“Why won’t God heal me?” is probably the question I hear the most. It may surprise you to know that God wants you healed even more than YOU want to be healed. So what’s the holdup? Well, it sure isn’t God. Whenever there’s a problem between us and God, the problem is always on our end.

Did you know God had a perfect relationship with Adam and Eve before they sinned against Him? So who broke that relationship? Adam and Eve did, not God. You see, God created mankind with “free will”. Sounds great, but sometimes it’s our biggest enemy. That free will enabled Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit and give it to Adam, and he ate of it, too. Now they both knew better, but they chose to do it anyway. Eve did it because she was deceived, but Adam did it to please his wife, even though he knew better. Free will destroyed them. Life might be simpler had God not given us free will, but He wants mankind to love Him because they want to, not because they have to.

What’s that got to do with healing? I thought you’d never ask. Sin is the problem, and Jesus is the cure. All sickness is the result of sin, one way or another. Sickness is our body’s way of rebelling against God. He created mankind to live in perfect health, and had sin never occurred, Adam and Eve would still be alive today, because He didn’t create them to die. With sin came sickness, death, and decay. Adam and Eve CHOSE sickness, death, and decay, only they didn’t know it at the time. And through them it was passed on to all mankind.

When the Lord Jesus was ministering to the multitudes, He taught them about the Kingdom of God, and told them the Kingdom of God was nigh them. And He healed all the sick who came or were brought to Him. Were any left sick among them? Sure, there had to be, because not everyone came out to Him. But all who came were healed. Such is the Kingdom of God. Everyone is invited, but not everyone accepts the invitation. The price for admission was paid for in full by Christ Jesus, yet not everyone is saved. Why? Free will, that’s why.

What does that have with being healed? EVERYTHING! Let me give you the explanation: Matthew 13:9-16 says,
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

I believe the key is contained in verse 15, “AND SHOULD BE CONVERTED AND I SHOULD HEAL THEM”. Multitudes followed Jesus. MULTITUDES! And yet only TWELVE stayed with Him continually. Now Jesus healed multitudes of sick people, but how many of them CONTINUED to follow Him after they were healed? In other words, how many of them became His disciples as a result of being healed? Here’s an interesting scripture about healing, found in Luke 17:12-19,

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Please take note that in verse 17, Jesus said, Were there not ten CLEANSED? The Word used here is the Greek word G2511, pronounced Katharizo, means to pronounce clean in a Levitical sense. But to the one who came back to give Him glory, Jesus said, “thy faith hath made thee WHOLE”. That is the Greek Word G4982 SOZO, meaning to save, keep safe and sound, rescue from danger or destruction, to heal from disease or suffering, to SAVE FROM EVIL. The other nine, who didn’t come back to worship Jesus just got their leprosy healed, and that’s significant, but the one who came back was “converted” and SAVED and healed. There IS a difference!

I see myself as the one who came back and gave God glory and worship for healing me, and that resulted in my salvation and immediate call to the ministry, which I’ve been doing for nearly twenty six years now.

So, you may be asking, “Why won’t God heal me?” Is healing all you want, to be released from pain and suffering? There’s nothing wrong with that, nobody likes being sick. But there is SO MUCH MORE TO BE HAD! Out of the multitudes that Jesus healed, not many went on to become Jesus’ follower for the rest of their lives. We see on the day of Pentecost, in Acts chapter two, that there were only 120 in that upper room who were still true disciples of Jesus, out of how many? Thousands? Tens of thousands? By their free will, they CHOSE to be followers of Jesus, and only THEY were filled with the Holy Spirit that day, not the multitudes that had come out to hear Jesus when He taught and healed the sick. Later, through those 12 disciples, and the 120 who were filled with the Holy Spirit, MORE were taught about the Kingdom of God, and were healed and saved.

Coming down to this day and age, more are still being saved and healed through the Word of God being taught us by men and women of God. But here’s something to consider, that is found in Luke 13:23-30,
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

You know how very much I love to teach on healing, but I found myself asking the LORD one day, “LORD, what good is a healed body if you’re going to go to hell with it?” God loves to heal our sicknesses, but the majority of people whom I have personally seen healed have not gone on to become true disciples of Jesus. Some do, but not many. Most go back to doing whatever they were doing before they got sick. Again, free will.

Is it possible that sickness causes us to seek God? Well, I can’t speak for others, but that’s exactly what it did to ME. I got serious about seeking God when I was told I had only less than a month to live. Is it possible that long-term suffering keeps us seeking God? I’m not too sure about that one. Many give up on God or become angry at Him for not healing them. Again, I believe “CONVERSION” makes all the difference, especially in the long run. Conversion is the result of free will CHOOSING to follow Jesus, no matter what. I see there are some who are saved and love the LORD with all their heart, who never receive their healing in this life, and I have no good explanation why, except that perhaps they have given up on their healing, knowing that their salvation is infinitely more important. But…you can have BOTH, so why not have them both?

I urge you to use your free will to CHOOSE to believe you are healed by the stripes of Jesus, regardless of what the doctors or you body is telling you. Healing IS available, and the price for that healing has already been paid for in full for you by Christ Jesus, so why waste it? Instead of asking, “Why won’t God heal me?”, instead start thanking Him that you ARE healed, because His Word says so. Like seeds planted in the ground, the process is, SEED, TIME, HARVEST. Plant your healing seeds NOW, and don’t pull them up before they grow to the harvest.

Don’t be saying, “I’m healed by the stripes of Jesus” one day, and saying, “Why won’t God heal me?” the next. That’s destroying your harvest. I’ve taught a lot about that. I hope someone out there is listening….. As I’ve said before, watch your words, your own words may be the reason you’re not healed. God wants you healed, but He also gave you free will. God made HIS choice, and provided healing for you. Now, what’s YOUR choice?