Healing Points Part 2
Sermon Summary
This is the second part of a two part series on the topic of healing. This part deals primarily with the issue of physical healing, a Biblical understanding of how physical healing works and some of the erroneous doctrines that have been taught down through the years. The points dealt with in this message are: Jesus allowed human need to interrupt His agenda, Jesus healed because of the presence of faith, not the amount of faith, It's not always God's will to heal physically in this life, Jesus never made a spectacle out of the people He healed, Jesus healed physically because of compassion, but spiritual healing remained His priority.

Community Group Questions
1. Jesus always allowed human need to interrupt His agenda. Have you embraced His example or do you find it sometimes difficult to deal with the interruptions?

2. Has there ever been a time you asked God for physical healing for you or for someone else? While God hears every sincere prayer, His answer may not be what we prayed for. How have you dealt with this from a faith standpoint? Paul had to deal with this...
2 Cor 12:7  To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
2 Cor 12:8  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
2 Cor 12:9  But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
2 Cor 12:10  That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

3. While God sometimes answers our prayers for healing in a miraculous way, and at other times by using doctors, and medicines, there are occasions where He chooses to give a miraculous grace and strength to endure a sickness. The sickness may end in a person passing away from this life. While we don’t know the answers to the inevitable questions of why, a huge part of faith is trusting the heart and will of God! Read the following verses, and although they may not directly relate to physical healing, discuss the difference this kind of trust has when a person faces physical illness.
Prov 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Prov 3:6  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Mat 6:25  "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Mat 6:26  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Mat 6:27  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And then these selected verses from the Psalmist...
Psa 31:9  Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.
Psa 31:10  My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak...
Psa 31:14  But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."
Psa 31:15  My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.
Psa 31:16  Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

4. Some have taught that it is the amount of faith that matters while Jesus said you only need a mustard seed of faith to cast a mountain into the sea. In your own words, explain why it’s more important how big and great your God is as apposed to how big and great your faith is.
Eph 2:8  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
Eph 2:9  not by works, so that no one can boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.



Full Sermon Notes

Healing Points Part 2

"Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord!"

I don't want anything to overcome me but the presence and power of The Holy Spirit of God! Why? Because The Holy Spirit of God desires to draw me and lead me to experience the love and purpose of God! Sometimes people come to God for what God can do for them, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but God desires a people who will come to God for God and not just what He can do for them! Just to be with Him, to fellowship with Him, to hear His voice. When people came to Jesus for physical healing, Jesus had compassion on them and healed them.

But we must never forget that Jesus knew they had other needs that greatly exceeded their need for physical healing. They desperately needed spiritual healing. Healing from the devastating effects of sin. They wanted to be healed physically so they could live more life on this earth, and again, that's not a bad thing, but we need to come to the place where we realize Jesus is life! Jesus told Martha, Lazarus' sister, you know, Lazarus, Jesus' friend who had died and who Jesus was going to raise from the dead, Jesus told her this...

John 11:25b ...“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

And the Psalmist had discovered that a relationship with God was the most important thing in life...

Psalm 63:3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Let's pray and ask God to teach us this morning the truth of His Holy Word about physical healing, and that we will never forget all the physical health in the world means nothing if we are spiritually unhealthy without a growing relationship with our Creator God!
Let's pray...

"Father God I cry out to You this morning for the presence of Your Holy Spirit to overwhelm each of us with Your truth, Your love, Your peace, and yes, Your healing. We know from Your Word that spiritual healing is our greatest healing need! It is the greatest need in our world. As we continue to hear about the humanitarian crisis cased by the spiritual darkness of such groups as ISIS, we pray for the hundreds of thousands of refugees and ask you to help the Christian church worldwide to step up to the plate and be the hands and feet of Jesus to those hurting people.

And when it comes to our own physical wellbeing we pray Your will be done and believe You will give the health and strength we need to live our lives for Your Glory! I know it is a matter of faith to submit to Your will and Your direction for our lives. I pray we will hold on to our faith even when we can't understand the harsh realities of this world! You are greater than anything this old world can throw at us! You are all powerful and You use that power in our lives to accomplish Your divine will. And when our jobs are finished here, we are excited to receive our call home and pray that we will hear the words, "Well done my good and faithful servant!" Hide me behind the Cross of Christ today and let us see and hear from You! In Jesus name, Amen.

Ok, last week we looked at three healing points. Let me share them with you by way of review...

Healing Point # 1
Our greatest healing need has to do with a disease called Sin!

Healing Point # 2
Jesus physically healed because He cared, He could, and to prove a point!

Healing Point # 3
Jesus calls out to the spiritually sick, but they have to answer the call!

Let's open our Bibles to Matthew 9:18ff.
Right after Jesus made His statement about calling the spiritually sick to be healed He was approached by some of John the Baptist's disciples who had questions about the difference in practices between the Pharisees and Jesus' disciples. Jesus alluded to the fact that the old religious establishment was unwilling and therefore incapable of understanding and receiving the new message of Jesus! While He was talking He was interrupted by a cry for help! Listen...

Matthew 9:18 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”
19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.
21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.

Healing Point # 4
Jesus allowed human need to interrupt His agenda!

Have you ever noticed this? Jesus didn't say, "Sorry, I can't help you right now, I'm in the middle of very important theological lesson!" No! Jesus knew it was one thing to talk about religious things, but it was quite another thing to put ones beliefs into practice! Something the religious leaders had missed. They practiced religious ritual but ignored the human needs all around them. Jesus address this with them on numerous occasions.

Matthew 23:2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do,
for they do not practice what they preach.
4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.  
5 “Everything they do is done for men to see...

I pray we never become like that! I pray we will always be moved and motivated by human need, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs!

Healing Point # 5
Jesus healed because of the presence of faith, not the amount of faith!

Matthew 9:22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said,
“your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.

Now, there's no doubt this woman had great faith. She thought, "if I can only touch the edge of His cloak!" But it was not the amount of faith, but the fact she had faith that was the key. People down through the years have tried to make a connection with healing and the amount of faith a person has. This error in thinking has had tragic consequences. People are led to believe if they pray and ask for healing and they don't get healed it's because they don't have enough faith. This has led many to endure their entire illness far away from the peace of God because they've been taught their faith was weak, and flawed. Therefore they think they're not right with God and can't really be close to God, because if their faith was big enough they would always be healed! You might ask me why I believe it's not  the amount of faith but that you have faith that counts. Let me show you. We're going to look at two accounts of a story of healing and at first you might think it's about the amount of faith.

However, if you look a little closer you'll discover it's more about who your faith trusts in than how much faith you have. Matthew 17:14ff

Matthew 17:14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him.
15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly.
He often falls into the fire or into the water.
16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
17 “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”
18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ’”

At first glance it seems that Jesus is teaching about having a boatload of faith, but He is really saying they didn't really believe at all, because if they had faith even as small as a mustard seed they could cast a mountain into the sea! You must look at the whole context. In verse 17 He said "O unbelieving and perverse generation."

One more thing about this. Mark shared the same story in his gospel and gave us additional information.

Mark 9:21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.
22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

That amazes me. The man basically said, "I do believe, but it's hard and there's a part of me that doesn't believe!"
God loves honesty! Jesus healed the boy.
So it's not how much faith, but that you have faith, no matter how small. Now I want to tell you this...

I don't understand why God sometimes answers prayers for healing and works a miracle and other times prayers seem unanswered. Let me say this, prayers may be unanswered as we would like them answered, but they are never unheard. When a person sincerely prays, God hears those prayers. But God sees and knows things we can't know and this is where faith really comes to play. We must be willing to let God know what we want, but be willing to trust that His will and His heart are pure. I've seen God work miracles that I couldn't explain. He can certainly set aside all the physical laws of nature and work a miracle.

I believe with all my heart, when a person asks for a miraculous healing, God will answer that prayer either by working through the doctors and medicines to heal, or He may work an unexplainable miracle, or He may choose to give the person a miraculous grace and strength to endure through the sickness or malady! Remember the words of Paul the apostle?

2 Corinthians 12:7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Healing Point # 6
It's not always God's will to heal physically in this life!

Hebrews 9:27...man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

When a person says it's always God's will to heal if the person has enough faith they must deal with this verse. Even the people Jesus healed and the ones He brought back to life eventually died a physical death. But those who had accepted His spiritual healing from sin were eternally saved and live to this very day in glory with our Lord! The belief that it is always God's will to heal from physical sickness if the person has enough faith, can only lead to the erroneous conclusion that the sick person failed in their faith. I cannot accept this not only because of God's Word, but because of the great persons of faith I've personally witnessed graduate to heaven through an illness. And their faith did not weaken as they neared the end, it was so strong it was palatable, and a great inspiration to others just how valuable it is to trust God even when it comes your time to leave this old world. And that verse...

Hebrews 9:27...man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

A person of faith knows they don't have to fear death, because Jesus defeated death and the grave on the cross and since Jesus took our judgement on the cross, when we stand before the judgement throne, Jesus will step forward and say, "Father, I took his judgement! I took her judgement! I took their punishment! They are covered, cleansed, forgiven, restored, redeemed, healed.
And this leads us to another healing point from our text...

Healing Point # 7
Jesus never made a spectacle out of the people He healed!

Matthew 9:23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd,
24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.
25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.
26 News of this spread through all that region.
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;
30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”
31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

Jesus put the crowd outside and healed the little girl! Jesus went inside and then healed the blind men! He even told them not to tell anyone! He didn't want people to follow Him just because He could heal them physically. He wanted them to follow Him because of the truth He taught. It's the same today.

God's not weird! He wants people to follow Him, to love Him, to desire a relationship with Him, not because of what He can do for them, but because of who He is. He is their creator and the lover of their soul! He is the One who allowed His one and only Son to be sacrificed for their sin so they could be restored, and spiritually healed! Let me say this…I believe God's Word teaches and it has been my experience that God will give a person of faith, no matter how small or great, all the physical health and healing they need to accomplish everything God has called them to do on this planet. If you desire to accomplish God's will for your life, there's no sickness, no cancer, no accident, or anything else that will keep you from doing just that!

And when your work is accomplished, no matter how God calls you home, you can rejoice in knowing you've graduated with honors and will live out eternity in a place where there is no more sickness, sorrow, injustice, war, pain, or death! In the mean time live out God's purpose each and every day with great anticipation! Five years ago, I had a medical procedure and there were a few issues. I had the same procedure Friday. I didn't know what they would find, but by faith I decided no matter what, I would continue to trust God to give me the all the health I need to continue doing His work until He is ready to call me home! Faith is not saying "God, you must heal me and give me perfect health!" Faith is saying…"God I place my life in your hands and desire to serve you no matter what life throws at me!" The Doc said I had been a good boy and there were no issues this time and I could wait ten years before I have to take the test again! Thank You Lord!!

One last healing point...

Healing Point # 8
Jesus healed physically because of compassion, but spiritual healing remained His priority!

Matthew 9:32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.
33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

So a man who had a spiritual and physical problem was brought to Jesus. He was demon possessed and couldn't talk. Remember we learned last week that a person's sickness doesn't mean they've done something wrong that caused the sickness or that they are being punished by God for their sin. However, we must not be so naive to think that anger, hate, bitterness, excessive worry, selfishness, greed, lust, and the like don't have a physical effect on our bodies. Sin exacts a price on the soul, mind and body! Sin has temporal and eternal consequences. Jesus saw this and it broke His heart.

Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus had come to bring spiritual healing for an eternity and the physical healing needed to accomplish our earthly task.

Matthew 9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

And as Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching and preaching the good news of the kingdom, He healed emotional wounds when He touched the leper. He healed racial wounds when He drank water from the cup of a mixed race Samaritan women. He healed injustice when He told the woman caught in the act of adultery, who had been brought into public to be stoned but the man had been let go, "neither do I condemn you! Go and leave your life of sin!"
He healed the broken hearts of Martha and Mary when He raised their brother Lazarus from the dead. But Jesus wept! Maybe He wept because Lazarus was being recalled from the wonders of Heaven to have to face death a second time on earth. I don't know. But this I do know God is a God of healing. How He decides to use that healing power in my life physically is something I completely trust Him with!

When I pray for healing, for me or someone else, I always pray in faith knowing that God has the power to do all things, but I always pray for God's will to be done, trusting by faith in God's goodness and mercy in all things. C.S. Lewis said this in his book called "The Problem of Pain"...
C.S. Lewis

I will close with God's Word in Romans 8:35-39
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let's pray!