Speaking with a friend the other day, he mentioned that it must be God’s will that he is suffering at that moment with a personal injury. I had to disagree. God’s will is that we thrive and prosper, not be injured, wither and die.
Sure, God has a plan for humanity; a simple plan indeed. But does he have a master plan where everything is worked out to the finest detail (also known as predestination)? I don’t think so. If he did, wouldn’t that violate our own free will?
God gave us free will so that we could make choices for ourselves. One of the best choices we can make that pleases God is to choose him. We as people understand no better feeling than when someone we love and care for chooses to be with us.
God is your creator and your heavenly father. He desires to be with you at your choice. If his plan was to make a bunch or robot-like automatons obeying his every command without choice, then what great deed will he have accomplished?
Our father in heaven is a creator. We are made in His image. Therefore it stands to reason that we are creators as well. And look what we humans create: Great works of art, friendships and blossoming relationships, wonderful families, amazing architecture, medical and scientific technology and all sorts of other marvelous things. On the other hand we can also create strife, wars, destruction and all sorts of misery for ourselves and for others.
We have the innate ability to literally create our own reality simply by the thoughts and emotions we keep about the world around us.
Parenting 101… Gods Way
Let’s apply an analogy on parenting that we can all understand. All of us have experience with parents. Everyone had at least one parent (or parental figure) growing up. Many of you reading this are parents right now. Ask yourself this: Is it your will that your child suffers or would you rather see them grow and prosper in all ways? What was your parents’ will for you? To suffer or to be healthy and prosperous? Chances are your earthly parents probably had the same desire for your health and well being as you do for your children.
Is God, your heavenly father, any different in this basic desire for his children? If it truly is his will that some of us suffer and die while others unfairly prosper then this world would be a very different and ugly place. A human father that wishes suffering on his children usually has his children taken away from him and given to a more caring family. The father is then chastised and reviled by the community and sometimes even prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated by the authorities.
If we hold people to a high level of parental accountability, why then do we not feel the same way about God’s parenting?
I have children, two boys. It’s both my will and my desire to see them grow physically, emotionally and in wisdom. Furthermore I desire for them to prosper and live happy rewarding lives. I don’t like it when they experience hardship and suffering, either physical or emotional. I do however understand that such hardship is sometimes necessary for their growth, so I allow it to happen in a controlled environment.
As their parent I could home school them, never allow them leave the house, not watch television, not go to movies, never talk to other people or have any friends. That would certainly protect them from sickness and harm. They would never feel the emotional pain of losing a friend or the physical pain or a sports injury. They would be sheltered and protected in all ways.
Now ask yourself, is that a good thing? Would they grow and be fulfilled? Probably not.
God knows how it works. His plan for you is to grow and prosper in all ways: Physically, emotionally, intellectually, financially… and more! Sometimes pain is a necessary part of growth. Sometimes success is a necessary part as well.
Take it all and count it as progress but please do not say your suffering and hardship is God’s will.
Most likely, hardships you may currently be experiencing are consequences of your own making due to less than wise choices you have made. God is allowing it to happen for your growth. And he is working in the background making sure your suffering and challenges are limited to that which you can handle.
1 Cor 10:13 promises “No temptation (Greek translation of temptation: test, examine, trial) has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not allow you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
But how long your suffering persists is entirely up to you, not God.
Pain, Suffering and Healing
Healing is a manifestation of the gift of Holy Spirit. This gift is available to everyone without distinction. You can have healing in your life. Healing is not limited to only the physical. You can have healing of all kinds: emotional, mental, financial, personal relationships and business dealings too. Basically, whatever is broken in your life can be fixed through the power of God. This power can however be limited or even stopped by our own personal feelings and beliefs on the matter.
As I mentioned earlier in this article, we have the innate ability to literally create our own reality simply by the thoughts and emotions we keep about the world around us. Healing and our own personal beliefs are large parts of this. As powerful as God, the creator of our universe is, you can stop his almighty power in your life though your own beliefs and free will choices. Amazing!
Or you can take full advantage of his loving power in your life for healing, growth, prosperity, fulfillment and happiness. Also amazing… and it’s your choice!
When you pray for healing, it is crucial that you clearly see yourself in your mind as already having the outcome you desire, that you are already healed; past tense in the present form. For example if you are sick now, then thank God for the healing as if it has already happened. See yourself totally healed and marveling at how wonderful God is for having helped you through your sickness to quickly.
If however your prayer request to only get better soon, then you’ll never be completely healed, as getting better soon means that you are still sick now and will continues to be sick in the near future. Remember the old adage that tomorrow never comes; there is only the present.
Concerning prayers and answers, Jesus said in John 16: 23-24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
A more clearly translated version from the Greek text reads: “Truly I say to you, whatever you might ask (straightly, directly) in my name the Father will give it to you. Until presently you have not done this. So ask and you will receive (Greek word lambano, to receive into manifestation) that your joy, gladness and delight be full.”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 the apostle Paul adds, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
With the words in John 16: 23-24 and in 1 Thess 5:18 we are reminded of God’s true will for us:
To ask our hearts’ desire with thankfulness and then actively receive it into our life so that we may have joy, gladness and delight.
Like my friend at the beginning of this article, too many good Christians accept their “fate” to be injured or sick calling it God’s will. Truly I say to you (with sadness for them), their prayers for healing will not be answered. However, happiness for them and answers to their prayers can be seen with only a simple shift in understanding and adjusting their mind set accordingly.
To simply ask for healing is not enough. You must know it is God’s will for you to be healed and full of joy. You must also believe that you have already received it. Feel deep thankfulness as if you are remembering your healed condition as an event in the recent past. Then your prayers will be answered and your healing will be complete “so that your joy may be full”.
God bless you!
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