MGHM Healing Brief, 4/10

Wholeness 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.

More 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.

The 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.

We 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.

                                                                                     óMary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first 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 wayóspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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