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Thoughts on Healing & an Update

As you go, preach this message: “The kingdom of heaven is near.” Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
(Matthew 10:7, 8)

Update on Jack: Since we posted the call to prayer, things in the natural have gone downhill rapidly. The doctors have now said that he has only days left. But we do not trust in the natural, nor what we see, but in the Lord Who is our Healer. Many of you sent me the following verse:

This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. (John 11:4)

We declare this verse over Jack continually. And we stand in faith that the Lord only will be glorified in this. We all know that Jack is a firm believer in healing and he is a man of strong faith. We also know that the devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy. He uses fear, intimidation and control to keep us from fighting in this war in the heavenlies and experiencing God’s promises to us. So we stand and we fight. We are not afraid. We are not intimidated. And we put God and His Word only in control. We are the children of the King. We put on the full armor of God and remember that we fight from the victory won for us 2,000 years ago on the cross. Please continue to join me in this fight. We pray and we fast and we stand. We are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us.

On that note, I thought it appropriate to bring back an old article Jack wrote in 2003:

 

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:14-16)

From time to time friends ask me to pray over them for healing. Usually it’s a serious matter where they don’t feel comfortable trusting the medical community alone for their healing. The last time this happened I was led to connect four passages in scripture where the subject is addressed directly and gained some interesting insights.

The first reference is the one I’ve opened this article with. It’s a clear instruction from the Lord’s brother James to seek healing through prayer. No conditions, no weasel clauses, just clear admonition. The central thought, “the prayer offered in faith” seems to be the most critical one. In the Bible the same Greek word is translated both faith and belief, and the word for unbelief is also translated disobedience. (Hebr. 3:18-19) The only variable in the equation seems to be our faith; “the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.” No “might make the sick person well,” no “in His time,” no “if it’s His will.” Does the Lord view our lack of faith in the face of all the evidence of His healing power as disobedience? If disobedience is a sin, do we ever ask forgiveness for our lack of faith?

Got Faith? Scripture #2

We know the Lord can heal illness. There are too many examples in the Gospels to believe otherwise. And in the Old Testament we’re told that healing the sick would be a characteristic of the Messiah’s ministry. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5). Some try to spiritualize the passage but the intent of the original language does not permit anything other than a literal interpretation.

In Mark 9:21-22, the Lord’s ability was questioned by the desperate father of an epileptic child. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

Here is one who did confess his lack of faith, and the Lord responded with proof of His ability.

What About Me? Scripture #3

So the next question has to be, “OK the Lord can heal sickness, but will He heal me?” The only place in scripture where this issue is addressed directly is in Matt. 8:2-3. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. No hesitation, no pre-conditions.

But some believe their illness is a result of their sinfulness, that they’ve been singled out for special discipline by a God Who loved them enough to die for them while they still hated Him, (Ephesians 2:4) but now that they’ve become His, He’s decided to punish them. Somehow they’ve come to believe that they deserve to be sick. It’s an extract from the Eastern Mystical notion of karma, that they’re being cleansed or purified by their suffering, as if the blood of Jesus wasn’t sufficient purification for them.

For others the sympathy or other special attention they get while they’re sick becomes a powerful motivator to prolong an illness or even invent one, especially to a person who is otherwise ignored or taken for granted. The medical profession calls these people hypochondriacs, and drug companies make billions selling them medication they don’t need.

And among those driven to extraordinary achievement it’s held that illness is the only excusable cause for failure. Even though many diseases are brought on or made worse by stress or other self-induced causes, illness is viewed by some as an uncontrollable factor that relieves them of responsibility for their lack of achievement.

So in the Gospels John shows the Lord asking a disabled beggar, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) Good question. If as humans we truly have agency (freedom of choice) allowing us to override even God’s desire for us, will He heal us if deep down inside we don’t really want to be well? This was the 4th scripture.

Put all these factors together and it seems that we’re the only variable in the equation. Do we really believe He can heal disease? If so do we believe He’s willing to heal us? Do we really want to be well and accept full responsibility for our lives?

One More Thing

And that brings me to the final point. “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective,” James told us above. Have we really given all our sins to God, or do we still harbor some resentment, rebellion or self-justification? Is our self- righteousness preventing the Lord from restoring us to His righteousness? We’re pretty big these days on asking for all God has to give, but in the process have we overlooked our side of the bargain? “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:9-10). Perhaps before we start blaming God for not healing us, or misreading His word to conclude that He’s lost the power to heal us (or never really promised to in the first place) we ought to take another long hard look inward. Perhaps we’d better be sure we don’t have some secret sin lurking there, something our pride has not permitted us to finally give up to Him.

If we really believe He can heal disease and that He’s willing to heal us, if we really want to be well and accept full responsibility for our lives, then the next step is to be absolutely sure we’re in full fellowship with Him and through our confession have been purified from all unrighteousness. One of the hardest things to remember in our relationship with God is that He’s the strong and faithful one; the One Whose word never fails, Whose promises always come true and Whose commitments are always met. We’re the weak and unreliable partner, arbitrary, capricious and unreliable. So if something’s going wrong in the relationship, it’s a good bet that we should look to ourselves first as the probable cause. Selah

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  • CG Raine

    Thank you for the update, it’s so hard to believe it’s happening so fast, praying the Father will heal him very soon. Our thoughts are with you and Jack, God bless you both!

  • Linda Fogle

    Continuing to pray and believing that Jack will be healed.

  • Karen

    If Jack goes I’m going to miss him terribly but just think, he will see Jesus face to face, I can only imagine. Praying for you and Jack, Maranatha!

  • Katherine

    I’m continuing in my prayers for you and Samantha. .Jesus still heals, miracles still happen. Love you Jack and God bless you both.

  • Mary M.

    Jack,

    My Grandpa was a pastor. He loved the Lord so very much and all he ever spoke of was Heaven and how he longed to meet Jesus. It was such that when he passed, it was hard to cry, because I could almost hear his joyful voice as he met Jesus.

    He was so precious to me, always answering questions I had about verses I didn’t understand. We would talk for hours about anything in the Bible I wanted to know more about.

    When he passed, I found your website because I was looking for answers to verses and topics. I felt so blessed that your writing style matched his preaching style so seamlessly. Your site really helped my heart not feel such a void.

    Thank you for that. Thank you for giving so much of your time, your wisdom, and your heart to me, and people like me.

    I cherish you. I thank God for you. I’ve been praying so hard these last couple of days. I just wanted you to know how much you have meant to me. God Bless you.

  • Rebecca Denny

    Thank you for the update. Praying for you and Jack during this trial. May Jack receive a full healing or the Lord call quickly for us all. I know we would all be lost without him especially this close to our Messiah’s calling for the rapture. I keep telling Jesus that WE need him here more than He could possibly need Jack there. We have so few spiritual leaders left and the Church needs Jack now more than ever. Praying our Lord will honor the request for healing.

    • david kelley

      Right on Amen! Bless Brother Jack !

    • Gail Smith Griffith

      Amen!

    • ray

      “May Jack receive a full healing or the Lord call quickly for us all.”

      The LORD of Hosts does not respond to ultimatums.

      “I know we would all be lost without him especially this close to our Messiah’s calling for the rapture”

      I hope this person, Jack, is beloved by God. But whether this person passes or not, I am not ‘lost’ without him.

      “I keep telling Jesus that WE need him here more than He could possibly need Jack there”
      ? He’s just another American hubby, to be commanded? You are more
      YOU keep telling Jesusaware than King Jeshua of what’s best for Jack?
      Praying for this person is good. But we pray for God’s will to be done, NOT for this or that person to be healed, because we don’t know if that is best. For anybody. James advises calling the elders of the Church in certain cases of sickness. But you are not the elders of the Church. Christ decides who his elders are, not human individuals or groups.
      I’m not familiar with Jack Kelley, but he seems to be much-loved by many. What counts, however, is how much he is loved by Father and Son, not by the world, even by the world of Christians.

      • Rebecca Denny

        No one gives God ultimatums, it was a request. Nice preachy speech from a person who doesn’t even know anything about the man being prayed for. Try reading his articles on http://www.gracethrufaith.com and then decide if he is a servant of the Lord and a teacher worthy of healing. *SMH*

  • Roz Hudson

    TO JACK KELLEY + FAMILY + SAINTS, WE LOVE YOU AND HAVE PRAYED FOR YOUR HEALING. No matter what, you are the brother we love and THANK YOU for your clarity that has brought us close to our Saviour, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. (((HUGGSS))

  • 777Thomas

    Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. You are in my prayer Jack Kelly.

  • Weeping Man

    Praying unceasingly for our dear brother in Christ.

  • Steve Hanchey

    Jack. You’ve been a stalwart since I first discovered your website on 9/11/01. So much knowledge and blessings have been bestowed upon so many people because of your faithfulness to the Lord these past many years. God has truly blessed you and your family. I’m heartbroken to hear of your illness! I am praying that our Creator will heal you so that your ministry may continue on. So many rely on this ministry to be a blessing and a source for what church doesn’t seem to provide anymore. May the Lord grant you and your loved ones peace during this trying time. And may God bless your faithfulness! You have been a tremendous influence in my life. Thank you so much!
    God is in charge!
    Steve Hanchey

  • rich1hart

    Praying in the spirit for Jack’s healing. I believe Jesus can and will heal him. Jesus is faithful to heal all that believe and ask. I believe that Jack meets every qualification for Jesus’ healing. So Jack will be healed.

  • Elizabeth Salvatore

    Continuing to pray for Jack. All of Rapture Ready is praying for him. We have a thread on RR, in prayer section of prayers for Jack. Please tell him Rapture Ready and all of us are pulling and praying for him.

  • rich1hart

    Praying in the spirit for Jack’s rapid healing. Jesus promised to heal those who ask in faith and he is faithful to keep his word. I believe Jack meets every qualification to receive Jesus’ healing touch and I believe Jesus will heal him. Thank you Lord Jesus for your love and mercy.

  • August Koster

    Praying earnestly and believing that Jack can be healed!!! Thankful for Jack’s faithfulness and wisdom he has brought to many of our lives!! We know God is faithful and merciful!!

  • Mary Chandler

    I can hardlly believe this is happening to Mr. Kelley. My prayers are with him and you. He has taught me so much. My thoughts and love go out to you.

  • Greg L.

    Jack, we are praying for you daily–praying that God would show Himself mighty on your behalf and that His holy name would be glorified in completely healing you and allowing you to continue in your ministry to the body of Christ, both in ministering to the less fortunate around you and setting meat on the table for the nourishment of the saints. We are praying He would let you stick around long enough that we can all go together.

  • Rose McCutcheon

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Steve W.

    Mere words can not even come close to what God has done and continues to do thru Jack and the GracethruFaith website. And long overdue is this passage “6

    One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.” Other than letting Jack and his family, friends, and staff know that what he has sown in the Word is being reaped beyond measure is about all I can share. Thru Jack’s understanding and teaching of the Word, I sincerely believe the Word is being believed in as it was meant to be and therefore while the strength of the Church may be decreasing, the hope of “true” believers is increasing!!! And thru it all, and after trying to live first by the first two commandments, I continually whisper “be not far Lord, be not far” and this is what I ask for Jack along with “11
    To this end we
    always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and
    may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his
    power,

    12
    so that the name of
    our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the
    grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” ….Amen and Amen!!!

  • Tammy

    Praying and believing with you that Jack is healed! Isaiah 53:5 …..and by his stripes we are healed.

  • Our family is presently grieving the loss of our beloved kitty animal companion Mittsy. It’s heartbreaking. Over the years we’ve lost parents, a husband and a baby. Your words have brought us great comfort and hope. I ask the Lord to bless your faith during this difficult time. And we will continue to join you in prayer for the complete healing and restoration of Mr. Kelly’s health. In God’s love… Maranatha

  • Kathy

    I will continue to pray for Jack and his healing. My prayers are with Jack and his family. God Bless You both!

  • Fran McGibbon

    Have asked many of our brothers and sister to pray . I believe this is one way God is trying to get us back to fervent and believing prayer.

  • Heather Joy Rink Mahalaris

    To Jack and his family, Im sorry and Ill be praying for Jack and you. God bless you!

  • Alla Dagowitsch

    Dear Samantha, I pray for Jack and for you continually. Sorry that I don’t write, I am weak in English. I have blessing with this site! I read it from beginning 2014, translate some articles into Russian, print and give to my friends and relatives. I am Jew from Ukraine and live with my family in Germany. I have no church and study Bible alone. I am very thankful to you and pray for you. Alla

  • TDM

    I am joining you in prayer for Jacks healing because I know God still heals today, but I also know when our work for God on this earth is finished, God takes us home to the life that we were actually created to live with Him and that comes through our death on this earth, but it is the ultimate healing. If God choses to take Jack home, then we should rejoice that God blessed him and his family with a short time of illness on this earth keeping his suffering to a minimum. God taught me when He chose to take my hubby of 31 years home to be with Him, that we are too “earth centric,” this world is not our home, we who are Born Again Believers, belong to God and are on loan to our families, we are here for His purpose, to share the saving gospel with the lost and Jack certainly did this. Death in this life for the obedient devoted born again believer is a reward for our faithfulness to God, the beginning of our eternal life in the presence of our precious Lord and Saviour. My prayer is that God comfort Jack’s family and fill them with His peace that surpasses all understanding during this difficult time, while they wait patiently for God’s will to accomplished in Jack’s life at this time.

  • Tom and Carol Porter

    Ah Jack. Our hearts are just breaking. Tom and Carol

  • Bobo Liew

    In the name of Jesus, I command cancerous cells to leave Ps.Jack right now!!! Healthy cells regenerate in Ps.Jack!!! For the stripes that Jesus bore, Ps.Jack is healed! In Jesus powerful name I pray, Amen!!!

  • Larry Ray Wolff

    I believe, help me with my unbelief Lord. The world sure needs a man like Jack around. I believe it is the Lord’s will that Jack be healed, In the name of Jesus.

  • zelma

    Jack you are in my prayers and I hope and pray to God that you will overcome all of this. Two years ago I was lost and trying to find my way back to the lord and until this day I don’t know how I found you web site and from that day every questioned I had you had the answer for me. I think God for you you are a good Bible teacher to all of us God bless you thank you .

  • Sue M.

    Praying each day for your healing Jack!! Thank you for all you’ve done through GracethruFaith. I have learned so much and feel very blessed to have found this website. God works through your faithfulness and many have the gained wisdom of God’s Word because of your teachings. God Bless you and your family.

    Sue M.

  • Johanne

    Hopefully Jack will get better, he has the gifts of God.

  • Sophie

    Jack Kelley and your family is in my daily prayers; please tell him how much we love him and appreciate his ministry. While there’s life, there’s still hope and I am praying for a miracle that only our Lord can send!

  • Danny

    Brother Jack: I have been reading your outstanding lessons for years now. You are a grade A teacher and I thank God above for putting you and your teaching in my life. I will not have the privilege of meeting you in this world, but promise to look you up in the next. I thank you for every word that you have written down for us to study. I have run off tons of your articles and use them in Bible study and putting together Sunday School lessons. God bless you sir. I pray for your health. We don’t know why things happen in this life the way they do sometimes. But, if God has decided to make His heaven much more richer and makes us here that much more the poor, by calling you home to teach, then we praise Him and thank you. I will continue to pray that our prayers will heal you and the Good Lord will determine that you are still needed here for a good while longer. There is scripture that says that in these final days, that there will be a famine of the word. I believe that means that talented teachers like yourself will be called home and this world will not have your knowledge here any longer. I believe those years are upon us. But, I believe the Rapture of Christ’s Church is near also. God bless Brother Jack. Hang tough as Major Dick Winters of the Band of Brothers was always saying. Hang tough.

  • Cindy Foss

    We continue to pray for our loving Father to just wrap you both up in his arms and just absolutely fill you up with his healing light. We fight with you as very grateful recipients of Jack’s awesome wisdom.

  • George & Carma Jessop SLC

    Brother Jack, Just heard about your illness, Carma and I will be praying for your quick recovery. May the LORD Bless and Keep You; May HE cause HIS Face to shine upon you; and give you Peace. And as we pray for your recovery, we know that it is HIS Will and not ours, thus All things work together for good. Jack, we love you and proclaim you are the best Bible teacher, and it has always been our blessing to be under your tutelage. GET BETTER, NOW! In YEHOSHUAS’ NAME.
    George & Carma

  • elena nash

    Jack Kelley still means a lot to all of us in the here and now. The Holy Spirit kept His promise to teach lead and guide us into all things when Jack Kelley came on the scene of my life.
    For by His stripes, Jack Kelley is healed.
    The Word of God says that “When two or more agree as touching ANYTHING on earth, it shall be done for you by My Father who is in heaven.”
    We are to trust and believe in God’s grace, His mercy, His WORD in which He says is, “HIGHER THAN HIS NAME!”
    For me, it is not about how strong my faith is; it’s about how strong my faith in His Word is.
    So together we will believe in His word when its says; By My stripes, today Jack Kelley IS healed, from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. For it IS,
    In the Mighty Name of,
    Jesus Christ our Savior,
    Our Lord and Our God,
    That we, Your Church,
    Pray amen (So be it),
    To and for Your Glory alone.
    ♡♡

    • mike

      I believe this. Amen.

  • Couleegal

    Thank you for the update…I am continuing to pray and send out requests for prayer to everyone I know – even if they aren’t familiar with Jack. It may be his work has come to fruition and God is calling him home – just like he did my late husband. We will praise His Name for He knows our beginning and our end; and we trust Him.

  • maxine

    I read Jack’s website almost everyday. If I remember correctly, in one teaching on healing, someone asked him why we saw so few healings today. His response was that we have stopped expecting and/or believing. (or close to that) It is so easy for us to quote the scriptures but what is in our heart when we do? Are we truly believing or just hoping? My prayer is that our Father will fill each of us with overcoming faith so that when we pray for His help and the performance of His Word, He will answer. I also pray that my faith reaches that level and I stand with all who declare the Word of God over Jack. Be healed in the Name of Jesus, Brother Jack! By His stripes you are healed!

  • Tricia

    I am earnestly praying that God will perform a miracle. However, if the Lord does ultimately take Jack home, I know that his legacy of teaching and ministry will have long lasting effects. Thank you for your love and faithfulness, Jack!

  • Cindy Wright

    Jack, praying for you to be healed. Thank you for all you have shared with us. God bless you!

  • Anita

    Praying for you Jack and your family! You have been such a blessing to me. I read all of your articles and updates. I am a stronger christian because of your teaching on the Word of God.

  • Ellie

    I believe!

  • jn31675

    To live is Christ, to die is gain! Praying for you and your family! Praying Satan has no victory in this situation!

  • Dave Henderson

    I have been praying for Jack as well. I pray he makes a full recovery! the Lord has answered some of the other prayers I have made recently. Jesus deserves all the highest praise you can give Him.

  • looking up

    Jack will be sorely missed in these last days before our ship comes in — but praise God that he is in the embrace of Jesus! I can’t help but be a little jealous.