|Christians often wonder
why we can’t just "pop" divine healing the way
we’d pop a pill, and then get on with our schedules. After
all, miraculous healings do occur, and some of us have
actually experienced or witnessed them.
But the sobering fact is that instant cures are emergency
provisions, usually given to brand-new Christians or to
people with no particular religious conviction.
process of growth
Why so? The answer, I suggest, is that God must
find ways to heal us without locking us into spiritual
infancy. Like any good parent, He knows that He can turn any
one of His children into the biggest brat in the county by
giving the child everything he wants on a silver platter,
right now, no questions asked. In other words, God is simply
unwilling to become an "enabler" to our laziness,
sloppiness, and self-centeredness.
So our healing will normally be a process of growth
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, not a spoon-feeding.
As we stand against sickness, we'll be learning how to work
the Word in faith--how to speak Scripture and
Scripture-based truth to our bodies, minds, spirits,
finances, and relationships until the healing power of God
has accomplished its result. Put simply, the power of God
will always flow if we do our part in keeping
the pipeline open.
Now, as soon as we reach the decision to do that,
our enemy will be on the spot with a full catalog of
temptations and distractions: Are you sure you're willing
to wait indefinitely for something to happen? Don’t you
think the problem is too complex for your level of faith?
Wasn’t that a touch of discouragement you were feeling a
moment ago? Don’t you think the doctor would laugh himself
silly at what you’re trying to do? Have you ever actually seen
a Word-healing? Blah, blah, blah. . . .
There may be a struggle with laziness on the one hand
(not working the Word regularly) or exhaustion on the other
(from ritual recitation of the Word, 24/7, with no
particular conviction). And of course the point of all these
distractions is to get you to give up. The devil understands
full well that the Word won’t fail when Christians work it
But once we’ve dismissed Satan from our
thoughts, working the Word will turn out to be calm,
uplifting, invigorating, and virtually effortless. I know a
woman who has moved cancer out of her life permanently by
saying the healing Scriptures just three different
times during the day.
So let’s set aside all our time-wasting diversions, our
powerless theologies, our doubts and misgivings, and take
mature authority over sickness or whatever else is hanging
us up. When we do our part and work the Word consistently,
we’ll realize the truth of Job 22:28-30: "You shall
decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for
you: and the light of God’s favor shall shine upon your
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