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When Healing Does Not Come
by Jill Mary
To say that the 'stripes' Jesus took with the whip were specifically for physical healing leaves one with this question: "THEN WHY DO CHRISTIANS DIE?!" Think about it. By claiming that all sickness was erradicated by the literal stripes, and all we need to do is have faith and speak 'positively' about our 'wellness' and 'don't admit' our sickness, then we should never die! After all, not even the strongest adherent/believer in this false doctrine simply goes to sleep upon death. He/she dies from some ailment, sickness, disease, or body part not working right from old age. Hmmm.
To confirm that Paul had a physical infirmity and was not a ‘wealth claimer’ or a ‘blessing claimer’, let’s look at one other scripture that should speak volumes:
(1 Corinthians 11:16)
'Even unto this present hour we both hunger and thirst and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; and labor, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless. Being persecuted, we suffer it. Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me'.
Did Paul live in the ‘Best’ place in town? No, he had no certain dwelling place. Did he rebuke when reviled? No, he blessed. Did he claim victory or speak ‘positive words’ when persecuted? No, he suffered it. Did he command anyone or anything when he was defamed? No, he entreated. He was made as filth of the world; as offscouring, not exactly the elite, prosperous, healthy, man of the hour.
You are not alone, and your suffering is not in vain. Hold on:
Jill Mary <><