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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Doubt and Healing


When we consider redemption and healing, we need to understand that redemption and healing are for everyone. Healing is a benefit of redemption. All the benefits of redemption are available to anyone. If doubt can be created, then the possibility for faith is killed. You can’t have doubt and faith in your heart at the same time. Doubt about any benefit of redemption—such as healing—or of God’s provision, can kill your faith. It is imperative that we answer questions about things in the Word that can create doubt in God’s faithfulness to deliver and provide according to His Word.


Let’s consider healing. Christ bore your sins and He bore your sicknesses. James 1:6-8 reveals that we are to ask in faith without any doubt. He who doubts cannot expect to receive anything from the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. 


You can’t be in a place of doubt and expect to receive. The person who is in doubt about the grace of God is going to be unstable. They have trouble believing for healing and believing other Truths as well. They judge God based on their reasoning or emotions or experiences rather than understanding that the Word of God is their Truth. We have to be sure that what we believe eliminates all traces of doubt. The grace of God in Jesus Christ has appeared to all men. But are we able to stand in that grace without any doubt?


“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13, NKJV). We don’t doubt that. But what is the depth of this promise? Whoever calls of the name of the Lord will be delivered from sin and healed and delivered from other kinds of problems. These benefits are all included in the word “saved.”  When we consider healing, people begin to doubt. Many believe that God only heals if it is His will. But healing is a part of salvation. Why do we doubt the healing aspect of salvation? Whoever calls on His name will be saved and that includes healing. To receive, we have to remove doubt.


“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases” (Psalm: 103:2-3, NKJV). Many believers have forgotten the Lord’s benefits! He forgives all your sins!  Do you believe that? He heals all your diseases. Do you believe that?  If you say “well maybe,” then you don’t really believe it. You can’t believe one part of this Scripture and not the other. He forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.


As an example, let’s consider how Job might create doubt for healing. If there is any room in your heart to believe you may be like Job, then there will be doubt to believe in God’s healing goodness in your life. If you believe you are sick for God’s glory, then any expectation for you to believe and receive God’s healing will be extinguished.


During the next couple of devotions, we will delve into the book of Job. But for time’s sake today, I’d like you to consider how Job answers God at the end of the book. Throughout the book of Job, Job has questioned God out of His ignorance because he has had no knowledge of the ways of God.


“I know that you can do anything,” Job said, “and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me” (Job 42:2-3, NLT).


Job confesses that throughout the time of his suffering he has uttered things that he did not understand and repents for the things he has said out of ignorance.


“You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’ I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance” (Job 42:4-6, NLT).


Often, we speak what we don’t understand because we don’t know what God says. And when we don’t know and believe, we doubt. Healing doesn’t happen today because so many don’t believe it. Unbelief even stopped Jesus from healing many in his own hometown of Nazareth. When we don’t believe God, that is when questions arise, and we, like Job, question. We don’t need to question. We need the Truth of God’s Word.

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer" (Matthew 21:22).


Tomorrow we will look at Job and Jesus.


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