Is it really God’s will to heal everyone who prays in faith about his or her sickness?

Is it really God’s will to heal everyone who prays in faith about his or her sickness?


>>ANNOUNCER: TODAY ON THE JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW: LIFE CAN BE FULL OF SURPRISES. ONE DAY YOU CAN BE FEELING WONDERFUL AND THE NEXT DAY THE DOCTOR MAY DIAGNOSE YOU WITH A LIFE ALTERING DISEASE. ACCIDENTS, WEATHER DISASTERS, CRIME, DISABILITIES CAN COMPLETELY CHANGE OUR LIVES IN A MOMENT. AND WHEN THEY DO PEOPLE ASK, “WHERE IS GOD WHEN LIFE HURTS SO BAD?” SUCH PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR ANSWERS FROM REAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED AS MUCH OR MORE THAN THEY HAVE. AND TODAY YOU WILL HEAR FROM TWO SUCH PEOPLE. JONI EARECKSON TADA SEVERED HER SPINAL CORD IN A DIVING ACCIDENT AT AGE 17, CAUSING HER PARAPLEGIA. SHE HAS BEEN CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS. AND ON TOP OF THAT SHE HAS CONTRACTED BREAST CANCER AND SUFFERS FROM CHRONIC PAIN EVERY DAY. DR. MICHAEL EASLEY WAS PRESIDENT OF MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE. BUT RESIGNED WHEN HE BEGAN EXPERIENCING TREMENDOUS BACK PAIN. HIS MISERY LED TO PAINFUL OPERATIONS WHERE DOCTORS EVENTUALLY TOOK OUT ALL OF HIS DISCS AND FUSED ALL OF THE BONES IN HIS SPINAL COLUMN TO SAVE HIS LIFE. HE NOW IS THE LEAD PASTOR AT FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH IN BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE. BUT HE LIVES WITH CHRONIC PAIN EVERY DAY. THESE TWO WILL ANSWER THE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE TOPIC: “WHERE IS GOD WHEN LIFE HURTS?” JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF THE JOHN ANKERBERG SHOW.>>JOHN ANKERBERG: WELCOME TO OUR PROGRAM, I’M JOHN ANKERBERG, THANKS FOR JOINING ME. I HAVE TWO OF MY FAVORITE GUESTS THAT ARE WITH US TODAY AS YOU’VE JUST HEARD, DR. MICHAEL EASLEY AND JONI EARECKSON TADA. AND WE HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION: IS IT GOD’S WILL TO HEAL ALL THOSE WHO TRULY COME TO HIM IN FAITH? IF YOU’RE SICK, IF YOU ARE DISABLED, IF YOU’RE FACING SOMETHING ELSE IN YOUR LIFE AND YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS, WHAT WILL GOD DO FOR YOU? WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? AND I WANT TO COME TO YOU, JONI, BECAUSE AS A CHRISTIAN CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS, BECAUSE OF A BROKEN NECK, THEN DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER, AND NOW SUFFERING AGONIZING PAIN EVERY DAY FROM A CRACKED IN YOUR SACRUM BONE. DID YOU EVER PRAY AND ASK GOD TO HEAL YOU?>>JONI EARECKSON TADA: OH, MY GOODNESS, MANY TIMES. IN FACT, I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER MY BROKEN NECK I WOULD ASK MY FRIENDS WHO WOULD COME INTO THE HOSPITAL TO SEE ME AND THEY WOULD BRING THEIR BIBLES, THEY WOULD ALWAYS ASK, “WHAT, WHAT PORTION OF SCRIPTURE DO YOU WANT US TO READ?” AND I WOULD ALWAYS ASK THEM TO READ FROM JOHN CHAPTER 5. AND YOU KNOW THAT FAMILIAR PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. IT’S, “THERE IS IN JERUSALEM A, A POOL WHICH IS CALLED BETHESDA WHERE A GREAT MANY DISABLED PEOPLE USED TO LIE. ONE WHO HAD BEEN LYING THERE HAD BEEN PARALYZED FOR 38 YEARS. AND WHEN JESUS LEARNED THAT HE HAD BEEN IN THIS CONDITION FOR A LONG TIME, HE SAID TO HIM, ‘DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?'” I WOULD PICTURE MYSELF IN THAT SCENE AFTER VISITING HOURS WERE OVER, WHEN LIGHTS WERE OUT, THE NURSES WERE OFF DUTY, ALL MY ROOMMATES WERE ASLEEP. I WOULD IMAGINE MYSELF BY THAT POOL AT BETHESDA, PICTURING MYSELF MAYBE LYING ON A STRAW MAT AS WELL NEXT TO THE OTHER PARALYZED MAN, BEGGING, HOPING, PRAYING, PLEADING THAT JESUS WOULD NOT PASS ME BY. THAT HE WOULD HEAL ME, THAT HE WOULD TOUCH ME. BUT FOR THE NEARLY TWO YEARS THAT I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, ONE YEAR OF WHICH I WAS STUCK ON A GERIATRIC WARD IN A STATE INSTITUTION, MY, MY HANDS AND MY FEET NEVER GOT THE MESSAGE. I NEVER WALKED. AND I LEFT THAT HOSPITAL TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED. BUT WHEN I WENT TO LIVE WITH MY SISTER, JAY ON THE MARYLAND FARM, ONE MORNING WE WERE LOOKING AT SOME CHRISTIAN TV, AND WE HEARD AN ADVERTISEMENT, THERE WAS GOING TO BE A FAMOUS FAITH HEALER WHO WOULD BE COMING TO WASHINGTON, DC. AND IT WAS AN INVITATION FOR EVERYONE TO COME TO RECEIVE HEALING. AND SO MY SISTER AND I WASTED NO TIME. THAT NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT WE ARRIVED FOR THAT FIRST HEALING CRUSADE. I’LL NEVER FORGET WHEELING INTO THIS BIG BALLROOM IN THE, IN THE HILTON HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON, DC. AND THE PLACE WAS CROWDED. AND THE USHERS ESCORTED ME TO THE WHEELCHAIR SECTION WHERE I SAT AMONG MAYBE 50 OR 60 OTHER PEOPLE WITH WHITE CANES AND WHEELCHAIRS AND WALKERS. ALL OF US WERE SO EXCITED. WELL, THE FAITH HEALER CAME WALTZING OUT ONTO THE PLATFORM, THE SPOT LIGHT WAS ON HER, THE MUSIC CRESCENDOED, AND THE TESTIMONIES WERE READ AND SCRIPTURES. AND THEN THE SPOT LIGHT SHIFTED TO THE CORNER OF THE ROOM OVER THERE, AND IT APPEARED AS THOUGH PEOPLE REALLY WERE GETTING HEALED. AND THEN THE SPOTLIGHT SHIFTED AGAIN TO THE OTHER CORNER AND MORE HEALINGS. AND THEN AGAIN IT SHIFTED AND MORE APPLAUSE, MORE TESTIMONIES, MORE HEALINGS. AND I’M LOOKING AT US IN THE WHEELCHAIR SECTION THINKING, “WELL, HOLY SPIRIT, COME OVER HERE WHERE ALL THE HARD CASES ARE. HEAL, HEAL US!” BUT THE SPOTLIGHT NEVER MADE IT TO THE WHEELCHAIR SECTION. AND AFTER ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF, TWO HOURS, THE USHERS CAME TO ESCORT ALL OF US OUT EARLY, I SUPPOSE SO AS TO NOT CREATE A TRAFFIC JAM AT THE ELEVATOR. BUT THERE I SAT NUMBER 15 IN THE LINE OF 35 VERY DISAPPOINTED PEOPLE [WITH] DISABILITIES, PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS, WHITE CANES, WALKERS THERE AT THE ELEVATOR. AND IN OUR SILENCE I LOOKED UP AND DOWN THIS LINE AND I THOUGHT, “SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE. I MEAN, WHAT KIND OF SAVIOR, WHAT KIND OF HEALER, WHAT KIND OF DELIVERER, WHAT KIND OF RESCUER FAILS TO HEAR THE PRAYERS OF A PARALYTIC TO BE HEALED?” AND RATHER THAN PLUMMET ME INTO A DEEPER DEPRESSION, IT REALLY DROVE ME DEEPER INTO THE WORD OF GOD, BECAUSE I, I WANTED TO UNDERSTAND WHO THIS GOD WAS. HE SEEMED TO INDICATE ALL THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE THAT HE WOULD ANSWER THE PRAYERS OF THOSE THAT WOULD COME TO HIM IN FAITH. IN THE BOOK OF JAMES, “LET HIM WHO IS SICK CALL THE ELDERS. BE ANOINTED WITH OIL. AND THE PRAYERS OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN WILL, WILL AVAIL MUCH IN HIS LIFE.” AND IN OTHER PLACES LIKE JOHN 15:7 WHERE JESUS SAYS, “IF, IF MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU AND YOU ABIDE IN ME, ASK WHATEVER YOU WILL IN MY NAME AND IT WILL BE DONE FOR YOU.” THOSE SEEMED TO BE CARTE BLANCHE GUARANTEES THAT GOD SHOULD HEAL. AND YET AGAIN MY FINGERS AND MY FEET WEREN’T GETTING THE MESSAGE. I WAS CALLING MY FRIENDS UP AND SAYING, “THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME I’M GOING TO BE ON MY FEET.” BECAUSE I WANTED TO DEMONSTRATE TO THEM AND TO GOD THAT I DIDN’T HAVE ANY DOUBT THAT I BELIEVED HE REALLY WAS GOING TO HEAL ME. AND YET HE DIDN’T. AND WHAT I DISCOVERED IN GOD’S WORD WAS STUNNING TO SAY THE LEAST.>>ANKERBERG: YEAH, LET’S GO BACK THEOLOGICALLY TO A FEW THINGS THAT ARE THERE. YOU SAY IN YOUR BOOK, “CAN GOD HEAL? OF COURSE GOD CAN HEAL,” AND YOU QUOTE ISAIAH 59:1 WHICH SAYS, “SURELY THE ARM OF THE LORD IS NOT TOO SHORT TO SAVE NOR HIS EAR TO DULL TO HEAR.” AND SO IT’S NOT A QUESTION OF WHETHER GOD CAN HEAL OR NOT, HE CAN HEAL. SO THEN THE NEXT QUESTION THAT YOU CAME TO IS, “DOES GOD HEAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY?” AND ABSOLUTELY HE DOES, YOU CONCLUDED, BECAUSE THERE ARE STORIES OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.>>TADA: WELL, JESUS, IT SAYS IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS, JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER. AND JESUS HEALED BACK WHEN HE WALKED ON EARTH, WHY, WHY WOULDN’T HE HEAL NOW?>>ANKERBERG: MICHAEL ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PASSAGES, IS PSALM 103 WHERE IT SAYS, “PRAISE THE LORD, O MY SOUL, AND FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS,” AND IT LISTS THEM, “WHO FORGIVES ALL YOUR SINS AND HEALS ALL YOUR DISEASES.” WHAT DID YOU CONCLUDE FROM THAT?>>DR. MICHAEL EASLEY: WELL, WE KNOW FROM THE TEXT GOD IS THE ONE WHO CAUSES OUR HEALING. THE SURGEONS CUT ON ME, THEY PUT METAL IN ME; THEY PUT SCREWS IN ME. THEY’RE CUTTING. BUT GOD’S THE ONE THAT DESIGNED TO HEAL, SO IT’S NOT A CARTE BLANCHE THAT SAYS WE’RE ALL GOING TO BE HEALED, BUT WE ATTRIBUTE THE HEALING WE DO EXPERIENCE TO WHAT GOD HAS DONE.>>ANKERBERG: YEAH. BUT JONI I’M GOING TO COME BACK TO YOU. YOU SAY THE REAL QUESTION THOUGH IS DOES GOD WILL TO HEAL ALL THOSE WHO TRULY COME TO HIM IN FAITH. IS IT ALWAYS A GIVEN THAT HE WILL SAY YES TO OUR REQUESTS FOR HEALING, IS IT A SURE THING THAT MIRACULOUS HEALING IS ALWAYS HIS FIRST AND BEST OPTION? AND HERE’S THE PROBLEM, SOME ASSERT IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND INSIST THAT IF YOU AREN’T EXPERIENCING THE HEALING, IT’S ONLY BECAUSE YOU LACK THE NECESSARY FAITH, OR PERHAPS YOU HAVE SOME HIDDEN SIN IN YOUR LIFE.” BUT NOW TAKE THAT INTO OTHER PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE THAT YOU’VE LOOKED AT.>>TADA: WELL, THE PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE THAT SPOKE MOST CLEARLY TO ME WAS FROM THE GOSPEL OF MARK, THE VERY FIRST CHAPTER. JESUS IS IN CAPERNAUM AND HE’S HEALING PEOPLE LEFT, RIGHT, AND CENTER; ALL THE WAY PAST SUNSET. FINALLY HE RETIRES AND THE PEOPLE GO AWAY. BUT HE GETS UP EARLY THE NEXT MORNING AND GOES TO A SOLITARY PLACE TO PRAY. AFTER SUNRISE, PEOPLE COME BACK, BRINGING MORE SICK AND LAME AND INJURED, LOOKING FOR JESUS. SIMON AND HIS COMPANIONS GO SEARCHING FOR THE LORD, BUT THEY CAN’T FIND HIM. FINALLY WHEN THEY DO LOCATE HIM, THEY SAY TO HIM, “JESUS, EVERYONE’S LOOKING FOR YOU. YOU KNOW, ALL THESE SICK AND DISEASED PEOPLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL.” AND WHAT HE SAYS TO HIS DISCIPLES IN THE 38TH VERSE, IT’S SO STRIKING. WITHOUT HARDLY GLANCING AT THE PEOPLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL, HE SAYS TO THEM, “WELL, LET’S GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. LET’S GO TO THE NEARBY VILLAGES WHERE I CAN PREACH THERE ALSO, FOR,” NOW GET THIS, “THIS IS WHY I HAVE COME.” WHEN I READ THAT, I REALIZED THAT IT, IT WASN’T THAT JESUS DID NOT CARE ABOUT ALL THOSE PEOPLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL WITH THEIR CANCER AND PARALYSIS AND DISEASES. IT’S JUST THAT THEIR PHYSICAL PROBLEMS WEREN’T HIS MAIN FOCUS; THE GOSPEL WAS HIS MAIN FOCUS. THE GOSPEL THAT SAYS, “SIN KILLS, HELL IS REAL, BUT GOD IS MERCIFUL, HIS KINGDOM CAN CHANGE YOU AND I’M YOUR PASSPORT.” AND WHENEVER PEOPLE STARTED RUSHING AT JESUS JUST TO GET THEIR PROBLEMS FIXED, THE SAVIOR WOULD ALWAYS BACK AWAY. AND I LOOKED FURTHER TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT JESUS’ PRIORITIES IN HEALING, BECAUSE THE SAME GOD-MAN WHO HEALED WITHERED HANDS AND OPENED BLIND EYES IS THE SAME ONE THAT SAID, “IF THAT HAND CAUSES YOU TO SIN, CUT IT OFF, IF THAT EYE LEADS YOU ASTRAY, GOUGE IT OUT.” OH, MY GOODNESS, WHEN I READ THIS, SUDDENLY I, I SAW JESUS’ PRIORITIES. AND HE WAS LOOKING FOR A DEEPER HEALING IN MY LIFE. NOT JUST A PHYSICAL HEALING OF FINGERS AND FEET, BUT A HEALING IN MY HEART AND MY SOUL. SLOWLY OVER TIME I SAW THAT THE CORE OF GOD’S PLAN IS TO RESCUE ME FROM MY OWN SIN, FROM MY OWN STIFF-NECKED STUBBORN WILLFULNESS, MY SELFISHNESS. AND SUFFERING WILL BE THE TOOL THAT HE WILL USE TO TEACH ME ABOUT WHO I REALLY AM. I AM NOT THE PARAGON OF VIRTUE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO THINK I AM. BUT GOD ALLOWS SUFFERING TO SQUEEZE ME AND CONFINE ME AND PRESS ME IN. AND OUT POURS ALL THIS PEEVISH DISCONTENT AND THIS SOUR DISPOSITION AND THIS DISGRUNTLEDNESS AND BITTERNESS. AND, OH MY GOODNESS, THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT I NEED TO BE HEALED OF AND FREED FROM. AND THAT’S THE DEEPER HEALING THAT PSALM 139 TALKS ABOUT, “SEARCH ME, OH GOD, TRY ME AND SEE IF THERE’S ANY OFFENSIVE WAY IN ME.” JOHN, HONESTLY, WHEN PEOPLE COME UP TO ME NOW AND SAY, “I WANT TO PRAY FOR YOUR HEALING,” I NEVER REFUSE IT. I ALWAYS WELCOME PEOPLE’S PRAYERS FOR MY HEALING. BUT INVARIABLY I WILL SAY, “BEFORE YOU START, MAY I, MAY I ASK YOU, TELL YOU A FEW SPECIFICS ON HOW YOU CAN PRAY? PRAY THAT TOMORROW MORNING WHEN I WAKE UP I WON’T WAKE UP SO SELF-DEFEATED, I WON’T WAKE UP SO DISCONTENT. WOULD YOU PLEASE PRAY THAT I’LL QUIT HOGGING THE SPOTLIGHT AND, AND, AND I WON’T, WILL QUIT FUDGING THE TRUTH. PLEASE PRAY THAT I’LL QUIT MANIPULATING MY HUSBAND WITH THOSE PRECISELY TIMED PHRASES OF MINE. PRAY THAT I’LL, I’LL GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT SHOULD BE DUE AND NOT TAKE IT FOR MYSELF. PRAY,…” I MEAN, THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS I NEED TO BE HEALED OF. AND THE MORE I AM HEALED OF THOSE THINGS, THE LESS IMPORTANT, THE LESS URGENT, MY DESIRE TO WALK. I, I GUESS I’VE JUST DISCOVERED THAT THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE THAN WALKING, AND ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS HAVING A HEART THAT IS PURE AND A SOUL THAT IS HEAVEN-BENT ON PLEASING MY SAVIOR. THAT IS THE DEEPER HEALING.>>ANKERBERG: MICHAEL, I WANT TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN IN CHRISTIAN MEETINGS WHERE THEY’VE BEEN TOLD THEY DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH, THAT’S WHY GOD DIDN’T HEAL THEM. THERE MUST BE SOME SECRET HIDDEN SINS THEY STILL HAVEN’T CONFESSED, AND THAT’S WHAT’S KEPT THEM AWAY. AND SOME OF THEM HAVE LEFT THE FAITH; SOME OF THEM HAVE BECOME COMPLETELY DEFEATED. I WANT TO GO TO THE BIBLE TO SHOW SOME VERSES THAT I HOPE WILL ENCOURAGE THEM AND BRING THEM BACK TO THE LORD. LET ME GIVE YOU TWO ILLUSTRATIONS TO START THIS OFF. MY FATHER CAME HOME, NEVER BEEN SICK A DAY IN HIS LIFE. HE CAME HOME FROM THE MISSION FIELD. HE WAS PREACHING SERMONS AND SERVICES, HAVING GREAT CRUSADES, CAME HOME AND HE WENT IN FOR A CHECKUP. AND THE DOCTOR CAME TO ME, HIS SON, AND SAID, “YOUR FATHER HAS 30 DAYS TO LIVE, AT THE, AT THE MOST 90 DAYS. AND I THINK YOU OUGHT TO TELL HIM.” AND HE HAD DISEASE ALL THROUGHOUT HIS BODY. SO I TOLD HIM, HELPED HIM THAT WEEK GET HIS WILL IN ORDER, AND SO ON. WE PRAYED FOR DAD TO BE HEALED, AND GOD GAVE HIM TEN MORE YEARS. MY BEST FRIEND, WHO WAS MY CO-AUTHOR FOR OVER TWENTY-FIVE YEARS HERE AT THE MINISTRY, PROBABLY HAD MORE FAITH THAN ANYBODY IN THE BUILDING, CAME DOWN WITH CANCER. HAD THE PASTOR AND THE DEACONS COME TOGETHER. WE PRAYED OVER HIM, PUT OIL ON HIS FACE, AND I THOUGHT FOR SURE GOD WAS GOING TO HEAL HIM. HE WAS DEAD IN A MONTH. MY OWN MOTHER HAD ALS. WE PRAYED THAT GOD WOULD HEAL HER. IN TWO YEARS SHE DIED. ONE GOD HEALED, TWO HE DIDN’T. NOW, THE BIBLE HAS SOME VERSES, AND I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO TALK ABOUT THOSE VERSES. PICK ANY ONE YOU WANT.>>EASLEY: OF COURSE, A PASSAGE WE’VE TALKED ABOUT MANY TIMES WOULD BE PAUL’S. ON THE HINGE OF ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO HIM IN 2 CORINTHIANS 11, HE THEN SPEAKS OF THE THORN IN HIS FLESH. “BECAUSE OF THE SURPASSING GREATNESS OF THE REVELATIONS.” THIS IS PAUL SPEAKING IN 2 CORINTHIANS 12:7, “BECAUSE OF THE SURPASSING GREATNESS OF THE REVELATIONS, FOR THIS REASON, TO KEEP ME FROM EXALTING MYSELF,” WHICH IS A STRIKING RATIONALE, SO I WOULDN’T MAKE MYSELF OUT TO BE MORE, PAUL SAYS, “THERE WAS GIVEN TO ME A THORN IN THE FLESH, A MESSENGER OF SATAN TO TORMENT ME, TO KEEP ME FROM EXALTING MYSELF. CONCERNING THIS I IMPLORED THE LORD THREE TIMES SO THAT IT MIGHT LEAVE ME. AND HE SAID TO ME, ‘MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU. FOR POWER IS PERFECTED IN WEAKNESS.'” AND THEN PAUL’S COMMENT, “MOST GLADLY THEREFORE I WILL RATHER BOAST ABOUT MY WEAKNESS SO THAT,” PURPOSE, “SO THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MIGHT DWELL IN ME.” SO YOU’VE GOT THIS GREAT PICTURE OF, I MEAN, THE APOSTLES’ APOSTLE AND HE’S, …WHATEVER THE AFFLICTION IS, A LOT OF SPECULATION, GOD DOESN’T REMOVE IT. AND WHEN WE LOOK AT OTHER MARTYRS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, WE CAN LOOK AT STEPHEN WHO WAS STONED TO DEATH FOR PREACHING A PHENOMENAL MESSAGE, JAMES, WHO’S KILLED BRUTALLY. WE CAN LOOK AT ALL OF THESE HEROES OF THE FAITH. AND UNFORTUNATELY, YOU, YOU KNOW, JOHN, I OFTEN WONDER, PEOPLE THAT PROMULGATE THIS HEALTH/WEALTH THING, I OFTEN WONDER WHAT GOD’S GOING TO SAY TO THEM. IT’S KIND OF CHILLING TO ME, BECAUSE WE’RE OVERLOOKING KEY FIGURES LIKE JOB, LIKE PAUL, LIKE JAMES, LIKE STEPHEN. TO SAY GOD’S ALWAYS GOING TO DO THAT, YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE ENOUGH FAITH. PAUL DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH? PAUL’S CHOSEN BY GOD TO BE THE EMISSARY OF THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD. AND YET IN THESE SITUATIONS GOD DOESN’T HEAL THEM. AND I JUST WANT TO CIRCLE BACK TO ONE THING JONI SAID EARLIER ABOUT MARK 1. I THINK IT’S STRIKING THAT EVERY TIME CHRIST DID HEAL SOMEONE IT WAS A PHYSICAL PICTURE OF A SPIRITUAL CONDITION. IT’S NOT JUST THAT WE WANT HEALING FROM PAIN AND SUFFERING AND CANCER, IT’S A, IT’S A PHYSICAL PICTURE. YOU’RE BLIND, YOU’RE SPIRITUALLY BLIND; YOU’RE DEAF, YOU’RE SPIRITUALLY DEAF; YOU’RE LAME, YOU’RE SPIRITUALLY LAME. AND SO ALL THE MIRACLES ARE A PHYSICAL REPRESENTATION OF WHAT THE, THE REAL SPIRITUAL ILLNESS IS. AND THAT’S WHERE HE’S ABOUT HEALING US, NOT MERELY IN THE TEMPORAL WORLD.>>ANKERBERG: YEAH. I THINK OF JONI GOING TO ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT HEALING MEETINGS, TRUSTING ONE AFTER ANOTHER: IF IT WASN’T THIS ONE, THEN IT WAS THE NEXT ONE. IF IT WASN’T THIS ONE, THEN IT WILL BE ANOTHER ONE. PAUL DIDN’T ASK JUST ONCE, HE DIDN’T ASK JUST TWICE, IT MUST HAVE REALLY BEEN BOTHERING HIM, HE ASKED THREE TIMES. AND THE ANSWER WAS, “NO, MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU,” AND HE ACCEPTED THAT. AND IT WASN’T BECAUSE HE DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH, AND IT WASN’T BECAUSE HE HAD SOME SECRET SIN, IT WAS GOD’S WILL THAT PAUL HAVE THIS ADVERSITY. THAT IS SO HARD FOR US TO GET INTO OUR MIND, MICHAEL, AND YET THAT’S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. I THINK OF HIS BUDDY TROPHIMUS, OKAY, WHO’S SICK AND IN THE CITY. HE LOVED THE GUY. HE HAD THE POWER TO HEAL. HE MUST HAVE PRAYED FOR TROPHIMUS. BUT WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? HE LEFT HIM SICK AT, AT, AT THE CITY. AND SO I’M SAYING, FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT IT’S YOUR FAULT, NO! IT MAY BE THAT GOD HAS SAID, “THIS IS WHAT I’VE CHOSEN FOR YOU, AND MY GRACE IS GOING TO BE SUFFICIENT FOR YOU.” JONI, THERE’S BEEN A VERSE THAT YOU HAVE LOVED, IT’S TALKING ABOUT DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE WAYS OF THE LORD. TALK ABOUT THAT VERSE.>>TADA: WELL, PSALM 37:4, “DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD AND HE’LL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.” OH, JOHN, FOR SO LONG THE DESIRES OF MY HEART, “GET ME ON MY FEET, GOD. GIVE ME BACK USE OF MY HANDS. TAKE AWAY THIS PAIN.” I MEAN, THESE WERE THE DESIRES OF MY HEART. AND I WOULD PLEAD BEFORE GOD TO REMOVE THESE THINGS. BUT HE NEVER DID. AND SO I, I DUG DEEPER, WHAT AM I MISSING? WHAT, WHAT DO I NEED TO SEE HERE IN HIS WORD? BUT THE MORE I GOT INTO HIS WORD, THE MORE I SAW GOD’S HEART. AND WHEN, WHEN, WHEN I, WHEN I LOOKED AT CHRIST ON THE CROSS AND SAW HIM PARALYZED, NAILED TO THAT TREE, EMPATHIZING WITH ME, WITH COMPASSION, WITH PASSION, WITH SUFFERING, I JUST, I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM AFRESH. AND THE MORE I GOT TO KNOW THIS JESUS, THIS SIDE OF JESUS, THE MAN OF SORROWS ACQUAINTED WITH MY GRIEF, THE MORE I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM, AND THE MORE, THE MORE HIS DESIRES BECAME MY DESIRES. BEFORE YOU KNEW IT I WASN’T LOOKING TO GET ON MY FEET, I WAS LOOKING TO PLEASE THE LORD JESUS. AND WHAT ARE HIS DELIGHTS? WELL, HIS DELIGHTS ARE THAT HIS GOSPEL WILL GO FORTH, HIS KINGDOM WILL BE ADVANCED, THAT THE FAMILY BANNER OF GOD WILL BE PLANTED FIRMLY IN THE SOIL OF PEOPLE’S HEARTS WHO, WHO ARE SKEPTIC AND CYNICS. THESE ARE GOD’S DELIGHTS. AND REAL QUICKLY, JOHN, WHY DOESN’T GOD HEAL? I THINK BECAUSE WHEN WE DO EXPERIENCE THE HEALING WE FORGET THE LORD. WE DON’T NEED HIM AS URGENTLY. BUT WHEN WE’RE HURTING AND SUFFERING, WE WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND SAY, “GOD, I NEED YOU.” AND HIS HEART GOES OUT TO PEOPLE WHO COME TO HIM IN THEIR AFFLICTION SAYING, “I CANNOT DO THIS ON MY OWN, GOD, PLEASE HELP ME.” AND MAYBE THAT’S A GOOD REASON WHY HE DOESN’T HEAL PHYSICALLY; BECAUSE HE WANTS TO, AS MICHAEL WAS SAYING, OPEN OUR SPIRITUAL EYES, UNPLUG OUR DEAF SPIRITUAL EARS AND GET OUR LAME SPIRITUAL FEET WALKING IN A NEW DIRECTION.>>ANKERBERG: ONE LAST QUESTION FOR YOU. FOR TWO YEARS YOU DIDN’T WANT TO LISTEN TO ANYBODY TELL YOU ANYTHING ABOUT GOD. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT PRAYED, DIDN’T GET HEALED, LEFT THE CHURCH. GIVE ME SOME ADVICE TO THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE LISTENING RIGHT NOW.>>TADA: WELL, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE ARE TO WEEP WITH THOSE WHO WEEP, AND IF THERE IS ANYBODY WHO UNDERSTANDS YOUR GRIEF, YOUR DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT AT NOT BEING HEALED, IT IS THE LORD, YOUR GOD. BUT PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A SAVIOR WHO HAS BEEN TEMPTED, AND TESTED AND TRIED, IN EVERY WAY LIKE YOU ARE. AND HE DESIRES TO PLANT WITHIN YOUR HEART HIS HOPE, HIS… JOY THAT IS UNSHAKABLE, PEACE THAT IS PROFOUND, A SOUL THAT IS SO SETTLED IN HIM THAT IT IS WORTH ANY AMOUNT OF HEALING, ANY AMOUNT OF WALKING, OR USING YOUR HANDS. GOD IS THAT GOOD. JESUS IS ECSTASY BEYOND COMPARE, AND IT IS WORTH ANYTHING TO BE HIS FRIEND, EVEN NOT EXPERIENCING A PHYSICAL HEALING.>>ANKERBERG: I ALSO THINK OF JESUS IN THE GARDEN SAYING, “GOD, CAN YOU LET ME ESCAPE THIS?” AND THE ANSWER WAS “NO.” AND HE FULFILLED GOD’S WILL, THANKFULLY FOR ALL OF US.>>TADA: ABSOLUTELY.>>ANKERBERG: OKAY. THERE ARE HIGHER THINGS THAN PHYSICAL HEALING. NEXT WEEK I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE THINGS, AND I WANT TO COME TO THE TOPIC OF, HOW CAN PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM EXTREME DISEASES OR CIRCUMSTANCES KNOW THAT THEY ARE STILL IMPORTANT TO GOD? THAT THEIR LIVES HAVE MEANING, THEIR SUFFERING IS NOT GOING UNNOTICED BY GOD AND CAN BRING AN ETERNAL REWARD? YOU’VE GOT SOME FANTASTIC STORIES, BOTH OF YOU, ABOUT PEOPLE THAT WERE JUST ABOUT READY TO DIE, OR WANTED TO COMMIT SUICIDE BECAUSE THEY FELT SO MUCH PAIN. AND YOU TOLD THEM SOME THINGS THAT THEIR LIVES, GOD COULD STILL USE THEM IN A GREAT WAY. THEY LISTENED AND GOD USED THEM. THIS IS GREAT INFORMATION, FOLKS. I HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US NEXT WEEK.>>ANKERBERG: YOU KNOW, EVERYONE KNOWS SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING TODAY. AND THROUGH THE YEARS I HAVE TAPED DIFFERENT SERIES WITH JONI AND MICHAEL AND AFTERWARDS WHEN EDITING THEM, I REALIZED I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYBODY GIVE MORE PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT GOD, PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT HAS IMPACTED ME MORE THAN WHAT THESE TWO HAVE SAID. SO FIRST TODAY I WANT TO SHARE 3 SPECIAL PROGRAMS OF THEIRS THAT HAVE IMPACTED ME. I CALL THEM: “ANKERBERG’S CHOICE,” AND I AM GOING TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE TO YOU ON DVD FOR A GIFT OF JUST $30. 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  1. What's really awesome about the 2 guests is that, they brought out Christ. No bitterness towards the healing ministries where they didn't get healed. Praise God for these 2 and you John for sharing the truth.

  2. Jesus Christ is the Omnipresence, Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnibenevolence, the Eternal GOD of the Universe and the Living GOD of both the Old and New Testaments

    Glory and praise to you, O! Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death on a cross.
    But GOD raised HIM high and give HIM the name which is above all names.
    Glory and praise to you, O, Christ!

    Therefore GOD exalted HIM to the highest place and gave HIM the name that is above every name. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledges that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of GOD the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

    Jesus Christ in 66 Book of the Holy Bible (Birth of Jesus Christ 4 BC – 33 AD)

    The Old Testament (39 Books)
    In Genesis – Jesus is our eternal Creator and He is the Ram at Abraham’s altar
    In Exodus – He is the Passover Lamb
    In Leviticus – He is the Highest and the Greatest Priest
    In Numbers – He is the Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night
    In Deuteronomy – He is our Eagles wings of deliverance and He is the City of our refuge.
    In Joshua – He is the Commander of the army of the LORD and He is the Scarlet Thread out Rahab’s window
    In Judges – He is the Perfect Judge of all men
    In Ruth – He is our Kinsman Redeemer
    In 1 Samuel – He is the Trusted Prophet, Priest, and the Righteous King
    In 2 Samuel – He is the Rock of Salvation
    In 1 Kings – He is the Builder of a temple that will never fall
    In 2 Kings – He is the Jealous GOD
    In 1 Chronicles – He is our Eternal and Everlasting Reigning King
    In 2 Chronicles – He is our Deliverer
    In Ezra – He is the Priest proclaiming Freedom and He is the Faithful Scribe
    In Nehemiah – He is the Rebuilder of Broken Walls
    In Esther – He is the Protector of his people and He is the Mordecai at the Gate
    In Job – He is the Mediator between GOD and the man
    In Psalms – He is the LORD who is my Shepherd
    In Proverbs – He is our Wisdom and He is the Strong Tower!
    In Ecclesiastes – He is our True Satisfaction
    In Song of Solomon – He is the Author of Faithful Love and He is the Beautiful Bridegroom
    In Isaiah – He is our Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty GOD, Everlasting Father, Emmanuel which being interpreted is, (GOD with us) and Prince of Peace. He is also the Suffering Servant
    In Jeremiah – He is the Righteous Branch
    In Lamentations – He is the Weeping Prophet and Man of Sorrow
    In Ezekiel – He is the Son of Man and He is the Wonderful Four-Faced man
    In Daniel – He is the Fourth Man in the fiery furnace
    In Hosea – He is my Love that is forever faithful
    In Joel – He is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit and He is the One who Restores
    In Amos – He will deliver justice to the oppressed and He is our Burden Bearer
    In Obadiah – He is the Mighty Judge and He is Mighty to save
    In Jonah – He is the great Foreign Missionary that takes the Word of GOD into the entire world
    In Micah – He is the Messenger with beautiful feet
    In Nahum – He proclaims future world Peace
    In Habakkuk – He is the LORD in His Holy Temple
    In Zephaniah – He is the LORD and He is the Warrior who mighty to save
    In Haggai – He is the LORD of Host and He is the Restorer for our lost heritage
    In Zechariah – He is our Fountain of Cleansing and in Malachi, He is the beloved and eternal Son of Righteousness with Healing in His wings.

    The New Testament (27 Books)
    In Matthew – Jesus is the eternal Son of Sovereign GOD manifests in the flesh. Thou art the Christ, The beloved Son of the Highest and only the True Living GOD
    In Mark – He is The Messiah who is a Faithful Servant and He is the Miracle Worker
    In Luke – He is The Messiah who is a Deliverer and He is the Friend of all Sinners
    In John – He is the Door by which every one of us must enter
    In Acts – He is the Shining Light that appears to Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus and He is the Ascended LORD
    In Romans – He is The Power of GOD unto salvation and He is the Justifier
    In 1 Corinthians – He is our conqueror over death and He is our Resurrection!
    In 2 Corinthians – He is our Sin Bearer and He is the GOD of all Comfort
    In Galatians – He is the Redeemer from the Curse of the Law
    In Ephesians – He is the Head of the Church and He is our Peace at the right hand of the Father GOD
    In Philippians – He is all Sufficient Christ and He supplies our every need
    In Colossians – He is the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily.
    In 1 Thessalonians – He is our Comfort in the last days and He is our soon coming King of kings from Heaven
    In 2 Thessalonians – He is the Judge coming with Blazing Fire
    In 1 Timothy – He is our Crown of Righteousness
    In 2 Timothy – He is Christ our Ever-ready Helper
    In Titus – He is our Blessed Hope and He is our Master
    In Philemon – He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother and He is the One who paid our debts
    In Hebrews – He is our Great High Priest and He is the Blood of the Everlasting covenant.
    In James – He is the Great Physician and He is the Judge standing at the Door
    In 1 Peter – He is the Chief Shephard and He is our Hope in times of suffering
    In 2 Peter – He is the Restorer of all things and He is the Morning Star
    In 1 John – He is our Tenderness of Love, Light and the Word of Life
    In 2 John – He is the Christ come in the flesh and He is the beloved Son of the Father GOD
    In 3 John – He is our Prosperity, Health, the Truth and the Peace
    In Jude – He is the LORD coming with countless thousands of His saints
    In Revelation – Lift up your eyes, Church for your Redemption draweth nigh, He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, and the GOD of all gods. He is coming again and the One who makes all things new!

    Jesus said : "Look, I AM coming soon! (He is our Comfort in the last days and He is our soon coming King of kings from Heaven). Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book." Revelation 22:7

  3. Saw this on tv, had to comment. So many things, which is typical when this subject is brought up, are being overlooked. First of all, don't assume Paul's thorn was a physical sickness. Why couldn't it have been persecution, like Paul mentioned many times? By the way, persecution is a different thing altogether from sickness. Many could have been delivered, but chose to suffer for Christ (Heb 11:35), but persecution still isn't sickness. Jesus has not redeemed us from persecution. He even told us we will have it (John 15:20), but He did redeem us from sickness and disease. God never expects us to suffer from anything that Jesus redeemed us from. Otherwise, the redemption was in vain. By the way, He delivered us from poverty too, so I think God will have wonderful things to say to those who preach health and wealth. As far as why people don't always get healed, maybe the problem is in our receiving. That's what Jesus said. He never once turned anyone down for healing, so why do we try and make up new doctrines based on our experiences? Look up Kenneth E. Hagin's testimony. Thank God he did not give up, even though he had every reason to. This is one big difference between him and Joni Eareckson Tada. She didn't get healed, decided it wasn't God's will, and goes around teaching her experience instead of what the Word of God says about healing. Hagin didn't get healed the first time either, or the second, third, fourth times, and so on, but he did not give up like she did. If this isn't enough to convince you that there are gaping holes in this video about the subject of God's will to heal, then watch the first video of the link I posted below, or better yet, the whole series. You will either have to admit that healing is always God's will, or that you really don't believe the whole Bible.
    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL68E2FCA7CD256C6E

  4. Continued:

    He never once turned anyone down for healing, so why do we try and make up new doctrines based on our experiences? Look up Kenneth E. Hagin's testimony. Thank God he did not give up, even though he had every reason to. This is one big difference between him and Joni Eareckson Tada. She didn't get healed, decided it wasn't God's will, and goes around teaching her experience instead of what the Word of God says about healing. Hagin didn't get healed the first time either, or the second, third, fourth times, and so on, but he did not give up like she did. If this isn't enough to convince you that there are gaping holes in this video about the subject of healing, then watch the first video, or better yet, the whole series. You will either have to admit that healing is always God's will, or that you really don't believe the whole Bible. If it won't pull up, just search for Keith Moore and healing. You won't be sorry!

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL68E2FCA7CD256C6E

  5. God's will is that we make our choices in this life. As it states in the BOOK OF MORMON: "Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself."

    Six years before the birth of Christ, a BOOK OF MORMON prophet stated, "And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall believe on the Son of God, the same shall have everlasting life. And behold, thus hath the Lord commanded me, by his angel, that I should come and tell this thing unto you; yea, he hath commanded that I should prophesy these things unto you; yea, he hath said unto me: Cry unto this people, repent and prepare the way of the Lord."

    "And ye shall hear my words, for, for this intent have I come up upon the walls of this city, that ye might hear and know of the judgments of God which do await you because of your iniquities, and also that ye might know the conditions of repentance;

    "And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.

    "And if ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits."

  6. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son Jesus, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

    If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

    And walk in the way of love, just as Jesus Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)

    For even the Son of Man (Jesus) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

    We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (Romans 3:22)

    Jesus said:
    "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."(John 14:6)
    "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me." (John 14:1)
    "I leave my peace with you. I give my peace to you. I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be troubled. And do not be afraid." (John 14:27)

  7. THE ONLY REAL TEMPLE WILL BE INSIDE OF YOU The only true religion will be the ( The Spirit of Truth ) all the lies will be discover yes it is the end of the world and the beginner of Judgement no one will be spare if we don't go through the last judgement we will not be able to see God because of ignorance of the truth , we must all of us find out about the reason why we must go through all this . our first parents Adam and Eve have lost the Spirit of Truth and we all must search for the truth if we want to live for eternity and if you are not aware of the truth you are going to be in errors all your life and the next life after . If you don't know God here on earth how do you expect to see him someday he will say to you i never knew you cause you never look for me…Please read this book ( VOIR DIEU ) de Janko and Livin de Wirsberg free on the internet in PDF this book was all inspired by the Holy Spirit specially for these last days and for eternity with God

  8. When you tell the stories about 16 minutes in you say, "one God healed and two He didn't." That is wrong. God healed all three. It's just that two didn't receive that healing. It would be like saying about salvation that one was saved and two were not. Jesus died for all but not everyone receives it or accepts it. It is ALWAYS God's will to heal. We all have a tragic story of someone who didn't get healed but the Word of God doesn't change. I watched this video to get more perspective of what is being taught in the church but found it very hard to watch. The Jesus I know died that we might be healed. Mark 16 says that believers will lay hands on the sick and they WILL recover. To say that God's will is not to always heal means that scripture isn't true. And if you don't like Mark 16 then pick the scores of other verses that say God heals.

  9. it annoys me seeing stuff like this. so god will not heal you after having faith and praying just to teach us a lesson? yet god doesn't feel pain or sicknesses, and we have to hope we make it into heaven even though it is not a guarantee? I was born a Christian but this stuff gets to a lot of us I am sure.

  10. The righteous perishes,
    And no man takes it to heart;
    Merciful men are taken away,
    While no one considers
    That the righteous is taken away from evil.
    2 He shall enter into peace;
    They shall rest in their beds,
    Each one walking in his uprightness……. Isaiah 57

  11. a very happy birthday to you dear Brother Ankerberg. started my love affair with our precious Savior and Messiah watching your program over 30 years now. If it wasn't for your honesty and integrity in telling the gospel truth I know I would not be in love with the Holy Bible and knowledgeable about the false teachings and religions today that take our affection away from loving our dear One and only true and living Holy God and Savior. Thank you so very much

  12. Your videos John, help me so much. I live in Germany and I am going through extremely difficult circumstances, yet your videos help me feel so much better!

  13. A warning to those, who have a „problem“ with this conversation. God is the means of our lives, he is not a means to an end. For example he is not the means to the end that you will be healed just because you want to.
    The bible warns us that to those, who reject the Holy Spirit, God will send strong delusion. If you don't follow God's leading, maybe he will give you your healing, because you have demanded it more than you have demanded him. But you might not be in heaven for eternity, because you did not overcome difficult circumstances. The bible talks about lying wonders in the last days. These could be wonders, that aren't really happening, yet are perceived as if they were happening, or these could be wonders, who are happening, yet lead the receiver of them onto a path of lies and not into heaven.
    There are plenty of supernatural miracles and phenomenons in the New Age movement. For example, people, who live without eating, and things alike. These might be miracles, even though some of them have died, but for sure they don't lead the receiver to God.
    To lure people with the idea that they can somehow overcome the laws of nature and escape death and suffering at least for a period of time, has always been an effective way of deceivers and liars to get what they want. And it comes from Satan!
    This is so obvious.
    If God saved you from hell, why are you not happy with that? If it's not good enough for you, you might get something else from God, but it won't last very long.

  14. i think the bible is clear …God want to heal all who come to him in faith… there is NO ONE in the bible who came to jesus to be healed and jesus says NO…. THE MAJOR thing that holds us away from healing, is SIN .AND.one of them being DOUBT.

  15. God always wants us healed and well and we have to learn to cope in a world where Satan is still very active and is still affecting our bodies and minds. The good news is that we who believe have been born again and alive for eternity! So no matter what the enemy brings while the fullness of the gentiles comes we can keep our eyes on the prize, our beloved Savior who is coming again!! And Paul's affliction was not physical but if some is sick or damaged, they are not guilty! Be Jesus to them! Yes keep praying for healing and miracles but when they don't come keep loving each other, not biting and accusing each other!!

  16. You’ll never know how much this video touched my life and soul. I have been suffering so……but I have not lost heart and faith. If I’m talking to God then I know He’s working on my circumstances. God bless you all so very much. Beverly

  17. Yes!, It is God's will to heal. But sometimes a person may search and serve God better when they are experiencing pain or a condition. When people are totally healed, sometimes don't care a bit for the salvation of their souls or God. It is better to think everyday in God on a wheelchair than being without Him skeeing, for example. Eternity is too important to lose it for having everything we want on earth.

  18. It's true Timothy had an ailment that Paul said drink some wine for they stomach's sake and "thy oft infirmities" and I'm sure Timothy had a lot of faith, as,well as Paul who could have or maybe did prayer for Timothy's healing. It's up to God whom he chooses to regain health in the way they want. God does say I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy. Acceptance is hard when it deals with our physical wellbeing and suffering, however, God does not lie. He just heals in various ways for different individuals and circumstances. He has the wisdom to do what his will allows.

  19. the only reason what she said is not making sense to me is because i know that there are many people who do get healed who are no more christ-like than she is. you just cant tell me that all those people who do get healed were healed because they were perfect and there was nothing in their thoughts or ways that needed to be healed. so the question of why some people are healed and others are not is still not answered as far as i am concerned.

  20. As much as i respect and love Joni.. in her testimony she indicted her expection that God WAS going to heal her. as in future. No mention of accepting healing in the atonement and Peters words "by his wounds you WERE healed". All thats happened was her difficult struggle has lead to her not beliving the promises of John 14:13,14 i dont intend that as a,criticism but more as an observation.
    Once you settle that healing is in the atonement and that has to be true proven by a physical reserrection (future ofc) the issue of Gods will follows. But no where in sctipture is someone blamed for lack of faith for there own sickness..those,who pray for the sick are conscious of their lack of faith and thats why often wheelchait bound get passed by… and why in revivals we see more miracles because ppl are more expectant.
    But my point over Joni is her faith was not present healing but expectation of healing only because no mention of healing in the atonement

  21. No man can heal…My sister is a type one diabetic for like 6or 7 years they laid lots of hands and many prayers she still got it. My aunt died of cancer strong Christian lady all her life. Another brother at a church I used to go to has diabetes so bad that he in and out of hospital with trouble walking and all he’s a minister and told me no one can heal anyone. I knew a retarded dude to he still retarded. With that being said healing of the Bible is not a physical healing. We are healed from all the wickedness we used to do. Our past troubles and lives our souls are healed but not the body.

  22. To those who would say God always wants to heal…. Sure it's true. God wants us all to have eternal life free from sorrow, pain etc. so we can all be immortals with Christ in his kingdom. I would add that anyone who dies of old age needs God's healing.
    Let us not forget that God has a long history of bringing us low before lifting us up. Jesus struck Paul with blindness to accomplish the healing in his heart. The Holy Spirit struck Ananias and Sapphira dead as a miracle to bring great fear of God to the church. Elymas the sorcerer was stricken with blindness by the Holy Spirit as a miracle performed by Paul. Jesus plainly says he was delayed in coming to Lazarus so there would be a greater miracle. Jesus plainly says that a man was born blind from birth simply for the sake of the miracle to bring glory to God.
    The point of miracles is not the healing. The point of miracles it to demonstrate the power of God. God doesn't want you healed as much as he wants you to have eternal life. Remember when Paul handed someone over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit might be saved. What did Jesus say to Peter when Peter suggested Jesus shouldn't go to the cross: "Get behind me Satan. You savor the things of this world."
    Those who teach God always wants to heal now are in love with this world, the comforts of this world, and not so coincidentally almost always teach we can have lavish wealth as well as total healing now. The love of the Father is NOT in them. Personally my kingdom is not of this world. I'm looking forward to the eternal life promised in the resurrection of Jesus. Sell everything and give the money to the poor. Invest in the world to come.
    Just fyi, I've also laid hands on multiple sick people and seen instant healing but I would rather see someone inherit eternal life any day than just physical healing.

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