Personally I’ve been battling Fibromyalgia for almost 16 years now and while it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be I’m still not healed of it completely. So I’ve wondered why I’m not healed as I thought on my own personal situation I started to look at the broader picture as to why some aren’t healed period. Some say that when a person that knows the Lord is sick and they pass then they receive their healing via the gift of eternal life. To me this is a cop out this following scripture is often quoted (Jer 29:11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. So in other words according to those who look at death as a form of healing then God’s pleasant thoughts towards some are that they will get sick and die I DON’T THINK SO !!! If we would look at our base scripture we see where God wants us to be in good health. So what is the problem? J Todd Hostetler wrote a book entitled SPIRITUAL FIRST AID KIT it has been a help as well as inspiration to me. If you’d like a copy for yourself contact him at Shofar Ministries P.O. Box 701 Grand Rapids, OH 43522
As we approach the problem of not being healed the first thing we should look at is why there is sickness in the first place. The reason there is sickness is simple we have sickness because we live in a world of sin. When Adam sinned that allowed sickness to enter the world allowing our bodies to break down and eventually we die. The first reference of sickness I could find in the Bible was in the book of Genesis and it co-insides with what I just said (Gen 48:1) And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. (Gen 49:33) And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.
The Death of Jacob gives us a perfect example of how a child of God dies or translates from this life to Life Eternal. Yes Jacob was sick but it was not his sickness that killed the scripture tells us that he yielded up the ghost. Jesus on the cross said (Luke 23:46) And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. My dad always said that a true child of God cannot leave this earth until they give up the ghost that means that there is an agreement between you and God that you’re ready to leave. Now of course people die suddenly due to stroke or heart attacks but often times these are preventable deaths. Our diets are awful and we don’t properly exercise. My Dad went from life to life eternal in a manner similar to Jacob he quoted John 17 which starts like this (John 17:1) These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: Man what a way to go he was almost 94 years old. I truly believe that there are a lot of people leaving this earth daily who are not ready to go they just lack the knowledge of what they need to do in other to stay until they are actually ready to go.
King Hezekiah for one had a solution when given a Death Notice here’s what he said (Isa 38:16) O Jehovah, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit; so You will recover me, and make me to live. (Isa 38:17) Behold, I had great bitterness for peace; but You loved my soul from the pit of destruction. You have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Isa 38:18) For the grave cannot praise You, death can not rejoice in You; they who go down into the pit cannot hope for Your truth. (Isa 38:19)The living, the living, he shall praise You, as I do this day; the father shall make Your truth known to the sons. (Isa 38:20) For Jehovah is for my salvation; and we will sing my songs on the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of Jehovah.
King Hezekiah was given 15 additional years of life after praying the prayer found in Isaiah 38 portions of which you’ve just read above. So from reading the story of King Hezekiah one might come to the conclusion that if praise is lacking in our lives then our healing may possibly be put on hold. One thing praise is, is just simple recognition that God is who he is, scripture tells us that (Act 17:28) For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also certain of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring. We exist because of God and he deserves every bit of praise that we can offer him. It is my goal to do a whole series on why some aren’t healed who actually desire healing. Breaking it down we realize that sin is why there is sickness, illness, and disease. I believe that some aren’t healed because of sinful lifestyle, lack of Faith, Environment, and as stated already a lack of praise or recognition that God is who he is and is the only one who can heal us.
I quote this scripture often (2Ch 16:12) And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa was diseased in his feet, until his disease was very grievous. Yet in his disease he did not seek to Jehovah, but to the physicians. (2Ch 16:13) And Asa slept with his fathers and died in the forty-first year of his reign. (2Ch 16:12) In the thirty-ninth year of his rule, he got a very bad foot disease, but he relied on doctors and refused to ask the LORD for help. (2Ch 16:13) He died two years later. So we see here that when we get sick we need to ask God for help once again we need to recognize that he is who he is and that he can and will help us if we but ask. (James 5:14) Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:15) And the prayer of faith will cure the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. And if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him. (James 5:16) Confess faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much. We are going to stop here for now, I encourage you to pull out your Bible and read for yourself the complete chapters for the scripture references that we’ve used. The Lord willing we’ll pick right up where we left off here in James Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.