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Divine healing in the Bible – Part 6

By Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide
24 July 2022   |   2:39 am
Mental health comes from spiritual health. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,”(2 Tim 1:7).

Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

Mental health comes from spiritual health. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,”(2 Tim 1:7).

Usually, there are two reasons for being stressed out: your body is diseased and needs healing or you have allowed your mind to wallow in self-pity, bitterness, and resentment. Toxic thoughts poison the body, mind, and soul. Are you living in sin, letting it fester in your soul like cancer? Are you controlled by anger, bitterness, or resentment? Or do you love the things God loves? Is His will your will?

The secret of good health is to put your hope in God — the God of your salvation. Praise the Lord with your whole heart — especially when things are going as badly as they were for this psalmist. Physical health is a blessing from God. But more important than a healthy body is a mind that thinks godly thoughts and a heart that seeks after God. Even though life’s problems seem to be overpowering, keep praying. God answers prayer. All that God is and all that God has is available to believers who pray.

God’s All-sufficient Grace
If your marriage is failing, if your business is sinking, if your children are in trouble, if your health is at risk, where do you look for help? There is hope in the living God. His grace is sufficient, and His mercy endures forever. He has set you free from sin, and His arms surround you with everlasting love. His angels go before you. Nothing is impossible to you, for His love is upon you, and He has called you His very own. (Ref John Hagee)

Definition Of Divine Healing
Divine healing is God’s work and He chooses any instruments and ways He likes to bring good health to persons physically, emotionally, and spiritually sick. The Bible does not only tell people’s spiritual statuses, it is also concerned about their physical condition. This concern appears in the emphasis on healing, particularly in the ministry of Jesus and in the early church. Nearly one-fifth of the Gospels report Jesus’ miracles and the discussions they occasioned. The Gospels record 14 distinct instances of physical and mental healing. Jesus commissioned His disciples to continue His basic ministry, including healing (Matt 10:5-10; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6). In the book of Acts the healing ministry continued.

“Psychosomatic” is a word, which literally means “soul and body,” referring to the close relationship of the body and the spirit. The soul affects the body, and the health of the soul may be an indication of the health of the body. In the Bible, John wished for his friend Gaius to “prosper in every way and be in good health, just as your soul prospers,” (3 John 2).

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