Sadly, many professing believers selectively reject God’s promises, having been taught to push aside His clearly stated will and obscure it behind convoluted, faithless theologies.
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits –
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103)
Why have we become so disobedient when remembering?
The Psalm commands that we “forget not all his benefits”.
All Christians gladly cling to the promise of the forgiveness of all sins – but many balk at the promise of all diseases being healed.
In previous posts I’ve looked at numerous OT and NT healing references, and have even considered the handful of cases where Paul and his companions experienced sickness. Overall I found the BIBLICAL evidence of God’s will regarding the health of His people is overwhelming.
God wants us to live a full life span
He wants us healthy.
He wants to heal when health has failed.
But all of those are conditional on our faith.
However, countless years (centuries) of faith-destroying traditions and theologies, have robbed God’s people of an important benefit that we have been told should NOT be forgotten.
If we can no longer believe in the promise of healing, how can we continue to believe in the forgiveness of sins?
Unless the validity of the promised healing ALL our diseases is accepted as equally valid as the promise to forgive ALL our sins, it will be impossible to have the faith required to be healed.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5) NIV
That promise regarding answered prayer highlights an essential requirement – knowledge of God’s will. Without that knowledge we cannot have the confidence to approach Him with our request, fully assured that He will hear us and give us what we ask for.
As Hebrews 11 says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
If we lack confidence and assurance, we cannot act or pray in faith.
…when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1)NIV
Considering the above, how can anyone pray in faith for healing without first being convinced it is God’s will to heal?
Uncertainty leads to doubt – and therefore a failure of faith.
That uncertainty, instilled by tradition and false theology, exacerbated by the unanswered prayer for healing that false teachings have caused, has robbed many of their health and life.
I do not intend to be one of them and thank the Lord throughout every day for healing.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11) NIV
Does this all seem extreme?
My situation is extreme with no more room for playing it safe. no more room for compromise.
No more time to waste on man’s traditions, theologies, excuses and doubt-filled arguments.
Just time to seek God for HIS truth – which is the only Truth.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word (PS 119) NIV
turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body. (Prov 4 NIV)