In my previous post I asked:
If we can no longer believe in the promise of healing, how can we continue to believe in the forgiveness of sins?
Maybe the answer to that is simple.
With the promise of forgiveness the expected evidence of the benefit is in the future. With nothing here and now to convince us it’s not valid, as long as we trust the giver, it’s easy to believe the promise.
However, healing is different. The effects of illness are there to be seen, felt and experienced, and having them remain after prayer easily convinces us that healing hasn’t taken place.
While we are able to accept forgiveness without needing any experienced proof, we don’t view healing in the same way. If signs of an illness remain, it is assumed there was no healing given.
But is that the way faith works?
Surely anything seen and experienced requires no faith.
Faith isn’t needed to accept the reality of something obvious, right in front of us.
The bible’s references to faith speak of “evidence of things NOT seen”.
Faith is described as a prerequisite of receiving, not something we experience when, or after, we’ve already received.
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you HAVE received it and it will be yours” (Mark 11)
“If you believe you will received whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matt 21)
Believing precedes receiving in these promises of answered prayer. Effective prayer is conditional on believing BEFORE we see evidence of an answer.
But believing that leads to receiving needs to be based on a secure foundation: God’s revealed will (His word), and not merely on human presumption.
And that is why I’ve written so much recently to address God’s will regarding healing. (The Bible does not leave us in ignorance).
Doubt about God’s will to heal prevents anyone from believing for their healing.
“…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 (James 1)”
Find God’s will FIRST and there will be a secure and confident foundation from which faith can not be shaken.
“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)