A Nugget from New Life Network
(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)
Scripture for the Day – May 1, 2019
Exodus 15:26: If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD your God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that heals you.
The above verse in Exodus 15:26 is referred to by some as the Old Testament Divine Healing Covenant. It is called a covenant because in it God promises He will keep His people free from diseases, and diligent obedience is the only condition God requires.
Hebrews 8:6: But now He (Jesus) has obtained a more excellent ministry, in as much as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
It sounded like they had it pretty good under the Old Covenant as long as they obeyed God. But thanks be to God we are under a New Covenant, a better covenant based on better promises.
I hear teaching where people say that the healing ministry ended when the last apostle died. But the apostles weren’t the healer. God is the healer, and He lives inside us under the New Covenant. Think of it this way, if healing isn’t available under the New Covenant we would have been better off staying under the Old Covenant. But no, we have a better covenant.
Acts 10:38: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil….This verse tells us that those Jesus healed were oppressed of the devil. So Jesus is the healer, and Satan is the oppressor.
I John 3:8: For this purpose the Son of God (Jesus, the mediator of the New Covenant) was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
I Peter 2:24: By His (Jesus) stripes you were healed.
In Mark 16:15-18 Jesus gives the “Great Commission” to His disciples. “And He said to them, “Go into the entire world and preach the gospel (good news of the New Covenant) to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’”
It’s our job to obey the great commission by preaching the gospel (good news to a sick man is you can be healed) and laying hands on the sick! Somebody might say, “What if they don’t get healed?” Everyone is not going to receive their healing any more than everyone you share the gospel with won’t receive it. But I’m not going to quit praying for the sick because someone doesn’t get healed any more than I’m not going to quit sharing the gospel because somebody didn’t get saved.
Let’s start doing our job of obeying!