Thursday, July 23, 2015

Healing According to The Will of God







And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  1 John 5:14






God is sovereign and what is impossible with man is possible through God.  

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  Matthew 19:26

The key word here is sovereign in that God knows all, sees all and is aware of all.  There are times that healing and deliverance does not come.  Sometimes it is due to our own disobedience to God and His word but there are also times when God's will supersedes our will and desires.  

Always remember, however. . .

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

Faith requires just that: Faith. If you have all the answers, you do not need faith. God only asks that you act in faith upon His Word, not provide answers. 

And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.  Luke 4:27 

We are not told why this was so.

The variables listed below are some of the factors that affect healing and deliverance.
    
     DISOBEDIENCE IN THE HEALING PROCESS

In the healing process, sometimes God gives special instructions which seem foolish to the natural mind. For example, God told Naaman to go wash in the muddy river to receive healing (II Kings 5:1-14). Sometimes a simple act of obedience is all that stands between you and a miracle.

    IMPROPERLY DISCERNING CHRIST'S BODY

Weakness and sickness result because we do not properly discern the Body of Christ. To "discern" is "to learn and understand something by examining, investigating, and discriminating". (I Corinthians 11:27-30)  

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.  Matthew 26:27-29 

We can fail to discern the Body of Christ in three ways:

  THE MEANING OF THE BLOOD AND FLESH:

We fail to discern when we do not understand the meaning of the fruit of the vine and the bread which are symbolic of His blood and flesh. This is what happened when Jesus first gave this teaching in John 6:66 and many turned back from following Him. They did not understand the spiritual meaning of what He was teaching. While many discern the blood for remission of sins, they often do not understand the true meaning of the body. The body is for healing, so we can eat of it and be healed (see John 6:48-58 and Luke 6:48-51).

 DIVISION IN THE BODY:

Sometimes we fail to discern our relationship to brothers and sisters who are part of the Body of Christ. We eat and drink unworthily if we do not maintain unity with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Paul explains in I Corinthians 3:1-13 that carnal Christians involved in division cannot eat the meat (flesh, body) of the Word because of their carnality.

  EATING UNWORTHILY:

We eat unworthily when we take communion with an unexamined life. Weakness and sickness result. This is why Paul says to examine yourself spiritually and repent before taking Communion.

  THE EVIL SPIRIT IS NOT CAST OUT

Some do not receive healing because their sickness is the work of an evil spirit which must be cast out. They need more than a prayer for healing. In conditions caused by an evil spirit the Bible records that the enemy was cast out in order for healing to occur.

         COUNTERACTING GOD'S WORK

If you are praying for healing while indulging in harmful practices, you may be counteracting God's work. For example, if you retain bitterness and anger it may affect the healing of related physical disorders such as ulcers, high blood pressure, nervous tension, etc.
    
     VIOLATION OF NATURAL LAWS

The same God that said "I am the Lord that healeth thee" also gave many natural laws for health and cleanliness to His people. Some people do not receive healing because they violate these natural laws. For example, a person may continue to drink alcohol and wonder why they are not healed of their liver condition. They may continue to smoke cigarettes and wonder why God does not heal their lung cancer.
    
     APPOINTED TIME TO DIE

The Bible teaches that there is an appointed time to die 

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  Ecclesiastes 3:2  

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  Hebrews 9:2

Even the great prophet Elisha, who did many miracles of healing and deliverance, became "sick with the sickness whereof he would die" 

 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. . .  II Kings 13:14

As we contemplate the following questions:

1.         What variables affect healing?
2.         Why don't more people get healed?
3.         Why are some healed while others are not?
3.         Why are sometimes very shallow and worldly Christians healed while more sincere and dedicated people have not yet received healing?

Our attitude should be as that of a famous evangelist who ministered for many years in healing and deliverance. Rev. F.F. Bosworth said:

"I, for one, will preach all the Gospel if I never see another man saved or healed as long as I live. I am determined to base my doctrines upon the immutable Word of God, not upon phenomena (experience)."

(Biblical Studies)


09/30/16

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?





"Wilt thou be made whole?" (John 5:6)





Refusal to be made wholeOften, we seek only healing or deliverance. God wants to deal with the whole man and heal body, soul, and spirit.

Because man is body, soul, and spirit, the concept of wholeness implies dealing with all of these. We cannot emphasize physical health apart from our soul and spirit nor healing apart from salvation. God is a spirit. He relates to you through your spirit. Your spirit governs your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional life. Your whole life is spiritually based. Because you are a spiritually based being, healing of the body begins in the spirit.

When God created man, man's spirit was to be the governing power of his life on earth. It was to have supremacy over the mind and body and bring them together into a unified whole man in which God would live. Originally, in the Garden of Eden, man was in close spiritual relationship with God.

In prohibiting access to the tree of knowledge in the Garden, God was forbidding man to live on the level of physical and intellectual knowledge. When man sinned his spirit was submerged and he chose to live by his intellect. When his mind ascended above the spirit and took over, the spiritual part of man died (or ceased to function as the source of his response to God and to life). From that time, there was a separation of spirit, mind, and body, which resulted in a lack of harmony between man, his environment, and his creator.

Healing is more than the absence of sickness. It is more than a healthy body. It is the return to proper functioning of every part (body, soul, spirit; including the mind, emotions etc.) in harmony with every other part, the environment, and the Creator.

Lack of decision and desire.  At this point, the lame man had to make a decision. Some people do not want to be healed. They enjoy the sympathy, pity, and attention they receive from being sick. Some receive medical benefits through pensions or legal settlements and they do not want to lose them. Others have a great desire to go be with the Lord and do not want to be healed. Some people use their sickness as an excuse to avoid work and manipulate others.

Deal with such issues with compassion. Do not make people feel guilty for having these feelings. Their sickness has allowed them to exist emotionally until they could be led to a better way of life.

Problems with requests.  There are sometimes problems with requests for healing that hinder its manifestation:

Ø   NOT ASKING:

First, and most basic, is that sometimes we do not ask for healing. We turn to medicine for help or to friends for comfort:

. . . ye have not, because ye ask not. (James 4:2)

Ø   NOT ASKING SPECIFICALLY:

Sometimes, prayers are hindered because they are not specific:

. . . ye ask amiss. . . (James 4:3)

When you are "amiss," you are not specific in your prayers. You did not hit the target.

Ø   ASKING WITH THE WRONG MOTIVE:
Sometimes, we pray with the wrong motive:

Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3)

Some people want to be healed, but do not want to change their sinful, worldly, uncommitted life style. They want to be well so they can go back to doing their own thing.

People should consider these questions:

1.         What is your motive for wanting to get healed?
2.         Is it so you can return to self-centered living?
3.         Is it so you can rush around doing good works instead of accomplishing God's specific purpose for you?

Ø   YOUR PRAYER IS HINDERED:

The Bible identifies several other factors that will hinder receiving answers to your prayers:

-Sin of any kind:                               Psalms 66:18; Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 1:15; 59:1-2
-Idols in the heart:                           Ezekiel 14:1-3
-An unforgiving spirit:                     Mark 11:25; Matthew 5:23
-Selfishness, wrong motives:          Proverbs 21:13; James 4:3
-Power hungry, manipulative prayers:    James 4:2-3
-Wrong treatment of marriage partner:   I Peter 3:7
-Self-righteousness:                         Luke 18:10-14
-Unbelief:                                          James 1:6-7
-Not abiding in Christ and His Word:        John 15:7
-Lack of compassion:                       Proverbs 21:13
-Hypocrisy, pride, meaningless repetition:                      Matthew 6:5; Job 35:12- 13
-Not asking according to the will of God:              James 4:3
-Not asking in Jesus' name:            John 16:24
-Satanic hindrances:                        Daniel 10:10-13; Ephesians 6:12
-Not seeking first the Kingdom:     Matthew 6:33

Ø   LACK OF PERSEVERANCE:

Sometimes we do not persevere (continue) in prayer long enough. Paul himself had at first preached while being ill (Galatians 4:13-14) and was later healed. Prayer apparently had no immediate effect on Epaphroditus who almost died (Philippians 2:27) and Trophimus who was left behind ill (II Timothy 4:20). Yet they both eventually recovered. (Note also that Paul continued to pray for the sick despite that in these cases there was not immediate healing.)

Some people think if you ask more than once for healing it is lack of faith. Jesus did not teach that persisting in prayer showed lack of faith:

  • He encouraged perseverance.  (Luke 11:1-13)
  • He teaches the importance of persisting in prayer in the parables of the inopportune friend. (Luke 5-8)
  • and the widow and the judge (Luke l-8).

 The example of Daniel also encourages perseverance. God heard his prayer from the first time he prayed it, but Satan hindered the angel who was sent with an answer.

The Prophet Elisha prayed one time for fire to fall from Heaven, but he had to pray seven times for rain to fall. Do not give up if healing does not occur the first time you pray. Remember that there are the "asking, seeking, and knocking" levels of prayer. Sometimes you ask and get an immediate answer. Other times you must seek and continue to knock to receive an answer.

In the natural world, people will go to doctors and hospitals many times until their physical problem is resolved. Why do they lack the perseverance to continue to seek divine healing from God?

Remember: The battle for the body is spiritual warfare manifested in the physical realm. Continue to persevere in prayer until you know your petition is heard. When you have that confirmation in your spirit, then begin to praise God even if you do not yet see visible results:

-Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel began praising God in a loud voice before they actually saw the answer to their prayers.

-Jesus thanked God in advance for raising Lazarus.

-Once Abraham had assurance of the promise of a son, he did not keep on praying. He believed and glorified God.

(Biblical Studies)