MGHM Healing Brief, 7/10

Unhealthy Traditions

A half century ago the British clergyman J. B. Phillips published his classic Your God Is Too Small, listing more than a dozen "unreal Gods"--the powerless, loveless distortions of Godís image that tradition has sold to the Body of Christ.

Pious misconceptions of God have done some of their worst damage in the area of healing. Christians without number are crushed under mountains of illness, sadness, despair, unbelief, and strife--and tradition asks them to accept these things as the will of their Heavenly Father!

Traditional notions

Today Iím going to risk upsetting some of you by confronting the traditional notions Iíve had to deal with in several decades of ministry. Please understand that itís not my aim to annoy you--quite the contrary. But I need to be emphatic because I know from personal experience how hard it is to get free of dead tradition: I grew up with a full load of it myself.

Destructive traditions are often prefaced by "maybe"--as in "Maybe God wants you sick to teach you something": Maybe God wants you sick to draw you closer to Him. Maybe God wants you sick because of the horrible things youíve said about Aunt Mabel. Maybe God healed in Jesusí day but He doesnít heal now because we have doctors.

All these pious "maybes"

Maybe God wants you sick to bring Him glory. Maybe God did heal Christian A but for His own sovereign reasons He wills Christian B's suffering. Maybe Godís grace shines on us today, but maybe it wonít tomorrow. You just never know. God moves in mysterious ways. . . .

Dear one, stop and think for a moment. Why would any normal human being draw closer to a God who made her sick? Certainly our Lord can use such an occasion to care tenderly for you, as an earthly father would care for a sick child. But what sort of father would make his child sick for the purpose?

Ask yourself similar questions about the rest of the list. And then please realize that by the  straight-forward standard of the Gospel, all these pious "maybes" can be conveniently classified as bunk.

God's attitude toward sickness

The truth of the matter is that God moves mountains for us (Mark 11:23). He makes all things new (Revelation 21:4c-5). He came to earth to undo the works of the devil, not to "mysteriously" confirm them (John 10:10, 1 John 3:8). And He has already healed and delivered us (Matthew 8:17b).

Letís claim that deliverance right now! My guess is that once we know the simple truth of Godís attitude toward sickness, most of us wonít put up with it for another minute. Because the Messiah took upon himself everything that afflicts you, you are healed and made whole, and thatís that.

It doesnít matter what your pious denomination thinks, or what your pious neighbors think, or what your pious ancestors thought. If youíll just immerse yourself in the Word until your faith is strong, Godís health will be your health!

                                                                                     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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