Choose Life 2: To Live IS Christ (13)

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)

8 thoughts on “Choose Life 2: To Live IS Christ (13)

  1. I know this wasn’t the point of your post; more the pretext. But… it depends on “the” meaning. People have different definitions of “forgiveness.”

    All Christians gladly cling to the promise of the forgiveness of all sins …

    Nevertheless, I’m not arguing against your conclusion that healing is available and that God wants us healthy. (Just sayin’ what I think you know, given a few minutes. Some people know they won’t go to hell because they’re forgiven. Others hold themselves responsible, in this life, for how they live. I think that’s another area where there’s not really an “all” — unless the words are enough; the meanings, not as much.)

  2. Hi Diana,
    I know I struggled with this myself when others first tried to show me, then suddenly it became clear.
    My expectations had previously been established on experience and church teachings instead of God’s Word.

    In my case it’s still taken me decades to appreciate the importance of what I’ve been trying to share. As you know that importance has a very personal and urgent application for my own life. I wasted so many years in complacency that have led me to this point and made it necessary for me to take this so seriously now.

    I just hope to help others to avoid the same mistakes I made.

  3. Yes. I believe so.
    A long life doesn’t have to end in sickness and pain.

    I recently read the testimony of a man who served God until his 80s (as told by his son) . One day he came home, went to bed and told his family he had “finished his course”. He spent his last few days saying his goodbyes then seemed to leave the presence of his family, exclaiming how beautiful things were. He then slept until he stopped breathing.

    Probably a more extraordinary example than most, but one that shows the alternative to an end brought about by ill health and discomfort.

  4. Now, as far as “how” people are supposed to live? That goes in all sorts of directions. All sorts; it’s amazing… flabbergasting. Of course, “live” (l-short i-v) has more than one basic meaning: from being alive (and perhaps physically healthy) to, the realm I was referencing, being moral (again many different — even contradictory — definitions) or employed or “fittest” or whatever else. Some “Christians” think or say a “Christian” should be reformed (if already sullied) from day or hour one or in an instant. [I will tell you it is possible to be a believer very early and not be degenerate.] Other “Christians” will propagate the idea you can mosey your way through a lifetime telling yourself and others you’re being sanctified slowly.

    Certainly, the congregational leader can have more people in his sway that he calls “Christian” if the long route is favored. And this is likely to include more wealth and influence if “forgiving” abusers or even going through whiny heart-ache as an abuser is more emphasized than being honest and confessional and reflective and following through on restitution and responsibility and the like. I’ve seen people who put all kinds of burdens on others (including their own children at times) carry out nonsensical meanings in their own lives. For instance, relatively recently have I noticed some women think they’re living a holy life if they are married. No matter that they were married (or committed and divorced) before or that kind of thing.

    I suppose there are men who take similar tacks, while there is less burden on them in the first place, as they could biblically have many wives or concubines. And, depending on how they go about it, they could even be rapists or molesters. Note that there are wide ranges of conscience, no matter what is written.

  5. I think the main point about “to live is Christ” is that Christ becomes the centre – the motivation for life.
    All excuses and compromises to justify selfishness and carnality are cast aside.

    When we look at the teachings and commands of Jesus, it’s really NOT hard to see the huge gap between those and the excuses/compromises that people like to cling on to.

  6. I agree it’s not hard to see. But it’s still the case people who think it’s not hard need to beware of other Christians. BEWARE, BEware, beWARE.

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