Archive for July, 2012

Why are some not healed?

July 31, 2012

The only explanation you’ll find in the bible is from Mat17 Mark 9. The problem is weak faith in the healer [oligopistia] or in some manuscripts unbelief [apistia]. This unbelief is like the father in the story – Lord I kind of believe (I believe you can do it for other people in other places or at other times, but I am struggling to believe that you can do it right here right no for me). So the meaning of apistia is very close to oligopistia – a weak though willing faith.

Jesus’ offered solution in Mark is prayer – ie bring the boy to Jesus which is what they had done. I haven’t quite figured out how that works for us, as is seems that the prayer still requires the faith that I lacked.

The solution given by Jesus is having the right kind of faith. Faith like a mustard seed. That means faith that may start small, but it is a living growing faith that puts down roots to take nourishment from the soil and leaves to photosynthesise energy from the Son [of God} and grows into a sapling and in time into a strong tree. [Parable of the mustard seed].

This is the only explanation the Holy Spirit chose to put in the bible. The only occasion where this question is asked in the bible. So, though the answer may be unpalatable to some or seem incomplete to others, I cannot find any further explanation in the bible, so I reject all the other answers given.

All of that being said, there were times when it was the faith of the sick person that healed them, not Jesus’ faith. So clearly the faith of the sick person has a part to play. I do suspect that fears or unbeliefs in the sick person could be pulling in the opposite direction of our faith as healers, making it more difficult for us to get the healing into them.

For example, if a person is drowning, thrashing around trying to save themselves, and a lifeguard comes up to save them, the drowning person needs to relax and entrust themselves to the lifeguard.

If they do not, they may prevent the lifeguard getting hold of them to save them.

If the sick person does not trust the healer or has fears about the healing process or what may happen if they’re not healed – or healed, maybe that makes it harder to get them healed.

This opinion has been formed from personal experiences plus stories I have heard told by others.

I put this thought forward like Paul did – I do not say it is from the Lord. It is my opinion, and I think I have some wisdom in it.

Why does it work that when someone is told they need to forgive in order to get healed, healing gets released to them following forgiveness?

I think that it is NOT the forgiving that makes a difference. It is the faith released in the sick person who believes that when they do this they will be healed.

Curry Blake teaches that it is not the method that matters, but faith. Wigglesworth had faith in the method of punching out devils. I say others have faith in the method of looking for roots. They find a root and then faith for healing is released.

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The place of persistence in healing ministry

July 31, 2012

Sometimes persistence is needed when healing does not come so quick. Check Mat 8:24. Jesus spits on a blind man’s eyes, lays hands on him and asks ‘Do you see anything?’ Answer – I see men like trees walking – in other words I have vision but without focus – a partial healing.

Word of Faith teaching would say that Jesus here acted in unbelief!!!! Because the ‘correct’ answer would be for Jesus to tell the man to ‘confess’ a full healing. WOF does not allow a second ‘prayer’ or action. Jesus broke WOF rules here! Jesus did not make a positive confession. He accepted that the man WAS NOT FULLY HEALED.

May I make a plea that when people are not healed, we follow Jesus’ example, not WOF or similar doctrine. According to Jesus, the man was not healed when he was still partially blind. So don’t go around say sick people are already healed, or were ‘healed 2000 years ago’.

Accept, like Jesus did, that they are NOT healed and DO like Jesus did – treat a second time.

Now, Jesus with perfect full grown mustard TREE faith, acted twice. I think therefore we can reasonable expect sometimes to have to act more than twice.

As an example, consider hammering a nail into a wall. The strength and skill of the builder are key to how quickly this nail will go in. So is the weight of the hammer! If the wall is particularly resistant, one may have to hit the nail dozens of times.

I was in a slate mine in North Wales recently. They had to drill holes by hand to place dynamite to get the slate out.

Some holes would take an average 4 hours of solid work to finish, but bigger ones would be 10-12 hours.

Five minutes into the process, progress would be almost impossible to measure and they could give up saying this is having no effect. But it was having a small effect. Persistence in the correct method produced eventual results.

With modern tools and machinery, the same job can now be done in a fraction of the time.

So when you have ministered and think you see no change, it may just be that you cannot measure the change.

Of course, to return to the nail analogy, it does matter that you are hitting the nail! Persistence will not help if you keep missing the nail. And if you are using a screwdriver instead of a hammer, persistence will not help. So it is best to ask the Holy Spirit if you’re using the right tool for the job.

As an example from my ministry experience, I had a woman come to our booth at a New Age Fair. Her problem was back pain. So the first thing I did was check her legs. One was about 3/4″ short/long. So I commanded it to grown. NOTHING. Again. Nothing. So I asked another of the team to help me. Again nothing!

So I got them to stand up, laid hands on the back an commanded healing. Pain reduced. I them got them to sit down again. Legs were still uneven. I commanded growth and almost instantly the leg grew out.

So it seemed that there was an issue to deal with in the back to release the leg to grow,

Later that day another person came with back pain. This time I started on the back. NOTHING. I tried everything that usually works. Nothing. So then I got them to sit. Uneven legs, so I grew out the short leg. It responded quickly and easily.

When she stood up, her pain was a lot less and a command of healing finished the job.

So on this occasion it was the uneven legs that had to be dealt with first!

In both instances I think it would have been pointless ‘persisting’ with the initial treatment.

Conclusion. If one thing isn’t working, try something else. And if all else fails, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to treat the condition!

 

What were the tithes for that the people of Israel were commanded to offer?

July 14, 2012

Kazik Kowalski asks the following questions about tithing – questions that you are unlikely to get answers to in many churches – as the conclusion would undermine their cherished theology. And we don’t want to allow the bible to get in the way of our theology, do we?

(1) Why were tithes instigated?
(2) Who had the right to accept the tithes, and under which conditions?
(3) Who had the duty to pay the tithes, and under which conditions?
(4) For what were tithes used?
(5) What effect, if any, does  tithing have on those covered by the New Covenant? Where in the NT does it explain how they should apply the practice of tithing, given that none of the answers to q1-4 can be directly applied to them.
(6) How do standard tithe teachings measure against the Word Standard?

I have not answered each of these directly in this post, but I believe that I answer them through the course of this teaching.

It is not my understanding that tithes were for the temple. They were

1. For the Levites, since they had no land, no income and no inheritance. Num 18:21-22 “To the Levites I have given every tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service that they do, their service in the tent of meeting

2. For a (possibly drunken) annual celebration where God explicitly gave permission to use the tithe to buy wine and strong drink. Dt 14:22-27.
3. Once every 3 years a tenth of that years produce to feed Levites plus the poor. Dt 14:28-29

So the modern teaching that the tithe should be given to the local church to support all the expense and work of the church has NO linkage to the purpose of the Jewish tithe system.

HOWEVER, there is an interesting warning from Samuel about what will happen if you choose to have a King (Appointed leadership in charge – even if appointed by God). That King will take the tenth of your grain and vineyards and of your flocks. So he will demand a tithe from your capital as well as income. And it will be used to fund his infrastructure and all the staff he appointed to run his Kingdom.
1 Sam 8:10-18

This does sound a little like how church leadership teaches its members today?

As an afterthought, the temple did not exist when tithes were begun. So by definition they could not be given to the temple. It only happened in Solomons day – and it was funded out of offerings not tithes.