I recently received a letter from a lady wanting biblical information concerning healing, for she had been told that some people die or remain sick “for their greater good”, and that she didn’t agree with that. Neither does the Holy Bible. Notice I didn’t just say “Bible”, for it is “Holy”. The word of God is always Holy, whether it’s something you want to hear from Him, or not. I would like to say that everyone I pray for gets healed. But that isn’t the case. Yes, I can get them healed on my faith (which is the faith of Jesus operating in me), but keeping them healed is another story altogether. For every person I pray for, the greater portion of my time is teaching them how to not only receive their healing, but how to keep it. You see people sick all around you. Doctor’s offices are full of sick people every day, trying to get well.

 Many, many Christians go to doctors, but don’t believe it’s God’s will to heal them. I have to ask those people, do they really want to obey God? If they do, and they don’t believe it’s God’s will for them to be healed, then why are they disobeying God by trying to get well when He wants them sick? Thank God, He really does want people healed. Only problem is, so many people are convinced that God wants them sick. God will not take away your freedom of choice. God will neither save you or heal you against your will. Otherwise, salvation would be much simpler. We know Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt for our sins. So, if God desired, He could just make our decision for us and declare we are saved, regardless of whether we wanted to be saved or not. And it’s His right to do so, but He is not willing to take away our freedom of choice, even if it means us going to hell for all eternity for our choice of denying Jesus.

Salvation is available for all who ask for it in faith. Healing is available for all who believe it is for them. But just because it is available, doesn’t mean you will ever have it. Many new cars are available to me in any city I go to. Again, just because they are available, doesn’t mean I will get one. Something is required first…I must pay for it, or it isn’t mine.
Salvation is bought and paid for by the sacrifice of Jesus. He saved us some 2000 years ago. We weren’t even born yet. So you must say, He “paid in advance” for us. To receive that salvation, we must also “pay in advance” with our faith. To say it much simpler, man says, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” And God says, “You’ll see it when you believe it.” Notice the difference? People want to be saved first, then believe, and it just doesn’t work like that. Nor does it work that way with healing. It’s believe first, receive your healing, not, receive your healing, then believe. So many miss out on their healing for one of these two reasons; first, they’ve been taught it is not always God’s will to heal, and secondly, they fail to believe. If you don’t have faith to believe, then you can always cover up your unbelief with the excuse “it wasn’t God’s will to heal me”. But that doesn’t fly with God.
Every time someone came to Jesus for healing, they got healed. You cannot show me even one time that Jesus refused to heal someone. The closest He ever came to refusing to heal anyone was when the Samaritan woman came to Jesus, asking Him to heal her daughter. You can read about it in Matthew 15-22-28, “And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me. But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”

Jesus told people, in John 6:38, “For I came down from heaven not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me”. He said in John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” In John 10:30, Jesus said, “I and my Father are One.” Here’s something I want you to think about. Everywhere Jesus went, He had compassion on the people and healed them. If it were not His Father’s will for people to be healed, then Jesus would have been in direct disobedience to His Father by healing the sick. He healed all who came to Him because He was moved with compassion.
I realize everyone being prayed for is not healed, and I pray in faith every time I pray. If it were up to God the Father, and up to Jesus, and up to me, everyone would be healed. But “everyone” has a choice that God will not override. If you don’t receive your healing, don’t blame God. He is never wrong. So here you have to ask yourself, Is it always God’s will to heal?????
If you have been studying Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you have to answer “yes”. If you haven’t been studying God’s word, then you will be blown about with every wind of doctrine that comes down the pike.
 But not me. I study and know what He said in His word. I believe, and won’t budge an inch. So, if you believe, and I believe, we are agreed, and it is done. However, “Hope”, and “Believe” are two different things. If I believe, and you hope, we are not agreed. Only “believe” qualifies for the prize.
I like to argue both sides of a case, so as to convince not only you, but myself. You will never see a lawyer argue for both sides, but I do, because I want the truth. I dig until the truth is known. An opponent to healing will say, what if a person believed and died anyway, see, that shows it wasn’t God’s will to heal them. Wrong. You don’t know what they are believing and talking when you aren’t around. Jesus said in no uncertain terms in Mark 11:23-26, “For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. AND when ye stand praying, FORGIVE, if ye have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” There are more than just a few that hold grudges they won’t turn loose of, and they keep them to their grave. And they think they’re saved, but Jesus said they will die unforgiven of their sins. And all those years of sitting in church will have been a waste of time.
I know that God has healed me supernaturally on several occasions. Not because I am any more beloved to Him than you are, but simply because I believe Him. I believe God for my healing. If Jesus can’t heal me, I’m certainly not going to waste my money on looking for a doctor that has more power than God. There isn’t one. I’ll save you the trouble of looking. Dr. Jesus still makes house calls, for free, you don’t even need a certificate of health insurance or an HMO. If Jesus said we could have what we say if we doubt not in our heart, and forgive, then, we can have it. And not because I said it, but because JESUS said it.
A few years ago I prayed for a lady with liver cancer and told her to thank God for her healing several times a day, confessing with her mouth “by the stripes of Jesus I am healed”. She called me back in a couple days saying it was too hard. She died not long afterward, but she could have lived. The devil lied to her, and she bought the lie. Jesus wanted her healed, but she wouldn’t have any part of it.

Two things happened here; one, she came and worshipped Him, calling Him Lord. That instantly made her “family”. Jesus never refuses ANYONE who calls Him Lord, no matter how bad they are or where they came from. Number two, she came in faith, believing. God will move heaven and earth to meet the need of one who truly calls Him Lord, and believes, and not once in a while, but every time.

I prayed with another lady with liver cancer a couple years ago. A few weeks later, I learned she too, had grown worse, but she wanted to live. Jenny and I went back to her, and had another teaching session with her for about 3 or 4 hours, to put even more of the Word of God into her, as she didn’t have time to waste trying to find it on her own. Shortly after that, we heard from her again, this time, she was healed, and the Lord gloriously did it. We got the Word of God in her, developed her faith, and she stood solidly on it, refusing to be moved. Even her husband got saved in the process! Is it always God’s will to heal? Yes, without a doubt. Jesus proved that. But He respects our wishes. He will not make us believe if we don’t want to.
Another argument: God takes them home early because He wants to be with them….c’mon, give me a break! God is eternal, what is 2, 10, or even 50 years to an eternal God who will spend all eternity with you? Again, making excuses for lack of faith, and lack of knowing what the will of God is. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou has forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Did you see that? MY people are destroyed for lack of knowledge! God’s people! They died when they could have lived!
How can people say that God would want people sick “for their greater good”? If I tell someone that God is my heavenly Father, and He wants me sick, some kind of Father He is, right? Even an evil earthly father will do all he can to see his children healthy. One of the biggest lies of the devil is to tell people that God makes people sick to teach them a lesson. Again, what kind of parent would deliberately hurt their child or make them sick to teach them a lesson? Maybe then we should go a step further and say that a person going to hell is for their “greater good”, or that a person being so poor they cannot feed their family is also for their “greater good”? A healthy body is a great testimony for a loving heavenly Father. That makes Him look good. Actually, He is good whether we are healthy or not, but I’m making a point here. Could it be the body of Christ is missing out on a lot of what God wants to give them? I think so. Get in the book, the Holy Bible, and see what Jesus offers you. Don’t listen to the naysayers, if they want to be sick, let them. But you listen to God!!
As for me, and my house, we will believe the report of the Lord. Psalm 103:2-3 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases.” I choose to believe. I don’t have to choose between the two, I can have both. So I will….How about you???