Having been hospitalized for almost three months last year and some other close calls in my life had not convinced me that God’s will is healing, I always believe that but if anything, it reinforced it, and also the enemy attack and hindrances to it, and simply that many don’t believe in it, think passed away with the disciples or have not been taught correctly.
Let’s remedy that. For years, I would hear people pray that if it was God’s will for someone to recover that they would. I accept that not understanding the love it took for God give us Jesus and allow Him to suffer in our stead. I also thought of Him more in the God like, super human way, like bullets would bounce off Him, so much so that I was failing to see Him as man, one who loved so intensely and passionately that He would suffer for me, die for me, carry me through anything.
But how does that explain God’s will being healing? Personally, I believe that God has a perfect will and a permissive one. Obviously, the perfect one would put us in a veritable Eden, a heaven on earth. Death was never His intention, but He could not allow mankind to live forever in a sinful state, with no chance of heaven, so He sent Jesus, it was decided even before the fall, because He loved us He gave us a free will, and they chose the wrong way, any of us could have.
The permissive will is what He has to allow, He has to keep His Word and will not force His will on us. We, as believers have the authority of Jesus name, we can speak healing words and receive from God the very life that flowed through Jesus by the Spirit and even raise Him from the dead. He really had to trust God, didn’t He?
I will not tell you not to go to the doctor or take medicine, but to keep your faith. When the woman whose blood was issuing from her body, she was beyond the help of doctors, yet she sought Jesus, her faith made her whole. And Jesus told her to go in peace. We will talk about how peace affects healing this week as well.
If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. John 17:7
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:13-16
You can see how these verses and others like Acts 18:21, when Paul says he will return if it is God’s will, can easily throw us. But it is also clear that they were bragging about what they were going to do, as for the Apostle, he did face beating, prison and shipwrecks. Paul had no idea what he would face to carry the gospel, and we too, may not, but we have the benefit of hindsight, we know it was His will for Paul to make it.
We also know that is God’s will that everyone be saved, from John 3:16, but we know they won’t, because they will not did not believe, it is the same with healing. Jesus even said He could not do any mighty works when there was doubt and unbelief. We also know His mercy, not even a sparrow fall, apart from His will, He doesn’t even want a bird to die, but because creation fell, He know it will but He is there to gather up and give it heavenly flight.
We studied the Lord’s Prayer, now let’s see the leper’s.
Suddenly a leper came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:2-4 and Luke 5:12,13
Now, Jesus also told this man not to tell anyone but to show himself to the priest as was the custom. There were those who would have killed Him if they could have. He may even tell us the same thing by the Spirit, as we live in an age of unbelief, that does not mean He is unwilling to heal. When I had come home from the hospital, and recovered some mobility, I stood up and told the Lord that He was my High Priest, and I know He had made me clean.
While healing is God’s will not everyone will receive, because of their own unbelief, not being taught, or just that they are tired and desire His mercy, but it is there and a promise, by His stripes, which is better translated wounds, we are healed. Isaiah 53:5, and I believe that because He loved me and gave His life, and keeps His Word, way better than I ever could, I will walk again soon.
And remember Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was so troubled that He asked for the cup to be taken from Him if there was a way, this is His humanity, but the Son of God, said for His will to be done.
But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9
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