Monday, June 9, 2014
More objections to healing answered.
He was despised and rejected by people, one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness; people hid their faces from him; he was despised, and we considered him insignificant. But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. Isaiah 53:3-5
In the past few posts we have been studying healing in the finished work of Christ. We discovered that Christ's redemptive work on the cross included our physical healing. We also discovered that concentration on the experience of others' instead of God's Word robs us of hope and the exercising of His faith that's been deposited within us. Lastly, the Lord delivered a wonderful and encouraging word that reminds us we are whole in Him. That we can receive from Him because He has made us righteous and holy and totally accepted through His blood and finished work.
This is the major objection I've encountered over the years in ministering healing. Those captured by this mindset, can never fully trust God. How can I make that charge? Because, if one believes that God will do one thing today but have no guarantee that He will do the same tomorrow trust and expectation cannot exist. For instance, if today I say I will drive you home but tomorrow I say no and the day after I ignore you, would you believe I'm a reliable source of transportation? Of course not. So if God were to heal today but not tomorrow and you're not sure of next week how could you trust Him to heal you? Confident expectation in God concerning healing comes from knowing and understanding He never lies and will always do what He said He would because He is always good.
In the original KJV Bible no where does the word sovereign or sovereignty even appear. From the Webster's dictionary sovereignty is defined as supreme authority. See for yourself here. There is no higher authority than God. This doesn't mean He changes from day to day because "He can do whatever He wants". Is that a good image of our Father? He is everlasting and His Word is eternal. He changes not. We can trust God to perform what His Word promises. We can trust God for healing because the Word reveals that our healing is a finished work, by His stripes we were healed. He is the supreme authority.
We can see how these two objections go hand in hand. If He can do whatever He wants regardless of the Word, its inevitable that healing would then be a maybe He will and maybe He won't offer. Is this accurate? Is this true about God? I believe the Word of God reveals otherwise. Take a brief glance at the ministry of Jesus.
Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all. Matthew 4:23-24
That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick.
As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one Luke 4:40
So these passages reveal His willingness to heal all. Has Christ changed? Has the gospel changed? Was the finished work an incomplete work? God stated in Hebrews that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. If Jesus willed to heal all when He walked this Earth, surely it's His will to heal all today, that would include you. Also, this was under the Old Covenant. We have a better Covenant. If He willed to heal all then how much more now that we're His adopted children? God's will is your healing. His will is your complete wholeness. He paid for it all on Calvary. Receive it, it's yours!
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