If this principle was true in the life of Jesus Christ, it certainly could be the same for us also at times. Established ministries may find it threatening. Trusting and Looking to Something Else Multitudes are receiving healing in some of the poorer areas of the world such as Africa, India. Even in South and Central America, and parts of Asia divine healing is relatively commonplace. I have seen God do it more in these places. One is that people find it much easier to go straight to the doctor for help rather than to the Lord.
They are not willing to invest as much time and money in seeking the Lord for healing as they would in a doctor. We think we can solve things with our social security systems and our money.
And so when real trouble comes we are often still looking in vain to those sources which cannot bring a remedy, instead of looking to the Lord. People are content to accept the verdict of the doctor in so many cases — they do not seriously consider this: that one Word from God can make all the difference in the world. I notice that in John there were many people who were sick but only one man was healed.
Everyone was so busy focusing on that pool with its supposed healing properties that they ignored the Author of life and healing Himself when He came into the place. Even the crippled man himself who was healed seemed more focused on the pool than on the Lord. It is like this in hospitals and places where people have their hope and faith in doctors more than anything else. When people have no other hope to cling onto, they are far more attentive to the promises of God with regard to divine healing. And it is quite possible that the Lord, being very good and compassionate, is especially interested in blessing the poor of this world.
Many times they have stronger faith, because they are often not as distracted. Of course, this is not always the case. There are some rich people who are very focused on the Lord, and some poor people who are totally distracted and have no time for God.
Divine Healing: God’s Loving Gift of Miraculous Healing
But more often than not it is the other way around. Another thing is this: if Western churches want to see more of the miraculous, they should give more place to ministers who are experienced in this area, and give more time to them in their pulpits. I am amazed at how little this is done. I am not suggesting that miracle gifts should dominate the agenda of the church, but they have their place. The church leadership in the west has made it clear that they value entertainment more than the power of God.
God’s Loving Gift of Miraculous Healing
Musicians have become the chief ministers of the church in the west. It is no wonder that there is so little demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power when it is most needed.
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Improper Eating Habits. As Christians, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians This is one very excellent reason to care for them. Many in the west are addicted to junk food. Highly processed foods often contain too much salt, sugar and fat while denying the body essential nutrients. To make matters worse, many of the vitamins, minerals and other trace elements we need no longer exist in the same proportions in the vegetables coming on the market today.
The soil has been depleted. The net result of this is that lots of people fill their bodies with inferior food leaving their bodies depleted and vulnerable to attack. It has been shown that eating too much food is the root cause of much disease. This is especially so if it is the wrong kind of food. When people indulge in gluttony, not only do they grieve the Holy Spirit, who is the administrator of divine healing, but they allow toxins to accumulate in their body. The kidneys and liver cannot cope with all the toxins, so they build up.
If people would fast regularly and eat well at other times, a lot of toxins would be eliminated and disease would be much rarer. If people continue to violate these natural principles and grieve the Spirit of God, two things happen. One is that the body cannot cope with the toxins and something will eventually break down. The second thing is that the very act of grieving the Spirit of God in this way can be a barrier to divine healing. This barrier can be removed by a change of attitude, by repentance.
There were many food laws given at that time which had a lot of value in terms of promoting health. We are not under strict food laws today but the principle of wise eating and taking care of our bodies still applies. We are supposed to be in control of our own appetites. Some ministers of the gospel fail to prepare themselves for the serious responsibility of ministering to the sick and oppressed in the name of the Lord. Then, when a more challenging case of need is presented, such as a paralyzed person, not enough power is operating and the minister lacks the conviction that anything definite is going to happen.
Jesus rebuked his own disciples for their unbelief in the case of the epileptic boy Matthew He told them that that kind of demon only comes out through prayer and fasting. The disciples had obviously failed to do this, and so they were powerless when it came to the test. Their faith was deficient.
The problem is with our spiritual preparation. Having failed to pray and fast and consider as we should, we cannot operate in faith when people so desparately need us to bring the real compassion and ministry of Jesus to them. Ministers who do not understand the prayer of faith see Mark are a barrier to the divine healing of many.
Possessing the Promise of Healing
The classic example of this in the Scripture was the blind and mute man whom Jesus healed in Matthew Even the Pharisees understood that Jesus healed this man by casting out demons. However, they said Jesus did it by the ruler of demons. You can command such spirits to leave. Just believe that they do when you give the command. Such spirits cannot continue to resist a word spoken in faith by a spirit-empowered person. When the symptons of disease go after prayer and return some short time later, it is almost always the work of an evil spirit. Matthew reveals that unclean spirits do seek to return.
Some spirits are driven away by the touch of the anointing, and this causes relief.
If the person so cured is not vigilant, does not seek God for the Holy Spirit, or does not learn how to use faith to rebuke the evil spirit, it is possible that the evil spirit will return and the person will be worse off than before — additional unbelief and confusion will be present. When faced with returning symptons, we should without hesitation command the evil spirit to leave. But the main thing is to command the spirit to leave.
Healing is one of Gods Benefits
A lot of the barriers to divine healing are constructed in one way or another by the work of evil spirits. For example, the mindsets which oppose divine healing are promoted and defended by evil spirits. When the Kingdom of God comes to our bodies, we are healed. When we resist the Kingdom of God, and resist the Holy Spirit, by impenitence, we may miss out on many blessings. Any sin can be a barrier to God, but the chief enemies of divine healing are unforgiveness towards others, and unbelief concerning the Word of God.
God may permit sickness to remain on people who are Outside His Perfect Will Another barrier is disobedience to the call of God. I have known a minister to be healed immediately when he began preaching the gospel publicly. If people are called by God to serve Him, and they know it, should God heal them so they can watch the offerings of television in greater comfort?
Perhaps they mix a bit of the fire with a bit of coldness, and the result is lukewarmness. The sin of lukewarmness is a barrier to healing. This sin is common today, and God finds it repulsive. So much so that He promises to spew the lukewarm out of His mouth. People whose love is set on the world are grieving the Holy Spirit.
They are not applying their hearts diligently to the Word of God, nor are they full of the Holy Spirit. Is it any wonder then, that they receive no divine healing? If the church in general is lukewarm, it is to be expected that seekers after divine healing will have to face the discouragement of hearing faith destroying remarks from possibly well-meaing church members who think according to the natural mind and not according to the mind of the Spirit.
Gentle words discouraging faith in God, such as exhortations just to accept the situation as it is, can come from people who are lukewarm and just trying to be nice people. God Himself will hand us over to tormentors if we do not forgive our brethren from our heart, according to Matthew That is why Jesus taught on the need to practice forgiveness just after giving us those wonderful words on faith and the prayer of faith.