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Lesson 13 Conditions for Obtaining Healing

 

Devotional Reading:   Psalm 107:15Ė21

 

Memory Verse:           James 5:14.

 

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

 

LESSON TEXT

 

Mark 9:23. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

 

Matthew 8:13. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

 

Matthew 9:22. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

 

Mark 16:17, 18. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

James 5:13Ė16. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

COMMENTS ON THE LESSON TEXT

 

Mark 9:23. A father desires healing for his son. Jesus makes the healing conditional on believing.

Matthew 8:13. The faith of this centurion obtained healing for his servant.

Matthew 9:22. It was the touch of faith that brought healing to this woman. Others touched him but were not benefited. Jesus knew with one had touched him with faith.

Mark 16:17, 18. Healing is one of the signs following believers. Doubters will not have this sign. Laying on of hands is a means to be used in healing.

James 5:13. The afflicted are expected to pray for themselves. This frequently brings healing. V14. Those too sick to be healed through their own faith are to send for the elders. Prayer and anointing with oil are the means to be used. V15. It is God who heals through the prayer of faith. Sinners may be healed and saved at the same time. V16. Sometimes hindrances must be removed. Afterwards, the earnest prayer of faith will bring the desired result.

 

LESSON TOPIC: HOW TO GET HEALED

 

 

I. CAUSE OF DISEASES

 

In seeking a remedy it is wise to first find the cause that it may be removed.

 

1. God afflicts people.

 

A) Directly as a punishment. God so afflicted the Egyptians and other enemies of Israel. B) Indirectly by permission. God permits affliction to come upon his people for their good. This he could prevent, whatever its source. The affliction is intended to draw the afflicted nearer to God.

 

2. The devil afflicts.

 

The bent woman was bound by Satan. Various afflictions are the result of devil possession. There is a spirit of infirmity that afflicts people. Needless to say, in either of these cases physical remedies cannot be relied upon for a cure.

 

3. Physical causes.

 

Doubtless, in most cases, afflictions are due to natural causes. The violation of laws of health result in suffering and disease.

 

II. MEANS TO BE USED

 

1. Conformity to nature.

 

If natural laws are violated, thus causing disease, this should be corrected.

 

2. Obedience.

 

If affliction has come from God let there be a surrender to him or a drawing nearer to him that he may remove the hand of affliction.

 

3. Faith.

 

A) Faith for oneís self. The afflicted is expected to have faith and exercise faith if in a condition to do so. Frequently the faith of the afflicted person is successful to obtain healing. B) Faith for others. We are taught to pray one for another. Agreement in faith is very effective in bringing healing. In some instances, such as the affliction of infants, idiots, etc., the faith of others must be relied upon entirely. C) The faith of the elders. They are expected to pray the prayer of faith. The afflicted place confidence in them and look to them to exercise faith that will bring results.

 

4. Prayer.

 

Faith is essential to healing though prayer may not always be. Prayer is of great value as a medium for exercising faith and for the increase of faith. One may pray for himself or may have the prayer of faith offered to him by others.

 

5. Anointing with oil and laying on of hands.

 

These acts, in themselves, have no curative power. They are acts of obedience through which faith is exercised. They are works to be done as an expression of faith or as a help to oneís faith. These are to be done by elders, however, any one having the gift of healing may feel at liberty to do them.

 

6. Confession and repentance.

 

The confession of faults is sometimes an effective way of getting healing. A fault of some kind may hinder faith and thus hinder healing. Where s sinner is seeking healing he should come with repentance. He may then find healing and forgiveness at the same time. Perhaps some sinners are healed without getting saved but they should repent and be saved.

 

7. Obedience.

 

Naaman was required to dip seven times. The blind man must first go wash, then he came seeing. The lepers were sent to the priest to offer a sacrifice. The man with the withered hand was required to stretch forth his hand. The sick man was required to get up and take his bed. None of these acts accomplished the healing. They were required as acts of obedience expressive of faith.

 

III. THE USE OF REMEDIES

 

1. It is not divine healing.

 

A) God has no need of remedies. His power to heal is not circumscribed in any way by natural means. He heals as a direct act of the Spirit. B) Christ and the Apostles did not use them. The clay put on the blind manís eyes was not to heal him but was a test of faith and obedience. Luke, a physician, traveled with Paul, but there is no hint of his practicing medicine in connection with Paulís healings.

 

2. It is not condemned as sinful.

 

A) The Bible does not forbid their use. Some references to physicians and medicines are not very commendatory but their use is nowhere prohibited. The degree of light on healing, and the conscience of the individual, has some bearing on the question. B) There is a legitimate use. For those who have not faith for healing physicians and remedies often render good service. The services of dentist, surgeons and nurses are frequently quite necessary for Godís people as well as the world.

 

3. Is not recommended.

 

A) There is an uncertainty of drugs. B) There are ill effects of drugs. C) Faith is offered as a better way.

 

4. Does not work with divine healing.

 

A) It does not increase faith. Those who use remedies place faith in them. To that extent they lack undivided faith in God which is so much needed in healing. B) Faith does not help the remedies. Their curative powers inhere in their chemical qualities. Faith neither increases for diminishes their powers. Whatever power faith has it has independent of the remedies.

 

IV. HOW HEALING IS RECEIVED

 

1. Instantaneous or gradual.

 

In most Bible instances people were healed instantly. Some began to amend from that hour. Modern experiences show that healing may be immediate or gradual.

 

2. Partial or complete.

 

A blind man was partially healed by Christ. He returned and was healed completely. Seek complete.

 

3. Temporary or permanent.

 

Some whom Christ healed threatened with worse.