And He Healed them all: Obstacles and Assets to Faith.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:04:28 — 24.5MB) Subscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS
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There are many obstacles to faith concerning the healing of our bodies but all of them in one way or another fall into one general category – consideration of self.
In this lesson we spent time examining several healings and miracles in the ministry of Jesus and worked through some of the most common pitfalls to receiving healing by faith. These pitfalls always turn our thoughts inward and focus on ourselves instead of maintaining our confidence in Him by looking to Him.
It is my hope that this lesson might help those who have struggled with coming to Christ for their healing. Many, many Christians have needlessly walked away from their times of petitioning God for their healing with uncertainty, doubt or down right fear. This should be such a foreign experience for the child of God!
Paul commands the believers in Ephesus to walk as children of light which required that they “know what they will of the Lord is.” In reality the Greek words this a little more forcefully – “constantly know God’s will in your every moment” is the thought Paul was conveying to them.
Now this would be a strange and harsh requirement of God through Paul if such moment-by-moment knowledge was not available to us. God will is known by viewing the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Himself said the following statements…
“If you have seen Me you have seen the Father.”
“I only do what I see my Father doing”
“I only say, what I here Him speak.”
“I always do those things which please my Father.”
These words tell us that if we look at the life and ministry of Christ we can know the heart of the Father. So, what is the heart of God the Father concerning healing those who are in bodily need of health? In every case, “Jesus healed them all.”
So if that if God heart concerning me, why is belief so difficult?
The first and most obvious reason for many is that they have not looked to the scriptures themselves to witness with their own eyes God’s revelation of His own character concerning healing through the ministry of His Son. We often accept the words of a preacher, or the experiences of sickness and death in those we believe to be “godly” people and then we reason in our own minds and reach a conclusion completely apart from God. This is something NOBODY did who came to Christ for healing. If they wondered if He would – they asked HIM – not their priest, not the Pharisees not a scribe – but Jesus Christ Himself. This is the first and most obvious obstacle to faith for healing.
Second is the consideration of other things. For this we used the example of Peter walking on the water. He did really well, until he considered the wind and the waves! This “consideration” has nothing to do with logic and every child of God has done it many times in their journey. It was not as if Peter actually thought that if it had been a calm day on the water and the wind was perfectly still it would in any way increase his personal buoyancy! Never the less, wind and waves were all that were necessary to cause him to sink. The difference between Peter and myself is that Peter had the good sense to turn his gaze back to Christ and cry out in relational trust – and Jesus was immediately present with a helping hand.
We addressed several other obstacles as well as assets to faith in this teaching. I hope that it will be an answer to those hearts who are saying to God, “I know you can if you are willing” and an encouragement to those of you who are struggling to wholly rely upon His answer of “I will, be made whole”.