Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Faith Muscles – Part III
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
Have you ever met a believer who claimed that God heals all His followers of physical sicknesses if they simply have enough faith?
I call this kind of person a “God heals everyone” believer. They say that when a believer dies from sickness that God gave them the ultimate healing.
The Apostle Paul left a man named Trophimus, who was sick, at Miletus (2 Timothy 4:20). Paul had a great deal of faith, as his work exemplifies. Surely Paul prayed for the healing of his fellow worker. Yet Paul left him behind with sickness.
To have complete faith, it must include faith in God’s wisdom to decide which prayers for healing He grants in this life.
The New Testament has many wonderful stories of God’s miraculous healings and even bringing dead people back to life. But there are also stories of those who suffered sickness, and there was no miraculous healing reported.
The biblical conclusion is that we should pray for physical healing and have complete faith in God’s power to heal these bodies that He created. But there is no biblical foundation to believe that God will heal, regardless of what He knows is best for that situation.
I recently heard Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic for forty years, say that she does not wish that God had healed her. She was thrilled with what God had done in her life, even though it had meant much suffering. She now is the longest-living quadriplegic on record. She recently has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Tada says it is her faith that keeps her going!
If God has promised it in His Word, we can trust it. In other things, we can have complete faith that God can, but surrender the outcome to His will.
Father, please help me to be grateful for Your “no” answers to my requests as much as I am grateful for your “yes” answers. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.