Browsed by
Category: Conviction

Choose Your Redeemer in Your Suffering

Choose Your Redeemer in Your Suffering

Bad things happen in this life. Evil things happen. Many question the goodness of God because of these things. Babies are diagnosed with leukemia. Women who want so badly to have children are infertile. A diagnosis of cancer shortens a life. Where is God in all of this and how should we respond in and through our sufferings?

In a book called The Made From Scratch Life by Melissa Norris, Melissa tells of a time when she lost a baby and her Fallopian tube because of an ectopic pregnancy. While she was mourning this loss, her pastor’s wife called to comfort her. She had delivered a stillborn baby years earlier.

“She could have chosen to wallow in her pain, to become bitter, or to blame God. Why would a loving God allow these things to happen? But she’d made a choice to love, to believe God had good things in store for her. I had the same choice. I could choose to hand all the pain to Him and see how He could redeem it, or I could let it continue to hurt me. I chose my Redeemer. In choosing him, I was transformed.”

All of us will go through suffering in this life. We will be the ones who choose how we handle our suffering. Will we curse God or understand that suffering is a part of His plan for us? Job said in the midst of his pain and suffering, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). He lost everything yet continued to trust in God.

Then we look at the life of Joseph and how his brothers sold him into slavery. He went through many sufferings yet when he met up again with his brothers many years later, he was able to say, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” (Genesis 50:20).

As many of you know, I have suffered through a lot of physical pain but through all of it, I never questioned God. Why not me? I know I don’t deserve anything, yet alone health, so I trusted that God had it all under control. When I felt desperate because the pain was so deep, I would quickly remind myself that the joy of the Lord is my strength and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I have always believed God at His Word. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). I believe 100% that this verse is true for believers. It may not work out for good the way we consider good but it will work out for good the way God considers good and He is a much better discerner of good than we are.

I could have easily died when I was 45 years old when I was in the ER with a sodium level of 110 when normal sodium levels are 137 and 147. I was told that level of 110 are death levels but God spared me. Soon after this happened, I began mentoring young women in the ways of biblical womanhood. I know life is fragile and I want to use the rest of my days for Him and His glory. I choose to believe God. I chose my Redeemer and have been transformed. Yes, pain transforms you when you use that pain to seek the Lord and allow His Word to permeate your mind.

Read 1 Peter if you are suffering and in pain. Camp out in this book and memorize it. You will see how suffering is good and a part of God’s plan for us. No one grows from a easy and pain-free life. We grow in godliness through our suffering and it is good.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1 Peter 5:10

Frying Our Brains

Frying Our Brains

From David Murray on Revive Our Hearts Radio

Well, I’ll sum it up very briefly . . . it (technology) is killing us. I can expand on that if you want. I love technology—I’m a technophile—I just love it! But, and it’s not just Christians saying this, it’s a very broad range of secular opinion, from a sociological viewpoint, educational viewpoint, health viewpoint.

We’re seeing, increasingly, the digital revolution is changing us in detrimental ways. It’s damaging us, and I think even out of self-interest—never mind spiritual interest at the moment—but even out of self-interest, I truly believe that the young people, the millennials, that are able to get their technology under control and develop a disciplined life in that area, the competitive advantage they are going to have, over the long haul, is going to make them soar career-wise in whatever field they are in, because our brains were not made for this. Our brains need rest; they need quiet; they need peace; they need down time.

It’s like a muscle. When it’s continually being stimulated and exercised, it’s being worn down and worn down and worn down. We’re only ten to fifteen years into the real digital era, and so it’s been a while until we realize just what it’s doing to us. But the science is in, and it’s really bad! On a physical, emotional, mental, relational viewpoint, it’s really bad, but on a spiritual viewpoint it is devastating. We will not know God properly, I don’t believe, until we get it under control.

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
Isaiah 30:15

Following Our Heart and Feelings

Following Our Heart and Feelings

“It always gets me when people talk about ‘listening to your heart’ or ‘following your heart.’ Jesus didn’t say, ‘Lay down your life, take up your cross, and follow your heart.’ In fact, the Lord said quite the opposite. ‘The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?’ Christians should not follow their hearts, but the Word. We live in a time where people are more concerned with living by their feelings than by the Truth, sadly.”

This was written by Kelly who just commented on Trying to Justify Christians Watching This is Us. She’s right. We should not follow our hearts but carefully follow God’s Word in everything we do, watch, and read. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”

Are we being entertained by the same garbage that the world is being entertained by or do we make sure that our entertainment is good, lovely, and pure? Are we reading the same books that the world is reading or are we careful with what we fill our minds with? Are we careful to measure our lives and actions by the Word of God instead of our culture? Do we care more about being seekers of God rather than seekers of pleasure?

God is clear in His Word how we are to live our lives. There is no doubt. We are to be a people who are wholly set apart and not conformed to the world (Romans 12:2). We are repeatedly warned of false teachers so we need to avoid them. We are exhorted to be thankful because not being thankful is one of the first steps that leads to all types of sin in Romans 1. Every day is a gift, therefore, it’s important to be thankful to the Giver of life and for each day.

It’s popular today for Christian women to “hear” from God and try to get others to believe that God speaks to them personally. This appeals to their emotions. Does God tell us anywhere in His Word that He will personally speak to us outside of His Word? What the Holy Spirit has never promised to do is to deliver new revelation to non-apostles, no matter how sincerely they wait and listen. Generations of Christians have found that the Holy Spirit has faithfully fed them and led them in deep communion with the mind of Christ through the Scriptures as they have learned the discipline of reading, meditating on the Word, and acquired the tools to study it.”

This is how we are to live our lives, women. Not by following our hearts or our feelings or what we may hear God speak to us personally but by reading and knowing God’s perfect Word. It’s easy for us to be deceived since we tend to allow our emotions  and feelings to guide us instead of truth. We are warned of this in the Word (1 Timothy 2:14). Yes, living godly lives takes sacrifice and self-denial but this what God asks of us and it is the least we can do for all He’s done for us.

There is a great famine in our land of the knowledge of God’s Word, the Bible. This is why so many women are so easily led by false “Christian” authors and teachers. They make them feel good. They don’t know the Word. When they know the Word, they can easily detect a false teacher and flee as the Bible warns. Television shows, movies, and books that are ungodly and/or false teachings will no longer hold any appeal over them since they only want to please the Lord. They are more concerned with following and obeying truth rather than their heart, emotions, or feelings.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
1 Peter 2:9

Learning to Disagree Without Being Harsh

Learning to Disagree Without Being Harsh

Sometimes, we have some fairly heated conversations in the chat room when it comes to controversial issues like vaccinations, celebrating Halloween or Christmas, healthy eating and living, and other topics that women have strong opinions about. I enjoy these conversations as long as they stay on track and don’t become personal attacks or harsh.

As sisters in Christ, we need to learn how to be able to disagree with each other without becoming harsh, mean, upset, angry, or offended so I asked the women in the chat room how we learn to do this since it’s an important quality to have as a believer in Jesus Christ. I received some great advice that I want to share with you.

Lindsay: “In any discussion, one of the main ways to prevent the discussion from degrading into a heated argument is keeping the focus on the topic itself rather than the people who take the opposite position. Ad hominem doesn’t foster productive discussion. Of course, we can’t control whether other people take offense, but we can avoid causing offense by not attacking them personally. If both sides do that, it rarely turns ugly.”

Dolly: “If both sides can’t respect the opinion of the other, it is something that is better not talked about with that particular company. Unless it is a salvation issue, there is something to be said about holding our tongues.”

Shelley: “I suppose sharing your opinion once and then dropping it. Not everyone is built emotionally for polite debate like Lindsay. When I disagree with something and I’ve already shared my opinion I just try to let it go. I used to feel like I needed to believe the same way as certain people if I looked up to them and respected them. And it made me very uncomfortable to disagree with them. But now I have peace about it!”

Susan: “I think the discussions on controversial subjects that I’ve seen go well, people have been calm, explained their position without attacking, name calling, etc., and keeping the discussion on the subject and what they have learned about it. Also, try to take the other people’s statements in the best possible way rather than assuming the worst. When people start attacking, or taking things personally, it tends to devolve quickly. I think you also have to go into the discussion with the understanding that you are not likely to change their mind, and they have the right to have a different opinion, even if you believe it is wrong.”

Verna: “Kindness. You you can speak about it kindly, even if you feel passionately about the subject, people would probably be more interested in hearing what we have to say.”

Katie: “I also try to find things in common with the other side and recognize it verbally. For example, in the vaccine debate when it was mentioned that it’s clear we all have the same goal: to keep our children safe and healthy.”

Judy: “Humility, Respect, and a Teachable spirit. If we are humble,we won’t get offended easily. When we show respect to others, conversations go much better. When we have a teachable spirit, we are continuously seeking wisdom and realize that our opinions may not always be right, and there is something that we can learn from each person that we meet.”

Lorraine: “I second the comments above! 💖 The only thing that I would add is to not assume that someone who holds the opposite opinion will act or judge like others who hold that same opinion, i.e. you can’t throw their actions in the same category even if their belief is in the same category.  It’s more difficult online rather than face to face, because you can’t read attitude or personality very well.”

Cassie: “I believe a place such as this chat room is the best place to discuss such things. There are many different life experiences that each opinion is based off of and some may be able to share insight that may not have otherwise been seen or heard. And what better place to learn such things than in a room full of like-minded ladies who are all striving to become more Christlike.”

Joy: “I try to remember that my opinions and actions and beliefs about a topic are just that – my opinions and that almost always, those are shaped and molded by experiences, choices, and environment that I was raised/lived in. I try to remind myself that others’ experiences, choices, and environments shaped who they are and why they do what they do. Just because someone doesn’t agree with me doesn’t mean they have an agenda or are against me. It means their experiences were/are different and almost everyone I’ve engaged in conversation with on numerous topics feel certain ways because of something they went through, survived, were raised in, or saw someone else they were close to go through.

“I remember when I was 12 I watched a documentary about the death penalty and how the man ended up being innocent but the call was too late and he was dead. I remember being horrified and crying and thinking how awful that was and thinking that the death penalty was a horrible idea because of the people who were innocent (ahhh, my innocence back then I now know this is a rare anomaly). Fast forward 20 years and my best friend’s two year old little boy was violently murdered and it was so heinous a crime we were devastated and wanted that man to pay – with his life. It didn’t seem fair for him to be alive when precious boy wasn’t. This is definitely a great example of why women as emotional beings shouldn’t make decisions in heightened states of emotions!”

Robin: “In any discussion, remain on topic without veering into accusatory statements towards others, and avoid stereotyping the people giving opposing perspective. Most of the enormous online debacles I’ve witnessed have started with a hot topic, and remained civil for awhile, until someone decided to use an accusatory tone towards a person, instead of addressing the actual topic in a civil way.”

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Colossians 3:12, 13

From Norman Rockwell’s America to Hugh Hefner’s America

From Norman Rockwell’s America to Hugh Hefner’s America

Yesterday, I watched Agenda: Grinding America Down. I encourage you to watch it, too, and pass it on to all you know. It’s a powerful movie!

Here are some insights and quotes that I took from it.

The goal of Communism is to detach our culture from any moral anchors whatsoever and turn Norman Rockwell’s America into a Hugh Hefner’s America. Socialism is the first and necessary step towards Communism.

Why is the left pushing their socialist agenda on us? They’re either ignorant or evil. America has an enemy that’s getting very close to accomplishing its plan of destroying the greatest country in all world history.

The man who spoke in the movie attended a USA Communist Meeting at Berkeley in 1992. These were their stated goals:

In order to destroy families, they wanted to promote cohabitation instead of marriage. They wanted to try to get children away into government programs at the earliest age possible. They wanted to get behind the feminist movement because they felt that it had been very successful in making women discontent with marriage and motherhood. They wanted to destroy our culture of religion and morality. They said that if they could get Americans to accept homosexuality, they thought it would begin to extinguish our traditional moral values that America held.

He also found a book that was written in 1958 called The Naked Communist. It was written by a former FBI agent. Here are some of its goals.

Eliminate prayer in schools. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography in books, magazines, motion pictures, and TV. Present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.” Infiltrate the press. Infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion and discredit the Bible. These people have been working behind the scenes for the past 50 years to destroy America.

What’s so bad about Communism? It’s evil, a completely tyrannical system, and leads to mass murders. (The ideals that lead to mass murders are still being taught in our schools; Darwinism being one of them. If we’re all from monkeys, life isn’t valuable.) They are doing more to remake our country by going into the schools than they could by throwing bombs.

“I believe the average patriotic American underestimates the importance and influence education has on their children…they’re capturing ours through the propaganda they teach them seven hours a day for 13 years, and even longer if they attend college. We are losing most of our children to the other side in the government schools…There is a battle going on for the hearts and minds of our children.”

“So when they’re teaching social justice in the schools, they’re not talking about free enterprise and capitalism and individual self-responsibility; all the things that made America great. They’re talking about the things that made Europe and the Soviet Union and China so bad.”

Communism is the final phase and goal of socialism and socialism is best described by two words: big government. History proves that this is evil and destroys everything in its path: law, morality, family, prosperity, productivity, education, incentives, and finally, life itself. It creates conditions for Stalin or Hitler to come into power. “My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.” (Karl Marx)

A people cannot be given freedom without morality or they self-destruct. Freedom and free enterprise are simply fruit on the tree of morality. Our Founding Fathers clearly understood this principle. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams, Second President of the United States)

“Feminism’s goal is to destroy a patriarchy society for a matriarchal society. In other words, remove the father as the loving provider, discipliner, discipler, leader of his home, where you instill virtues and integrity and modesty. That’s been broken down on purpose because they knew if they could destroy the family, they could destroy a nation and instead of having a father who leads and disciples, who protects the home, and provides for the family, the government steps in as a nanny state.”

We must remember who this all originates from so we will remember who our true enemy is and not fight the wrong one. “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical – the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12

Democrats have gone so far left now that they are right along with the socialists’ and communists’ agenda. They are literally at war with God.

What can we do about this? Are we to live in fear and allow it to steal our joy? NO! Here is a post I wrote out last week for encouragement for you but I do encourage you to homeschool your children (“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” Vladimir Lenin) and only send your children to universities if they want to be doctors or something that needs a college degree. We can’t support these institutions that are leading to the destruction of America and poisoning it; for we are the salt and light of the world!

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16

Pray daily for our country and our President and speak the truth in love. This is what we are called to do.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1 Timothy 2:1, 2

Women Bloggers, Point Women to Jesus!

Women Bloggers, Point Women to Jesus!

God spoke to Noah personally. God told him that He was going to destroy the earth by flood so Noah needed to build a big ark to survive. Can you imagine what kind of preaching this “preacher of righteousness” preached? I’m sure it was not tickling their ears type of preaching or “find your best life now” or some watered-down lukewarm kind of teaching. “There’s something terrible that’s going to happen one day but it’s okay. Spend your life as you please, pursue your goals, and make as much money as you can.”

No, he was preaching that the earth would be destroyed, urging them to turn from their wicked ways, and they would all be drowned if they didn’t get on the boat with him. I’m sure he was laughed at, slandered, ridiculed, and even threatened but this didn’t stop him. No, he knew that God would keep His promise and destroy the entire earth so I’m sure he used every opportunity he had to speak this hard truth to all around him.

There are many “Christian” women who have blogs, TV shows, and Instagram accounts. Some have very large followings and are very popular. There are decorating blogs which show women how to decorate their homes. Other women teach how to fix delicious and beautiful food. Others are into fashion and the latest trends. There are even some who teach woman all about nutrition and how to be healthy. Some motivate and encourage women to clean their homes and live more simply. I follow some of these women but it’s heartbreaking to me that they don’t use their platforms to point people to Jesus. No, they wouldn’t be as popular and would most likely lose a lot of “followers” but so what?

God has spoken to me personally through His Word. He has told me that He’s going to burn up, I mean totally destroy, this world one day soon (2 Peter 3:10). It’s going to be rolled up like a scroll (Revelation 6:14). Therefore, I want to take every opportunity I can to point people to Jesus. I’ve been at parties and “clicked” with other women but as soon as I begin to talk about Jesus, they leave but it doesn’t matter to me. I’m only responsible for planting seeds of truth and pointing others to Jesus.

Yes, I get laughed at, slandered, ridiculed, and even threatened but this doesn’t bother me because I know what’s at stake. All those beautiful homes those women are decorating and learning to keep clean and tidy are one day going to burn. All those delicious and healthy foods they’re preparing will one day be meaningless. The latest fashions and clothes will burn up, too. Jesus is coming again and it won’t be pretty for those who reject Him.

Did you know that only what you do for Christ will last? Your decorated homes won’t. Your delicious foods won’t. Your clothes and fashions won’t. Only what you’ve done for Christ.

What are you doing for Christ? If someone looked at your Facebook page, could they convict you of being a Christian? If you have a blog or Instagram account, can others easily see that you love the Lord and use it to point people to Jesus? If not, you better begin storing your treasures in heaven and begin to speak truth to people because Christ is returning and everything is definitely going to burn.

Only one life, twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. (C. T. Studd)

Use your life wisely, women.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15, 16

O Death, Where is Thy Sting?

O Death, Where is Thy Sting?

My mom is very sick. She mostly lays in bed all day long and wants to go to heaven. She has lived a good and long life for 87 years. She’s been an amazing mother to me and we’ve been close for all of our lives. It’s hard for me to see her in the condition she is in. Death is a very hard thing to watch even if it’s an old person.

At the beginning of last September, I met a young and beautiful woman. She seemed healthy and and is a mother to six children; the youngest being only four years old. A month later, she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. Today as I am writing this post, she is fighting for every breath she takes as her husband lovingly sits by her side doing anything he can to help her be comfortable including rubbing her back and feet, reading the Word to her, and praying over her. Death is a very hard thing to watch no matter what the age. It will take a miracle of God for her to survive which many are praying will happen. (Sadly, Tesha passed away on Thursday.)

I have been reading through 1 Corinthians and I read this verse yesterday morning as I was grieving over my mom and this young mother. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26). Yes, death is an enemy. It wasn’t supposed to happen but because of sin, it did. But then later in the chapter, it reads, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Christ conquered sin and death for us and gave us victory over death. We will rise again. My mom and Tesha will spend eternity with Jesus and with all of their loved ones who love Jesus. Knowing this makes it easier for us but death will always be a very hard thing. We mourn with those who mourn and yes, there will be a lot of mourning when these two women pass on to eternal life, but there will be great rejoicing, too, since we know where they will be and we will one day meet them again. Christ indeed conquered the grave.

Several women in the chat room have lost their children and we all grieved for them. We can’t imagine the pain they are going through but they have stood strong in the Lord. There is no hope without Him. Because of Him, they know that they will one day be reunited with their precious children.

Death is something we will all go through unless Christ comes to take us home. I love what Michael Pearl taught about this time on earth. It’s like Grand Central Station and we’re all buying a ticket to heaven or to hell. This life is a blip on the scene of eternity so make sure you choose the train that goes to eternal life.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4

Childlike Faith to Trust God in EVERYTHING

Childlike Faith to Trust God in EVERYTHING

Do you have a childlike faith in God? Do you obey Him regardless of the cost because you trust that what He commands He will provide? Do you trust that His ways are best even if you don’t like them nor understand them? Do you trust Him enough to be a keeper at home even though it seems impossible? Do you have the faith to submit yourself to your husband’s leadership in everything even though he may make bad decisions? Do you trust that His ways are perfect thus you have no problems keeping quiet in the church service and men being the leaders in the church?

I listened to a video yesterday called Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up? It’s a great video about the early Christians and how they lived their lives in comparison to how we live ours. One part stood out to be so strongly that I typed it up for you.

“The early church had childlike trust in God even if it meant suffering. God was trustworthy to bring a person through it. ‘A person who does not do what God has commanded shows he really does not believe God’ (Clement of Alexandria). To the early Christians to claim to trust God while refusing to obey Him was a contradiction (He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. – 1 John 2:4).

“Their Christianity was more than verbal. As one early Christian expressed, ‘We don’t speak things – we live them!’ One early mark of the early Christian was their literal childlike obedience to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. They didn’t feel they needed to understand the reasons in a commandment before they would obey it. They just trusted that God’s way is always the best way.

“‘Who then is so irreverent as to disbelieve God, and to demand explanations from God as from men?’ (Clement of Alexandria) They trusted God because they lived in awe of his majesty and wisdom. ‘God is greater than all our perceptions – He is infinite, immense. Only He truly understands His true greatness, our hearts are too limited to really understand Him. We are making a worthy estimation of Him when we say that His is beyond estimation..Anyone who thinks he knows the magnitude of God diminishes His greatness'” (Mark Felix)

Can you say you live your life like the early Christians? God commands that we dwell on the lovely and the good. Does this command influence what you watch on TV, the computer, and at the movie theater? He warned us that bad company corrupts good morals. Are you careful with the friends and the people your children hang out with? He instructed parents to raise their children in the nurture and the admonition of Him. Are you the ones raising your children or have you handed that job off to someone else?

All of our lives and everything we do should be measured by the Word of God; for it is our instruction book. Nothing should frighten us or cause us to disobey out of fear. Whenever we are acting out of fear or faithlessness, we are not trusting God. He has reassured us by telling us that His commands are not burdensome so we should be quick and willing to obey all of what He has asked of us. Are you?

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Does God Always Heal?

Does God Always Heal?

Written by Walter Martin

First Peter 2:24 says of Christ, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”

One of the primary rules of biblical interpretation which must never be violated is context. What is the context in 1 Peter 2? Answer: salvation. There is no way to interpret it in any other sense. The verse is talking about Jesus on the cross dying for us, enduring punishment and bearing our sins, thereby providing salvation for us.

When certain people get hold of this passage, however, they change the context from salvation to physical healing. Every time such people see the word “heal” in the Bible they assume it refers to the miracle of divine healing for the physical body, regardless of whether the context indicates otherwise.

A number of times in Scripture the word healing has specific reference to spiritual healing. There are diseases of the soul that have to be healed — and the primary disease of the soul is man’s unregenerate state, which is rooted in sin. The good news is that God has provided healing for this disease of the soul. And that is what Peter is talking about in 1 Peter 2:24. He is not saying that physical healing of the body is guaranteed to every believer.

Certainly, healing for the body is a benefit of Christ’s death on the cross, a benefit for the church as a result of His atoning sacrifice. However, it is not — it has never been in the history of the church — a guarantee that God has to heal your body; He doesn’t have to!

God does say He will graciously entertain our prayers. He says that if we exercise faith, and if our request is in accordance with His will, He will hear us. But He never said that the mark of true spirituality is that you would never sneeze.

Some within the church will try to tell you, “God’s perfect will is that you are never going to be sick.” Well, I’ll tell you something: there are certain lessons — if you are honest — that you’ll admit you never would have learned unless the Lord flattened you out long enough to get your attention.

Sometimes God teaches us things through our suffering.

Moreover, I must say that sometimes a person, after praying for a healing, may receive a no from God — a benevolent no, a kindly no, a protective no maybe, but no nevertheless.

Tragically, however, there are teachers — in the Faith movement, for example — who have the colossal gall to tell people that if they were more spiritual, if they had more faith, if they believed like they believed, they would be well. Such faulty teaching can crush whatever faith these poor people have.

Now, I believe you should go to the Lord and believe Him for healing, and trust Him for healing, and pursue Him for healing. And I believe you should search your soul to make certain there is nothing in your life standing in the way of healing. But you must come to Him and lay yourself out on His conditions.

The Scripture says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). If perhaps God intends to teach you something through an illness, He might not heal you immediately.

So don’t think you are being neglected by the Holy Spirit if you don’t get healed. Don’t assume that the Lord is against you. Don’t conclude that you necessarily have an absence of faith or secret sin.

Take a good look at 1 Peter 2:21: “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” Circle the word example in this verse. Here we are told that Jesus suffered. And He left us an example. We are to follow in His steps.

And what is the meaning of Philippians 3:10, which refers to “the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings”? Let us be clear on this: suffering is an integral part of the fact of life, and is often used by God in the development and maturation of the Christian.

The apostle Paul had a greater standing with the Lord in terms of his ministry than I have or anybody else has ever had. According to 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Paul requested healing from the Lord three times. And three times he got an answer back: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Translation: God said no to Paul’s request for healing. And God had a purpose in saying no.

Did Paul have lack of faith? Rubbish! Was Paul suffering from some secret sin that he was carrying around? Do you see how utterly absurd this is? Do you see how it plays on people’s emotions and lives? Do you see how it undermines faith in the absolute authority of Scripture and transfers it to a human being whose experience becomes the criteria?

This type of teaching eats like a cancer in the body of Christ and it must be resisted and opposed at every opportunity so that Christians will not have a cloud hanging over their heads all the time. Instead, they will realize that Jesus really does love them (despite their illness) and that any healing that may come is in His sovereign hands, not ours.

A special note of thanks to Bob and Pat Hunter for their help in the preparation of this ASCII file for BBS circulation.

Copyright 1994 by the Christian Research Institute.

No Longer Broken

No Longer Broken

There are many songs about how broken we are as Christians, as I am sure you have heard. We sing it in praise songs in church, read about it on blogs and in books, and we hear it from the pulpit. We’re all so broken and a mess…but are we? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are NOT broken. In fact, God calls you a saint.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and powers.
Colossians 2:10

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
1 Peter 2:9

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:4

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.
1 Corinthians 1:2

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:11

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Galatians 3:27

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Peter 1:4

You can be a godly, submissive wife because Christ works mightily in and through you (Colossians 1:9). You can have a meek and quiet spirit because He tells us His commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). You can be a keeper at home because He promises He will do exceedingly beyond what we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Your past hurts and sins no longer have to define you since you have been raised from the dead in Christ (Romans 6:4).

There are many more verses about who we are in Christ. Yes, we will have struggles, sufferings, pain, and temptations as long as we live on this fallen planet but we are not broken since Christ has redeemed us with His precious blood and made us whole (Colossians 2:10)! Now, believe it.