Fundamentals Of Divine Healing Part 14

We have now discussed the extreme doctrine of sovereignty that is being taught in many churches today. It tells us that everything happening in our lives comes from God and has killed many people’s ability to walk in faith.

 How can a person receive a healing touch from God if they believe that He chose for them to be sick in the first place?

How can a person receive healing if they believe that God chooses to heal one person and not another? It would not be possible to know if they were the lucky person chosen to receive!

Let me share a story told by one of my professors in Bible college. He embraced an extreme form of the sovereignty doctrine and would not even allow altar calls at the church he pastored. He reasoned that it would be just to encourage people to accept Christ if it was impossible to know if God had chosen to do so! This professor told us that he would often sit by the beds of his young children in tears. He loved them so much. It broke his heart to be unable to know if God would choose to save either of them.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14 – 15)

It will not be possible for us to have confidence before God when we are unsure of His will. Many Christians are in this position as a result of being taught incorrectly. The only way these people will ever receive a miracle is through the ministry of some traveling minister who operates in the gifts of healings and the working of miracles.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

We finished the last post with this verse and said that it does not blame God or put the responsibility on Him for the tragedies in our lives.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

God is the source of all good things that happen in our lives. He is not the source of our troubles, sicknesses, or distresses!

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Jesus told His disciples that Satan is the thief.

God sent Jesus to open the door for humanity to experience His life and blessings.

Satan’s goal is to destroy.

God’s goal is to impart His life.

From these verses, I believe we can see that anything “good” in our lives is from God and anything “bad” from Satan. These may seem like simple truths, but religious traditions have made them overly complicated by using the doctrine of sanctification to blame God for the “bad” things.

I do not believe that anyone with an open mind could blame God, who sacrificed His only son to redeem humanity for their suffering. He is a good God who only desires good things for our lives!

Religious traditions tell us that God places sicknesses like cancer on humanity from a heart of love. In my mind, this defies logic and is contrary to the nature of God shown in the Bible.

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. (Matthew 7:13)

Religious traditions have perverted the truth of Scripture and blinded the spiritual eyes of most Christians. They are why so few in the Church today walk in the promised blessings provided in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

My point here is that we need to develop an unshakable understanding that God is not the source of our suffering. He is sovereign in the sense of being first in rank but not in Him causing every situation that occurs in our lives.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

So, this verse is not telling us that God causes everything that happens in our lives. Instead, it tells us that God can cause anything that happens in our lives to end up in something good.

In a sense, it seems to me God is like a master chess player. I played the game growing up and used to enjoy watching matches. A grandmaster could take any move their opponent made and use it to their advantage. God is similar to this in that He can turn any action that Satan makes against us to our advantage!

I have heard Romans 8:28 quoted by many Christians over the years. We should note that it begins with the word “and,” which links it with the previous verses.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26 – 27)

The Holy Spirit will make intercession for us if we cooperate, believe, and receive this ministry from Him. Paul provides that as the condition from which God can make “all things work together for good.” God will not be able to do this, though, if we are not allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and are not yielding to Him.

Romans 8:28 provides two additional qualifications in addition to our yielding to the Holy Spirit. First, God is only able to work in the lives of those who “love” Him. Things will not always go well for people who do not love God!

If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

People say that they love God but do their lives reflect this? We cannot live in a manner contrary to His kingdom and love Him at the same time. There is no reasonable basis for things to work for good if a person is not cooperating with the Holy Spirit and living life from a heart filled with love for their creator.

Our subject is divine healing. We will not experience this, or any other blessing of God, without first coming to a point where His Word is allowed to become dominant in our lives.

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