Without any question, any person would tell you that there won’t be sickness and suffering in heaven, that it will be a utopia of wholeness, peace and joy. And I will agree 100%. But many of these same people who believe that there is no sickness in heaven, actually believe that God desires people to be sick. How absurd can you get?
Does God have 2 wills, one for heaven and one for earth?
Is God double-minded?
Why did Jesus pray ‘Your will be done on earth AS IT IS in heaven?
If God did will it for you to be sick on earth, what would stop Him from willing you to remain sick in heaven for all eternity? He either wants you well or He doesn’t. Simple.
We read in Proverbs 29:18 that without vision people perish. That doesn’t mean you can just have any vision for yourself, your family, your ministry, your church and all is ok. No, you need God’s vision. Some translations use the word revelation instead of vision. Without revelation people perish. We need to adjust our vision to see and reflect the revelation of Jesus in everything we do.
When it comes to healing, I am often confronted with doubts, just like anybody else. I have seen many great healings, but I have equally suffered great losses. I have lost track of how many times I have been asked ‘Why doesn’t everybody get healed?’ If I had the answer to that, I would have told you by now. I am also still learning and growing.
But one thing that I have learned, is to not filter my vision through experience. When somebody I minister to doesn’t get healed, I don’t step back and think, ‘Mmm, interesting. This must mean God doesn’t want them healed.’ The moment you think like that, you have not kept your mind on things that are above. For me, that means keeping my mind on ‘as it is in heaven’.
When I don’t see the healing results I prayed for, I ask myself, ‘Will this person be sick in heaven for all eternity?’ My immediate answer is of course a resounding no. My next question is, ‘If they will be whole in heaven, is it God’s will to heal them?’ My immediate answer is of course a resounding yes. My next question is, ‘What do I tell this person? What do I leave them with?’ There is nothing worse than apologizing for not being able to get heaven out of you and into another person.
Jesus’ disciples failed too. They also asked why it didn’t work. Jesus advised His disciples to fast and pray in order to rid themselves of unbelief, which was the culprit in that case. I wonder sometimes if we have missed something in that, especially in the grace revolution. We immediately disregard anything that sounds like it might be works. Fasting and praying can be done with a works mentality for sure, but I do believe it can be done with a grace mentality too.
Don’t fast and pray in order to get something you think you don’t have. Fast and pray in order to learn how to release something you already have better than how you are currently doing it. However you choose to go about it, get before Jesus and ask Him to teach you, to instruct you and to help you. Also, start to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit more. He is not just some abstract force to be used by spiritual Jedi’s. He is a living breathing person, equally God and equally Son. He is the personification of the power you and I are sometimes struggling to release effectively. Don’t leave Him out of the equation.
My prayer is that you don’t you get sidetracked by regret or blindsided by unbelief while you learn how to minister more effectively, while you learn how to love on purpose, with a purpose and for a purpose.
In the next post I will write a little about my thoughts on fasting and why I think it could still be a good practice for believers in the New Covenant if approached correctly.
Peace and Grace!