I get prayer requests from all over the world from people who are sick. Maybe they are suffering from a life-threatening disease like cancer. But there is another diagnosis by someone of a much higher authority, that I would like to tell you about. His name is Jesus. While I am not one to deny the facts, I find that Jesus, and the power of His name, has the authority to change the facts. The fact is, you may have cancer, or some other disease. But the truth is clearly stated in the Holy Bible, in Isaiah 53:5, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Psalm 103:2-3 says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases.” 1 Peter 2:24 repeats Is 53:5, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

All three of these verses focus on two things, number one; the fact that Jesus bore the sins that we are charged with, in our place. In other words, before the Father, we are found “not guilty”. And with no charge of guiltiness before God, we can stand before Him pure and Holy. Jesus made that possible for us. Why? Because of His great love for us. What did we ever do to deserve such mercy? Absolutely nothing. We can’t earn it, but we can experience it anyway. How? By going before God and saying, “Father God, I’m a sinner. I’m in debt to You with a debt I cannot pay. I’m sorry for my sins, and I ask You to forgive me in the name of Jesus. I ask You to accept the sacrifice Jesus made in my behalf as payment for my sins, and I ask Jesus to be my Lord and Savior from this moment on.” Have you ever done that? Do you know the joy of having Jesus as your Lord and savior? If not, why not do that now? Why risk entering eternity on the wrong side of the fence? We have no guarantee that we will draw even one more breath. Can you think of any good reason to refuse heaven when entrance has already been bought and paid for in your behalf?

The second thing those verses focus on is our healing, spirit, soul, and body. They take into account that sickness comes upon our bodies because of sin. But there is a cure, again, it goes back to the blood of Jesus that was shed for our sins. Because of the stripes Jesus took on His back for us, we were, and are healed. That includes every sickness, every disease. I have seen people who have not ever called Jesus “Lord and Savior” perfectly healed by the awesome mercy of God. But they very quickly come to Jesus, after seeing how very merciful the Lord is to them. I was one of those people. Surely God, who loves us so much that He allowed Jesus to die for our sins, will not leave us to die of sickness and disease after paying such a high price for us. There are many denominations who do not accept healing as part of our redemption. It’s sad they are willing to forfeit some of their benefits, as Psalm 103:2 said not to forget all His benefits! But that’s them, not me. I’m not turning loose of my benefits! And if you’re smart, you won’t either!

If you buy a new car, are you willing to turn loose of the new car warranty? I should say not! Would you shop where the salesperson said to you, “You don’t mind giving up the warranty, do you? We’d rather not be bothered with you anymore after we get your money. All we really want is to sell you this car and send you on your way. Then you’re on your own!”

Well, God isn’t going to deal with you like that.

 First of all, He pays the price out of His own pocket. How’s that for a deal? It doesn’t cost you, it costs Him. How many car dealers let you come in and leave with a car that they paid for? You say that hasn’t happened to you lately? Somehow that doesn’t surprise me. But that’s not all, after He pays the price for you, He gives you an extended warranty…FOR FREE! That’s like asking a car dealer to give you a new car, then give you an extended lifetime warranty! But when we go to God for salvation, that’s exactly what happens. According to Psalm 103:2-3 He not only forgives all our sins, but He heals all our sicknesses and all our diseases! Hey, I didn’t make that promise, God did. And believe me, He has the resources to back it up. And He does. He has never broken a promise in all eternity, and He won’t start with you.
So you say to me, then why are so many Christians sick and dying? They aren’t using their warranty! If you don’t take your broken car to the dealer for repair when it’s under warranty, the warranty is useless. They aren’t going to call you every day to see if your car is broken. When it’s broken, you call them. And they fix it. Do you get the idea?
God said not to forget all His benefits. There are tons of them. But you don’t get them unless you read the owner’s manual to find out what belongs to you, and then exercise your warranty. The Holy Bible is your “owner’s manual”. You need to read it daily and find out all the things God has already done for you. They do you no good if you are ignorant of them. People say, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” There is absolutely no truth in that. What you don’t know can kill you. The Bible says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…..” The devil hopes you will never know that healing belongs to you as part of salvation. Then you won’t stand your ground when he comes to destroy you with sickness and disease. And believe me, he will come. He comes to everyone. But if you know what belongs to you, you will refuse sickness and disease in your body, as Jesus bore all yours, and you don’t have to bear it.
Why pay for something that has already been paid for? But if you don’t know, then you’ll just try to cope with every thing the devil puts on you. You’ll run to the doctor every time the devil attacks you. Doctors do a good work, don’t get me wrong, but they just work on the symptoms. With Jesus, you can eliminate sickness from your life, just as with Jesus you can eliminate sin from your life. Why not do both? You don’t have to choose between the two, as many would have you believe. You really can have both! You can have the new car and the extended lifetime warranty, so to speak. It’s bought and paid for already!
In the “Lord’s Prayer”, it says, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” There is no sickness in heaven, because the Lord’s will is established there. It is God’s will there be no sickness on earth, as well. If we would let God have His way on earth, there would be none here either. You can’t make God’s will be done on earth for others, but you can let God’s will be done for you! If everyone else in the world wants to stay sick, then that’s their business. But you can be well. Know what Jesus purchased for you, and take advantage of it! No one will do it for you. Don’t let the devil talk you out of your warranty!