Some Truth About Healing

Physical healing will last 100 years at most. Spiritual healing will bless forever. Which healing do you think God is most concerned about? And which healing are you most concerned about? God sometimes has reasons to permit His children to be ill. Sometimes His purposes are the same for us as they were for the Apostle Paul. The purposes for Paul*s thorn in the flesh: so men would not worship him, so he would be humble, so the power of Christ would be upon him and all would know it wasn*t Paul*s power. Paul was willing to be weak if it brought glory to God. Are we?

2 Corinthians 12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ*s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Sometimes there are things we need to learn that we cannot learn in any other way than illness.

Psalms 119:71: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Sometimes we believers are chastened with illness because we disrespect God rather than worshipping Him. We do that by not living in His will. We live according to our own will.

1 Corinthians 11:28: But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord*s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Spurgeon devotional on Jeremiah 17:14: Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed. 57:18 I have seen His ways, and will heal him.

It is the sole prerogative of God to remove spiritual disease. Natural disease may be instrumentally healed by men, but even then the honour is to be given to God who giveth virtue unto medicine, and bestoweth power unto the human frame to cast off disease.

As for spiritual sicknesses, these remain with the great Physician alone; He claims it as His prerogative, *I kill and I make alive, I wound and I heal*; and one of the Lord*s choice titles is Jehovah-Rophi, the Lord that healeth thee. *I will heal thee of thy wounds,* is a promise which could not come from the lip of man, but only from the mouth of the eternal God. On this account the psalmist cried unto the Lord, *O Lord, heal me, for my bones are sore vexed,* and again, *Heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.* For this, also, the godly praise the name of the Lord, saying, *He healeth all our diseases.* He who made man can restore man; He who was at first the creator of our nature can new create it. What a transcendent comfort it is that in the person of Jesus *dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily!* My soul, whatever thy disease may be, this great Physician can heal thee. If He be God, there can be no limit to His power. Come then with the blind eye of darkened understanding, come with the limping foot of wasted energy, come with the maimed hand of weak faith, the fever of an angry temper, or the ague of shivering despondency, come just as thou art, for He who is God can certainly restore thee of thy plague. None shall restrain the healing virtue which proceeds from Jesus our Lord. Legions of devils have been made to own the power of the beloved Physician, and never once has He been baffled. All His patients have been cured in the past and shall be in the future, and thou shalt be one among them, my friend, if thou wilt but rest thyself in Him this night.

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