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Teaching on healing can be fraught with peril because some of us have believed God for healing and not seen the results we’ve wanted. Why do some people seem to get healed and others don’t?

So I’m just going to talk about me. Because healing IS in the Bible, and Jesus DID die to heal us! It’s in our covenant, and it’s good news!

When I was 18 years old, my mother died of cancer. I was newly saved and had barely heard about healing — just enough to know it was maybe possible. So my prayer was, “God, please heal my mom! Please!” And then she died. It seemed as though praying for healing didn’t work.

Well, here are three things I’ve learned about healing since then:

#1 - I don’t have to beg God. To Him, healing is already done. I didn’t know that back then. Now I’ve learned that God’s very nature is healing. He healed under the Old Covenant (Exodus 15:26, Isaiah 53:4,5), and then He sealed the deal through Jesus on the Cross under the New Covenant (1 Pet. 2:24, Matt. 8:17).

Soon the door opened to the national TV director’s office, and we were invited in for our scheduled appointment. To my surprise, the director was a woman. She held an unusual, very powerful position in a Muslim society. When I made my presentation about our TV programs, she responded, “Maybe you don’t understand. We are a Muslim republic. Your programs can’t be broadcast here. Plus, our signal reaches Tehran, and if we run your Bible teaching programs, it could offend our partners in Iran.”

It was the early 1990s — a time when supernatural doors were flying open for our TV ministry in nearly every corner of the Soviet Union. But one area that remained closed was Baku, Azerbaijan. Since this was a Muslim city, I had been strongly advised not to go there to negotiate for television time. Plus, the country of Azerbaijan was in a serious military conflict at the time. But despite what people were advising me to do, I sensed a strong leading of the Holy Spirit to go there. I simply knew that if I would put my feet on that land, God would open doors for us to broadcast the teaching of the Bible there.

We watched the news day by day to monitor what was happening with the military developments that were largely based around the capital city of Baku, where the largest TV tower in that part of the world was located. This tower was so huge, its signal covered not only Azerbaijan, but it reached all the way into the heart of Iran. For a door of this size to open would definitely require the supernatural grace of God, and it would also require divine courage to go there in the middle of an escalating military conflict!

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matt. 11:28–30)

When you read about Jesus in the Gospels, you’ll find that He was very active. He preached, taught, healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, and dealt wisely with the cunning Pharisees. Yet, in doing all these things, Jesus was always very restful.

He was never worried, stressed out, or desperate.

When He and His disciples were in a boat on their way to the country of the Gadarenes, a fierce storm arose. The disciples panicked, believing that the boat was going to sink them all into a watery grave.

But what was Jesus doing? He was fast asleep! The gusty winds, violent lashing of the waves and rocking of the boat didn’t wake Him up—only the cry of His disciples did. What did He do next? He rebuked the storm and brought perfect peace!

When they arrived at their destination, a fierce, severely demon-possessed man came out from the tombs and met Jesus. His disciples, who were with Him in the boat, were suddenly nowhere near Him. But Jesus, cool as usual, stood His ground and with one word—“Go”—sent the demons fleeing (Matt. 8:32). He brought peace to the man, restored to him a sound mind, and gave him wholeness.


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