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The Word of God is the Will of God.  That being said, the Bible is not the complete Will of God, it is a partial revelation to mankind.  John 21:25 (NLT) tells us, “Jesus also did many other things.  If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.”

What is meant by the verses in Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24 where it is written, “…and with his stripes we are healed” Isaiah – KJV “…by whose stripes ye were healed” 1 Peter – KJV? I believe we are to take these verses quite literally and know that the whipping our LORD took in the courtyard of Pontius Pilate brings complete healing to those of us who follow Him.  I can say complete based on Christ’s words on the cross when He declares, “It is finished!” John 19:30 NLT

Personally I don’t see any “small print” or conditions set on any of these statements.  I believe the devil has diminished the scourging and the crucifixion to our detriment.  Some will say that the healing He is referring to is our spiritual healing, forgiveness.  I agree!  And with this spiritual healing, i.e. forgiveness comes physical healing.  In Matthew 9 a paralyzed man is brought to Jesus by four friends.  Jesus says simply, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”

This did not set well with the teachers of religious law but that did not deter Jesus nor did it keep the man from jumping up and walking home!  You may be asking, “Is it really that simple?”  Yes and I’ll tell you a few things that we need to be doing differently.

We need to quit taking ownership of infirmity, of sickness, of disease.  Listen to yourself the next time you are feeling the symptoms of sickness. You may say, “I am sick”, or “My allergies are acting up”, or “Its flu season and I know I’m going to get it”, or “Look at how bad this cut on my hand is”. The list is endless.  This type of speech takes ownership to things you don’t want to own.  We can be very detailed in our descriptions of our infirmities (and other circumstances that are not physical) somehow desiring to convince others of just how “bad” the problem is.

Understand that I am not advocating denying a problem exists but I am denying it the right to stay through my faith in God and His Word.

Instead of talking about the problem start speaking eloquently about your King, the LORD Jesus.  Describe His love, His shed blood, His resurrection, and His wondrous beauty and power. Put a name on whatever you are facing, cancer, divorce, or bankruptcy and then remind it that they have not place in your life because Jesus outranks them.  His is the name above all names.

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Freddie Tyler is a retired high school teacher, swim coach, and water polo coach (35 years). He has been married to his wife Renee for 37 1/2 years and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Freddie is a life long resident of Central Florida, is active in his church, enjoys traveling and just published his first book, a novel titled Homesick - Where Will You Call Home, The Choice Is Yours, Freddie won a gold medal in the 1972 Munich Olympics and is a graduate of Indiana University.

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  • Good to se someone thinking along these lines Freddie, and self cursing and claiming is something I have been advocating and preaching about for decades, however, there is far more to healing than this, especially from the human blockage point of view. Yo may like to look at my group on the subject in 'Counselling, Ministering & Healing' group, and also 'the Bible study from April 18th entitled, 'God Has His Limits' which is more about our barriers than His limits.


    • What do you mean by human blockage? I will look in to the April 18th message. Thank you.

      • Although I believe that it is God's will that His people be healed, as per the promise of the dual gifts healing and forgiveness (by His wounds we are healed), the healing often fails because of the things we believe, do and say. You have already mentioned the human habit of 'claiming' our sicknesses ("my tumour, my asthma etc.) and there is also our habit of self cursing, ("my headache is killing me"). We also block our healing through things like un-forgiveness, petty jealousies, and general disobedience to God. Their is nothing that God cannot do, but we put up barriers that restrict Him.

        • I read your April 18th message.  It is my observation that many Christians give more authority to the "work" of Adam than they do the FINISHED work of the Cross of Calvary.  It is certainly a fact that many believers do not experience the manifestation of healing but that does not take away from the fact that they are in truth healed. The enemy is relentless in his attacks against us and those attacks are most obvious in our own thinking.  Doubt.  We focus more on the symptoms and the cure and the cure is Jesus.  Many speak and write eloquently about heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and any other oppressive force that comes against mankind.  It is Jesus our Savior that should have our undivided attention.  The bronze snake held high in the desert, Peter walks on water but sinks when he takes his eyes off the LORD, and the Cross all tell us to keep our eyes on Jesus.  Is there anything too hard for Jehovah. No.  As believers we have to learn to possess our possessions, to learn to run freely. 

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