God's Abundance: Healing, Part 1 (#927)

God’s Abundance: Healing, Part 1 (#927)
Today we’ll continue our series on God’s Abundance by looking at healing. Healing is one of the most..; we’ll there is so many interesting things in the history of Christianity, because people love to argue so much about everything. Healing is one of them. Some people think healing died with the Apostles and God no longer heals people; so it’s not important. Other people think it’s the only important thing in Christianity, and if you’re not continually healing blind people and raising the dead. there is something very wrong with you. Everybody has different views and opinions on it, but as usual rather than spend all our time arguing over peoples different opinions, other that to state that people have them. We’ll go straight the the Word and see what the Word says. And what I will say in summary is: I have seen the greatest success when people do what the Word says, which is to pray, which is to fill their mind with the Word of God, which is to operate the manifestations of holy spirit and expect healing. And at the same time, use their common sense to do what they can in the senses realm: eat well, exercise, go to the doctor regularly, do what the doctor says, and I have have doing that for years. People have often asked me: should I pray and believe God for healing or should I take medical advice, and eat well? And I say, yes. Do all of the above. And that is was I try to do. And I’m convinced that there are times when I’m healthy simply because I pray, and try to keep my mind filled with the Word. I am convinced there times I’m healthy because I’m eating well and taking the medicine my doctor told me to. From day to day I don’t always know from which it is that’s helping me, but I do both. There is nothing in the scripture saying it is evil to eat well, exercise, and listen to your doctor. Although you’ll find Christians that say it is. And then you’ll find Christians that say certain types of organic food are godly and certain kinds of processed food aren’t godly. And I just sort of chuckle at that, because there is nothing in the Bible that talks about what’s organic, what’s vegan, and fertilizers; it is just not in the Bible. Now it maybe true, that a certain kind of food is healthier than another type; and that is OK and you eat the best way you feel you can eat. But don’t try to tell me you’re more Biblical or more Christian because you’ve got a granola that doesn’t have an additive in it and mine does. So, I’m not saying this to discourage you from finding the healthiest food you can, I’m just saying let’s separate what is good common sense advice, whether is is from medical, or nutrition, or exercise and what the Word says. The Word is very, very clear that as we fill are minds with the Word, pray, and operate the manifestations of holy spirit it will lead to tremendous vibrant health. And that is what we’ll talk about today. But we also know from experience, and we’ve all lived a few years, that people that eat better, exercise more, and take the advice of their doctor, they also tend to do much better long term. So, before we dive into the Word I want to be very clear; I’m recommending both. It is up to every person how much they want to trust medical science, how much they want to trust nutritional science, how much they want to trust exercise science. Everybody has that choice, and I’m not going to tell you what the best thing is for you. You probably all experienced things, talked to experts, read books, and you have your own views on that and I would encourage you to continue learning and growing in all of those areas. I think especially as we get older, putting the time into learning in the senses realm what keeps you healthy is very, very wise. Just because God’s made it available let’s take advantage of it. At the same time, operating the power of God is far, far, far greater. It is just, if you don’t have to have a miracle to overcome something that you could of easily overcome by taking a vitamin, or taking a walk every day; why not just take the vitamin and take the walk — or whatever else physically may help you? And then save your focus and your prayer and believing on those areas where medical science can’t help. Because we all know that medical science and nutrition and all those things are not going to solve every problem. They’ll solve a lot of them, but we know the power of God can solve anything. So with that brief introduction, which I felt was important because this is such a controversial topic that people that we’ve known in fellowship for years will argue about and have their own opinions, let alone all the fights and arguments that have gone on in history of Christianity for two thousand years, just a very controversial topic. So, let’s put the controversy aside now and let’s dive into God’s Word and see what it says. We’ll start in Genesis chapter 20…
As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20170903.  All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Gen 20:17-18        Abraham prayed unto God, and God healed Abimelech
Ex 15:26                 I am the Lord that healeth thee
Psalm 103:1-5       Who healeth all thy diseases (vs. 3)
Psalm 107:20        He sent his word, and healed them
Prov 3:7-8              The fear of the Lord is health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones
Prov 4:20-22          They are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh
Isa 53:1-6               Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. (vs. 4, NRSV)
With his stripes we are healed (vs. 5)
Mat 4:23-24           Teaching, preaching, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease
Mat 8:5-13             Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed
Mat 10:1, 7-8         He gave them power [authority] … to heal all manner of sickness…
God’s Abundance: Healing Part 1 (#927)

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