The Lord hears our prayers and sees our stand in faith and is very capable of answering us, but sometimes the answer is dependent on other people – the ones He selects to help make things possible for us. He has to work on the hearts and minds to line their actions up so that He can then make situations happen to place you where you want to be.
For example, we may be believing God for finances and so we stand strong and positive in our faith, believing and trusting that God will bless us with the finances we’re asking for. He could just plop them in our mail box, but usually when God moves, many people are effected. Perhaps, he’ll arrange for a better job or location or situation or people around who will bless us. God is ready to move when we ask, but others may not be so it takes time to get them to line up so that God can bless us through them.
When we’re standing on faith for healing, it might not be people around us who are delaying the process but our own bodies that need to line up to His will. God wants us to be in health and we know this because the Bible says that when Jesus was on the cross, He took our infirmities and by His stripes we WERE healed.
So, in essence God HAS healed us already, and our faith in His Word and His actions will be the fuel that causes our bodies to line up with the healing. Sometimes we get a miracle healing and this is awesome, but most times the healing manifests after a period of diligence and perseverance, and often requires work on our part to help bring the body into perfect health.
If we’re pounding a hammer on our finger it will be injured and painful and when we ask and believe God for healing, He will heal us, BUT if we continue pounding the hammer on the finger we will never experience that healing. There are things that we have to do to bring our own body into subjection, into a state where we are in charge and are keeping it the way God has instructed.
Doctors are quick to prescribe medications for us but when you do a study on these chemical meds, we see that they don’t always heal the body and, in fact, only pollute it with toxins that will eventually destroy it. When the Lord told Adam and Eve what to eat in the garden, it was because those foods were the natural fuels that would keep their body healthy, that would repair it when it was injured and that would give it longevity.
He gave them the instruction of what to eat as a formula for all mankind so that we would all live in good health. But sadly, our busy world has opened an entire lifestyle of fast foods and many of us have negated the foods that God told us to eat. When we eat processed, packaged, canned and fast foods, we are eating toxins and chemicals that weaken our immunities, strengthen the bad radicals and make us ill, even to the point of death.
So, when we’re standing in faith for healing for a sickness such as cancer, it doesn’t always mean just waiting and looking for God to do all the work. It also means that we have to make a change and line ourselves up with God’s will, and that change means following His instructions of what to eat and drink so that the body can be made strong and receive the healing.
God is healing us, but we’ll never be able to receive it if we don’t treat our bodies the way God has instructed so that we can be healed and keep our healing. It’s not that He can’t heal us, but that our body can’t maintain the healing.
We need to stand and remain standing, applying our faith WITH works. Remember, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and it’s our responsibility to put this body under our subjection, to feed it and care for it and keep it healthy. When we do all we can do, all that is possible to do, then we’ll see His mighty hand of healing. So we don’t rush God but instead, we need to praise Him and thank Him because He loves us, and He does answer prayer but we need to remember to be patient.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. … 1 John 5:14,15
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