Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Impossible Healings (Part 16)
No Such Thing
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 (NKJV)
With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)
Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
For our Creator, only one thing is impossible: 'It is impossible for God to lie' (Hebrews 6:18). Therefore, when Jesus says He has come to give us abundant life, it's true. Every healing Scripture in the Bible is also true. Then why are so many of us weak and sick?
'He who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's Body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you' (1 Corinthians 11:29-30). Oh, come on! This can't be the only reason for illness. Can it?
The health food industry would have us believe it is--and surely, it's wise to eat well. But that's surface stuff. The heart of the matter is God's Word, and following It. It's believing Jesus, and following Him--while we refuse to follow the world.
But no, eating and drinking in a manner unworthy to God is not the only reason for illness. Nevertheless, it's a big one, so don't disregard it--nor the Spirit Who inspired the warning.
The story of the man born blind reveals another reason: 'His disciples asked Him, saying, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus answered, 'Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him' ' (John 9:2-3).
The way we handle adversity (whether God's healing comes sooner, later--or even at this temporary life's conclusion) is a test. For God's faithful, this test can become a powerful testimony: a witness so profound others can't help but say:
'Wow! Look at the joy, kindness, strength and lack of complaining in... (you). Look at all (you) have accomplished. If (you) can do that, I can do this...'
In the mean time on planet Earth, God's saints must follow the Prescription of our Physician: believe not only that we will be healed, but also that we can heal others--without fail.
'Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen' (Ephesians 3:20-21).
An impossible healing? By the Hand of God, there is no such thing.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.