Does God want you to be well?

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Does God want you to be well?

When you want to receive healing, it’s vital to believe deep within your heart that God wants you to be well and healthy.

But in order to believe that, we have to know who God is. I developed so many ideas of God throughout my life that I ended up with a mixture of concepts that became confusing. Sometimes He was a God of mercy and sometimes He was a God of judgment. Sometimes He was a God of grace and sometimes He was a God of punishment. I’d go back and forth and up and down. It has certainly taken some time for me to sort things out by reading and studying the Bible.

When you want to receive healing, it’s vital to believe deep within your heart that God wants you to be healthy. Think of all the reasons that you may believe that God has some purpose for you or a loved one to be sick. Do you think that illness is a part of God’s plan for His children? Or do you believe that you are being punished for some past wrongdoing? Or do you believe you are being taught a lesson?

Whatever your thoughts have been up to now, let this be a new beginning and read God’s Word with new eyes. Open your mind and your heart to receive new revelation of God’s will for you.

Remember that God created His beloved Adam and Eve and placed them in a wondrous garden where only goodness surrounded them. Sickness and disease didn’t exist. Therefore, it is clear that in the Garden we see the perfect expression of God’s will. He wanted us to walk with Him and commune with Him in the fullness and abundance of life.

Now ask yourself this question: has God’s will changed? Did God love Adam and Eve more than you? If you think the answer is “yes,” then take another look at the Word which says that God doesn’t love one person more than another.

God didn’t change. What changed was Adam. It was man’s will that changed. Man’s will shifted from obedience to disobedience to eat of the fruit and know evil when Eve believed a lie from the devil and Adam joined her in disobeying God’s instructions. Sickness and disease occurred only when Adam and Eve chose to include evil in their world. That was a result of their will, not God’s.

God’s will never changes. Repeat that statement out loud if you have to. God’s will never changes, and His will is for you to be healthy.

Today let’s allow our Heavenly Father to share His heart with us through His covenant promises, His Word, and revelation of the Holy Spirit. Let’s start over. Let’s stop the relentless struggling and grab onto God’s Word like a bulldog with a bone.

So .. maybe we’ve been praying for healing for ourselves or a loved one and it hasn’t manifested yet. Ok. Then let’s learn together and find out what has been standing in the way of our recovery.

Let’s get bold and make changes in our lives. Now we’ve got each other for encouragement. So let’s go for it — all the way to victory in 2011!

And be sure to visit our new, expanded, improved website: ProclaimingGodsWord.com!!!
 

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18 Comments

  1. Moderator August 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Hi, Jeff,

    Our comments are getting more and more indented, so I decided to respond as a new comment to this post. Thank you so much for all your feedback. You have given me a lot of ideas, so, as I proceed, maybe you can be one of my advisers!

    We will definitely be praying for you to find a wonderful church home. The Word tells us to gather together, but it can often be very challenging to find a church where the whole Word is preached. Jesus emphasized the power of agreement, and it is critical that we, as the Body of Christ, be in agreement on the key issue of sozo. It is very difficult to walk in divine health when we have joined in agreement with those who do not believe that it is God’s will to heal all who believe in Him.

    You mentioned that you didn’t think that your prayers “flowed” well enough. You have an expressive and comfortable way of writing, so it seems to me that your verbal conversations would be the same way. Don’t be concerned about saying everything perfectly. Just talk to the Lord. Sometimes I visualize Him sitting on the porch with me. And I just talk with Him. There are times that I realize that I have said something that does not line up with what I am learning that the Bible says. So, I just say, “Oops, Lord. I’m canceling that. I do NOT ‘have’ a headache. Let me back up and re-phrase what I was saying. I am experiencing a headache right now. But Your Word says that by Your stripes, I am healed. So, Lord, I declare that I am healed!”

    It is a huge step forward for you to be keenly aware that what you say and what you pray matters a great deal. That’s an awesome testimony to the strides forward that you are making. But we aren’t required to be perfect. Very often, it is in hearing myself say something “wrong” (meaning that I am speaking something contrary to the Word of God and the will of God) that I learn the most. I see how deeply I have embedded in my habits (and speech) beliefs that need to be “adjusted.”

    What we have to do is to make course corrections as we go along. I believe that pleases the Lord immensely. He wants you to talk to Him without feeling stressed about saying the right thing. Even if you don’t notice something at the moment, later on the Holy Spirit may point out a verse to you, and all of a sudden, it’s a “light-bulb” moment. You may realize you just used some wording the day before or the hour before that was a little bit “off” — or a lot “off.” It really doesn’t matter. We are all a work in progress. Just say, “oops” and correct it. And give a shout of victory because that’s one more step forward in the faith walk.

    I’m sorry you are having trouble on Pastor Tracy’s website in downloading the mp3 files. Please check your email for a message from me. Hopefully, it will provide a solution for you.

    Thanks again for all your wonderful feedback. We are standing with you. I remind myself often that I am walking in the victory that was won for me, no matter how things look or feel.

    Blessings,
    Anne

    • Jeff August 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Anne,
      I will help you in anyway I can. The comments from you and Robin are very encouraging. I been thinking of ways to get your books into the hands of other people that need encouragement and healing. When I take a break from the daily duties I read a devotional and it helps me to meditate on the related scripture.

      When you read and speak a written prayer, does that have the same results as if it were your own words? I know the Holy Spirit knows the difference. Or is it how you read it? Can someone else’s word come from my heart? My guess would be just as powerful as reading and speaking the Bible. After all they are spoken words. Let me know what you think.

      I got Tracy’s site figured out and have downloaded other sermons. I have a lot of listening to do, but I will take time to be quite so I can here God talk to me.
      Your welcome for the feedback. It looks like I am in the minority for the narration based on other comments. Most of the time I don’t have the time to sit and watch. I am either laying in bed trying to sleep with my eyes closed or up and about doing my daily chores so reading from the video is not usually an option for me. I also have Bible apps on my phone so I have a complete audio Bible on my phone, which gets a lot of use. Even if I am not paying direct attention to it, at least Gods Word is being spoken to me, and I am hearing it.

      Many Blessings
      Jeff

      • Moderator August 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

        Hi, Jeff,

        Thanks so much for all your great comments. You give ME encouragement and I am very appreciative.

        Let me begin with your question about reading a prayer that someone else has written. One of my favorite books is “Sparkling Gems from the Greek” by Rick Renner. It is written in a daily devotional format with a Scripture, text, prayer, and statement of confession. Pastor Rick is a Greek scholar, and he makes the Word of God come vibrantly alive in a very easy-to-understand way by explaining how a certain word may be a military term or an accounting term or a sports term. It’s a book I turn to often.

        When I read each prayer that he has written, my first reading of it is to see what Pastor Rick has written. I don’t know until I read it whether or not I am in agreement with it. If I am in agreement with it, then I will read it again, this time putting my heart into it. I might do this silently or often out loud. At that point the Lord and I both know that I am now actually PRAYING the prayer, rather than just reading it to see what the words are.

        I think it can be very helpful to pray prayers that someone else has written. The caution is that literally every single word needs to be something that you agree with and believe. If there is a word or a phrase or a sentence or several sentences that you do not agree with, then do not say it. Either delete it or change it to what you DO believe.

        Occasionally, I’m not sure what I believe about something in a written prayer. If I come to that, I’ll just talk to the Father in my prayer and tell Him that I need more wisdom and understanding because I’m not sure about it. I’ll ask for revelation knowledge. And then later I may read something in another book or hear a message with further explanation — or the Holy Spirit may lead me to a Scripture that makes it clear.

        We have to be careful not to “parrot” something just to go along with the crowd or just because it’s easier or just because we think we should. Every word we speak is powerful, so we need to make sure that we mean what we say.

        I might add that this is also true with regard to praise and worship song lyrics. There are numerous songs where I either keep my mouth closed or I just hum so that I can avoid making a confession that I do not believe. For example, there are songs that beg the Holy Spirit to “please come.” Some of these songs are quoting Old Testament Scripture. What was true for the people in the Old Testament is not true for me with regard to the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came and went on selected people who lived under the Old Covenant. But as a New Testament, born-again believer, I have the the Holy Spirit residing within me. He is sealed in my spirit, so it is not correct for me to beseech Him to come. There can be a tangible presence of the Holy Spirit that can be “felt” — but that “feeling” doesn’t mean He has suddenly “come” because He was already within me. And He never leaves me.

        With regard to my books, I would be delighted to have your suggestions and help in getting my books known by others. Initially, I thought of myself as a writer but have discovered that it can be a major challenge to put all the marketing pieces together.

        I have taken classes to learn how to use WordPress to get a website up (although now the site is updating to the the new WP automatically and I’m not sure that’s a good thing or if I can change a setting to force it to wait for me to update it).

        And I’ve taken classes to learn how to make the videos to get on Youtube (although I barely understand about the Youtube channels and playlists, etc.).

        And I’ve taken classes to learn how to format the books for Kindle and upload them there. And more classes to learn how to format the books for CreateSpace as paperback books and get that in place.

        My latest class was to learn how to do an audiobook. I began with volume 1 — The Power of God’s Word for Healing. This has been the hardest and most difficult of all. Amazon bought Audible and has an arm called ACX that lets people get audiobooks for sale. I followed the class instructions meticulously — but it turns out that the instructions were not up-to-date with a very technical set of audio parameters that ACX now has. I’m on my second set of revisions to see if I can get my files within ACX’s guidelines. I’m waiting now to see if the class teacher’s fixes will work. I pray they will; however, he has not addressed 2 parameter requirements, so it will take a miracle for my files to fall within those parameters. I intended for the audiobook project to take a month and I spent six months on it.

        Our class has a Facebook group and it turns out that others had run into difficulties and one fellow even gave up on his audiobook because the requirements are so technical. There are limits to what one person can do on his/her own, and I certainly reached mine in the audiobook category.

        I am looking into options for having the remaining three volumes narrated by someone who knows how to get the audio files mastered according to ACX specs. I had wanted to do the reading myself because it really does matter if someone actually believes what he or she is saying. But the technical settings for audio recordings now exceed what I want to know or to do. I have wondered whether to select a male or female narrator, and your input about your preference for a female voice has been very helpful.

        So, my bottom line is that I would be very, very grateful for your suggestions and help in getting my books “known” in cyberspace. I have planted my seeds and done a ton of hoeing and raking. Now I trust the Lord to provide the harvest.

        By the way, I have started looking up some Scriptures for an anxiety video (one I could have used myself when I was working on those audio files!). I will do two versions of the video — one with the narration and one without. (What I have learned, however, is that Youtube seems to pick one and put that in the search results and ignores the other. I wish I knew more about how Youtube and the playlists and channels worked. I need to be about 10 different people, each with an area to work on!)

        When I do this video, what a blessing it’s going to be to record on a little hand-held digital recorder without having to be concerned with ANY technical parameters and have it work fine for the construction of a Youtube video!! I will appreciate that capacity about a million times more than I did when I narrated the sleep video.

        Blessings to you and your wife and family,
        Anne

        P.S. One thing that would be a big help would be to leave a review of each volume of “The Power of God’s Word” (as you read them, of course) on Amazon.com. Reviews that indicate that the person actually read the book do help a lot in search engine results, so all are appreciated!

        • Jeff August 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

          Anne,
          Thank you for your explanation for reading and praying a written prayer.

          The songs are another thing altogether. I love to play the guitar and sing the old hymns. I have been doing this for as long as I can remember. Its another way I can worship and relax. But most of the hymns are talking of the afterlife. I will have to be more careful in my selection. This may ruin my playlist.

          I have responded to most of your response in an email so not to take up so much room on this forum.

          God bless
          Jeff

  2. Jeff August 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Hi,
    For a year now I have been struggling with symptoms of a bacterial infection that occurs through ticks which they call Lyme Disease. I may have been infected for years prior to the symptoms showing up. This disease has many co-infections that attack in different ways. With my experience, it has played havoc on my nervous system. Anyway I do not claim ownership to this disease and I do call it the spirit of infirmity.
    I was brought up in a traditional church and was unaware through lack of knowledge of God’s word that healing was part of the atonement until recently. Within the last few months I have become aware of the wealth of information about salvation and healing in God’s word. I am on my way to correcting the problem of my lack of knowledge.
    I have been searching for information on divine healing when I ran across your books, which I ordered and I am now on the second volume of The Power of God’s Word. And I also went to an Andrew Wommack service and had hands laid on me at that service. Also ran across John G. Lake Ministries which I am studying renewing my mind to Gods Word. But of course my main source is the bible.
    I know I was healed by His stripes. But what I don’t know is do I have a stumbling block somewhere that is keeping the healing from happening. I am working on strengthening my faith and maybe there is unbelief hiding in there somewhere. I just don’t know and I am searching the Word for the answer.

    If you would pray for me to gain knowledge in truth so I will line up with His Word and for the healing to manifest. I am looking for victory in 2014.
    Thank-you

    • Moderator August 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Hi, Jeff,
      Thank you for sharing your story with us. We certainly stand with you — in receiving revelation knowledge about the Word of God (especially on healing) and in receiving the manifestation of your healing. Brother Andrew Wommack is a powerful minister and teacher on the topic of healing. I’m so glad you were able to attend one of his meetings. Believe you received your healing when hands were laid on you then. Often our healing does not come instantaneously, but it is part of a process. So, don’t let your mind tell you that you “didn’t get your healing” if you are still aware of symptoms.

      Brother Wommack’s website is awmi.net and you can get almost every cd series he has as free downloads. (If you are able to send him a donation, that would help him to continue to provide these downloads to others who so desperately need to hear the Word, but who may be experiencing financial challenges.) Let me call your attention to the series called “You’ve Already Got It” — http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1033. Another excellent one is “God Wants You Well” — http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1036. The list of powerful messages goes on and on: “Believer’s Authority,” “True Nature of God,” and “Spirit, Soul, and Body.” Once you go to one of the links that I have given above, you will see a list in the left-hand column of all of his messages. You have access to all of them.

      I would encourage you to immerse yourself both in the Word and in several of Brother Wommack’s messages. As you do so, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anything that may be hindering your manifesting your healing.

      Thank you very much for getting “The Power of God’s Word” series. Volume 3 is specifically dedicated to overcoming hindrances to healing. As you read that volume, you will know if some of the hindrances explained there are relevant to you. Also, be sure to look around on our website because we have a number of helpful posts. Especially check out the posts in the “Healing,” “Will of God,” and “Encouragement” categories, shown in the tabs at the top of this page.

      In the name of Jesus, we stand with you in gratitude for your healing, and we call in the manifestation of it for the Lord’s glory.

      Many blessings,
      Anne

      • Jeff August 5, 2014 at 11:29 am

        Hello Anne,

        Thank you for your quick reply. I have so enjoyed your books, they have been a blessing to me. I am half way through volume 2. I have purchased some of Andrew’s books, “God Wants You Well”, Spirit, Soul, and Body, A Better Way To Pray, and The New You and The Holy Spirit which I got free when I went forward at his service. Your right, he is a powerful minister. I have been on Andrew’s website but haven’t listened to any of the downloads until last night when I followed the links you posted, thank you for posting them. I mainly went to his store for the purchasing of books.

        I have been looking through your website and reading everything. Thank you for your video’s, they have been soothing to me. They are part of my play list which I play through head phones when trying to sleep, they help tremendously. And thank you for your ministry I am glad God lead me to you. Thank you for the encouragement.

        God is constantly on my mind.
        I hope I can bend your ear again,
        Love in Christ and God bless

        Jeff

        • Moderator August 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm

          Hi, Jeff,

          It means so much to me to know that you are being blessed by my books. I am having a real challenge in getting them advertised and known, so it means a great deal to know that you are benefiting from them.

          I’m so glad you like the videos, too. I want to do at least two or three more. A friend recently told me that he had looked online for Scriptures for anxiety, so I thought that that might make a good topic for one of them. Do you have any suggestions for other topics? And I also would be interested in your comments on the length of Scripture videos. Some of the ones on youtube are 30 minutes long and even an hour long, and they have thousands and thousands of views. I have made mine about 4-5 minutes long. I know different people will want different things, but I would really be interested in your feedback. And are you listening to the sleep video with the narration? Was the narration ok? All comments would be welcome!

          As you continue to press into the Word, I want to call your attention to Pastor Tracy Harris. (You will find him listed in the Resources tab on this website.) I did not know about him until four years ago. He ministers in Texarkana, Arkansas and goes all over the U.S. — and many nations — to share powerful revelation knowledge. There is one message that I think you will find very helpful. It’s called “No More Curse” and it is available as a free download on his website. His website is challenging to understand and maneuver, but here are the directions.

          Go to: experiencehim.org
          Click “Enter” to get onto website.
          Click “Classics” in the “Yesterday” section.
          Click “Classics MP3s” so you can see the list in that section. Only 4 lines of text are visible, so you have to use the scroll bar to see the items in the list. Scroll down until you get to “No More Curse.”

          In addition to the “Classics” section, there are lots of other messages available in the “Go Deeper” section of the “Today” category. Once you go to that page, you will have to register by giving an email and selecting a password, but that’s all that is necessary. Then you will have access to many of his messages at no charge. They are all quite powerful.

          Please do keep posting here on our website. You are a blessing to us! We are definitely lifting you up in prayer and agreeing with you that you are healed and will soon manifest perfect health.

          Blessings to you, Brother,
          Anne

          • Jeff August 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

            Anne,
            Your books are a God send. You have a wonderful gift to be able to put your thoughts and compassion down into words. The prayer at the end is the how I would like to hear my prayers coming from me. My prayers are always choppy tying to find the right thing to say. I’m trusting in God that the right words will soon flow.

            Your videos are great, you should make many more. Personally I like the narration because I turn them into mp3’s so I can listen to them through headphones attached to my phone while doing my daily activities. In my case, the longer the better, but I do know most people’s attention span and time is very short. You have a kind and soothing voice and your narration was perfect. I prefer a woman’s voice over a man’s anyway,in talking or singing. I like the background music you have chosen. For some reason I do not see Jesus and God rocking out (LOL).

            Scriptures on overcoming Anxiety is one that I would like to have in my playlist. Depression, addiction, abortion, and the spirit of fear would be other topics. There are so many but then again they all overlap. Then on the flip side topics on the importance of why we need God’s word in our daily lives would benefit someone. The list could go on and on. What video’s the Lord will lead you to produce will be awesome. If you only touch one person, isn’t that worth the effort. You know you have reached out and touched me so in my book you are batting a thousand. Keep it up.

            I have seen Tracy Harris on your website but haven’t taken the time to listen to him. I read his testimony last night and tried to listen to “No More Curse” on my IPad but it had problems, I am going to try again on my desktop today.

            Thank you for all your prayers, I am nobody, you are the God sent blessing.

            May God continue to bless you and yours
            In Jesus’ precious name
            Jeff

    • Robin August 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Jeff,

      I am touched by your story, and praising God for the knowledge you are gaining and the renewal of your mind! As with you, I grew up in a traditional church and never learned about Jesus dying for our healing, in addition to our salvation. We were healed by His stripes!

      Continue to persevere in expecting, believing and receiving complete healing for your body. As with Anne, I encourage you to stand strong in the Word and biblical materials, such as the four volumes of “The Power of God’s Word”. These books opened my eyes to a wealth of information I never knew (people perish for lack of knowledge) and they are based on scripture, the Words of the Father. Jeff, I, too, stand in agreement with you for the physical display of the healing the Lord has already given you.

      • Moderator August 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm

        Robin, what a blessing you are to be such a powerful encourager and such an effective praying supporter for Jeff and for all those in our community here at Godwantsyoutobewell!

      • Jeff August 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        Robin,

        Thank you for your comment and your prayers. One of the challenges I have is everyone around me believes the same as the traditional church. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “if its His will” to make you well. I have loved God all my life but was so blind to His will and the inner man that is in us. I’m just sorry it took an attack on my body to open my eyes, but now they are open. Please add to your prayer that God will lead me to the right church and for a ministry.

        Again Thank you Robin,
        May God bless you richly

        Jeff

        • Robin August 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

          Jeff,

          I, too, tire of hearing the old cliché of “If it’s God’s will . . .” or “It was God’s will . . . .”. Phrases as those appear to be the opinion of the majority. Depending upon the conversation, I may venture to gingerly say these ‘bad’ things are not God’s will. Praise God your eyes are open now to the lies of the enemy.

          I understand the need to belong in a like-minded, spirit filled Christian environment. As I continue to pray God leads me to the place of worship He desires for me, I will also pray and praise the Father that He’s doing the same for you.

          Blessings,

          Robin

          • Jeff August 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm

            Thank you Robin,
            I will do the same for you.

            God bless
            Jeff

  3. Carmen October 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I’m very touched by what you both wrote – your hurtful experience of losing your sister and asking those tough questions, Vicki, and your sensitive and wise answer, Anne!

    I am SO new to the strong belief that God WANTS me to be well. All my life I have attended exactly those traditional denominational churches you mentioned, Anne.

    I believed what they taught about sickness somehow – “God has a purpose, I have a lesson to learn” or even “It’s a punishment for something”. I had never been real sick in my life, so it never was a big issue, really. And when people close to me were touched by sickness or death, I thought I did the right thing to bow to His divine will …

    A friend, then, told me about the ministry “Be in Health” and even sponsored a very thorough seminar on health – after I got a devestating chronic disease that everyone “knowledgable” thinks of to be incurable and so devestating for all your life that you can never be sure anymore which day you actually make it out of bed and if again at all …

    Through their teaching especially, I FINALLY understand God’s unmeasurable love much more than before, and also through our little son: I’d NEVER want him to be sick to learn a lesson or make him sick for punishment! And God loves us SO much more!

    And what you wrote there, Anne, is SO spot on: it’s all about us walking God’s path, the path He designed us for. So it’s simply logical consequence that things get out of order when we walk away from that design. But SO often it’s really us not knowing better, not necessarily us being “so bad”. Unfortunately, we also perish for lack of knowledge … Living contrary to our design simply does that.

    I am also very touched again by your reminder, Anne – and I did learn that through Be in Health already: God NEVER makes us feel bad about things!!! If we went wrong, His spirit lovingly teaches us and we simply want to change. Who WANTS us to feel bad is satan – ANY kind of accusing thought comes straight from him, NEVER from God. Our enemy’s name MEANS accuser …

    I know I still have HEAPS to learn, but I do believe and experience now more than ever that God’s Spirit really does what He promised us: lead us into all Truth. I do need to learn to listen more, though … to be still and know that HE IS GOD! He WILL answer my big questions in life and lead me accordingly. Praise be to God!

    • Moderator October 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Hi, Carmen,

      We are ALL learning more and more every day as we dig into the Word and get closer to the Lord! What is a special treasure is finding like-minded people to join with for strength, support, encouragement, and revelation. As each individual strives to become more like Jesus, the Body of Christ becomes more unified and able to advance the Kingdom. Jesus is coming soon and there is much to do. We need to be healthy, not only to have the strength to carry out our assignments, but also to be the evidence to the world that God does not lie and that His Word is truth.

      Blessings,
      Anne

  4. Moderator January 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Hi, Vicki,
    You pose some hard questions. The more I study the Word of God, the more I am absolutely convinced that God wants us well and that Jesus paid the highest price in sacrificing Himself so that we can appropriate the truth that “by His stripes we WERE healed.”

    I have asked the same questions, too. I think the more we dig into the Word, the more revelation we will receive and the more answers we will uncover.

    You mentioned that your sister made a contract with the Lord to return to heaven. God never overrides our own will. God knows what Jesus has accomplished through the stripes He took and through His death and resurrection. But if any of us don’t have the full understanding of that and make a decision to return to heaven, then God doesn’t condemn us for that. He will, instead, welcome us when we get there. I suppose, if we make that choice to go to heaven early, we’ll be really surprised at the plan that God had for our lives and what He had wanted us to do here on earth.

    I do know one thing. No matter how much you want someone to be healed, you can’t make it happen for another person. I know Kenneth Hagin, Sr. told a story about his sister. He had been blessed with many gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of healing and the gift of miracles. His sister was attacked with cancer, and through the gifts of healing and miracles, he prayed for her and she was healed. He told her that she was going to have to get into the Word and learn about God’s truths on healing for herself. (She went to a traditional denominational church and didn’t have that teaching.)

    Well, after her healing, she went back to life as usual. She didn’t do as he warned. Five years later she was attacked again with a different cancer and she died. He asked the Lord about it and the Lord told him that his sister had gotten her healing the first time through Pastor Hagin’s faith and gift of healing, but that his sister then had a greater responsibility to get it for herself. She didn’t do it so when the second attack came, she didn’t have the root system to prevail in the battle.

    Everyday I learn more about what faith is. And I can always look back at various situations and see my failures or where I missed the Lord. But I have learned that it is the enemy who wants to bring feelings of condemnation and failure. The Holy Spirit convicts us in our heart to make changes, but this doesn’t carry the discouraging sense that condemnation does. It’s more of a “ok-I-need-to-make-some-course-corrections.”

    I heard someone say in a sermon that our faith walk is a lot like space travel. After the space ship is shot into space, a trajectory is set. We tend to think of it as a straight path, but it’s not. In actuality, every 15 minutes or so, a course-correction is done. Just a little course deviation in the beginning can end up causing an error of thousands of miles if the course correction isn’t made in the early stages.

    I know my faith walk is a lot like that. Sometimes I listen to the Holy Spirit well and make my course corrections early. Other times, I get too busy or I’m just too hard-headed or I’m too caught up in the world system. So I stay on a path longer than I should that isn’t the optimal path that God had planned for me. I’m better at making the course corrections and better at not beating myself up for missing it sooner.

    We’ll just keep on going forward together and finding more and more revelation. There is such joy and peace in resting in the will of God!

    Thanks so much for sharing. Keep on sharing your thoughts, questions, and revelations. And tell others so they can join in building a community of believers to encourage each other as we learn together.

    Blessings, Anne

  5. vicki lowe January 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Yes! I do believe that Jehovah wants the best for each of us. But my struggle comes with having a strong enough faith to rid myself of doubt, especially when what I am praying for does not come to pass. I prayed and prayed and would not allow myself for 6 years to say the words, “My sister has breast cancer and is dying.” I never once said those words until after she did die. I stayed true to my faith …that if I had the faith of a mustard seed…she would be healed. 2 1/2 years later…I am still searching for the answer? was it my faith , her faith that fell short? Was it not following the Lord’s will to not do chemo? Was it her contract with the Lord to return to heaven? I don’t know…I love seeking the Lord’s will and ways…his wisdom and understanding…to be used by the Lord Jehovah.

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