Summary: Walking in divine health is a daily discipline focused on Jesus Christ our healer.
Our health is something we deal with every day of our life. Our health determines what we do or do not do on any given day. It is the most significant aspect of our life. If you have your health, nothing else really matters that much.
Some today do not believe healing is for our day. They recognize that in the past God did some marvelous healing. That is not for us today. We live in a different dispensation.
My question is simply this. Why would God neglect such an important part of our life? Why would He be interested in everything else, but not in our health?
I know many do not believe in divine healing for the simple reason that it has been one of the most abused doctrines in the Bible. Certainly, I will admit, many people have abused the doctrine of healing making it something that our Lord never intended it to be made.
Nevertheless, I refuse to surrender any doctrine because somebody abuses it. I want to get to the core of that doctrine and understand what is behind it and what God has in it for me.
One of the most outstanding activities of Jesus in the Gospels is His healing ministry. In the book of Luke, there are 15 instances of healing. If you look at them all, you will notice that healing was not a spiritual “template” to be used on every occasion. Each person or group of people, were dealt with according to their present situation.
Healings in the book of Luke.
1. 4:31-37 = The man with an Unclean Demon
2. 4:38-41 = Jesus Heals Many
3. 5:12-16 = Jesus cleanses a Leper
4. 5:17-26 = Jesus heals a Paralytic
5. 6:6-11 = A man with a Withered Hand
6. 6:17-19 = Jesus ministers to a Great Multitude
7. 7:1-10 = Jesus heals a Centurion's Servant
8. 7:11-17 = Jesus raises a widow’s son
9. 8:26-39 = Jesus heals a man with a Demon
10. 8:40-56 = Jesus heals a Woman And Jarius' Daughter
11. 9:37-43 = Jesus heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
12. 13:10-17 = A Woman With A disabling Spirit
13. 14:1-6 = Healing of a man on the Sabbath
14. 17:11-19 = Jesus cleanses 10 Lepers
15. 18:35-43 = Jesus heals a Blind Beggar
We will have occasion to look at these in a variety of contexts but today I just want to introduce the whole subject of healing. A big subject, I grant you. The subject needs to be studied and understood as the Holy Spirit gives us light.
Walking in divine health is a daily discipline focused on Jesus Christ our Healer. When we focus on our problem, we rarely see our solution.
I want to begin with the first words recorded on Jesus and the Gospels. “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).
The KJV says, “How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
The assumption on Jesus’ part was that they should have known His purpose. Where else would you look for Him except “in my Father’s house”? It was a natural thing for Him.
From this, I would put forth the suggestion that walking with Jesus is a daily discipline that carries with it appropriate blessings. One of the blessings I want to focus on today is, Divine Health.
I refer to it as Divine Health because it is a daily discipline. Often we only think that a person needs healing if they had some obvious sickness or health issue. We need to look at it in a different light. We need to look at it as our daily strength and health each day coming from the person and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Not only the sick need to find health, but each of us every day, every moment of the day, need to be experiencing the divine health, strength, and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We have become a culture dependent on artificial means to sustain ourselves. If anything happens the first thing we do, pop a pill. I will be the first to acknowledge medical science has done a marvelous job in developing the drugs necessary to deal with certain health issues. No problem here. Doctors and medications have been a great blessing to people throughout the years.
Dr. A. B. Simpson, who was the primary force in divine healing in a former generation made this comment. “If you don’t have the faith for the healing get the best doctor you can afford.” He was not saying that in a derogatory manner.
Believing in divine health does not rule out doctors or medicine. This is a very hard balance to make and nobody can tell you how to do it. Work this out for yourself.