If sickness and disease is sometimes God’s will, then you can never know when to pray for healing. You would never know when you were agreeing with God’s will or contradicting it. As a result, Jesus would be found in error when he commanded us to heal the sick without boundaries or reservations.
Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ Luke 10:9 ESV
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Matthew 10:38 ESV
The kingdom of God is revealed in healing. If God’s will were to allow sickness and disease, then Jesus should have set rules for when and who to heal. Other than saying to heal the sick, he didn’t set any limitations. In fact, when his disciples couldn’t get the job done, Jesus did. This should prove that our failure to heal does not reflect God’s will.
And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:14-20 ESV
Healing centers around faith. You will notice that even today anyone that is consistently operating in miracles and healing is completely settled about God’s will in the matter of sickness and disease. We must ask in faith, unwavering in our convictions, firm in our expectations. After all, the Bible clearly says that anyone unsettled or indecisive should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:6-8 ESV
You must believe that sickness and disease is never God’s will in order to believe with real faith for healing. It is the glory of the godly of mankind to execute the judgments of God against all works of the devil, all results of sin and leading to death.
“And when [Holy Spirit] comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” John 16:8-11 ESV
And [God] has given [Jesus] authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. John 5:27 ESV
By healing all who were oppressed by the devil, Jesus proved that God was with him. He demonstrated that the kingdom of God was at hand, available right here and right now.
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:38 ESV
So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. Matthew 4:24 ESV
That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. Matthew 8:16 ESV
When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matthew 14:14 ESV
Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. Luke 4:40 ESV
Jesus Never Fails
Inevitably, thoughts turn towards other scriptures that do not directly state that Jesus healed all the sick. Instead of allowing the other instances to inspire faith, many allow one or two misunderstood scriptures to create doubt.
And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. Mark 1:34 ESV
He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. Mark 6:1-6 ESV
The fact is that neither these or any other scripture ever claims that Jesus failed to heal anyone who came to him. It does say that he only even laid his hands on a few to heal them, most likely since the others took offense at him. Today, some believe that Jesus failed. Others believe that the people’s unbelief prevented Jesus from being successful. A more logical assumption would be that Jesus didn’t even try to heal the many who took offense at him. It wasn’t their unbelief in healing that prevented Jesus from being successful. It was their offense that created unbelief in Jesus and his mighty works of which they had heard which prevented Jesus from having the opportunity to heal them.
Unbelief Calls for Teaching
Jesus marveled at their unbelief, and as a result he began to teach them. It is necessary once again to teach that we can heal without boundaries because it’s always God’s will. We can settle ourselves on the fact that Jesus perfectly demonstrated the eternal will of God. Any of our own experiences that contradict what Jesus taught and demonstrated should be seen as steps towards the greater truth of what is possible and available to us when we believe.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.