1) Never Stop Believing for Your Healing – Jesus doesn’t want us to be sick. Sickness entered the world as an enemy of God & one of the primary purposes for Jesus dying on the cross was to destroy the works of the enemy (1 John 3:8). Therefore we should never believe the jargon that it’s God will for us to accept sickness. Jesus healed everyone who came to Him and He is the same yesterday, today, & forever. We should always press in for our physical healing, till our last breath.
2) Pain Can Be Used as an Escort Deeper into God – Let’s not forget that pain can be used to transform us into the likeness of Jesus & gain us more eternal rewards. It’s not God’s will that we’re sick, but sometimes He allows it. While we’re pressing in for our external deliverance (physical healing), let’s not forget to press in for our internal deliverance (transformation/communion with Jesus). Pain often causes us to see the lack of beauty in temporal things & calls us to reach for eternity. The deepest fellowship with Jesus is often in the midst of pain.
3) You Don’t Have to Choose Between the Two – #1 and #2 go together. We’re meant to press in for both external and internal deliverance at the same time. We don’t have to choose between our healing and our fellowship with Jesus. Pursue both!
4) The Exchange Rate is really High – For billions of years we’ll live in perfect peace & joy with God. There will be no more pain, sorrow, crying, or death (Rev 21:4). It will be easy to love God then. Only now in this short time frame do we have the opportunity to love Jesus in the midst of pain. When we choose Jesus in the midst of sickness we gain eternal rewards (2 Cor 4:16-18). The eternal currency in our heavenly bank account is multiplied a hundred times every time we love Him in this age (Matt 19:29).
5) God Doesn’t Change – Our circumstances don’t change who God is. He is always the same & His Word is the anchor of reality. No matter what we feel, God’s love is still full. His power is still unlimited. His wisdom is still perfect. One of the most powerful things we can do during sickness is declare who He is. When we choose to worship & declare the truths of Scripture, the manifold wisdom of God is being displayed to angels & demons in the spiritual realm (Eph 3:10). God’s heart is moved.
6) Sickness Doesn’t Mean You’re Out of God’s Will – Sickness doesn’t mean we did something wrong or are out of God’s will. There are times that that happens but if we’re sincerely walking in obedience that isn’t something we have to worry about it. There are multiple passages in Scripture that show even mature, obedient Christians go through severe hardships (Job, SOS 5, John 16:33, etc). Anyone who says otherwise isn’t reading their Bible right.
7) Trust in God’s Sovereignty – The question, “If God is a good God, why does He allow bad things to happen?” has a simple answer: free will. God doesn’t want robots in His kingdom. He created humanity with a choice to obey Him & He refuses to take that privilege away. Bad things happen because humanity chose to disobey God. Abortion, sexual immorality, poverty, & sickness are all results of the fall. They’re not a case against God’s goodness. The better question is, “If God is a just God, why doesn’t He destroy everyone right away who choose to reject Him?” We don’t deserve anything but the wrath of God. It’s His mercy that we have breath every day. We must continually guard our hearts from accusation. Our trust in Him is the demonstration of our love for Him.
8) The Comfort of the Cross – Corrie Ten Boom, who went through the holocaust, once said “there is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” No matter how low circumstances get, Jesus went lower. He can meet you in the pain. Meditating on the cross where Jesus bore our sorrows & carried our grief’s can be a great comfort in the midst of sickness. Even now, after the cross, He hurts more from our pain than we do. In our affliction, He is afflicted (Isaiah 63:9). We must remember that It costs Him more to allow painful things in our lives than it costs us. He doesn’t despise the affliction of the weak. He weeps with us.
9) Remember to Laugh – The Bible says that “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones (Prov 17:22).” Laughter is healthy. When we remember that all things are working together for our good & that we’ll have a resurrected body forever, things don’t seem so grim. These temporary pains are only a shadow in eternity so it’s right to rejoice. Remember to laugh and enjoy the good things God gave you as much as you can.
10) Have Faith in God - Not a superficial faith that pretends everything is Ok when it’s not, but a faith that believes in Jesus’ power & words. We must remember that Jesus is both able & willing to heal us. Faith is the most important thing we need during sickness. We must believe in His love, in His power, & in His wisdom. We must step out of the boat onto the water with Jesus. Even if we fall, He’ll be there to catch us.