Pretty amazing that my pastor’s sermon this past weekend was about Health and Healing! I go to Gateway Church here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas metroplex. Pastor Robert Morris has a video of his sermon, “Divine Health,” on our church’s Web site but for those who would rather just read over my notes, I am going to give you the written version here. I do not go through the meaningful stories he shares and probably missed some things so it’s worth watching it when you have about 30 minutes.
The title of the series he has been teaching is “Divine Benefits” and the title for this past week was, “Divine Health.” I will not be writing out all of the scriptures so you will need to look them up to follow along.
He gave us two healing verses to start, Psalms 103:3 and Isaiah 53:5. They discuss how God forgives all iniquities and heals all diseases. He said it’s easier for us to believe that he forgives all iniquities than it is for us to believe that he heals all diseases… but they are both in the same verse for each of these passages, although for some it may be the opposite — they may more easily believe He heals all of our diseases than forgives us all of our iniquities.
We need to believe God in the area of health and healing. It’s true what the Bible says about healing.
People do ask questions about this. The first one is:
1) Why… If God heals all diseases, why am I not healed? or Why did my parent die of this? or Why did my child die?
Isaiah 33:24 – This is the new Jerusalem… healing and forgiveness are in the same verse — a lot. This is also the most quoted Messianic chapter in the Bible. Psalms 22 is a close second.
Isaiah 53:5 – By his strips, we are healed.
I. Peter 2:24 – forgiveness and healing in the same verse.
The Gospel is that Jesus bore our sins on the cross. In the Greek, “healing” means, “made whole,” spirit, soul and body.
Jesus bore our sins and our griefs (translates – sickness). Isaiah 53:3 – “grief” translates “sickness or disease” and this version of the word “grief” is used 20 times in the Bible.
The new testament verse, Matthew 8:16 and 17 referenced and quoted the same old testament, Isaiah 53:3, scripture.
The devil keeps us defeated. Why do we get sick? Pastor Morris drew a diagram on a white board, Penalty – Power – Presence – Sickness and Sin (it’s best to see the video for this). We are saved from our sins but sin is still present in the world. Sickness is still present in the world.
God does not punish you with sickness. He does discipline and uses chastisement but Jesus bore the penalty/punishment on the cross. God does not punish. Exodus 15:26 – I am the Lord who heals.
2) How do I receive healing? By grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8 – Saved by grace… saved through faith.
You cannot earn or believe your way to Heaven — it is grace — it is a gift. It is grace — a gift. [repetition intended]
There are two extreme views, one says, “God doesn’t heal anymore” and the other says, “If you have enough faith.” — God would never do this. So, if you work out eat right and still got sick…
Health is a gift although you need to be a good steward of the grace you’ve been given.
Be good stewards of your body! Prayer, “God, I am healthy, I can be healthy by grace.” Pray for health and not just healing.
“I pray for Divine Health for my family, we receive it by grace through faith.”
3) What if… I am not healed, my child is not healed, my family is not healed…
“I am still going to trust God no matter what happens.”
Philippians 1:20 – Christ will be magnified.
We live in an evil, sin-filled world. It does not negate the Word of God.
See the video of the sermon by Pastor Robert Morris, “Divine Health.”