by Rex Rouis
… who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. I Peter 2:24
“Therefore I say to you whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24
Not everyone received healing under Jesus’ ministry. There were times when everyone in attendance received healing, and there were times when very few received anything. What made the difference? The reason mentioned again and again in the Gospels is the person’s faith. If they had faith, they received, if they did not have faith, they did not receive. There are times when faith is not mentioned, but there I believe God moved through His divine mercy. See Mercy – Bending the Rules of God
When people do not receive, is it because they do not have faith? This is the obvious question, and it is a tough one. The truth is, we do not know exactly why a person fails to receive. The hidden things belong to the Lord. However, we do know what the Bible says when people received and when people did not receive. The one time the Bible mentions why people did not receive healing is in Matthew 13:58 (and Mark 6:5-6). The sole reason given is unbelief. Jesus does not mention the will of God, or anything else. And again, when someone does receive, we hear Jesus commending their faith and saying, “Your faith has made you whole.”
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
The verse above says that God loves everybody but His salvation is reserved only for those who believe. Faith is required for salvation, and all things associated with it. Furthermore, this faith, the Bible says, comes from hearing the spoken word of God (Romans 10: 17). Faith is contingent upon hearing from God and acting upon it.
My own Pastor was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only weeks to live. He made decisions on how he would fight the sickness, but God spoke to him and told him that if he continued in that direction he would die. Thankfully, he listened and obeyed. It has been years now and he is still cancer free. Read his book – Receiving God’s Mercy
Receiving healing is God’s will for everyone. Jesus never turned anybody away and He never once stated that it was not God’s will for a person to be healed. The fact that some people did not receive did not stop Him, and it should not stop us.
You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38
Faith for healing is true and available to all, but receiving healing is harder than what is presented in most faith sermons. Faith in God is hard work, and requires total transparency before Him. Faith is not difficult. It does not require intelligence, an education, or any particular ability. It does however require a deep unrelenting desire to do whatever it takes to hear and receive from God. To do this one must fight against everything this world stands for and throws at them. Few will actually do this, so few are healed. It was like this when Jesus walked and it is the same today. If Jesus could not get everybody healed, why are we surprised when we do not?
At the turn of the last century, Charles Price sought God on this very issue. God’s response was the basis of his 1940 classic on faith. Read his book – The Real Faith