Jesus says, “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
There are believers who do not believe that God still heals today. Others believe that God only heals if you are deserving enough. And still others believe that God heals occasionally, and maybe you will be one of the “lucky-ones.”
What is so difficult about believing what the Bible says? First Peter 2:24 says that Jesus Himself, “bore our sins in His own body on the tree…” Because Jesus did that, we are viewed by God as “having died to sins” so that we might “live for righteousness”, or in other words, live righteously.
The climax of this single verse says, “by whose stripes you were healed.” This is a past tense phrase stating that we “were healed.” It was the previous act of the sufferings of Christ Jesus that paid for our healing. In the Greek text of this verse, it says, “by whose (black eye) or blow mark, we may-be-being-healed.” What the writer is saying is that healing was released at the cross, through the “blow mark” or stripes placed on the back and or body of Jesus. And through that very act, we are-being-healed, or in other words, the flow of healing is continuously released from the cross.
People must decide to believe that healing belongs to them, based on the Biblical fact that Jesus paid for your right to be-being-healed. However, many have had real life experiences where doubt, unbelief or even fear has held up their healing, and they have decided that healing doesn’t work.
No matter what you are experiencing or have experienced, what do you believe? Do you believe that Jesus paid for your right to be healed? If so, then why do you let go of what belongs to you every time the enemy comes at you with lies that say, ‘God will not heal you, because you have been too bad.’
You may say, ‘I’m just looking at the facts.’ The things you see with your eyes, hear with your ears or even feel with your hands are natural facts, and natural facts do change. But supernatural facts never change, which those are written in God’s Word.
In Mark 11:24 Jesus said, “whatsoever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” The KJV says, “What things soever ye desire…” Do you have desires? Many Christian’s desire and are hopeful to see everything written in God’s Word come to pass in their lives. Believers want to see God supply all of their needs as stated in the scriptures. They want to see the bodies of their children healed and their own healing manifest.
But, notice what Jesus said; “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe.” Are you willing to believe what Jesus said? In order to believe what Jesus said, you must also believe what Jesus did. And Jesus not only bore your sins in His own body on the cross, so that you could live righteously; but He also took your sickness and disease so that by His “(black eye) or blow mark, we may-be-being-healed.” Or, “by whose stripes you were (past tense) healed.”
You may say, ‘I want to believe.’ Well, ask yourself this question: ‘Do I really believe that Jesus suffered and died for me…’ If your answer is “Yes”, then are you willing to believe God to do, exactly what His Word says that He will do for you? And how long are you willing to believe it? It took God at least 5,000 years plus (from Adam to Jesus), to send His only begotten Son, to die for all mankind (John 3:16). And in His sufferings, your healing was also paid for in full, so that “whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” When you remove the italics (which may have been added after the translation was finished), you are left with “believe that you receive, and you will have.”
When I am battling any symptoms in my body, I acknowledge what’s wrong. If it is some type of pain I will say, “My head hurts, but I believe I am healed by the stripes of Jesus”. I receive my healing the moment I pray and I immediately believe that I am healed by the stripes of Jesus.
Some folks think that we “faith-people” deny the fact that symptoms exist. I am not calling things that are as though they are not. Denial is not faith. I simply call things that do not yet exist, as though they already exist (Romans 4:17). Therefore, I believe that I Am Healed by “(black eye) or blow mark” that Jesus took for me. I believe I am (past tense) healed”, therefore, I receive the promise of healing, by faith. …Think about it!
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