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Do you believe God can heal you?

When I peruse old volumes of the Pentecostal Evangel, I am struck by the fact that there used to be far more testimonies of healing than we have today. There seems to have been a gradual attrition of such miracles. I especially note the paucity of testimonies that have no mention of the role of medical professionals.

Healing: it's for today by Ron McManus

Now I am quick to add a disclaimer. God can use the wonderful men and women who are in the healing profession. After all, none of them, whether a believer or not, can heal even a cut or a scratch without God’s help.

I also recognize that the things that medicine can do today seem like miracles compared to the less enlightened days of the past. Heart bypasses, hip and knee replacements, for example, seem surprisingly routine and are overwhelmingly successful. We should certainly make room for the instrumentation of men, women and medicine when we pray for healing.

But I also know that God is still the Lord who heals (Exodus 15:26) and that He can cure a leper or raise the dead more easily than an aspirin stops a mild headache. The ministry record of Jesus is replete with physical healings. I believe it is still important to Him.

Pastor David Yonggi Cho recently shared this testimony at Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea:

A young lady was diagnosed with cancer in her neck. She underwent two operations, during which nerves were severed, leaving her paralyzed. But God spoke to her. She heard Him say, "Do you believe I can heal you?"

"Yes," she replied.

"Get up and walk," He said. And she did.

While not every healing occurs the same way, the most important aspect of the divine healing issue is embodied by this question: Do you believe God can heal you?

Are you sick? Do you have a physical need? Does someone close to you have such a need? If so, do you believe God can heal? This is the most important consideration. Do you have faith in God’s power to heal?

While there have been excesses in the way faith and healing have been preached, I believe some have swung too far in the other direction. I believe it is God’s will that once again His people stretch their faith and believe Him for a great outpouring of healing miracles.

It is time to believe God.

— Ken Horn

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