“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
3 John 1:2 NKJV
You have most likely heard the phrase “healing is the children’s bread” in many christian settings. While it is not an explicit Bible verse, it was derived from Jesus’ encounter with the Gentile woman whose daughter He healed of an unclean spirit (Mark 7:24-30).
As children of God in the New Covenant, we know that we have authority in Christ over every sickness and disease. Jesus showed His authority over illnesses by healing all the sick people who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). He has given us this authority (Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17-18). Hallelujah!
The book of Acts also recorded many healing miracles wrought through the apostles as they displayed this power of God.
“Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”- Acts 3:6-8 NKJV
“So that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered … bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.”- Acts 5:15-16 NKJV
How wonderful is this?! However, while we trust God for miracles, we must remember that our lives should work around systems. To stay in good health, even after a healing miracle, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This is because we live in a fallen world. Our bodies tire and should be constantly rejuvenated or it would break down. It is, therefore, not a sin to use prescribed medications when necessary. Apostle Paul advised Timothy in a similar manner in one of his epistles to his spiritual son.
“Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often.” 1 Timothy 5:23 NLT
Wine was, to them then, what medications are to us now. God made the inventions of these things possible for our use. As best as you can, go for medical check ups. Pay attention to your diet. Consume a balanced and healthy diet and make a commitment to exercise (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT). Above all, prioritize rest. As much as you strive for excellence in your craft, remember that rest is also productive.
Finally, always remember that God’s desire for you is that you walk in perfect health. In the face of illnesses, use your authority in prayer while taking the adequate precautions to stay healthy.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 23: 44-49, Hebrews 11: 1-16, Proverbs 27:15-27, Isaiah 49-50