A Time to Heal
by Manuel Vargas
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A Time to Heal
It’s something that’s available. We hope for it when we are suffering severely with incurable illnesses or diseases. We wonder why we were afflicted in the first place…was I that bad? Is God punishing me? Is this sickness a result of my sin? If it was my fault can God forgive me and Heal me from this terrible disease? Why does God heal some people and not others?
Many people have these questions circulating in their conversations among other believers. Some believers have encountered the Supernatural Healing of God and are devoted to sharing their testimony, while others don’t understand why they haven’t experienced God’s Healing Power. It may be a mystery to some but Scripture gives us many practical reasons as to the old question, “Does God Heal?”
Solomon’s Message: A Time to Heal
Solomon said, to everything there is a Season, a Time for every purpose under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV). And a Time to Heal (Ecclesiastes 3:3b NKJV)
Solomon gave us a Divine revelation of a TIME frame in which Healing becomes available to us. There is a Season, a Time for every purpose under heaven—a Time to Heal. This clearly tells us that God has a Divine Time-table to manifest His Healing Power in our lives. If it were me I would pray and fast if that’s what was needed and ask God to Heal you immediately. But God has a Divine program or schedule that we must be aware of that will challenge us to reconsider the concept of Divine Healing from another perspective that will move us into position to receive it at His Appointed Time.
The Healing at the Pool
There is an interesting New Testament story that will grant us a lot Divine Revelation to the topic of Healing that we need to consider and seek God for to experience this Healing Power in our lives.
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches (John 5:2 NKJV)
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water (John 5:3 NKJV)
For an Angel went down at a certain Time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had (John 5:4 NKJV)
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years (John 5:5 NKJV)
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6 NKJV)
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” (John 5:7 NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” (John 5:8 NKJV)
And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. (John 5:9 NKJV)
Understanding God’s Time to Heal
I want to start by eliminating the negative opinions about Healing in this particular story. It starts with the Theologians Opinion. In the Amplified Bible and the New International Bible translations they have a footnote at the bottom page of this Healing at the pool story. They say that earlier manual scripts omit or take out the last part of verse 3 and all of verse 4 about the Angel coming down to stir the water so that whoever steps in first is Miraculously Healed from WHATEVER DISEASE they had.
The Holy Spirit told me to reveal the Truth about this error. If Theologians stick to their opinion they are blind to the correct method of keeping Scripture in context of the entire story. Why is that? Because verse 7 reaffirms the Truth of God’s Healing Power being manifested by way of an Angel coming down from Heaven and stirring the waters so the sick folks around the pool can be Healed. The paralyzed man went into great detail of why he failed to experience God’s healing touch by saying, Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” (John 5:7 NKJV) Now, if Theologians were led by the Holy Spirit they would not have made that statement in those translations. Because verse 7 confirms and reaffirms the Supernatural account of people being Healed at the pool by the Angel.
Teacher’s Note: We could use different translations to teach the Word of God but we must always be mindful of Theologians and their limited opinions about the Supernatural working Power of God.
Point Number 2
The second thing we need to see is that the Bible clearly states that; An Angel went down at a certain Time into the pool and stirred up the waters; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. (John 5:4 NKJV)
This point clearly tells us what Solomon was saying about God’s Appointed TIME to Heal. God had not let His people go without Healing during this Time Period. God had a Healing Ministry going on in Jerusalem that many sick people flocked to and waited patiently for the moving of the waters. This is so interesting because John the Baptist was still on the scene Preaching about the Kingdom of God telling everyone to repent and be baptized with water onto repentance. Jesus was in Samaria talking to the woman at the well about the secrets of her life and then He preached to the Samaritans in John chapter 4. Then we read about a Healing Ministry going on in Jerusalem by an Angel who was sent down from heaven at an appointed Time to stir up the water so that someone can be Healed Supernaturally. (Think about that!) Does God want to Heal?
The point here is—YES, GOD WANTS TO HEAL! GOD has a Healing Ministry Going on somewhere right now! We need to find that place. John was obediently doing what God had called him to do. Jesus was in Samaria in John chapter 4, before we read about this encounter in John chapter 5 with the paralyzed man. So this is a clear example that God is in the Healing business we just need to know where and how to obtain it.
Point Number 3
The third point we can draw from this story is the Healing Method factor. Can God Heal anyone with any disease? Everyone in Jerusalem heard about the Miracle Pool of Healing this is why many sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were there. The beauty of the Miracle Pool of Healing is that it didn’t matter what was the affliction or how did the affliction happen. The Bible says that WHOEVER went into the pool first was healed of WHATEVER disease they had. (John 5:4 NKJV) This should send a shockwave of revelation into our hearts about the Mercy of God’s Healing Power. It doesn’t matter what you are afflicted with God can HEAL IT PERIOD! No debate, no second guessing, and there should be no limitations on our part to believe that God can Heal anything and everything that is afflicted.
Point Number 4
God is THE HEALER! We, as believers tend to get caught up on methods. Then we try to make that method God’s rule for Healing only. The Bible says, when Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long Time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6 NKJV)
Jesus knew about the Healing Pool and He was led by the Holy Spirit to Minister Healing to someone at the Pool. Jesus did not go to anyone else at the Pool but this man. This is a key point we need to take a closer look at—WHY THIS MAN AND NOT THE OTHERS? Jesus knew God’s program of Healing at the Pool that everyone was taking advantage of and experiencing Healing but THIS MAN! So what does OUR HEAVENLY FATHER DOES? He sent JESUS to Minister to this man who was in that condition for 38 years.
Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus is asking us the same question, “Do you want to be made well?” Then don’t tell me about a method… don’t tell me you are not in Jerusalem by the Miracle Pool…Don’t tell me that you bought a Healing handkerchief from a Christian T.V. program and it didn’t work…Don’t tell me that you went to a Healing Meeting and you failed to get Healed…Don’t tell me that you fasted and you didn’t get Healed…Don’t focus on the method because there is more than one way to be Healed…Don’t look to the Pool..The Pastor…The Evangelist…The Prophet…or Peter, Paul and Mary…Don’t look at your sin because it cannot stop me from Healing you…”Do you want to be made well?”…Do you want to be Healed…Do you want to be set free from your infirmity…The choice is yours its either the Pool or the Method—or you can receive your Healing from ME the Savior, The Healer, the One God sent to Heal you!
God is looking to Heal you because He saw that this man didn’t receive his Healing like everyone else so God extended a Special Hand of Healing that others did not experience at the Pool. God wants to extend His Mighty Hand again to you in New York, London, India, Africa, Australia, Miami, Chicago, California, Panama, Cuba, Puerto Rico and where ever you are. He seen you have been afflicted for 8 years…18 years, 28 years, 38 years…it’s Time to be Healed it’s Time to walk again…jump again…run again…So Rise up and walk! Go and sin no more unless a worst thing will come upon you. Only you and God know what that sin is that open the door for that affliction to take place. Don’t commit it again stay away from it. It’s no good for you. God is a Healer we just need to know His Time to experience it! And Today you can be Healed! The only question is, “Do you want to be made well?” It can happen right now! Amen
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