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God the Healer

God created creatures made of some form of flesh. Being flesh, living creatures need to be renewed, or healed, all the time. Cancer cells can appear in people, but God created an immune system that can destroy these deadly cells. God is the Healer.
Children grow up to become an adult. Their bones grow, their baby teeth fall out and new teeth grow in their place and various organs change, as well. Many more changes occur as they grow; these babies are healed from infant-hood to adulthood, if you will. 
Other kinds of healing continue as people live. Hair grows, old skin dies and new skin takes its place, old blood through out the body is replaced by new blood every month. Almost everything in the body is constantly being healed all the time. 
Being physical, injuries constantly occur: bones are broken and heal in approximately six weeks; the skin gets cut and heals. Certainly, in injured person needs to take care to allow proper healing to occur. The broken bone must be immobilized, and the cut skin must be protected from dirt and pathogens; God built into creation that which is necessary to heal. 
When people become infected by a pathogen, for example, when they heal, they become immune to that organism. Of course, some diseases are quite virulent and can cause many to die before a special healing process takes place, which is a complicated subject. Nonetheless, God made the body to be constantly in a healing mode; He is the Healer.
Furthermore, God instructs people, in various ways, to protect themselves from disease and accidents. Mostly, His teaching comes from people learning the lessons of good living. For example, people who eat too much gain unhealthy weight; people who starve themselves will die; inebriates get dangerously drunk; those eating poisonous things die; certain snakes can kill as well carnivores and other creatures.
God enabled the body to heal itself from cuts, broken bones, viruses and bacterial infections. Things in nature help to heal, even man made compounds made from God's creation.
Animals and plants heal themselves in similar ways as God created people's bodies to be healed. Insects that eat the leaves of plants for food have birds and other insects that can kill the leaf eaters. People have also discovered chemicals that can kill the insect until it develops immunity, but the insecticide can be harmful to birds and good insects. The plants also shed the partially eaten leaves and grow new ones to take its place. This subject like the body healing itself is an enormous one.
In the same way, God builds into animals the power to heal themselves naturally or with foods and the like. 
Earth heals itself as well. After a devastating volcanic eruption, the lava eventually succumbs to the effects of rain, wind and sun and becomes a fertilizer. Seeds, then, arrive due to wind blowing them from afar, animals carrying them in their fur or man's intervention and then become trees and plants. God established the means to heal earth's ailments. For example, after the flood plants needed a lot of CO2 to restore earth to a productive aspect. Certain processes during the flood caused large amounts of CO2 to become available in the atmosphere to enhance growth, which in turn diminished as the plants turned CO2 into O2. God created the mechanism to heal the earth after each catastrophe.
Rain in due season waters the plants, fills the lakes and rivers and cleanses the areas needed to be washed. Floods and droughts end, and the earth becomes restored, almost always. 
When thing go awry and do not heal properly, there maybe a reason outside the realm of natural phenomenon as the plagues in Egypt demonstrate.
God will interact with people who seek Him in a positive way and will interact negatively when people oppose Him; Godly interconnectivity keeps one well.
2Chr. 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
As the above verse says a good attitude is an important aspect of health, like being humble. A healthy life style can help keep the body healthy as two examples show. Good genes have a great impact on the health and longevity of a person. Medicines and herbs can heal or treat symptoms and facilitate healing.  
God intervenes in the well being of His children on Earth. Those who turn from their "wicked ways" find that healing, safety and prosperity become likely. On the other hand, those who prefer to walk contrary to God's Way, will have a myriad of problems including pain and suffering.  
Job 5:18 “For He inflicts pain, and gives relief;
            He wounds, and His hands also heal.

Seek the Lord
While most may not notice or agree, a cause and effect relationship does exist in relation to God's Way. Those who do good, get blessed and vice versa. Furthermore, those who do not seek the Lord for reasons of perversion, arrogance and greed must do evil, for the only way to be freed from the slavery of evil is to "seek the Lord."
2Chr. 12:14 He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

Hebrew for seek:
1875. d∂;rAv darash, daw-rash´; a primitive root; properly, to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship:
In seeking the Lord, one must first be motivated from within or without and then a person must seek God out with all one's energy and strength. Like an Indiana Jones searching for treasure, a seeker of God must have no other goal stand in his way.
Deut. 4:29 “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
Healing Words
God begins His Healing of illnesses by giving believers His Word, pure and complete because the mind must begin the healing and because the mind and its tentacles of nerves control all sense and motor activity in the body. Godly healing, apart from the healing He built into the Creation, is special and different.
God's Words created the world and all that is in it and when one accedes to His Words, God delivers him from the punishments emanating from all other thoughts apart from God's.
Psa. 107:20 He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions. 

Being children of God, people can participate in healing by reiterating His Words appropriate to the situation; Proverbs call these words as being pleasant, righteous, wise, soothing and joyful.  
Prov. 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
The righteous speak the words of God; therefore, the words that God spoke to create an Earth which can heal itself and life on Earth with the same capabilities when spoken by a person can produce a healing like a well of vital waters.
Prov. 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
Prov. 27:9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.
The wise person knows that God is, is the Creator of life and his words extol the virtues of the God who heals. Proverbs compares wisdom to the “tree of life.”
Prov. 12:18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
“Soothing” has the meaning of healing in the following proverb; therefore a healing tongue acts like the fruit from the “tree of life” bringing an existence beyond the physical, and existence made of spiritual material, which lasts forever and is forever vigorously vital.
Prov. 15:4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit. 

People receive God’s Word’s and live by it, which brings joy to the very being of a person.
Jer. 15:16 Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O LORD God of hosts. 

When the righteous cry out to God for His aid, He not only helps them but also heals their hearts, minds and body.
Psa. 30:2 O LORD my God,
I cried to You for help, and You healed me. 
Psa. 30:3 O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;
You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.

For the most part God’s Words prompt a person to rise to a higher level of being in both mind and body.
Deut. 32:2 “Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As the droplets on the fresh grass
And as the showers on the herb. 
Job 4:4 “Your words have helped the tottering to stand,
And you have strengthened feeble knees. 

As always God’s Words which created the world and all who live on planet Earth bring all that is necessary to have a bountiful life in mind and body.
Psa. 19:7 ¶ The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 
Psa. 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 
Psa. 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 
Psa. 19:10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 
Prov. 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight. 
Prov. 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 

Without God’s Words, people can never reach their full potential in mind and body, for without God’s Words in a person’s mind, a person can do nothing approaching the God given potential.
Grasping God’s Words as their own, God, thereby, bring healing to His People.
Prov. 4:20 ¶ My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings. 
Prov. 4:21 Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart. 
Prov. 4:22 For they are life to those who find them
And health to all their body. 
Prov. 3:8 It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.
Psa. 103:3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases; 
Psa. 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. 
Job 33:24 Then let him be gracious to him, and say,
'Deliver him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom'; 

“God so loves the world…” God wants to give all His children a life filled with His lovingkindness and goodness. He wants people to live a life as ones created in His image, not in the image of the adversary, who wants to destroy people because God favors them with eternal life if they would believe Him.
Job 33:29 “Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men, 
Job 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light of life. 

Sin Causes Disease and Death
However, as we all know, disease of living creatures including people and damage to the land are often not healed. The reasons are complicated in real life situations. For example, people may be born with a degenerative disease, many diseases are genetic and accidents can cause permanent damage to organs and the like.
Yet, the Bible says diseases come from a source people seldom consider, except knowledgeable believers. Disobedience to God’s Law, the Commandments, causes disease and death. One codicil is necessary: the earthly creation was never intended to be permanent and every creature dies. The hope of life and life eternal comes from knowledge of resurrection from the dead with a new body and a new Earth at some point.
Yet, the healing of creatures, great and small, continues to be part of the creation. The healing comes from God’s lovingkindness and from people who turn from evil.
Psa. 107:17 Fools, because of their rebellious way,
And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.

6588. pRÚvÅo pesha peh´-shah; from 6586; a revolt (national, moral or religious)
6586. pDÚvÅo pasha paw-shah´; a primitive root (identical with 6585 through the idea of expansion); to break away (from just authority), i.e. trespass, apostatize, quarrel.
Iniquity causes death, violently or after a period of debilitating disease. Ultimate healing must come from loyalty to God and living according to His way.
Jer. 30:15 'Why do you cry out over your injury?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your iniquity is great
And your sins are numerous,
I have done these things to you. 
Jer. 30:16 'Therefore all who devour you will be devoured;
And all your adversaries, every one of them, will go into captivity;
And those who plunder you will be for plunder,
And all who prey upon you I will give for prey. 
Jer. 30:17 'For I will restore you to health
And I will heal you of your wounds,' declares the LORD,
'Because they have called you an outcast, saying:
“It is Zion; no one cares for her.”' 

Ultimate Healing
As God created the Earth and life on it, He ultimately brings life out of death by reproduction rather than living on. All life on the planet arises from birth of one sort or another like a seed sprouting. In human reproduction, love brings about new life. Finally, the process birth and death will be replaced by those dead or asleep in the Lord will be resurrected with a new body impervious to disease or death.
Dying leads to good. The prince cannot be king until his father dies. The young must take the place of the old who soon die. The dragon slayer passes on his ability to his son only upon his death. We only became children of God upon Jesus' death.
Gal. 6:8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Gil Kovacs,
Pastor, Sabbath Christian Church