The Covenant of Healing

What’s in a Name?

Nothing is more poignant and powerful as the names of God. Psalms 8:1 says, “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name …”

When it says God’s name is excellent, it means we serve an excellent God. His name is who He is. His name is His character.

Healing is God’s Design

There is one name that’s so special and that is Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals:

God’s character is to heal. Whatever He touches is healed. In His presence there is healing. In our lives, He created our bodies to heal. That’s how He created you, because God, our creator, is Jehovah Rapha.

When we pray for healing, we are praying in His will because that’s what He wants. Healing is His desire because His tendency is always toward health.

The Law of Sin and Death

There are some things that impede healing, but remember, God’s will is to heal. The law of sin and death can impede God’s healing. So there is God’s law of life and peace that He set in motion, or there is the law of sin and death. We can choose either.

Do you believe that it’s God’s will to have you healed and whole? It’s the Father’s will to gladly give you the kingdom. But there is another law in motion.

“… If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord am your healer” (Ex. 15:26).

If we obey the voice of the Lord, do what is right in His sight, keep His commandments and live by His laws, healing will be the tendency of our life. That’s the law God set in motion.

On the other hand, if we choose to live by another set of laws, there are going to be different kinds of consequences.

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2).

God has given us an edge when we live in His Kingdom. There will always be a tendency to heal.

Contend for Wholeness

Although God is a God of healing, I want you to know that my prayer and your prayers are not just for us to feel better. If all we do is feel better and not become better, it will just be short term. We will turn our backs on God again.

That’s why God says it requires a whole lot more than just healing. It is not just a promise of healing; it is a promise of wholeness.

I want to tell you the difference between healing and wholeness. Healing is when you feel better. Wholeness is when you are spiritually better. There is a completeness that takes place and there are a lot of things about healing that go much deeper than just feeling better.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16).

The Lord does not just want us to pray to feel better. He wants us to make sure that we come back under His canopy and embrace the Kingdom of God where healing is dependency.

What do we need to get rid of since we don’t want to just be out here praying to feel better?

Position Yourself for Healing

We want to contend for healing and wholeness and there are steps that will guide us on our way. The first is to extend forgiveness through grace. Many times, you hold onto bitterness and reject God’s grace. The problem is not resolved so we withhold forgiveness. But God wants us to extend grace and forgive.

So, position yourself for healing. You must be under God’s embrace — under His covering where you will obey His statutes. Once you are in this position, you become a person of grace and can contend for healing when the laws of God which are set in motion are of healing and reconciliation. That’s how He created us, but we must be under His kingdom. It’s going to require you to ask for forgiveness and for His grace.

Keep Your Spirit Strong

When you are going through a process of healing, watch yourself so that your spirit doesn’t take a dive. The Bible speaks a lot about the spirit of a man. God wants your spirit to stay strong, which means that, even though you might be struggling physically, you still need to take God’s Word and contend for healing.

Steward your spirit, not just your body, and make sure that things are going well on the inside. We’ve got to keep our souls strong!

If you never get healed, then accept that as ministry. Keep contending for healing, but until then, let God use you in your condition for ministry.

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