|Real TRUTH can only be found in the Bible: “My desire is to obey such truths (TRUTH), forming habits, where these habits will mold my character and the world will undeniably conclude that it would be impossible for a simpleton like me to author such wisdom on my own.” Tom Cameron
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, ‘If you will, you can make me clean.”‘ Mark 1:40
People have four differing opinions regarding miracles. The atheist says, “God does not exist, and therefore miracles do not exist.” Others say, “God exists, but He is not actively involved in the affairs of people.” Miracles can exist, but they don’t. A third group argues that God wants to perform miracles; it is our lack of faith that prevents Him. “If only I have enough faith, the miracle will happen.”
The fourth group reasons that God exists and that He does perform miracles, but He may not wish to perform them in any particular case. The leper coming to Jesus held this view. “If You want to, You can make me clean.” He understood that Jesus might not want to. Jesus may say to him, “It is true that I can heal you, but I won’t.”
God obviously involves Himself in the affairs of people, else none would be saved. Therefore, Christians fall into the third and fourth groups.
If you are in the third group, you blame yourself for all pain and suffering and make no room for the idea that tribulation has a beneficial side to it. The only purpose for pain is to test the quantity of your faith in calling upon God to heal you; the presence of disease indicates the absence of faith. When calamity does strike, you will question the very foundation of your faith.
If you desire a healthy relationship with God, you must accept the possibility of His not wanting to heal you, group four. He may wish for you to go through the suffering for the positive influence it will have on you. In all probability you will never see the benefit this side of eternity, but you trust the goodness of God that such is the case.
Isaiah 39-40 Colossians 4 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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