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And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
(Matt. 15: 30-31)

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.
(Acts 10:38)

And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?
(Luke 13:16)
God's people were under the yoke of Satan. God sent Jesus to destroy Satan's work in their lives. Jesus operated as a prophet under the Abrahamic Covenant (Matthew 13:57). The people Jesus ministered to had a covenant of healing with God, but they did not walk in the light of it. As heirs of Abraham, they should have been free.

Jesus could not be against sin without being against disease. His Father's Word opposed disease; therefore, Jesus opposed disease. Satan is the source of both. You cannot be against one and not the other.

Jesus preached deliverance to them and healed all that were oppressed by the devil. He taught them their covenant rights. He freed the people from evil spirits and healed their bodies of disease. He broke the yoke of Satan's oppression wherever He found it.

The woman who was bowed over and could not lift herself came to Him for help. Jesus laid His hands on her, and she immediately was made straight. His attitude was that this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound for eighteen years, should be loosed. This was continually His response to the people that came to Him for help.

Sickness is a work of Satan. Jesus, fulfilling the will of God, stopped the effect of disease at every turn.

A great multitude of people...came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all (Luke 6:17-19). Jesus—the expression of God's will—never refused to heal anyone. Power (or virtue) was continually going forth from Him to heal all. Healing power was available to anyone who would receive it.

He never asked God if it were His will to heal an individual. He knew what God's attitude toward sickness was. He harbored no doubt about His will in healing the multitudes.

The only record of anything hindering Jesus from accomplishing the will of God in the lives of His people occurred in Nazareth. Because it was His hometown, the people gave no honor to the ministry of Jesus; the Bible says, And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

It was not God's will that stopped the work but their will—their unbelief. They were not willing to receive from the man they considered to be the carpenter's son.

When Jesus sent His disciples out, he instructed them to "preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick" (Luke 9:2). He placed no limitation on the sick—any sick were to be healed if they would receive it. He told them to freely give what they had received.

The Scriptures have shown us beyond doubt that Jesus fulfilling the will of God, offered healing unconditionally during His ministry on the earth.

Let's take one example from Acts to demonstrate the attitude of the early church toward sickness. (Note: the early church was not one church and the church today another. The body of Christ today, made up of all born-again people, is still the same church that came into existence on the day of Pentecost. What applied to the church at Jerusalem still applies to the church at Fort Worth.) There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one (Acts 5:16).

Jesus told no one that he should keep his disease because God was trying to teach him something through sickness. Not one in all the vast throngs and multitudes were told that God wanted him to stay sick in order to give Him glory. No, the Scripture tells us that healing brings glory to God—not sickness. The people glorified the God of Israel when they saw the dumb speak, the maimed be made whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see (Matthew 15:31).

Never did anyone come to Jesus for healing and receive, "It is not God's will to heal you," for an answer. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed (Matthew 8:2,3). Jesus straightened out the leper's theology in just two words, "I will." Healing is God's will or Jesus would not have healed all who came to Him.

We know with God there is no breach or deviation—no change. We know He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). The ministry of Jesus is evidence of that.

The Bible teaches us a good tree can only bear good fruit. Jesus said that a good tree cannotbear evil fruit (Matthew 7:18).

God is good. He could not be the source of any sickness. It is an abomination to His nature of love for people to believe God made them sick.

Every evil, corrupt fruit is from Satan. Satan came to kill, to steal and to destroy. Anything that brings doubt, discouragement or defeat is from the enemy—not from the Father.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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