101 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HEALTH AND WEALTH
- Is it ever God’s will NOT to heal someone? Ah, the question the masses are curious about and many teachers try to avoid. This is not a perfect world. It is a world that fell from perfection and became cursed. In this realm of sin and impurity there are many failures and disappointments associated with DNA breakdowns and faulty immune systems. I know that God is involved with trying to encourage and guide people into His Word and there are many people who are in the “process” of being healed. It is difficult for me say there are certain people that God does NOT desire to heal. I use the life of Jesus and His ministry as the greatest example of God’s will concerning healing. God loves you very much along with everyone else on the planet. And because He loves us, He wants the best for our life which includes everything good. Jesus Christ willingly laid down His life, died, and rose again in order that whosoever would trust His Word would be included into the family of God. His sacrifice provided the way for us to find and experience the salvation, filling of His Spirit, authority, healing and restoration we need to live for Him. Just because someone is sick and crying out to God and do not seem to be getting better does not mean that it is God’s will they remain sick. Even if someone passes away and did not receive their healing, this does not necessarily mean it was God’s will. Even Romans 8:28 is NOT saying that God causes every problem or situation but rather He works everything out for good on everyone’s part. If a martyr is burned at the stake, they are losing their life to gain God’s blessing while being used for God’s glory to convict the hearts of many and in turn can bring souls to salvation. He could rescue them from being tortured but uses their sacrifice the same way He used Jesus to bring others into the Kingdom.
I believe in certain situations God can choose not to heal if it is a necessary part of His overall plan. The Lord has promised that He would be with us but He never said the way would be easy. If God has raised us up and called us to pioneer a ministry, this does not mean it will be a beautiful path or a soft smooth journey. In fact, we may need to understand that we might lose all that we have including our life. I read a story the other day about a man named Allen Francis Gardiner, an officer in the British Royal Navy during the mid-nineteenth century whose voyages burdened his heart for missions. He would travel to different countries and see the native cultures and grew stronger in his passion to reach out to the lost. He finally answered the Spirits call and established an organization called the Patagonian Missionary Society to reach the remote tribes of South America. He wrote in his journal, “While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me.” He was faced with much opposition and failed each time he tried to accomplish his mission. On his last attempt, he recruited 6 co-workers to go with him but all seven men eventually died on Picton Island. Gardiner, the last to die, dated his final journal entry, “Good and marvelous are the loving kindness of my gracious God unto me. He has preserved me hitherto and for four days, although without bodily food, without any feelings of hunger or thirst.” Captain Gardiner died without seeing a single soul saved among those he was trying to reach, but his efforts were NOT in vain. The story about his burden for the lost and how he died attempting to preach the gospel of Christ touched the hearts of his fellow countrymen and the missionary organization that he started became known as South American Missionary Society that has been sending missionaries and saving souls even to this day. The torch that he lit was picked up by those who shared his vision and this opened the door to countless conversions. It does not matter whether He missed God somewhere in the mix, and we are not sure that God chose NOT to save him from death, we just know that God used his sacrifice as a way for all things to work together for the good. The Captain was doing what he felt in his heart and could not see or understand why things were turning out this way BUT the Lord was comforting him then and I am sure when he walked into heaven that nothing was wasted – nothing was in vain.
- There are so many books out about healing and how to gain wealth, who should I listen to? There is nothing wrong with reading, researching and listening because we can always gain more wisdom and understanding. However, at the end of the day we must filter all that we see and hear through the Holy Spirit and ask Jesus to help us discern truth from error. God has a plan (blueprint) for your life, and abundant life is a part of it. John 10:10 says that Jesus came to give us abundant life, and this includes us being healthy and whole – physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. We call this TOTAL SALVATION and it is the FULL-GOSPEL.
Truth and faith are crucial because we need to know what to put our faith in. It is like two compounds that when mixed together react to make something much more powerful. If we have truth but no faith it is of little value, likewise trusting in something that is not correct can have disappointing consequences. When it comes to healing, we are always reminded of how important it is to believe but faith is much more difficult than it seems. It would be easier if we could figure out how to obtain more faith but the truth is you cannot purchase it, borrow it or even catch it like you can a disease. For that matter, you cannot “catch” health and healing either. For example, if you’re around somebody who has a cold, you don’t have to do anything to catch it. You can become infected by just by being around them because that’s the nature of sickness and disease. But you can be around a healthy person and you won’t catch their faith or their good health. Why not? Because faith and healing come from the divine reality and sickness comes from the default world. We have to embrace faith and choose to be healed or the default system will rule over us and conquer us.
One of the ways we can choose life is through prayer and by speaking His truth over our lives. You can speak these scriptures and confessions over your life to strengthen your faith in God for the healing and wholeness you need. “God wants to make us whole. He doesn’t want us to spend the rest of our life hurting.” Think about it like this: If I have a headache, I take an aspirin to get relief from it. I have to swallow the pill for it to work. If I put it on top of my head, it won’t do anything for me. God’s Word is medicine for our spirit, soul and body, and the way we experience its power is by speaking it out loud, praying it to God, meditating on it, and believing it. When you speak His Word over your life, it releases that power into your life. The other books and other people’s thoughts can only inspire us to keep reaching out to God. It is not enough to know that God CAN heal – we must know that He WILL heal us! He’s asking you and I to believe what His Word says more than what we think or how we feel. Keep speaking His Word over your circumstances and in His timing, He will complete the good work that He has started! Keep applying the Medicine of God’s Word and depending on your situation, one or more of these scriptures or confessions may apply to a need you are facing right now. Take time to read them, meditate on them, pray them, or write them down on a note card and carry them with you so you have them on hand wherever you are, whenever you need them.
Speaking God’s Word is one of the most powerful things we can do each morning. Positive confessions are also wonderful to help bring out mind and heart together into an optimistic outlook using our mouth to speak forth the visions of God’s will. When we speak God’s Word out loud over us, His power is RELEASED to bring miracles and illumination as we are also giving these Words of life a stronger opportunity to become REVELATION wisdom to us.
Psalm 30:2 “O Lord my God, I cried to You and You have healed me.”
Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”
Psalm 107:20 “He sends forth His Word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction.”
Isaiah 58:8 “Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing [your restoration and the power of a new life] shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”
Psalm 34:15, 17 “The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.”
“God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.”
“The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy. I [Jesus] came that you might have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”