How can I boldly declare that it is God’s will for everyone to be healed, when there is strong evidence to the contrary?
I recently had an online discussion with a friend of mine as to why some people, who are passionate Christians, do not receive healing. My friend questioned why a Christian friend of hers was suffering from aggressive leukemia, why another friend who was in the ministry had died of cancer despite being passionate about God. She wanted to know why these sort of things happen to good Christians. This is a point of view shared by many Christians and one which does require an answer. She wanted to know how can I boldly declare that it is God’s will for everyone to be healed, when there is strong evidence to the contrary? Many people are offended by this sort of uncompromising teaching.
It is in effect blaming the person who is sick for not believing enough.
That many good Christians have suffered and even died with sickness & disease, never receiving healing, is a fact that cannot be disputed. But surely it makes sense to look at why. If there is a reason that we can do something about, shouldn’t we do our best to find out what it is? Of course the answer that many Christians believe is that this is something that we can do nothing about, that who gets healed and who doesn’t is God’s prerogative and it is not for us to question His motives. This view needs to be examined though, because if it is wrong, we need to find out the truth. If healing is available to everyone, then they need to know about it. If healing is available, it is vital that those who preach from the pulpits and those who teach in other ways know how it works. One of the reasons that the people who believe that sometimes God chooses not to heal often have a sense of resentment towards people that believe that it is always God’s will to heal, is because of the connection made between faith and healing. There is a perception that if you believe that in order to receive healing you must have faith, then you must also believe in a God has some sort of faith meter with which He measures how much faith we have. The perception is that Christians that come under the category of Word of Faith (or something similar) believe that God in effective says to one person, “Well, you have enough faith. Congratulations you’re getting healed“. But to another person He says, “Look, I know you’ve tried and I’m pleased with your effort, but it’s just not enough. You’re not getting healed – sorry!“. I can understand why this would make some people angry because it is, in effect, blaming the person who is sick for not believing enough. But this is a false perception.
God does not have a faith meter.
This is a misconception though. God does not have a faith meter, neither do people believe that healing comes through faith believe that God has one. The truth is that we have all been given the same measure of faith. Romans 12:3 says, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith“. Our “measure of faith” can be increased though. But before I get into that, let me be absolutely clear, that God is not deciding whether or not you have enough faith to get healed, that is absolutely not how it works. It is not about trying really hard to believe. In order to receive healing, you first need to believe that God can heal you – which should be simple. But second, you need to believe that God will heal you. Not that God might heal you, not that God could heal you, not that you hope God will heal you, not that if enough people pray for you it might happen. You must believe that you will be healed. When you receive Jesus as your Lord & Saviour, you don’t hope you’ll be saved, you don’t believe to be saved, knowing it might not happen. You believe in your heart and confess with your mouth and you are saved. Faith for healing, or anything else works exactly the same way.
It is good to hear yourself reading God’s Word.
So how can you increase your faith? The answer is found in Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God“. Notice that it doesn’t say faith comes by reading the Word of God, it says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Now clearly, quietly reading your Bible is of huge benefit (vital in fact) and it does build your faith. But there is added benefit when you read it aloud, it is good to hear yourself reading God’s Word. With this in mind, the way to increase your faith for healing is to read and meditate on what the Bible says about healing, to read aloud what the Bible has to say. It is also extremely helpful to listen to ministers who preach boldly on healing and to read books or other teachings on the subject, one book I can recommend is ‘Christ The Healer’ by F.F Bosworth. The more that you read & hear on the subject of healing, the more your faith will grow and the easier it will be for you to receive (this works exactly the same for anything at all that you need faith for). One minister that I can recommend is Keith Moore; his church (Faith Life Center in Branson, Missouri) has a large number of totally free teachings available, on a variety of subjects that will build your faith. This link will take you to the section on healing. You may not even be sick, but I do recommend putting the effort in to build up your faith. But ultimately it’s up to you, all I can do is to point you in the right direction.
When you meditate on people who haven’t got healed, it works against your faith.
I know that there is circumstantial evidence, that says sometimes God doesn’t heal people. But that is the problem, when you meditate on people who haven’t received healing, or listen to people talking about people who haven’t received healing, it works against your faith and you will find it hard to have complete confidence in God’s will to heal you, which then perpetuates the problem. You need to be able to say, “I know this person died, I know that person is still sick, but I choose to believe what God has said in the Bible“. Always make the Bible final authority. Never use experience or the teaching of others to interpret the Bible and in effect say, “Did God really say…..?“. One of the best verses that show that God wants to heal every sickness & disease is Psalm 103:3, “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases“. How can we be completely confident that God forgives all of our sins, but doubt that he heals all of our diseases? They are both in the same verse!
You can allow it to build and encourage your faith or you can choose to dismiss it.
You can choose to dismiss everything which you have read here if you wish, but that is not the way to develop your faith. The next time that you find yourself questioning something you read in the Bible, saying, “Well yes, but it doesn’t mean that exactly because…..“, remember that this is the same line of thinking that Satan used to deceive Eve. Don’t allow him to deceive you any longer, claim what is rightfully yours, the things that Jesus died to provide for you/
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