Also provided in the new birth is health. Sickness and disease originated with the fall of humans when Adam sinned. We aren’t saying that every sickness experienced in humans was a result of their sinning. We are saying that separation from the source of life allowed the enemy, Satan to work sickness and disease in the species, humans. Humans rely on medication, surgery, and/or treatments from medical professionals to ease their suffering. We believe that health is a blessing God wants his children to experience. We know there have been miracles and people have been healed, sometimes instantly. It is possible that asking God to bless the food we eat to the nourishment and strength of our bodies along with common sense and appropriate exercise can result in a healthy body.
Sometimes humans experience challenges in their bodies. Sickness or disease has been known to attack a healthy body. We have options. We can take medication and ask God to cause the medication to eliminate the sickness or disease, and/or we can submit our body to God in prayer asking for divine healing to be manifest in our cells. Once we submit our body to God we can resist the sickness and/or disease verbally speaking to it and declaring it must go. James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
16. It is God’s will that humans have health. James 5:14-16 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: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess 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. Proverbs 4:20-22, Exodus 23:25-26, 1 Peter 2:24
17. The Power of life and death are in the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
18. Divine health is part of salvation. In 3 John 1, John said, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” It is God’s will that we prosper and be in health. Jesus’ ministry, while he was teaching in the synagogues and preaching from the mountains and rivers, was saturated with testimonies of divine healing.
Whether our healing comes from a miracle or medication prescribed by a doctor, taken per their instructions, we believe it is God’s will for humans to be in health the same way it is God’s will for humans to be in fellowship with him. Humans have to move toward God. He has already done everything required to make available eternal life and with it, health. We have to access it by faith. We believe divine healing is not only possible, for nothing shall be impossible with God, we also believe divine health is possible.
Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Proverbs 4: 20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Deuteronomy 30:19, Mark 9:23, Luke 8:50, Mark 10: 52, Matthew 10:8 In these scriptures we see the consistency that God has provided health throughout scripture. Luke 8:50 says, “But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.” In Luke 4:18 Jesus declared that he had been sent and anointed to preach the gospel to the poor; heal the broken hearted, preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. In Exodus 15:26 God said, if we diligently hear the voice of the Lord our God and do what is right in his sight and listen to his commandments and keep all his statutes, God will not put or allow the diseases to be put on us which he allowed to be put on the Egyptians. He declared, “I am the Lord that heals you.” God wants his beloved to be well, and Jesus provided that in the new birth by what he suffered in our place. A human doesn’t have to go to hell, and humans don’t have to be slaves to weakness, sickness, and disease.
We access eternal life and health by faith in God’s faithfulness to keep his promises. King David wrote, and it is recorded in Psalms 37:25, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.” David had been a champion of God since he was a small boy. He and his men had also been hungry and ate the bread in the temple that was supposed to be reserved for the priests. How could he say he had never seen God’s seed begging for bread? God provided, and they took it by faith David understood when they ate the showbread that the law was written for men because they needed guidelines. He also knew by his spirit that the provision of the showbread was reserved for the priest to provide for them. In this case God superseded natural law in order to take care of David and his men. We see many times in the scripture God provided beyond natural law. The children of Israel received manna from heaven; Elijah received food from ravens; The children of Israel went through the red sea on dry land, and in each situation the humans had to take the provision in order to have the blessing. If any of them had been too afraid to take what God had provided they would have suffered lack.