Is There No Balm At Gilead? By Bishop David Oyedepo


Welcome to another exciting week! I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. This week, we shall focus on: Is there No Balm in Gilead?

We discover from Scriptures that health stands out as one of the greatest assets in life. When a man’s health is challenged, everything he has loses value. A wise man once said, ‘Health is wealth’. Moreover, life at its best will be theoretical without health. As it is written, Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered (Jeremiah 8:22). In the world today, healthcare is one of the costliest services; however, God has a full healthcare package for His children. The Bible says, Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2). Jesus Christ paid the price for our total health. That is, He shed His Blood for the remission of our sins and restoration of our health and vitality (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 2:24). Furthermore, by redemption, we have been repositioned above all principalities and powers, who are the oppressors of our bodies. Therefore, sicknesses and diseases are not permitted to torment our bodies (Ephesians 1:20-21, 2:6; Colossians 1:13). Moreover, the Bible says, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5; see also Matthew 8:17). Therefore, Jesus is not just the Saviour of our souls but also our bodies (Ephesians 5:23). However, many have received Jesus as Lord and Saviour but not as their Healer. Until we receive Him consciously as our Healer, our health challenges will continue. For instance, we are told that the woman with the issue of blood in the Bible suffered in the hands of physicians for twelve years without a cure until she met Jesus and she was healed instantly (Mark 5: 25-29). Also, King Asa was diseased in his feet and according to scriptures, he sought not the Lord but resorted to consulting physicians and he died in that sickness (2 Chronicles 16: 12).

We must understand that Jesus is the ultimate in our quest for health as He offers free healthcare without side effects and does not refer any case to anyone. He has authority over all manner of sicknesses and diseases and specialises in healing everyone (Matthew 12:14-15; Mark 10:27). No wonder He introduced Himself in scriptures as the Great Physician. It is written, But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick… (Matthew 9:12). Just as doctors have prescriptions for certain illnesses, Jesus, the Great Physician, also has His prescriptions for our total health. While Jesus is the Great Physician, the revelation of the Word is His one of the great prescriptions for our total health (Proverbs 4:20-22; John 8:32, 36). God’s Word is the Balm in Gilead and it is the medication for our healing, health and wholeness. God’s Word contains healing virtues that impacts on every organ in our bodies and turns our health challenges into testimonies.

In conclusion, the restoration of our health draws on the revelation of the truth from God’s Word. That is, it takes the revelation (light) of the Word to be free from the harassment of sicknesses and diseases. There is no healing that took place in the Bible outside the Word of God. It is an all-purpose drug for the healing of any ailment! Remember that every attack of sickness and disease are operations of the powers of darkness but when we access the light of God through His Word, we conquer without sweat. This is because the dominion of light over darkness is instant and unquestionable. That is why every outbreak of revelation guarantees supernatural healing and instant restoration of our health (Job 33:21-25; Isaiah 58:8; John 1:5). Thus, when we look to the Great Physician and subscribe to His great prescription, our health issues are turned to testimonies. However, this can only be possible when you are born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me! Now, I know I am born again! For further reading, get my books: Keys to Divine Health, The Healing Balm, The Miracle Meal, All you Need to have all your Needs Met and Fulfilling Your Days. I invite you to fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280, or E-mail:, Facebook: David Oyedepo Ministries International, Twitter: @DavidOyedepoMin.


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