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GOD'S PLAN OF HEALTH & HEALING FOR THE WHOLE MAN

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Sermon shared by Herman Abrahams

August 2007
Summary: • One of the covenant names of God is in Ex 15:26, where the Lord says: I AM THE LORD THAT HEALS YOU.” Hebrew ‘Jehovah Rapha’ = The Lord our Healer.
Series: HEALING
Denomination: Charismatic
Audience: Believer adults
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– JESUS IS THE WORD
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A) PROV 4:20-22

[NIV] 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. (NIV)

[KJV] My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh (Kings James version).

• Through His Word, God promises us that He would be medicine which would bring health to all our flesh.
• We need to believe God’s word and take it as our medicine – the condition is that we walk according to His will.
• When a doctor gives a person medicine, directions for taking it are on the bottle – this is what is happening in this portion of scripture.

VS 22: “Health to all their flesh" - This means health to one’s total physical body.

N.B. The alternative translation for the word ‘health’ is ‘medicine’.


B) DEREK PRINCE TESTIMONY (Miraculously healed by God after no medical treatment could help him)

‘I saw very clearly that there were four specific directions for taking God’s word as medicine for the physical body. These are the directions:

1. Attend to my words.
2. Incline thine ear unto my sayings (‘listen closely to what I am saying’ NIV).
3. Let them not depart from thine eyes.
4. Keep them in the midst of thine heart.

“I began to read the Bible three times every day, after meals, because that is how people normally take medicine. I said, "God, you have said that these words of yours will be medicine to all my flesh and I am taking them as my medicine now, in the name of Jesus." Within a few months, God’s medicine, taken that way, achieved the result God promised. I was totally healthy in every area of my body.’ (Derek Prince).

“The directions that are on God’s medicine bottle are simple but very effective" says Derek Prince.


3. REGULAR DOSAGES OF GOD’S WORD WILL INCREASE MY FAITH FOR HEALING.
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• PROV 4:20-21 “attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.”

If I must do all the above, I’m going to need regular dosages of the Word of God – this will increase my faith for healing.

Rom 10:17
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

KJV: 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

PLEASE TURN TO YOUR NEIGHBOUR AND SAY:
“faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”


4. GOD’S WORD IS POWERFUL TO HEAL US
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It is not a “dead letter” as some religious sects would want us to believe.

A} Hebrews 4:11 –13 (main emphasis vs 12)

11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything
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