In my journey over the last few blogs concerning healing I have travelled to Isaiah 53 and have come to be convinced that there is physical healing in the atonement. I have discovered that we have been redeemed, healed and delivered by the death and shed blood of Christ. Hence the question of 'Why I am not healed?' should be replaced with 'What is hindering me from being healed.'
I have come to realize that to fully experience the power of Gods healing flow is to walk in faith standing on the word that says 'I am healed. I am also mindful that in the healing process all glory is to point to Christ and bring honour to his name.
This brings me to the story recorded in 2 Kings 5 of Naaman, a high ranking commander in the army of Aram/Syria who was highly decorated due to his conquests. But he had leprosy. Due to the witness of his servant girl's testimony he had come to know that in Samaria there was a prophet of the living God who could heal him. Hence he sets out loaded with gifts worth in today's currency close to a million dollars. – verse 5.
But I wish to focus on verses 10-12 NIV.
Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, "Go, washyourself seven timesin the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed." 11But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his handover the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the watersof Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage
This story has been laid on my heart over this last week and these truths have been revealed to me.
Firstly Naaman came with a preconceived idea how he would be healed. When we come before God to be healed we have no right to dictate to the one who made us and formed us in our mother's womb, for the Psalmist says that we are wonderfully and fearfully made. Does not the one who created us know best how to heal us? If our healing is there and then, praise him; if it is much later, thank him for his deep wotk in our souls.
Secondly he expected an instant miraculous mind blowing healing. Naaman wanted healing with no work on his part; in today's world an 'instant noodles healing.' We need to remember that miracles and signs of healing were often to demonstrate the power of God to un believers. Whereas as disciple's we are to be partakers of Christ's sufferings. Those whom God has chosen to heal at a later date or who go through the natural restorative healing are undergoing a deeper work that God is imparting into their souls. For this we should gave thanks for being chosen vessels of his glory.
Not only so, but wealso rejoice in our sufferings,because we know that suffering produces perseverance;4perseverance, character; and character, hope. Rom.5:3-4 NIV
Thirdly pride will not 'cut it' in Gods kingdom. Naaman was a proud man for he believed he could buy his way into healing because he was esteemed and held in high regard. We are not healed because of anything worthy that we can bring to the table, for our righteousness is worthless. We do not deserve to be healed. Only by the grace of God through the wounds of Christ are we healed.
Fourthly Naaman had to humble himself and strip away all his pride; trust the prophet's word, bath in a foreign river that he despised and bath exactly seven times. Humility, trust, and obedience are the traits that we need to bring to this covenant. God has provided the means; we have to accept His grace on his terms.
At this stage in my journey I believe that I have come to the end of any further blogs. I have been enriched by writing these blogs and sharing Gods thoughts with you. My prayer has been that these blogs have been a blessing to you as much or even more as they have been to me. Apologies if I have stood any ones toes for that was not my intention in sharing, but rather that the name of Christ may have increased whilst I have decreased.
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This is beautiful! It seems that there are two camps amongst Christians when it comes to physical healing. They either insist that miraculous healing ceased with the deaths of the apostles or that there is something wrong with you if they cannot see instantaneous healing take place the moment they lay hands on you. I think God has used you to convey that which is true.
"Those whom God has chosen to heal at a later date or who go through the natural restorative healing are undergoing a deeper work that God is imparting into their souls. For this we should gave thanks for being chosen vessels of his glory."
I could not agree more.
Lord Jesus I know that if you will, you can heal Brother John and I pray that you will.
John... this series of blogs has given me great food for thought.
This really touched me... and its unfortunate that this has to be the last blog. But Glory be God for the great revelation that you received and decided to share with the rest of us. This blog makes me question what has been my attitude towards the grace of God, and have I reacted out of selfish pride and missed my blessings, healings, and opportunities. Thanks again John for writing this!