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Amanda Beth

Monday’s Blog: Is It God’s Will To Heal You?

I am starting a series today on healing. I usually only post on Mondays, but next week I will be taking a four month leave from the internet to work on my next book. I am going to post every day this week. Today and tomorrow I will share what God has taught me about healing and my experiences with it. Wednesday through Friday, I will share guest posts and testimonies on healing. You can follow this link to read all the messages in this series.

I believe this series will be life-changing for anyone seeking God’s will on healing. Please share this series with others by using the share tabs below.

 

DOES GOD HEAL EVERYONE?

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals ALL your diseases.

Psalm 103:1-3

I am overwhelmed with grief at all the sicknesses and suffering I see around me. But I am even more grieved at the ignorance and lack of belief I see in the body of Christ today regarding healing.

A lot of teachings today don’t support the truth that God heals through His Holy Spirit dwelling in His people, just as His Holy Spirit did through Jesus and His Disciples. Many Christians (including many pastors) believe God chooses who He wants to heal. But in my heart I can’t accept that teaching, because in the Bible Jesus healed ALL who came to Him to receive healing.

“Many followed him, and he healed ALL their sick” (Matthew 12:15).

“…and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them ALL” (Luke 6:19).

“…and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed ALL the sick” (Matthew 8:16).

“…and people brought to him ALL who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them” (Matthew 4:24).

Jesus never said to anyone who came to Him, “I can’t heal you, because it’s God’s will for you to remain sick,” (neither did His disciples). On the contrary, Jesus was quick to respond to those who needed healing (Matthew 8:3).

Isaiah 53:4 says, “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows…” The original Greek word translated in the NIV as “infirmities” in this verse is “choliy,” which means “sickness” (see reference).

If the Bible says Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:7), and if it says He carried our sicknesses, why wouldn’t it apply to us today? Why would God only work His healing power through His Disciples in the Bible, but not through His Disciples today?

I’ve had many experiences with God’s healing. My first experience came shortly after giving my life over to Christ. My daughter was about 6 months old at the time. My husband accidentally left a battery charger with the cord hanging down off his tall dresser. It was about ten years ago, so the battery chargers weren’t thin and light like they are today. My daughter crawled over to the dresser, pulled the cord, and the charger came crashing down and left an indent in her head.

Panicking, I quickly laid my hands on her head and cried out to God to heal her. After praying, I opened my eyes and saw that her head was healed completely. There was no indent, mark or bruise. After that incident, I was filled with faith knowing God heals us.

Through the years, God’s taught me a lot about healing. I don’t have all the answers, but I will share with you what I have learned so far. I want to also encourage you to seek God’s heart and ask Him to show you His will on healing. I’ve heard and read many teachings on this subject. God always leads me to check them with His Word to keep me free from deception. I encourage you to do the same. Don’t just accept every teaching. Seek God’s truth for yourself.

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

Acts 17:11

Through my experience, and God’s Word, I’ve learned several things that can hinder our healing.

UNBELIEF

 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”

Luke 18:42

Those who didn’t receive healing in the Bible were those who didn’t come to Jesus for healing, because either they didn’t understand, or they didn’t believe. In His hometown, Jesus couldn’t do many miracles because of their unbelief.

Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith” (Mark 6:4-6).

We can’t receive something we don’t believe is available to us. I was talking to a Christian woman recently. She told me her son needs surgery this summer. I said I would pray for his healing. She replied “No, it’s already been diagnosed. They already scheduled it.”

I was shocked that she didn’t even consider it was possible that God could turn things around and heal her son. How could she receive God’s healing if she didn’t believe it?

In Acts 14, before healing a crippled man, Paul observed him intently to see if he had the faith to be healed before commanding him to stand up: And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,  said with a loud voice, ‘Stand up straight on your feet!’ And he leaped and walked”  (Acts 14:8-10).

A couple years ago, my brother and sister-in-law were told that their daughter had cerebral palsy. The doctor scheduled them to see a specialist to confirm this diagnosis. At the time, my niece was 11 months old and still hadn’t been able to stand on her legs. Normally after birth, when you hold an infant up, they stretch their legs out firm. My niece’s legs were like Jell-O. She had no strength in them.

A week before their appointment with the specialist, I noticed my sister-in-law was overwhelmed with grief and hopelessness. I told her not to accept the diagnosis just yet. There was still hope. I told her I saw her daughter through God’s eyes, not through the doctor’s eyes. I told her I saw her as a beautiful, healthy, normal baby, just as God saw her.

I believe that sparked a little faith in my sister-in-law. A few days later her mother was watching her daughter when suddenly she stood firm on her legs. She continued to stand on her legs and even started walking along the furniture. It was a miracle. Everyone was amazed!

My brother and sister-in-law took my niece to the doctor. The doctor was shocked. He said he never witnessed that kind of improvement in such a short time. They also went to specialist to be sure. The specialist couldn’t find anything wrong with my niece. She was completely healed.

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

John 11:40

 

SIN

…but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

James 1:14-15

Sin doesn’t just affect our spiritual health. It also affects our physical health. When Jesus healed the man at the pool, He said, See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you” (John 5:14). Our poor physical health could be a result of our poor spiritual health.

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.

Proverbs 4:20-22

In the past, God opened my eyes to sin many times through a sickness, either in me or a loved one.

My daughter passed out in my arms when she was two years old and had to be rushed to the hospital. It was the most horrifying experience. I thought I lost her. At the same time, it was also a big awakening. I had been ignoring the Lord’s conviction on a certain sin in my life. I don’t believe God brought the sickness on my daughter, but I do believe He allowed it to open my eyes and turn me from my sin.

 

 UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

We can’t test God by purposely doing things that are harmful to our health, and expect Him to always heal us. I read a message by a preacher recently on how Paul instructed Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:23 to: “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your often infirmities” (AKJV).

The preacher suggested that the water was causing the frequent illness, possibly due to contamination. So the preacher suggested that Paul was saying, “Don’t be foolish! If you know what is causing it, stop it!”

My husband recently heard a Christian radio show host use that same verse, and ignore all the many other verses that support healing, to say that God does not heal everyone who comes to Him because Timothy was sick. We can’t take one Scripture and twist it around to support our own beliefs. We must look at the Bible as a whole and seek God for His knowledge, not settle for our own understanding.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

Sometimes when we are sick, it can also be an indication that we need rest. In our drive-through society, we want a quick fix for everything. We run to the doctors every time we’re sick and expect them to give us a pill to quickly make us better. Those who believe in God’s healing will often run to God and expect Him to instantly heal every cold, flu, virus, etc. I have experienced many sudden healings, but I’ve also had to wait out many sicknesses because my body needed rest.

 

 GOD’S PLAN

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

John 9:3

My husband was sick for many years with a stomach ulcer. His sickness affected our lives greatly. The doctors tried everything they could to heal him, but nothing worked. My faith started to wither as I became discouraged and thought my prayers were no longer effective.

God was still faithful despite my struggle with doubt. He eventually led my husband to a natural doctor. The doctor put my husband on a program with natural vitamins and it completely healed his ulcer.

I believe God led us to the natural doctor to teach us to take care of our bodies, and not neglect our health.

I also believe God led us that route in order to help others. Since then, God’s used us to lead many people to natural medicine. My husband recently referred his co-worker’s sister to his natural doctor for an ulcer problem. She is now on the same program he was on.

In the book “The Heavenly Man-The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun,” God delivered many miracles in and through Brother Yun. At one point, he was sick in prison and kept in the hospital for a period of time. He said he believes he wasn’t healed right away to keep him in the hospital to share the gospel. Each time he experienced a delay in healing, there was always a reason, and God always worked it out for his benefit.

 

AN ATTACK FROM SATAN

A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. … When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

Mark 9:17, 25

My husband and I attended a marriage Bible study at a couple’s home years ago. Shortly before the study began the woman became ill. Despite her illness, she felt led to start the study to help save another couple’s marriage.

The study was going well. We were enjoying great fellowship, and drawing closer to the Lord and our spouses. Then one day, her doctor told her to enjoy her family because she didn’t have long to live.

She was devastated. My heart ached for her and her family. I didn’t know much about healing at the time, but I was confident God wanted her to be healed. So I turned to God and sought His Word. I was determined to find answers to help her. In my heart, I felt the sickness was an attack from Satan and it was not God’s will to take her life that way.

After searching all the Scriptures on healing, and studying how Jesus healed and His disciples healed, I started sharing what I learned with her. She was optimistic at first, until her husband didn’t accept it. He insisted IF it was God’s will, God would heal her. Because of her husband’s unbelief, I called my natural doctor and asked if they could do anything to help her. They were confident they could help her, so I shared the information with her and even offered to pay for her treatment.

But after talking to her husband again, she declined the offer. Because of her poor health, she had to cancel the study. And sadly, a couple from the study divorced shortly after.

Satan will try anything he can to keep us out of the will of God. When I started writing my first book, my family was attacked greatly. It so obvious that even others noticed we were being attacked. One attack was sores all over my kids’ bodies. I tried everything I could to get rid of the sores.

I laid hands on them. I prayed to receive healing. I believed by the blood of Jesus they were healed and even shouted it out loud many times to keep me from doubting. But nothing changed.

I took my kids to the doctors. The doctors couldn’t diagnose the sores. They had no idea what they were. They kept giving us different medicines and creams to try, but they only made them worse. I also went the natural route and spent a fortune trying to get rid of the sores. But nothing worked.

My kids had to have Band-Aids on their sores and wear socks on their hands and feet. They looked like mummies covered head to toe in bandages. After two months of praying, changing bandages daily, applying creams, and forcing my kids to drink nasty concoctions, I realized the sickness was consuming my life. It left me no time to work on my book. At that moment, I knew the sickness was an attack to keep me from the will of God.

I handed the sickness over to God. I told Him I couldn’t fight it anymore. I wasn’t going to let it stop me from doing His will. I took off the bandages, stopped the creams, medicines, and nasty concoctions. The next day, the sores started clearing up. By the following week, the sores were gone completely and they never returned.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

 

I pray these stories encourage you to take hold of your healing bought to you by the precious blood of Jesus. I heard someone say recently, “Faith trumps facts.” It may be a fact that you have a sickness. But faith can change that fact!

A woman recently told me that she is believing God for the healing of marriage. She said the healing already took place although she doesn’t see it yet. She said she is walking by faith and not by sight.

Believe your healing has already taken place. Put your trust in God. Don’t listen to what others say. Listen to the Holy Spirit. He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13) and lead you to your healing.

 

Heavenly Father,

We praise You that Your Word is true. If You healed through Your Spirit in Jesus and His disciples, You will heal through Your Spirit in us. We receive Your healing over any sickness or stronghold we are carrying today. We know that healing has been giving to us in our spiritual bodies, let it manifest right now into our physical bodies. Glorify Your Son, Jesus, through Your power flowing through us. Help us with our doubts. If we don’t see the result yet, help us to hold on to your Word and continue believing that You have already healed us. It will manifest!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!

 

 

*All Bible verses are taken from the NIV, unless otherwise noted.


 

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22 comments on “Monday’s Blog: Is It God’s Will To Heal You?

  1. Lorna Faith on said:

    Thanks Amanda for your awesome teaching and testimonies…God has used you to boost my faith:-) Faith does trump fact!

  2. Amanda Beth on said:

    Blessings to you, Lorna:) I absolutely love that faith trumps fact! God’s ways are higher than ours!

  3. Youschka on said:

    Thank you, Amanda – I believe everything you wrote in this blog. I personally have experienced great healing myself…..by Trusting God and walking by Faith alone…..FINALLY :)
    Thanks for sharing your great wisdom.
    God bless you, sister in Christ

  4. Amanda,
    Thanks for sharing these amazing stories of how God heals. I admit to being the one who prays, “If it’s God’s will that healing occur…” but I don’t often pray directly to ask God to heal. I appreciate your testimony of boldly asking from our Heavenly Father!

    This is a wonderful series, and enjoy your upcoming book writing/break – you deserve it!
    Blessings,
    Ann

  5. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Youschka! :) I am praising the Lord for Healing you. Thanks so much for sharing that. God cares so much for us. He wants to shower us with His love. God bless you my sister in Christ:)

  6. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Ann! Thanks so much for your wonderful encouraging comment. This series has been on my heart for over a year. It’s amazing how God gave me the boldness to share it as the last message before my break. It’s such a hard topic, that still carries many unanswered questions. But I believe as we seek the Lord for His wisdom, He will show us the truth and lead us into His will.
    Blessings and prayers to you:)

  7. Florence Achama on said:

    Hi Amanda, great series looking forward to reading more. I have a Christian wellbeing ministry that focuses on encouraging and supporting Christians with chronic health conditions. I recently made a short video on God’s desire to heal us which can be found in the blog section.

    Blessings to you

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  9. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Florence:) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message. I am heading over to your blog right now. I look forward to seeing your video. Thanks for sharing it. Blessings to your ministry!

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  11. Mark Hunter on said:

    Hi Amanda,

    Wow, this post was practically a book in itself! I think you’ve really, once again, hit the proverbial nail on the head. A lot of people are quick to claim healing is not real and yet fail to see one of the reasons for this is their lack of belief. This fact is backed up scripturally also and by experience (as you’ve quote the woman whose son was ill). This is a massive question and sticking point from unbelievers and yet they fail to see their question has already been answered.

    I can vouch, very easily, for my spiritual health was virtually flat lined. My physical health matched this exactly. I was overweight, depressed, asthmatic and constantly suffering from debilitating headaches and migraines. After I converted to Christianity I can confidently state that not only have all of these conditions reversed but have also been virtually eradicated (obviously for example I get the odd small headache occasionally because its normal to do so!). I lived a life of sin and in denial of God so I know, and recognised, I was not blessed with good and stable health.

    You are right about sickness being a part of a plan to be somewhere else or to be used to affect other peoples life for the better. It’s all part of his plan for us that we don’t always see nor appreciate. You also 100% right about the way the Satan tries to get his hooks into us and our faith at any and all times. It shows clearly in the sores your children were experiencing. It’s a very subtle and clever way to distract and move you away from the task at hand. What a wonderful post of yours although I have to confess I am not looking forward to the four month absence! However the wait will be worth it. I will definitely buy your next book – no concerns on that – and will recommend it to anyone I know.

  12. Julie L. Cannon on said:

    Hi Amanda Beth,
    Thanks, I needed that! I’m actually a testimony of GREAT healing – and I bet there’s a novel in there someday :) .
    But I’d kind of slipped away from the awe and the surety of my healing (from a horrible head injury in my early 20′s – I’m 49 now).
    To think I’d become rather lackadaisical…. It was perfect to read Proverbs 4:20-22.
    Also, with three children, I’ve witnessed DOZENS of healings.
    Thank you for your faithfulness, and God Bless,
    Truly, Julie

  13. Amanda Beth on said:

    That’s wonderful, Julie! I am rejoicing with you! God is so faithful, even when we do slip away. Believe me, I’ve slipped away too many times to recount:) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your testimony! May God continue to glorify Himself in and through you and your family:)

  14. Amanda Beth on said:

    Wow, Mark! What a wonderful comment! Today, I am explaining why God displays His healing power in us. It’s not so we can be prideful and bring glory to ourselves, it’s to bring glory to Jesus as a testimony to His salvation.
    Thank you for all your kind words and constant support. You are truly a blessing to me. I will miss being online, but am excited to spend this time with the Lord and see where He leads me. God bless you my brother in Christ:)

  15. Dr. Dorothy Hooks on said:

    Amanda great post about healing; it really encouraged me. God has healed me many times becauseof the stripes of Jesus; even when I had back slided. I know now that it does not matter what it look or feel like, I am already healed by Jesus’ stripes. I am like you, I refuse to believe that God does not heal today and He want people to be sick; that is ridiculous!! God bless Amanda and keep telling the truth of God’s Word! Shalom my friend!

  16. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Dorothy!
    I love how God is faithful and merciful even when we fall into doubt. He will still find a way to heal us and make us whole. Yesterday, at different times, every one of my kids had some sort of ailment. After praying with each one, they were better. How can we not believe it when His Word says it over and over again and we see His power working in our lives. Thanks for standing on God’s Word. God bless you my sister:)

  17. Lori Laws on said:

    Hi Amanda. Healing most certainly is a touchy subject – People need to be reminded of God’s Sovereignty. Yes, there are many reasons why we suffer (one example would be a result of sin). I have had Muscular Dystrophy for twelve years, and God has connected me to many souls who love Him more than life… but they still have a disability/chronic illness. I differ with you when you say you are confident God only wants to heal. Healing is not the only way He is glorified. I’d like to share this post I’ve written with you and your readers – It is some treasures of darkness God has graciously shown to me in the midst of my suffering… http://www.lorilaws.net/2012/04/he-is-master-over-all/

  18. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Lori:) Thanks for sharing your story and thoughts. I want to reply to your comments. I didn’t say God only wants to heal us. He certainly wants to do more in and through us than just bring healing to our physical bodies. I also didn’t say healing was the only way God is glorified. See the next post I shared why God performs miracles through His disciples : http://www.sharingtruths.com/?p=424

    I know many people have shared different opinions and thoughts on healing. But I always go to God and His Word. If everyone around me is dying of disease, I must still hold on to what God’s Word says. He does not lie. If it’s in His Word, that is the testimony I stand on. Not what I see around me. I must see proof through scripture, not through what others say. Certainly there are things we are not taking hold of that are there for us, and God still uses us where we are at and glorifies Himself through us. But to say because we are not experiencing it, than it must not be true, is wrong.

    I think the church has really clouded our minds against God and His sovereignty. I am really upset so many think everything that goes wrong is God’s doing to discipline us. I just heard a preacher say that God came and blew his roof off, and God gave so and so cancer. God has given us authority on this earth. “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19).We have an important responsibility to tear down the lies and strongholds the enemy is sowing in this world.

    We are waiting for God to move our mountains, when Jesus gave us the authority and told us to go and move the mountains. The more I pray and study how Jesus lived and how His disciples lived, the more I see that the church today is not walking with the authority Christ has given us. It’s very sad. And it’s the reason we are seeing so many turn away from Christianity today. We should be walking in Christ’s authority bringing His testimony to the world.

    I encourage you to ask God to show you the truth as I do the same. I’ve been praying and seeking His will on healing for many years. This message has been on my heart for a long time and God has given me the green light to share it. I’ve seen the power and miracles God has done in and through me. And I’ve read countless scriptures on healing. I just can’t overlook His Word. I pray for His truth to be known in our hearts. He is faithful to show us.

    God bless you my sister in Christ:)

  19. Lori Laws on said:

    Amanda, I am not trying to be arrogant. I know the Word. I am not just saying things. Simply put, when suffering parks itself in the middle of your life – You get serious about what God has to say about suffering/healing . By no means am I saying you’re not following God’s Word-I would never say that because it’s evident that you know it. I just want to suggest that when it’s happening to you, God opens your eyes and opens your understanding to see the meaning of scripture in a perhaps different way. Another way to say it is you are more “tuned in” to see a fuller meaning. I’m sure this has happened to you… you read a certain scripture and God gives you a deeper grasp of what you thought His word was initially saying. The Bible is permeated with suffering. Thank God He doesn’t leave us in the dark about darkness. I’m listing only a few scriptures that apply to His Sovereignty so that hopefully you can see what I’m saying. Again, please don’t think I am being arrogant. I just want you to understand where I’m coming from.

    “I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You
    have afflicted me” (Psalm 119:75). David is saying, “Lord, I know why You
    afflicted me. You saw that when all was going well, I went astray, becoming
    careless, so you allowed trouble to come upon me. You knew it would drive me to
    my knees and bring me back to brokenness. My affliction was evidence of Your
    faithfulness to me!”

    Exodus 4:11 So the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? [Have] not I, the LORD?
    “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!” Philippians 3: 10-11
    I am the Lord, and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.” Isaiah 45: 3-7

    Blessings to you!

  20. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Lori! :) I don’t think you are being arrogant. It is good to make sure we are preaching the Truth. I really commend you for that. We need to not just accept everything we hear. We need to search the Word and ask God to show us the Truth.

    I know we will have trials and suffering in this life. Every time God moves me to a higher level, the persecution raises higher against me. I have cried more in the last two years than my whole lifetime because of all the suffering and trials me and my family have been through. The devil attacks us when we are walking in obedience to the Lord. So I am not saying that we won’t have suffering. But when I read God’s Word, I don’t see Jesus, or those who followed in His footsteps, die of disease or sickness. Jesus suffered willingly on the cross because of persecution, not because of disease/sickness. His disciples lost their lives because of persecution, not sickness. I am also not saying we will never get sick. Timothy got frequent illnesses and God used Paul to instruct him how to get better, instead of leaving him sick.

    When Jesus healed, and His disciples healed, they never said to anyone “It is God’s will for you to remain ill.” With that being said, I have to stand on God’s Word. David said in Psalm 103:1-3, “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives ALL your sins and heals ALL your diseases…”

    Jesus forgave ALL our sins and healed ALL our diseases.

    Why would God allow that to be in the Bible, and all the verses I shared in this message above where Jesus healed ALL who came to Him, if God was going to later change His mind that He would decide to keep some people sick that came to Him for healing?

    I have experienced many miracle healings, and God has used me to deliver many miracle healings. But even if He never did, I still would stand firm on it because I can’t deny what I read in His Word, and not just in one small scripture, but throughout His Word.

    Just last week, a woman was telling me about her gall bladder needing to be removed. I asked if I could pray for her. She agreed and I prayed over her. I just saw her today and she was so thankful for my prayers. Since I prayed, God directed her to a natural doctor who put her on supplements and she is doing well and doesn’t need it removed. If I would have said I would pray for strength through her sickness and that it’s God’s will for her to suffer that sickness so she can grow deeper with Him, she would have lost hope. Instead, by me giving her hope it lifted her spirit and her faith to receive God’s healing.

    We all have the faith to receive God’s promises. God has given it to us. It’s our unbelief that hinders us from receiving all that God has for us. Hebrews 4:2 says, “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

    The promises in God’s Word won’t profit us if we don’t believe them. I believe His Word on healing and I am very much profiting from it. My husband just told his father in law yesterday that he wouldn’t have believed in healing if he didn’t see the amazing miracles God has done through me. My eleven year old daughter wants to be baptized. She had to fill out a paper saying why she wants to be baptized. She simply stated, “Because of the miracles God has done in my family.” Just this week, each one of my kids had a different ailment all in the same day. I knew it was a test against my faith because I was doing this series. But after standing in belief on God’s Word and praying over each one, their ailments went away instantly. How can I deny what I read in God’s Word and then also see as physical proof in my life? I just can’t.

    I am so on fire to learn and grow more in the Lord and see Him do greater things in and through the body of Christ. There is so much we don’t know. We must have childlike faith and trust what He says when we don’t understand.

    Thanks so much for sharing your heart and story with me. I know God has done and will continue to do an amazing work in and through you. I hope you don’t take these messages as an attack against you. My heart is to share God’s Word. Thanks for challenging me more to seek God and His will on this. Many blessings to you and your ministry:)

  21. Greetings: I was reading some of these old comments. People must understand there is a vast difference between the OT and the NT. The OT was all about works(Abraham the exception). Moses and the law. Do good get good do bad and get bad. No one could keep the law. Bad was always around. The NT is all about faith in the finished works of Jesus. It’s all about grace and faith in what Jesus did. Receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and His Righteousness and an abundance of grace. No bad always good in Jesus.
    As Paul stated,”The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

  22. Amanda Beth on said:

    Amen! It’s like Romans 4:2-5 says, “If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.”

    Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

    Thanks for sharing, Wil!
    Blessings to you,
    Amanda

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