mental health healing
- spiritual healing
- physical healing
Here are a few VERSES from About.com
Healing Bible Verses
LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. (NIV)
The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. (NIV)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (NIV)
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (NIV)
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. (NIV)
Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. (NIV)
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (NIV)
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. (NIV)
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” (NIV)
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. (NIV)
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. (NIV)
Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. (NIV)
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (NIV)
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” (NIV)
… but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. (NIV)
One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. (NIV)
And here are some from Bible Study Tools:
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.
He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,
O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour. When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher any more.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.