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GOD made provision for His people in every area of their lives. In Heb­rews 13:8 we read,


"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."


When Jesus was on this earth He walked about doing good. He had power. He was concerned about people and He was very much inter­ested in relieving their suffering. He showed great love and compassion, and He is still the same. He heals the sick and delivers the afflicted.


One of the stones in the foundation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is divine healing. Some people think that that is outdated, but I know from personal experience and the experience of many people with whom I have had contact, that God does heal yet this very day. The devil tries to hinder, but God has more power than the devil, and it is a reality that the Lord can and does heal.


Exodus 15:25 speaks of when the Children of Israel needed water. What they found was bitter, and Moses called on God for help:


"And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the wa­ters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee" (Exodus 15:25,26).


"I am the LORD that healeth thee." He said, "I am." And the tense makes a lot of difference. Some people say, "The Lord used to heal." Let us realize that the Lord still heals and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Psalm 34:19 says,


"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."


Some people have a mistaken idea that if you get saved, and espe­cially when you get sanctified, that will be the end of all afflictions, and if you do have any problems with the body, it is a sign you have sinned. That isn't what the Bible says. God said, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous." Does that frighten you? Not if you read the rest of the verse. He adds, "But the LORD delivereth him out of them all." The God we serve is all-powerful.


Think who made the body and how intricate it is: the digestive system, the circulatory system, the nervous system. And people have the audacity to say that it all just happened! There was a Divine Designer who knew what He was doing when He created us, and He still knows His business today and is interested in us to take care of us. It is wonder­ful that He can be "touched with the feelings of our infirmities." He knows how we feel. And how we feel physically sometimes has an effect upon our spirituality.


When some people are afflicted they draw very near to the Lord, and it is a blessing. David said, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted." Why? He learned the power of God. He experienced the pres­ence of God. He found that God cared and was interested.'


Psalm 68:19 is a very interesting verse:


"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits."


When I was a young man, I used to drive a dump truck. My boss would send me to the gravel pit to load the truck and haul the gravel to a paving plant where the gravel was mixed with asphalt for paving. I would back in under the bunker and pull the lever, and down came the gravel and filled the truck.


When I read this verse, I just say, "Lord, I'm going to back up to Your bunker and You load me." And He does it. We are the ones who "pull the lever" by faith. God has the blessings and He is willing for us to have them, but it is up to us to believe, and appropriate the promises of God. He said, "According to your faith be it unto you." So when we be­lieve, God works.


You will notice that there are often some provisos along with God's promises: "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land" (Isaiah 1:19). The Bible tells us that if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence toward God. Go to a psychiatrist and he says the problem is that there is a guilt complex. But the psychiatrists can't forgive your sins. Jesus can. And when your sins are forgiven, it engenders faith in your life. The Bible tells us that "faith cometh by hear­ing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). God's Word is uplifting, encouraging. It is strengthening and helpful. You are happy when you obey it. The Psalmist knew what he was talking about because he had had many, many experiences.


"Bless the LORD, 0 my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name" (Psalm 103:1).


It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. And when you praise the Lord and thank Him for what He has done, He will do more for you.


"Bless the LORD, 0 my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalm 103:2).


Heart trouble is a very great malady in our land. But the worst kind of heart condition is not a failure of one's heart to pump, but a fail­ure of one's heart to believe and repent. When we believe and repent from the heart we have a new lease on life. Old things pass away and all things become new. We have the opportunity to love and serve God. In the 3rd verse David said,


"Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases."


The Gospel is positive. The Lord makes it very clear and plain that blessings, healings, experiences, safety, security, health and strength, accrue to the account of the believer who trusts God and obeys His Word. I love to sing, "Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."


God honors faith and obedience. He said that He "forgiveth all thine iniquities." When they are gone you feel better immediately. And "who healeth all thy diseases." There they go! You may ask me, "Have you ever had any afflictions? Have you ever really hurt? Do you know what you are talking about?" In fifty-four years of serving the Lord, God has been a very present help in my times of trouble. Husbands and wives need the healing touch, need to have faith for the healing of their children and to give them confidence to trust the Lord. Grandmothers and grand­fathers need the touch. The Lord has it, and He is there to answer the cry of His people.


"Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies;

"Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's" (Psalm 103:4,5).


The Lord is able to renew our strength. Isaiah said, "They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31). How's that for the power of God? Isn't that encouraging?


In Psalm 105:37, we are told of the miracle that God performed when Israel left Egypt. Jacob and his family numbered less than a hundred people when they moved to Egypt, but when they came out there were 600,000 men, besides women and children. If the average Jewish family at that time was five, which is very conservative, five times 600,000 is 3,000,000 people. They were of all ages from babes to seniors. But listen to what this verse says:


"He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes" (Psalm 105:37).


Talk about a miracle-working God! We know Him! Consider three million people of all ages and there was not a feeble person among them! I say that is a miracle of God. He was interested in Israel, but that is only part of the story. He is interested in us this very moment. And He wants to do great and wonderful things for us.


In another place in Scripture we read that the Lord sent His Word and He healed them. Do you realize that the Word of God is a healing balm? The more we understand it, the more faith we have. He said that "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." If we read more of God's Word and less of other things that we are surrounded with, we will have more faith. It is a Book that's alive. Haven't you in your morning devotions opened the Book at times and started to read, and there found the answer to the question of the day before you ever got started? Have you ever had the experience, when going through a hard trial, the enemy coming in like a flood, of God's giving you a verse of Scripture that solved your problem? He said He would lead and guide us into all truth by His Holy Spirit. Oh, we need that Guide!


God's way is the right way. It is God's Heaven we are going to. If we want to get to Heaven, we'll have to go by God's Book. It is the only Book that will save our souls. The Word of God reveals to us God's interest and care for each one of us, so let's saturate our lives with God's Holy Word.


Let us read Isaiah 53, beginning with the first verse:


"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."


It breaks our heart as we continue reading this:


"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sor- rows, and acquainted with grief. . . ."


Who? The Lord of Glory, the co-Creator of Heaven and earth. The Savior, the One who was willing to give His life a ransom for all of us. And the very men whom He created despised and rejected Him. Isn't that a heartbreak?


When you say, "Nobody has ever been through what I've been through," look down and you'll see the footprints of Jesus going ahead of you. He's been there. He knows how to help His people. Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you. Why worry when you can pray? God is always only a prayer away.


.and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sor- rows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

"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" (Isaiah 53:1- 5).

That is present tense! That is important! Now remember, Isaiah may have written this something like seven hundred years before Christ ever appeared on the scene, but he said of Jesus, "with his stripes we are healed."


If you trust God in everything in your life, when a problem comes you will keep on trusting Him; and you will have the victory again. Your faith grows as you practice trusting God.


When we trust God in every facet of our lives, we are very much interested in God's will for us; we are in a position to know that God will not leave us. He'll be there to deliver us.


When David volunteered to fight Goliath, the king wanted to put his armor on David. What did David tell Saul? He said, "The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." Saul was quivering in his boots, shaking — so was all Israel. And remember, Saul was head and shoulders above all the rest of the people, but he was scared. David took one look at that giant and said, "With the power of God we can have the victory for Israel." So he wound up that sling and God directed the stone, and down went Goliath.


God can give you the victory over every "giant" in your life if you will trust Him like David trusted Him. Trust in God is vitally important to our spiritual well-being. In fact, precious old Job said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him" (Job 13:15). It is a wonderful thing to fall into the arms of a loving God. And when you put your trust in God, He has your problem.


We take our problems to the Lord. If someone comes to me with a problem, I tell him: "I'll help you take it to the Lord in prayer. We'll pray and God will deliver." We take our burdens to the Lord and leave them there until He answers prayer.


In Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple, he said: "There hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant." Think of that for a moment. He said that not one of God's good promises has ever failed us. That means that God's promises are still in force, and they are powerful. They are effective today, and if we believe them we can get the results. In Malachi 4:2 we read:


"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings."


Isn't it a marvel how much there is in the Bible about healing? The Word of God brings faith into our lives. It is much more important what God says than what we say. And God's Word says here that He will rise "with healing in his wings."


Have you ever pled the Blood of Jesus when you were hurting? I had been saved only a few weeks when my precious old auntie, my dad's older sister who was very much interested that I stay on the Rock, said, "Norman, do you know how to plead the Blood?" I said, "Aunt Iva, I think I do, but you tell me some more." I needed all the help I could get. "Well," she said, "just remember that when Jesus died on the Cross and shed His Blood, it was for our healing and salvation. The devil can't get through that Blood; and when you plead the Blood of Jesus against the devil in a temptation or trial, or in sickness, and that Blood of Jesus flows over your heart and soul, over your mind and body, you have the victory over the devil." I think that was good advice — it has lasted fifty-four years. And I appreciate the fact that we can plead the Blood today.


The Blood of Calvary is important; only through it do we have salvation. There is no alternative. If you do not serve God, whom do you serve? Let's be very sure that we are serving God.


"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

"And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases [that means various diseases] and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them" (Matthew 4:23,24).


Jesus did that when He walked the shores of Galilee some two thousand years ago. Isaiah said seven hundred years before that, "with his stripes we are healed." Here they brought all of their sick to Jesus and He healed them.

By Rev N. Allen


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