January 17, 2020 (Post #24)
(From Journal #2: April 3, 2005)
The time changed tonight, so I’m technically up at 4:30 rather than 3:30. I’ll continue my scripture study on healing. Give me discernment and revelation, Lord.
As I read about all the times Jesus healed, faith always played a part. There are only two instances in the Bible where Jesus “marveled” and they both involved faith: great faith and no faith (unbelief). Unbelief prevented healing.
Lord, I don’t believe You “give” sickness to anyone. I don’t think this is Your will for me at all. We live in a fallen world. You are the all-powerful Creator, the first-in-command of everything! In Your complete sovereignty, You gave us free will. Man blew it, bringing sin and sickness into this world and into all of our lives. This is why You came, to redeem us from our own mess! You don’t force us to do the right thing, and You certainly don’t tempt us to do the wrong thing. If I believed that You wanted me sick, then why would I even go to the doctor? Wouldn’t I be fighting Your will?
When I reflect on Peter walking on the water, he said, “Lord, IF it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” What was Jesus supposed to say, “No, it’s NOT Me?” Jesus said, “Come.” When Peter began to focus on the storm and not Jesus, he began to sink. But he didn’t sink like a rock; he kept sinking as the fear and unbelief grew stronger. He had enough faith to ask, but not enough to receive. Jesus NEVER changed! Peter is the one who caused the sinking, just like we can sabotage our healing by doubting God and His Word. We will always have a tug-of-war between faith and fear and unbelief. Jesus doesn’t move; we waver! This is why we must know we have victory before the battle!
When Peter cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out His hand. Jesus’ will was for Peter to come to Him right through the storm! But Jesus didn’t force Peter to walk on the water because it was His will. In His sovereignty, Jesus allowed Peter free will to look at and respond to the storm. What would’ve happened if when he began to sink, rather than cry out to Jesus to save him, he thought, “Well, it must be God’s will for me to sink or I wouldn’t be sinking…” No! No! No! The wind did not die down until they climbed into the boat. The battle still had to be fought. Jesus saved him in the midst of his circumstance.
Dear Jesus, this was one of the most powerful revelations I’ve ever received! Thank You so much. May it flow from You through me to others as You please and direct. I know that people of great faith don’t always survive. But I stand on Your Word and fight this battle in faith, trusting You have my hand no matter what. Let my outcome not be determined by a lack of faith!
Mark 6:5-6: Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.
Matthew 8:10: When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!