Today I wanted to share with you some teaching on the meaning of Paul’s thorn in the Flesh. The number of times I hear people assume that Paul had a sickness that God wouldn’t heal.
If you believe this, then you will always doubt God for your healing.
The God who is Jehovah Rapha, who healed the multitudes, opened the eyes of the blind and raised the dead, yet in this case he refuses to heal his son Paul?
Few people had faith stronger than the woman with the issue of blood; Jesus said “Daughter your faith has healed you”.
It’s easy to assume that we need a faith stronger than ever in order to receive a miracle. I don’t believe this is accurate however.
The Bible says we only need ‘faith as small as a mustard seed’ Luke 17:6. It’s not that we need a stronger faith to receive a healing, we may just need a different kind of faith.
Are you rooted and grounded in the love of Christ?
If I were to support someone on a healing journey, I would always start with the love of God.
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 john 4:16
You might be thinking ‘of course I know that God loves me’. But knowing that God loves you, and believing in your heart are not the same.
One is cognitive, the other experiential.
Prayer is referred to throughout the Bible, but the Prayer of Faith is only mentioned the once. In James 5:15 it says ‘And the prayer of faith shall save the sick’
So what is the difference between prayer and the prayer of faith?
Lisa Bevere tells of when her son had a tumour under his tongue. They prayed and applied the anointing oil and within a couple of days the tumour had disappeared.
In this instance, the healing took place quickly.
Would the healing have happened without the anointing oil? I really don’t know. There are people healed instantly without the physical oil being present.
I remember the days I prayed such desperate pleading prayers for healing. I was BEGGING God to heal; it really was life or death. Then I read about Moses and the Bronze serpent found in Numbers and everything changed.
From that day onwards, I no longer pleaded or begged God for healing. In fact, this revelation means I will never ask God for healing ever again. Not for myself or for others.
Today I share with you perhaps the greatest revelation I have had about God and His supernatural healing power.
The Bible says that ‘by Jesus Stripes’ we are healed.
I know for me, the more I meditate on this verse, the deeper my faith for healing is and the greater my revelation of God’s love for me: two conditions that open the door for divine healing.
How we see ourselves matters. The Bible says we’re clothed in Christ but seeing ourselves this way is sometimes way too challenging (or at least it is for me) when the symptoms in my body steal my attention morning, noon and night.
When chronic illness sets in, we condition ourselves unconsciously by way of neuropathways. The illness becomes a part of us whether we realise it or not.
You may cognitively recognise that illness is not your identity but unconsciously your thoughts, behaviour may tell an opposing story.
The leper in who approached Jesus in Matt 8, fell on his knees and chose to worship Jesus, he offered up a sacrifice of praise.
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. Matt 8:1-2
Despite the extremeness of his suffering, he still humbled himself and praised God. Wow! That’s powerful!
When the doctor says ‘there’s nothing more we can do for you’, the distress and disappointment is heartbreaking.
I have clients who are in this place, it’s scary, it’s feels soul destroying. I’ve been in this place too. Few things are worse than knowing you’ll be suffering for the rest of your life or that you’re dying.
Is this where you are right now? I pray that this short series of how Jesus cleanses the leper will give you hope and an expectation of how healing is possible.