Tree of Life Church, London

Healing Is God’s Will

Core Scripture:

When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.  And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  (Matthew 8.1-3)

·         It is vitally important that we know that Healing is God’s Will for us.

·         Faith cannot work without revelation of the will of God.

1.       Faith is resting on the revealed will of God.

“It simply is impossible to pray with faith when we are not sure that we are asking according to the will of God.” (Andrew Murray)

·         There are different kinds of prayers for different situations:

1.       When God’s will is unknown: no faith, total surrender.

2.       When God’s will is known: total faith, no surrender.

E.g. marriage, career, church

·         When it comes to healing, we know from many occasions that people are healed through faith so we need to be in a place where the will of God for healing is known.

·         How do we find out the will of God?

1.       Not by circumstances!

§  It is a lie that everything that happens is the will of God:

·         The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3.9)

·         Logically this would mean that God is behind murder, rape and torture.

2.       Not by fleeces!

§  Gideon laid a fleece in the Old Testament – did not have the Spirit of God inside him.  In the New Testament, we are led by the Spirit, not fleeces. (Romans 8.14)

·         Laying a fleece will lead to you being fleeced!

3.       Not by prophetic words!

§  Romans 8.14 again!  Led by Spirit.

§  This is the New Covenant.  We are all in relationship with God

§  (Task of New Testament prophet = Ephesians 4.11f = equip the saints)

4.       By the Word of God

§  God’s Word is God’s Will.

·         People say that they should pray “if it be Thy will”, and that prayer is not dictating to God, and that insisting God do something is obnoxious, and we should copy Christ “your will be done”

·         1 John 5.14-15 in the context of John 15.7

o   Ask what you want if you are in the Word

·         Matthew 15.21-28: done to thee “even as thou wilt”

§  Healing is God’s will – James 5.15, Psalm 103.2, Isaiah 53.4-6

·         If you know the Word you will know this


·         Three times in history the will of God has been done perfectly:

1.       Before the fall of Adam.  There was no sin in the world, no imperfection, there was a world that reflected entirely the will of God.

§  Was there sickness?

·         No!  Adam was in perfect health.  So much so that he continued to live 930 years.

2.       In the ministry of Jesus.  Jesus did the will of the Father (John 5.19).

§  Matthew 4.23, 8.16, 9.35, 12.15, 14.14, 14.36, 15.30, 19.2,21.14 = 9 times where Jesus heals all the sick in Matthew’s gospel alone

§  It pleased God to bruise him (Isaiah 53.10).  In other words, it was the will of God that Jesus bear our sicknesses. 

3.       After the millennium, in the new heavens and the new earth we see the perfect revelation of the will of God.

§  Revelation 21.4 “no more pain”

So what?  Never again pray “if it be thy will” to a situation where you know the will of God from the Word of God.

But I know the will of God is healing, I just am not healed!

1.       Realize the reality of two worlds.

2  Kings 6.16 is not a lie because Elisha knew the spiritual realm is more real than the physical realm
2 Cor. 4.18: things which are seen are temporal; things which are not seen are eternal.

Strong’s definitions:

         Temporal: proskairos = 1) temporary, 2)  enduring only for a while, 3) for a season

          Eternal: aionion = 1) without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be, 2) without beginning,  3) without end, never to cease, everlasting

2.       Confess the reality of the will of God

§  “The will of God for me is complete healing”

§  I believe I receive my healing now (Mark 11.23-24)

3.       Walk in peace with God