It is hard to believe that a year ago I was recovering from my third brain surgery. So much has happened since then. I am more certain that I serve a God who heals (but on His time.) Last fall, someone from our church who believe differently about healing come to our house and prayed for us. She told me that God wants to be be healed. Sickness is apart of the sin nature and because I am a believer in shouldn’t be affected by sin. Christ has conquered sin, therefore Christ has conquered my tumor. I knew that wasn’t what I believe, but I didn’t know why. So I studied her book and my Bible and found:
Ps. 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Ps. 166:1-9 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; 2 from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, 3 for you have been my refuge a strong tower against the enemy. 4 Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah 5 For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. 6 Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations! 7 May he be enthroned forever before God; appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! 8 So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day.
Matthew 21:16 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
John 15 -If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Philippians 2:12-13 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
1 Cor. 13 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.
After studying Scripture, I concluded the lady from church was right. God wants me to be healed. Sickness is apart of the sin nature and because I am a believer in Christ, He doesn’t want us to be affected by sin. Christ has conquered sin, therefore Christ has conquered my tumor.
The problem with her theology is that missed an element. Yes, when Jesus died on the cross, he did conquered sin but He hasn’t yet restore the earth. We are supposed “to work out our salvation,” pray for restoration, and wait on the Lord.
Is. 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
In my experience, when we give God our whole heart (whole being), He reveal even more of his Works. God wants us to know and love Him, because He is God, not just because of the things he can do. When you know Him, he reveals his work. Sometimes, He choose to reveal His character and His will to us. Sometimes, He shows us how He is reconciles relationship. Sometimes, He shows us how he redeems situation. Sometimes, he uses us to restore the world. Sometimes, he blesses us with the His rest.