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!
2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3 His[c] divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by[d] His own glory and goodness. 4 By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, 6 knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, 7 godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. 11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.
12 Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you have. 13 I consider it right, as long as I am in this bodily tent,[e] to wake you up with a reminder, 14 knowing that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has also shown me. 15 And I will also make every effort that you may be able to recall these things at any time after my departure.[f]
The Trustworthy Prophetic Word
16 For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory:
18 And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 My brothers, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.2 For example, a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in. 3 If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good place,” and yet you say to the poor man, “Stand over there,” or, “Sit here on the floor by my footstool,” 4 haven’t you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers: Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He has promised to those who love Him? 6 Yet you dishonored that poor man. Don’t the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? 7 Don’t they blaspheme the noble name that was pronounced over you at your baptism?
8 Indeed, if you keep the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself,[a] you are doing well. 9 But if you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all. 11 For He who said, Do not commit adultery,[b] also said, Do not murder.[c] So if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you are a lawbreaker.
12 Speak and act as those who will be judged by the law of freedom. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who hasn’t shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith[d] save him?
15 If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.”[e] Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.[f] 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe—and they shudder.
20 Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? 21 Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was perfected. 23 So the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness,[g] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by a different route? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.