This post concludes my healing testimony and is Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on Healing.
In the last two posts I described a month of prayer, fasting, communion-taking, and strategic repentance followed by pastoral prophetic words and prayer rebuking the infirmity. I stated that the way the Lord in His grace guided me to position myself to be blessed in this area of my life was the real story of my healing.
So, after a month of bombarding heaven, and the morning after I received prophetic and prayer ministry, the phone rang… that’s right, the very morning after I received healing ministry.
On the other end was my wonderful eldest daughter saying that she had a lead that might help with my psoriasis… a phone number I could try. Since I was without health coverage, it sounded appealing; but I had tried unsuccessfully to get into a program like this a couple of years earlier.
God’s timing was perfect; I wasn’t too late, and I qualified to participate in the medical research project. The medication turned out to be less than experimental, since the two active ingredients were already on the market (only the means by which they were delivered was being tested).
During the following three weeks, I learned that unlike the prescription salves I had used before, topical medications available today can be effective— bringing needed elements to the affected areas.
- Sometimes through the casting out of demons (Matthew 9:32-33 and 12:22).
Sometimes through a symbolic act that involved spit and washing in a pool (John 9:6-7).
Sometimes Jesus restored a man’s sight with simply a touch (Matthew 8:3, 20:34 and 9:25, Luke 22:51);
Sometimes a person touched his cloak (Matthew 14:36).
There are times when the infirmity was verbally rebuked (Luke 4:39).
Once the Israelites were healed when they looked upon the bronze snake on a pole that Moses had made (Numbers 21:9).
These testimonies will remain on display throughout the ages through the recorded Holy Scripture. But there are also records of healing by more natural means, that is, by utilizing the laws of nature as set up by God when He created the world.
One of Isaiah’s visions rebuking Judah and Jerusalem notes a couple of the medical practices common at the time. The passage uses metaphors to make the point. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head, there is no soundness—only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil. Isaiah 1:6
Revelation 3:18 confirms extra-biblical records that the city of Laodicea was in a region renowned for its effective eye salve: I and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
There are numerous references to physicians and men of healing throughout the Bible. It is always implied, however, that although man may administer treatment, it is God who heals: “I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Ex. 15:26).
The uniqueness of biblical medicine lies in its extensive hygiene and sanitation regulations, a means God put in place to protect His chosen people form infirmity and to prevent the need for treatment or miraculous healing. These commands are remarkable not only for their time, but by present-day standards.
Of the 613 commandments, 213 are of a health related. Prevention of epidemics, suppression of prostitution and venereal diseases, frequent washing, care of the skin, strict dietary and sanitary regulations, rules for sexual life, isolation and quarantine, the observance of a day of rest – the Sabbath – these and other provisions inhibited the spread of many of the diseases prevalent in neighboring countries.
Biblical therapies consisted of washing; the use of oils, balsams, and bandages for wounds and bone fractures; sun rays, medicated drinks, bathing in therapeutic waters (II Kings 5:10), especially in the case of skin diseases; etc. Among herbs mentioned by name are myrrh, sweet cinnamon, cassia, galbanum, niter, and the mandrake which was considered to possess aphrodisiac properties. The modern method of mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration was also known, as testified by the accounts of Elijah and Elisha (I Kings 17:22; II Kings 4:34–35).
Today, my skin is “clear” and I can wear seasonal clothes. God heard my cries and led me to the “Jordan River” so to speak. I, like Naaman in 2 Kings 5:10-15, would have loved something more theatrical.
Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, was yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.
But God wanted me to apply a medication for 30 days, not leaving it up to my level of steadfastness, but forcing me to carry it through (since I had made a commitment which would be verified weekly).
I paid nothing for the specialist (saving hundreds), nothing for the treatments (saving hundreds), and was even paid a couple hundred to participate! Whether through miraculous healing or the leading of the Spirit, I am free from the misery of my 5 ½ year psoriasis.
And I think I perceive why He chose to heal me this way… to put the emphasis on what it took to get God’s attention.… persistence and repentance, rather than on the healing method itself.
Bottom line. I’m healed. I have a testimony. I’ll take it! I hope it helps someone else… maybe you!
Next post, the last on our healing series: the story of how a DREAM brought insight and comfort concerning my husband’s horrific 2011-12 health condition.