Friday, June 5, 2015

Devotion: How To Minister Healing

Do you know that God wants you well?  Yes, that is right.  God wants you well; he wants you healed.  However, many Christians believe that God is the creator of such things like physical pain, sicknesses, accidents, death, and other tragedies.  They believe that he carries these things out just to chasten them.  They read their bibles and see that God causes things to happen, which becomes the boundaries to their knowledge.  They have listened to the theological and the traditional teachings and have never once stepped outside of that institutional box, never questioning those things that they have been taught and never questioning those things that just do not make sense.  They are unaware that the Old Testament scriptures are used to support this argument more so than those of the New Testament, because the New Testament portrays God as a very willing healer and life giver.  They are unaware that God says he changes not (Malachi 3:6).  They are unaware that what God was in the beginning is what he is today and what he will be in the tomorrows.  And since those things written in the Old Testament came first, they are steadfast in their belief that it is God who causes these things to happen.

So, the questions we need to answer are; “Does God put cancer on someone’s body to teach him or her long-suffering and faithfulness?  Does he cause some tragedy to befall someone just to teach him or her to have more patience?”  These questions have divided the Christian community.  Truth be told, physical pain, sicknesses, accidents, death, and other tragedies actually comes from Satan (The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; John 10:10) and not from God.  God will allow these things to happen but he does not cause it.  Think about this, if God is the cause of all of these things, then he is working against all that Jesus came to do (I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly; John 10:10).

We know from scripture that God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and with power and he went around everywhere doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him (Acts 10:38).  We know that he went through all of Galilee, teaching, preaching, and healing every kind of sickness and disease (Matthew 9:35).  Therefore, when someone is stricken with cancer, Aids, or any other disease, it is the thief, who is stealing their health from them, destroying their bodies, and/or slowly and painfully taking their life from them.  This is the work of the thief, not of God.  We need to first stop blaming God for the things that are done by Satan.

It is hard to have faith for healing when you believe God is the source of your suffering.  It is hard to have faith for healing when you do not know that healing is available to you.  When your knowledge for healing is limited, then your faith for healing will also be limited.  And when your faith for healing is limited, then your belief for healing will be limited.  And when your belief for healing is limited, then the healing that you seek will be limited.  And when the healing that you ask for is limited, then the results that you receive will be limited or even non-existent.  Everything in this example was limited because the amount of knowledge that you have for healing is limited.  It is hard to have faith for healing when you do not have the knowledge that you are supposed to be healed.

Now that you know to stop blaming God for the things done by the devil, search the scriptures to find out just how Jesus healed those who were oppressed of the devil, for starters.  Read about the man sick with palsy (Matthew 9:2-8), Jairus and his daughter (Mark 5:22-24; 35-43), the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:24-34), the ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19), or even Roman centurion and his servant (Matthew 8:5-13), just to name a few.  Find out how they were healed and the important role “belief and faith” played in their healing.  Then search the scriptures to see what they say about healing in general and apply what you learn to your circumstance.  Just keep in mind, God wants you well, he wants you healed, but you have to “believe” and have “faith” for your healing.  And in order to have faith for healing you have to know about healing.  This is the next step to receiving your healing.  And then you will be able to properly apply that faith to all that you have learned in order to receive your healing.  It is a battle, but one that can be won, for the devil is no match for the power of God.

We pray that our commentary and today’s inspirational message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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