God's Will To Heal - page 282

We Are the Bride of Christ
think of any reason why I’d ever want her sick, diseased, or weak. Well, does the Lord want His
bride sick? Does He want us weak? Does He want us shortened of our days, emaciated and
broken, and our beauty and our health robbed? No.
In Ephesians 5:25, he said, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church,
and gave himself for it.”
Now, if Christ is making His bride sick, it would be right for us to make our bride sick—to
poison them, hurt them, inject them with some disease. Why? “It’s what the Lord does with us.
He puts sickness on us to teach us things.” You say, “No!” and that’s the right answer, but do
you understand that millions of Christians believe that phrase? But it’s inconsistent with
Scripture. It’s inconsistent with what He told us to do. He said, “Husbands, love your wives, like
Christ loved the church….” That means help them, take care of them, help them to maximize
themselves, help them to reach their full potential. How many husbands want to see their wife
radiant, strong, beautiful, and healthy? No way do we want our brides sick, broken, weak, and
diseased. No way. And we are a type of Christ and the church.
He said, “Love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he
might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to
himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be
holy and without a blemish.” This is the will of God.
Some might say, “That’s spiritual.” It is spiritual, but it includes the body. We’ve proven it from
scripture after scripture. What did he say? “Husbands love your wives,” how? Well, if you read
on down, he said, “As your own bodies.”
Does God care about this body? Has He made provision for this body? Jesus did not just go to
the Cross in spirit. He went there in His body. He offered His spirit for our spirit, His soul for our
soul, His mind for our mind, and His body for our body. He bore our sins on the Cross, but He
took our infirmities, He bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains, too. And by His stripes,
we are healed.
I don’t care what you see or hear of others doing or not doing, are you convinced that it’s the will
of God for you to be healed? No matter what you’ve experienced or haven’t experienced, it
doesn’t change the Bible. It has always been His will, it is His will, and it will always be His will
for us to be healed now. Glory to God!
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