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I want to tell you about a great mystery that has perplexed Christians of this generation. This mystery has stirred fear and created unrest within the Church. What mystery am I speaking of? It is the mystery of the power of faith to heal the sick.

The mystery of the power of faith to heal the sick is not ours alone. For despite given the power and authority to drive out demons and heal the sick, the twelve disciples, themselves, struggled to administer that power and authority to the sick

In other words, the twelve handpicked men of Christ struggled with the issue of faith to heal the sick just as we do today!

Let’s review some known facts:

We know Jesus sent His disciples out, two by two, to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. But before doing so, He gave them each a huge stick to carry. That huge stick is God’s authority and power (Matthew 10:1).

Armed with this big stick, the disciples were able to drive out demons and heal the sick of every known disease. Without the stick, these ordinary men were powerless.

But as we shall soon learn, just because these twelve were given God’s power and authority to heal didn’t mean they would always be successful. That’s because Jesus required the twelve to possess one thing more, which only they themselves could supply.

What was that one thing you ask? Faith!

In spite of having God’s power and authority to heal the sick, the disciples were powerless without their personal belief and faith that God would do as they asked of Him.

Mark 6:13 tells us when the disciples went out, they drove out many demons and healed the sick (Mark 6:13). Praise God! Imagine their joy and and the great enthusiasm which must have followed. They must have had many great stories to tell as a result.

But wait:

On at least on one occasion, things didn’t go so well. Not everyone was healed. The disciples had tried unsuccessfully to drive a lunatic demon from a boy
(Matthew 17:16).

When the boy’s father related this information to Jesus, he replied, “O faithless and perverse generation…How long shall I put up with you?” (Matthew 17:17) Obviously, Jesus statement was not intended to be directed directly toward the disciples, although it most certainly included them.

When the disciples later came to Jesus in private to ask Him why they couldn’t heal the boy, He answered them by saying, “because you have so little faith”
(Matthew 17:19-20).

That’s the mystery, the great mystery called faith, which the world fears yet today and has created division and strife within the Church.

Faith is the keystone that empowers God’s authority and power to heal the sick. How much faith? Jesus said with just a little faith nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20-21).

Many years later, the Apostle James would admonish Church elders to pray over their sick in faith, and to anoint the sick with oil for healing (James 5:14-16). James had obviously learned the lesson of faith well from his own failure while in training with Jesus years before. For he was with Jesus the day the father of the lunatic boy approached Jesus.

Faith in God’s promise to heal is what separates men of faith in God, from carnal men who cower in fear or disbelief. This kind of faith is not intellectual or born of doctrine. It is a soul searching conviction (born of God’s Word) which touches the very heart of God.

Church elders today, who dismiss James 5:14ff, of course do not practice James’ admonition. To make themselves feel comfortable about their dismissal (and to be accepted by the world) they have Church doctrines which effectively puts God out of the healing business, and healing out of the Body of Christ (The Church).

The real question we should be asking ourselves is not whether God heals. The real question should be are we willing to believe and put our faith in God’s promise to exercise His power and authority on our behalf?

That’s a big question because faith to heal places God squarely into our midst, not far off in some unseen world. It puts Him right into our lives and world, much like our mother, father and children are part of our lives.

I have to tell you, many Christians are not comfortable with that thought. They fear God. They are more comfortable with a God that is somewhere over there, not here.

You see, faith for many Christians consists of believing in Jesus Christ as their Savior. That’s good, but think about it. Faith to save one’s soul is a far cry from faith that falls upon Jesus Christ for healing.

The former is benign and requires little beyond intellectual acceptance, kinda like acceptance that the earth spins one revolution every 24 hours on its axis. People accept the earth spins and go on with their lives. No biggy. We regulate our lives by this spinning, and that’s about it. Likewise, many people willingly conform their lives as Christians to live a moral existence with a hope for the resurrection. They count themselves faithful if they attend Church regularly. That’s the extent of faith for most Christians. Unless they are forced to renounce their faith or be killed, there is little to challenge their faith.

The latter, however, goes much farther. It actively calls upon God’s power and authority with unwavering certainty to restore the human body to wholeness free of disease. That’s not something the world likes or accepts.

The implications of this kind of faith goes far beyond intellectual faith and being faithful to attend Church. This kind of faith stands squarely against the world and medical tests that says a person has cancer and has two months to live. It defies Church doctrine which does not believe in divine healing. It falls with conviction and certainty upon an unseen all powerful God that He will fulfill His Word to us. That, friends, is the kind of faith Jesus had in mind when he lamented, “O faithless and perverse generation.”

One of America’s Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt, had a saying concerning America’s role in the world. He said America should walk softly and carry a big stick. Of course, that big stick was America’s military might.

As Christians, we are to walk softly and also carry a big stick, the big stick of faith that believes God’s Word. That many Christians have entrusted the world to the care of their bodies at the expense of forsaking God’s power and authority to heal speaks volumes about the size of the stick they carry.

Jim Lynn
God’s Healing Word
http://godshealingword.org

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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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