Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:2-3
“And these signs will accompany those who believe…they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Jesus speaking – Mark 16:17-18
Since the last post, much has happened and this post was delayed. Which as it turns out is a good thing because this topic must be broached sooner rather than later. On a deeply disappointing level, two friends have passed from this life into Glory while I was firmly standing, contending for their healing. They wanted to be healed and not expire prematurely. Their families and friends, myself included, prayed continuously and stood in faith for their healing. Even so, they graduated from this life into the presence of the King and lover of their souls.
At the same time, I’ve also witnessed several miraculous healings and breakthroughs. Strange, right? This incongruence begs the question: How do we have the audacity to stand unwavering, believing and contending for healing when we don’t see it manifested?
For myself, I have to keep returning to the basic truths in the Bible:
- Jesus healed ALL who came to him or sent someone on their behalf. (Matt 12:15, Matt 8:16-17)
- Jesus represents the Father. He lived, taught, healed and delivered according to the Father’s will. (John 14:6-11)
- Jesus came to undo the works of the enemy. (1 John 10:8)
- Jesus gave all power and all authority to the disciples and then to a larger group of 72 people (Matt 10:1) to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leapers and cast out demons. He also commissioned all who believe (Mark 16:17-18) to heal.
- Jesus doesn’t change. (Heb 13:8)
- Neither God nor his Word changes. (Mal 3:6, James 1:17, Num 23:19, Is 40:8, Ps 119:89)
When I don’t understand, will I still believe?
After reminding ourselves these truths, we are faced with a decision. Will we brace up again on the truth that God wants all of us healed of our diseases or will we allow disappointment to erode the bedrock of our faith? Will we become discouraged and disillusioned or will we continue to stand firm even in the face of circumstances not aligning with Biblical truth?
When healing doesn’t happen, I am still convinced that the Word of God is truth and never changing. The issue or lack of healing, therefore, lies in my own understanding. And THAT my friends, is why we are on this journey together.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take. Prov 3:5-6