Whether you agree or disagree with Ginger, you need to know where she’s coming from as she writes this. Ginger has ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. She currently is in a wheelchair and can only write these words through eye movements that are picked up by an Assistive Technology Device. This machine also speaks for her as she types with her eyes. I can’t imagine how long it takes for her to write her journal entries by eye movements. But I thank God that she perseveres. Her journal entries are a blessing to many!
Let’s reach out and agree in faith and prayer with her, believing God for her healing!
For the past month or so, I was just studying about healing. Needless to say, I have a decided interest in the subject.
What I learned has astounded me. Thanks to a friend, Richie, I was led to check out the JGLM website. That stands for John G. Lake Ministries. He was a man who lived about a hundred years ago, and died in 1935. He had tapped into a (pretty much) forgotten truth from God’s Word.
A man by the name of Curry Blake was asked to take over this ministry in 1987, based on a prophecy that John gave before his death. He continues to lead this ministry, and train others. After studying what John G. Lake understood from God’s Word, was able to produce similar results. It is actually very amazing. That’s all I will say about it, so if you have any interest, check it out.http://spiritlessons.com/Documents/Healing/JGL/JGL_Ministries.htm
Well, after whetting my appetite, I got some books about Divine healing. By now, all of you know that I believe in that. But what I’ve come to understand is that healing is included in the atonement. I seriously never understood that before. While I knew it still happened, even with some degree of regularity, I didn’t know that it was always God’s will.
Right now I can hear many of you arguing with that statement. Perhaps you have a physical ailment that you can not shake. I’m sure that all of us know of someone who’s life was cut short because of disease. Me too! But, I am going to try to show that experience alone can not be a deciding factor in what’s really true.
So, how can I justify what I said? Isn’t God in control of everything that happens? Yes and no. He obviously created the world, and set the universe in motion. This is why scientists can establish absolute laws that work without fail.
This is why we know, for instance, that if something is dropped, it will fall. Of course we all understand that gravity behaves differently in different circumstances. I am speaking only in general terms here.
Now, having said that, let me illustrate what I mean. While God set the law of gravity in place, He doesn’t make you drop that glass on the kitchen floor. Could He prevent it from falling? Of course He could, but to do so would mean to superimpose His will over His law.
He has a will that all would come to a saving knowledge of Him, so as not to perish, but have eternal life. Yet, the Scriptures tell us that many don’t choose life. He loves each of us, and extends this offer to all. Murderers, jihadists, adulterers, and everyone else you can imagine, are not beyond His love. He died for all of us, no matter what we’ve done. His will is that all will come, but we know that doesn’t happen.
My point in saying this is simply that His will is not always accomplished on earth. Because He gave mankind free will, He allows us to choose Him or not.
I was lying in bed thinking about this today. The Word tells us clearly that Jesus died to be a substitute for us. Through Him, and Him alone, we can obtain that perfect life. So now we could come boldly to God through Him. For many years, the church had lost that simple truth, and established elaborate rituals that make people think they were doing something to earn salvation. Where do we see Jesus doing that? In fact, Jesus Himself gave us the pattern to follow before ascending to take His seat in power and authority. In the Gospel of Mark, the 16th chapter, He tells us clearly what to do. We are to go into all the world, preach, heal, raise the dead, cast out demons, etc. We are told that signs and wonders would follow those who believe. How did this evolve into sitting on a pew for an hour or two, and offering each other peace? We all are guilty of ignoring His mandate. I think the biggest obstacle is the fact, like myself, we aren’t convinced about what is God’s will. He wrote it all out for us, so we could know it. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of God.
John G. Lake got a hold of this truth, and he watched the will of God for healing come to pass, as he did what God required. He was certainly very human, and had suffered personally from his mistakes, but God honored his obedience.
Throughout the centuries different men and women delved into His Word to find nuggets of Truth. The Word, itself, says that it is forever settled in the heavens. We are instructed, by Jesus Himself, to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Before He left, He said that all authority was given to Him. Therefore, His Name is above everything, which includes all sickness. When He left, He told us to continue to enforce His rule until He comes back.
To make sure we would be able, He sent His own Holy Spirit to live right inside of us. Because He now lives in all who receive Him, He goes wherever we go. We are not so much called to go to church today, but to BE the church. Against this church, the gates of hell will not prevail. So why are there sick among us?
Could it be because WE allow it? And the reason we allow it is because we don’t know any better.
Who amongst us, having come home from the store and noticing some of our bags missing, would not return, receipt in hand, to get the rest? I know that I certainly would. Well, the Bible states that Jesus paid the price for our physical healing by the stripes He bore. If He paid for it, why don’t we go back to get it?
Forgive me if I am stepping on some toes here. The truth is that I am stepping on my own too, even harder.
It’s time to stop ascribing to God what the enemy does, and give Him the glory due His Name. What good is it to waste the gift His love provided by leaving it behind? I am not satisfied with half the victory. I want it all!