Don’t Be A Christian

In the Bible I have read many verses telling of God’s healing power. In Psalm 103:3, Scripture says he forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases. I know I’ve said this before in one of my previous posts, but if my Father is big enough to do miracles, he’s too big for me to completely understand the how’s and why’s of what he does. To take this a step further, there are many times over the years I’ve asked my Lord why he did or didn’t do something. Out of the hundreds of times I’ve asked why, he only answered me twice. My Lord doesn’t owe me an explanation, and I know I am not strong enough to carry the burden of what he knows. Still, when I see people sick or hurting, and I pray for them, it breaks my heart when I don’t see immediate results. I know my Lord can heal, so why doesn’t he sometimes?

One morning I was reading the 57th chapter of the book of Isaiah. With the question of why God rolling around in my head, I believe my heavenly Father answered me in the following way:

Repent and you will be healed. You can believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. You can believe his death on the cross cleanses you of your sins, and saves you. However, healing comes if you LIVE like him, SPEAK like him, LOVE like him, COMMUNICATE with me like he did, and LISTEN and OBEY me like he did. There are Christians, then there are followers of Jesus. Be a follower of Jesus.

Now I know from my experiences, and from the Daniel Bible study by Beth Moore, that God does in fact heal us completely every time we pray for it. However, as I have solidly learned by walking with him, it does not look like I think it should. Sometimes our Lord heals by protecting us from the fiery trial. Sometimes he heals us as we walk through the fiery trial (Daniel 3), and sometimes our Father heals us completely by bringing us home to his house. He is Lord, the one true God, and knows all things. Who am I to question him and his methods? There are many things I do not know, but I know this: I have not yet regretted following Jesus. I like me better now, I like my life better now, and I have the hope of seeing my loved ones again in heaven. I did not have that assurance before. I will be a follower of Jesus.

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Isaiah 57:1-2

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