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This is SO important. I've seen this done repeatedly for years by well meaning Christians who are actually greatly harming their brothers and sisters-in-Christ that are already suffering.

We know that the Bible teaches that God miraculously heals. I have been blessed to witness it many times. Just read yesterday's post of how He healed my husband very recently. He gives us instructions on how to ask for this. James 5:14 He gives evidence that He does do this, but He does not always do this. He is God and His ways are above ours, He gets to choose. We don't have to understand, only believe He is faithful when He promises to make ALL THINGS work together for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His will. Romans 8:28 We need to remember our place. We have been bought with a price and are no longer our own, but His to do with as He sees fit. He is the supreme God of all.

Surely it grieves our loving Father when one Christian speaks to another Christian who is suffering illness or injury and tells them they do not have to be sick, that it's not God's will for them to be sick. They infer or outright tell their brother or sister-in-Christ that if they just had enough faith, they'd be healed. They are telling them that not only are they suffering physically, but it's their own fault because they are failing at being a Christian. They add grief and condemnation to their brother or sister who is already laden down in pain and suffering.

In Matthew 25 Jesus teaches us to visit the sick. Do you think He was telling us to visit them, act all superior, blame them for their illness, judging them to be failing Christians of no faith and heap yet more suffering and condemnation on them? Is this what our Savior taught us?

  • No. He taught us to bear one another's burdens. Galatians 6:2
  • He taught us to lift others before the Father in prayer.
  • He taught us to treat others as we wish to be treated. Would you like to be sick and suffering and have others come tell you it's your fault and you are failing as a Christian, if you just had more faith you don't need to be ill? Luke 6:31
  • He taught us not to be critical of others, but to speak the truth in love. We will be judged by the measure we judge others with. Matthew 7:1,2; Ephesians 4:15
  • He told us to build people up in our most holy faith. Jude 1 :20
  • He taught us to "encourage one another and build up one another". 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Not everyone was healed in the New Testament, even apostles.
  • In John 5, there were many sick and crippled laying by the pool. Jesus healed only one of them.
  • In John 11, Lazarus was sick. Jesus did not come until he had died (and then raised him from the dead to the glory of God).
  • In Acts 5:15 People laid the sick in the streets so that as Peter walked by, his shadow might fall on them and they be healed. He did not heal them all.
  • In Philippians 2:19-28 Epaphroditus was sick unto death. Even as a friend of Paul's and in his presence, this brother was ill for a period of time before he got well.
  • 2 Timothy 4:20 Paul says he left Trophimus sick at Miletus.
  • Paul himself had a "thorn in the flesh" he pleaded repeatedly for God to heal, but His answer was "My grace is sufficient for you." 2 Corinthians 12:9
Matthew 9:35 and other scriptures tell us that there is nothing God cannot heal, but the scriptures above and other scriptures show that He did not always heal everyone. It even states that at times it was actually His will that they be sick or die, so His power could be shown in their healing or being raised from the dead. Everyone eventually dies. He has not healed every Christian every time these 2,000 odd years.

What about the Christian martyrs? Faithful unto death. Deemed worthy to die for Him. Surely at a minimum there were faithful Christian parents fervently praying for Him to save their children. Husbands and wives praying God spare the other. Yet He did not. It was not His will. Aside from the fruit going through this brought in their individual lives and the rewards they have in heaven, God used the persecution to spread the gospel all over the world that more could be saved, as people fled the persecution. Even today when we read accounts of martyrdom we are inspired spiritually to live more holy lives of faith ourselves. His ways are always best, but they do not always include healing and we do not always understand His reasons. Who do we think we are that God should have to explain Himself to us?

In Matthew 10:8 Jesus commands us as His followers to heal others in His name, but we are to ASK God to heal, as servants of His, not COMMAND Him to heal as so many do in misguided arrogance. It is still always up to God who He chooses to heal and when and who He chooses not to heal. As He promised to work ALL THINGS for our good. Times of illness and injury are opportunities for us to develop precious Fruit of the Spirit in co-operation with the Holy Spirit in our lives and a closer walk with God.

We should encourage faith for healing. We should believe for healing when we pray as He says if we don't believe, whatever we pray for will not happen. James 1:6-7 We as human beings shouldn't be judging whether another remains ill or injured because of lack of faith. Ours is only to encourage in the Word, love them, pray for them, believe for them, help them in any way we can.

There are many scriptures showing that healing does not always depend on the faith of the sick person. Some times they were healed "according to your faith" and other times it was the faith of those praying for them. Again, it would be wholly wrong for us to judge another as to which didn't have faith...maybe it was us! And maybe it wasn't His will or His timing.
  • "Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this-- not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way." Romans 14:13
Last thought. It's pretty easy to pray for someone. Let's consider showing our faith by our works. Put legs and hands on our prayers and actually go help them. Bear one another's burdens. Meet their needs as the Body of Christ. Visit the sick. Clean their house. Bring them food. Run errands for them. Make phone calls for them. Watch their children. Give them a ride. Send cards that you really mean and call them and really listen. We don't have to have all the answers, but we can all listen and just be there for someone. Let's not just pray, but be there where the rubber meets the road. Make our days count. Be rich in good works. Our Savior commands it and there are rewards in this world and the next if we will do this and with the right attitude. Remember, we are to do all things as we are working for God and not for man, so we give our very best and don't even consider the sacrifice!

Here is a beautiful rare Blue Bird. It was far away so the quality isn't what I'd like, but it was so special I thought you might enjoy it. I've had bluebird houses for decades because they are endangered (or close to it), but never had a resident because my area isn't what they prefer to live in. So this was very exciting for me to see two of them for the first time yesterday! Man God made them beautiful! For those of you following our baby squirrel's progress, I've got more pictures today. Once she opened her eyes yesterday, I had to put her in a cage. Today when she woke for a feeding, I opened the door and let her find her way out and try climbing on the outside. The smooth white bottom of the cage really gave her fits! (She sleeps in a salt box inside this little box...all snug and dark!) When Daddy got home last night, we took Boo and hunted some pine things for the little one to start chewing on when she's ready.

Just like any baby, when she eats she falls asleep. Mmmmm :) happy!

So deeply asleep she can't even hold her tail up any more!

I love the textures of these brick borders. Send me your LOs and I'll post them here!

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