Duane Vander Klok
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
When Jesus died and was resurrected, He purchased many victories and defeated the devil once and for all. He gave you a promise you can build your faith on: By His stripes we are healed. It is God’s will that you are healed and live in the favor and blessing that He wants to give you. But when you do not experience healing the way you expected, it can be difficult to understand and keep the faith. You are not going to understand everything that happens in the spiritual realm, but do not throw away what you know to be true because of what you do not understand!
A disciple is a learner – we are all continuing to learn about God and His Kingdom throughout our lives. You know more than you did last year, or even yesterday, but you are not going to fully understand God and His plans. This does not mean that you should stop pursuing Him!
Remember that you can know about healing, blessing, and favor, but if you do not apply your faith and receive what God wants to give you, you will not see it happen in your life. When the Israelites reached the Promised Land, they sent twelve spies to explore the land. Ten came back to the Israelites fearful and did not trust in the promises of God. Caleb and Joshua were the only two of the twelve spies who put their faith in God even though their situation looked impossible. Like the ten fearful spies, sometimes we do not grab onto a promise that God has given.
Now, you may believe in healing, but are you believing for healing in your life? God has promised that by His stripes you were healed – Jesus already won that victory on the cross. Like Joshua and Caleb, you can grab onto that promise in faith and see God work in your life.