When you get into the presence of Jesus, one word from Him can heal you of anything.

 

Some Christians act like real divine healing is a thing of the past, but to think like this is to think thoughts of unbelief.

 

The Bible is the most reliable guide to the true Christian message, and the Bible says: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" Hebrews 13:8. Which means, He has not changed. He still has compassion and will work in the lives of all who come to Him with faith. I myself have been healed by Jesus and have also brought the healing power of Jesus to others.

FROM GREG MOHR ARMI

 

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3John:2  Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Luke 5;12-13; 

12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and [a]implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.

many are sick or die they fail to see the Lord's physical body on the cross1 corinthians  11:29-30 eats and drinks jidgement eat sick - failure to discern (to see)  the Lord's body on the cross and the sacrifice He made for us  where He atoned for our sicknesses peace of mind prosperity

THE MEANING OF ISAIAH 53:4:

Isaiah 53:4 NIV; Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

1 Corinthians 10:13:  

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.

 

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

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"Paul suffering for the glory of christ" page 55.

Paul did suffer, because of his stand for God and Christ.  However, this does not mean that the whole of humanity needs to suffer to be accepted by Christ.

 

THORN IN THE FLESH

Let us ask ourselves WHO was responsible for the thorn in the flesh of Paul. By Pauls's own words, It was Satan.

God said to Paul in response to his 3 pleadings to remove the thorn: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 

 

"My power is made perfect in weakness".   That would be God's power, through His Holy Spirit which resides in us (and Paul), is made perfect when we have enough faith for the sickness/malady to be healed.

this is further verified by Paul's own words in:


Romans 5:2; through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

Maybe God was waiting for Paul to take advantage of His (God's) Grace and take note of verses below:  

 

James 4:7; Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 

or maybe God was waiting for Paul to understand and apply the following:

Mark 11:24; Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

or maybe God was waiting for Paul to follow his own words:

2 Corinthians 5:7;  For we walk by faith, not by sight.

or these words from Mark; 

Mark 9:23; “If you can?” said Jesus “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

or these words:

Hebrews 11:1; Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and

assurance about what we do not see. 

or these words:

Ephesians 3:20;  Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly

beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

Instead, Paul:

1. maintained his weakness (thorn in his side from Satan),

2. did not flee from the devil, and

3. did not express the faith necessary to take advantage of God's

    Grace.

Paul was amazing in so many ways, but he was not infallible.  It is possible he could make mistakes.  He is a mortal human being, and he assumed  without any evidence that God must have given Satan permission.

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Often people, when looking at Paul and the thorn in his side, refer to Job.

 

Let's look at Job about 2,000. BC (in the Old Testament).  It is a very specific story where Satan is challenging God about the faithfulness of Job and how it can be easily destroyed by bringing disaster to Job.  God knows He will not lose his faithful servant Job.

Paul in acquiring the thorn from Satan over 2,000 years after Job lived, is not a good comparison, because there is no mention of Satan going to God and getting permission to  attack Paul.  In either event, the verses above apply and Paul could have, but did not, take advantage of God's Grace.