Choose Health and Blessings
by Tom Brown
Deuteronomy 30:19 the Lord speaks: "This day I call heaven and earth
as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death,
blessings and curses. Now choose life."
Choose life! He did not say, "Since I don't like you,
I think I'm going to give you death and curses. But you, good looking
person, I like you, so I'm going to give you blessings."
You see, we often think that God makes the choices as to
whether or not we get blessed. Many think, "Well, if God wants to bless
me, He will just bless me. It's up to Him. I hope He blesses me, but
it's up to the Lord. Because I'm so humble, I'll accept whatever God has
for me." Wrong!
God said, "I call heaven and earth as witness against you. I
am making sure that every Angel in heaven records what I'm saying and
that every demon in hell notes these words of Mine! I'm making sure
everyone understands this one thing: That I have set before mankind,
life, death, blessings and curses. And that it is up to each person to
decide for himself what we wants--blessings or curses. I'm not choosing
for him. He must decide for himself. And the life he gets a result of
the choice he made. Period!"
Just in case you're not smart enough to make the right
choice, God exclaims, "Now choose life!"
"Oh, but Lord, I'm so humble that I'm going to leave the
decision with you. In fact I'm so very humble that I'm going to choose
the curses to make me more humble." Now I'm exaggerating the way people
think, but some come rather close to thinking this way.
If God wanted me to be cursed, then He would not have told
me to choose the blessings. He wants me to be blessed.
You might say to me, "Well, bishop, what if I don't choose
either blessings or curses?"
Then you'll get the curses because the earth is under a
The same thing applies to salvation. You don't have to
actually reject Christ to be lost; you simply need to do nothing. "Whoever
does not believe," said Jesus, "stands condemned ALREADY" (John
The human race is already condemned. You must choose Christ to escape
condemnation. Do nothing, and you "stand condemned." The Bible is
clear in its teaching: Everyone is born in sin and born under the curse.
Ezekiel saw a multitude in the "valley of decision."
Maybe you're in that valley. What if you choose neither left nor right,
Satan nor God? Instead, you just stay in the valley. Guess what happens?
The valley gets flooded. That's what will happen to you if you don't
make a decision.
We all begin life in the valley. Don't stay there. Choose
life, choose Christ, and live!
says, "What you decide on will be done and light will shine on your
ways." The Amplified Bible puts it like this: "And the light [of
God's favor] shall shine upon your ways." God's favor can be upon
your future. But the thing that you must do is decide.
Decide on a thing! Decide what you want! "Decide" means to
determine and settle a question, controversy or struggle by giving
victory to one side. There are so many questions and controversies that
people struggle with in the Bible. You must decide to give victory to
one side, especially concerning the Bible's teaching on healing and
People often say, "Well, that's just it, I don't know what I
believe about healing and prosperity. I hear one charismatic preacher
say one thing that gives me faith for healing and prosperity, then I
hear a traditional preacher say something else that makes me doubt
healing and prosperity. I'm just not sure what the truth is." Well, if
you are undecided, then you are never going to get the victory.
You have to make up your mind as to what you believe. You
must make up your mind to believe the Bible, not tradition and not what
others think. In order to make the right decisions and have strong faith
for healing and prosperity you must be totally convinced that healing
and prosperity are your covenant rights. You must have a strong
Bible-based opinion on healing and prosperity.
You might be wondering why I'm focusing on the two blessings
of healing and prosperity. Because 3 John verse 2 says, "Beloved, I
wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health" (KJV).
The two greatest human needs are health and prosperity. The two most
often causes of death are sickness and poverty. So it stands to reason
that the Lord has provided victory for you over these two enemies. And
In this article, I'm going to focus on healing. A strong
belief in healing will set you on the right path for it. Faith for
healing will help predict your future health. Deciding to believe in
healing will cause the light of God's favor to shine on your path for
According to Your Faith
So the deciding factor in the course of your future health
is this: What do you believe about healing? The following shows the
importance of being convinced of God's willingness to heal.
"The blind men came to Jesus and asked Him to heal them. Jesus asked
them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they
replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, "according to your faith
will it be done to you" (Matthew
Jesus said that they would be healed "according to their
faith." It is vitally important to have faith. Your faith releases
God to work or your unbelief hinders God from working for you. In fact,
Jesus refused to even pray for these men until He was convinced that
their faith was present. The key to receiving your healing from God is
to have faith!
Jesus often said to those he healed, "Your faith has
healed you." I remember discussing divine healing with, Ophelia, a
fellow employee who was taught in her church that Jesus does not heal
today, and that people who lay hands on the sick are fakes.
She said to me, "The trouble with you faith teachers is that
you claim that people have to have faith if God is going to heal them,
but Jesus healed anyone He wanted at anytime, with or without faith."
I knew that she had not really read the Bible much and was
just quoting her pastor. I answered, "That's not true. Don't you know
says, `And Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack
Her eyes opened. "It doesn't say that, does it?" she asked.
I nodded. She promised to go home and read that scripture herself.
The next day, she walked quietly to me and said, "Tom, I
read that scripture you quoted, and it does say that Jesus did not heal
because the people lacked faith. I've changed my mind."
I hope you are teachable like Ophelia. She learned that lack
of faith can stop God's healing power. Well, if doubt could stop God's
healing power, then faith releases God's healing power. So what you need
Since faith comes from hearing God's Word (Romans
10:17) it is important that you understand what the Bible says about
divine healing. It is important that you know what the Bible says about
healing, not what men teach about it. Many men claim to preach the
gospel, but they don't get gospel results.
The following incident proves that people will have faith to
be healed when the gospel is preached without compromise. "Where they
[Paul and Barnabus] continued to preach the good news [the gospel]. In
Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and
had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking" (Acts
What was the man listening to? He was listening to Paul as
he preached the "gospel." "Paul looked directly at him, saw that he
had faith to be healed and called out, 'Stand up on your feet!' At that,
the man jumped up and began to walk" (v. 9, 10).
Notice that the man had "faith to be healed." Where
did he get the faith to be healed? He got it from Paul as he was
preaching the gospel. Faith comes by hearing the gospel. Faith for
healing comes by hearing the gospel of healing.
It is obvious that Paul was not preaching a traditional,
man-made, gospel message that says, "Sorry, God does not heal anymore,"
or "God does heal--sometimes--if He wants to, but you never know what
God is going to do. He may use this sickness to chastise you. His ways
our not our ways."
This man would never have had "faith to be healed"
hearing that kind of religious junk. Yet this is exactly what most
people hear about healing. No wonder why they don't see the kind of
miracles that they see in the Bible--too much traditional teaching and
not Bible teaching.
Three Great Truths about Healing
No one can talk me out of having "faith to be healed."
The reason is simple: God taught me three great truths in the Bible
concerning divine healing. These are simple truths. They are easy to
understand. These are irrefutable truths that no one has yet been able
to argue against. These truths have kept me strong in faith so that I
have been walking in almost perfect health since I've learned these
wonderful truths. I have communicated these truths to hundreds of people
and have seen tremendous results. The three truths are:
1. Jesus healed everyone who came to Him in faith. He never
refused to heal anyone. He is the same yesterday and today and forever.
He never refuses to heal anyone who comes to Him in faith today.
2. Jesus paid for your healing. He bore your sicknesses and
diseases on the cross. Since He bore them, you don't have to.
3. Sickness is of the devil. Satan is the author of sickness
and disease. You have authority over the devil and can rebuke him and
cast him out of your life.
Let's look at these three truths closely.
Jesus Still Heals All
It is clear from the Bible that Jesus healed--and healed
often. Jesus main ministry consisted of three things: "Jesus went
teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom,
and healing every disease and sickness among the people"
1. He taught.
2. He preached.
3. He healed.
Healing was not a side issue with Christ; it was one of the
main issues with Him.
What about today? Does Jesus still heal? Listen to Hebrews
13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
Jesus still heals. He has not stopped healing. Don't be surprised that
Jesus still heals.
A few years ago I conducted a miracle rally in my home town
El Paso, Texas. During my message, I felt a tingling sensation come into
my right hand. As in times past, I knew this was the power of God coming
into me for someone's healing. So I asked people on my right side if
they had felt any power coming into them. A young woman named Cynthia
Stewart raised her hand and affirmed that she was feeling the power of
Weeks before, Cynthia had been in a car accident that left
her crippled. Doctors doubted that she would ever walk normally again.
She was injured so badly that she could not walk without crutches, and
even with the crutches it was difficult. When I saw her raise her hand
the terrible thought came to me, Oh, no! What if she doesn't get
healed? Then a wonderful thought replaced the ugly one, Jesus can
do anything--even make this crippled girl walk!
So I called her to come forward. To everyone's amazement and
joy, she arose completely healed. She began to walk in full view of all
the people. She walked without a limp.
Our church was so excited about this miracle that we
featured it on television. When we did, I received a threat from an
anonymous caller: "I am a lawyer representing a religious group and I
wanted to let you know that we are going to expose you as a fraud!"
I asked who he was and which church he was representing. He
refused to tell me. So I said, "Sir, I'm not the healer, Jesus is. So I
guess you don't believe in Jesus or the Bible."
He said, "I sure do."
"Then why are you so upset because Jesus did such a great
miracle? The Bible tells us He did many miracles. It also shows that He
continued to do miracles through the apostles and through other
"Yea, I believe He did that back then. But He can't do that
I simply laughed. "Sir, if you want to try to expose me,
then you are very welcome to try. The first thing you'll need to do is
meet the woman who was healed." Do you know what? That man refused to
meet her or me. I think he was afraid to find out the truth--that Jesus
Someone might say, "Yea, I believe Jesus still heals, but He
doesn't want to heal everyone." Well, then listen to the word of God.
"Many followed [Jesus], and he healed all their
"[Jesus] drove out the spirits with a word and healed
all the sick" (Matthew
"And the people all tried to touch [Jesus], because power
was coming from him and healing them all" (Luke
How many sick people did Jesus heal? "All"! Not some
or most, but all! It is God's will to heal every believer. Nowhere do we
find in the scriptures that Jesus refused to heal anyone who came to Him
in faith. He healed everyone who believed--without exception!
Someone might object by saying, "Jesus was the only one who
was able to heal all. None of the apostles were able to do that." This
is not true. Look at the following incident in Peter's life:
"People brought the sick into the streets and laid them
on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of
them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around
bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all
of them were healed"
5:15-16, bold added).
So you see that healing was possible for all after Christ
ascended to God's right hand. This story of Peter healing all clearly
demonstrates the possibility that everyone can be healed too. The reason
for the apparent failure in the Church today has nothing to do with a
lack of God's willingness to heal, but rather the Church's unbelief
regarding divine healing.
On one occasion, the disciple's failed to heal a boy with
epilepsy. So Christ healed the boy. Afterwards, the disciples asked the
Lord why they were not able to drive out the spirit of infirmity from
the child. Notice Christ' answer.
He did not say, "My friends, healing is not possible with
everyone. Sometimes God wishes for people to remain sick in order for
them to be purified through their sicknesses." Yet this is the common
answer given to why the sick do not get well.
Jesus answered, "Because you have so little faith"
You see, Jesus knew that God's will was for all to be healed. Jesus
never accepted defeat. He never resigned himself to the belief that
certain people should stay sick. No, He looked to heal them all.
Healing Paid For
Not only did Jesus heal everyone while He was on earth, but
to ensure our healing for today, He paid for it: "Surely [Jesus] took up
our infirmities and carried our sorrows" (Isaiah 53:4).
There you have it: Jesus took up your infirmities,
sicknesses and diseases. Since He took them, you don't have to have
them. This scripture should once-and-for-all settle the issue of divine
healing. But some people are simply stubborn; they want to argue with
God and fight for the right to keep their sicknesses.
Some people try to find reasons why this scripture does not
mean what it says. People seem to fight for the right to be sick. One
preacher told me, "This scripture is speaking about spiritual healing
not physical healing."
I answered, "I don't see the word `spiritual' in this verse.
You are adding to the Bible."
"But it is understood to mean that because of the context,"
he continued to argue.
I suggested, "Let Matthew tell you what God meant in
Isaiah." He agreed to read Matthew. "When evening came, many who were
demon-possessed were brought to [Jesus], and he drove out the spirits
with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken
through the prophet Isaiah: 'He took up our infirmities and carried our
I explained, "It is clear from Matthew that he interpreted
the words from Isaiah to mean physical healing, since he quoted it in
reference to the healing ministry of Christ."
He paused for a moment, then reluctantly conceded the point.
Sickness is of the Devil
Another good reason for you to have faith for healing is
this: Sickness is of the devil. And whatever is of the devil, you don't
want anything to do with it.
Many people are taught that God makes people sick. One man
who was taught that was
John G. Lake. He was told to accept the fact that his wife was going to
die. People told him that the Lord made her sick for a reason, even
though they didn't know why.
In the midst of this turmoil,
picked up his Bible from the mantel piece and tossed it on the table.
His eyes fell on the scripture in Acts 10:38: "How God anointed
Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around
doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil,
because God was with him"
Like a flash of lightening these words broke through to his
heart: God was not the author of sickness and disease. Satan was the
With this new-found truth, he laid hands on his wife and
rebuked the devil with all the boldness he had. The power of God flowed
through his wife, and then she cried out, "Praise God, I'm healed!"
Lake learned what Jesus clearly understood. Jesus knew who the author of
sickness and disease was. After healing a woman who was crippled by a
spirit, Jesus said, "Should not his woman, a daughter of Abraham, who
Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free?" (Luke
Jesus declared that Satan had bound this woman, not God.
This is why Jesus was so bold in His dealing with the sick. He always
saw Satan behind sickness.
From these scriptures and many others, you can see that
sickness is not caused by God but by Satan. God tells us, "Resist the
devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). You do not have to put
up with anything that comes from the devil, and that includes sickness.
I remember sitting down with a lady who was in a wheelchair.
I was asked by a brother in the Lord to speak to her about God's healing
power and, maybe, pray for her. So I agreed.
Before I could get started, she said, "Don't bother to tell
me that God can heal me because God was the One who crippled me."
Surprised at such a remark, I asked her, "Do you believe in
She nodded, "Of course I do!"
Then I told her, "Madam, I'm not going to tell you anything,
but I do ask that you read this scripture and then tell me what it means
I let her read the scripture in Acts 10:38 about Jesus
healing all who were oppressed of the devil. When she read that part,
she threw the Bible across the table at me and yelled, "So you think I'm
demon possessed, don't you!?"
I never made a single comment on this verse, but she
understood what it meant. She understood that this scripture clearly
shows that the devil is the cause of the physical misery in this world.
The only thing she misunderstood was that this scripture was not saying
that anyone who is sick is demon-possessed. It says that Satan is like a
thief trying to steal health and healing from us.
I don't blame people for being sick, just like I don't blame
people for getting robbed. I never thought that this lady was
demon-possessed. I simply knew who was the thief, and I tried to show
her that God was not the thief, but that the devil was. Unfortunately,
because of her firmly held tradition, I was not able to help her. Her
problem was that she believed wrong.
You hear people say, "It doesn't matter what you believe so
long as you believe something!" Wrong! If you believe the wrong thing,
you are going to receive the wrong thing.
So what do you believe?
If you believe that Jesus still heals and that He wants you
If you believe that He paid the price for your healing...
If you believe that sickness is of the devil, and that you
have authority over him...
Then you have begun to journey into divine health.
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