How Can We Know the Will of God in Divine Healing?

Is everything that happens, including sickness, part of the will of God? What does the Bible say about God’s will, especially with respect to health and healing?If you are facing serious health challenges, finding a cure, or at least the best way to ameliorate your condition becomes something for serious consideration. Christians today spend a lot of money of medical practitioners and drugs because they believe these things will help them to get better, or at least, to feel better. And this is often truly the case. God can and does work through these things. It is also true that some branches of natural medicine can bring dramatic health improvements to sufferers, by providing the body with certain naturally occurring chemical compounds which speed up the body’s process of self-healing. This is not to say that all branches of alternative medicine are OK – some are inextricably tied up with occultic spiritual practices such as yoga, crystal power, astrology, reiki and so on. Nevertheless there is value in some natural remedies, as well as in traditional western science, and we need not oppose these things. God works through them.

But are medical science and natural therapies the ONLY way that God works healing and health? Can God heal by the direct action of the Holy Spirit and His Word? And if He does do this at times, has He promised anywhere to do this? Or is it something that He does totally sovereignly, not because He has promised to, but simply because it pleases Him to do it in a particular case for reasons best known to Himself? These are important questions to consider. And in determining the answer to these questions, we will take as our guide the declarations of the Holy Bible itself. Christians generally acknowledge that the Bible is the authorative Word of God by which we are to judge a matter. For a Christian, the Bible should speak with greater authority on matters concerning the will of God than does human experience or human reasoning combined with the power of observation.

Did God Ever Heal Miraculously?

If you believe the Bible to be true, it is a simple matter to see that the Scriptures contain plenty of examples of miraculous healing by Almighty God. There are a number of examples in the Old Testament where God healed miraculously – for example the healings of Naaman the Syrian through Elisha, and the healing of the people of Israel from the plague in the wilderness. In the New Testament, the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are full of stories of healing. A lot of attention is given to divine healing in the accounts of the ministry of Jesus Christ. The Acts of the Apostles also documents a number of reports of miraculous healings done through the hands of the apostles, most notably Peter (Acts 3:1-10; Acts 9:42-43) and Paul (Acts 14:8-10; Acts 28:8,9). But it was not only apostles who did signs and wonders. Philip the evangelist was noted for the healing and deliverance ministry he did in Samaria (Acts 8:5-8) while it is noted that Stephen, also not an apostle, “full of faith and power, did great signs and wonders among the people” (Acts 6:8). So we can see that God did heal miraculously.

Does God Still Heal Miraculously Today?

The Bible makes it very clear that God does not change. “I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). God identifies himself as the God of healing in Exodus 15:26 where He says, “I am the Lord who heals you (Yhwh Rapha)”. Healing is one of the redemptive names of God. It would therefore seem logical, if indeed God is NOT dead, that He has remained “the Lord who heals us”. He certainly showed Himself as the “Lord who heals” through the ministry of Jesus Christ and the apostles. If He is no longer today “The Lord who Heals You”, He has changed or He has lied. These alternatives are not acceptable to believers.

If anyone wants to say that God heals only through the best available medicine of the day, they are limiting God. Modern medical science is a relatively recent development and still faces plenty of cases where it cannot help. On the other hand, concerning God, the Scripture says in the writings of one of the prophets, “I am the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for me?” Some things are too difficult for medical science. If God is limiting Himself today to medical science, then His power in healing is only a matter of theological and academic speculation. It makes very little difference in the outcome of the application of modern medical science whether a person believes or acknowledges God’s role in the process or not. Antibiotics work for believers and non-believers alike. Skeptics would say we can drop the acknowledgement of God altogether, by an application of “Occam’s razor”. How this kind of thinking is considered to glorify God? Is it because we now worship a God who never shows His power in response to prayer for concrete manifestations? Does this God need an army of theologians and lawyers to represent His impotence or apparent lack of compassion for those in suffering? Or is it the theologians themselves who are guilty of destroying the very kind of faith that would bring God onto the scene in miraculous demonstration?

There is plenty of Scriptural evidence that God has promised to heal in response to faith. If the book of James, for example, is any indication, God has commanded sick believers to call the elders of the church to anoint them with oil. The Word promises that the prayer of faith will save, or heal, the sick. Actually, in the Greek the word for salvation ‘soteria’ is used for and certainly encompasses the idea of healing. In many places in the New Testament, when people were healed the word used in Greek was ‘sozo’, which is also translated ‘saved’ and derived from the same word. In any case, why would God command the elders to pray for something that He God, is often not willing to actually do?

Do Christians who doubt every report of modern day divine healing believe in the same God who did these things recorded in the Bible? Some Christians claim that miraculous divine healing stopped with the death of the apostles. It is claimed by some that we are now living in a different dispensation, where the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit have been withdrawn, where God never speaks directly to His people except as they read the pages of the Bible or hear a sound Bible teacher expound the pages of the Holy Writ.

Such Christians have been trained by their leaders to view with skepticism each and every report of the wonders of God as they occur in our day. But even if it is acknowledged that God in His sovereignty may have been pleased in such and such a case to bring healing to a sufferer in ways medical science cannot adequately account for, it is always with the caveat that these are isolated cases and we must not make theology out of such examples. Such Christians solemnly point out that many sick people have been sincerely prayed for and yet have not been healed. The conclusion is then reached that it could not have been God’s will for such and such a one to be healed. For in the minds of such Christians, to say that God willed a thing, and yet it did not happen would be a terrible affront to the glory of God. Such a thought is not seriously entertained for a moment. Every theologian knows that God is Almighty, Omnipotent and Sovereign. Therefore if God wills something, it must happen. But if some are not healed after prayer, so the thinking goes, God could not have willed their healing. Therefore it is not God’s will to heal all today. And especially since the apostles who first did miracles in the name of the Lord have long since passed away.

This latter view, known as Cessationism, is based on what I believe I can show is an incorrect interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 which makes the claim that we know longer need any kind of miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit since the Bible is perfect and it is all we need now. This issue is important, and will be addressed in another place. What I want to focus on is the idea that everything God wills happens.
The Sovereignty of God

“God is in heaven, He does whatever he pleases”.

“having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11).

God has created a Universe in which sin and disobedience is happening all the time. Human beings are not created as robots. God is working in faithfulness to the spiritual laws He himself has established. How God is working even through the rebellious acts of men and angels is something that only He understands. Yet it is happening. God has foreknowledge of all things, that is certain. Yet, it is not necessary to suppose that God is the one who is the author of the moral chaos that exists in the Universe. What God does though, is see to it that there are consequences for the choices made.

This means, if I jump off a cliff, I was free to choose to do it, but God is working through certain natural laws for want of a better term to cause my body to break when I hit the ground at high speed. Was it God’s will or my will if I commit suicide in this way? Did God cause me to jump off the cliff? Is God pushing every button to make sure that everything that happens is just what He planned? This kind of doctrine would be in line with the Islamic view of God, but it is not consistent with a God who delights in justice, something which the Bible declares of our God.

By what authority do certain preachers and teachers define the meaning of the “Sovereignty of God” in such a way as to imply that “whatever happens was predestined by God to be so”. Is it right to talk as if “everything that happens is the will of God”? Is it really an affront to God’s eternal majesty to suggest that God may have given a certain limited but nonetheless real free choice to some of His creatures? According to some preachers this is so, but I cannot see on what biblical basis this must be believed.

This idea, that whatever happens is the will of God, is a core assumption which I believe leads to much of the faith-destroying teaching which discourages people from hoping, much less believing, that God wants to make them well. But if we hold this view, we must also hold to the following:

1. Since sin happens, sin is the will of God. God planned, initiated and effected through people every single act and attitude of sin according to His Sovereign choosing. The murderous crimes of the Nazis, every kind of disgusting sexual perversion or act of callous stupidity was not merely permitted but also actively planned and effected by God. God is behind everything which He declares that He himself hates. And what does God do with the people he chose and planned to sin for His soevereign glory? Why, he sends them into everlasting burnings in hell! This conclusion is basically inescapable if you contend that everything that happens is God’s will.

2. As a minor collorary, every kind of sickness and disease is also the will of God. If it goes away for any reason, it was the will of God, but if it stays and kills, that was the will of God. This means the preachers are off the hook every time.

3. You can only know the will of God for sure after the event. You may pray for God to heal your father or wife, but only after you wait and see will you know what God planned for the situation. You can never pray with absolutely confidence for anything, unless you know that you have a supernatural revelation by the Spirit to show you that this was indeed God’s will. But if you don’t believe God speaks like that anymore, all you can do is trust that God will somehow work it out for the best, though multitudes get sick, suffer, perish and in the majority of cases are eternally lost. We are being asked to believe that all that was and is the will of God.

Many theologians teach that though these things be the case, and people have no say in their own destiny, humankind is still somehow responsible for their choices. No matter how skillfully and courageously such views are preached and put into print, they still lead to questions about the justice of God which do not go away. It seems to me to be ridiculous to claim that God finds it just to condemn people for things He himself made them do.

To find Scriptural proof that the will of God is not done in all cases, one only has to look at a passage which has become a favorite of the very preachers who delight in finding fault with those who practice and teach the ministry of divine healing. It is Matthew 7:21-23. According to this passage, only those who do the will of God the Father will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Those who do not, even though they work miracles in the name of Jesus, will not enter heaven. The reason for this is that they are workers of iniquity. It is not the healing of the sick or the prophesying in Jesus’ name that is considered by the Lord to be a work of iniquity. Otherwise Jesus Himself and the apostles would be guilty of such iniquity. No, there are plenty of scandals which prove that though a man may do many things in the name of Jesus, and results come, it does not mean that man or woman is living a holy life before the Lord.

The point I am getting at here though, is that these people who are condemned did not do the will of God. But if they did not do it, then the will of God did not happen in their case. And if that is so, the idea that everything that happens is the will of God, must fall over and be rejected.

Another verse of interest which shows how people can effectively resist the plan of God for themselves is found in Luke 7:30. “But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him [John]”.

What does this mean?

If it is true then, that the will of God is not always done, we can dismiss the argument that the failure of people to receive divine healing proves something about the will of God. It proves absolutely nothing about God’s plans and intentions. The option is therefore open to us to find out more about what God declares that His true purpose is, so that we can intelligently co-operate with the Lord for the divine healing of as many people as possible. If we find out, after a study of the Scripture, that God’s will is healing and health, we can then embark upon a quest to find out the ways of God in the matter – in other words, how does God want to do it. What part do we have to play in the fulfillment of God’s plan? These are important questions to consider, once the faith-destroying notions of God’s sovereign will are taken out of the way.

The Case of the Leper

In Matthew 8:1-5 we read the story of a leper who came to Jesus, worshipped at his feet, and begged for healing. He said to the Lord, “If you are willing, you can make me whole”. Many today share the theology of this leper. They pray, “Lord heal this one, if it be thy will.” Like the leper, they are not sure if it is God’s will for them to be healed, so they put that last phrase in, just in case nothing happens and God looks bad as a result. Or perhaps they feel that God sees their sins and may not be favorable towards them to bestow the blessing of divine healing. They may feel that they may have a “thorn” like Paul, not realizing that nowhere does the Bible say this was a sickness. They may compare themselves to Job, who suffered greatly, and whose suffering turned out for the glory of God. They ignore the fact that Job did not live at a time when God had made clear revelations and promises concerning his desire to heal. Nor do they consider the fact that the Lord DID heal Job, after a protracted period of suffering. No, many Christians today, unlike Job, never receive their healing. They think this is because of the will of God. This is a convenient theology for the spiritually lazy, for those who will not fight the good fight of faith in the matter. But it is a false theology.

The leper did not know the will of God, whether God wanted him well or not. But at least he believed Jesus when Jesus said to him, full of compassion, “I am willing, be cleansed”. If Christians would have the faith of the leper, and come humbly before the Lord Jesus in an attitude of worship, accepted the word of God as applying to them, they could receive healing too, even though their case be as severe as leprosy. But such faith is often low in our day, either because we fail to cultivate the presence of the Holy Spirit as we ought, or because a general attitude of unbelief on the issue of divine healing prevails in many places. This has got to change.

In declaring His willingness to heal, Jesus was only confirming the consistent declarations of the Word of God on the subject. There are many Scriptural reasons to believe it is always God’s will to heal. It is also always God’s will to sanctify, and deliver us from all the power of sin. The fact is, we have to fight a fight of faith to get close to the revealed will of God for our lives. If we fall short, it has nothing to do with the will of God. It has a lot to do with either our lack of willingness, or our lack of dependence on God to work in us what He desires.

Scriptural proof concerning the will of God to heal

The Word of God declares the will of God. It shows us what God wants. God does not want people to perish. (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:5). It is a sad fact though that far too many people are perishing. This grieves the compassionate heart of God.

As an evangelist I have seen something of the potential of divine healing to awaken people to the reality of God. It is the love and compassion of God demonstrated in divine healing that softens the hearts of people and gives the proof of the gospel to many who would be unwilling or perhaps unable to truly believe. I have witnessed miracles such as the healing of deaf mutes and paralyzed people, I am convinced that the church as a whole should get involved in doing the works of Jesus. God wants our faith to grow. But it cannot grow if we cannot see that it is the will of God for things to be different to the way they are now.

Even the Lord’s Prayer given in Matthew 6 in Jesus’ sermon on the mount teaches us divine healing. Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. He did not teach us to pray with a spirit of resignation, “Ah Lord, thy will be done.” No, we must first consider how the will of God is done in heaven! Is there sickness in heaven? Is there sin? If there was, we might have some justification in thinking that the Lord’s prayer could apply to the kind of praying which appends “if it be thy will” to each request for healing. No, the Lord’s prayer indicates that we should pray for the conditions of heaven to prevail on the earth. This will come about as a result of effective spiritual warfare. We can invite the Holy Spirit to come and bring the peace, the healing, the love and the joy which is manifested in the Kingdom of heaven to earth. The Lord’s prayer only confirms that divine healing is the perfect will of God. Let us intercede for a heavenly state of divine health to prevail upon the earth wherever the gospel (good news) advances. This will come in many forms, not least of which is the form mentioned in Mark 16:15-20, where “the Lord worked with them and confirmed the Word with signs following”. This is the biblical apostolic method of evangelism and no better method has yet been found in the entire record of church history. We must prove that Jesus Christ is with us and that He is superior to any kind of cursed thing the devil can afflict the sons of men with.

Is Healing for All?

There are several biblical reasons for believing that healing is for all, and not just the “lucky few” that are currently experiencing divine healing. Here are some of them:

God shows no partiality (Acts 10:34). Though this doctrine contradicts the idea that God is partial to some for no reason except his own sovereign pleasure, it is nevertheless here in the Scripture that God shows no partiality, or as the King James version puts it – God is no respecter of persons. If God planned healing for some but slow painful death by chronic sickness for others, He would be a respecter of persons – he would be showing partiality. But this was not his plan for anybody. If it happens, it is not God’s fault. God has made promises to heal. Let us get hold of them and help others to do so.

The Scripture indicates that Jesus did the will of God. He healed all manner of diseases amongst all the people. Many times it is recorded in Scripture that Jesus healed them all. So when we believe like Jesus did, we will not consider that Jesus only heals relatively minor conditions, and that in just a few people. No, it believing like this, we fall short of the true understanding of God’s graciousness and greatness.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching … and preaching the Gospel … and healing all manner of sicknesses, and all manner of disease among the people, And His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those who were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them all – (Moffat’s translation) … And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.” (Matthew 4:23-25).

“But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from thence, and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all” (Matthew 12:15).

When the conditions were right, and people were coming in expectation and believing, Jesus was able to heal all the people who needed it. In his own home town of Nazareth, however, Jesus was unable to do any great miracles, except that he laid hands on a few and healed them, because of their unbelief.

It is the unbelief of Christians and others which may limit the move of God in divine healing. Even Jesus was unable to do mighty miracles in the presence of unbelief. When Christian teachers teach people to expect no special responses in response to prayer for divine healing, and oppose those ministers who do expect it, we have a great recipe for community unbelief. Some ask , “Why did not heal this one or that one?” And the answer is very often: It is these very doubters and their followers that are using their influence to destroy the seeds of faith in a community that are the main reason more are not being healed. Actually, in view of the doubt some ministers create, it is remarkable that anyone gets healed. It is remarkable if anyone gets a major victory over the devil at all anymore with some of the unbelieving theology that is out there.

How Can we Get More Healed?

As the church, we should consider this carefully. We are the body of Christ, God wants to use us now that Jesus has ascended to heaven. He has put the Holy Spirit in us to lead us, to empower us and to reproduce the ministry of Jesus on the earth. How seriously do we take that?

Based on my experience, but also on the principles and declarations of the Word of God, I see a number of things we could all do to see more healing and a mightier testimony for the glory of God in our communities.

1. Teach more on the subject. A lot of Jesus’ ministry was preceded by teaching. The teaching of Jesus inspired faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the message of Christ (or by the Word of God) (Romans 10:17). People need to keep listening to the promises of the Word of God. They will listen if we will preach it.

2. Learn to follow the Holy Spirit. Since it is by the Holy Spirit that the evil spirits behind disease are driven out, and since it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that divine healing is administered to the bodies of men, we need to give more place to the Holy Spirit. We need to pray more, intercede more, and let the Lord give us a focus for the interests of the Kingdom of God. We need to quit doing thing and entertaining imaginations that grieve the Holy Spirit and limit his working. We need to learn to see what the Holy Spirit is doing in each and every situation in which we minister, and act accordingly – WITH HIM, and not just FOR HIM.

3. Individual and United fasting and prayer. Jesus never did any miracles until he completed his 40 day fast in the wilderness. We may not be prepared to take on the powers of darkness to the same extent as Jesus was led to, but we should not neglect fasting and prayer and a means of preparing ourselves to be used in the power of the Holy Spirit. All the major healing evangelists in the last 100 years to my knowledge were men of fasting and prayer, at least in the beginning. That is the proven way to unlock the impossible, and to bring in an effective operation of the power of the Holy Spirit, without which “we can do nothing”.

4. Personal meditation on the promises. If we, and the people we teach learn to repeat the promises of God concerning divine healing to ourselves on a regular basis and for extended periods of time, we can drive out lingering doubt and unbelief on the subject. For example, at one time, I would often repeat out loud to myself, “These signs follow me. I lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18). Now it happens for me. It was necessary for doubt to be driven out of my own heart.

5. Mentoring others in the ministry of divine healing. These things are caught more than taught. While the passing on of information is important, it is usually not enough. Jesus did not simply give his disciples a textbook to read. He gave them on-the-job training, which included the ministry of preaching, healing and casting out of demons. We should do the same, one person at a time, until everyone in the body of Christ is equipped to play a role in the Lord’s army in this way. So often evangelists who are being used in this area do not give a priority to the practical mentoring of others. This has helped contribute to an unhealthy elite superstar minister mentality which has often ended in disaster both for the minister and many of his or her followers. We want to make the ministry of Jesus global and commonplace. It should be the normal of expression of Christians who are in touch with the Holy Spirit.

Michael Fackerell

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  1. This is an area that has become a contentious issue even amongst true new born Christians. There are even those who believe that God does not heal today because that ended when the cannon was closed (ie when the scriptures were complete and the age of apostles ended). On the otherhand there are those that arrogantly demand and command healing from the Saviour and put the emphasis on the amount of faith one has. Both these interpretations are wrong and stem not necessary from lack of sincerity (indeed some are genuine searchers of truth) but come into play because we are human and limited in fully grasping the very nature of God.
    Of course God can heal as He can do anything and He often does. It is right too to pray for this with humble expectation (not with arrogant demands) and praise Him irrespectively because the greatest gift of eternal life and leave it in His hands.God is neither limited to our limited ability to understand Him or our self-centered discernment of His will. It is cruel doctrine to put the emphasis on the amount of faith a person has (this is the accuser’s way of destroying the most important faith and greatest miracle of all – namely that God gave of Himself (in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ) to die on the cross at Calvary for our SINS so that we have eternal life and access to our Heavenly Father. Imagine a crippled person in a wheel chair struggling in life to be told glibly by some healthy young preacher dressed in a designer outfit that you are not healed because of lack of faith.
    There are far more important attitudes and measures to be changed in the church today.
    For one it is to have love, unselfishness ,integrity, humility and to be able to lay down your life for your brother or sister. God is not prone to sensationalism and does not need our insincere patronising. Our society in general today has become extremely self-centred , even Christians are seeking “what’s in it for ME”. The scriptures are being manipulated and quoted out of context to suit ourselves. There is a total lack of INTEGRITY in the church, too many lies have been told by men and women from the pulpit. Let us get our own house in order first and our priorities (in the context of Jesus’s sayings). True repentance is action,walking your talk etc. Lets show the lost the genuinness of true inner healing.

  2. Dear Sister: You are very precious to the Lord and indeed one day you will have your ears physically opened…whether that is here on this planet or in the life to come. In the meantime, He has given you spiritual ears to hear–something not many have. Indeed, in order to understand the deep things of the Lord, we must have these “spiritual ears.” As you know, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17. In Timothy we read 1Ti 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. Here is one example of Paul giving Timothy advice for his stomach ailment, and apparently he was often sick. Yet, would we believe Timothy to not have enough faith for his healing? Would you have chosen Timothy for someone to take with you as your ministry partner if he didn’t have ample and adequate faith for what ever need may arise as prompted by the Holy Spirit? Then there is the passage in 2 Timothy where Paul states: 2Ti 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. Would one think this means that Miletum didn’t have enough faith for his healing or maybe it was Paul? That is two examples and there are more–we all age and our flesh gives out. If one lives long enough, they too have a good chance of losing their hearing. Most of us lose our eyesight. This is such a common occurence that it was noted in the word that Moses had not lost his–a miracle for an 120 year old!
    Deu 34:7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
    If this was the natural way of things, it would not need to have been mentioned. Indeed, frequently the situation is more like this: Gen 27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.
    Having said all of this, I do believe in miraculous, supernatural healing. I have been prayed on when I was sick and I was instantly healed. I also have a chronic condition or two that I always pray that I would be healed from. Yet, the Lord has chosen at this point not to heal me from these things. Really, it is a matter of aging. I pray for money for Lasik for instance…and alas, my eyes are still going dim! All I know is one day, I will see Jesus face to face and I will see Him perfectly and hear Him perfectly. Now, I have spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear. They are the most precious things I possess because they allow me to see and hear in the spiritual realm–my real home. Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
    Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the physical dead, however, Lazarus still had to physically die again. We are able to share the gospel of Jesus with others and they are resurrected from the spiritual dead–they will live eternally, hallelujah…what an amazing ministry Jesus has left all of us.
    Remember that Jesus said, Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: and yes, this is metaphorically; however, I understand it to mean that our physical body parts are not as important as where we spend eternity, and your name is written in heaven…happy, happy day!
    The Lord expects us to grow where we are planted. Share the gospel with the deaf community and allow the Lord to use you to resurrect them from the dead. Of course, pray for their healing!!! But this world is not our home. and not many of us are free from all ailments. Praise Jesus for your spiritual ears. Also my sister, I went through a time of intense isolation. During that time I learned to draw into the Lord like never before. He is the lover of our soul. Now, I fret whenever I can’t spend my time with Him. He is the best thing that ever happened to me. I pray that you would be filled with His love, and the He would give you a new revelation of how much He dearly loves you! God bless you sister. Have a wonderful day in the Lord. Melinda
    You know how the scripture says that you will get a new name that only you and the Lord know? Rev 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

    I believe in heaven, you will hear things that only you will hear…and I can prove that scripturally…see above. Only you will hear your new name! But for you, there will be more. Be blessed sister.

  3. lookinforacity says:

    Michael,
    This has been your Heart felt question.

    By what authority do certain preachers and teachers define the meaning of the “Sovereignty of God” in such a way as to imply that “whatever happens was predestined by God to be so”. Is it right to talk as if “everything that happens is the will of God”? Is it really an affront to God’s eternal majesty to suggest that God may have given a certain limited but nonetheless real free choice to some of His creatures? According to some preachers this is so, but I cannot see on what biblical basis this must be believed.
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    The answer to that question is, what I have come to find in the last 6 mo. period of conversation on another Christian forum.
    The Term – – Reformed Theology = Calvinism.
    Google “THE FIVE POINTS OF CALVINISM” click the first one on the page you can get all of the doctrine, that has caused so much disbelief, and division in the body, for centries.

    JIM

  4. lookinforacity says:

    Hi Jesse
    Yes as far as I see it, they were to close to Him, to be able to see Him for who He really was.

    We need to ask ourselves, “Is it EVER Gods Will that someone “NOT” be healed?”
    Does God get ANY GLORY when someone is not healed?
    Using Jesus as our example, was there EVER a recorded case where Jesus said be healed, and the person WAS NOT HEALED?
    We have been predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. As individuals, and corporately as His body, HIM being the Head.
    When the body stands up as it will some day, then we will see untold miracles.:-)

    JIM

    • jesseedavis says:

      Simply put, if God does not want us to be healed, then He would not have made us with the ability to heal over time. Also, He would not have said “By His stripes we are healed…” if He did not mean it. God has shown by the beating of His own Son that He does not desire any of us to be ill or damaged in any way. The curse of sin and all of its consequences, including illness, was put upon Jesus at atonement making it possible that we may be healed. For this refer to Isaiah 53 and read up on just about every prophecy concerning His death and His purpose for coming.

      Sadly, I would say a percentage in the high 90’s of believers do not know the full extent of salvation period, let alone their salvation. If more of us did, than this subject would not be an issue.

  5. lookinforacity says:

    Don’t want some people to get confused by my last statement so this is for clarification.

    “because they were thinking they knew him, He was the son of Joseph.”

    Matthew 13:55
    Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

    John 7:5
    For neither did his brethren believe in him.

    JIM

    • jesseedavis says:

      So basically, none of them saw Him for who He was? They went with the Jewish culture and attached Joseph’s identity to Him, since as far as they were concerned Joseph was Jesus’ father.

      This makes sense.

  6. The epidemic is begun. First in Mexico, then spreads to who knows where.

    Brothers and sisters, It’s time to take the 91’st Psalm and trust in God’s promise to keep the deadly pestilence and the plague that stalks in darkness AWAY from our dwelling. It’s time to watch a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come NEAR you.

    As children of God, it’s all we really have, but it is MORE than enough. It is greater than anything the fallen world can concoct right now as this flu reaches pandemic proportions.

    It’s sink or swim time. This is NOT a rehearsal.

  7. jesseedavis says:

    Is it possible that we can conclude that God DOES want everyone to healed completely because He made us able to heal over time?

    Doesn’t this fact show us God’s desire for each of us concerning being whole?

    • Jesse,

      you have an excellent point. So many, many things in this universe, and especially our bodies speak of our Father’s tender concern for every detail of His creation.

      He really did provide for everything, when you think about it.

      Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe in general. So many systems working together in harmony to keep us alive.

      There are things that are only visible under a microscope that reveal God’s infinite attention to detail in our bodies all the way down to the cellular level. Cells in themselves are miracles!

      I tend to believe that He wants us all healed and has indeed provided for it. But then someone like Joni Erickson Tada (sp?) comes along to throw a monkey-wrench in the works! I’m not belittling her, not at all, but her testimony seems to weigh heavily on the side that some people, no matter how much true faith they have are simply not going to get a physical healing on this earth. For it seems that God wants to work His grace through these chosen vessels in other ways. (Sorry Ken Copeland and all that bunch.)

      It’s just like some folks who pray every prayer there is to find a marriage partner, and do so for years FAITHFULLY, and they watch the world go by through longing eyes while God answers their friends prayers for a lifetime mate, but in the end, it turns out that God wants them single. (Groan) I hope that’s not me, because I desperately want someone to love. (and to be loved by) I get very lonely since Diana passed away, and I have tons of love in my heart to give to a woman. But time is slipping away. I’m about to spend a week or more concentrating on praying for someone to love to come into my life. I NEED to love someone. it’s the essence of my nature.

      I need a woman. (Trouble and all.)

      Anyway, the point is that there always seems to be exceptions to the rules. But for the most part, I think you are right. God has shown His desire to heal us through our own body’s natural healing systems. This seems like a legitimate and clear expression of his heart desire to see us all healed.

      • jesseedavis says:

        Yes, Doug, there are always exceptions. However, we must not make a general rule based on an exception.

        This is a problem that I see in many ways. First, we tend to change things based on the one time things don’t go as normal. You pray and pray and pray and people become healed. You lay hands on someone and they’re healed. Then one day you lay hands on someone, and they’re not healed or pray for someone and they die by cancer. Usually speaking, it is at this moment that something happens. We change the rule to say that God does not generally want everyone to be healed or we lose faith in God that He can heal or whatever the case may be. All of which becomes a stumblingblock and causes more of these things to happen. Thereby driving the believer further into this way of thinking, believing, and walking.

        The other way that exceptions can be a problem is they can cause division. For example, many people believe God wants everyone to be healed and many people believe that God does not want EVERYONE healed. The latter is usually, at least as far as I have heard and read, based on the exceptions. They’ll point out an example in the Bible where someone wasn’t healed or an experience they’ve had when someone wasn’t healed. When you get someone from each perspective in the same field, problems can arise. One may teach that God wants people healed and the other teaching different, causing confusion. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” It is possible that division may arise out of such an instance. They may split, hence denominations.

        God does what He will, yes, but He has set an order to things. We must follow this order and allow room in our faith and walk for Him to make exceptions, without necessarily expecting them. Our faith must be that God will heal when we pray or lay hands, and when they aren’t healed it should not move us into believing different.

        A good example to the whole order thing. If you fall off of a cliff from a hundred feet up, with nothing to slow you down, generally speaking, you will die. That is the order that is set. As far as I know, one of the Apostles were thrown off of a cliff like this, and survived. God made an exception to the natural order He placed, and intervened. Of course, this Apostle was killed by sword when they checked him. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to go jumping off of cliffs based on that exception. I won’t teach others to do so either. If I am ever thrown off a cliff I may believe that God can save me, because of this example, but this will not drive me to test God. For this refer to Matthew 4 and Luke 4.

        • JustAGuy says:

          My wife was seriously ill and homebound for 6 and a half years while we believed in the ‘exception to the rule’ and did not believe it was God’s will to heal all who were ill. She spoke with a pastor for an hour who believed it was God’s will to heal all – and he backed each point up with scripture. She dared to believe it was God’s will for her to be healed and that motivated her to deal with the issues that were holding her back. In four weeks, receiving prayer and guidance 15 minutes a week by phone and in reading “Blessing or Curse: You can Choose” by Derek Prince, the Lord was able to audibly speak to my wife and say ‘rise and walk’ and she did.

          6 and a half years believing it was not God’s will to heal all who are sick, vs. 4 weeks of daring to believe and being healed. My theology can never be the same again – though the pull of the ‘exception’ would diffuse it.

          We do not know the hidden areas of a person’s heart where they may not be aligned with the Lord’s will for healing. Does this make them less Christian? No – ALL have sinned. There is a factor of “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” however. Joni Erickson Tada believes her condition is from the Lord and the Lord is glorified in it. According to her faith be it unto her, and God bless her! Crying out to God for healing and believing for it are two completely different things.

          Just posting these thoughts because they are near to me.

          Blessings and Peace,
          Timothy

          • Hi Rev Timothy ,

            What an awesome note you wrote.
            That is just what I wanted to hear
            (or read)for the last several years.
            Phew !!!

            Your wife got healed after 6 years !!!
            Boy , Jesus is a Mighty Miracle Worker!!!

            These long waits are those wherein
            everybody tends to lose faith , and one begins to say ,….miracles are for others , ……

            But that is a totally erroneous notion.

            As your mail shows , ……
            receiving your mighty miracle
            is just a matter of striking the
            right notes , …where your faith (belief)is concerned.

            All Praise to God ,….for all He
            has done for Rev Timothy’s wife ,…
            and……thanks to Rev Timothy for his note ,…..which proves that
            miracles and healing are for everyone.

            All Glory to Jesus !!!

            Vikki

          • JustAGuy says:

            Thanks for the encouraging words Vikki! The testimony of my wife’s healing can be found in her words within a few weeks of its occurance at http://www.perfectinglove.com/ThanksgivingAndPraise and my perspective is found at http://www.perfectinglove.com/ourstory
            The church does not recognize what sin is, and so it embraces people in all manner of sin issues that hinder or block healing, then use the fall back position of “it must not be God’s will to heal.”

            Millions are waiting upon God for their healing, not realizing that it is He who is waiting on them. I know, I was there, and I have helped others get past that point. As for the “Rev Timothy” I appreciate the respect you’ve shown but for the record, I am a window cleaner on a mission! 🙂 It blesses me to know your were blessed by that post.

            Blessings to you,
            Timothy

          • lookinforacity says:

            Looking at the question along time ago, I found.
            There are 3 ways Faith is released, for God to heal in “any and every situation.”

            1.) Through the Faith of the person wanting to be healed.
            Story of the woman , with the issue of blood. Luke 8:43
            2.) Then there is the Faith people for a friend, to be healed.
            Story of the man with Palsy, let down through the roof. Matthew 9:1
            3.) Lastly there is the Faith of the person that actually does the praying, for someone to be healed.
            Story of the man at the gate called beautiful, asking alms. Acts 3:1

            What we see from this, is that God can use any situation, it isn’t the Faith of the person that has to be strong, if there is some one else there that does have the Faith for them, or the person that is praying for the person to be healed. Because it all comes down to God through the working of the Holy Spirit, He is doing the work, not us. He is the one that gets ALL the Glory.

            JIM

          • JustAGuy says:

            Jim, how does the scripture that Jesus could do no great works in Nazareth because of their unbelief fit in with assertion number three?

            Blessings and Peace,
            Timothy

          • lookinforacity says:

            When looking at that story, we can’t look at it as if we were the ones in Nazareth.
            It doesn’t say when he prayed for someone that they weren’t healed, it says that because of their unbelief, he could not do many mighty works there.
            Let me ask you this, if you didn’t believe that Jesus was the Messiah, would YOU go to be healed by Him?
            What I see is, those that did come WERE HEALED, but there were not the masses of people that had always followed Him, because they were thinking they knew him, He was the son of Joseph.

            JIM

          • JustAGuy says:

            Jim, thanks for that cogent reply. Often people will take offense and not have a reply of substance, but in seeing your original post, it was obvious that you had put some meditation into all the angles. Taking it from your framework, the picture is that Jesus had a desire to heal, but was withheld the opportunity due to the unbelief and hence their lack of response to His presence.

            Blessings and Peace,
            Timothy

      • jesseedavis says:

        I too am praying for this as well. You are in my prayers, Doug.

      • Hello Doug

        Yes we all need someone to love, I pray often for a wonderful partner and companion but because I am deaf, it is difficult to find a compatiable deaf person. I say Deaf person because twice I married hearing people and they didn’t work out (to cut a long story short) the divide between the deaf and hearing exists (Not many people realise that). The Deaf Community is a small one and a Deaf Christian do not find it easy to find partners of the same beliefs.

        I pray also for my children, for my health. I pray for my church, wishing to do more outreach works etc. I do share some singing and many God stories that I find on the site (like this one) giving inspiration to those who may not read well.

        I have a Christian friend who believes that all of us are able to get healing for all ailments and I find it hard to converse with her that there are no healings for some in spite of deep faiths. She seems to believe that sick people who do not get healed do not have enough faith. I remind her of many children dying of leukaemia, is it because of lack of faith?

        Blessings to you.

    • JustAGuy says:

      I believe it is possible that we can conclude that since God is against sin and sin is the ultimate cause of the curse, that sickness is clearly listed in Deutoronomy 28 as a curse, the curse causeless shall not come, and that God wants us all sanctified and healed in spirit, soul, and body – God wants us all healed.

      I believe when we hold onto an element of doubt, our faith becomes double mindedness and we jeopardize its effect for our lives. When I was 12 I learned how to swim. As hard as I tried, the element of doubt had me keeping one of my legs somewhat down, just to catch myself if I began to sink. As long as I did not completely throw myself on the water and swim, I was unable. We do this with our faith too often – in bracing for the possibility of not being healed, we erase the possibility of being made whole.

      Blessings and Peace,
      Timothy

  8. Penelope says:

    I have been ill recently from drugs that were given to me and ended up in hospital. I was forced to rely solely upon our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, as medical staff were at a loss to explain what happened, not very nice or reassuring when they are supposed to know. I’m usually healthy and not used to being ill, so it was a blow to my confidence, it happened at a trying time in my life too and I was glad I had a personal relationship with God in the spiritual realm. Relying on His supernatural strength to see me through and heal me. One morning I was praying hard and I felt God’s awesome prescence, that’s how I’m getting through it and feel a whole lot better, God provided me with a strong psychological crutch also, as Christians my friends and I think that prayer and asking for healing works best. The whole business of this illness was scary. I don’t know if it was an enemy attack by the evil one, because he is working in the field of medicine. Or God breaking down the stubborn and earthly side of my nature of wanting to be in control to relying heavily on Him, a lesson if you like, your article is interesting that God allows sin, or things to happen for a reason, maybe he allows some illnesses to happen in order to learn something from them. But He is the utmost, supreme creator of this universe, I’ve been thinking about that incredible fact and it sends shivers down my spine perhaps even more than the illness has! any being who can do that and create the physical and spiritual realms can deal with anything and justifies our comment of God being in heaven and does as he pleases is interesting God is still God no matter what happens and everything I believe is constructed for His divine purpose. Thank you Lord for being with me at this difficult time and healing me. Words can’t thank you enough.

    • JustAGuy says:

      Penelope, I have worked with people with asthma in regards to healing. Physiologically it is stress induced according to research by Johns Hopkins. The good news is that God has not given us a spirit of fear (which drives the stress behind asthma). By taking your thoughts captive to the knowledge of Christ and His ever present love and provision in our lives, we can begin to build the bridge back to healing from asthma. Don’t let fear of sickness, fear of the future, fear of ANYTHING play their song and dance in your head. You my sister are FREE to be blessed and healed by the Lord! Whenever you get a stressful thought, find a scripture that refutes it. In putting on the mind of Christ, you will find the ultimate sanity, the power, love and sound mind that overcomes fear and the physical symptoms of it. You can read http://perfectinglove.com/ourstory and contact us from there if you like. My wife’s illness began the year previously with asthma. She is totally free!

      Blessings and Peace,
      Timothy

      • I agree that it is related to stress, but I also understand that dust mites and other such unsavory microscopic, critters have a big part in asthma.

        • JustAGuy says:

          Doug, you bring in an excellent point in the discussion. This goes a lot deeper than what I have said, or can say in a simple post, but there is also a conditioning, or programing factor. When we are told someTHING is causing us to react, what is our natural reaction? We go on “alert” for the offenders. I know, I had to bird dog out smells and causes before my wife so I could shield her from it. That heightening of ‘alert’ compounds the problem because our immune system goes into ‘fight or flight’ and is hyperactivated.

          For example, if I am having a reaction to pollen, I can believe a lie that pollen is evil, or I can believe that God made it good and God made me more than able to process it like the billions of others who have no ill affect. I praise God for pollen and for the honey it produces and the fruits and vegetables that come from it. This helps my focus become more positive, it takes it off myself, and it places it on God, exalting Him over all circumstance. He is the One who tells us we shall not be hurt by any deadly thing. I have seen people set free of food allergies when they place the Word of God above the earthly circumstance and eat in faith, not fear. (sometimes fear can be there even as we walk forward in faith.

          Side thought…. God led His people to a land “flowing with milk and honey”. How is it that the devil has stolen our joy in these things with such things as ‘lactose intolerance’ and allergies to pollen?

          Blessings and Peace,
          Timothy

          • Joel Kiskola says:

            I have had multiple allergies (from peanuts to spices etc. and animals plus “trees”) since i was 8 years old.
            Most severe symptoms i have had include severe heartbeat (like running for my life), feelings of anxiety and fear (not fear of allergy, but severe reaction can affect mood too).

            I am tired to this allergy, it is painful and it can took for days for my body to become back to the normal condition.

            I have prayed for G-d to heal all this, and i even though i was healed (but i don’t still know if i am), but symptoms are still there.
            Also this allergy is mostly type G, which means symptoms can occur days after eating, so i am not sure how can i win battle over this because even if i do NOT knew i had eaten “X food” i still have symptoms and i of course search out what did i eat that “caused” symptoms.

            I pray for YHWH to heal me once an’ for all.

            And i know it is NOT His will for me to have this sickness caused by evil!

            YOU! Please pray for me too.

            May G-d bless you with wisdom!

          • JustAGuy says:

            Joel, The battle is NOT found in discovering “what foods cause what symptoms.” That is the good news. Right after my wife was healed, we had people all over the country calling and asking how the Lord healed her. I told one lady she would get the victory if she treated this as a spiritual battle. She had not only allergies, but diabetes and a list of over 20 diseases that. Within two weeks she reported that she not only had the victory over the ‘allergies’, she was on her way to defeating the other diseases, the last I heard from her years ago was that she had only two or three and they were being overcome!

            The victory in the battle stems from relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who was foretold by the prophets from Moses to Isaiah to come and die for the sins of man and to take the penalty of that sin. It is by His stripes we are healed.

            Isaiah Chapter 53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

            He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

            But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

            Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
            Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

            Isa 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

            Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

            Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

            He wants to know you Joel. Are you a Messianic Jew? Or, do you not accept Jesus as the Messiah? His healing comes from a trusting relationship of love and faith and faithfulness. There is so much to it. You can email me if you like. [email protected]

            Blessings and Peace,
            Timothy

  9. Yvonne Nicole Jackson says:

    I thank the Lord Supremely for ppl like you who are bold in the Spirit! I expect to recieve and apply and teach Divine Healing to the masses. I am honored to be used by God to ignite a fire of a wholistic ministry. Thank you for your article. Thank you JESUS!!!

  10. thanks for this. i have had an issue for 14 years. i believe God heals. i have laid hands on the sick and seen them recover. i know 2 people who i prayed for be healed of full blown aids. but alas for myself i have waivered. i guess because its myself who needs ths physical healing. but this physical issue runs deep and messes me up emotionally. its debilitating to the point of depleting my self esteem and the general way i feel as a woman about myself. this has helped me because i recognise me in it and i have managed to identify mx ‘errors’. this has given me insight into possible reasons for my not being healed. i am puzzled by how healing virtue can flow thru’ mx hands but miss ‘me’ altogether. i shall incorporate what u have noted here. i shall of now expect my healing because i now know that it is Gods will that i be healed. No more spiritual laziness. From here on, I fight the good fight of faith…
    Thankyou and God bless you!

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