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When Healing Does Not Come
by Jill Mary

Before you believe that God has said, “No” to you, let me first ask a few questions first:

1.Have you read the page ‘Directions’? Have you done research and changed your diet and lifestyle and taken responsibility for your body’s health to the best of your knowledge and ability?

2.Have you confessed any known habitual sin in your life, and repented; receiving God’s forgiveness?

3.Have you prayed diligently?

You may have a handicap that no amount of ‘natural treatments’ will change. You may have some physical problems due to an accident, surgery, or similar ill fate. Perhaps you have an unknown illness – something that baffles the doctors and for which you can find no cure. Maybe you have migraines or back pain or bowel problems, which cannot be alleviated due to a birth defect.

This page is for you.

Contrary to what some Christians believe and teach, sometimes God says, “No” to complete healing. If He said “No” to Paul's healing and "No" to John the Baptist's being released from prison so that he ended up being beheaded, then who is to say that He may not have a reason to say “No” to someone else? One thing we must always remember...God did not bring sickness and physical suffering into this world and it was never His perfect desire, and He does not take delight in our suffering. Nor is He distant and uncaring (see ‘Comfort’ page). Let me share Paul’s story with you:

We all like the story of the persistent widow. She gets what she asks for and lives happily ever after. But ‘happily ever after’ is not always a promise for us while we live on this earth. Look at Paul. He began the same as the persistent widow, but his story had a much different ending. God (the righteous judge) said, “No”. He heard God’s answer (we must know His voice), and accepted his thorn.

Lets look at the scripture on this. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, we read: ‘And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’” Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong’.

In 2 Cor. 12:7, the particular word translated as ‘thorn’ is used only once in the New Testament. It comes from the Greek word, ‘skolops’, which means ‘withered at the front/a point or prickle/figuratively-a bodily annoyance or disability’. Just to be sure we are not talking about some generic trials/hardships but rather an actual physical ailment, let’s look at another scripture:

Galatians 4:13-14:
'Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. And my temptation, which was in my flesh, ye despised not, nor rejected, but received me as an angel of God; even as Christ Jesus'.

In the context, Paul was not suggesting that the church would ‘despise’ or ‘reject’ him because he simply had generic life trials! Some teach that the 'thorn' was not a physical infirmity to which God said "No" to healing, but rather that it was just regular life trials and tribulations that He allowed Satan to bring. One person even suggested it was simply Paul's guilt at having persecuted Christians in the past - which has absolutely no biblical context whatsoever. It was a physical infirmity : in the flesh, and Paul was not healed, even though others were healed merely by touching a piece of garment that he touched.

In the New Testament, the word translated ‘flesh’ is the same throughout, with the exception of 2 verses, and it comes from the Greek word ‘sarx’, which means ‘flesh - as stripped of the skin’ -or- ‘the body, as opposed to the soul or spirit’. This word is not the same as soul or spirit. It means his physical body. Again, this scripture is speaking of a physical ailment or limitation. Paul had already been going through many trials and much persecution for his Christian faith (Chapter 11:23-28) before God had ever sent the messenger of Satan to buffet him. This tells me that God was not sending him a messenger to give him tribulation as a Christian, because he already was having the tribulation. Where were the trials/hardships coming from that he was already having, but from the enemy. Thus, the truth is, that God sent a personal messenger from Satan to give him a physical ailment or limitation of sorts, so that he would not become proud as a result of being given the revelations.

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 <><

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