I lament for the healed ones who have chosen to continue to walk in unbelief. I have seen and shared in former posts people healed by divine healing from God. In this post I shall share more on the common sources of doubts manifested among the sick (and their caregivers) in a modern developed ‘rich’ society.
1. Total dependence on comparatively more advanced and more well equipped medical and health care system.
2. Prevailing cultural emphasis on the physical and seen aspects of living in the known senses including physical, mental and emotional (soul) dimensions on earth.
3. Believing in the power of the mind (influenced by historical and prevailing education and philosophical exposure and training) and human efforts.
The above factors remain neutral until a sick person fixes his focus and trust on them exclusively. I have heard Christians and their caregivers saying that they do believe in God’s divine healing (mostly through prayers) like believers of other religions do. However, they often also say something else, to the effect that the healing credit must go to something else, anything but God’s work.
The anomaly we have observed most was after we have prayed over the sick and by the power of God (the Holy Spirit) they got healed but either they themselves and/or their caregivers continued to give the credit to other reasons, rationalizing why the sick persons concerned were healed. They uttered things like, “Oh, he is going to improve anyway..”; “Yes, but in time he would have become well anyway…”; “Before praying he was already showing signs of improvement…”; “because his immune system was boosted by__ (name of anything but God), his sickness of course went away..”; “But he always had that condition and he was alright anyway with it..””Maybe he was not correctly diagnosed previously anyway…” (Meaning that God’s intervention was redundant.) There were many excuses. People are never short of excuses to help them to be ‘politically correct’ in a godless society. People want God’s healing but they do not want God to be too big or obvious for their comfort.
In contrast, in a poor third world society people either believe or not believe. Miracles and miracles happen. The words of God from the Bible become life for the people. They receive divine healing willingly. They have received healing by faith just as Jesus has said. When they are healed they give glory to God.
Yes, we continue to pray and intercede for people with sickness and the symptoms thereof. We also continue to pray that their hardened hearts against God will be softened. As Jesus has warned in Luke 12:20-21 (NLT)
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Hardness of Heart: A Condition You May Have and Not Even Know it…
The dictionary defines hardened as cold, insensitive, unfeeling, and unyielding. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll have to agree that there are certain areas of your life where you have a hard heart toward God.
A hard heart is characterized by an inability to perceive spiritually. And when spiritual things are perceived, a hard heart will keep a person from understanding the few things they can perceive. They might see what the Lord is trying to show them, but they can’t get a hold of it in a way that they can apply it to their life….
When people are hardhearted toward God, it’s like they are spiritually blind and deaf—they just can’t see spiritual truth or hear the Lord speak to them. And they can’t remember. Not remembering is a major indication of the condition of their hearts….