God wants His kids well!

Matthew reported of Jesus traveling to the district of Tyre and Sidon when a Canaanite woman approached Him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David!  My daughter is miserably and distressingly and cruelly possessed by a demon!”   
 
In that day, Canaanite people were idol worshippers, not considered children of God, like the Israelites.  The Bible records that Jesus did not answer her a word.  His disciples begged Him to send her away, she was bothering them.  Jesus told them He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (at that time).  But the woman came and kneeled down and worshiped Him, and kept praying, Lord, help me!  Finally, Jesus responded:  “It is not right (proper, becoming, or fair) to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”  (The Jews were known to refer to the Canaanites as dogs).  Her response of faith produced results for her daughter — the Bible says “and her daughter was cured from that moment.” 
 
Glory to God!  But the point I want you to see is that the woman wanted healing for her daughter; and Jesus, understanding that, said, “It is not right to take the CHILDREN’S BREAD” (what belongs to God’s children) and give it to others who worship idols.  Jesus called healing THE CHILDREN’S BREAD.  (Matt 15:22-28) 
 
There are two aspects of this statement that are very interesting.  One, Jesus said healing BELONGS to the CHILDREN–it is their rightful possession as children of God. 
 
Secondly, what does bread represent?  Provision in its most basic form.  Bread was a staple, not a delicacy.  It was common, not a rare commodity.  Jesus said healing, wholeness, soundness of mind and body, all BELONG to God’s children.  It is our inheritance, our family right to enjoy, and it has been provided for all.  He didn’t expect sickness and disease to be common, He expected good health to be common!  That’s why James asks folks in the church, “ARE THERE ANY SICK AMONG YOU?”  Then he goes on to explain to any sick folks how to receive their healing by anointing with oil and the prayer of faith.  (James 5:14)  In that day, it was questionable if there were ANY sick in the Church!  Being well should be as common to us as breathing! 
 
It is the will of God for you to be whole — spirit, soul, and body.  Just as Jesus died on the cross to save you from the penalty of sin, the Bible tells us that “by His stripes, we WERE healed”  (Isa 53:4-5 and 1 Peter 2:24). 
Throughout the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — not ONCE did someone come to Jesus for healing and go away sick.  Over and over we read, “and He healed them ALL”.  Let’s look at a few Scriptures to verify this point:
 
And a great multitude came to Him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them down at His feet; and He cured them.” Matt 15:30
 
“When He went ashore and saw a great throng of people.  He had compassion for them and cured their sick.”  (Matt 14:14)

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity.”(Matt 9:35)

 
“When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons, and He drove out the spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick.  And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah.  He Himself took (in order to carry away) our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases.” (Matt. 8:16-17)
 
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by the power of the devil, for God was with Him.”  (Acts 10:38)

Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” 

Jesus came to manifest, or display the Father, His love and His goodness, to the people on Earth. 
 
God said, “Beloved, I wish above ALL things that you would be in HEALTH and prosper, even as your soul prospers” (3 John 2).

Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, today and forever.  Forever it is God’s will that you live free from sickness and disease, from pain, from lack, from anything that would hinder you from becoming ALL He has purposed for you to be! 

Jesus said, “The thief comes not but for the steal, kill, and destroy, but I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). 

 

 How did the woman with the issue of blood obtain her healing?  Read the account in Mark 5:25-34. 
 
The Bible says she had been sick 12 years, had “endured much suffering at the hands of doctors” and spent ALL she had but she got only worse, not better. 
 
Know anyone like that today?  This lady, because of her constant bleeding, was considered unclean and was shunned by all.  I imagine she had a relative who lived in the city who saw the miracles Jesus was performing, and this friend or relative probably went out to where this woman was staying and told her all she had seen and heard. 
 
The Bible says “faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).  Our faith grows as we hear and receive the truth of God’s Word.  That sick lady began to have hope in a hopeless situation!  I imagine she began to say to herself, “well, if Betty Jo got healed of a fever, and ol’ Fred got healed of leprosy, well, I just bet, if I could get close enough to just touch his robe, I bet I could get healed too!” 
 
And the more she said it (read the account for yourself — she SAID), the more she believed it.  And since she believed it, she began to act on what she believed.  She got up out of bed; she got her street clothes on, she probably put on some sandals and pulled her hair back out of her face.  She began to see herself touching his robe, just touching it, briefly, ever so quickly, and then, the bleeding would stop!  I bet she got excited just thinking about it!  Twelve long years of being weak, of being shunned, of being an outcast, over at last!  I can imagine she literally ran to where Jesus was passing through the streets — people thronging him everywhere — pushing, shoving, everyone wanting to be near Him, to touch Him, to hear Him, to see the miracles He would do.  How would she ever get close enough to touch Him?
 
And this is where many people get disappointed.  Had the woman summed up the natural circumstances with her eyes and ears, she would have turned around and gone home.  After all, she wasn’t even supposed to be near other people — she was unclean!  The risk of humiliation (people pointing and shouting UNCLEAN!) was so great; the odds stacked against her.  Had she given in, and given up, she would have gone away as sick as she came, and hopeless.
It wasn’t enough to HEAR and have FAITH, to BELIEVE and CONFESS — she had done ALL those things, and was “none better” even yet.  It wasn’t even enough to ACT, to go to Jesus, believing, in faith, confessing — That wasn’t ENOUGH to obtain her perfect health.  How did she get it?

This lady was TENACIOUS!  Have you ever played tug of war with a dog?  My daughter has a little Boston Terrier named Lucie, and she LOVES to play tug!  We get an old rag and she gets on one end and I get on the other and we tug!  She growls and I growl!  She digs all four feet into the carpet, clinches that lock tight jaw, and yanks with all her might!  Lucie won’t let go of that rag for anything!  I can even lift her completely off the floor and she is still hanging on and growling!  Now THAT is tenacity!  And that is EXACTLY what it takes for us to obtain the promises of God, like healing.  The woman with the issue of blood had a vision in her head and that vision was herself WHOLE, enjoying life, reunited with her family and friends; she had a vision and she wasn’t backing off of it.  She wasn’t letting go because it might get ugly out there; she wasn’t turning loose because it would be tough getting through the crowd; she wasn’t giving up because so many people thronged Jesus and she was just one frail little woman in a sea of people — NO!  She was determined to get what she came for and she wasn’t going home until she did!  In spite of the incredible odds stacked against her that day, she made it to Jesus, touched the hem of His garment (just like she said), and was made WHOLE (just like she saw). 

Hebrews 10:36 says it this way, “For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God and thus receive and carry away and enjoy to the full what is promised.”  Patience is best defined as “saying the same thing”, or “immoveable”. 

Healing has been provided for us — agree with the Word, believe it, confess it, and act on it, and REFUSE to be moved until you SEE it come to pass!  By faith and patience, YOU WILL receive the promise!