I’m just going to get right into it. Let me start with something that shocked me about divine health: The term “divine health” is not used one time in the entire King James Bible, nor in any of the other translations that I searched.
This is a term man created, and more importantly, man defined. When God opened my eyes to this truth, I had used the phrase “divine health” too many times to count, but I had never truly thought about what it actually means. Have you?
Something to Think About
Here’s a few questions to get you thinking. Don’t just glance over them, but read each one and answer it before you move on to the next:
1) How would you define “divine health”?
2) Based on your definition, what would divine health look like in your everyday life?
And finally, the most important question:
3) Are you walking in divine health? (If your answer is no, you can be off to a great start by the time you finish reading this article!)
Most people (including myself at the time) would answer that final question with a definitive “no.” Why? Because this is how divine health is most commonly defined: A person who is walking in a level of health that is free of any symptoms of sickness or disease whatsoever. They view it as an almost magical, most-likely-unreachable goal that only a few super-spiritual people are able to attain, and that it also only pertains to health in your physical body.
Redefining Divine Health
After much studying and seeking God on this, my definition of divine health has changed. I believe true divine health looks like this:
Living free from sickness/disease
Being free from anger, anxiety, bitterness, etc.
Having rest of mind or being at peace
Being successful in every area of life
To be sound physically and mentally
As my thinking about divine health began to change, I saw how the enemy has kept people from walking in it, through deception, by keeping them focused on trying to achieve something that they already have, like a dog chasing its own tail. Yes, you heard me right. I’m saying that divine health is in you, just as sure as your heart is beating while you read this article.
Jesus died to save you (sozo in the Greek), and when you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, you were saved (Romans 10:9). The salvation you received when you believed covered your entire being – spirit, soul, and body. Sozo means “to make well, heal, and restore to health” (Strong’s Concordance). In the moment of your salvation, you were not only forgiven, but you were restored to health.
The health that was made available to you through Jesus’ death is all-inclusive. It doesn’t just apply to your physical body, but also to your mental health, financial health, relational health, you name it. To live a life of health is to walk in freedom and prosperity, as well as in mental and physical wellness. To say that health is only for your body is to deny a portion of what Jesus did for you.
True Divine Health
The all-encompassing health that was provided to you on the cross is of and from God. It is, in other words, divine. It is Divine Health. Jesus died to give you not just divine healing in your body, but divine health for every aspect of your life. This means it is yours right now. Just like forgiveness of sins is yours and nobody could convince you otherwise, divine health is also yours. You receive it all in the same way: by having faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ.
I believe that divine health is a mindset, and to the degree that you renew your mind (Romans 12:2) to the fact that divine health is what Jesus paid for and that you already have it, is the degree to which you will see it manifest in your physical life. The presence of symptoms or trouble in your life doesn’t mean that you are living without divine health. It’s merely an indicator that you haven’t renewed your mind to the truth of what God’s Word says about you.
Divine Health Redefined:
Divine health means that you are consistently, passionately, and fervently resisting every single thing that the enemy throws at you.
Kenneth E. Hagin was a man who, I believe, walked in divine health. If you ask anyone that knew him, they would agree. I remember reading about a six-week period of time where he dealt with heart symptoms. Every night those symptoms came on him, and every night he resisted. He did not accept it. He continued to believe. He continued to fight. He continued to wield his shield of faith until the symptoms were gone. That, my friends, is walking in divine health.
If you view divine health through the narrow lens of never having a symptom in your body, then I doubt you can identify a single person that is, or has ever, experienced that. Not only that, but such a narrow definition means you’re missing out on so much more. Jesus died for you to have divine health in every area of your life. Begin renewing your mind to this today!
The How-To of Walking in Divine Health
What does divine health look like in your everyday life?
Let’s say you have a headache. What do you do? Walking in divine physical health doesn’t sit back and let it take its course. It doesn’t lay on the couch with the blinds closed. Divine health attacks it with the Word and speaks God’s healing words into the situation. It opposes what the enemy is offering until it leaves. That is walking in divine health.
Let’s say your marriage is in a rocky place. What do you do? Walking in divine marital health doesn’t resolve itself to the fact that nothing with ever change. It doesn’t give up. Divine health pursues God’s Word on marriage and fights for the beautiful covenant that God created between you and your spouse. It speaks words of life into your marriage consistently, passionately, and fervently! That is walking in divine health.
Nothing except your born-again spirit will ever be perfect in life. John 16:33 says, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Whatever situation you may face, Jesus tells you to keep your chin up because He has already provided you with victory in that area. He has covered it all and freely given it to you – freedom, prosperity, and health. In other words, divine health!
Let’s Walk Together
As we’ve journeyed through this article, we’ve redefined divine health and shown you what it looks like. I can say with confidence that I am walking in divine health today. Right now. Even though I had a tooth pulled recently, I believed and opposed the enemy right up to the time the dentist yanked it out. Despite any trial or symptom, I will continue to consistently, passionately, and fervently resist it.
I am walking in divine health. Would you care to walk with me?