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Summary: Isaiah 53: 4-5 says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: 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


Dr. D. K. Olukoya

Isaiah 53: 4-5 says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: 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.” The above passage is in the past tense because it was a settled case. God wants to touch you and heal you everywhere you are hurting. That is His own will.

Many years ago, a certain man was celebrating his 60th birthday. People brought cakes, wonderful cards and so many other things as gifts. He was a multi-millionaire but was on a wheel chair. After sometime, the people gathered round him and started to sing a song to wish him a happy birthday. Then one of the guests said to him, “Sir, make a birthday wish.” The man said, “What good is it to be rich if I am forever going to be on this wheel chair. I want to get out of this wheel chair.” There are sicknesses and there are sicknesses.

Money cannot buy you health. It may buy you drugs but cannot buy the medicine from above, which God gives free of charge. Unfortunately, there are more sick people in the world today more than ever before in history. At a time when there are more doctors, more medicine and more hospitals, yet more people are sick. There are more hospitals, more clinics, more and better medical equipment, more and better techniques both in developed and under-developed countries, yet there are more sick people. I never could believe that a day would come in developed countries when the hospital beds would be so full that patients would be arranged on the corridor and the doctors would not be able to diagnose the problem of the majority of the people.

In the past, people used to think that only people from countries that are over-crowded and poor or where they are very superstitious suffer from diseases and sicknesses. Now, things have changed. Even comfortable people who are very rich have their own diseases such as heart disease, overweight, cancer, etc. So there are various grades of sickness. One of our pastors abroad told me that one day, somebody who was a pilot phoned him and said, “Hello sir, are you the pastor of MFM?” “Yes,” the pastor answered. He said, “Anything you know how to say begin to say it now, because I have a gun and I'm about to blow my brain out.” God helped the pastor and he was able to convince him not to kill himself. That is another kind of sickness. It is not a Nigerian one; not many Nigerians would want to shoot their brains out.

The only way out is through God’s word which is filled with healing from cover to cover. Exodus 15: 26 says, “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.” This was a life-saving guarantee to the Israelites. This promise was so effective that many many years later, David could say in Psalm 105:37, “He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” None of them was sick.

Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 58: 6 declares as follows: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” Verse 8 says, “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.” There is living healing power in the word of God. Proverbs 4: 20-22 says, “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.” Another version of the Bible says, “…And medicine to all their flesh.” You find this spread out through scriptures. That was in the Old Testament. Now, we have a better covenant.

In fact, one out of every seven verses in the gospel is about healing. Jesus Himself devoted two third of His time ministering to the sick, all kinds of sicknesses ranging from spiritual leprosy, which is sin to physical sicknesses. Look at the powerful scripture in Acts 10: 38. It says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Matthew 8:16 says, “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” Matthew 9: 35 says, “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Matthew 12: 15 says, “But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence. And great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.”

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