MGHM Healing Brief, 10/11

What Faith Is Not

E. W. Bullinger defines faith (pistis in Greek) as "a firmly relying confidence in what we hear from God in His Word." Thereís no room here for wishy-washiness. Either our reliance on God is firm or it isnít.

And yet Christians applying Scripture to their needs often look for an escape hatch just in case the Word doesnít work. The problem is that escape hatches are always expressions of unbelief, not faith. Below are a few common ones. There was a time when I tried some of them myself, so Iím not lecturing you from a pillar.

Crystal clear in His Word

"Mental assent." The term is John Wesleyís. It means you agree with the Word but steer clear of acting on it. "Of course God heals, Iíve never doubted it," you may say--and go on groaning in bed, hoping the penicillin will work.

Begging for healing. Itís hard not to feel sympathy for folks who do this--"Please, God, give me a break, canít You see how Iím hurting?"--but itís a dead end. Pleading doesnít mix with "firmly relying confidence."

Mystifying the will of God. It sounds wonderfully pious: "God moves in mysterious ways, and sometimes we donít understand His sovereign will, but of course Iím hoping Heíll heal me." Godís will, however, is crystal clear in His Word. He wills to heal--period.

                                       Doubt will present itself

Dwelling on the problem. "I know God heals, but my headache isnít gone, and Iím a little dizzy, and I think Iím coming down with a cough. Maybe Iíd better ask again. . . ." To borrow an illustration from Kenneth Copeland, itís like planting watermelon seeds and then digging them up every fifteen minutes to see if theyíre growing.

Being "reasonable." When you go for the prize, doubt will arrive in a hundred respectable forms. Your relatives will be there ("Donít you think youíre being a little extreme?"). Your friends will be close behind  ("I hope you havenít thrown away your pills. . ."). The medical profession will join the chorus ("That condition is universally regarded as irreversible. . ."). The theological profession will follow ("We now understand that faith healing is just a placebo effect. . ."). And if you take these "reasonable" objections seriously, your healing will be down the chute.

Say what the Word says

The cure for all these varieties of unbelief is a massive dose of the Word, followed by another massive dose, until our minds and spirits are perfectly in tune with the mind and Spirit of God.  Then with "firm confidence" we can say what the Word says and stick to it--regardless of how sick we feel, what the doctor thinks, what our relatives think, what our prayer group thinks, and so on.

"The essential idea," as I wrote at the beginning of last year, "is to line up our thoughts with Godís thoughts so His healing power can flow. When we confess the written Word--speak it aloud in faith--it connects us with the power of the Living Word. And if we persist, that power will heal us completely in body, mind, and spirit."

                                                                                     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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