Theology of Healing Pt. 2

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Myth # 2

“You need unwavering faith for God to heal you”.

Similar to the last myth that “God’s will is to heal everyone”, this myth can be equally devastating because it puts the focus on the person and not God.  Yet, the overlooked truth of the matter is this:  Faith doesn’t heal, God does.  As simple as that sounds, for whatever reason we often attribute healing to the person and their “wonderful” faith, and not to God.   One of the scriptures most discussed in support of this theory is found in Mark 9 where Jesus says “all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).

In this passage, Jesus was asked to heal a man’s son that was dealing with some form of seizures.  As Mark presents it, the man was completely desperate and had been dealing with this issue with his son for years.  When he heard of this “Jesus” that was healing people, he sought after him.

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

If this passage of scripture is evident of anything, its a desperate man who readily acknowledges he struggles with faith.  His statement of “I believe, but please help my unbelief” is not a bold statement of faith, but a human response to troubling times.

The fact that we don’t need perfect faith to see God move in our lives is even more reason to put our faith in Him, because as God chooses to be gracious and heal, its not because we earned it, but because He is a loving Father.

Let God always be our superstar, for He and He alone performs perfect miracles for us, His imperfect people.

The truth is, in my wife’s situation, there were plenty of days that I struggled to keep faith in God and many days my prayers were for God to help my unbelief.  I know first hand that God doesn’t require unwavering faith to move, because if He did, my wife’s story would not have turned out the way it did.

Do we need faith?  Of course, but be assured that God can handle our doubts, fears and imperfections.

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One Response to “Theology of Healing Pt. 2”

  1. Shanon Nelson says:

    This is beautiful!
    Why does bad things happen to good people? Because the enemy is the ruler of this earth. Many times in our sickness, trails, and tribulations God get’s the GREATER GLORY after the healing, or manifestation takes place. It not only strengthens our walk with Christ, but also the lives of those close to us. God never promised that we wouldn’t have tribulation, but we can have joy in the fact that our daddy loves us and wouldn’t withhold any good thing from us, especially healing. God’s ways, thoughts and actions, are higher than ours, so often times we won’t understand all the whys, but we know that all things will work together for our good because we love him. Through our darkest hours and days of wavering faith, we must STAND STILL and know that he is able!

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