Over the past few years I have seen many friends and loved ones suffer due to health issues. I’ve lost several to health-related issues. It’s heartbreaking. And every time something inside of me screams that THIS IS NOT RIGHT! Why must we suffer so?
Yes, I understand about sin in the world and how it creates havoc for everyone. And illness is a direct result of such evil all around us. I don’t question that. However, if I am to believe that God loves me/us and that we can lean on Him – then I wonder how so many of us can suffer so much?
A few years ago, my dad started watching someone on television teaching that maybe we need to reconsider what we how we pray, how we really stand on faith and what we BELIEVE that God will do or has already done for us. This led to he and I both studying and reading on what for us was a new concept. Something we had never been taught in church. Now, I am not one to preach or stuff my beliefs and scriptures down any person’s throat. But let me share a couple of things here and then you can decide to take it or leave it.
First of all – I believe that we receive further, deeper understanding and wisdom the more we study God’s word. And that through His word, things are eventually revealed to us as we are ready to receive them. So, before simply denying or refusing these ideas because possibly no one has ever taught it to us – why not consider whether this is something He is leading us to?
Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV): My son, pay attentions to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.
1 Peter 2:24(NIV): He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
2 Peter 1:2-3(NIV): Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Matthew 8:17(NIV): This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.
For more scripture examples, see this article: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/healing_niki
Bottom line for me is that we would see so many more blessings of healing if more people truly believed that we have already been given the healing – we simply have to accept the gift and receive it with faith. It’s one thing to ‘say’ that we believe in God’s healing for us and another to simply accept and say ‘Thank you God, for the healing’ – don’t you think?
Maybe I’m making it too simple…but for me it works. Trust me when I say I can analyze the crud out of something until it drives me nuts. But I have come to my own conclusion that God doesn’t play mind games. He doesn’t make life such a mystery and a puzzle that few people will ‘get it’. I’m sorry, I simply can’t believe that. To me, making it so complicated that most people miss the boat is a cruel thing to do. It’s not a loving thing that a Father would do to His children.
SO – my dad and I both have practiced this over the past few years – and we have seen miraculous healing! Does it happen instantly? It hasn’t in most cases….but we believe we must continually show our faith and accept the healing even when it’s not immediately produced.
Even with the Fibromyalgia that I currently have – I trust that I have been healed. The healing is slow in being manifested because there is other ‘garbage’ that I believe I need to deal with first. I believe that as I release some of the other issues in my life, hand them over to God as I should have in the first place, the pain from the Fibro will diminish. I’ve already seen it. When I let the stress go – the pain goes. When I pray and meditate on God’s grace and thank Him for His healing – the symptoms begin to disappear. My weakness is that I fall back into the habits of trying to deal with things on my own….and before I know it, the Fibro pain is back.
Regardless, I am growing and learning every day – and I trust that I am where I need to be at this time in my life. God is with me and I am healed! Thank God!