Many in the Body of Christ today speak about, or have experienced, divine healing, but there is also another position the word of God speaks about – this is divine health.
Proverbs 3: 5-8 “…trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways…. acknowledge Him and he will direct and make plain your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes, reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn (entirely) away from evil. It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.” (Amp)
Also, Proverbs 4: 20-23 “…..attend to my words, incline thine ear to my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life,” (K.J.V.)
If divine health is not my experience, I will not drag God down into my experience to attempt to alter His word, but even in my lack of understanding I can bow and declare, “True and righteous are all your ways, O Lord.”
God is not the author of sickness but my heart has a belief pattern. God has ways and means of correcting my wrong believing. We all have a “heart defect” (wrong believing) that only God can correct. If my believing is set from eating from the wrong tree,”the tree of knowledge of good and evil,”(Genesis 3,) then I will have the consequences of God’s permission in my life. But if I am eating from “the tree of life,” the right source, then my believing will be in line with God’s purposes and my experience will be life, health, strength, peace and joy. Romans 15:13 – There is joy and peace in right believing, eating from the tree of life!
One of the difficulties when we see a person suffering is that we do not know the condition of their heart, what their belief patterns are, only God truly does. It is He in His infinite knowledge and wisdom who “tries the reins” and searches the heart of our innermost being. Nothing is hidden from the Omniscient One.
I cannot settle what I believe by observing another person. I have to settle it by what God says to me in my walk with Him. When I first bowed the knee at the foot of the Cross, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, a transaction was made. My sin was forgiven when I saw my need of a Saviour and accepted and believed in Jesus as my Redeemer and Lord. From that moment God saw me as a finished work in Christ through His shed blood on Calvary, but now I have responsibility to learn from Him and respond to Him to grow in maturity. All choices bring consequences but I can only apply this to my own life and walk. I must not apply it to another’s circumstances and consequences. I am permitted to observe the circumstances of another’s life but I am not permitted to pass judgement on them and trespass into that sacred place between God and man.
The blood covenant God set in place for eternity at Calvary. God cursed the curse through the atoning sacrifice of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. The sin problem was dealt with at Calvary but my pride is my responsibility to deal with – “God resists the proud….Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God,” 1 Peter 5:5-6. I deal with my pride before God by humbling, bowing, climbing down from my lofty thoughts, judgements and opinions that have no source in God. If I am struggling with sin I need to recognise that sin is just a consequence. The cause of sin in my life is my pride. God can show me where my pride is if I ask Him. It is there where I must humble. Pride is the spider, sin is the cobweb. It is of no use to dust down the cobwebs without catching the spider! “Let a man examine himself,”…1 Corinthians 11:28.
We can only decide on what we believe with the dealings of God in OUR OWN LIVES and the guidance of His Holy Spirit, who only witnesses to truth.
Romans 11:33 ” Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out.
36 For of him, and through him and to him are all things: to whom be glory forever.”
God’s ways are past finding out in our limited understanding. GOD IS.
TWO FOUNDATIONAL FACTS: THERE IS A GOD….I AM NOT HE.
When I find myself locked into situations I would prefer not to be in, seeking God’s will for my life, there is a place where I choose to bow and say “Amen” to God, not to the circumstance. “True and righteous are all your ways, O Lord.”