God's will: DIVINE HEALTH & SUPERNATURAL DELIVERANCE!
I will admit this subject is rather complicated. There are many facets to a balanced picture. No one facet tells the whole. This article aims to help encourage a Christian understanding of sickness, disease, doctors, healing, trials, death . This article tries to be a helpful encouragement to know Who to turn to when sick & how to find answers when disease or disaster visit your doorstep! There are two additional related articles dedicated to the subject of Christians undergoing trials & one on understanding death.
God is able to Keep you.htm
(on the Keeping Promises of God during trials, for those who worry or struggle with fear or self- doubt)
Death where is thy
(on gaining a redemptive perspective on death, especially for those who are grieving, who need a new vision from the Lord)
Deepening in the desert.htm
(full of promises of encouragement for those going through trials, especially for those who need a revelation of hope from the Lord)
About Healing: I believe that Christ's power to heal, evident in the Gospels, is available to all believers today through His atoning sacrifice (Isaiah 53:4-5). Jesus is the same yesterday, today & forever! (Hebrews 13:8) Healing is for the physical, mental, and emotional ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the redemptive atoning work of Jesus Christ. Healing is received through various means, including the working of miracles, the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands, the anointing of oil, as well as GodÕs providence through medical resources. The full balance of GodÕs love flows towards us whether through natural, medical, or miracle means. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-20; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5).
For me personally, I have found any kind of physical ailment (if serious) can be one of life's most emotionally distressing problems. I personally have experienced Jesus for almost 25 years as Supernatural Healer! Jesus is also my personal PEACE & COMFORTER whenever life has reduced me to weakness & my body experienced trouble. He has always delivered me to hope & restored health (often supernaturally) & extended GREAT COMFORT to me whenever my soul felt the deepest sorrows. I love Jesus forever, because He TRULY is the "FRIEND Who sticks closer than a brother!" Isaiah 61 tells all the things Jesus will personally do for us (if we humble ourselves & seek Him in our hour of need)!
The Bible presents a multi-varied balance of messages to help us understand God's perspective on the involved & complicated matters brought to question by trials. One of the deepest mysteries of life is: Where is God in the matter of sickness & human suffering? The Bible, faithful & true guide to all subjects of life seeks to give us wise & revealing answers. Psalm 119:105 To calm our fears, take away our confusion & bring us to answers, to lead us to the foot of the cross. Where help & healing flows & Jesus will comfort us when life distresses us most. I have sought a life TOUCHED & humbled before God for many years, inevitably finding all my answers in the pages of the Word of God (the Christian scriptures) & kneeling at the feet of Jesus! I admit it is impossible to fully explain some of these deep mysteries. But I know that JESUS holds all the keys! This website is to encourage those who are hurting or struggling. You may freely print out or link other websites to these articles in order to share the encouragement & minister to others. In Jesus, brother Jeff
I hope this encourages & blesses you! I wrote this today as I was considering God's Word & answer for the believers' needs & trials! The fuller message here reflects insights & revelations which the Lord has given over the period of many years. If you are a one verse at a time student of God's Word, then read & memorize Psalm 34:19 "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all." Then TAKE THIS PERSONALLY! And LITERALLY! Proverbs 30:5-6 says: "Every Word of God is flawless & He is a SHIELD to those who TAKE REFUGE in Him!"
Jesus Himself is
the key to Healing & Supernatural DELIVERANCE!
Jesus LONGS to minister to the needs of people because of His great love & compassion!
For physical health, the believer should pray earnestly for supernatual deliverance each time he is posed with a physical weakness or a medical battle. It is more fun & encouraging to be delivered by God than to resort to natural remedies. Be more bold in asking for GodÕs faithfulness to touch & keep you. Pray for lifelong health! I often pray far beyond any current physical problem I ever encounter. It is WISE to pray for God's faithful provision of healing, shelter, protection. Base your request on the scriptures themselves. Hear the Voice of God, abide in Jesus. Stay close to God. Ask Him for all the scriptures promise.
Healing is not to be based on Òdoctrine,Ó human hopes or opinion. But on JESUS HIMSELF. And the Word of God. Each gift of the Spirit is meant to be a REVELATION of JESUS! Healing is actually a divine experience, embracing virtue from a Person. Healing is not someTHING, but is bringing to us a experience & reflection of WHO JESUS IS: HEALER!
DIVINE HEALTH: ask for & expect DIVINE HEALTH to amazingly occur. God is more interested in blessing & protecting your health (if you will faithfully love, serve & honor Him) than you ever realized. Look beyond natural possibilities & ask in prayer for a lifelong experience of the Father's faithful covenant care. Ask for restoration, healing & LIFELONG health! God is BIGGER than your problems. God's Word promises MORE than some believers dare to ask! Look into God's Word & dwell on His promises. Pray like all the scriptures are true!
Divine healing can be a "normal," frequent, wonderful, blessed experience for each believer. Intercede to God for LIFELONG health & well-being. Receive God's shelter of grace for bodily & emotional health & strength. Pray for a heart that is true to the Lord & a healthy spirit. A spiritual life that seeks for God & hungers for righteousness. But realize that the things of the Spirit can also touch your body & mind. In Jesus.
There are many other "more important" subjects to pray about (especially the salvation & needs of others). A life of unselfish giving & ministry. Yet scripture promises protection, health & healing to GodÕs children. There is deliverance to humble lambs who pasture under Jesus' care. Ask for healing for yourself & others. Jesus has ALWAYS BEEN A HEALER! Always was, always will be. Hebrews 13:8 Don't be intimidated by past problems. And reject all (false) doctrines which say Jesus has changed or no longer cares to help you. Mal. 3:6 His gifts & love for you are ever faithful & will never change. James 1:16-17 Jesus has a gift of healing (1 Cor. 12) for you that will go above & beyond what you can ask, imagine or think! Take the promise of Psalm 34 as personally FOR YOU! Cast any past, present or future problem on the Lord knowing these will be TAKEN CARE of by God! 1 Peter 5:7 Healing & SUPERNATURAL DELIVERANCE is ever possible, available & waiting for you. IN JESUS!
Eph. 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Eph. 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
HEALING is WHO JESUS IS! And HEALING is BY GRACE!
Healing is valid & available for believers because HEALING is WHO JESUS IS! When you experience healing you are experiencing JESUS! Ex. 15:26 Experiencing Jesus is never going to pass away.
In desiring the GRACE (non-efforts, non-works, non-earned) experience of divine healing, some important points should be made. The major aspect needing clarification is: Rid oneself of all travesties of self-effort to obtain healing. 2 Chron. 7:14 makes the grace of healing a simpler transaction: Humble yourself, pray, turn from any sin (as it poses a barrier), then let God do what ONLY GOD can do. My longtime good friend Jim (an herbal specialist, nutritionist & licensed pastor) wished to share a set of balancing points to my DIVINE HEALTH & SUPERNATURAL DELIVERANCE treatise. (I am paraphrasing & amplifying Jim's points 1 - 2 following.)
1. GOD does the healing. We don't.
2. Healing is not necessarily
always "my faith"-related.
In the gospels, Jesus healed both believers (people who came to him in faith asking) & sometimes miscellaneous others. Jim wanted to point out that some people healed by Jesus (in the gospels) might be construed as a gift of healing to "unbelievers." I would add that 1 Cor. 12 describes the supernatural manifestations of divine healing as GIFTS of healing. Surely this suggests that the Holy Spirit is doing it all by grace. The word, gifts, in GIFTS of healing" is "charece" or "charis" which means GRACE & GIFT. So healing (whether physical, emotional or spiritual) is a GRACE GIFT. Jesus went around healing people (according to John 1) "full of GRACE & truth." So my meditative thoughts (these scriptures) make me agree with Jim's point: That healing is simply by grace, a gift from the loving, giving heart of Jesus.
The more accurate views of Christian healing do NOT look at healing as if it were by "claiming our healing" or aggressive religious "self-will." While those ideas are well-meaning, they overlook the Òwhole counsel of God.Ó The striving to get answers from God approach overlooks GodÕs Sovereignty, grace, compassion, the restful yoke of true faith & the love basis for never-earned gifts from God. Effort to be healed, stress-filled efforts at claiming or demanding may depart from the restful grace in which Jesus works best. We are not (presumptively) to tell God WHAT to do or WHAT NOT to do. God is God. And we are NOT. We ARE to believe GodÕs promises. The Bible if FULL of MANY promises for healing. More than promises actually. Healing is WHO JESUS IS!
Another form of erring presumption comes from the many purveyors of the false doctrine: ÒJesus CANÕT Heal. Or NO LONGER heals.Ó Again, this is the error of Òtelling GodÓ WHAT He CANÕT do. Since there are prevalent, amazing & supernatural Christian healings going on worldwide as we speak (and every year since the Book of Acts), it is obvious that God is NOT listening to us tell Him what we NO LONGER believe or what we do NOT want Him to do. God does whatever He wants without consulting us for our opinions or advice. The real truth is God is the same as He always was. And Healing is WHO JESUS IS! Ex. 15:26 ÒI AM the Lord Who heals you!Ó
I personally (Jeff) have learned
over the years that true faith RESTS. Matt. 11:28-30 describes how
Jesus would wish to take the heavy yoke of sickness off a
person. At least three ingredients are explained BY JESUS in
Matt. 11:28-30. How to cooperate with knowing the Lord
& receiving from His hand:
1. Simply COME to JESUS, humbly.
2. Receive JESUS HIMSELF as the Answer to your need.
3. Abide in His yoke of REST (based on grace).
Lay all your burdens down, receive Jesus whilst resting in grace, reposing in closeness to God). Let your prayers & requests be confident in a restful, Jesus-dependent, Jesus-focused way. Fix your eyes & mind & ears on GodÕs written promises. But listen EVEN CLOSER to His voice. Let God SPEAK PERSONALLY to you about your need & situation. Let Jesus keep you in His arms & out of any place of self-effort or religious striving. As you pursue the Healer alone, to obtain healing becomes a grace gift, simply deposited in you as you rest. Draw near to God, therefore, and let Jesus DO ALL for you!
Psalm 34 shows it is GOD's WILL for believers to be DELIVERED from afflictions & troubles (ultimately DELIVERED from ALL). I have Christian friends who do not quite believe this. But my heart says: ÒThe scriptures are ALL true!Ó
Prov. 30:5-6 ÒEvery word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Prov. 30:6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Yes, we will have trials. But the pre-eminent example of the afflicted spiritual man (Job) in the Old Testament shows DELIVERANCE in the end! He suffered long & woefully. Yet GodÕs plan ultimately was only for the happy ending! Better than a fairy tale, these are the very promises of God! With Jesus, one way or another, there is ALWAYS a happy ending! There is ALWAYS HOPE! Heaven itself is the ultimate expression of God's will: Ultimate, final & permanent DELIVERANCE!
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psa. 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psa. 34:19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; Psa. 34:20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
The KJV says: Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh (near) unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
Psalms 34, 91, 121 (& many others) promise physical protection, divine healing & the comfort of the Lord. Isaiah 61 (quoted by Jesus as true of the Messiah in Luke 4) makes it very clear Jesus is interested in calming our emotional distresses & healing our emotional wounds & physical afflictions.
The emphatic & sure promises of scripture are given so the believer can pray with confidence (during or after any affliction or trouble). Though God may not answer in the timing you want or the way you want, you can always rest in His heart & character. That God LOVES you, is FOR you (though against our sin). He is WITH us always. Jesus will NEVER LEAVE or FORSAKE us. Paul wrote to Timothy that: ÒEven if we are faithless, He will REMAIN FAITHFUL!Ó On Christ the Solid Rock, STAND! Asking the dilemma be fully resolved. I personally often request there never be another recurrence (of certain problems or issues)! Why? Perhaps I have (humanly) Òhad enough.Ó Maybe I still feel overwhelmed by what I went through & I donÕt have the heart for future new episodes of more. Maybe IÕm a wimp! :) Perhaps I wish to focus my time more on seeking, enjoying & serving God. Rather than continually recoiling from satanÕs blows. Maybe I believe the promise of scripture that it is possible to overcome. That there is a place in the desert God can put us which Òout of the serpentÕs reach.Ó (Revelation) Or that He prepares a table for me even in the presence of my enemies. That there is a land called Goshen, where the problems of this world are kept out! Maybe I believe there is an ARK on which Jeff & his wife & loved ones can go. And there we will be spared many of the heartaches & judgments which fall on this world. And that ÒARKÓ is Jesus! Maybe I wish to place around me & my house the ARMOR of GOD, so I donÕt have to be felled or nearly destroyed by the evil intentions of satan & sinners in this world. Maybe I believe God is good in a world of bad. And that Jesus gives GOOD GIFTS to His children.
Yes, we will suffer. But many trials come from the world, sin, sinners or the devil. And scripture offers protection against many of these. Tools to resist. And promises to cling to. These agents (the world, sin & demons) are not necessarily ones God approves or affirms. In Job 1 & 2, God allowed satan - for a time - to roll into motion plans against Job, very difficult & painful circumstances. (Someone estimates the time frame of Job to be about one & a half years perhaps.) In the midst of trials there can come blessings. God taught Job to Òtrust God anyway.Ó
Yet ultimately, the time-consuming heartaches & anguish of most trials were ended for Job. In Job 42, the scripture declares how God blessed the REST of JOBÕS LIFE! This meant God answered someoneÕs prayer that there never be another recurrence (of certain problems or issues)! We have no reason to believe Job had yet more children who then suffered trial & disaster & grievous loss in future decades. To the proportion Job had known before. There IS an END to trials. A time of grace. A season of blessing. There IS divine protection. And answers from God!
Suggestions how to make
it through trials
I marvel sometimes at the revelations God gave Job during his trials. Ones most people never notice or quote. Almost like Job had some kind of divine foreknowledge that his days of suffering would someday end. Try these: Job 23:10 ÒBut the Lord knows the way that I take; when he has tested (tried) me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:11 My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.Ó I see here some pretty powerful suggestions for how to make it through trials.
1. Set your heart & mind to closely follow the Lord (Jesus said: ÒCome follow Me.Ó Jesus is the Best Guide. And the ONLY One with Perfect Vision who can lead you safely through.
2. Treasure GodÕs Word (the Bible) & daily meditation on the scriptures as your DAILY MANNA (food to sustain you). His daily feeding to make it through your trials. Everyone has trials. But few make the scriptures their DAILY favorite. In Matt. 4:4, Jesus offered the same solution while going through His ÒallowedÓ desert/devil testings.
I know there will always be some trials in this world. The only way to have NO trials is to go to heaven (leave this planet). Psalm 34:19 gives God's promise that even if trials become MANY, there is still a faithful experience waiting the believer. To know Jesus as DELIVERER! I personally am more interested in serving God with my time & helping others know Him (as my undistracted focus). rather than constant busyness & travail. Sometimes God's way or timing to bring deliverance or answer prayer may differ from the one we choose, but His answers & timing always reflect His love & faithfulness. God's will, when encountering afflictions & trouble, is very often like the ever FAITHFUL promise of Psalm 34. So never give up!
It is reasonable to ask the Lord to be lifelong, 100% supernaturally healthy. You may only end up with an 80 or 90% "success rate." But aim for the bullseye of God's promises. 100% healing, 100% deliverance (no matter how many trials), 100% healing, 100% restoration of health, these are good goals.
Heb. 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
2Ki 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, [there appeared] a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Ex. 23:25 Worship the LORD your God,
and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away
sickness from among you,
Ex. 23:26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
God's Word declares that the Lord is our Healer. Ex. 15:26, 23:25
Even if we have many afflictions or tribulations (as God's Word ALSO promises), the Lord desires (ultimately, one way or another) to deliver us, probably from them ALL! So aim for DAILY EXPERIENCING JESUS as HEALER & DELIVERER! No naming it & claiming it. Simply surrender your fragile frame & daily needs in a humble sacrifice to God. Ask for His help & strength & health to live an unselfish life of serving & seeking God. To have strength & energy to serve Him all your days. Embrace His promises, giving yourself to please & honor God selflessly. Let the PromiseGiver see you devoting all your years & strength for His glory. Then, whenever, any threat to your body happens every so often, freely cling to the promises of God. Cling to Jesus, Who is the Faithful Healer of His people! Drawing close to Him daily, looking more for intimacy with Jesus, than deliverance from your trouble. He will never fail or forsake you!
Know that the Lord is FOR you, not against you. That Jesus is HEALER & DELIVERER all our days! In Jesus, we can be ever protected, powerfully delivered, supernaturally healed & kept (restored to be) supernaturally healthy. Healing & grace are God's intentions toward His children.
Sometimes, there can be troubles, persecutions, trials which persist and linger. 2 Cor. 12:9-10 It is right even then to be praying and asking God fervently, in STRONG FAITH, for the promises of His Word. Psalm 27 tells that your strength is the Lord (not yourself). Your healing also is dependent on Jesus & His grace (NOT your effort or works or attempts to "believe"). It is BY GRACE you are healed.
The Bible teaches a mysterious balance. The believer is promised blessing, healing, comfort, miracles, protection & deliverance. As he walks in faith, he is also told there wll be suffering, trials, persecution, opposition, struggles with a sinful world, imprisonment, beatings, torture, hardships, martyrdom, great victories, miracles, resurrection from the dead, escaping dangers, overcoming! And all in a mysterious balance & paradox!
Notice the faith chapter of Hebrews 11. This chapter teaches classic examples of great miracles & victories of faith. And also commends us to realize even men who walk in faith will sometimes experience suffering, great persecutions & pain. This is the paradox of the saints. We live in a world of persecutions & pain, in which Jesus will spread a table before us in the presence of our enemies. God's Presence is the antidote for all of life's trials & sufferings. The paradox is Daniel got RESCUED (supernaturally) from the Lion's den, but God did not stop the stones from wounding & martyring Stephen. This is the paradox & mystery. Always pray for deliverance, yet realize there may come a baffling example which you may never understand. This is the mystery of faith. Faith leads to healing, miracles & deliverance. Sometimes also (at least for a season), faith SUFFERS.
Consider these "great" men * women of faith (what did they face
& go through?)...
Heb. 11:32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,
Heb. 11:33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,
Heb. 11:34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
Heb. 11:35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
Heb. 11:36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.
Heb. 11:37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated Ñ
Heb. 11:38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
Heb. 11:39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
Heb. 11:40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Heb. 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Heb. 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Heb. 12:3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Heb. 12:4 In your struggle against sin
There are times when the Bible talks of promises being delayed (or even not being fulfilled until later centuries or even in heaven). Though delays or the ultimate deliverance of heaven might be the answer for some problems, don't be too quick to assume that every problem you have can't be helped on earth. Jesus is an EVER PRESENT help in time of trouble! Psalm 46 says. Not just a "fix-it-in-heaven" "far away, later" kind of God.
LIFELONG DIVINE HEALTH & deliverance from problems is close to God's heart & promises! By God's Word, I find it is quite reasonable to ask the Father for LIFELONG HEALTH (even never having health or medical problems the rest of one's life). Will it happen 100%? Perhaps not. We live in a fallen world. "Many are the afflictions (troubles, trials) of the righteous." Yes. Face reality. But EVEN when afflictions come, there is a PROMISE!!! "The LORD delivers him from them all!" Psalm 34:19
My personal understanding of healing & health is like an archer shooting for an archery target. At the sporting range you do not aim for the ground or away from the target. No archer does that. Aim for the bullseye. The bullseye of divine health is JESUS. Aim to know & be close to JESUS in all your prayers. Ask for health. Don't waste time "aiming to be sick." The possibility of sickness is NOT the target. Jesus is the Healer. He is to be the focus of your pursuit for help & healing. Get to know Jesus closely. And healing will often be a gift from Him to you along the way. I hear doctrines of "how to get healed" which focus on self-effort. They are wrong. Others say "divine healing is not possible" or "God wants you sick." God caused calamity to teach you lessons or patience. Usually though, that perspective is wrong. And those are SICK ideas. Jesus is far more seen in scripture as Healer, Helper, Friend, Deliverer.
SUPERNATURALLY HEALTHY & HEALED by God the rest of our lives! Is this possible?
I believe lifelong health & divine healing are the best goal for any Christian. And very possible. According to many scriptures, something approximating this often or surely seems to be God's will for His children. Will you read these scriptures: Ex. 15:26, Psalm 103 & Psalm 34:17-18 What do they say? Is there a REMEDY for medical problems? Supernaturally in Jesus! Or, is God a liar?
I personally feel that if we drew closer to God daily, getting a DEEPER PERSONAL experience and glimpse of His LOVE, we would experience more divine healing! Why because it is the LOVE of God which longs to touch our needs. And Jesus FILLED with COMPASSION was the One who drove out demons, healed epilepsy & made incurable sicknesses vanish! Healing is BY DIVINE LOVE!
Eph. 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Eph. 3:17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, Eph. 3:18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, Eph. 3:19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge &emdash; that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Eph. 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Notice in Ephesians 3 that a breathtaking view of God's love (vv. 18-19) leads to an experience of God DOING AMAZING THINGS (v. 20) & revealing HIS POWER at work in us! Christian self-effort & religious legalism (doctrines) often produce disillusioned saints & confused people. But the LOVE of JESUS is a MIRACLEWORKER! Focus your need for healing on a DEEPER NEED to draw near to the Presence of a God of LOVE! When COMPASSION sweeps over you, you may find that your disease or injury is touched by divine GRACE through the flow of Jesus' love. Religion kills. (It was religion that crucified Jesus.) But LOVE HEALS! "Can you feel the LOVE tonight?" God IS LOVE! "I am the Lord Who heals you!" Ex. 15:26
Here are a few thoughts inspired to me today on The COMPASSION of JESUS! By a glimpse over Matthew 9, I saw clearly in scripture what my heart already knew: that each experience of supernatural forgiveness, deliverance & healing, everything God does for us, is really Jesus bringing us reflections of His compassion. And revealing the Father's loving heart. Jesus as a Shepherd ministers even to our temporal needs, because these moments leave in us LIFELONG IMPRESSIONS of His character & heart! There is nothing temporal about experiencing the ETERNAL GOD! Healing & deliverance can never "pass away" actually unless God is going to cease to be loving or compassionate. His compassionate heart MOVES HIM to touch our needs! I was SO BLESSED & ENCOURAGED today to see that the scripture shares clearly (i.e. Matt. 9) that COMPASSION is the motive & ministry of Jesus! There is a moving experience flowing to us through Jesus bringing us to experience His love whenever healing & deliverance occur. He shares the Father's Word, brings the gospel, saves us. And seeks us as lost sheep through the power of COMPASSION. Then Matt. 9 shares that he sends each of us as His disciples, representatives of COMPASSION, to go out & do the same. The preaching of the gospel, according to scripture then, is to be accompanied by MINISTRIES of COMPASSION (including healing & deliverance, following the very example of Christ). There will never be an end to God's healing, deliverance, compassion or love toward us. Where there is compassion, there is healing! Psalm 136 says a dozen times over that God's faithful love & mercy truly will ENDURE FOREVER! I am so thankful for an EVERLASTING LOVE in the heart of Jesus which ever cares about my every hurt & need. His compassion & love for us remains strong & true forever! Jesus is our ANCHOR, LIFE & HOPE! Are you hurting today? Remember there is HEALING COMPASSION in the heart of Jesus! He will never fail you!
The COMPASSION of JESUS!
"I am the Lord Who HEALS you!" - Ex. 15:26 It is important for each Christian to realize that HEALING, physical & emotional healing, are both PART of the COVENANT (Isaiah 53) we have with Jesus! Just as much as forgiveness of sins. Though the eternal things (forgiveness, redemption, heaven, a relationship with Jesus) are "more important." Still physical, emotional & temporal healing are a vital part of this relationship. And our daily need. Because of our human helplessness & weakness, true provisions for our temporal need are a deep concern to the Lord.
Matt. 4:4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psa. 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
One of the pre-eminent experiences for the Christian is to KNOW (experience) the character & heart of God. Physical & emotional healing are important (key) experiences for each believer, because in the midst of them we are struck by the realization that God is FULL of COMPASSION for our personal needs. When this happens (especially) in an impossible situation (i.e. a medically incurable circumstance), we are left with a LIFELONG impression of the COMPASSION & LOVE of God. Physical & emotional healing is not about some THING we need, these experiences are ALL ABOUT JESUS & about personally experiencing the WONDERFUL, LIFECHANGING COMPASSION of GOD!
It should be noted that healing & the driving out of demons are some of the specific ACTS of Jesus in Matt. 9 when scripture commends us to understand His COMPASSION (Matt. 9:32-36). The Holy Spirit then goes on to commend this theme of COMPASSION as the same subject (context) as our personal calling (like Christ) into the harvest field. The disciples (apostles) were given instructions to heal the sick, pay attention to disease & sickness needs in peoples' lives. And to drive out demons. The context shows this simply is JESUS EXPRESSING HIMSELF & HIS COMPASSION to the lost.
The COMPASSION of JESUS! (in Matthew 9)
1. Jesus ministers deliverance by
his compassion (the kind of demon problem caused physical infirmity,
Matt. 9:32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed (physically demon-oppressed or demoized) and could not talk was brought to Jesus. Matt. 9:33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel."
2. (Uncompassionate) Religion was
against deliverance & healing
Matt. 9:34 But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."
It is generally a lack of love for others (and a lack of seeing Jesus in His love & compassion) which leads religious teachers to devise false "Christian" doctrines outlawing or forbidding healing, miracles & other supernatural expressions of Jesus' LOVE for people.
3. Jesus commonly combined the
ministry of healing along with preaching the gospel
Matt. 9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
4. It was deeply meaningful to
minister even to people's medical (or temporal) needs. Because these
moments brought a DEEP EXPERIENCE to people of the COMPASSION of
Matt. 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
5. The harvest we are called to is
ONE of MINISTERING COMPASSION (likewise)
Matt. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Matt. 9:38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
6. Healing & deliverance will
accompany the ministry of the REVELATION of JESUS: His compassion to
Matt. 10:1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matt. 10:2-5 These are the names of the twelve apostles..These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: Matt. 10:6 Go...to the lost sheep of Israel. Matt. 10:7 As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Matt. 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Preaching, healing, deliverance each equally touch human need. And are a compassionate demonstration of the gospel. The GOOD NEWS that Jesus cares about us! We are His sheep, the sheep of His pasture. The flock under His compassionate, loving care.
God's motive for healing is LOVE: God is LOVE!
The Bible also says that "faith works by love." (Galatians, KJV) Some people emphasize faith to be healed. And Jesus Himself confirmed that perspective, sometimes saying things like: "Your FAITH has made you well." But faith is NOT an exercise in self-effort. True faith SIMPLY SEES JESUS & RECEIVES Him as LOVE! There is a RESTING in faith, that lets JESUS do EVERYTHING! We simply COME TO Him & cling to Him. Crying out, like blind man Bartimaeus, is often all that is needed to extend faith which receives healing. The healing happens because Jesus' heart of COMPASSION touches you. It is the strength & power of GOD's LOVE flowing to you that heals. LOVE HEALS! God IS LOVE! Your healing be from God & no one else!
If you loved your children, would you delight to make them sick, inject influenza into their morning cereal bowls. Would you as a mother stay up nights devising times when you could rejoice to place cancer or leukemia in your child's body? Would an earthly father long to see their child in pain or try to arrange them to suffer maiming accidents? No! Even human love does not LONG to harm one's own children. Should we accuse God of worse? Matthew 7:9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Jesus taught here that the Father is a giver of good.
Tradition says you can never really be sure whether God wants to heal or not. But the teachings of Jesus are seldom as vague. Matthew 7:7-11 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Jesus loves & cares for you as a Husband does His bride
Here is a new one you NEVER thought of before. Ephesians 5! Jesus is your "Husband." You (we) are His bride. How does Jesus look upon your body? As BELONGING to Him, cared for by His shepherd's heart! Jesus taught in Matthew 6 that we should realize the Father's concern for our BODIES!
Matt. 6:25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Matt. 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matt. 6:27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matt. 6:31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' Matt. 6:32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Matt. 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
According to such words, God is interested in our bodies and freeing us from worry about our physical wellbeing. According to Jesus' very own words!
In Ephesians 5, Jesus is described as a Bridegroom. The husband (Jesus) takes care of the wife & all her needs, even her body, in love with great concern. Jesus lives a committed attitude, shielding His Bride, caring for even her body, nurturing her with a husband's provision in love. This hints of Jesus' great personal concern for the PHYSICAL wellbeing of His people.
Jesus looks at each believer as caring for "His wife's body." So every moment Jesus is thinking of how to feed & clothe & wash & provide for us, to care for our body, to insure our health & keep us safe & well. This is the role of the Loving Husband. Psalm 121 & 23 share protection & faithful shepherding as attributes of God.
Jesus is a PHYSICIAN! "Physician heal thyself." Even his mockers & critics knew Jesus as a very powerful, spiritual doctor! They saw him heal the blind and open deaf ears. Children on their deathbeds were raised and returned to supernatural health!
Presumptive faith does not take into account who Jesus is as its focus. But just walks around by doctrines & secondhand notions. Real FAITH knows WHO JESUS is! Focuses on seeking Christ PERSONALLY as Healer. No formulas or works or efforts are in the mix. ONLY JESUS is SUFFICIENT to heal any disease! True divine healing is based IN JESUS! Jesus is the Author and Finisher (perfecter & fulfiller) of true faith.
So...Heb. 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up (heal & medically care for the wounded, to heal) the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, Is. 61:2 to proclaim the year of the LORDÕs favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, Is. 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion Ñ to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair...and everlasting joy will be theirs. Is. 61:8 ÒFor I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them. Is. 61:9 ...All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.Ó Is. 61:10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Now here is where it says you (Zion) are GETTING MARRIED!!! Is. 62:2 The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. (That is a bride being renamed at her wedding! - Jeff)
Is. 62:3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORDÕs hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Is. 62:4 No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah (Hebrew: "My delight is in her"), and your land Beulah (Hebrew: "married"); for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. Is. 62:5 As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
Should Christians always go to doctors?
Some people go into "excess" (extreme doctrinal postions) and "outlaw all doctors." Other Christians go to a worse extreme and "outlaw divine healing (acting like Jesus has changed and many verses central to the Bible are untrue)." Cessationist (dispensational) teaching is false mainly because it CHANGES WHO JESUS IS. A main characteristic of false doctrine is to distort or deny who Jesus is. To say miracles or divine healing were only for yesteryear is a false doctrine. Why? Because "Jesus is the same yesterday, today & forever!" Heb. 13:8, Mal. 3:6 If your doctrines declare that Jesus has changed from Who scripture (Genesis to Revelation) describes Him to be, then your doctrines are FALSE!
The "middle of the road" ABSOLUTE truth about sickness is: Christians can have troubles, but JESUS can HEAL them all! "The LORD delivers him from them all!" Psalm 34:19 Deliverance from ALL is the bullseye. Ask God for His exact promises. Nothing less.
My friend Jim (an herbal specialist, nutritionist & licensed pastor) wished to share a set of balancing points also to my comments on GOING to JESUS more than human doctors. I feel his points are valid. And quote them below.
Jim wrote: "Jesus chose Luke, a physician in his time, to help spread the gospel both by deed and by Word. The apostle Paul called Luke, the "beloved physician." Col. 4:14 KJV
I looked up Col. 4:14 NIV to see this refers to this Christian medical man as: "Our dear friend Luke, the doctor." Jesus is the GREAT PHYSICIAN. Luke a beloved one. My personal take on this point is: If at all possible, ONLY go to doctors who are BORN AGAIN Christians. I feel it is important, even in medical needs, to "not be yoked together with unbelievers." If you have a choice, choose a Christian doctor. If a "beloved doctor (human physician like Luke) cannot solve your problem, THEN the GREAT PHYSICIAN can!
My friend Jim also pointed out: "(Human) Doctors certainly are not infallible but there is a time & place for them to be utilized."
I agree with Jim that there is a balance between wise, occasional (hopefully Christian-based) consulting of medical doctors, combining this with a strong tenacity to embrace Jesus as the ULTIMATE HEALER of all mankind's ills.
I see a tension in examples of scripture sometimes: How human resources failed and then JESUS came through! Never underestimate the power of God to do exceedingly, abundantly above (more) than all you ask, imagine or think! (Eph. 3:20) Do you remember the woman in the gospels (with the issue of blood). Her problem had gone on for years WHILE UNDER THE CARE OF MANY DOCTORS! Sometimes medical remedies make things worse! This is in scripture to state to modern man that WE NEED MORE THAN human DOCTORS! We NEED JESUS!!!
My friend Jim shared with me the verse: Matt. 9:12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." And made note that Jesus here declared that the sick will sometimes need a physician. I like Jim's point. And also realize that the PHYSICIAN Jesus was recommending here for people's ills was the LAMB of GOD HIMSELF! The deeper ills he specifically addressed were the sins of mankind and the need of "SICK" sinners for a Heavenly Physician who would intervene their need.
If the Lord gives you peace & direction to consult a medical, surgical or herbal remedy, then FOLLOW the wisdom of God. God is for HEALING by & through all means. Jesus should be your main & FIRST Physician! Consult human physicians only SECOND.
If you consult a doctor, PRAY about WHICH doctor to go to. Don't just randomly, haphazardly put yourself in feeble human hands. First pray & ask God. Jesus is the BEST Doctor, always trustworthy, always Faithful, always concerned for us. Human doctors, at best, bat "50 -50" (half the time the patient wins, half the patient loses). The physician ALWAYS get paid, but your condition may not go away (if they analyze it incorrectly or prescribe a procedure that doesn't work or a medicine which proves ineffective). Sometimes people get killed by medical accidents or mistakes happening on an operating table. I have a personal Christian friend who was "killed" by a doctor in Franklin, Indiana, USA. (The doctor continues still in practice with no repercussions for the woman's death.) The doctor prescribed dangerous, side-effect-causing blood medicine which directly caused a blood clot which went to her brain and killed her instantly. The "cure" was WORSE than the disease! Other times, some doctors help people immensely & nearly do "miracles." But your trust should be in God (not men).
Do you remember King Asa. He was known for trusting ONLY human doctors but forgetting God.
2CH 16:7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: "Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. 2CH 16:10 Asa was angry with the seer because of this; he was so enraged that he put him in prison. At the same time Asa brutally oppressed some of the people. 2CH 16:12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians.
What is better than having a doctor or hospital help you? Being HEALTHY & NOT having doctor bills! It is possible & probable for the Christian who believes to experience supernaturally healing. Some Christians do not seem to believe the promises of God, or seek to accept Jesus for Who He is. Please join me in far-reaching prayers. Ask the Spirit of God to reveal these truths to you in the Word of God. Divine health is a good bullseye to aim for with your prayers. Even if you are now sick. We can ask to be healed & supernaturally healthy (even all our lives). It is possible for the Christian. "All things are possible with God."
The best physical life is the supernatural freedom to never face the burden of doctor expenses or expensive medical treatments, but instead be SUPERNATURALLY HEALTHY & HEALED by God - even for the rest of our lives! Yes, thank God for doctors when they help people out. Forgive them when they make mistakes or injure people's bodies through mistakes in surgery or wrongly advised medicines. Pray for doctors & patients to become Christians (if they aren't saved), witness in the hospital, visit those who are sick. Love & help everyone. But ALSO pray for divine health. God is interested in your physical wellbeing. This is why Matthew, Mark, Luke & John record dozens of exemplary stories of how Jesus touched the physical needs of sick & diseased people. Made lame men walk, and cared for sick children who were deathly ill.
When (if) you go to a doctor or take medicine, seek Jesus FIRST & also. Some doctors will help you. Some will make you worse or (accidentally) kill you! (Be realistic about this. Humans are humans.) Let God be your MAIN source for everything. When you find yourself afflicted, give God a chance to do something supernatural. Remember His GREATNESS & don't underestimate His power! Let Him show His grace & mercy to you! You might be...
Surprised by a miracle!
Besides enjoying many years of impossibly supernatural divine health (in most respects), I personally have also known the anguish of health-threatening situations. And received several major miracles of divine healing during my first 25 years' journey as a Christian. Commonly in such situations Jesus DELIVERED me SUPERNATURALLY with healings occurring after or during prayer or by the TOUCH of God's PRESENCE! The best simple act of faith a Christian can do when sick is DRAW NEAR to God. All of life is to be an experience of DRAWING NEAR! I have experienced divine miracles many times (& both physical & emotional healings) when I drew close to Jesus in prayer. Sometimes it took a season (even weeks or a month or two) of prayer & waiting on God. (Then we suffer the mystery of TIMING.)
Jesus Healed my crippled knee!
One night Jesus touched me alone in the back office of my computer shop and said: "See I have made you well! Go tell everyone how the Lord has been good to you!" I had a "nearly broken" knee joint, with severely torn ligaments & tissues. The assembly & function of ligaments & tissues & joints in my right knee had become heavily torn, ripped loose, and wrenched the whole inside of my knee out of alignment. The knee froze & nothing was functioning. My knee was swelled, in pain & unable to bend. For a couple years prior to this, my right knee had a lesser injury. And would go frequently out of socket. Then this greater injury happened making all of it FAR WORSE! When the whole knee lost function, it had major damage to joint, ligaments & tissues. Even parts torn loose inside& misaligned (like a door half ripped loose off its bent hinges). When the swelling was not making my knee completely frozen, I could feel loose (interior knee) pieces rubbing or misaligned into a wrong position inside. My leg would no longer work normally & the knee for some time locked frozen in a bent, injured position. The injury made the inside of my knee virtually destroyed (torn loose & ripped to shreds inside).
That was the first time my whole life I had ever become crippled & unable to stand, sit or walk normally. It gave me a great & painful glimpse into the helpless horror of being an invalid or a disabled person. I feared for my future or how I would ever be able to work or take care of myself.
Jesus had COMPASSION on my helpless situation though and DID A MIRACLE! Why? Because HEALING is WHO JESUS IS! Compassionate Healer, LOVE, the One Who hears our cries!
The type of injury was one which could NEVER naturally heal. The body parts affected did not have any natural capacity to repair, realign or heal. Injuries like these generally require knee surgery & repair. Upon inquiry I found that often such procedures, statistically, fail (or take as long as a year or more for post-surgery recovery until a person is "normal" in a weakened, feeble way). The uncertain results of attempts at knee surgery & repair often lead to a lifelong series of repeat visits to surgeons for, never ending temporary joint replacements (or procedures with temporary or uncertain results).
It turned out I did not need surgery though after weeks of suffering this because when I was at my most desperate, the GREAT PHYSICIAN rebuilt & restored my knee. Supernaturally!
In my office that night I sought the face of God, humbly praying for an hour or more, pouring out tears as prayer to God. I was deeply in anguish because my knee was so injured I could not stand up, walk or sit down (except by using my arms & a crutch or two as my only support). I was rendered unable to work, unable to do any normal pace of business. I felt deep despair. I could not walk to the restroom without crutches or rolling on a chair with wheels. I could not get to the phone quick enough to answer it. I could not even stand properly to get a dish out of the cupboard or prepare a meal for myself. I felt completely helpless & hopeless.
Then JESUS TOUCHED ME & now I am never the same!
That night in the back office of my computer shop after a half hour or hour in seeking prayer, JESUS began to TOUCH me (by His literal, tangible Presence), and said: "See I have made you well! Go tell everyone how the Lord has been good to you!" I wept like a baby as I heard God's Voice & felt the Presence of God! His peace completely surrounded me and FILLED that room! I had gone there to pray alone. But found SOMEONE ELSE came into the room & was right there with me! Jesus began right then & there making my knee COMPLETELY WELL. Amazingly the problems more than went away, my knee actually became stronger than before the injury. In fact, my three year history of prior problems with this same knee also ALL VANISHED! It happened in Jesus' Presence. Beginning during prayer. The touch of God lasted in my heart & I felt His Presence touching my body for what seemed like a half hour (as His Presence filled my office). There was a longer period during which the impossible recovery was made complete. But there was no doubt His restoration was a divine experience encountering the impossible. Yet I was made able to stand, sit & walk again BY the very hand of GOD!
Even MORE...my few years of prior trouble with that knee slipping out of joint. Completely vanished! Three years of a failing, dislocating knee became COMPLETELY WELL!
The actual supernatural result of God's touch took more than a day. But it was all IMPOSSIBLE. THOSE kinds of injuries NEVER go away (or get better). The healing was made possible by God. My knee actually became STRONGER than before the injury. (What was "ripped to shreds" inside became realigned, rebuilt & functioned like a perfectly well knee. He even made the joint strong and sturdy like a man 20 years younger than my age! I experienced FIRSTHAND that "I am the Lord Who HEALS you!" Four years later (as of this writing), my knee is still well. I exercise with it at a fast pace on treadmill machines at nearly 4 miles per hour at a steep uphill climb. And walk long distances or bend in any way needed with no discomfort, no pain, no slipping or malfunctioning knee parts. I am HEALED!!! I never did have to see a surgeon (or suffer all the medical pain that goes with such procedures). Even more, JESUS saved me TONS of money. Money I did NOT HAVE at the time and could not afford to pay.
I can only say Jesus did this BECAUSE of LOVE!
Matthew 11:5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Luke 7:22 So Jesus replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
God's will for the believer, usually, is an often & generous experience of DIVINE HEALTH or SUPERNATURAL DELIVERANCE (like Jesus healing the blind eyes or making the lame to walk). You may go through a problem (like Lazarus did) but God will NOT LEAVE you in your problem! And when the Christian has a problem, Psalm 34 is to "kick in," "The LORD delivers him from them all!" Psalm 34:19 Lazarus, suffering sickness & death, was delivered from BOTH!
Jesus is the SAME yesterday, today & forever! Heb. 13:8
Jesus was not HAPPY Lazarus had died. Neither did he recite a morbid: "God wants you sick" doctrine to the mourners at Lazarus' grave. No! Jesus wept. He was MOVED by their grief. He LOVED Lazarus, the scripture says. And Jesus RAISED Lazarus up from his death bed! So some wrong religious notions some people espouse need to BOW to the truth of God's Word. Let God be true & every man a liar. Rom. 3:4 Tell me WHO JESUS IS! Gauge it by His example in scripture! In Ex. 15:26, God said: ÒIf you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees...I am the LORD, who heals you.Ó
Doctrines which change or distort who God is are FALSE doctrines.
Where does sickness come from?
Sometimes sickness comes as a consequence to sin (& so is self-chosen & deserved). Other times disease may emerge (only "rarely" & occasionally) as God's Judgment on sin. But sometimes sickness (or injuries or birth defects) are completely unrelated to sin & not caused or wanted by God at all. Sickness can originate from a whole variety of sources. No "pat answer" is possible. Each situation can only be understood uniquely on a "case by case basis." Sometimes sickness comes from satan (Job 1-2). Yet the "pontificating" of Job's "friends" wished to attribute Job's afflictions as (supposedly) caused by GOD. And according to these religious legalists, Job's sickness & other trials were (supposedly) God's judgment deserved by Job's personal shortcomings. Yet, in Job's case, (for the most part) none of these assessments were true. The God who judged Egypt & Pharaoh with plagues looked differently on Job, a righteous man, forgiven through covenant & dear to the heart of God.
Here are more aspects in this complicated subject.
Tradition and foolishness says: "Disease is caused & wanted by God. God wants you sick. We don't want Jesus to heal. If Jesus does heal, we oppose it." This is usually foolish & usually false. If God is so interested in making people sick, why are there so many promises in scripture encouraging believers to ask for & experience healing? Why is God Himself described as "Jehovah Raphah?" The Lord Who HEALS you! Ex. 15:26
Sometimes sickness does come as a consequence to sin (& so is self-chosen & deserved). For example, when a woman or man chooses to live a loose, immoral life. Having nonmarried sexual acts with multiple others. Once such a woman procures syphilis, gonnorhea, Aids or other sexually-transmitted diseases, she may conceive & have a child with birth defects. In this case, sin led to disease (or consequences) even in a newborn child. Then an "innocent" child is deeply affected by the sin of the parent.
It is a mistake though to attribute ALL disease to sin (especially if the "sin" is some untraceable, vague moral failure) in an individual. If it were true that all sickness is caused by sin, then we would ALL be VERY sick ALL the time, because ALL men are sinners. If every sin we ever committed led to a specific sickness, then we would all have very short lives, probably dying BEFORE age 6!!!??? The Bible says that the wages (or deserved consequences), all men deserve for our history & condition of sin is even MORE than sickness. Our deserved reaping is DEATH! (Spiritual & physical death) Rom. 6:23 These principles underscore man's need for forgiveness. And a Saviour who takes away sin.
It is clear that sin many times is not necessarily the cause of sickness. For example, the question posed to Jesus in John about a man blind from birth: "Who sinned, this man or his parents?" John 9:2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered: 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God (the revealing of Jesus) might be displayed in his life." What causes a medical condition & disability to be present in a newborn child? Jesus' answer baffles the religious legalist full of condemnation. Jesus' answer to those sick or suffering ill-fortune in life is always freedom. Freedom from sickness & sin. Freedom from discouragement & the condemnation of others. Jesus always comes to SET MEN FREE!
John 8:31-36 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching (continue in My Word), you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
I want to share now about those who misuse occasion of other peoples' trials or handicaps or birth defects to CONDEMN them as sinners. Or somehow judge & reject people as flawed or worthy of disdain. Judgment of others should be buffered (softened) by a constant awareness that WE ALSO (just as much as others) are in an IDENTICAL human condition, flawed & falling short of God's glory. Rom. 3:23 says there is NO DIFFERENCE between us & others. In John 9, the Pharisees (falsely) thought of themselves as righteous. And CONDEMNED the blind man (Jesus healed) & the ex-blind man's parents as (supposedly) despicable moral failures. Religion & judgmental legalism toward those Jesus loves, brands them as outcasts. God Himself stands before the self-righteous Pharisees & exposes them as false. True religion HEALS & LOVES. False religion outlaws Jesus. Brands Jesus as a heretic. And confuses people to think they are "unworthy" of God's Love. Never follow a Pharisee!
Jesus revealed the answers to all important questions of life by His teachings & example. Let's look deeper.
Notice the sayings of Jesus & His example guiding us on this topic in John 9.
False religion convinces
people away from Jesus & His healing!
First, Jesus COMPASSIONATELY healed a man who was blind. He also absolved both the man & his parents from the false charge of others that his birth defect (or medical condition) was (supposedly) due to "sin." Jesus corrected the religious Pharisees who judge & reject sick people as "lesser." And sought to convince them away from Jesus as Healer. This attitude of convincing people away from Jesus as Healer is common in some seminaries, doctrines - even Christian denominations. Yet a Christ-rejecting attitude is anti-Christ. A contradiction of scripture. True love for God will RECEIVE, WELCOME & AFFIRM Jesus as the needed, wanted, beloved supernatural answer for people's needs. Do you embrace Jesus as Healer? Or reject Him? If you teach from your pulpit that "Jesus can't heal today," are you not a hypocrite? Failing to obey our first & greatest commandment? To "Love the Lord with all our heart!" We are NOT to change Jesus into the image of our "doctrines." We are made in the image of God. Not the other way around. God is God. And we are not! The truth begins with Jesus. Whatever Jesus does is the "doctrine" you are to embrace & teach. JESUS did not "pass away with the apostles!" And the entire Bible makes it VERY clear that Jesus DOES NOT CHANGE! Mal. 3:6. Heb. 13:8, James 1:16-17, etc.
Whatever Jesus does
is the "doctrine" we are to embrace & teach.
JESUS did not "pass away with the apostles!"
Do we LOVE Jesus as HEALER? Or find fault with Jesus & those He heals? Do you HATE something about Jesus which offends your seminary training or traditional doctrines? Are you following the church you were raised in or the God of the Bible & Jesus the Pre-eminent Son of God? What is it about Jesus or the Bible you hate? Notice in John 9 that it was religious Pharisee-ism which outlawed Jesus as Healer. Don't be a Pharisee! You would be better off to be religiously untrained & blind since birth and then meet Jesus as Saviour & Healer than to be like a Pharisee. The Pharisees condemned disadvantaged people & judged & rejected Jesus as Healer. Religion will not receive Jesus into the heart or personal needs. "Religion" rejects Jesus when He SOVEREIGNLY acts to show compassion & love to people. Pharisee-ism is really a bizarre "religious aberration." Pharisee-ism ( Pharisee-like attitudes & doctrines) are actually anti-Christ attitudes. In John 9, this is clear. They were saying: "JESUS, we REJECT you as HEALER." We FORBID you to heal people. Jesus, you must follow OUR doctrines. We (humans) will tell you what to do & when you can do it. And we DON'T want you to be a Healer. Not in our town! My comment is: What presumption! Who are we to TELL GOD (Jesus) what He can & can't do? Let God be God! And every man a liar! God can do ANYTHING HE WANTS TO! If Jesus wants to heal a man blind from birth. And even do it on the Sabbath. Or some time or place that bothers our decor, LET HIM DO IT! God is God!
Truly "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today & forever!" Heb. 13:8 "Pharisee-ism" in today's world builds its anti-Christ kingdom using any (false) doctrine which tells people to NOT receive Jesus as Saviour, Forgiver of sins or as COMPASSIONATE, MERCIFUL HEALER. Islam & Atheism are clearly anti-Christ. Just like Pharisees.
Jesus is the
answer for ALL the problems of mankind.
We need Jesus as much today as ever! Jesus is the God-given answer for ALL mankind's problems. All Jesus did for the blind man in John 9, He will do for us. Today! Forever! Heb. 13:8 Forgiveness of sins? Healing? Deliverance from a LIFELONG problem? JESUS will do it for YOU!!! The entire Bible really is a lesson manual in how the Lord Sovereignly & through all ages, through the entire history of man, has been a God of Compassion Who LOVES & intercedes for human need. With the coming of Jesus, the UNCHANGING Shepherd heart of God simply became more OVERTLY SPOKEN! Still, Moses knew the eternal attributes of God have been fixed from the foundation of the world! The Old Testament & entire New Testament reveal neverending moments of the "works of God" through all times & all ages. Only a Pharisee would say: "Not us!" Or "Not you!" Or "Not now!"
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" Revelation 5:6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne.
Jesus is for
EVERYONE! The answer for EVERY man!
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Jesus is the
UNCHANGING Lamb of God, eternally the same from before the New
Testament revelation, before the Old Testament revelation, before the
garden of Eden & before the foundation of the world!
Revelation 13:8 ...names...written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation (foundation) of the world.
This way of describing Jesus in scripture makes it clear that New Covenant redemption & all its associated blessings were planned in the heart of God & already present in the Person of Jesus BEFORE any covenant or human life began. This is only a centuries-old revelation of the principle in Psalm 139:16 "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
It is therefore preposterous presumption for any of us, mere men, to somehow declare (centuries too late) that God has changed in various epochs or over "dispensational" periods. We make the UNCHANGING LAMB of GOD out to be like us! But in reality, Num. 23:19 "God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" Mal. 3:6 "I the LORD do not change."
I notice the PHARISEES (in John 9) not only rejected Jesus. But these religious men, while rejecting Christ as the forgiveness of sins, sought through religion to trap people in lifelong "guilt trips." The Pharisees are seen (in John 9) holding the belief (falsely) that people born sick (or with birth defects) are being "judged by God" or suffering the direct consequences of some "hidden" sin. The Pharisees did NOT SEE a Lamb Who takes away sin. Rejecting that, they only sought to hold men in bondage!
presumption, as a mere man, is presuming to TELL GOD what He can
& can't do!
There is a LEGALISM & condemnation in John 9 & all "Pharisees" that is not true to the Lord's heart. Religious men held judgment against the blind man. Yet their perspective was not true to the facts of the situation. The Pharisees were dead sure a blind man & his parents must be "great sinners (worse than us)." Yet they were dead wrong! Pharisees CANNOT rejoice in Jesus, His forgiveness or healing! Proud religionists seek to find fault with others & outlaw even the COMPASSION of JESUS. They erred because they tried to tell Jesus what He could & could not do. But GOD is in control. Man is NOT in control. Jesus can do ANYTHING HE WANTS!
It is important to the continuance of dead religion to let no one receive the Lamb of God or learn from the Word of God (the Bible) or Christ Himself. What Pharisees don't realize is ALL TRUE DOCTRINE points to & BEHOLDS JESUS! Jn. 1:29 False doctrine outlaws Jesus, or seeks to change His character or forbid His works. These same things still go on today! Religious PHARISEES openly oppose Jesus healing people. They even tell Jesus: "Jesus, you OUGHT NOT to heal people!" But the voice of reason says: "Who are we to tell God what to do???!!! "
I notice from John 9 (and similar passages all through Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) that religious opponents of HEALING are actually opponents of Jesus! People who oppose Jesus stand as opponents of God's will. Exalting doctrines & personal judgments over against Christ Himself. Sometimes the religious men in the gospels got upset about deliverance (Jesus casting out demons). Sometimes they were offended by Jesus healing people. Other times they opposed & railed against Jesus for boldly forgiving people's sins. In short, religion opposes Jesus. Truth EXALTS the LAMB!
JESUS REVEALED is
always the manifest WILL of God!
If you LOVE & RECEIVE JESUS fully in your "doctrines" then you stand a better chance to be in line with God Himself. Embrace the controversial Christ. You can be sure forgiveness, healing & the EXPERIENCE of Jesus are God's answer for our suffering. The Lord's compassion & love will touch us. By bringing Jesus to us. JESUS REVEALED is always the manifest WILL of God! Christ often ministered to people in healing, forgiveness & love, EXEMPLIFYING the Father's heart. Christ Himself (NOT doctrines) is the truth! John 14:6
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7 "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, "No, he only looks like him." But he himself insisted, "I am the man." 10 "How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded. 11 He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see." 12 "Where is this man?" they asked him. "I don't know," he said. 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see." 16 Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided. 17 Finally they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened." The man replied, "He is a prophet." 18 The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. 19 "Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?" 20 "We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself." 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." 24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man is a sinner." 25 He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" 26 Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 27 He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?" 28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from." 30 The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 34 To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.
One curious thing is that God's Judgment fell on both sin & sickness on the cross! God judged the wrongness of man's sin (providing for its solution through Jesus) by His suffering & death on the cross. Isaiah 53 makes clear He died for us there. The same chapter amplifies (especially in the Hebrew) that God's judgment against sickness & disease was accomplished by the same Christ on the same cross! Thus, God was making provision for believers who embrace Christ as their Covenant to be BOTH forgiven of sin & healed of any corresponding (or unrelated) sickness or disease. All sin is forgiven through JESUS! All sickness & disease can likewise meet its end in Jesus the HEALER, who pours healing virtue for the souls & bodies of men through His atonement on Calvary. "I AM the Lord Who HEALS you!" Ex. 15:26
In Exodus though, as a JUDGMENT God brought plagues upon the wicked, rebellious of Egypt. There are a few instances of something similar in the Old Testament (like Miriam's leprosy, which was later removed, supernaturally healed. Also the "tumors" which came upon the Philistines). Usually, however, sickness does NOT come from God! Usually, it is NOT AT ALL His will. Sickness can occur for many various reasons. There are OTHER explanations. It is seldom accurate to point at calamities & say this is WHAT GOD WANTED! That simplistic interpretation often distorts who God is. Sometimes a plague may come as an expression of God's judgment (on someone stubborn, rebellious & wicked). Sometimes sickness comes as a result of sin (like AIDS). But even then, though the judgment is righteous & deserved, still NEITHER the sin nor the sickness was really "God's will!" What God really wished was for each person to live a life of purity, stay virgins until married, and then stay faithful to ONE married sex partner (wife/husband) for life! THAT is God's WILL! Homosexuality is sin and against nature. And leads to disease & judgment. Just like Sodom & Gomorrah. Rather than fire from the sky pouring down to destroy an immoral city, we have new & strange sexually transmitted diseases. God did not want that person who acquired AIDS to live a life of sexual sin involvements with multiple unmarried sex partners. The sin choice for immoral involvements with someone of the same sex were MAN's will (not God's will). Sinful immoral secrecies (against God's Word & outside of faithful, lifelong male/female marriage) lead to disease & consequences. This is a good example because it shows the law of sowing & reaping in such situations. Sexual immorality is one clear modern example of how SIN can lead to sickness. God's judgment for such a situation is to "hand the person over" to their free will. And let consequences teach lessons the hard way (by reaping what is sown). But God doesn't want anyone to choose the path of immoral evils.
It is not accurate to make a blanket application of passages about God's judgment on the wicked and apply them to righteous Christians & then confuse matters saying: "God wants people sick. Sickness comes from God. Sickness is God's will for all righteous people." Judgments fall on immoral people who refuse to repent, not sincere believers who humbly serve God. Why did Lazarus get sick (John 11)? So that He would be ULTIMATELY delivered & Jesus revealed through a testimony of divine healing! Not sickness but RESURRECTION was the glory God wanted.
The immoralities of adultery (& divorce with immorality or remarriage) also often lead to a similar place of tragedy, disease or death.
Prov. 5:11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. Prov. 5:12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! Prov. 5:13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. Prov. 5:14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."
Prov. 5:15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Prov. 5:16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Prov. 5:17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. Prov. 5:18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. Prov. 5:19 A loving doe, a graceful deer &emdash; may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. Prov. 5:20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife? Prov. 5:21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths. Prov. 5:22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. Prov. 5:23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.
ECC 7:26 I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.
Sometimes then, there may be judgments or trials (brought as a "sowing/reaping" result of sinful mistakes or errors). Sin may lead to death, sickness, or some difficult trouble. Perhaps a consequence may be determined by God. But we "brought it on ourselves." (For example, after David's adultery with Bathsheba, the baby conceived by the fruit of their adultery DIED.) There is judgment for sin. And the "wages of sin is death." Rom. 6:23
Even if the worst happens, take heart! Here is God's ULTIMATE plan: To redeem, hear, answer, change our hearts, forgive, deliver & give HOPE! God is a merciful God! Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead!
Here is God's promise, even to the wicked: 2Chr. 7:13 "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 2Chr. 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Sometimes sickness comes from satan, amd can happen even to "good" people (like the afflictions which happened to Job, see Job 1-2). With the man Job, NEITHER his afflictions or sicknesses were from God. NOr were they really God's "will." People can debate over the role of the Lord & his conversation with satan in Job 1-2. But there is NO QUESTION that the actual SOURCE of the problems Job suffered was the DEVIL, NOT God! Job's trials were INITIATED by satan, allowed only TEMPORARILY (by the restraining limits of God's mercy). Even when dire things happen, God is SOVEREIGNLY preventing things from being worse. God made sure the worst was prevented. satan was not allowed to kill Job or destroy him. It only proved a time of testing. And all physical ills Job suffered were completely REMOVED & REVERSED (Job 42) in the end. SUPERNATURAL DELIVERANCE came from GOD! The timing is a mystery. Yet, a work of humble grace happened in Job, a heart of forgiveness, then the DELIVERANCE came! In this case, satan afflicted. But GOD overcame all Job's trials & healed & restored! "Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous, but The LORD delivers him from them all!" Psalm 34:19
GOOD NEWS: God forgives sin AND heals
Psalm 103:1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 103:2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits --- 103:3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
If we believe God will forgive ALL sins, we should be consistent & embrace JESUS as the Healer of ALL diseases! This verse clearly shares who GOD is! This passage shows that DIVINE HEALING is a reason & cause for great THANKSGIVING! The Psalmist (and most scripture) never enter into luny debates over "whether God can heal." Most scriptures simply SHOUT: "Yes! God WILL heal, loves to heal, faithfully wishes to remedy your sins & sicknesses!"
Pray for LIFELONG DIVINE HEALING & health in your body. HEALING & health is MORE LIKELY to be God's will for you than any other possible scenario. Go with the SCRIPTURES. Forget what other people say. See yourself like Lazarus (looking for Jesus to intervene even after delay, discouragement & doubt).
Did you know Elisha got sick before he died? Does that mean God wants Christians sick continuously lifelong? No! Stick to God's promises. Can a righteous man become sick? Yes. But remember Jesus' words: John 16:33 ÒI have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have (tribulation) trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.Ó The idea of God causing the Christian believers to OVERCOME the trials of the world is a prominent theme in scripture. Far more so than some morbid wish for lifelong suffering without solutions. Yes, there are seasons of trial. But James 1:12 promises a crown of life following! Don't be religious. Throw away old, secondhand seminary & church doctrines. Stick with the scriptures only. Yes, Elisha got sick & died. But ELIJAH simply left & flew to Heaven! Don't say God wants everybody sick. Or healing can't happen. Quote John 11 & declare Jesus is the RESURRECTION of dead bodies. And the healer of blind eyes! Choose an encouraging promise from the Lord. And ask for His highest. God's promises are not an insulation from all trials but AN ANSWER & HOPE even in the worst moment!
There's bound to come
Did Jesus ever have troubles? Yes! Spat upon. Crucified. Hated. Mocked. Persecuted. Despised. A man of sorrows & familiar with suffering. Sometimes, strangely, Is. 53:10 shares: "It was the LORDÕs will to crush him and cause him to suffer." The reason? "the LORD makes his life a guilt offering (for the salvation of many)." There is always a REDEMPTIVE purpose for suffering! Your trials are NOT IN VAIN! Be of good cheer! And don't give up!
I shared on these subjects with a Christian friend (Mely). Her response was this: "To believe in God and living in righteousness will not keep us from troubles and sufferings in life. But remember, it is God's desire to deliver us from any trouble. God permits suffering because He has a purpose in it. After He has accomplished His purpose, God releases His blessings. After we conquer the sufferings & troubles." I feel this is a good paraphrase of the Psalm 34:19 situation for the believer.
Even when life hands you its worst, Jesus will walk in LOVE as a shepherd toward you faithfully. And fulfill the Eph. 5 description of a husband's love for his bride. You can receive what you need from Him then, by faith, because of love. Realize ALL your needs are cared for in a Husband's love. Your Maker is your Husband! Is. 54
Psalm 34 shows it is GOD's WILL for believers to be DELIVERED from afflictions & troubles (ultimately DELIVERED from ALL). Do you believe this? Is God's Word true? How about Daniel 3 & Daniel 6? Were the men of God delivered?
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psa. 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psa. 34:19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; Psa. 34:20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
The KJV says: Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh (near) unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
I always am comforted to experience the Lord CLOSE to me when I am brokenhearted. Sometimes it is the worst thing that I am feeling. But when GOD touches you, there is an unspeakable comfort FULL of glory! Isaiah 61 describes Jesus as Healer of the brokenhearted, Comforter to those who mourn, HEALER & DELIVERER! I personally have experienced the TANGIBLE comfort of God's Presence hundreds of times in my life! Emotional healing also testifies: "I am the Lord Who HEALS you!"
DIVINE HEALTH: Jesus, the key to Healing & Supernatural DELIVERANCE!
Make the scriptures your primary hope in understanding the complicated subject of suffering, sickness & healing. Sometimes the righteous will suffer (like Job). And it will seem to make no sense. Take hints from Job though. His enemy was satan. His sickness came from Lucifer (not the Father). In the end, God DELIVERED Job. Though there are no pat answers, look at your trials in light of encouragement. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. But JESUS is ALWAYS the faithful One to turn to. No matter what sour grapes life hands you!
An important key to healing:
follow the leading & voice of God
Presumptive faith just goes by "general principles." Never really delving into the deeper, truer waters of REAL RELATIONSHIP with God. God is true to every principle in His Word. But knowing when & how to apply these promises & principles requires relationship & the Holy Spirit. Pharisees will say: "God can't heal (or won't anymore)." The truth: God can do ANYTHING HE WANTS TO! And He declared His character & Name to be HEALER (Ex. 15:26 & Heb. 13:8, Mal. 3:6, Psalm 103:1-3) And He won't change! Then people begin to believe the Bible & get into presumption. They think: God is a Healer. He will heal me. He'll heal everyone. He will always heal me NOW! It is by intimacy with the voice & leading of God & RELATIONSHIP with Jesus (the Healer) personally that we actually know when & how He is going to heal. GENERALLY, Yes God is FOREVER a HEALER. Specifically, when & how to cooperate with this general intention requires prayer & listening. Following the personal leading of God. He might even lead you to go to a doctor or take some medicine!
In knowing how to deal with situations of sickness or medical problems, the personal leading of God is better than principles or doctrine. John 10 describes Jesus as a Shepherd who guides sheep by His VOICE. If you are sick, you should seek Jesus & PRAY! Forget tradition. Any traditions or doctrines contradicting scripture (or its balance) are WRONG. Stick with God's Word. Go direct to the Source! Follow His Voice. What you need to direct your situation is a more sure Word of prophecy.
In your hour of pain or disease, doctrine or human advice may not help. Nor will traditional, Bible-ignoring religious ideas. What you need is JESUS! The answer for all situations of need, sickness or danger is: read the Bible, pray, listen to God, be led by the Spirit. Turn to Jesus & call on Him! Jesus is FAITHFUL DIVINE HEALER FOREVER!!!
God is not absent when we are hurting or troubled. Jesus is the fourth man who appears in the fire! Psalm 23 says: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, YOU ARE WITH ME!" Is. 43:1-2 promises the same! On an individual, personal case by case basis, Jesus leads His children. Sometimes stressed out people need PEACE & COMFORT more than physical healing. So Jesus reveals Himself first as Comforter, Peace & LORD to our emotions. Are you afflicted today? Seek God's Presence until the PEACE that passes all understanding touches your heart!
What you need
most, in sickness & in health, is JESUS, the Son of GOD!
Forget doctrines. Trust in God more than human doctors. Go for JESUS! He will be Faithful to your need. Like the woman with the issue of Blood, draw CLOSE to Jesus each day in prayer when you are sick, He will touch, remedy or guide your situation. If you want a "formula" for healing, it is this: "DRAW NEAR to JESUS!" The whole point of life is CLOSENESS to the Son of God! In trials & sickness, God only wants the same thing He wishes when things are going well. God's favorite wish is to be CLOSE to you! James 4:8
Father knows BEST! Jesus loves you as His bride, like a faithful Bridegroom. He will never leave you or forsake you. His marriage vows with you are LIFELONG FAITHFUL! He will NEVER leave you or forsake you!
JOB 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in (trust) him...JOB 13:16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance! In God we TRUST! Job learned the ULTIMATE trust when he said: "Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him!" This abandonment to trust is healthy because (like Abraham in Genesis 22), you completely surrender yourself & your situation to the hands of God. Most people quote v. 15 & stop. Yet in v. 16 Job did not resign himself to being left in his trial. Job knew, by revelation, that His END would be DELIVERANCE!
Psa. 34:19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all!
James 5:10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. James 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Where do harm-intending trials tend to
There is no simple or all-encompassing answer. But I can tell you, from scripture, that some people have the answer to this question confused. JOB 13:15 shows some "doctrinal" or personal confusion in Job's emotions? Job 1 & 2 show clearly the SOURCE of Job's trials was satan (not God). But Job did not seem to realize that.
Job 16:6 ÒYet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.
Job 16:7 Surely, O God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.Ó
Sometimes we say things, whether they are true or not. Were these attributions true? Job often talked as if GOD was the source of his sickness, financial loss & family woes. As if God were the murderer of some of JobÕs offspring by tornadoes for example. But scripture shows the source of these trials was NOT God.
Job 1:1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. Job 1:2 He had seven sons and three daughters, Job 1:3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Job 1:6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. Job 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, ÒWhere have you come from?Ó Satan answered the LORD, ÒFrom roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.Ó Job 1:8 Then the LORD said to Satan, ÒHave you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.Ó Job 1:9 ÒDoes Job fear God for nothing?Ó Satan replied.
Job 1:10 ÒHave you not put a
hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have
blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are
spread throughout the land. Job 1:11 But stretch out your hand
and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your
(Notice here that even satan tries to entice & attribute a Òhurting, striking, destroying, stealingÓ personality or wish to God. The Lord does not fall for that role reversal. Jesus clearly shares in John 10:10 what the Shepherd is like & what the thief (satan) is like. Never get these two mixed up! Ð Jeff)
The LordÕs ÒallowanceÓ of satanÕs presence or evil-intending plans in the earth is baffling. In general, there is some leeway (apparently according to these verses in Job), for the enemy to be allowed some (at least occasional attempts) to attack even faithful servants of God. This is a divine mystery. No one should pretend to adequately understand it.
Job 1:12 The LORD said to Satan, ÒVery well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.Ó (Notice here, the LIMITATIONS on what satan could NOT do.) Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
From Job 1:13-19 scripture describes heart-rending trials including lightning, tornadoes, theft & kidnapping by evil men (& more).
The real problem for each believer is described in Job 2:2 & 1 Peter 5:8-11 And the LORD said to Satan, ÒWhere have you come from?Ó Satan answered the LORD, ÒFrom roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.Ó 1Pet. 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1Pet. 5:9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1Pet. 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1Pet. 5:11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
I notice that 1Pet. 5:10 promises to New Covenant believers the SAME restoration that happened to Job in Job 42.
One of the most common discouragements of satan in our minds when we suffer & hurt is: ÒWhat is SO BAD or wrong about me that I am going through this? Is this punishment for my sin? Am I being judged by God?Ó There are times, such as in Exodus, where God judges Pharaoh & hardheartedness & the enslaving wrongs against other people. Sin is judged. And deliverance proclaimed. If, like Pharaoh, you persist in disobeying God & wronging others, then God will judge you. He might even send PLAGUES to compel you to ÒLet my people go!Ó But donÕt confuse such examples with humble children of God who have a well-meaning, honest, integrity before God. Who trust in His Blood, redemption & forgiveness. For THOSE kinds of people, God promises the Blood of the Passover! Did you ever notice that the SAME plagues which fell on Egypt were spared AWAY from GodÕs people. Why? Because the Blood of Christ (the Passover Lamb sprinkled on their doorposts) moved AWAY from them the destructions of Egypt & set them apart to God.
More on where do harm-intending trials
tend to come from?
Notice Job 2:3 that the LORD says these attacks from satan were happening without reason. That the charges against Job, accusing him, were groundless. Similarly, we are innocent of transgression through the blood of Christ. The real explanation for some trials is that the demons of this world are evil & full of hate. They are filled with fury because they know that their time is short. Call it jealousy. Call it spite. But be free of condemnation. The Lord is FOR you. Even when everyone else is against you! Romans 8
Job 2:3 Then the LORD said to Satan, ÒHave you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.Ó
(Notice satan is the one giving request for worse & worse trials against Job. God is actually FOR Job, even though the Lord does not necessarily stop every trial. Jesus said: ÒIn this world you WILL have tribulation.Ó But Paul reminds us: ÒIf God be FOR us, who can be against us?Ó Clearly satan was against Job, even for no valid reason. Ð Jeff
Job 2:4 ÒSkin for skin!Ó Satan replied. ÒA man will give all he has for his own life. Job 2:5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.Ó Job 2:6 The LORD said to Satan, ÒVery well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.Ó
(Notice next that physical affliction came from SATAN, NOT from God.)
Job 2:7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Job 2:9 His wife said to him, ÒAre you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!Ó (Jeff: DonÕt always follow the advice of your wife! :)
If God holds back for a season or Òallows us to go through the mill.Ó Or delays deliverance after a problem happens, it may be tempting to think GOD is doing it or wanting it. Yet the opposite or something significantly different is really happening.
Sometimes the greatest riddle is the mystery of divine timing. Jesus waited some days before healing Lazarus (raising Him from the time). In the gospels & Acts, some people were sick for years BEFORE JESUS came (or before those people were ready for Jesus to come). Why the strange, delayed timing? Still JESUS REVEALED HIMSELF AS HEALER! Better late than never!
All humans, even Christians will sometimes suffer...
Yes, life will bring sufferings. Job testifies of that. But Job also testifies of many kinds of personal misunderstandings & confused ideas people have about trials. It is only natural to ask: ÒWhy is this happening to me? When will it end? What is causing this? How can I make it end?Ó The safeguard is LET ONLY SCRIPTURE & the coinciding revelation God gives you personally explain matters to you. Many incorrect explanations are taught from pulpits worldwide. And doctrines & books are written (some notions are from satan, some ideas are from confused religious men, others from sincere people like Job who thought his trials were sent by God & wanted by God). If you think staying in your sufferings is GodÕs lifelong will, that may be error (according to Job 42). If you think God is causing your trials & masochistically wanting you to suffer horror & heartache, you may be attributing some things to the Father which may be coming from somewhere else ((according to Job 1 & 2). The real explanation of the mysteries of suffering is often nowhere near simple. Only a personal relationship with Jesus, turning to Him in all dark days, can ever see you through.
For all of us, there will be days of trial. But the scriptures show a promising picture of who Jesus really is. Lord of our trials. Deliverer of our souls. Healer of our bodies. The God that HEALETH THEE! How Jesus feels about us: Love. How He is with us always. Even IN suffering. A fourth man who LOOKED like the SON of GOD appeared in the fiery furnace. That den of suffering was created to doom Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego. Your trials also are set for faithful DELIVERANCE! God's will leans more toward ANSWERS than a helpless resign to problems. Jesus is the King of Solutions. God usually is desirous to turn our captivity. And has a plan. If we will humble ourselves & seek Him.
Let God's Word be your delight! Psalm 34 promises troubles but ALSO promises, IN JESUS, a HOPE of DELIVERANCE from them all! God's wish is for our BEST. The Lord gives hope for our future! Even if you wait 70 years, God has a plan to take care of you & provide for your need.
Don't be confused like Job. Know where your problems are coming from. Probably NOT from God. Probably, in fact, a thief. "The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy." These characteristics (most bad things which happen) often have a devilish, human or earthly source. It is PEOPLE who are sinners (bad). satan is the fallen, evil one. The Lord, on the other hand is GOOD & His mercy endures forever. Jesus told many stories in the gospels about how God is the giver of GOOD gifts to His children. That the Lord does NOT make any normal practice of giving serpents, scorpions or negative bestowments on His children. God may judge His ENEMIES. But to His children, God usually gives GOOD GIFTS!
Matthew 7:7-11 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Luke 11:9-14 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 11:10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 11:11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 11:13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" 11:14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.
Here is a statement that should help you discern...(Yes, it is too simplistic to be true in all situations, but generally lets you know what's coming from who?): "Good comes from God. Bad comes from satan, sinners & a fallen world." (Feel free to quote me. I would RATHER you believe this than some of the other REALLY WEIRD stuff that some religious & worldly people say!) John 10:10 basically states this exact principle in the teachings of Jesus.
James 1:12-17 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 1:13 When tempted (Greek: tempted, tested or tried), no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 1:14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 1:16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Scripture is clear & repeated about the fairly frequent situation of Healing after the mystery of delayed timing. The mystery is not necessarily explained.
LUK 13:11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. LUK 13:16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?"
Notice Jesus taught SATAN as the source of this woman's physical problem.
LUK 8:43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. LUK 8:44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. LUK 8:47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
ACT 9:33 There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. ACT 9:34 "Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up.
JOH 5:2-9 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?" "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me." Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked."
The scriptures themselves make God's WILL clear. The most sure picture of the will of God is Jesus! In John 11 a man named Lazarus became sick & later died. Did God make Him sick. Did the sickness or death (or the sad mourning of loved ones) glorify God? Probably not. Jesus said something here though was for God's glory. How about the RAISING of LAZARUS from the dead? The ministry of healing to Lazarus was delayed. His sickness worsened. He actually died. And was buried! (Did God forget His promises?) No! Delay does NOT mean denial! Was sickness or death God's will? Or did Jesus come & demonstrate the OVERRIDING will of the Father? Who is Jesus? "I am the RESURRECTION & the LIFE!" Jesus is LIFE & RESURRECTION! Did Jesus go to Lazarus' tomb & laugh & rejoice over the family members' grief? Did Christ say: "Aha! Just what I wanted. Lazarus got sick. And died. I am so happy about his disease and death. My will is done." No! Jesus did not say any of those things.
The account of Lazarus shows God's heart about sickness, death.
And how He sometimes answers without explaining a veiled mystery of
delayed timing. And also how, ultimately, God is GLORIFIED by
HEALING! (sickness & death, if things would have ended that way,
did not glorify God. Rather JESUS REVEALED is what glorifies the
Father! It was the REVEALING of JESUS through the resurrection &
healing of Lazarus which GLORIFIED GOD!
John 11:1-45 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 11:3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." 11:4 When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." (God was glorified by the sickness ending in a REVELATION of JESUS which gave a tangible supernatural sign to others of healing & resurrection! God was glorified by DELIVERING Lazarus. - Jeff) 11:5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 11:6 Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. (This is a hint that DELAY does not mean denial. - Jeff) 11:14 So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, 11:15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." 11:17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 11:19 many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 11:20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 11:21 "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 11:22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask." 11:23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 11:24 Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 11:26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" 11:27 "Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world." 11:31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. 11:32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." 11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 11:34 "Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. 11:35 Jesus wept. (Notice the heart of Jesus is concern, compassion & emotions of love toward the grieving & the sick (or physically afflicted. - Jeff) 11:36 Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" 11:37 But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" 11:38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 11:39 "Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." 11:40 Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (Here, Jesus makes clear that the GLORY of God, what GLORIFIED the Father was NOT Lazarus' sickness or death, but how these ENDED in LIFE & RESURRECTION, the appearance of the REALITY of SUPERNATURAL deliverance to a believer's need. It is JESUS REVEALING HIMSELF in our needs which glorifies the Father! - Jeff) 11:41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 11:42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me." John 11:43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" John 11:44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go." John 11:45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.
Most of the time, it is NOT God's will for Christians to be sick or to suffer high medical expenses or to have to face the uncertainty or unreliability of human (feeble) procedures to remedy problems. Sometimes human attempts to cure physical problems help out. Sometimes there is no human help. Lazarus was beyond help. Only DIVINE assistance could remedy His need. Jesus, in relating to Lazarus, pictures the WILL of GOD!
Sometimes healing awaits an APPOINTED TIME
Don't expect all healings to be
like "instant mashed potatoes." The ultimate healing happens in
HEAVEN. In Heaven, there will be no more sickness, no more death, no
more pain. None! Oddly, notice the DELIVERANCE mentioned in Jer. 29
came after 70 years waiting!
Jer. 29:10 This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. Jer. 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer. 29:12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jer. 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jer. 29:14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."
Psalm 31:14-16 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." Psa. 31:15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Psa. 31:16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
Notice in Psalm 31 that the trust for (delayed) deliverance was seen by a HEART FOCUS on the LOVE of GOD!
Hab. 2:2 Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. Hab. 2:3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
You may baffle over "God's timing," but DON'T GIVE UP! Hear His Voice & believe His PROMISE!
So, don't give up if you are suffering today. Persevere & wait & trust. Seek the Lord humbly. One day, Jesus, in FAITHFUL LOVE, will appear. Your trial WILL BE invaded & counteracted by God. The painful nightmare will be OVER! Thus says the Lord! Be encouraged & pursue the Bridegroom's love! For you, Jesus' Bride, will soon be brought by Him into a spacious place. He will make you free & clear, over the hurdle. At rest IN THE ARMS of LOVE!
I hope you will see that MY ANSWER for all questions & problems is JESUS! What is my doctrine? Jesus. The foundation of all true Christian experience is JESUS!!! Receive & go to Jesus! Behold the Lamb of God! Healing is a PERSON, not someTHING. Jesus is Healer, Bridegroom & Deliverer! Jesus, the I AM. The same yesterday, today & forever! Heb. 13:8 Jesus, the Trustworthy God, Who is FAITHFUL & TRUE!
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