Isaiah 53:5 – But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
When I was coming up in church, every Sunday morning, the “sick and the shut-in” were remembered in prayer. I can’t say that I felt that there was any expectation that they would be healed; but at least someone knew that they were ill and would possibly pray for them.
Well, as I’ve grown in the Word and in my walk with the Lord, I want you to know that I don’t want any cursory prayers when I am going through in my body, or when someone I know and love are going through. I want someone praying for me, who believes He is the healer!
Isaiah 53:5 has become one of my life scriptures. Jesus was wounded for my transgression, and Jesus was bruised for my inquities; the chastisement of my peace was upon Him, and with the stripes He received on His way to Calvary, I was healed!! Not once! Not twice! Not even three times!!! But numerous times and I give Him all the glory and the praise!
But not only have I been healed, but I have witnessed so many others receive healing that this truth has been etched in my heart. He’s the Healer! He doesn’t provide healing, He is healing!!
As we approach the season of “Easter” or “Resurrection Sunday” we always stop and remember Jesus, our Savior! I still get very excited over that truth. I was headed to work the other day and heard the song, “Above All” by Michael W. Smith and tears came to my eyes. I’ll quote the chorus here:
“Crucified, laid behind a stone
You lived to die, rejected and alone
Like a rose trampled on the ground
You took the fall, and thought of me
So I am eternally grateful for my salvation that came as a result of the Blood of Jesus! Hallelujah! But that blood wasn’t just shed for my salvation. NO! It was also shed for my healing! Spiritually, yes! But physically and emotionally also!
Some think it’s ridiculous to believe that God still does miracles, until they need one. Then they HOPE He still does miracles, because when we are sick or have a death sentence over us from a doctor who can do no more, we want to know that He will heal!
A few years ago, a dear friend of mine died from cancer. Our church family prayed earnestly for her healing. But yet she transitioned to heaven. We were devastated, as we believed for a miracle for her. Before she transitioned, she confessed that even so, He was her healer.
I was angry with God, as I am sure others have been throughout the centuries because my prayer wasn’t answered in the manner that I believed. And then He spoke to me in a dream:
In the dream I was on a battlefield, like in the Civil War. And I was a medic. I was helping a wounded person, when yet another needed me. As I rushed around the field helping the wounded, some died and some lived. But I didn’t stop at the ones who died, and I didn’t stop at the ones who lived for I was yet needed to help others. I then woke up!
God spoke to me and told me that I couldn’t get stuck at the fact that my dear sister and friend had died. Others still needed to hear the message that He is the Healer. Others still needed hope!
So I got over my hurt and anger and settled in my heart once and for all that He is my healer! And He wants to heal me, and He wants to heal you!!
I don’t believe God was saying He’ll heal some and not others and keep it moving! No! I don’t know why some receive and some don’t! I just know that I believe that God is the Healer and when I pray for the sick, I fully expect them all to recover. When they don’t, I just keep believing and praying!
As Easter approaches, don’t just remember the Jesus who died on the cross for your sins; remember the Jesus who paid for your healing with His life’s blood and wants to make you whole! Wonderful Jesus!