Updated: Mar 30, 2020
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge"
- As I was sitting in church during a Monday night prayer service, my Pastor gave the familiar alter call for all those who are sick to come to the alter for healing.
- This time I thought: How many times over the years have I gone to the alter to be healed of my afflictions? How many times have other brothers and sisters done the same? And how many times did many of us NOT receive the hoped for healing?
So, I thought to myself ... What does it take to receive a miraculous healing?
(1) Is my FAITH strong enough for God to heal me in a miraculous way? Can I move a mountain with the faith currently within me? We read in James 1:6-7,
"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind." "For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord."
--Do we really believe with all our heart God is pleased to heal us? Or, are we praying with DOUBT, that if God doesn't heal me I can always go to the human doctor." "Is this back up plan demonstrating FAITH OR DOUBT?"
(2) I try to OBEY God at every step ... I try to SUBMIT to His Will even when my will wants to take a different direction. IPRAY. IFAST, though not as often as I should.
(3) Then I thought: Does healing escape us because of what is written in James 4:4,
"Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?" "Are we more friends to the world than to God?"
OR, in James 4:11, "Do not speak evil of one another, brethren." "He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law." "But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge." "There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy." "Who are you to judge another?"
OR, in James 5:9, "Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned."
--How often do we judge others and grumble against them, something God tells us not to do." "But does God withhold healing because of this sort of disobedience?
--I've asked these questions many times, but have not yet been given an answer. "Who can know the mind of God," if we do not hear clearly from the throne.
(4) But, what God DOES tell us in James 5:14-16 regarding healing:
"Is anyone among you sick?" "Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." "And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up." "And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed." "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."
-- "So, why are many believers still not receiving healing in the numbers that were healed in the first century church?" "Is there something we contemporary Christians are neglecting to do according to God's Word?"
--"What did Jesus do to heal the lepers, the blind, the child with the seizure disorder, the woman with the issue of blood?" "How did Jesus cast out Legion from the Gadarene demoniac, and put the devil to flight during His temptation in the wilderness?" Well, some may say, because Jesus was God incarnate on earth!
--The Bible tells us Jesus was perfect in all His Ways and there was no sin in Him. We are nowhere near Jesus' perfection nor will we ever see that kind of perfection this side of Heaven.
BUT, Jesus promises us in John 14:12,
"Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do..." (What works? Raising the dead, healing the sick, casting out demons)
--And in Luke 10:19, Jesus tells us:
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm you."
--And Mark 16:17, "And these signs will follow those who believe: 'In My name they will cast out demons ... ' "
--And in James 4:7,
"Therefore SUBMIT to God. RESIST the devil and he will flee from you."
--So, if God promises us this kind of power through His Holy Spirit, why aren't we witnessing more healings? Let's assume God doesn't hold our sins against us so that He withholds healing, are we missing something?
Let's digress for a moment. I'd like to ask the following questions:
Question 1: Unless God allows it to chasten us or to get us back on track, is sickness such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, a good thing or bad thing?
Question 2: If sickness is a bad thing and if James 1:17 tells us: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights ... , " then from where or from whom does sickness come?
Question 3: At what point in time did Christians begin to make a human physician their primary, go-to healer as the world does? And Jesus, the Great Physician, become the back-up healer when man cannot heal them?
Psalm 103:2-3tells us: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases ... "
"MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE"
SOME EXAMPLES OF THE 'GREAT PHYSICIAN'S' WORK
(Ex 1). How did Jesus heal the boy with seizures?