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One of the most powerful and precious names that God ascribes to Himself is the name Jehovah Rapha, translated in Scripture as “the Lord who heals.”

We find God describing Himself this way in Exodus 15:26, where He says,

If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.

This is powerful because whenever God says “I am” something, it’s a revelation of what and who He is by nature. And He is, by nature, a healer.

The psalmist describes this attribute of God this way in Psalm 103:1-3,

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.

If you believe He forgives all your iniquities, then you must believe His next statement, “Who heals all your diseases.” It is as much in God’s nature to heal as it is to forgive.

If there’s one area where people are searching for answers, it certainly is over the issue of healing. So many people are confused, misled, and missing out on a blessing God intends for their life.

One of the fundamental teachings of Scripture is that healing is conditional. In Exodus 15:26 quoted above, notice that the first word of that verse is “If….”

“If” is the biggest little word in the Bible. And what God tells us in this passage is there is a condition He places on healing… “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep His statutes.

Now, God is not requiring perfection. If you’re living for God and not consciously and willfully disobeying Him, then you have access to His healing. But if you’re living in known sin, it creates a barrier between you and God.

The Bible is very clear on this when the psalmist tells us in Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” So one vital key to accessing the healing power of our Lord is to live honestly before God… obeying His Word to the best of our ability and being quick to repent if we miss the mark.

Today, focus on the God who heals. Give Him your heart and trust Him with all of your tomorrows.

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  • Nicole says:

    Thank u for this message it was well needed. My husband is going through sickness at this time and this was exactly what we needed 2 hear! Sometimes we all need 2 be refreshed by the word of GOD so it can remind us that HE, has us as long as we stay connected with HIM. This message has encouraged and refreshed my spirit. I am so thankful this was shared with me through a very dear friend.

  • Team BC says:

    Nicole, we’re so encouraged to hear how God has used Bayless’ article to make a difference in your life. We’re praying with you for your husband’s complete healing. God bless you! -Team BC

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