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   DEATH : FINAL BATTLE, FINAL VICTORY! : PART 2



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Published On : November 23, 1998

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Immediate Healing, Has God Turned Shy?, The Lord's Conduits
The Real Purpose Of Miracles, Glory To God, Excellency Of
The Power, Whose Miracle Is It?, Real Faith And The Medical
Profession, Destroyer Healer And Giver Of Life, Endtime Lack
Of Faith, Personal Faith And Honesty, Our Lack Of Faith And
God's Pity, Naaman The Leper, Ask In Faith And He'll Provide




I concluded part one of this series by mentioning that a
certain deception exists in the lives of many Christians
which some of them are simply not willing to recognize. As
you will see in a moment, one of the reasons for this lack
of acknowledgment on their part, is that is causes some of
them embarrassment. I discuss this deception in the article
'Are The Gifts Of The Spirit For Today?'. As I point out
there, a careful study of the Scriptures quickly reveals
that the miracles performed by the Lord and His Disciples
were immediate, on-the-spot occurrences. There was no time
delay factor involved whatsoever. There is a preponderance
of Scriptures which support this view. Please consider the
following:

"And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I
will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was
cleansed." (Matthew 8:3)

"And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou
hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was
healed in the selfsame hour." (Matthew 8:13)

"So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes:
and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed
him." (Matthew 20:34)

"And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up;
and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto
them." (Mark 1:31)

"And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy
departed from him, and he was cleansed." (Mark 1:42)

"And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth
before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and
glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion."
(Mark 2:12)

"And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was
of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a
great astonishment." (Mark 5:42)

"And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his
tongue was loosed, and he spake plain." (Mark 7:35)

"And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made
thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and
followed Jesus in the way." (Mark 10:52)

"Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and
immediately her issue of blood stanched...And when the woman
saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling
down before him, she declared unto him before all the people
for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed
immediately." (Luke 8:44, 47)

"And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and
immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength."
(Acts 3:7)

"And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee
whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately."
(Acts 9:34)

"And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and
thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And
immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he
went about seeking some to lead him by the hand."
(Acts 13:11)

Over and over again we see the same thing occurring. Even
though the Lord is no longer with us in the flesh, likewise
today, Divine Healing should be an instantaneous act. The
Lord does not require hours, or days, or weeks, or months,
or several years to heal someone. Nowhere in the Bible do we
find such prolonged processes of healing, where a person is
told to go home and wait for a few days or a week for their
healing to occur. Neither do we find any place in the Bible
where the Lord or His Disciples instruct people to submit
themselves to a doctor's medical regimen in order that the
Lord might heal them.

In my view, this kind of slow recovery would totally negate
the mighty Power of God; because the unbelievers could then
attribute the person's restoration to health to the medicine
they took, or perhaps to weeks of chemotherapy, or maybe to
a certain operation which was performed on them, or perhaps
to the time factor, or even to the body's natural healing
process. In other words, there are all kinds of medical
loopholes which hard-hearted people might use in order to
try to prove that it had absolutely nothing to do with the
Power of God, and some people will be foolish enough to
believe them.

However, when God truly does work through His children to
heal others, or when He heals directly without the need of a
second person who serves as His conduit, according to all of
the Scriptural examples I have provided, it is on-the-spot
deliverance from whatever their affliction might happen to
be. In this way, absolutely no one, except perhaps the most
hard-hearted individuals, can then deny the Healing Power of
the Almighty. The miracle happens so quickly, that there is
no other plausible reason, be it medical or otherwise, to
explain it; and therefore, God must be given the glory. In
such instances, even the doctors themselves are baffled by
the patient's sudden and unexplainable recovery from the
grips of their life-threatening illness. In their hearts,
the honest ones will know that they had absolutely nothing
to do with the person's recovery. In fact, they might have
already given up on them, and were only doing what they
could to make the person comfortable until their end came.

Sadly, in our modern world of science, medicine and high
technology, many people, and this includes quite a few
Christians, have been decieved either by Satan, or by their
own pride. Rather than be honest with themselves, and humbly
admit their own lack of faith in expecting true on-the-spot
miracles from the Lord, they have invented the lie that,
somewhere during the past two thousand years, El Shaddai,
the Almight God, suddenly changed His tactics for healing
people. For some unexplainable reason, He has now decided to
be more subtle in His approach. The Lord seems to have been
overcome with shyness.

If we accept this view, which of course I don't, then today,
instead of performing bona fide, unquestionable miracles,
the Lord has opted for sharing His Glory with doctors and
others of the medical profession. He now works through their
hands by giving them the wisdom to know what to do, and how
to do it right. When I stated in part one that God sometimes
works through a second party who serves as His conduit, this
is not what I meant by any means. What I was referring to is
the fact that two thousand years ago, the Lord transferred
the power to heal and perform other miracles to some of His
most trusted Disciples. They merely spoke the word, or laid
their hands on someone, or else their shadow fell across
someone, and they were healed. These were common, unlearned
men, and definitely not medical doctors of that age. This
power was given to them to use as a tool, as a testimony to
win others to Christ by displaying the awesome Power of the
Almighty God, who accompanied them as they travelled the
dusty roads of Israel and beyond. Consider the following
verses:

"And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at
hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,
cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."
(Matthew 10:7-8)

"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing
shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)

"And he said unto them, 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 that believe; In
my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with
new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink
any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
(Mark 16:15-18)

Notice that in both of the verse sets from the Gospels of
Matthew and Mark, the Lord first gives the order to preach
the Kingdom of God; thus letting them know exactly why these
signs will follow them; and that is in order to authenticate
their position as messengers of the Kingdom of God. Those
people who heard them preach, were more than aware of their
backgrounds. They knew that the Disciples were common men
without any theological degrees from the Sanhedrin, or a
license from the Jerusalem Association of Medical Doctors;
and that is why God had to get all of the glory for anything
good that happened through them. In this way, the Kingdom
was preached, thousands of souls were won, and God received
all of the glory. Consider these verses:

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they
marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had
been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13)

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do
all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."
(2 Corinthians 4:7)

As the Apostle Paul wrote in the above verse, the excellency
of the Power of God did indeed rest upon these men of God
once their pride had been broken, and they were filled with
the Holy Ghost. God's Spirit worked mightily through Peter,
Paul and many other of the First Century Disciples. Consider
the following very inspiring examples of the instantaneous
on-the-spot miracles which were performed by these men:

"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye
rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day
be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by
what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and
to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from
the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you
whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you
builders, which is become the head of the corner...And when
Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel,
why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as
though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to
walk?...And his name through faith in his name hath made
this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which
is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the
presence of you all..." (Acts 3:12,16, 4:8-11)

"And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes
both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the
sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches,
that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might
overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of
the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks,
and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they
were healed every one." (Acts 5:14-16)

"And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So
that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs
or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil
spirits went out of them." (Acts 19:11-12)

It should be clear to you then that it is utterly ridiculous
to even suggest that today, the Lord has decided to humble
Himself and work through the hands of worldly, and sometimes
unbelieving, medical care givers. The purpose of miracles is
to win souls. The purpose of miracles is to give God the
glory. Is that what the majority of people in the medical
profession are doing? Definitely not. Some people become
doctors, nurses, dentists, etc., because they truly do want
to help people in a physical way; they want to be a blessing
to their fellow man; and we should indeed appreciate and
admire them for their life-long dedication to easing the
pain of humanity. Others are simply motivated by the good
money they earn; but I dare say that very few do it because
they hope God will work through their hands so that they can
win souls for Christ. God doesn't want to share the glory
with them, and most of them do not want to share the glory
with Him either. It is only when an undeniable miracle has
occurred,that some of them are even willing to admit that
there might even be a God.

This being the case, then why do some people foolishly make
the claim that God now performs subtle miracles through the
hands of medical professionals? Why is He hiding behind such
people? Why is He not performing His miracles openly as in
years gone by? How are we supposed to differentiate between
when science and medicine cure a person, from when the Lord
actually heals a person? How are we supposed to know when to
praise man for his accomplishments, and when to praise God
for His true miracles? Why is the Lord allowing them to take
the credit for His handiwork? Obviously, there is absolutely
no Scriptural soundness to this idea. The Scriptures clearly
state that He is a jealous God, and that He will have no
other gods before Him. Can you now see the lie which lurks
behind this erroneous mentality? It is a flimsy excuse that
many people have embraced because, in their pride, they are
just not willing to admit that they do not have the faith
that they know they should have; particluarly if they know
the Lord, and possess a firm foundation in His Word. In His
Epistle to the Hebrews, the Apostle Paul clearly tells us:

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he
that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
(Hebrews 11:6)

You see, as Christians, we all know in our hearts that when
we do not have the faith that the Lord expects us to have,
we are displeasing to Him; therefore, to cover our own sin,
to hide our own embarrassment, and to erase our feelings of
guilt, we've invented this lie that God now does His healing
through the medical profession. He is now some kind of an
undercover Healing Agent. He has modernized His approach. He
no longer wants all of the praise and the glory like He used
to want it. The simple truth of the matter is that our faith
is not truly in God; it is in the doctors, in the nurses,
and in other professionals who assist us during our times of
medical need. Instead of seeking God in desperate prayer, we
either grab a bottle of our favorite little white gods out
of the medicine cabinet, or else we run to the doctor. Let's
be honest with ourselves. Isn't this the truth? Who are we
deceiving here? Certainly not the Lord. He knows the true
score.

To prove how accurate this statement really is, consider
that in most cases, if we had not gone to that hospital for
the operation, or for the chemotherapy, in all liklihood, we
probably would have grown worse and died. Why? Because we
really place our faith in the false gods of modern science
and medicine, and not in the Omnipotent God of the Bible. To
really emphasize this point, let's take a few New Testament
examples. Imagine if you will, if when Peter's mother-in-law
came down with a fever, Peter would have said to the Lord,
'Excuse me Jesus, but I need to go out and fetch the village
physician. I just don't think you can handle this one'. That
is basically what we are saying today when we immediately
bypass God, and straightway put our trust in the medical
profession. Or imagine if you will, if when the viper came
out of the fire and bit Paul, he had immediately called for
the local witch doctor. What poor testimonies these would
have been. Here is what really happened in both cases:

"And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his
wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her
hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered
unto them." (Matthew 8:14-15)

"And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid
them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and
fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the
venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves,
No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath
escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he
shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit
they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead
suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw
no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that
he was a god." (Acts 28:3-6)

That is the kind of faith the Lord expects His children to
have. Lord help us all; and I include myself in this lot.
The Holy Scriptures plainly tell us that our God has the
power over life and over death. He has the power to create,
as well as the power to destroy. He has the power to heal
whomsoever He will. He created the first man and the first
woman; He wiped out His First Creation with a Flood, He slew
the firstborn in Egypt; He healed Naaman the army captain of
the King of Syria; He healed Hezekiah the king of Judah; He
placed a baby in the womb of a virgin named Mary; He smote
King Herod with worms so that he died; He smote Paul with
blindness for three days, and He has healed, or killed, many
people down through the ages without the need for any kind
of human intervention whatsoever. Consider the following
powerful verses:

"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and
cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed
may live:" (Deuteronomy 30:19)

"See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me:
I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is
there any that can deliver out of my hand."
(Deuteronomy 32:39)

"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive
for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."
(Revelation 1:18)

"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of
the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his
sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all
his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee,
which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD
that healeth thee." (Exodus 15:26)

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon
him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

Despite His wonder and His might, look how we all cower in
unbelief when it comes to matters of faith and expecting
great things from the Almighty. Look at how we try to excuse
ourselves by foolishly claiming that He has transposed His
Power to mortal men and women who work in worldly hospitals
and other health care facilities. Sadly, the Lord Himself
saw this day coming. He knew full well that the time would
arrive when faith would indeed be weak upon the Earth. In
one of His parables found in the eighteenth chapter of the
Gospel of Luke, the Lord said in part to His Disciples:

"...Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find
faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8b)

If you are one who has found it necessary to resort to the
modern medical profession during your time of need, please
understand that I do not share these Scriptural Truths with
you in order to condemn you, or to criticize your decision.
Who knows; I may have done the very same thing had I been in
your situation. As Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, and
as the Apostle Paul wisely advises us in his discussion of
meat eaters and vegetarians, we must all live and believe
according to our own degree of faith. I cannot have faith
for you, and you cannot have faith for me:

"Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith
be it unto you." (Matthew 9:29)

"...Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind...Hast
thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that
condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And
he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not
of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." (Romans
14:5b, 22-23)

The main purpose of my comments is simply to motivate all of
us to be honest with ourselves, as well as with our Creator.
Instead of hypocritically pretending to have faith, let's
just humbly admit that we really don't; which is why we've
chosen to seek medical attention. None of us can claim with
any degree of confidence that the Lord healed us of cancer
or some other life-threatening illness, when we just spent
the last few weeks in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy
or some other treatment. That is not relying on the Power of
God; it is relying upon the medical knowledge, skill and
wisdom of men. Why are we praying 'Lord, please anoint the
doctor's hands', when He really expects us to have faith
directly in Him? Why are we insisting through our own lack
of faith that He humble Himself and work through mere
humans?

You see, it all leads back to the point where we first
started. How can we really determine if it was actually the
Lord who miraculously healed us, or if it was simply the
chemotherapy which destroyed the cancerous growth in our
body? Did we really throw ourselves out on the limb of faith
before we ran to the doctor? Did we honestly give God a fair
chance to work before we sought medical help? Sadly, in most
cases, probably not; because our faith is really in modern
science and medicine. Why does the Lord need to go through
doctors to kill those cancer cells? Where in the Bible does
it say that He needs several weeks or months to shrivel up a
cancerous tumor? As we have already seen, according to the
Scriptures, that is not the way He operates. His miracles
are instantaneous events which leave absolutely no doubt as
to who brought them about. Furthermore, true miracles often
result in positive fruit for the Kingdom of God. The Lord
clearly tells us that His ear is not heavy that He cannot
hear, nor His hand short that it cannot save:

"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot
save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:"
(Isaiah 59:1)

Clearly then, the problem must be with us, and not with the
Lord. Despite everything that I have said thus far, there
will undoubtedly be some people who will continue to insist
that they believe that the Lord uses modern medical means in
order to perform His miracles, even though doing so robs Him
of His glory. These people will continue to insist that the
Lord must operate according to their degree of faith, and
not according to the excellency of His Power. On the other
hand, many of us also have relatives who do not know the
Lord as we do. In such cases, perhaps God does not expect as
much of them in matters of faith, as He does of His own dear
children. In thinking about these situations where our faith
is not as strong as it should be, the following two
verses immediately came to mind:

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth
them that fear him." (Psalms 103:13)

"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are
possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father
of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I
believe; help thou mine unbelief." (Mark 9:23-24)

As I point out in other articles, the Lord's mercy is truly
great. I am sure that we can all identify with the poor man
in the previous verse when it comes to matters of faith. We
really do want to believe in the Lord's promises of healing;
and we try to manifest our faith in the same; but sometimes
it just isn't there; or it simply just isn't enough. In such
cases, just like this man, all we can do is look up into the
compassionate eyes of the Lord, pleading with our own eyes
and voice, that He will forgive us, have mercy upon us, and
not be offended by our lack of faith. We hope that the Lord
realizes that we are not purposely trying to displease Him.
Although I cannot prove this scripturally, perhaps in some
rare cases, He actually will reach down and touch a certain
operation being performed, in order to make sure that it
proceeds properly. Perhaps He will even perform a miracle of
healing, even though He may never get the credit for it.

Normally, however, I believe that the Lord holds us His
children to stricter guidelines concerning matters of faith.
We either have faith for healing, or else we don't; and the
only way to get it, as the Apostle Paul tells us, is through
a diligent study of His Word. Faith is simply not something
which we can create through any kind of human energy or
endeavor. As we have already seen, we can't pretend to have
faith when we really don't. Once the precious seed of faith
does sprout in our hearts through our study of His Word, the
Lord expects us to put our faith into action. In the case of
Divine Healing, this sometimes means putting ourselves out
on the proverbial limb. We have to really be desperate for
healing, and put His Word to the test. As the Lord said
through the Prophet Malachi, He expects us to prove Him now.
Notice that blessings are dependent upon obedience as I
mentioned earlier:

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God." (Romans 10:17)

"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also." (James 2:26)

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may
be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the
LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room
enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10)

Just as the Lord likes us to test Him, and to prove His
Word, He sometimes will also test our faith in order to see
how much we really believe in His promises, before He will
grant us our petition. We saw an example of this in part one
where a woman had an issue of blood for twelve years. As a
test of the woman's faith, the Lord asked publicly who had
touched Him; and the woman came forth and made a confession
of faith. Another classic example is that of a man by the
name of Naaman. As I explain in the article 'Are The Gifts
Of The Spirit For Today?', Naaman was the captain of the
army of the king of Syria. His problem is that he suffered
from leprosy:

"Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a
great man with his master, and honourable, because by him
the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a
mighty man in valour, but he was a leper." (2 Kings 5:1)

As the story continues to unfold, a young Jewish girl, who
was brought as a captive to Syria, and who now serves as a
slave to Naaman and his wife, inform's Naaman's wife that
the Prophet Elisha is in Samaria, and that he could very
easily heal Naaman of his affliction:

"And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought
away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and
she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress,
Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria!
for he would recover him of his leprosy." (2 Kings 5:2-3)

In the next scene, with the blessing of the king, as well as
with a reward for Elisha the Prophet, Naaman travels down to
Israel. Upon hearing Naaman's request, the king of Israel
suspects that it is a trap in order to give the Syrian king
a good reason to once again wage war against Israel:

"And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a
letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took
with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of
gold, and ten changes of raiment. And he brought the letter
to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come
unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant
to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. And it
came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter,
that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to
make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man
of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how
he seeketh a quarrel against me." (2 Kings 5:5-7)

Eventually, Elisha the Prophet receives word of Naaman's
request. His response is to send a messenger to the Syrian
with the following unusual instructions. As you will see,
this was the Lord's test of faith for Naaman:

"And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash
in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to
thee, and thou shalt be clean." (2 Kings 5:10)

Upon hearing the Prophet's unusual message, not only is the
Syrian captain of war disappointed, but he is also angry, as
he had expected Elisha to come in person and perform a great
miracle for him. He is also upset because Elisha tells him
to wash in the obviously filthy Jordan River, instead of in
one of the cleaner rivers of Syria:

"But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I
thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call
on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over
the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar,
rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?
may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went
away in a rage." (2 Kings 5:11-12)

After receiving some wise counsel from his servants, the
proud warrior finally decides to humble himself, and follows
Elisha's instructions by dipping himself seven times in the
Jordan River. Upon coming up out of the water the seventh
time, he is completely healed of his leprosy:

"And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said,
My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing,
wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when
he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and
dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the
saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto
the flesh of a little child, and he was clean."
(2 Kings 5:13-14)

So as you can see, while the Lord may be eager to grant you
your petition, such as a request for healing, He may decide
to put you to the test first. If you truly have faith in the
promises found in His Word, and if you are truly walking
uprightly before Him, He will not disappoint you. He will
grant you the petitions that you desire of Him, if they are
good for you:

"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)

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that
asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him
that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that
wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any
thing of the Lord." (James 1:6-7)

"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee
the desires of thine heart." (Psalms 37:4)

"The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that
seek the LORD shall not want any good thing."
(Psalms 34:10)

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give
grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them
that walk uprightly." (Psalms 84:11)

With these remarks, I am going to bring part two of this
series to a close. In the third and final installment, I
will be discussing such topics as our common destiny, my
grandmother, praying for the sick and the elderly, salvation
of body and spirit, committing our loved ones to the Lord,
impossible situations, the precedence of God's Will, David
and Bathsheba, a hopeless life of bondage and fear, being
overcomers through faith, God's peace, the torment of the
unsaved, freedom through Jesus, victory over death, and our
coming Heavenly Bodies. I trust that you will join me.

⇒ Go To The Next Part . . .

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