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Why Doesn’t God Heal Me?

Here is a message posted recently on our blog that requests an answer.
“As a child about 7 years old I was in a car accident, and a year later attacked by a dog. I have had back problems ever since. I watched God heal my nephew from a 90 degree club foot miraculously as an infant – he know walks perfectly – and have experienced God heal me in different areas. So why do I continue to have these back problems? I know God can, but hasn’t.”
Here is a situation that often requires the attention of a loving healing ministry team.
Without knowing specifics it would be difficult to help this person. I’ll explain why in a moment, but here is a case where trained healing ministries can help. They can work one-on-one with individuals to root out spiritual issues not recognized by the one in need of healing.
First, God wants to heal everyone of physical maladies. Having said that, we are created with free will. Unless we can root out the spiritual roots behind a malady and release them, God cannot heal us. A trained healing team knows this and works in a loving way to uncover these hidden unclean spirits.
So what are we talking about here?
Again I do not know this to be the case for the writer above, but humans have the ability to bury emotional hurts so deep within their being, they forget about them. These emotions often end up in an area of our being called the subconscious. These emotions include feelings of doubt, anger, unforgiveness, greed, pride, an so forth.
These buried emotions are often the most difficult issues to release ’cause the affected person is no longer consciously aware of them. But know this: Such issues continue to do their evil work within our bodies and control our lives.
The Bible tells us to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5). And we are told, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)
So how do we take captive every thought and transform ourselves by renewing our minds?
If you’ve never done this before, this may seem difficult at first. The next thought you have that you recognize is not of faith, step back and look at it from a third person perspective. Ask yourself:
why am I thinking this thought?
Is this thought a thought of faith or of the world?
If the thought is not of faith, ask yourself what in your life may have produced the thought. If you can isolate the occurrence in your life where this thought began, ask God for help, then release that thought. Tell the thought to be gone in the name of Jesus, that it is no longer welcome in your heart.
Taking every thought captive means what it says: Every thought! The more you do this the easier it becomes. And you would be amazed at how much relief you feel when you take control of your thoughts in this manner.
By releasing these hidden thoughts from our subconscious being, by repenting for having carried them, we are able to transform ourselves so God can heal us. Transforming is to be in control of every thought. This may seem like an easy answer to a complicated problem, but it works. I know from personal experience and from studying God’s Word.
The thing we need to bear in mind is that God cannot be mocked. If we harbour unclean spirits hidden deep within (or wherever they are), God cannot heal us.
That many Christians continue to suffer in body is sure sign of Satan’s presence in their lives. But also know that suffering may or may not be of their making. The world may given it to us through an accident, a mean act of another, etc.
I strongly suggest the person who submitted this question that they seek out a competent healing ministry. Ask for help to uncover any possible deep seated issues that may be holding you captive.
Jim Lynn
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Do you know the cut on your finger could never heal without the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Here is an excerpt from The Miracle of Healing in Your Church Today that dicusses the subject:

We love to tell the old, old story, don’t we? And certainly the story of the Cross, the Gospel story, will live in the hearts of man forever. But while we love to tell the story of Jesus and His love, we often overlook what Jesus overpowered, what died with Him on the cross. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the power of sin and its effect died with Him. In rising from the dead, Jesus arose victorious leaving sin and its effect in the grave (hell).

This is what makes healing possible in the world. Without the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus from the grave, there can be no healing in the world. Corruption would have long ago prevailed over God’s divine glory. Without the Gospel event, there could not be a healing process (either physical or spiritual) set in motion from the time of creation.

 

Without the Gospel, simple cuts and injuries would not heal. Disease brought on by unclean spirits would have long ago overpowered all life on earth. For remember that Jesus Christ holds and reconciles all things (including healing) through His body and blood (Colossians 1:15-20). I sincerely hope the reader grasps this most important precept.

In order to provide healing, the sin problem had to be answered first. We may wonder how all of this could be since Jesus did not appear in the flesh until several thousand years after creation. But remember, we live in a natural world, constrained by time. In eternity, such things as time cease to exist. Because of this, God saw Jesus on the Cross even before creation. In his mind’s eye, the Gospel was already accomplished.

This is the reason why God could tell Satan, after Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden, that He “…will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15 NIV). The idea of “will” in this verse is spoken of in the venue of time.

This was the great mystery wise men searched in knowledge of before the coming of Christ. Satan sought this man who would crush his head as well. Who would be that man? If he knew the genealogical ancestors of this man, he could kill them off and foil God’s plan. But God prevailed, even in the death of His Son.

This ancient mystery, now made known (Romans 16:25-27; Ephesians 3:1-12), is the key to our freedom, both physical and spiritual. The ability to overcome sickness and sustain health for our entire lifespan, hinges on the Gospel—the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of the man-God, Jesus Christ. This is God’s great victory over Satan.

The mark of sin on the world requires a righteous and just God to condemn it. This He has done, but it is God’s love that redeems that which is condemned (creation) back to Himself. This is done in the person of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:15-20).

Before the Gospel event occurred, all of nature and mankind were sustained by the promise of God for a deliverer (Genesis 3:15). After the Gospel event occurred, all of nature and mankind are sustained by the promise fulfilled. This is how the healing process can exist in nature both physically and spiritually. For everything hangs on Jesus Christ and Him crucified for our sins and infirmities (Isaiah 53:4-5).

All healing is divine and spiritual by its nature. To think otherwise is to believe a lie of Satan. That a cut seemingly heals by itself is an act of divine healing. That nature recovers from its own disasters is an act of divine healing. Every breath of air we inhale and every blink of the eye are acts of divine love sustained in the person of Jesus Christ. That we should believe otherwise shows what great influence Satan has in our hearts.

Your comments are welcome!

Submitted by Jim Lynn

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