Is More Than a Cure
|In last monthís Healing
Brief we considered the Hebrew idea of shalom,
usually translated as "peace." We saw that it
means much more than just the absence of strife. A good
English equivalent is wholeness--everything
working properly, the end result of a solid
relationship with the Messiah (Isaiah 53:4-5).
But if wholeness is our heritage in Christ, why is it so
hard to come by these days, even for serious Christians?
Letís start with the modern secular mindset. We like to
tidy up our problems and put them in boxes, so to speak:
physical health separate from mental health; health separate
from relationships; relationships separate from finances;
finances separate from "spiritual" things. So
itís natural that todayís Christians tend to think of
divine healing as a cure--a spiritual
pill--for whatever ails them at the moment.
than just a quick fix
But the earliest Christians, like other ancient
Hebrews, rolled all these concerns together. They understood
wholeness as more than just a quick fix, because they knew
that if any element of the human organism behaves badly, the
problem is somehow related to other difficulties (see
Matthew 9:5 and elsewhere).
God, we might say, has a Hebrew view of health. If you
ask Him to heal your carpal tunnels, donít be surprised if
he insists on healing your kleptomania first. Wholeness has
to do with being whole--and thatís how God
thinks of you, not as a collection of parts. Heís just not
willing to cure you in a way that will leave your other
weaknesses intact or make them worse.
flesh has to be dealt with
So letís understand that diseases and other
infirmities donít arrive in tidy packages. The people who
seek the help of this ministry are generally pleasant and
decent, but they all have their own special issues, from
sour attitudes and dead doctrines to flat-out demonic
oppression. Every Christian is still "in the
flesh" to some degree, and the flesh has to be dealt
with before true healing--wholeness--can be ours.
Only the Lord can see clearly the hidden weaknesses each
of us must face and the connections between them. We need to
get quiet before Him, asking the Holy Spirit to point out
our infirmities in the proper order and tell us exactly how
to pray for them.
don't have to "go there!"
One of the saddest things in modern Christian life
is to see sick people rushing desperately from evangelist to
evangelist in the hope of a miracle--a cure--when all the
while God yearns to heal much more than just the physical
problem they fear.
But we donít have to "go there!"
Letís do it Godís way instead. Letís aim for wholeness
in body, mind, and spirit: everything that Christ bought for
us, the blessed state that the ancient Hebrews meant when
they spoke of shalom--complete life and
complete living, nothing out of order, everything working
according to Godís perfect design.
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