Three of my book Simple Healing begins with just
one of the pious notions I had to get rid of before I could
do healing prayer with solid confidence. My childhood
pastor, a well-meaning, reverent man, taught that modern
Christians donít need divine healing "because now we
Really? Sick Christians are suffering and dying all over
the globe. Not enough physicians? That may be part of the
problem, but the rest of it is that doctors--bless
them--arenít God. What if every sick Christian on earth
could "get it" that Jesus Christ the Healer is the
same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and that
His blessings are for all His people in every age? Imagine
what the global results would be!
let's wind up the discussion with a few more
question about His will to heal
But we have a duty to pray "If it be Thy
will," donít we? Yes, when weíre not sure about
the Lordís will, or when weíre surrendering our will to
His. But thereís no question about His will to heal.
Scripture teaches that God wills all people to
be saved (1 Timothy 2:24). And the original sense of salvation
(soteria in Greek) includes healing, deliverance,
protection, and everything else consistent with eternal
Then why do Christians get sick in the first place?
Unhealthy habits aside, itís usually because they havenít
learned the Good News of how to stay well. Christians are
responsible for praying heavenís blessings down to earth,
and if we donít do it--for whatever reason--we have to
live with the consequences. Even great saints have died
sick, not because they lacked faith, but because tradition
kept them from applying their faith effectively.
barriers to healing
But if prayer brings healing, why arenít
all praying Christians healed? Again, itís not because
God doesnít want to heal them. As Iíve been arguing, the
unbelief of the Church as a whole puts up many barriers to
healing and sometimes there isnít time to break them all
down. And though we donít blame sick people for being
sick, any Christian seeking health has to deal
with prayer-blocks like
fear, double-mindedness, unforgiveness, disobedience, and
just giving up.
God has satisfied us with long life
Then how come we all die anyway? The Bible teaches
that "It is appointed to man once to die, and after
that the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). What the Bible does not
say is that we have to die sick. I believe thereís a
normal, natural way for a Christian to leave this world. We
slow down gradually and comfortably, and when God has
satisfied us with long life, we slip out of our bodies and
go home to Him (see Psalm 91:16).
Dear ones, please take to heart the Living Bibleís
translation of James 1:17. In a single sentence it cancels
every dead-end tradition you can think of: "But
whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the
Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change
or shadow." No change! No shadow! Nothing
Letís begin this New Year by celebrating
the blessed truth that our Lord is always the source
of life and health, and never the source of anything
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here