Jehovah Rapha – The Lord that healsposted on March 30th, 2011 / by Tirzah Warwick / 9 Comments
It had not been a reality in my heart that the Lord was and is today and will always be Jehovah Rapha – the Lord that heals.
Over the years I’ve heard more teachings than I can remember about healing, but I still had questions in my mind about why I saw some people healed and others not. It seemed like God was choosing who to heal and that healing wasn’t His will for all.
Those questions got in the way of completely believing His promises that healing is for everyone, because I allowed what I saw to dictate what I believed rather than just believing what God says in His Word and trusting that He is Who He said He is. Allowing that to happen wasn’t faith, and it wasn’t pleasing God.
I came to a point in my life where I realized that this was something I needed to study to find out for myself what God’s will is on this matter. I needed it to be an absolute truth and reality settled deeply in my heart and mind, once and for all. Up to that point, I had not studied, meditated on or put into practice the truth of the other half of Christ’s redeeming work on Calvary (Isaiah 53:4 -5), that we are just as much healed as we are saved. Realizing my faith was weak and knowing faith comes by hearing, I decided to study to build my faith. I was determined to cast aside all doubt and uncertainty.
I started out by studying Jesus’s earthly healing ministry. I started reading a devotional by Mark Brazee called Prescription for Healing: 365 Daily Devotions. I still read this devotional every day to keep my faith built up. I read the wonderful, power-packed classic Christ the Healer by F. F. Bosworth that teaches in depth on the subject and answered all the questions that I had. What I learned I took to heart and started practicing.
I buried in my heart Colossians 1:15 that says, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.” John 14:9 says, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father!” This means that Jesus is the exact representation of God. He not only reflects God, but He reveals to us what God is truly like. If I want to know what God is really like, I don’t have to look any further than Jesus.
Once that fact was settled in my heart, I saw that everything that Jesus did or didn’t do represented God’s will. Jesus only did what the Father wanted! I saw that Jesus never made anyone sick, and He never left anyone sick who wanted to be healed. He never said, “This sickness is here to teach you something, to perfect you, to correct you or make you more pious.” He just healed anyone and everyone who desired to be healed; He never refused healing to anyone.
Galatians 2:6 says that God has no favorites. Same thing in Acts 10:34. He is the same today as He’s always been, so I asked myself by what logic can I think that Christ shows favoritism and that He is no longer the Lord that heals? That He is different than He was when He walked the earth? That He is selective in who receives the benefits of what He did for all on the cross? He is just as He has always been, and we can see what that was like by examining His earthly ministry.
In James 5:14-15, I saw that there are no “ifs” about it being God’s will to heal. It says, “The prayer of faith SHALL (not “might”) save the sick.” If it weren’t His will, why would He tell sick people how to get healed when He says, “any who are sick”? Matthew 6:10 says, “May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” So what does that mean? I thought of heaven and asked myself, “Is there sickness there?” No, there isn’t. If health is God’s will in heaven, then health must be His will down here on earth too.
Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world that was never God’s will for us. There is an enemy who works full time to steal from us and to kill and destroy us (think “sickness”), and he loves to trick us into crediting God for stuff like that. But Jesus came to destroy his works (1 John 3:8) and pay the full price for us body, mind and soul! It’s a done deal no matter what it looks like in the natural realm. James 1:17 says, “Don’t be misled … Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father … He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” God is Jehovah Rapha and that will never change. We saw His good will in action through Jesus who went around doing good, and healing ALL who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). It’s our job to really believe it and not doubt.
I’m going to take you on a little journey through three recent examples of how our family experienced Jehovah Rapha. This is not a formula for you. This is what I did; your experience may be different.
In January, four of the five members of our family came down with a nasty bout of the flu. Later I did something to my back. I couldn’t lift my right arm above my head to do my hair or put on my clothes nor could I lower my arm to pick up anything. I couldn’t turn over in bed or get out of bed without it being an unbearably painful process. This was followed by our youngest coming down with a high fever. The flu and fever left within an hour of standing on His promises and rebuking the sickness out of our home. Jehovah Rapha proved faithful to His promises and He healed us.
As for my back, well, it took a little bit longer. There were two days of pain, but I didn’t let the circumstances dictate what I believe about Jesus and what He did for all of us on the cross. God’s promises were a settled fact in my heart despite the pain I felt in the physical. I used those two days to meditate on and confess God’s healing promises. I laid hold of Psalm 103:3 that says, “He heals ALL my diseases” and 1 Peter 2:24 that says I have (past tense) been healed by His wounds. I meditated on these scriptures and visualized their reality. I examined my heart closely to make sure there wasn’t any doubt, unforgiveness, bitterness or hidden sin in there so that my prayers and confessions of faith wouldn’t be hindered. If there was, I took it to God and dealt with it. I focused on Who our Savior is through scripture and praise and worship (2 Chronicles 20 is an awesome story of the power of praise and worship to overcome the enemy!) I focused on all that He accomplished for us on the cross, and I went from barely being able to move to no pain whatsoever in an instant. Praise and thank the Lord that He is faithful and true to His promises!
I want to encourage you that if this is something that you’ve struggled with too – if this is an area where your faith needs building – then go to the Gospels to study the life of Jesus. Examine His healing ministry and see God’s will in action. I also recommend the two books I mentioned earlier: F. F. Bosworth’s Christ the Healer and Mark Brazee’s devotional, Prescription for Healing: 365 Daily Devotions.
Don’t let your mind and what is seen in the physical realm get in the way of believing that healing is an established fact for all, just as salvation is. Jesus has paid the full price!