Thursday 12 December 2013
APPROACH versus REALITY
A positive approach towards healing is needed. We should have faith in the promises of God when we pray for healing—or when we affirm healing in Jesus’ name. *
However, in reality, not everyone gets healed. This we already know from our own experience and that of our friends or family members. Even those who minister in supernatural healing are perplexed as to why God does not heal in every case.
Aren’t we being double-minded when we pray for healing and, at the back of our minds, we harbour this thought that we (or the one being prayed for) might not be healed? **
No, we are not being double-minded. Believing in a God who heals doesn't give us the right to arm-twist Him and demand that He heals in every case and on every occasion. For we are merely the clay. He is the Potter.
Factors affecting outcome
There are more factors affecting healing outcome than we care to think about––and God’s sovereignty is one of them. Another factor is the reality that we will die one day. On that day, of course, we won’t be healed. The consequences of the Fall (Adam’s original sin)––degeneration, disease and death––are all inescapable.
Undeniably, there are seniors who look and feel healthy up till the end. But we need to bear in mind that, internally, organ damage has already occurred. When people die something has to fail in the body. Often it is the heart. Sometimes it is the brain, kidney or liver. People don't live forever because our body is progressively degenerating since birth––whether we are believers or not. This fact is consistent with both the Bible and medical science.
That is why we are told to remember our Creator before our faculties slow down and fail us, when we won't be able to give of our best to God even if we wanted to (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7).
God, being sovereign, does not heal always. And we cannot possibly fathom why some remain unhealed. Many disabled people gathered round the pool of Bethesda. But Jesus chose to demonstrate His healing virtue to one invalid (John 5:2-9).
Below (in blue) are excerpts from: http://rev-ed.blogspot.com/2006/02/when-god-doesnt-heal.html
“Joni Erickson Tada was paralyzed in an accident as a teenager. She prayed in faith many, many times, and has written about those experiences. So why is she still in a wheelchair? Why does Billy Graham have Parkinson's? Why do men and women of God wear glasses or walk with canes?”
“God is glorified by healing, sure, and I've seen it happen. But God is also glorified through a life well-lived in spite of debilitating injury or a damaging illness. I know that I am inspired by a Christian whose faith is not destroyed even if their normal "healthy" body is. Praise God that He is thus glorified!”
God does not answer all our whys this side of eternity when we’re confronted with non-healing—even when all the prerequisites have been fulfilled for supernatural healing. His thoughts and ways are higher than that of ours.
As believers who seek healing, we must be clear in our minds the difference between these two issues: Maintaining a positive approach to healing and the actual outcome in real life.
Believing in a God who heals doesn't mean He will heal in every case. And knowing He does not heal in every instance doesn't mean we should stop praying for healing (or stop commanding healing in Jesus’ name).
Not every plane which takes off from the runway lands safely at the intended destination Yet most of us have no qualms about air travel.
By the same token, we shouldn't stop commanding healing or praying for healing just because things might not turn out according to our wishes.
* A POSITIVE APPROACH TO HEALING
By faith, we rest in the promises of God when we seek healing: He is Jehovah Rapha (Exodus 15:26)—God our healer.
When we are sick or minister to those who are sick, what approach should we adopt?
· Remove hindrances to healing––unconfessed sin, unbelief.
· Seek miraculous healing and medical treatment which are not mutually exclusive.
· Wait upon God.
· Acknowledge His sovereignty. Commit the results to God.
· When miraculous healing does not occur, do not put the blame on the sick.
· Be open-minded about miraculous healing without medical intervention.
· Don’t try to figure it out––God’s ways are beyond us.
· His peace and presence will comfort us when all else fails.
WHEN GOD DOES NOT HEAL
DON'T TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT
HEALING VERSUS SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
MEDICINE AND SUPERNATURAL HEALING
WHEN SICKNESS STRIKEShttp://limpohann.blogspot.com/2012/05/when-sickness-strikes.html