MGHM Healing Brief, 10/13


Dead-End Traditions, 1

Many of us--most of us, Id say--have grown up thinking that God decides whatever happens in our lives: whether we prosper or not, whether we get healed or not, whether we die of a heart attack or not, and so on. The idea is that God dispenses good things with one hand and bad things with the other, usually for "sovereign" reasons too "mysterious" for us to understand.

Sometimes the attempted explanations are worse than the "mystery." A priest of my acquaintance told the parents of a beautiful 18-year-old girl that their daughter had died in a car crash because God needed another angel in heaven. A devout woman I know damaged her car on the way to the airport, and told me that God arranged the accident "to teach her something." A well-known pastor near where I live insists that God gave him prostate cancer "to teach him something." What the lesson might have been in such cases, I have no idea.

Bogged down in pious unbelief

These beliefs come with a long list of pious rationalizations: We have to leave room for Gods sovereignty. Who are we to judge the Most High? Every trial comes for a good reason. God moves in mysterious ways. Who are we to question them? Unless were sure that God wants to heal us, aren't we putting Him to the test when we ask for healing? Etc., etc.

The sad truth, dear ones, is that the Body of Christ is bogged down in pious unbelief, and most Christians have no clue how to get out of the swamp. God is regularly accused of doing things to us that wed be jailed or hospitalized for doing to our neighbors. The underlying idea seems to be that God maintains two standards, a relaxed one for Himself and a stricter one for His children.

                                                                            Love does no injury

Yet Scripture is clear. (1) We are to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect, not in some "mysteriously" different way (Matthew 5:48). (2) No good tree gives forth bad fruit, and Scripture makes no exception for the Lord (Matthew 7:18). (3) As Gods dear children, were to try to be like Him, not "mysteriously" otherwise (Ephesians 5:1). (4) Love does no injury to ones neighbor--and God is Love (Romans 13:10; 1 John 4:8).

Much more needs to be said, because dealing with toxic tradition is critically important to effective prayer. In my next two or three Briefs I intend to offer responses to a list of unhealthy notions that paralyze believers in their search for healing.

The uncomplicated goodness of God

Meanwhile, if you have doubts about the uncomplicated goodness of God, I suggest that you memorize John 10:10 and bring it out whenever the devil tries to mess with your faith: "The thief comes only in order to steal, and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance."

Let Scripture--not tradition--purify your thoughts about God and His Providence. Then when a crisis comes your way, you can take your stand on John 10:10 and face the trouble confidently, knowing that the Lord is on your side.

                                                                                     Mary 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 wayspiritually, 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 healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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