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Claim your healing

Published:Monday | February 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Steve Lyston, Contributor

Sickness is a topic that has caused one of the greatest debates within nations, from causes and best remedies to health-care reform. Included in this global issue are traditional versus alternative medicine. Without a doubt, the energy, education and health sectors are among the most lucrative sectors in any nation, but the most lucrative is the health sector - and it will continue to be so.

The Lord once told me that while many will criticise and come against a prophetic word from the Lord, once a person is sick, they will go to any lengths to receive healing.

Remember, 'cold bush', 'fever grass', cerasse - Jamaica, and indeed the Caribbean, have the best natural sources of plants and water for healing. Further to this, Revelations 22 and Ezekiel 47 remind us that the trees are for the healing of the nations. That being so, Jamaica is a gold mine of natural healing resources and could become a healthcare hub for the world, and reduce the nation's debt.

What causes us to be sick?

There are many things that can cause us to be sick: stress, debt, smoking, alcohol abuse, improper diet, environmental pollution, unforgiveness, hatred, sexual sin (the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit), disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:1), generational curses, lack of money, lack of water and divine purpose (to bring glory to God). Persons can get sick because of their working environment - the pressure to perform, fear of losing their job or trying to determine how they will support their families if they are without a job. The one thing that both traditional and alternative doctors generally agree on is that many sicknesses are caused by a lack of plants (vegetables) and water - something Jamaica has in abundance!

So many persons from all walks of life need to be healed - executives, VIPs, street vendors, business owners, politicians and the poor.

Regardless of the nature and the cause of the sickness, there is healing through Jesus Christ!

The methods of healing

Many do not truly understand that there are different methods that God will use to bring healing to them. Jesus Christ took 39 stripes/lashings on his way to making his ultimate sacrifice at the cross. Some doctors will tell you that there are only 39 categories of illnesses known to mankind. Each stripe Jesus took was for each category of illness that exists. Every category may require a different method of healing. Hence, the scripture in Isaiah 53:5 states, "But he 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."

In addition, the very bronze serpent on the stick that is used in the field of medicine as its symbol is spoken of in Numbers 21, and represents healing through Christ.

God will use any method He desires to heal you. He can use the physicians, whom He has given the ability to bring healing. He can allow you to take medication for healing (Isaiah 38:21; 1 Chronicles). He can use unorthodox methods (as in II Kings 5:10). He can allow His servants to pray for and anoint you with oil (as in James 5). He can heal you through plants. He can heal you with His word (Psalm 107: 20; Proverbs 20 -22). Further to this, taking communion/Lord's supper brings healing. Forgiveness brings healing, and giving to the poor also brings healing. Three days of fasting also brings healing (1 Samuel 30:12-13).

Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance and 'The New Millionaire'.