By Rev. Terry Fowler Sr.
"In divine healing for the body without condemning medical science."
The doctrine of divine healing is one of the most dynamic doctrines in the Word of God. We can define it as: A
definite act of God, by the power of the Holy Ghost by which the human body is healed, without the aid of medical
When we ask the question, "what causes sickness and disease," we must make three considerations. The first is the
fall of man. When Adam committed high treason and sinned, a door was opened for him to die. Satan and his
demons now had access to work against all mankind. In the New Testament, Jesus often had to rebuke evil spirits in
order to heal the sick, thus teaching us Satan's role in sicknesses.
God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden or they would die. They ate the forbidden
fruit, and death entered the earth. Next, because of their actions, sin entered the world. Sin now works death in all
the descendants of Adam.
Romans 5:12, " Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon
all men, for that all have sinned."
Lastly, we must consider the law of sowing and reaping. Whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. If we refuse
to take care of our body or partake in destructive living, we will become sick and may die. God is not the author of
sin and sickness; Satan is. God has made provision to cleanse us from all our sin and to heal all our diseases. We
must understand God's healing provision and understand that "original sin" and the law of sowing and reaping
brings sickness. If you get sick, we are not saying that you have sinned.
Some, in times past, have done great damage to the Kingdom of God with this doctrine. We are only saying that
because of "original sin," sickness comes on humanity. Disease germs enter our bodies, thus bringing into
existence the sickness. God called sickness "captivity" in Job 42:10, "And the LORD turned the captivity of Job,
when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before." Satan was the culprit.
Job 2:7, "So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot
unto his crown." The Holy Spirit calls sickness "oppression." Acts 10:38, "How 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."
God allows us to understand Him through the names attributed Him. One of the most beautiful words in the Old
Testament is Jehovah-rapha. It means that God is our healer. We find many Old Testament examples to confirm His
Genesis 20:17, "So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants, and
they bare children."
Deuteronomy 7:15, "And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of
Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee."
2 Kings 5:14, "Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of
God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean."
2 Kings 20:5, "Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith The LORD, the God of David thy
father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto
the house of the LORD.
Psalm 103:3, "Who forgivith all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases..."
Psalm 107:20, "He sent forth his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions."
Proverbs 4:22, "For they (the words of God) are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."
We could go on and list scriptures for Sarah, Hannah, and the widow's son, but space will not permit. We must admit
that God healed His people in the Old Testament. Two, possibly, three million Jews left Egypt and there "was not a
feeble one among them." (Psalm 105:37), "He brought them forth also with silver and gold; and there was not one
feeble person among their tribes."
When we look into the New Testament, we notice that Jesus took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses. (Matthew
8:16), "When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the
spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick." (Matthew 8:17), "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by
Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." Matthew tells us that Jesus is
fulfilling Isaiah 53:4, "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted." Here we learn that Jesus, in the atonement, bares our infirmities and sicknesses. This
is another lesson that sickness and disease are intertwined with sin and death. God's provision for sin must also
include a provision for sickness.
We need only to look at the ministry of Jesus in the New Testament to discover God's will concerning healing. Jesus
said that He and His father were one, or we might say, "just alike." Then, let us ask ourselves some simple
questions. How many people did Jesus make sickly while on earth? The answer is, none.
How many people did Jesus kill while on earth? None. I can find reference after reference that He healed all that
came to Him, but none that teach He made any sickly. Only in His own hometown was He limited; this because of
After Jesus ascended to the Father, the followers of Christ continued to heal the sick by the power of the Holy
Ghost. They would lay hands on the sick, anoint them with oil, or minister to them through the gifts of healing. In the
New Testament, we see the healing of a variety of sicknesses and diseases.
Fever. (Matthew 8:14), "And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's Mother laid, and sick of a
Blindness. (Matthew 9:27-30), "And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying,
Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him; and
Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their
eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them,
saying, see that no man know it."
A Withered Hand. (Matthew 12:13), "Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth;
and it was restored whole, like as the other."
Leprosy. (Mark 1:41-42), "And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto
him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was
Blood Disease. ( Luke 8:43-44), "And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living
upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and
immediately her issue of blood stanched."
The Lame Man. (Acts 3:1-8), "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the
ninth hour. And a certain lame man from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the
Temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about
to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he
gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none, but
such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right
hand, and lifted him up: immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and
walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, And praising God."
Palsies. (Acts 8:7), "For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them:
and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed."
In ( Acts 10:38), we see how Jesus was used to heal all that were oppressed of the devil. In (Mark 16:18), Jesus
empowers us and sends us forth to do the same. "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it
shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." According to (John 14:12), we shall do
those same things. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father." First Peter 2:24 tells us, "Who his own self
bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed."
By now you may be asking, "If all this is true, why is not everyone healed?" We do not know everything that is
between God and another person. Some things will hinder a person from receiving healing. It would be good for us
to review them.
One of the foremost hindrances is unconfessed sin. (James 5:16), "Confess your faults one to another, and pray
one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." If we have
any un-confessed sin in our lives, we must ask forgiveness immediately. Sin will stop God's healing power.
Next, we must make sure no fear is found in our lives. (Phil. 4:6), "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God." Fear and worry rob us of the faith we
need to receive from God in any area of our life. God has not given us the spirit of fear, and we do not need to let it
False teaching is another area of hindrance. (Mark 7:13), "Making the Word of God of none effect through your
tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye." When the Bible is clear about the will of God
and healing, we must not allow anyone to convince us that healing is not for us today. This false teaching will steal
your faith and ultimately, your healing.
Lastly, unbelief will hinder your healing. (Mark 6:5-6), "And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his
hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about
villages, teaching. The promise is to everyone that believes." (Romans 1:16), "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel
of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
Greek." Unbelief is probably the greatest problem in the Christian church. It is such a simple answer, yet it is so
profound in that we have great difficulty believing God. Remember, the Word of God when believed, is transformed
into your healing. (Mark 10:52), "And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And
immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way."
We may take certain steps that will help us receive our healing for the Lord. Some of these are:
Make sure you have a right relationship with God. ( Matthew 6:33), "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Saturate your life with the Word of God. (John 15:17), "If ye abide in me, and my Words abide in you, ye shall ask
what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (Rom 10:17) , "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
word of God."
Call for the elders of the church to pray for you. (James 5:14-15), "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders
of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall
save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
Anyone teaching that healing is not for us today is guilty of religious forgery. The Bible is clear that God wants to
heal sick people. A person must rewrite the Word to make it say anything else. The Bible is the will of God. We must
not let anyone cheat us out of our inheritance.
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