Q  Does Jesus still heal today? In spite of my crying out to God for healing of my severe anxiety and panic disorder, nothing changes.

A Yes. As we Christians seek to represent Jesus in answer to his call to follow him and to be his healing presence in the world in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, God provides for us and heals our diseases in four different ways:

1.  God has created our bodies with the ability to heal themselves in many ways. Notice how our immune system fights off infection and watch how a cut on a finger heals, leaving only a scar.

2.  God has given herbal and pharmaceutical healing agents, which are imbedded in plants and minerals, as well as many healing arts, both Eastern and Western.

3.  Christians are exhorted to share each other’s burdens and to pray for each other. In the sharing and praying, God lightens our burdens. As we lift them up to Christ together, Jesus receives them from us, and we experience release and healing. Christians gifted and trained in healing prayer often refer to this as “inner healing” or “healing of memories” or “transformation prayer ministry.” Your experience of panic may respond well to such prayer healing.

4.  The Holy Spirit, our Counselor, knows what we need. Jesus was emphatic when he said he would not leave us (his followers) as orphans. God is our parent. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, to whom we are to relate as children, God washes away our sin and heals our diseases as he sees fit (like a parent). Trusting the Holy Spirit and learning to listen to his counsel gives us direction and a path to follow, either toward healing or acceptance of a “thorn,” knowing God’s grace is sufficient (cf. 2 Cor. 12).

By all means, explore one or all of God’s healing graces outlined above, and know as well as believe that God, as your Father, desires to give good gifts of healing to all in Jesus’ name.

About the Author

Judy Cook is a family therapist and a member of Meadowlands Fellowship CRC in Ancaster, Ontario.

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Can you please clarify #2: Eastern and Western healing arts. Perhaps it's my ignorance, but I've only ever heard these terms used of mystical, spiritual healing approaches. Thanks.

Here is the author Judy Cook's reply: 

As far as I know the many varied types of surgeries have their origin in the western world, whereas the healing treatments such as acupuncture and reflexology are considered eastern.  The "art" is the application of the scientific knowledge which underlies these medical practices.  Any practice that appears powerful and not well understood (such as healing) is sometimes ascribed to be a "mystical" or "spiritual" approach to healing.

I just wanted to share my story in that I suffered from severe panic attacks and anxiety for over 20 yrs. I had sought out doctors, counselors and psychologists, but no one could help me. Finally I went to see a psychiatrist who diagnosed me within the hour. I know every case is different but with medication after 4 months I was a changed person.

I shared my testimony in church after our minister preached on Psalm 88 - the darkest psalm. I shared this since the CRC is promoting sharing our stories through Faith Formation.

God may heal you emotionally without providing a cure.  The two are not full synonyms.  Most mental illnesses do not have known cures, and you may need to take medications for the rest of your life.  That is something you may have to come to therms with.  I am the Regional Advocate for Classis Eastern Canada, and I suffer from schizophrenia but my symptoms have been under control thanks to the meds I take since 2009.  I expect to thake these pills until the day I die, because the alternative is hell.  

Until my symptoms were finally brought under control through anti-psychotics I heard voices that had only mean things to say to me.  At one point--back in 1987--they even drove me to the point of suicide.  God talked me out of it by pointing out to my heart--no audible voice spoke--that my parents did not know how I felt since I was living on my own at the time, and by the time they would report me misssing my remains might never be found.  (I had been considering suicide by throwing myself inthe nearest river.)  

I also had delusional thinking, which with Christians and people of other religions often takes the form of religious delirium where the patient will get notions in their heads that could seriously jeopardize not only their health but their lives as well, such as fasting for indefinite periods, or for people living on social assistance, to tell their caseworker that they want to get off so as to depend on God's providence only.  BAD IDEAS!  BOTH OF THEM.  If you're taking medications for psychiatric conditions, or any physical ones, fasting is not advized as it may affect how the medication is absorbed by your body.  I hope this helps.