Friday, May 11, 2012

Lies Christians Believe #3

Heaven doesn’t have a layaway plan for healing.

I pray for healing a lot – for myself and for others. Sometimes people are healed completely, sometimes there is a partial healing and sometimes people walk away with no change. I don’t understand why everyone isn’t healed all the time but I will not believe God’s will is for anyone to be sick, or it’s just not their time to receive healing. It’s a lie Christians believe and the western church needs to repent and learn to think differently.

Jesus healed all the sick who came to him (Matthew 8:16, Luke 6:19), and he instructed his disciples to go out and heal the sick (Matthew 10:8, Luke 10:9). When we are not healed, the problem is not Jesus, not only is he able, he is willing as well (Matthew 8:3).

Two things astonished Jesus. One was the faith of the Centurion (Luke 7:1-10) and the other was the lack of faith in Nazareth (Matthew 13:53-58). The Centurion’s servant was healed but Jesus could not do many miracles in Nazareth because of their offense, which caused their lack of faith. I don’t believe in condemnation because of faith. Several years ago, there was a movement where some Believers condemned others who were sick because they lacked faith.

God has given us each a measure of faith but Ephesians 3:20 says God is able to do more than we ask or imagine according to the power at work in us. There is a principle at work here; miracles are limited to the how much or how little we’ve yielded to the dunamis of the Holy Spirit, which is the power by which miracles happen.

So, again I say, if there is a problem with not seeing breakthrough in healing, it does not lie with Jesus. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. It is wrong to suggest anything else, and it is wrong to suggest we are supposed to wait for healing. I can’t explain it any better than anyone else but I will not create a theology about why some people are not healed. I will only push forward, praying often and expecting to see a miracle every time.

A day is coming when we will see it happen; I’m absolutely sure of it. Jesus instructed his disciples to preach the Kingdom of God, and then followed it by saying to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper and cast out demons. This is the good news, not just eternal salvation. Healing and miracles are not the icing on the cake of salvation. They are the eggs, flour and sugar of the cake; a necessary part of salvation and it is in line with “greater works than these will you see.”

The next time you pray (or are prayed for), expect to see a miracle, expect to receive healing and believe as you first did when you responded to Jesus’ words that nothing is impossible with God. If you catch yourself excusing a lack of healing by saying, “It’s not God’s time,” repent and ask the Holy Spirit, “What is blocking the healing?”

Together we will see breakthrough and usher in the season when everyone who comes to the church will be healed.

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