The Healing Covenant
THE COVENANT OF HEALING
TEXT: Exodus 15:22-27
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GIFT AND A COVENANT
God gives GIFTS OF HEALING and God keeps a COVENANT OF HEALING, and
there is a difference between them. While the covenant is in itself
a gift, the difference is that A GIFT COMES COMPLETELY BY SURPRISE,
and UNDER A COVENANT, GOD IS PLACING HIMSELF UNDER AN OBLIGATION.
With the words, I am the Lord who heals you, we're hearing the heart
of God overflow with something other than a gift. He is placing
Himself under an obligation; He didn't have to do it. That He does
it is a gift, but what is available within this covenant becomes a
point of availability to all of us. As precious as gifts are when
they arrive by surprise, HERE'S SOMETHING THAT GOD TELLS US WE CAN
LIVE IN. He's committed Himself to us on these terms.
THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE ALREADY FLOWING
This covenant of God's great love does not need to be turned into a
covenant of law, as though God needs to be reminded of what He has
voluntarily obligated Himself to. THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE ALREADY
FLOWING OUT OF A HEART OF LOVE TOWARD US. We don't need to come
insistently, stamping our feet before the throne of the Almighty to
get His attention and say, "Lord, You said!" This covenant was
RECEIVED BEFORE THE LAW, PROVIDED FOR IN GRACE, and PERSONIFIED TO
US IN JESUS
GOD'S LOVE IN HEALING is available to us on a CONTINUING basis, BY
COVENANT. For I, He says, am the Lord, your Healer. When God uses
the expression, I AM, it always refers to the TIMELESS EXPRESSION OF
HIMSELF, His Person toward us.
A WAY OF HEALTH, NOT JUST GETTING HEALED
The covenant of healing TRANSCENDS WHAT MAN CAN DO, but DOES NOT
DISQUALIFY it. Man, in his fallen condition, is always going to need
more than the resources of his own technology and discovery. WE NEED
THE LORD, we need a covenant that we can live in.
It is an ignorant application of Scripture that if you really trust
in God, you never draw on the provisions of doctors and medicine,
resources with which God has blessed man. The fact is, since Satan
comes to kill and destroy, ANYTHING THAT WORKS AGAINST DEATH AND
DESTRUCTION DOESN'T COME FROM THE DEVIL. Medical treatment isn't
outside the will of God, but neither is it the sum of the expression
of what He can do. Neither should it be the first point of reference
for the covenant of God toward you.
People who understand the covenant of healing don't just look to
being healed; they live in the FLOW OF THE LIFE OF THE HEALER
HAPPENING IN THEM and then, happening THROUGH THEM.
GOD REVEALS HIMSELF AS HEALER IN THE MIDST OF ATTITUDE, NOT ILLNESS
God's covenant of healing wasn't manifested during an epidemic,
plague or physical affliction. In fact, nobody is sick. THEY'RE OUT
OF WATER. But what is evoked by their circumstances reveals their
NEED FOR A HEALER of something DEEPLY INTERNALIZED and MANIFESTED IN
THEIR ATTITUDINAL RESPONSE TO THE SITUATION.
They did what people always do: They griped and murmured. They
turned to the person in charge and complained. THEIR COMPLAINT
BETRAYED THE DEEPEST SICKNESS in man, manifested in:
NEGATIVE RESPONSE to that which tries him; and
LASHING OUT AT PEOPLE instead of crying to the
While it's true that Moses did cry
unto the Lord, that might not have
been because he was any smarter,
just more desperate.
ATTITUDE ISSUES ARE AT THE HEART OF
What is manifest in these people at
this point is so characteristic of
every one of us, depending upon the
degree that we have learned to
discipline our BEHAVIOR, our
ATTITUDES and our TEMPERAMENT. There
are people who appear to have no
bitterness or irritation, who think
they are navigating circumstances,
but in fact, they aren't.
They INTERNALIZE. They may not be spewing the venom
of bitterness, but inside they're churning with the
They REPRESS their irritations. It only takes the
right kind of fuse to burst them open in a given
situation, like mentioning the wrong name.
They COVER UP their pain with apparent self-control
and a "positive attitude" yet it's not strength
born of God, but of the HUMAN SPIRIT THAT HAS MADE
ITSELF RIGID against the injustices of life.
They suffer from the BITTERNESS OF FEAR. Fear
upsets our chemical equilibrium and excess
adrenalin takes its toll day by day, shortening a
person's life as he is stampeded by fears.
In their NEED TO PROVE THEMSELVES, some people
In revealing Himself as Healer, GOD
IS ENCOUNTERING US IN THE WAY LIFE
IS LIVED: Surrounded by
CIRCUMSTANCES THAT DRY YOU OUT, and
DISAPPOINTMENT that what you hoped
for didn't happen. That hopelessness
and futility can generate negative,
ATTITUDINAL DIFFICULTY IS THE HEART
OF HUMAN SICKNESS. The more that
science advances, we realize that
what's going on in our hearts, minds
and attitudes cannot be separated
from what is going on in our bodies.
They are totally related.
THE LORD SHOWED MOSES A TREE
The Bible says that when Moses cried
unto the Lord, the Lord showed him a
Archeologists can take you to Marah
today and show you a place where
there are bitter, undrinkable wells.
THERE IS NO NATURAL EXPLANATION FOR
THE MIRACLE of the water turning
sweet. No one's ever found a
physical resource growing nearby
that neutralizes the bitterness of
the water, underscoring that what
happened with Moses was a sheer
When you come to those POINTS OF
AFFLICTION, BITTERNESS AND TRIAL IN
YOUR LIFE TODAY, the only thing that
can answer to that is for THE LORD
TO SHOW YOU A TREE the one where He
established the covenant in His own
blood, the CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST.
What you need to sweeten the bitter
waters is to TAKE THE CROSS AND
APPLY IT TO THE BITTER CIRCUMSTANCES
OF LIFE. At the Cross, the covenant
begins to be released. Apply it:
To the BITTERNESS OF OUR TASTES, to situations that
don't suit us.
To our SELF-RIGHTEOUS, SELF-SERVING STANDARDS
To situations in which people have been UNJUST AND
The Lord wants to show us a Tree
where the most unjust action in
history took place, and He wants you
to apply that tree where you are
hurting and it looks like there's no
way out. FREEDOM COMES WHERE THE
CROSS IS APPLIED.
CONDITIONS OF THE COVENANT
Verse 26 outlines conditions of this
DILIGENTLY HEED THE VOICE OF THE
LORD, YOUR GOD. Every one knows what
it means to have an INNER VOICE tell
you something that controverts a
plan or an idea you have. It can be
the tiniest thing in life. It's not
a matter of God speaking or quoting
a scripture to you; there are
internal sensors in every one of us.
PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE COVENANT NEED
TO LEARN TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE
LITTLE THINGS. How can you tell if
it's the Lord or not? Get on your
knees and say, Lord, is that you?
You won't necessarily get a crashing
voice from heaven, but there will
come that SENSE OF PEACE, or an
ongoing question. You can always
speak with someone who has maturity
in the Lord and see how it sounds to
them. But at least you're not
hastening on unto your own confusion.
GIVE EAR TO HIS COMMANDMENTS. The
Lord doesn't give us His
commandments simply as a matter of
righteousness in the invisible
realm; breaking His law has PROFOUND
PHYSICAL IMPLICATIONS as well.
KEEP MY STATUTES. There is a
tremendous list of dietary laws in
Leviticus and Deuteronomy, but under
the New Covenant, YOU DON'T HAVE TO
EAT A CERTAIN WAY TO PROVE YOU
BELONG TO THE LORD. Salvation comes
by grace through faith alone in
Jesus Christ. But our physical
bodies are subject to illness and
disease because we VIOLATE
FUNDAMENTAL NUTRITIONAL LAWS.
The Lord says HE WILL BE OUR HEALTH,
but it's PRECONDITIONED by
attitudinal, sensible, practical,
physical, nutritional responses.
It's not just a naturalistic
approach that if we eat, think and
do right we'll be healthy; there are
still things that when that we need
a Healer, and the Lord said he'd be
Some people are looking for a
miracle; an INSTANT WAY OUT of a
physical trial or burden. What the
Lord is covenanting with you for is
not a windfall or miracle, but A WAY
TO LIVE, a way of health, and HE
WILL BE HEALTH TO YOU. His covenant
is to restore, build, mend, and
COME TO HIM, ENTER INTO THAT
COVENANT, that place of refreshing,
and you can dwell in that kind of
place because of His promise to us.
Suggested worship songs:
717. I Am the God That Healeth Thee
638. I Need Thee Every Hour