There are times in our lives when everything goes smoothly, with the exception of minor trials that test our abilities, but for the most part we are able to stay on track and press toward our goals. But then out of the blue, some of us are attacked with an unexpected conflict that changes everything we were working toward and our life is threatened as this invasion slowly closes the path we were travelling on.
It’s easy to get angry and question God as to why He didn’t prevent this or why He doesn’t step in and get rid of it. We look at the Bible verses that promise a good life on earth – prosperity and good health – and we begin to wonder how much of God’s Word is really applicable in our own lives or if it’s just meant for some.
In order for us to fully comprehend what’s going on, we need to analyze our lives before God. It says in 1 John 5:4 that, “whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” We live in this world and we are going to have trials and we are going to have to trust God because He has promised to help us get through them.
So, when storms come and it rains outside we are going to get wet if we go out there whether we are a Christian or not. If we cut ourselves we are going to bleed and it’s going to hurt and it may get infected whether we are a Christian or not. If we don’t have a job and little to no income coming in, we are going to lack in money to buy food, clothing or a nice home whether we are a Christian or not. We live in this world and we are susceptible to the elements of this world.
But, we have a hope that the people of the world do not have, and our hope is in the Lord. We need to separate ourselves from the mandate of this world and study the Bible so we can learn about God and understand what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. He was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Isaiah 53:4-12 says that He bore our sins and the punishment for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to; so that we could be redeemed back to God, our Father, free of the guilt of sin. Jesus took the stripes for our healing so that we could come to our Father and ask for healing for our bodies.
We’re told in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
So, when we face the unexpected challenge that practically scares the life out of us, we need to look to God’s Word and see what He says about it. Not every single issue we face in life is going to be listed in the Bible because if it was we’d need thousands of volumes to contain them all. But God does tell what He expects of us, what He will bless us with and what we can ask Him for.
God knows that we are going to have tribulation in this world. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And for this reason we will never overcome these conflicts on our own because we not able to beat the devil. But we will have the victory over them all if we give them to Jesus because He has won over the devil and is Lord to all those who believe.
If we’ve been stricken with a health issue that the medical world says is serious enough that it could claim our life then we need to go to God’s Word and see what He has to say about it.
Isaiah 53:5 says, “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.”
Psalm 30:2 says, “O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.”
Romans 8:15 tells us that because we belong to Him we can come to Him with our problems, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
Matthew 15:30 says, “And great multitudes came unto Him [Jesus], having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and He healed them.”
Jesus tells us to have faith in His Word and He will do what God has promised. Luke 8:50 says, “But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, ‘Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.’”
God is our creator as well as our Heavenly Father, and who knows the body better than Him? When we buy a toy that breaks we don’t take it to the fast food restaurant for repair; we take it to the company that made it. So, when our bodies are ill or broken we need to take them to the One who made them because He has told us in John 14:13 that if we ask for anything in the name of Jesus He will do it for us. So, we need to believe it and have the faith to act on it and NOT doubt it.
We may have to make some drastic changes in our lives in order for the healing to come, but we need to remember that God never made anything short of perfect. So if our body isn’t perfect it’s not because God made us that way; it’s because the elements of this world have affected it, or because we eat the foods of this world that are filled with unhealthy ingredients that have actually made us sick. Regardless of what the sickness or affliction is, we need to realize that God is our Father, a loving being who only wants the best for us even while we live in this world.
What better witness than to have received healing from the Lord so that others can see that God does not bring sickness on His children, but that He DOES heal when we put our faith in Him and believe His Word for that healing!
We can also come to God with our financial needs. And of course, when we know and love Jesus we wouldn’t ask for greedy gifts or vain possessions. We would not devise a doctrine or formula that focuses on material wealth and greed. God tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” We can ask Him for our needs – even material needs – when our motives are not greed.
He’s told us in 3 John 1:2 that it’s His will for us to prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. We should never attempt to turn His Words into a greedy formula to be rich, but as we grow in the Lord and know Him more, we understand that God takes care of His children. We can come to Him with our needs and He will take care of us. Luke 12:28 says, “If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
Whatever it is that comes against us in this world – and things will come against us – we need to take it to the Lord. It may be healing, finances, family issues or anything that is a burden to us; it doesn’t matter. Nothing is too great for God and nothing is too little for Him to do for us. He has told us to ask in prayer believing and we should receive the things we ask for.
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” … John 16:33
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