God not only wants to heal, He loves to heal! It is His will and delight to take those who are sick, afflicted, and tormented because of this fallen world and raise them up in newness of life. He reveals Himself to Israel as Jehovah-Rapha, “the God who heals you” and discloses himself to Moses on Sinai saying:
“The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” – Exodus 34:6-7
Ultimately, the ministry of healing is about the declaration of this name among the nations of the earth. Through the ministry of healing the Father wants to make Himself known as the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth. Healing is about the knowledge of God and His obtaining glory for Himself through the lives of His servants.
This is why teaching on healing and the ministry of healing are vital areas for the church to operate, and are strongly contested by the enemy. Jesus came and revealed the Father and one of the foundational works that testified about who Jesus was as the Son of God, and the nature of the Father who sent Him, was His ministry of healing. We see through the healing ministry of Jesus the compassion, mercy, and love of the Father. So it should be with the Church. Our ministry of healing should be putting the character of the Father on display!
We have been commissioned by Jesus to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to all creation, and promised that the sign of healing will accompany our proclamation. God wants to release a testimony of Zion, and the future prosperity, life, and health that will be among the community of the redeemed who will dwell in the Father’s House! Healing is a taste of the powers of the age to come, the time when the Kingdom of Heaven will reside on earth with Jesus upon its throne in Jerusalem. Yet today Jesus is set upon His Heavenly throne, and is before His Father continually making intercession on our behalf. It is therefore the right of every citizen of the Kingdom to be governed by the desires of the Heavenly King and not by the rulers of this age.
Jesus on the cross paid the price for our healing, salvation, and deliverance from all the powers of this fallen world and their works of darkness – including sickness. He desired our healing so much, He gave his back to the scourge. So that, “by his stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5. He has purchased us mind, body, and spirit and has a plan for our complete redemption, so we must fight the good fight of faith against any manifestation of this present evil age in our lives, wether sickness or sin. Jesus wants us to press in by faith to fully possess all He died on the cross to purchase.
It is the Father’s highest will that as ambassadors on earth of His Heavenly Kingdom, we would not suffer from the consequences of the curse, whether it is oppression, sin, or sickness. God wants it to be on earth as it is in Heaven, and there is no disease in Heaven! The most powerful truth is not what we see with our eyes, but the Word of God declares His will to be. The apostle John prays boldly (inspired by the Spirit of God), “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” 3 John 1:2. This is God’s will concerning our healing.