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Monday, October 20, 2014

What’s the difference between divine healing and faith healing?

Yes there is a difference in divine healing and faith healing.   They are not synonymous. 

"When you write an article like this you run the risk of being misunderstood so I did have some reluctance in finally deciding to do it.  I do believe in healing and I believe in miracles but my belief is in the way the Bible says it and not the way we have sometimes been taught by many in the faith-healing and prosperity movement."   

Divine Healing


Divine healing involves a supernatural act which resolves a physical, emotional or spiritual problem. In a Christian context, the supernatural element is God, many times through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

Most of the world’s religions believe in some sort of supernatural healing. Islam uses incantations (Ruqya), Tibetan Buddhists use a method which includes medicine, mantra and meditation. Others including those who believe in a New Age philosophy use a techniques from ancient religions and the occult. The common theme in these non-Christian beliefs is the requirement of a physical ritual, of some sort, to placate a deity into action or to manipulate a healing force.

Not so with those of us who believe in God Almighty and who live our lives in faith in Him and who stand on every one of His promises.  We know that God's divine healing is the result of His grace and because of His love for us.  There is no need for ritual, or ceremony, or manipulation.  The only requirement is the one in;
Romans 10:9-13 (NKJV) 9  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.10  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11  For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." 12  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13  For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

Faith Healing

Faith healing centers on actions of the sick person having “enough faith” or, in the person who claims to have special gifts or a unique connection to God. Faith healing can include psychotherapy, hypnosis, placebos, positive thinking, and those superstar preachers who claim a special anointing. I’m not talking here about those with the spiritual gift of healing. "The people with that gift quickly point to God as the one who heals not to themselves.  They don't rely on their past performance. They rely on God.  They realize that the decision to heal rests solely with God and He chooses who and when to heal.  They are ready to be the vehicle by which God decides to use them for a particular time to exhibit a sign and wonder that points to Him and captures the attention of unbelievers so that they are open to hearing the gospel of Christ.

If it was simply a matter of having enough faith to be healed or the person with the spiritual gift of healing laying on hands or anointing with oil then all who truly believe would be healed. If that was the case then Paul would have been healed, Joni Eareckson-Tada the evangelical Christian author, radio host, and founder of Joni and Friends, an organization "accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community.", would have been healed, my wife who suffered a back injury many years ago would have been healed, and I’m sure that you know of devout believers who have been believing for healing, some for many years.  You may be one of those people.

"Of the 35 miracles recorded in the Gospel accounts the faith of the recipient is exercised in only10 of the accounts. Healing of the lame man (Jn.5:1-9) the cleansing of a leper (Mt.8:2-4) healing a mans withered hand (Mt.9:2-8) the healing of the man born blind (Jn.9:1-7) healing the blindness of Bartemaeus (Mt.20:29-34) The women who had a blood flow (Mt.9:20-22; Mk.5:24-34) Peter who walked on water to Jesus (Mt.14:24-33) the miraculous catching of the fish (Lk.5:1-11) and the second miraculous catch (Jn.21:1-11) The cleansing of the 10 lepers of which only one had faith (Lk.17:11-19)."  

Also see my post "My Top 10 Scriptures on Healing."

It’s God’s Decision

Exodus 15:26 (NKJV) and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."

God still heals He has not lost that ability. His still loves us. Divine healing can come through traditional medicine or through direct intervention by God in answer to prayer. In some instances it may not come until complete healing in heaven. Physical, emotional, and spiritual healing belongs to God.  Revelation 21:4 describes the true healing we should all be longing for: 

Revelation 21:4 (NKJV) 4  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." 

I would like to hear from you about your perspective on faith and healing. Is healing here on earth promised to all believers? Will God heal you if you have enough faith? What if you have big faith and you are not healed? Please comment below.

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