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Health and Salvation by the Name of Jesus

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“It is his name—that is, by faith in his name—that this man was healed whom you see and know. Yes, the faith that comes through Jesus has given this man this perfect health in the presence of all of you all.” – Acts 3:16

After Pentecost, the paralytic man was healed through Peter and John at the gate of the temple. It was “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” that they said to him, “Rise up and walk,” and as soon as the people in their amazement ran together to them, Peter declared that it was the name of Jesus which had so completely healed the man.

As the result of this miracle and of Peter’s discourse, many people who had heard the Word believed. The following day, Peter repeated these words before the Sanhedrin, “By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth… does this man stand here before you whole”; and then he added, “There is none other name under heaven.., whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12) This statement of Peter’s declares to us that the name of Jesus both heals and saves. We have here a teaching of the highest import for divine healing.

We see that healing and health form part of Christ’s salvation. In heaven even our bodies will have their part in salvation; salvation will not be complete for us until our bodies shall enjoy the full redemption of Christ. Why then should we not believe in this work of redemption here below? Even already here on earth, the health of our bodies is a fruit of the salvation which Jesus has acquired for us.

We see also that health as well as salvation is to be obtained by faith.

The tendency of man by nature is to bring about his salvation by his works. While for the body, he makes use of well-known remedies; why then should he seek for divine healing?
Happy is he who comes to understand that it is the will of God to heal; that God wills to manifest the power of Jesus, and also to reveal to us His Fatherly love; to exercise and to confirm our faith, and to make us prove the power of redemption in the body as well as in the soul. Oh, let us believe in the name of Jesus!

Wherever the Spirit acts with power, there He works divine healings. If divine healing is seen but rarely in our day, we can attribute it to the unbelief of worldlings and the want of zeal among believers. Let us pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit, let us place ourselves unreservedly under His direction, and let us seek to be firm in our faith in the name of Jesus, whether for preaching salvation or for the work of healing.

A prayer for healing

Dear heavenly Father, grant us healing today as in the days of Pentecost, so that we may glorify the name of Jesus. It is sad to see how little the power of His name is recognized today, how little it is the end of preaching and of prayer. Grant us the treasures of divine grace, of which Christians deprive themselves by their lack of faith and zeal, which are hidden in the name of Jesus. Awaken our consciences, and bring our hearts to obedience. We know, oh God, that you are ready to manifest the all-powerful healing of Your Son, and to do it in a striking way in body as well as in soul. Let us believe it for ourselves, let us believe it for others, for the circle of believers around us, and also for the Church in the whole world. Let us ask great things in Jesus’ name, counting on His promise, and we shall see You still do wonders by the name of Your holy Son.

I thank you, my Lord Jesus, that You are both the Savior of my soul and the healer of my body. Amen.


The following message is by Andrew Murray from the book “Prayers for Divine Healing.” It is edited by Luis Joseph Castle. © Copyright 2017 Chosen of God Ministries. To order, visit our bookstore at: https://chosenofgod1.wordpress.com/category/store/

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HEALING

Good Nutrition and Mental Health

Mental illness is not always in our heads. Sometimes it is caused by poor nutrition, lack of exercise, substance abuse, tobacco smoking, and other unhealthy habits.

The field of Psychiatry is now emphasizing the importance of good nutrition for mental health. As a result of the chemical nature of our bodies and how it affects our brains/emotions/moods, we must be very careful about what we eat, exercise regularly, take vitamin supplements, and avoid all manner of harmful habits.

Scientists say that many people with mental illness commonly maintain poor diets, eat junk food, drink caffeine beverages, abuse alcohol and drugs, and smoke tobacco. This creates the biochemical perfect storm for mental illness. It creates a propensity for anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and many other forms of mental problems.

Good nutrition requires discipline.

Like anything else, if you want to get better you’ve got to work at bettering your eating habits. Start a new daily regimen being mindful of what you eat. Avoid foods that are high in sugar and fat, starchy carbohydrates, or processed with chemicals and preservatives.

Instead, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, natural juices, and limit your meat intake to only once a day. Eventually, your goal should be to transition to a complete vegetarian diet if possible. Not only will you lose weight naturally, but you will feel better.

There are those in the psychiatric field are reporting that some mentally ill patients have been cured by simply changing their diet. A healthy brain depends on the steady creation of neurotransmitters which rely on the chemical makeup of our diets.

Avoid stress as much as possible

Elevated cortisol levels (the fight-or-flight hormone), released into your bloodstream in response to fear or stress, creates all kinds of health problems in your body and brain. A steady stream of cortisol and other stress hormones can also deplete vitamins in our bodies and weaken the number of neurotransmitters in the brain. Protect these important neurotransmitters. Keep calm and be happy.

Socialize more

Humans need a connection with other humans and with nature to flourish. So many people with mental illness tend to live in isolation, and that’s not good. Force yourself to go out more and participate in normal human interactions with others.

Take vitamin supplements for mental health

Vitamin B-12

After running a routine lab test, one doctor discovered that a patient suffering from panic attacks had a vitamin B-12 deficiency. So he began a series of B12 injections. Within days, the panic attacks were over.

Vitamin B-12 supplements should be consumed daily (1000 mcg). A deficiency in vitamin B12 can result in a host of illnesses like anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, poor appetite, weight loss, depression, bad memory and more. This important vitamin helps to regulate the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and anxiety. Make sure that your body is getting enough vitamin B12 by eating eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, soy, and some varieties of nutritional yeast.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is necessary for the synthesis of our neurotransmitters, which help to regulate things like mood and sleep. A significant number of depressed patients have folate deficiencies.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a key nutrient for the nervous and immune systems and low levels have been linked to depression. For some people, simply getting a bit more vitamin D from the sun and absorbed through the skin can make a difference. Others who with real deficiencies need to take vitamin D supplements.

Omega 3 Fish Oil

Omega-3, in the form of fish oil or krill oil is also important. Our bodies cannot make these essential fatty acids, and they must be acquired from either diet or supplementation. They play a key role in brain health.

Magnesium

Take magnesium at night to help with sleep problems and muscle relaxation. Even if sleep is not an issue for you, chances are you’re still magnesium deficient (80 percent of us are). And that’s alarming because magnesium helps control hundreds of chemical reactions in the body.

Probiotics

Gut health affects everything – including our brains. Studies have found that by correcting imbalances in the relative levels of certain microorganisms in our intestinal tract, patients were able to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. In addition, probiotics in yogurt are great for people who are under a lot of stress or eat processed food.

Holistic Therapy is better than just drugs.

Many times, psychiatric drugs only treat the symptoms of mental illness, and not the underlying problem. However, modern psychiatry is recognizing, more and more, that mental health problems need to be addressed with whole body therapy – body, soul, and spirit. And good nutrition – the body’s chemical makeup – is a vital aspect of complete and effective therapy.

– Luis Joseph Castle


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HEALING

God’s Healing Power

Jesus once told His disciples, “Oh you of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Sometimes we can be so easily intimidated by certain illnesses and infirmities when we’re trusting that man’s opinion is the final word on the matter. The doctors may say, “This is an incurable disease,”and we think, “Oh, woe is me!”

But is anything too hard for the Lord?

Is He still the same all-powerful God who created the universe, and engineered the miraculous workings of our own human bodies? Shouldn’t we trust His word more than the incredulous opinions of others?

If you believe what cynical man has to say about divine healing you are certainly to be pitied. On the other hand, if you believe the Bible’s promises of a supernatural cure by a loving and compassionate God who can do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, you can be healed!

Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of Christ. Stop putting your faith in man and unbelieving doctors. Instead, believe in God’s healing power – for your own healing, your friends, and your family. God will never let you down if you put your trust in Him.

Below are some healing promises and affirmations that will encourage your faith. Read them every day, memorize them, and believe them with all your heart.

– Luis Joseph Castle

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HEALING SCRIPTURES & PRAYER AFFIRMATIONS

1 “But He [Jesus Christ] was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed [spiritually and physically].” – Isaiah 53:5

2. “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” – Ephesians 3:20

3. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

4. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:14-16

5. “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” – Matthew 4:23

6. “Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.’ And his servant was healed that same hour.” – Matthew 8:13

7. “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.” – Matthew 8:16

8. “O LORD [Jehova] my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.” – Psalms 30:2

9. “Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.” – Psalms 6:2

10. “Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies…” – Psalms 103:1-4

11. “Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.” – Matthew 12:22

12. “Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.” – Isaiah 58:8

13. “And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him [Jesus] and healed them all.” – Luke 6:19

14.”Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.” – Hosea 6:1

15. “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” – Hosea 6:1

16. “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound…” – Isaiah 61:1

17. “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” – Matthew 14:14

18. “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14

19. “For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.”‘ – Jeremiah 30:17

20. “Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” – Jeremiah 33:6

21. “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” – Matthew 9:35

22. “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” – Matthew 10:8

23. “So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.” – Luke 9:6

24. “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. ‘And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” – Luke 10:8-9

25. “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God.” – Luke 17:15

26. “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” – Revelation 22:2

27. “Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him [Jesus], she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.” – Luke 8:47

28. “And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” – Luke 8:48