|"If God really
wants people healed, why doesn’t He just heal them and
be done with it?" We’ve heard the question dozens of
times in one form or another: why doesn’t God just
Well, why not? Because the god of this world has to be
dealt with. We’re not living in Toyland but in a spiritual
war-zone. As the Lord’s agents on earth it’s our job to
crush the enemy with the Word. We have the legal authority
to do it, but the devil has a legal right to test us. And if
we don’t do our job . . . look around you for the results.
problem at a time
The point I want to make is that God has solid
practical motives for healing our defects gradually and in a
particular order. One obvious reason is that He refuses
to make us comfortable in a way that locks us into spiritual
infancy. God won’t work against Himself by babying us.
But a less obvious reason is that demons lurk behind our
infirmities. If the Lord delivered us from everything at
once we wouldn’t be able to keep up with the enemy’s
counterattacks. That’s why, even when we’re full of the
Word and our sins are forgiven, God will likely heal a problem at a time instead of wiping out our arthritis, our
depression, and our sinus trouble in one fell swoop.
our healing depends on it
And even so, the devil will try to bulldoze our
faith, because our healing depends on it. He may be a
complete fool in some ways, but he’s good at making
unbelief seem sweetly reasonable. You’ve heard his
pious-sounding bunk many times: Are you sure you should
be reading the Bible when your children need help with their
lessons? Aren’t you putting God to the test with your
prayers? You know you’re missing your favorite
soap-opera. Are you sure it’s God’s sovereign will to
cure your hemorrhoids? Couldn’t they be His way of
teaching you something?
Sadly, these attacks succeed far too often, and many of
us give up without much resistance: "It’s not
working. I must be doing something wrong. Maybe God
doesn’t want to heal me after all." If the enemy
senses that you’re leaning in this direction, he’ll ramp
up his attacks until your faith collapses.
The solution? Aggressive, single-minded,
bull-headed determination to stand your ground, (a) no
matter how long it takes, (b) no matter how
"religious" the devil’s prattle may seem, (c) no
matter that he tries every five minutes to swamp you in
discouragement and despair, (d) no matter how grim the
doctor’s diagnosis, (e) no matter how much you’d like to
In short, as we’ve said many times, just "hang in
there." The Holy Spirit will help you (see Romans
8:26). Keep speaking the healing scriptures aloud whenever
your trouble comes to mind. Swat unbelief as if you were
swatting a fly. Turn your attention away from the problem
and toward the solution. Keep thanking the Lord that His
power is at work in you. And when your healing has
manifested, just praise Him for being the best of all
possible Fathers, always ready to heal, deliver, and protect
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 healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here