Stuff My Father Says About Healing

Let’s talk before we get into this topic today. First off, this subject is a touchy one. In the past, it has cost me friendships, made many people angry and made me reevaluate what I truly believe. Yet through all of it, I still believe what God’s Word says about healing, and I always will.

I will say right at the gitgo here, if you disagree with me, it is perfectly fine. The only thing I would ask of you, is to keep an open mind and search out these truths in the Bible for yourself. Don’t just believe something because dear Aunt Polly or your daddy said it. Study and search for yourself. And not only this, ask God to show you, His Holy Spirit is the Great Teacher standing by ready, willing and able to help you to understand everything.

I’m not a science guy, I don’t understand what makes us sick or allows diseases to run rampant in some parts of the world more than others. What I do know is faith, and if God said something in the Bible, then it is true. It may not be operating fully in my life to the degree I want it to at the moment, but it is true regardless. The law of electricity is still true, regardless of whether or not I believe it. If I grab a bare wire which is connected to a power source, even if I don’t believe it will hurt me, it will. The same is true with the things in God’s Kingdom as well. What you do and do not know will have an impact on your life.

Before we hop into the healing Scriptures, I’d be remiss if I didn’t first off talk about how we receive things in God’s Kingdom. The Scriptures are pretty cut and dry about this, let’s look at Mark 11:23-24; “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’, and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Yeah, but Dave you don’t know my situation! Hey, save your buts for the Lord. This is Jesus talking in this passage of Scripture. It’s pretty cut and dry. Whatever you believe and say will be yours. This is how you get everything in the Kingdom of God; you believe it and say it, then it shows up. It doesn’t matter who you are either, if you believe something in your heart and say it with your mouth and do not doubt, but believe you will receive, you will eventually get the thing you are talking about.

So let’s look at what the Bible says about healing. Is it for you, or was it just for people in the Bible? Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them, let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.” Cool! God’s Word brings healing to your whole body! The Amplified versions says it this way, “My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn; open your ears to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing and health to all their flesh.”

Notice the phrases, “healing to your whole body” and “health to all their flesh“. The words “whole” and “all” pretty much cover whatever ails you. Something which jumps out at me in this Scripture is where it says “for they bring life to those who find them“. I don’t know about you, but this pretty much says to me those who are walking in healing are the ones who are paying close attention to God’s Word and actually looking for them. They’ve opened their ears to the Scriptures and kept them in front of their eyes, regardless of what their five senses are trying to tell them.

This then begs the question, am I actually looking for God’s Word concerning healing? Now here’s what I think, a lot of Christians are running to the doctor in search of the easy fix; you know, a pill or shot to take to fix what ails me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the guy who will tell you to throw away your medicine and just believe God. We have to use a little bit of common sense too. But I will be the guy to ask you if you are running to the doctor first and seeking God second?

I’m afraid in this scientific age we live in, Christians have gotten away from actually believing in God’s ability to heal us, thinking this was needed back in the day before all the medical stuff we’ve figured out in the past 100 years. A prevalent thought is God gave us science, and they in turn have given us a plethora of medicines which tout the ability to fix all of our problems. Have you ever looked into all the side effects of the pills we have nowadays? I mean, sometimes I’d rather have the sickness than deal with all the side effects.

Let’s look at some healing Scriptures or God’s medicine:

Psalm 107:20 “He sent His Word, and healed them.”

Psalm 30:2 “O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.”

Psalm 103:3 “He who forgives all your iniquities, and heals all your diseases.”

1 Peter 2:24 “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.”

Look at that last passage, especially the two words “have been“, this is in the past tense meaning it has already happened. When Jesus was beaten with the whip before He was nailed to the cross, each of the lashes He received purchased your healing. This means healing is yours, you just have to reach out and take it. And as we learned earlier, if we believe it in our heart, say it with our mouth and don’t doubt, then we will have what we say.

If you are not believing God for your healing, then my question must be, why? I don’t know exactly how many Scriptures there are concerning healing, but I know if there were just one it would be enough. I did come across this website which has 102 such verses. Click here to read them. What I know is as you read the Word of God, faith comes. And when faith comes, you believe. Couple that with your speaking what you believe and not doubting, and you will see the miracle of healing operate in your life.

I know it sounds almost too easy to be real, but if there is one thing I’ve learned about my Father in these past 30+ years of following Him, it’s He doesn’t make anything too difficult to do. Jesus wants the best for you, and one of these things is for you to be in health and whole. And besides, what do you have to lose by believing God? Nothing really. As Nike has said for years, “Just Do It!”

For the Kingdom and the King, shalom!

It’s Hotter Than Blue Blazes

Honestly I do not know where “Blue Blazes” is, but if it’s as hot as I’ve been the last couple of days at work, then it is not a place I ever want to visit.  As I write this, it’s June 8th and summer has arrived.  It may not be the “official” first day of summer, but the summer heat and humidity is here none the less.

With summer comes the 12 hour work days and all the fun this brings with it; sleep deprivation, staying wet with sweat, and drinking gallons of water and Gatorade a day trying to stay hydrated.  I had soaked through my shirt and had sweat running down my butt crack before 8 AM; this is joy unspeakable.

Before I started this job, I never spent any more time outdoors than I had too. Walking from my truck into work was too much outdoors for me.  Now I spend approximately 99% of my time in the elements.  It’s wonderful.  And yes, if you missed it, I’m being very sarcastic right at this moment.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about my job, I’m very thankful for it.  I have come so far from the mild, mannered shoe salesman of years past.

Things I’ve learned about working in the heat; stay hydrated by drinking lots and lots of water, adding to it an occasional Gatorade.  I usually drink four to five large bottles of water to every Gatorade, water is the best for you after all.  I also try and stay out of direct sunlight when I can.  My job actually consists of standing on pipe and writing down, or tallying all the information on it, so I am in the sun a lot.  Not to mention the added heat of the metal under my boots radiating upwards.  But I make sure and get into the shade as often as possible.  Also, and this is really tough for me, but I try and slow down a little bit, which helps me to not expend all of my energy before the day is over.

Working out in the sun can be done, I’m fifty-two years old and do it all day every day, the real trick to it is to listen to your body.  If you start feeling rough, or in the worst case scenario you stop sweating, get to a cool area and get some water into you fast.  Don’t be a hero and think you can handle it; it’s not worth getting heat exhaustion, or worse, heat stroke jus to complete a job faster.  Believe me heat ailments will affect you for years to come.

My bride is a driven person when she works in the yard.  Once she decided she would wait and get a drink after she finished, and for three hours worked in the sun.  She ended up in bed for a few days, and now when she is outdoors she is more susceptible to feeling bad if she doesn’t stop every few minutes and drink something.  Listen it’s not worth it to push yourself too far.  If you’re going to have fun outdoors, don’t visit Blue Blazes and for heaven’s sake, stay hydrated.