Means, Methods, and Manifestations
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16 NKJV
You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created. Revelation 4:11 NKJV
Four times in the Bible that God says: the just shall live by faith (Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). Does faith in God allow for healthcare practitioners to administer medical care to His people? Are physicians, nurses, surgeons, specialist, and other medical professionals of God? If all things are created by Him and for Him, and for His pleasure, the answers to these questions can be answered in faith, foolishness, or presumption. It is foolish to think that all physicians and medical care professionals aren’t of God; and, it is presumptuous to think that if you have faith, then you will never need medical care. This kind of faith “places God in a box”, at least in your experience. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb.11:6), but faith must be unfeigned, i.e., genuine, sincere, without presumption, or hypocrisy. Unfeigned faith recognizes that God is all in all (2 Tim. 1:5; Eph. 1:23), and that He alone can heal and is not limited to means, methods, and manifestations.
What does the Bible say about healthcare professionals? Mid-Wives had an acceptable practice in childbirth (Gen. 35:17; 38:28; Ex. 1:17). Both Jesus and Paul spoke respectfully of physicians (Matt. 9:12; Col. 4:14). Furthermore, Proverbs 17:22 says that, “[a] merry heart does good, like a medicine.” Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that medicine is good—not evil. Moreover, physicians are required to swear not to violate the “Hippocratic Oath: “First do no harm.”
In addition to exercising the power of the Holy Spirit, the laying on of hands, the gifts of healings, and the working of miracles, does God use alternative means and methods to manifest healing? Absolutely (see John 9:1-7) —and some manifestations are gradual (Mark 8:22-25). Remember, God used a lump of figs to heal King Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:4) and Paul told Timothy to drink a little wine for a stomach ailment (1 Tim. 5:23; John 1:3). The bottom line is: what do you sincerely believe? (See Matt. 9:23-30). There is nothing in the Bible that suggest that God is displeased with medical science or various health treatments (James 1:17; John 10:10). Thank God there can be victory over sickness via alternative means, methods, and manifestations!