|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
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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