HEALTH

Good Health

State of being in good health – God’s will for us

  • Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. 3 John 1:2 AMP
  • I came that they may have and enjoy life1, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 AMPC
  • He brought [Israel] forth also with silver and gold, and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. Psalm 105:37 AMP

Other versions

  • Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2 NASB
  • Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2 KJV
  • I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. John 10:10 AMP
 

Healing

Removal of illness – God’s will for us

  • The LORD will take away from you all sickness; and He will not subject you to any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will impose them on all [those] who hate you. Deuteronomy 7:15 AMP
  • I will take sickness away from the midst of you. Exodus 23:25 NKJV
  • I will restore your health Jeremiah 30:17 BSB
  • Who heals all your diseases Psalm 103:3 NKJV
  • Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. Jeremiah 33:6 NKJV

Cure

  • He laid His hands upon every one of them and cured2 them. Luke 4:40 AMP
  • all the multitude were seeking to touch Him, for healing power was all the while going forth from Him and curing them all [saving them from severe illnesses or calamities]. Luke 6:19 AMP
  • And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. Matthew 17:18 NASB 1977
  • Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” John 5:8-10 NKJV
  • How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 AMP

Complete Bodily Healing

  • … why are you angry with Me for making a man’s whole body well on the Sabbath? John 7:23 AMP
  • And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health and complete wholeness in your presence. Acts 3:16 AMP

Other versions

  • By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know has been made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given him this complete healing in your presence. Acts 3:16 BSB
  • … the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. Acts 3:16 NASB
  • are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? John 7:23 NKJV
  • If a man receives circumcision on a Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry at Me because I made an entire man well on a Sabbath? John 7:23 NASB
Background of John 7:23
 
  • There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years… Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk! Instantly the man became well and recovered his strength and picked up his bed and walked. John 5:5,8-9 AMPC

All Healed

  • Jesus: How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 AMPC
  • When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed themLuke 4:40 NKJV
  • all the people were trying to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them allLuke 6:19 NASB
  • Peter: And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healedActs 5:14-16 ESV
To summarise, GOD would have us all be cured and be in Perfect Health

Causes Of Sickness

1. Evil spirits

  • How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 AMP
  • When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick Matthew 8:16 NKJV
  • Someone in the crowd replied, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a spirit that makes him mute. When Jesus saw that a crowd had come running, He rebuked the unclean spirit. “You deaf and mute3 spirit,” He said, “I command you to come out and never enter him again.” Mark 9:17, 25 BSB
  • While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. Luke 9:42 ESV
  • Lord, do pity and have mercy on my son, for he has epilepsy (is moonstruck) and he suffers terribly; for frequently he falls into the fire and many times into the water… And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus and asked privately, Why could we not drive it out? He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:15,18-21 AMPC
  • One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman there had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was hunched over and could not stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your disability.” Then He placed His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and began to glorify God…. Then should not this daughter of Abraham4, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be released from her bondage on the Sabbath day?” Luke 13:10-13, 16 BSB

2. Sin

  • Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Psalm 107:17 NKJV
  • Cut through and make smooth, straight paths for your feet [that are safe and go in the right direction], so that the leg which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather may be healed. Hebrews 12:13 AMP
  • Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” John 5:14 NKJV

3. Other Causes

No known reason

  • Timothy: No longer continue drinking [only] water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 1 Timothy 5:23 AMP
  • Elisha: Now Elisha had become sick with the illness by which he would die. 2 Kings 13:14 AMP
 

The price for our health

The Lord Jesus died for our sins; but He was wounded for our health

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Modes Of Healing

1. Prayer

  • Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD …“Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you.  2 Kings 20:2&5 ESV

2. Commanding evil spirits to leave

  • And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Matthew 17:18 AMPC
  • When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again!” Mark 9:25 NASB

3. Proclamations in Faith

  • The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed… Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! As you have believed, so will it be done for you.” And his servant was healed at that very hour. Matthew 8:8,13 BSB
  • Jesus said to him, Go; your son lives!” The man believed what Jesus said to him and started home.  As he was already going down [the road], his servants met him and reported that his son was living [and was healthy]. John 4:50-51 AMP
  • Then Jesus told him, “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.” Immediately the man was made well, and he picked up his mat and began to walk. John 5:8-9 BSB
  • One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman there had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was hunched over and could not stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your disability.” Then He placed His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and began to glorify God. Luke 13:10-13 BSB
  • Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” … And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Acts 3:6,16 NKJV 
  • In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. This man was listening to the words of Paul, who looked intently at him and saw that he had faith to be healed. In a loud voice Paul called out, “Stand up on your feet!” And the man jumped up and began to walk. Acts 14:8-10 BSB

4. Laying on of hands

  • Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:3 BSB
  • He touched her hand, and the fever left her Matthew 8:15 NASB
  • So He could not perform any miracles there, except to lay His hands on a few of the sick and heal them. Mark 6:5 BSB
  • Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly. Mark 8:25 BSB
  • And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.” Mark 16:17-18 BSB
  • When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. Luke 4:40 NKJV
  • One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman there had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was hunched over and could not stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your disability.” Then He placed His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and began to glorify God. Luke 13:10-13 BSB

5. Confessing truth till it goes from head to heart

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  • the word of God is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its inherent, supernatural power in those of faith]. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 AMP
  • For indeed we have had the good news [of salvation] preached to us, just as the Israelites also [when the good news of the promised land came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not united with faith [in God] by those who heard. Hebrews 4:2 AMP

6. Participating in breaking of bread reverently

  • For anyone who eats and drinks [without solemn reverence and heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ], eats and drinks a judgment on himself if he does not recognize the body [of Christ]. That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason why many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep [in death]. 1 Corinthians 11:30 AMP

7. Getting elders to pray, anointing with oil

  • Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord James 5:14 AMP

8. Confess sins and pray for one another

  • Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healedJames 5:16 NASB

9. Cling to God's word

 
  • My son, pay attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. They are not to escape from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find7 them, And healing to all their body. Proverbs 4:20-22 NASB
Other versions

  • My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn; Open your ears to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; Keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, And healing and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22 AMP

10. Seek help from both Physicians and GOD

  • And Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but [only] those who are sick. Luke 5:31 AMP
  • In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa developed a disease in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his illness he did not seek the Lord, but [relied only on] the physiciansSo Asa slept with his fathers [in death], dying in the forty-first year of his reign. 2 Chronicles 16:12-13 AMP 

11. Obedience to Men of GOD

  • Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.” … So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, in accordance with the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 2 Kings 5:10 & 14 AMP
  • Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it as a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover.” Isaiah 38:21 NKJV
 Obedience specifically in what the Man of GOD tells you to do regarding healing.

12. Doing everything within our power to stay healthy/be healed

Example: Exercise, Diet, Medicines etc.
Read:
Proverbs 18:9 AMPC

Good Health in Old Age

  • Moses: Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. Deuteronomy 34:7 NKJV
  • Caleb: And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Joshua 14:10-11 NKJV
  • Jacob: they answered, “Your servant our father is in good health8; he is still alive.” Genesis 43:28 NKJV

GOD's promise to the Israelites

  • You shall serve the Lord, your God; then He will bless your food and drink, and I will remove sickness from your midst; no woman in your land will be barren or miscarry; and I will give you a full span of lifeExodus 23:25-26 NABRE

However only 3 people out of many thousands (over the age of 20) lived to be over 80; Moses, Joshua and Caleb. Why? disobedience to God’s commands. Believing God’s promises makes them come true for us. Read: Word is alive

  • Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. Deuteronomy 34:7 NKJV
  • Your bodies will fall in this wilderness—all who were numbered in the census, everyone twenty years of age or older—because you have grumbled against Me…Of those men who went to spy out the land, only Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained aliveNumbers 14:29, 38 BSB

Those used for Curing Diseases

  • The Lord Jesus: How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 AMP
  • Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Matthew 17:18 AMPC
  • But the news about Him was spreading farther, and large crowds kept gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their illnesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray [in seclusion]. Luke 5:15-16 AMP 
  • Apostles: THEN JESUS called together the Twelve [apostles] and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases Luke 9:1 AMPC
  • And Jesus summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity. Matthew 10:1 AMPC
  • Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. Matthew 10:8 AMPC

Likewise, we can also be used by GOD for curing diseases.
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Footnotes

  1. 4053 περισσός [PERISSO/S] {perissós} \per-is-sos’\from 4012 (in the sense of beyond); superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); by implication, excessive; adverbially (with 1537) violently; neuter (as noun) preeminence:–exceeding abundantly above, more abundantly, advantage, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, vehement(-ly).
  2. Example: Treat = Insulin to keep Diabetes under control. Cure = removal of Diabetes.
  3. Evil spirits are named by the disease they cause eg. deaf and mute spirit and commanded by name to leave.
  4. This is available for all believers as well. Read: Galatians 3:29 NASB
  5. In the Old Testament, the term “are” is used which is  present continuous is used as the event (Jesus’s Crucifixion) was yet to happen.
  6. In the New Testament, the terms “were/have been” are used as the event has already happened.
  7. 4672 מצא [mâtsâ'] \maw-tsaw'\ A primitive root; properly to come forth {to} that {is} appear or exist; transitively to {attain} that {is} find or acquire; figuratively to {occur} meet or be present: - + be {able} {befall} {being} {catch} X certainly (cause to) come ({on} {to} to {hand}) {deliver} be enough (cause to) find ({-ing} {occasion} {out}) get (hold {upon}) X have ({here}) be {here} {hit} be {left} light (up-) {on} meet ({with}) X occasion {serve} (be) {present} {ready} {speed} {suffice} take hold on.
  8. At this point in time, Jacob was about 130 years old. See Genesis 47:9