God does not need a safety net in case it looks like someone’s prayers aren’t going to get answered. He doesn’t need you or me to make excuses for Him if things don’t turn out a certain way. Why do prayers fail to get answered? Because people pray prayers in unbelief and in ignorance of what God’s Word says about what they are praying for.
I used to say, if someone didn’t get healed on the earth, they got the ultimate healing in heaven because there is no sickness there. One day the Lord corrected me. He said, “I don’t want you to say that anymore. I didn’t give my Son to die so there would be no sickness, death, or sin in Heaven. These things have no access to Heaven and never have. They are on the earth. Jesus died to give you salvation, healing and deliverance on the earth.” Need proof? I am so glad you do!
Look at 1 Thessalonians 5:23. It says:
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23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
You as a person are made up of three parts. A spirit, a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and a BODY! What is God’s will? That our spirit, soul, and body are preserved sound and complete. In other words, Jesus died to give salvation to the spirit man, deliverance to the soulish man, and HEALING to the PHYSICAL MAN!
No sin can enter heaven. That is why Jesus was the sacrificial lamb. When we are saved our spirits are sealed until the day of redemption with His blood. Why? Because with sin, you couldn’t stand in the presence of God. Satan was kicked out of Heaven before he could go through with his sin because Heaven MUST and always will remain pure and undefiled by sin!
It would be silly to say if I am not saved on earth, I will ultimately be saved in Heaven. How foolish to say the ultimate salvation is in Heaven. If you aren’t saved when you die, you won’t come near Heaven. Jesus died to bring salvation to the earth, not bring salvation to Heaven. If the ultimate salvation was in Heaven, then Jesus died in vain. Nobody would go to hell when they died. They would go to Heaven and experience ‘ultimate’ salvation. What a load of malarkey!!!
The same is with healing. Your spirit is not sick. When you go to the doctor, the doctor doesn’t run tests on your spirit, he runs tests on your BODY! Your ultimate healing is not in Heaven, but on this earth! Jesus died not to heal your spirit from disease, but to heal your BODY from disease! Your body doesn’t even go to heaven when you die, but your spirit and your soul does! How can your body get healed in Heaven when it never goes there? Your spirit and soul do because the word says to be ABSENT FROM THE BODY (the body is not with you any longer at death) is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).
The Bible tells us there is no sickness in Heaven. Again, proof healing cannot take place in Heaven because there has to be a sickness for there to be a healing! If we can’t approach this from a Biblical standpoint, common sense has to tell you this is right!
There are people who say they are believing God to heal them and die. What about that? When it boils down to it, we really don’t know what is in a person’s heart, and if wondering about these cases cast any doubt in your heart about the validity of God’s Word, you need to stop trying to figure it out. If God doesn’t tell us, it was none of our business!
God says from the Old Testament to the New Testament, He will heal, save, and deliver ALL who ask Him to. Some people decide they want to go to Heaven now. God honors that wish. There are others who don’t believe but don’t want to upset their family and friends and don’t tell them they just can’t put their faith there. I’ll give you an example of this.
I know a minister who is a mighty man of God! He preaches the same thing I am telling you. This minister’s father got cancer. As my minister friend and his wife and children walked into the hospital room, he asked his father if he could pray for God to heal him. His father looked at him and said, “Son, I have to be honest with you. I just don’t have the faith for God to heal this cancer. I do have the faith that when the doctors go in, they can get all the cancer surgically and that is what I want you to pray.” What a blessed and honorable thing for this gentleman to do. Instead of telling everyone he believed when he didn’t, he was honest! He had the surgery and pulled through and lived for some time.
What if this man had been dishonest out of fear of what people would think? He could have confused many believers, including his family! What he did was honorable and kept the truth of God’s Word preserved in the hearts of his grandchildren and children! Today, that son has a mighty healing ministry!! I think part of that reason is because of his gutsy father, who took the chance of looking doubtful, instead of making God look like maybe He didn’t always stand by His Word.
Think about this, dear reader. We all have to reconsider our own beliefs at some time and we MUST make sure they line up with the Word of God throughout the Bible. My sentiments may be sweet, but God’s Word is TRUE! Let us make sure we keep it in proper perspective!
Today my heart is heavy. My precious friend from church that I love dearly had her baby yesterday and he was stillborn. The doctors had told them he had some very serious issues with his development and the likelihood of him surviving was slim to none. This is a picture of what she did her baby’s nursery in.
Believers believe! That is what we do! That is why we are called believers! We all believed, prayed, and waited for our miracle baby. Although he did not make it, there were things they had said that were wrong that, when born, they were not!
As my husband and I drove home from Texas Children’s Hospital at two o’clock this morning I had mixed emotions. I saw one of the most loving, filled with the Spirit, serving God with all of their might family go through a nightmare. At that moment my hatred of satan deepened even more and I told him so. It will be a joy and privilege to see him burn in hell!! Then I would feel deep peace I knew only God could give me! As my mind raced I asked God how could I possibly feel peace at a time like this?? His answer to me made me cry and contemplate. He said, “Daughter, Travis will never know grief, hurt feelings, rejection, prejudice, shunning, the horrors that go on in this fallen world. All he will ever know is love, peace and joy because he is with Me! That is how I could tell you Sunday all is well!” Never have I thought of it like that. And, yes, it gave me a reason for peace!
I think of Travis’ mother, father, and siblings. Travis’ mother is a strong woman! She was comforting us! I thought of how tears quickly turned to praise and how Travis’ father told us all he could think of was Job and he would never do anything but love God!! No wonder they are leaders in our church!!
I look at the news because I have to to get into my computer. It says what starlet is wearing what color, brand name and the kind of car she drove up in and how many body guards she had…who in the world cares?? Shame on people for thinking of material things over the purposes of God and that is to love people and help them in their times of need! Is this world so foolish and blind???
God help this nation! God help this people who are rebellious and stiff-necked to the things of the Gospel. God help me to make a difference in someone’s life for You, my precious Father!
Please, pray for my friend and her family, dear reader. May God’s richest blessings be upon you, and may you fulfill the call God has upon your life in making a difference for Him! May that be your main focus every single day of your life!
This week has been an exhausting one for me. It has been trying physically and emotionally. I am one of THOSE mothers. My children are 25 and 22 years old, but it could just as well be MONTHS old! They are my babies no matter what age they are and nothing is going to change that! The Rev. is doing very well…PRAISE GOD! Nurse Sunshine got sick this week.
She was so sick, when I took her to the doctor they swabbed her throat for strep (which she hates with a passion) she does not even remember they did it. I have never seen her that sick in her life! As we sat in the doctor’s office waiting for them to call her back, I did what every Christian mother does. I began to pray! I didn’t pray a silent prayer either! I was praying the word, quoting every healing scripture I knew and praying in the Spirit! I didn’t care who heard or who cared! This was my baby and she needed help!
As I prayed and finally took a breath, I heard another voice quoting scriptures and thanking Jesus for what He did on the cross for MY DAUGHTER! I looked to see where that voice was coming from. Across the waiting room from me was a beautiful older and very elegant black lady. She was praying just like me! I wondered what church she went to and was so grateful she was praying for us. I had never seen her in my life! Suddenly, she got up and walked over to me. As she sat down she said with the sweetest smile, “I heard you praying for your daughter and I began to pray, too. I am Catholic and I would like to give you this.” She handed me a bottle with something clear in it. She said it was “Holy water” and told me how to use it. At first I thought, “Lord, I don’t know. I have never heard of this.” The Lord then spoke to me, “She is a born again Christian. Just as you would anoint Sunshine with oil for healing, this water has been prayed over by the prayer of faith. It is like the oil you use.” I rejoiced in my heart! This lady was so precious!!’ To care enough to offer this to me and to BOLDLY pray in a waiting room for a total stranger! I put it all over Sunshine and began to praise again!! We exchanged names and I met a Godly woman I will one day live in Heaven with! I met a sister in Christ!!
Had we been in another country, we could not have prayed that way in public. I thought as I sit down in restaurants I don’t have to wonder if someone is going to arrest me for saying the blessing over my food. I can boldly proclaim the Word of God in a doctor’s office, in an elevator, in a restaurant, anywhere I am!! I am so thankful for that!! Are we a Christian nation? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! I thank God we have these freedoms. I also thank God I met this dear saint! Sunshine is doing much better! The prayer of agreement between two CHRISTIANS made much power available!!
Dear reader, don’t get caught up in religion! Get caught up in the love of God!! Stop being divided by doctrine and color! If you believe Jesus is the only way to Heaven you are “spot on”! Keep Jesus the focal point of life! You never know how God will use that or when!
Blessings to you, precious reader! I will see you next time!