So many questions - so few answers about "HEALING".
Are there people today who have "the gift of healing?"
How can people be healed today?
Is sickness a result of sin?
Why do people die if healing works?
Why do so-called "healers" die from illnesses?
Well, to find answers, we only need to turn to the Bible.
I BELIEVE THE DISCOVERY OF SICKNESS AND HEALING IS REVEALED RIGHT UP FRONT BY A QUESTION ASKED BY MAN - AND AN ANSWER GIVEN BY THE GREAT PHYSICAN - THE HEALER HIMSELF - JESUS.
THE APOSTLES AND JESUS CAME UPON A MAN BLIND FROM BIRTH IN JOHN 9: 1-3.
THE DISCIPLES ASKED IF THIS ILLNESS WAS CAUSED BY THE BLIND MAN'S SIN OR THE SINS OF HIS PARENTS. - "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?"
JESUS TOLD THEM (AND NOW US) THAT NEITHER WAS THE CASE, BUT THAT THIS MAN WAS BLIND FROM BIRTH - AND NOW HEALED SO THAT THE WORKS OF GOD SHOULD BE MADE KNOWN - NOT ONLY TO THIS MAN, BUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD. - "Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him."
SO, I START THIS MESSAGE OFF WITH GOOD NEWS....GOD ALLOWS SICKNESS - AND HEALING SO THAT MEN AND WOMEN WILL COME TO HIM.....CALL UPON HIM.....TO SEEK HEALING.
DOES GOD REALLY CAUSE SICKNESS TO HAPPEN TO PEOPLE?
YES! - "I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. ISAIAH 45:5-7
WHAT? GOD CREATED GOOD THINGS AND EVIL THINGS? YES..HE SAID SO.
GOOD MEANS "I CREATED GOOD THINGS"...EVIL MEANS "I ALSO CREATED BAD THINGS".
FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN, GOD PLANTED ALL GOOD TREES AND ONE THAT CONTAINED FRUIT THAT WOULD, IF CONSUMED, ALLOW THE RECIPIENT THE "KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL".
HE WARNED ADAM AND EVE, "YOU MAY EAT OF EVERY TREE, BUT THE DAY THAT YOU PARTAKE OF THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD THINGS AND BAD THINGS, YOU WILL THEN HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES....TO SELECT GOOD OR TO CHOOSE TO DO EVIL.
PART OF THE "EVIL" OR BAD THINGS WOULD BE SICKNESS AND DEATH.
ADAM AND EVE WERE TOLD, "IF YOU CHOOSE TO SIN AGAINST ME (DISOBEY MY WORDS), YOU SHALL SURELY DIE." TO DIE, ONE MUST FIRST BECOME ILL...HEART, LIVER, SOMETHING. GENESIS 2:17
SATAN LIED TO EVE.....HE SAID, IN GENESIS 3:-4-5, "Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
SO, FROM THAT TIME FORWARD, MEN AND WOMEN GET TO CHOOSE TO DO GOOD OR TO DO EVIL. WE ALL HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE NOW OF BOTH.
SATAN LIED TO MAN AND WOMAN THEN - AND HE CONTINUES SAYING TO US, "CHOOSE TO BELIEVE WHAT I AM TELLING
YOU - OR WHAT GOD IS TELLING YOU IN HIS WORD."
GOD ALSO FLAT-OUT SAID, "See now that I, even I, am he, And there is no OTHER GOD BESIDES ME: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; And there is NO-ONE WHO CAN BE DELIVERED APART FROM MY ALLOWING IT."
THEREFORE, IT IS GOD WHO TAKES A LIFE...OR GIVES A LIFE, OR RESTORES A LIFE, OR WHO MAKES PEOLE ILL, OR WHO HEALS THEM - AT HIS DISCRETION.
THIS ELIMINATES ANYONE BESIDES GOD WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE THE "GIFT OR POWER OF HEALING"
GOD, IN THE FORM OF JESUS HEALED. JESUS ALSO AUTHORIZED HIS APOSTLES WHOM JESUS GAVE THIS GIFT OF HEALING TO BECAUSE THEY WOULD NEED HIS AUTHORITY AND CREDENTIALS (SIGNS AND WONDERS) TO HEAL THE SICK AND CAUSE THE BLIND TO SEE OR CAST OUT DEMONS.
MARK 16:14- " AFTER THE RESURRECTION, JESUS appeared unto the eleven (APOSTLES - JUDAS HAD HANGED HIMSELF) as the APOSTLES WERE EATING A MEAL. HE SCOLDED them BECAUSE OF their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they REFUSED TO BELIEVE WHAT HE TOLD THEM BEFORE GOING TO THE CROSS - AND THEY REFUSED TO BELIEVE THOSE WHO SAW HIM PHYSICALY AFTER HIS RESURRECTION.
JESUS THEN TOLD THE ELEVEN APOSTLES WHO WERE THE ONLY ONES IN THE ROOM WITH HIM, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them (THOSE OF YOU ELEVEN APOSTLES (AND LATER PAUL - THE 12TH APOSTLE HAND-PICKED BY JESUS)..THOSE OF YOU WHO CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THAT I AM THE RESURRECTED SABVIOR OF THE WORLD...YOU SHALL - In my name cast out devils; speak with new tongues; take up serpents; and YOU CAN EVEN drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt YOU; YOU shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto THE ELEVEN APOSTLES AND NOT TO THE WHOLE WORLD...., He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they (THE ELEVEN APOSTLES) went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following."
SOME BELIEVE THAT THIS MEETING IN THE UPPER ROOM BETWEEN THE ELEVEN APOSTLES AND JESUS SOMEHOW INCLUDED THEM..AND THAT JESUS WAS TELLING JUST ANYONE WHO BELIEVES THAT THEY WILL RECEIVE THOSE SPECIAL GIFTS, INCLUDING RAISING THE DEAD. THIS IS BUNK!
JESUS ALSO SAID, "MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME PROCLAIMING THIS OR THAT...DON'T FAL FOR IT." AND TODAY, THE WORLD IS FULL OF MONEY-MAKING CHARLATANS WHO, LIKE SIMON THE SORCERER, WANTED TO USE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO MAKE MONEY....SEE ACTS 8:9-22
SO, IT IS TRUE, PART OF THE CAUSES OF SICKNESS AND DEATH COME FROM OUR POOR CHOICES (LIKE SMOKING, DRINKING IN EXCESS, USING MEDICINES THAT HAVE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS) - BUT THERE IS A WAY THAT GETS GOD'S ATTENTION, AND A WAY IN WHICH WE CAN BE HEALED -IF IT IS HIS DESIRE TO DO SO.
MANY - IN JESUS DAY - AND STILL TODAY, DO NOT UNT=DERSTAND HOW TO HEAR AND UNDERSTAND GOD'S WORD...AND IT IS BECAUSE THIER HEARTS AND MINDS ARE NOT OPEN TO ESTABLISHING A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - AND THIS IS DONE THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS -(LINK).
MATTHEW 13:14-15 TELS US, " And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of ISAIAH, WHO SAID, " By hearing YOU shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing YOU shall see, and shall not perceive: For people's HEARTS HAVE BECOME HARDENED TOWARD ME, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; SO THAT at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
THEREFORE, THE FIRST STEP TOWARD BEING HEALED FROM ILLNESSES IS TO DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
INSTEAD, WE DEVELOP A MINDSET THAT TELLS US TO RELY ON MEDICINE TO HEAL OUR SICKNESS!
WHEN WE ARE DEPRESSED - WE TURNED TO PAXIL!
PAXIL - "Made and sold by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, this prescription medication is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and anxiety disorders." In 2006 ALONE, doctors filled out 19.7 million Paxil prescriptions.
BUT - LAWYERS ARE NOW SUING THE PAXIL MANUFACTURER BECAUSE IT CAUSES:
Primary pulmonary hypertension
Death by development of coronary disease
Severe allergic reactions
WE HAVE CHOSEN AVANDIA TO TREAT OUR OBESITY AND TYPE 2 DIABETES ILLNESSES:
BUT, LAWYERS ARE NOW SUING AVANDIA MAKERS (ALSO THE MAKER OF PAXIL!) BECAUSE IT ALSO CAUSES:
Congestive Heart Failure
Macular Edema (Vision Loss)
Heart Related Death
SALLY FIELDS...THE FLYING NUN, HAWKED BONIVA FOR YEARS. HOW COULD SALLY FIELDS..A NUN, LIE TO US?
BONIVA..." USED TO prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause" FOSAMAX IS THE SAME AND IS BEING SUED...
BUT, THE LAWYERS ARE SUING THAT DRUG MAKER BECAUSE IT NOW CAUSES:
Deterioration of the jaw
Sever Musculoskeletal Pain
NOW, DRUG MAKERS ARE MAKING NEW DRUGS TO COMBAT SIDE EFFECTS OF THE OLD DRUGS...LIKE ATRIAL FIBRILATION!
THEY ALSO CREATE ILLNESSES SO THAT YOU WILL SEEK OUT THE CURE FOR THE ILLNESS THEY CREATED...LIKE "RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME" - NO - THE DREADED "RLS"!
BUT, RESEARCH HAS TOLD US, "There is no specific test for restless leg syndrome."
AND - "There is no known cure for restless leg syndrome"
There is an ONLINE ARTICLE entitled, "CREATE A DISEASE TO MARKET A NEW DRUG"
WITHIN THE ARTICLE, I PULLED THIS OUT:
"A classic drug industry example is the strategy developed by Merck in the 1960s to promote amitriptyline, its new antidepressant. At the time, clinical depression was regarded as a rare conditionso rare, in fact, that there appeared to be little profit in marketing an antidepressant. The solution was to increase the frequency of the diagnosis. To that end, Merck bought fifty thousand copies of a book by Frank Ayd called Recognizing the Depressed Patient and sent them out free of charge to general practitioners all over the country. Prescriptions for amitriptyline took off dramatically, despite the fact that a similar antidepressant, imipramine, had been available since the mid-1950s. The key to selling antidepressants, it became clear, was to sell clinical depression."
AND TODAY, CLINICAL DEPRESSION DRUGS AND THE DISEASE IS "WIDESPREAD".
SO, FOR THOSE WHO ARE TRULY BEDRIDDEN OR HAVE AN ACTUAL ILLNESS OR DISEASE: WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT GETTING HEALED?
THE FIRST "CRITERIA" IS TO ESTABLISH THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS...THE ONE WHO IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.
THE SECOND CRITERIA SEEMS TO BE TO HAVE THE FAITH THAT GOD CAN ACTUALLY HEAL US....THIS IS THE TOUGH ONE!
MARK 10: - 46-52 - "And they came to Jericho: and as JESUS went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
And many TRIED TO DISCOURAGE HIM, AND TOLD HIM TO SHUT UP - but he cried EVEN LOUDER - "Thou son of David, have mercy on me."
TO CALL JESUS THE "SON OF DAVID" THE KING OF ISRAEL IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT BARTAMAEUS BELIEVED THAT THIS WAS THE MESSIAH SPOKEN OF IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they called the blind man, saying unto him, "Be of good comfort, rise; JESUS HAS HEARD YOUR CRY AND HE HAS DECIDED TO CALL YOU TO HIMSELF."
50 And BLIND BARTAMAEUS, TOSSED HIS OLD FILTHY OUTER GARMENT AWAY AND LET THE MEN LEAD HIM TO JESUS.
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT FROM ME? (JESUS ALREADY KNEW BUT WANTED THE MAN WITH THE PROBLEM TO SAY WHAT HIS PROBLEM IS AND ASK JESUS TO HEAL HIM..WITH FAITH THAT HE COULD DO IT). The blind man said unto him, Lord, I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SEE."
And Jesus said unto him, GO - YOUR CHILD-LIKE FAITH (THAT AM THE MESSIAH AND CAN HEAL YOU HAS CAUSED ME TO HEAL YOU INDEED. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way."
SO, AFTER FAITH CAME A WILLINGNESS TO FOLLOW - NOT ABANDON, THE LORD. ARE YOU WILLING TO FOLLOW JESUS IF HE DECIDES TO HEAL YOUR ILLNESS?
ONCE SOMEONE BECOMES AFFLICTED WITH AN ILLNESS, IT SEEMS TO DRAW THEM TO GOD!
"I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. HOSEA 5:15
SO, THE THIRD CRITERIA SEEMS TO BE THAT - WITHOUT ILLNESSES (SUDDEN OR LONG-TERM), PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE GOOD ENOUGH REASON TO SEEK GOD OUT.
THE VERY NEXT VERSE IN HOSEA 6:1 TELLS US THAT IT IS, INDEED, GOD WHO SMITES US WITH ILLNESS OR OTHER CALAMITY TO BRING OUR ATTENTION TO HIM...OTHERWISE, WE GO THROUGH LIFE NOT SEEKING GOD OR ANSWERS OR SOLUTIONS FROM HIM.
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath WOUNDED US, and He will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up."
WHAT ABOUT THIS "ANNOINTING WITH OIL THING?"
MARK 6:13 - And the APOSTLES cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them."
AND JAMES TELLS US TO BRING THE SICK TO THE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH (ELDERS ARE PASTORS AND ARE NOT DEACONS)..."Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:"
THIS HEALING REQUIRES SEVERAL THINGS:
1. YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN BE HEALED.
2. YOU HAVE FAITH THAT JESUS CAN AND WILL HEAL YOU.
3. YOU HAVE CONFESSED YOUR SINS BEFORE THE LORD BECAUSE "IF WE REGARD SIN IN OUR HEARTS, GOD WIL NOT HEAR OUR PRAYERS'.
4. THOSE WHO WILL PRAY OVER YOU MUST ALSO HAVE THE SAME CLEAN HEART OR GOD WILL NOT HEAR THEIR PRAYER EITHER.
5. THEN, AFTER THE PRAYER, THE PASTOR(S) ARE TO ANNOINT YUR HEAD WITH OIL.
WHAT KIND OF OIL? MOTOR? FISH? AND WHY ANNOINT WITH OIL?
THE FIRST MENTION OF THE WORD "ANNOINTING" IN THE BIBLE IS FOUND IN EXODUS 28:41 -"and YOU SHALL anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me."
SO, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT ANNOINTING WITH OIL IS TO CONSECRATE THE ILL ONE, SANCTIFY THEM (SET THEM APART) SO THEY MIGHT WORSHIP GOD.
IS HEALING FOR SALE...OR MAGIC OIL FOR $15.00? NO...SIMON THE EVIL SORCERER TRIED BUYING THAT GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR MONEY AND HE WAS CURSED FOR IT. DAVID SAID, IN PSALM 30:2 - "O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me."
DAVID SAID AGAIN IN PSALM 103:2-3 -" Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgivA all YOUR SINS; who HEALS all YOUR diseases"
DAVID'S SON, SOLOMON, SAID, IN PROVERBS 4:20-22 -" My son (OR MY DAUGHTER) PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORDS IN MY BOOK; LET YOUR EARS HEAR MY SAYINGS.. DO NOT LET MY SAYING DEPART FROM YOUR EYES, YOUR MIND, YOUR BRAIN.....BECAUSE THEY ARE LIFE - TO THOSE WHO ARE WILING TO SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES TO FIND THEM.....AND THEY ARE HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH."
IT SOUNDS LIKE HEALING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS WITH GOD. JUST A QUICK PRAYER TO HIM TO HEAL AN ILNESS APPEARS NOT TO INTEREST HIM.
I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS TRYING TO TELL US THAT HE AFFLICTS US AND THOSE WHO WE LOVE TO DRAW OUR ATTENTION TO HIM. THEN, HE WANTS US TO BE HONEST, TO DEVELOP A LASTING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM BY READING HIS WORDS (WHICH ABOUT 95% OF CHRISTIANS DO NOT DO) AND ONCE WE DEVELOP THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH HI.
HE WANTS US TO ACT ON OUR FAITH AND BELIEF...BY CALLING FOR THE ELDERS OF OUR CHURCH TO PRAY OVER THE ILL ONE...AND FOR BOTH THE SICK PERSON AND THE PASTOR TO HAVE CLEAN HEARTS BEFORE THE LORD WHO CREATED US.
THEN, THE PRAYER OF FAITH SHALL GO UP TO HEAVEN AND GOD WILL ASCERTAIN IF ALL MEETS HIS CRITERIA FOR HEALING. IF SO, IT IS MY BELIEF THAT HEALING CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED -
GOD'S GOAL IN THE AFFLICTION - THEN THE HEALING IS, TO QUOTE JESUS, " SO THAT THE WORKS OF GOD SHOULD MANFEST THEMSELVES IN AND THROUGH THAT BELIEVER."
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A QUICKIE HEALING...GOOD LUCK...ALTHOUGH GOD DOES HEAL PEOPLE AND IT IS PERCEIVED TO BE "A MIRACLE" BY THE DOCTORS AND AL INVOLVED, SO GOD STILL GETS TO SEE HIS WORKS MANIFESTED THRU THAT SICK ONE.
John Tyler, Author of nine books.
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