Are you aware that there are three paths to healing? Although they are quite different, they share at least one very interesting characteristic—I will get to that in a moment.
First, let’s list the three pathways. For years we have believed that if we pray to God and go to the doctors, then we are doing all we can. Modern medical science, however, has conclusively shown us that as many as 80% of our diseases are coming from emotional stress (see The Emotional Roots to Disease). That “new knowledge” gives us three God-given ways of mending us:
1) Doctors and medicine. God gives us Lukes (the “beloved physician” of Colossians 4:14) and “balms in Gilead.” Clearly He wants to heal us through doctors and medicine and at times that’s all that’s needed. Nevertheless, the Bible also shows us that the spiritual relationship of the sufferer is sometimes far more important to the outcome than simply tending to the body alone. If the usual way of seeking healing isn’t working, shouldn’t you be seeking the Great Physician?
2) Seeking God through prayer. This is the direct route! The New Testament is filled with examples of how powerfully this is meant to work. There are 17 times when Jesus healed every sufferer that was present and many other times when it was only one or two. There is no recorded case of anyone going to Jesus and not being healed. Amazing. That alone should tell us that God wants to heal everyone directly by prayer.
Although we are not seeing this happening in America, I saw something very close to this Biblical standard flowing like a river of healing during two weeks of ministry in Brazil: 5000 of the 20,000 total who came to our events reported significant healing. Not everyone who came needed or asked for prayer, so the percentage of healing was extremely high. I love this way! Even so, there is a third pathway grace has opened for us.
3. Bringing our hearts to God. According to mountains of scientific evidence, most of our diseases are rooted in emotional stress. This means that if we could deal effectively with the root issues of our emotional life, our bodies would recover health. This is exactly what happens!
This “third path” to healing is our focal point for transformation at Healing Streams, because in dealing successfully with our emotional issues, we are set free to love and serve the Lord in daily life.That is a win-win. Here are two scriptures that demonstrate the superior health that comes to those whose emotional life is filled with a vibrant faith:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Those are some of the differences between the three pathways, but what about the extraordinary similarity? The pivotal role is the one we play. Just suppose that it is true, that God really does want to heal everyone that comes to Him just as He did through Jesus. Then that means that the problem is one of our ignorance. This happens to be right where He places it (see Isaiah 5:13; Hosea 4:6). Consider how our lack of knowledge applies to these three paths as body, soul and spirit:
1. Body: going to doctors and medicine using physical remedies to treat the body. No one in these fields would throw in the towel and say, “That must be a disease that God doesn’t want to heal.” Everyone recognizes the present limits to our understanding and skills versus the immense complexities of the human body. We spend billions on research because we believe the body can always be healed—if sufficient knowledge can be gained. It is not God who is hindering or opposing us. He assists with fresh revelation. God wants us well.
2. Soul: bringing our hearts to God using emotional restoration to mend the body from the effects of stress. We are just at the beginning stage of this one! I have seen awesome physical healing come as the result of deep emotional healing. Unquestionably, the healing of the heart is a complicated matter. There is so much that we don’t know about why some people stay stuck in deeply ingrained emotional damage. Does that stop us from trying to help them or make us want to say, “Well, it must be that God doesn’t want to heal these wounds.” Not at all. We bow before the mystery, confess our own ignorance and keep pressing in! We never doubt that God would want to heal the soul. It is not God who is hindering or opposing us. He assists with fresh revelation. God wants us well.
3. Spirit: coming directly to God through prayer that provides healing to the body through spiritual power alone. Why is it that when we pray and the desired results don’t come, we blame God by saying He chose not to heal? Wouldn’t it make far more sense to confess that it is we who are ignorant about how His kingdom power operates—and keep pressing in to actually learn how to pray effectively in this area just as we would in the other two? It is not God who is hindering or opposing us. He assists with fresh revelation. God wants us well.
I recently read Andy Wommack’s God Wants You Well and it made me a believer! Go get it—you will be fascinated to learn the Kingdom principles at work. I can see our part better than ever and with sight always comes growth. Growth requires accepting greater responsibility for failure and admitting personal ignorance, but if the problem is really one of our ignorance, that leaves plenty of room for growth. That’s exciting!