On Topics Such As Healing . . .
you often times see folks criticizing those who don't have 100% success when praying for someone to be healed as Jesus did. Many have this notion that if healing were indeed for today then they wouldn't always see these difficult cases, such as those in wheel chairs, not being healed (although this does indeed still happen today). Then you have another group that instead of doing away with healing all together they will say that God just doesn't want to heal all the time, and that the folks in those wheel chairs that aren't being healed just weren't in God's right timing (although I don't really know where in the Scriptures that would be located). We have those who put the "timing" for healing all on God and absolutely refuse to accept the notion that the "timing" may be on them even though Jesus made statements such as the following . . .
Looks to me that in this passage of Scripture the father of the boy tried to put the responsibility on Jesus to "have compassion" and Jesus sort of flipped the script and said, "If you can believe . . ."
So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.
” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.
I wonder how many people go to the Lord in prayer today saying, "Lord have compassion on me . . . " or, "Have mercy on me . . . "
And all the while the Lord is saying in His Word, "If you can believe . . . "
As for those who are not being healed like many of those in those wheel chairs, one of the main problems I believe is this . . .
People have gifts that are given them by the Lord, and these gifts need to operate in proportion to the faith we have. The problem, IMO, stems mainly from the fact that many people try to operate in gifts unproportional to the faith they have. If you can't believe God to work His power through you to raise a person out of a wheel chair then it is best to not do it at all. All that is done in such a situation is a hindering of faith. Folks will see this and then they will start doubting and compromising their faith as we have witnessed so much over the years. We must operate in the gifts proportional to the faith that we have. The problem seems to be, IMO, that so many Christians are double-minded and allow doubt to creep into their minds. James tells us that a man who doubts is a double-minded man and he can receive nothing from God. Yet, many will lie and say, "It isn't my faith that's the problem!"
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:
if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith
; or ministry, let us use it
ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
"It's all in God's timing!"
or in other words . . .
"It's God that doesn't want to heal me!"
I know this may ruffle some feathers, but I'm just a little worn out by so many always blaming God for why they aren't receiving something.
"What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."
-- Dr. Neil T. Anderson