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This is going to be an exciting two-part teaching. The first teaching will be myself, and the second one will be John Schoenheit on Understanding Healing in its Biblical Context. In fact, I am going to touch on some things that may challenge you doctrinally.
I hope that if you are challenged with what I say that it will be a good thing. I ask that you have patience and that you listen to this entire teaching. Also, I ask that you take the time to go back and review it. That is why this is a two-part teaching. Because my overview will be touching upon some doctrinal areas, we felt that it would be a great benefit for John Schoenheit to then delve into the specifics of these doctrinal areas of which I will only touch on.
I am passionate about healing, and I have been passionate about this for many years. In fact, in for the first time in my life, I had the Bible opened to me and explained in a way that I had never before understood.
As I sat in a Bible class and learned for the first time many keys on how to appropriate this power and put it into effect. My heart was thrilled, for my mind would wander to my sister, Patty. You see, my sister, Patty is one of my five sisters. She is two years older than me and is the closest to me of my elder sisters.
The result was a condition called Cerebral Palsy, which is actually where a part of the brain dies. That caused Patty some crippling, some mental retardation, loss of hearing, and also an inability to speak. Not only was that bad enough but Patty as a young child was also hit with polio. As I sat in this class and was learning for the first time that healing was available. My mind kept thinking about Patty. I knew that my whole family, including my parents, wanted it.
Yes, I did understand that parents have legal rights over children, but my sister was of an adult age. I was here, and I figured that I knew these keys. Certainly, God being all love, kind, and merciful would want my sister healed. I knew that God was not the author of sickness, sin, or death.
Within a short period of time after graduating from this class, I hopped into the car and headed north. I was in southern California going to college, and my family lived in northern California, which was a trip of about eight hours.
I drove the whole time praising God, praying, and just seeking Him that He would intercede for my sister, and I knew that He would certainly heal her. Well, I walked into the house that day, and was able to get my sister and take her into my bedroom.
She had no idea what was going on, but I knew God did. I sat there and closed my eyes, and I prayed for my sister. I prayed for her healing, and I prayed with all the authority that Jesus Christ had given to us. I knew in my heart that I felt that I had faith and that I believed that God would heal her.
Slowly I opened my eyes. What I saw was that, unfortunately nothing had happened. I know that it is important to all of us. I know that many of us have had the same impact of not seeing healing manifested in our lives. Myself, my children, and my spouse at times have been sick or injured and needed healing. We have all needed healing in one form or another, at one time or another.
We have seen the pain and suffering of loved ones around us. Many of us, if not all of us, have prayed to God for relief, or a cure at one time or another.
We all know of other people who have suffered the debilitating effects of injury, illness, and disease. In this teaching, it is my prayer, my hope, my aim, and my intention that you be able to understand exactly what God has made available to us to the end that you receive healing in your life and that you are a more effective minister, so that you are able to administer healing to others that are around you.
We are going to look at a number of issues concerning healing. Second, we will then look at what steps God has taken and also why we do not see more healing in the Church today. As we begin to understand these things, we will then look at what other factors impact our ability to receive and minister healing. I believe that as we do this, you will gain a better understanding to the end that you will be able to appropriate that power of God that I so much desired to manifest and to use to help Patty in that room many years ago.
As you read this transcription, I may read some things that challenge you on your doctrine. I ask you, have patience and please reread this teaching and the supporting hyperlinks not once but a few times. I will be covering a lot of material, and I think you will need to work through it a few times. Also, he will cover a cultural paradigm that existed in the first century Church that is different from our western paradigm.
This difference has a great impact on our ability to understand healing. If you are like me, you have asked a lot of questions about healing. I have heard some Christians say that if a person is sick, then they just do not have enough faith because God would always heal them.
Since he does not get healed, it obviously has to be a matter of their faith. I have also heard other people say that healing is not even available today.
Many times people have even said that God is the one that sends sickness, and He does it to make us humble. The best way to approach this subject about healing is to of course start in the beginning. I know that most of you already know or are familiar with this material, but we need to take the time to lay a proper foundation.
Remember, this is an overview teaching. These are the first two questions:. Neither sickness nor death, which is total sickness, was ever meant to be a part of that picture. Corruption in the Creation, which includes mankind, came only when Adam sinned. Adam and Eve were living in the garden, Adam first and then along comes Eve. This was a place without thorns and thistles, a wonderful paradise.
Now think about that. We are all loving at times, but God is love, which means that by His very nature and unchanging character, it is impossible for Him to think, say, or do anything that is not totally loving. Making people sick to humble them is not my idea of being loving, and I am sure that it is not yours either.
Now, why would He do that if He were also the author of sickness and death? Why would He want to make people sick if their bodies would keep healing themselves? It would seem like He would then be working against Himself, and that is ludicrous. There are many difficult verses in the Old Testament that seem to say that God sent diseases, plagues, etc. It will explain this in a more systematic way than I am attempting to do today.
The fourth reason is that Jesus always did the will of God. Wherever Jesus went, he never made people sick. To the contrary, he healed all that he could heal. In fact, Acts Who is the one who is causing sickness and disease? Well, I believe that it infers right there. It is the Devil, because Jesus was doing the healing. This leads us to the second point of this teaching.
What steps, if any, has God taken to bring about healing for mankind? Is healing even available? The first thing that God has done is to give His Word, which heals when it is received, understood, and believed. I believe it very specifically says here that God sent Jesus to heal the broken hearted and the recovery of sight for the blind.
Healing is there in Jesus Christ, and his life demonstrated that. That is the second point of what we can see that God has done to bring about healing.
The third thing that God did was not only that Jesus healed those who came to him with faith, but he also empowered his disciples and instructed them to do the same thing. The steps God did to bring about healing were first, God sent His Word. Third, Jesus empowered his disciples to heal. Whenever and wherever we see miracles occurring, we can see the power of God manifest. It declares the glory of God, His magnificent ability, and His love for mankind.
Every Christian now has that very same power and authority to heal that Jesus had, and those in the first century Church knew it and they believed it. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. That is what I call an advertising campaign. Paul was also invested with the same power that Jesus Christ had because Jesus had anointed him.
And, Jesus has given to each of us Christians that very same ability. When Paul reached out to minister and healed Publius, all the islanders saw that, recognized it, and they came.
One of the manifestations of the spirit that Christians can utilize is even called gifts of healing. Clearly, God has provided many ways for healing, which brings me to my third question./p>
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My hope today is to encourage you that healing is possible if you apply the principles that lead to healing. Look for courage, action, and grace as I read his words:.
They increased as time went on. It seemed that all of my fears had come down on me at once. I had heard these things before, but for some reason that night it got to me. I went to the kitchen and. I sat there and thought about a beautiful little daughter who had just been born. I started thinking about a dedicated and loyal wife, who was over there asleep. And she could be taken from me, or I could be taken from her.
With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud. I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. Now, I am afraid. I have nothing left. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying: Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo, I will be with you. Even until the end of the world. I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on. He promised never to leave me alone. At that moment I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced Him before.
Almost at once my fears began to go. I was ready to face anything. Can you see in this example the pathway to healing? Courage to face a difficult situation and stand for truth, acting in faith by turning to God in prayer, and peace and strength from the Lord through His grace—courage, action, grace.
What then is healing, and why should we seek it? I assign it in every class I teach, from undergraduate to doctoral level. I suggest you read it more than once. Listen closely to her definition of healing:.
I have learned they are not the same. Healing is not cure. Cure is clean, quick, and done—often under anesthesia. It requires all the energy of your entire being. You have to be there, fully awake, aware, and participating when it happens. In a word, healing is change. It takes time and energy and struggle, but healing teaches us. Healing can help us to become more sensitive and more awake to life. Healing invites gifts of humility and faith. It opens our hearts to.
Some people I have had the privilege of working with over the years have had a hard time reconciling the fact that healing requires suffering and yet is a gift from our Savior.
How is it that a loving God would allow us to suffer? I have come to realize that my Savior cares more about my growth than He does about my comfort. One evidence of His love is that He does not spare me from the suffering I need for my development and progression, even when I get mad at Him. Then I realized He can handle it. And, unlike other humans, He does not punish me when I am mad or hold a grudge or remind me of it the next time my heart is right and I ask for His help.
I love how Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, described healing:. Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. As we consider the key components for healing, let us remember that, in the end, healing is a gift from our Savior that will likely require effort and suffering on our part so that we can grow and develop through our struggles.
The gift is often the refinement we experience in the process. Let me give you one example from one of my heroes. Was prison a healing experience for Mandela? It depends on how you describe healing. What were those burdens? In the midst of decades of violent and hate-filled conflict, Mandela left prison to lead two groups into the miraculously peaceful development of a democracy, preventing the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives in a bloody civil war.
I would say yes. His life is an example of how courage, action, and grace lead to healing. I have chosen three examples in which courage is needed for healing to occur. First, we have to be courageous to face the truth regarding what needs to change in our lives.
This type of intense introspection requires tremendous honesty with ourselves. Most of what I know about the courage to heal I have learned from clients. I have noticed among those who do find healing a real commitment to learning the truth about themselves, which is never easy.
I once asked a client if he really wanted to change—if he wanted to change badly enough to hear the truth about his role in his marriage. He said yes, so I told him I thought he was a diva who interacted with his wife from a selfish and entitled place. I was impressed with his response to me.
I want someone to call me out on my stuff, and I want to change. I appreciated his courage. It takes courage to be honest with ourselves. Second, it takes tremendous courage to be congruent—to live a life in which our public and private priorities are in sync and in which what we experience on the inside is consistent with what we show on the outside. I like what marriage and family therapist William J. Doherty said about integrity. I learned this lesson the hard way when a colleague at Syracuse University gave me some pointed and painful feedback.
A little context may help with this story. I was hired at Syracuse as a twenty-eight-year-old recent graduate who was a white male conservative Christian working in a liberal, social activist program. Unfortunately my colleague was correct.
I desperately wanted to fit in and was unsure about what I really thought and felt regarding socially and politically intense topics like same-gender marriage.
I was posing and pretending to try to fit in. It took time to internalize that feedback and realize he was right. I had to figure out what I believed—not what my parents had said was right or the Church or my employer, but what I believed was right. I had to get right between God and me. Then I had to learn to live congruently so that my actions were in harmony with my moral beliefs—which took courage. But oh, how refreshing it is to live a life of integrity!
Healing requires the courage to find out that what we believe is true and live according to that truth. Trying to co-opt or win over someone. You stop believing in your worthiness and start hustling for it. I have learned over the years that posturing, posing, peacocking, and pretending are exhausting and bring unhappiness. Having the courage to be congruent brings a settled and peaceful feeling. I like what Elijah in the Old Testament said about congruence: You know what I am talking about—the culture in which money, sex, material possessions, fame, violent behavior, and carnal exploits are the currency for success.
We live in a world in which appearance and approval are the keys to social status and power. The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. A number of wonderful BYU devotionals have described the unhealthy culture of perceived perfectionism and how we have to fight against it.
In two devotionals given last year, both Tyler J. Jarvis and Kristin L. Matthews encouraged us to be more accepting of our imperfections and to be more pleased with our best approximations, our bodies, our gifts, and our differences. I encourage you to reread their talks. Listen to what President Thomas S. Monson said about having the courage to live by truth and to avoid the unhealthy dominant culture:. Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle.
A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. In her delightful way, author and devoted mother and grandmother Marjorie Pay Hinckley described the peace that comes when we refuse to compare and despair, as the dominant culture teaches:. Fifty was my favorite age. It takes about that long to learn to quit competing—to be yourself and settle down to living.
It is the age I would like to be through all eternity! In order to find healing, we have to develop the courage to avoid the culture that says there is only one acceptable way i. There are many, many ways to be a righteous, positive influence in the world.
If enough of us say no to the dominant culture, it will lose its power see Joshua 1: Action is essential to healing. To act instead of merely being acted upon was a key issue in the War in Heaven before we came to this earth see Revelation When pondering these scriptures, I realized that when I choose to be inactive or place myself in a state of being acted upon, I give Satan greater power in my life. The first factor that we need to examine is attitude. That is right, not faith but attitude.
I believe that attitude can precede faith. Too often, people can approach the subject of healing with an attitude that limits their trust in God. A foundational distinction exists in the area of healing that we should all understand in order to adopt the right attitude. In other words, it is not something that we demand or claim as I have heard some teach. That is a pretty popular teaching—name it and claim it, and if you just have enough faith, you can just command things, for it is already yours, and you can just claim it.
I believe that is a wrong attitude. Just because God has made available to us healing and wholeness does not mean that it is a right.
When properly understood, we believe Scripture reveals that healing is a gift, and is received by faith trust. By way of explanation, let me just remind you that in the United States we do have certain rights guaranteed to us by our constitution.
We have the right to free speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion. These are rights, and they are something that we can demand; we can claim them.
As sons of God we have many rights, but unlike a right, a gift is not something that one can demand. Instead, a gift is given voluntarily without payment. It is presented to the recipient to show favor.
Redemption, salvation, and eternal life are some of the gifts that God has given to us because of His great mercy and His grace. Whenever a gift is given to us, it is always because of mercy and grace. God is merciful because He has withheld from us what we truly deserve for our sins, which is death.
He demonstrates His unmerited favor towards us, that is, His grace. Healing is one of those precious gifts that God gives to us. We do not earn it, and we certainly do not deserve it. We see this in Philippians when he was speaking of the beloved disciple Epaphroditus. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. God had mercy on Epaphroditus. Mercy is a gift. He often falls into the fire or into the water. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus that is, the Son of Timaeus , was sitting by the roadside begging.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. You should see in the above verses that healing is directly correlated and associated to mercy. Remember, we are on the subject of attitude, and attitude is something that will affect our faith.
What is the importance of understanding healing as a gift and not a right? Well, it is a subtle distinction, but it is an important one. I believe that it affects our ability to receive healing. If you are invested in receiving healing, you will want to know and understand this.
To the degree that we have error, we also have bondage. Wrong teaching always produces wrong results. I believe that is the first distinction in the difference between a gift versus a right.
Too much of what passes for Christian teaching today comes from tradition and culture rather than the Word of God. I am not invested in tradition; I am invested in truth because it is truth that sets us free.
Healing is a gift and not a right. I believe that as you take the time to examine this, you will see it is an important distinction.
The second distinction is that we are not properly handling the Word of God if we rip it from the cultural context in which it was written. In the United States, we tend to think in terms of rights and entitlements, but in a biblical culture, people did not think that way. In the biblical culture, they thought in terms of what we call patronage. John Schoenheit in the second part of this teaching, will examine in detail the entire subject of patronage, and I know it will bless you.
It will give you a depth of understanding, especially concerning your ability to approach God in faith trust. You have to understand, in a patronage system which was what the biblical culture was , goods and services were seriously limited. If you were to get what you needed, you often had to depend upon the generosity of a patron, whether it was a landowner, wealthy person, or even the emperor. They were considered patrons. This is how people got goods; this is how people were able to rise up.
This was a model of the paradigm in which all of the first century saints lived. They thought of God as a generous patron. A patron was someone to whom they could confidently look to satisfy their needs, not by claiming rights.
We believe that this is how the first century Christians viewed healing. In God and Jesus Christ we have a wonderful provision for physical healing, which was demonstrated by Jesus and all of his followers. We trust our heavenly Father and our risen Lord and Savior for healing, and we give them the glory, not because we demand the right, but because of the idea of their goodness and kindness towards us — their mercy and grace.
This fits within the biblical culture of a patron model. If it were a right, then we could congratulate ourselves for asserting our right, but that is not true faith. That is not true trust. The third distinction is that when we have a right to anything, then we can and should assert that right, but asserting or demanding something to which you do not have a right carries with it an element of arrogance. That is an attitude that God resists.
Remember Proverbs 3 and 4, Well, arrogance is an attitude that God resists. That is affecting your attitude, which definitely affects your trust and confidence in God. Your confidence is then in the right and not in the right Giver.
Consider for a minute that when the Old Testament saints came and offered a sacrifice to God that they had no absolute assurance that God was going to grant their request. In fact, to the contrary, the tension of not knowing if your sacrifice was acceptable actually produced an attitude of humility, which is something that God requires when He gives His grace.
Not by asserting our right, but by our humble submission and knowing with confidence of His goodness and His graciousness and His mercy towards us. The difference in attitude is subtle, but it is a difference between biblical faith and arrogant presumption. Remember, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble [James 4: The Israelites were approaching God with an attitude that they merely had to comply with the outward sacrificial requirements of the Law.
They wrongly focused on sacrifice, not on the heart. God does not just want sacrifice; He wants a relationship with us. When I say that He is not a vending machine, I mean a couple of things. He is not merely transacting business with us. God is not prescriptive. I believe a while back the Lord revealed that to me in prayer as I was seeking him on healing. Your focus is then on the steps and not the one that gave you the steps to follow in the first place.
That is what the Jews were doing. They focused on the Law rather than the lawgiver. Remember in Romans, it tells us that they thought that their righteousness was of the Law. Their whole focus was on the Law, and they lost sight of the Lawgiver. God gives us a whole range, a continuum, with which we can move. We need to be in relationship with Him so that we know what to do at any given time. God is not a vending machine He is not prescriptive.
Consider the Gospels, look at the whole range in which Jesus Christ moved, and look at all the different manners and methods in which he ministered healing. In the Old Testament, a man dipped himself into the river seven times and was healed on the seventh time, not on the first or on the sixth but on the seventh.
That does not mean that every person who dips himself into the Jordan River will be healed on the seventh time. I believe it is because God is not prescriptive. He does not give a set of steps to follow. God wants a relationship, and our attitude is what is most important in that relationship — an attitude of humility.
It is an attitude of being able to look up to the goodness and graciousness of God. It is an attitude of submission. It is an attitude of knowing that God is all love and all kind, and He wants nothing but goodness for you. Our Father desires an intimate relationship with each of His children.
He gives to us in order to bless us and to engender joy and thanksgiving and to engender more trust in return to Him. I certainly would consider a time of sickness, disease, and even death a time of need. Well, we can come boldly to the throne, but it is a throne of grace, so that we can obtain mercy and find that grace. Let us take a look at that for a second. Claiming something that we may not have an actual right to claim can cause us error and get us off in a wrong direction.
How do we explain 1 Peter 2: Is any other evidence there that healing is a gift and not a right as we are asserting? I want to remind you that in 1 Peter 2: Remember that these are Old Testament verses. Were they actually healed?
They were reading it in the past tense just as we would read it in the past tense. Obviously, their healing was not a literal reality at the time that they were reading it, so what is going on here? Isaiah 53 is replete with both past and present tense verbs.
They are describing the suffering of Jesus years before his actual appearance. Isaiah was speaking of a future event. We can look at the past tense of that event just as they could look toward the future of that event, but yet, they were reading it as if it had actually occurred.
That is because it is a figure of speech called the prophetic perfect. John will go into a lot greater detail on this verse because it is something that you will need to understand. I want to remind you of something. When would this event actually occur? It is true that physical healing is a part of what has been made available in the atonement of Jesus for our sin and sins. This verse is specifically speaking of the ultimate and perfect healing that Jesus has guaranteed we will all receive in the Millennial Kingdom.
It is not correct to say then that we can claim or demand something that is a future event. The wholeness in healing referred to by Isaiah and the transformation of our bodies is an event that we can all look forward to in the future Millennial Kingdom. Perfect health in the absence of sickness or disease is not something that we can manifest today.
Remember that the manifestation of holy spirit is called gifts of healing. It is not called your right to healing; it is called gifts of healing. It is very significant that this manifestation is called gifts.
In fact it is called gifts of healing in three verses:. Do all speak in tongues? The first recorded instance of healing in the first century Church was when Peter and John approached the cripple at the Temple gate called Beautiful. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. Remember, we were discussing factors that can effect healing. The first one was our attitude.
Well, attitude is a precursor to faith. A number of factors affect healing, but Scripture shows that faith, your trust or confidence, is definitely the major variable. It is something mystical, almost something intangible. This is not what Jesus is referring to in Matthew 9: Faith is merely trust, and trust is not a force that does anything in and of itself. In the scripture above, the word faith is put for the object of faith, which is the Lord Jesus Christ himself, whom she had touched in the act of trust, in the act of faith.
She trusted by touching the hem of his garment that she would be healed. It was not that the garment or her faith healed her, but that the power of God resident in Jesus healed her because of her trust in Jesus.
It was her faith that was the activator that enabled her to be able to appropriate the healing power of God that was resident in Jesus. Your request is granted. It was not actually the faith that healed.
Faith is the key that opened the door that allowed the power resident in Jesus to work and to be activated. Where are the other nine?
In some instances, a minister is present who prays for or ministers healing to the individual seeking help. Remember, the first one is the person seeking to be healed must have faith or trust, and the second area is the minister in those cases where a minister is there must have faith. One of the primary responsibilities that a person has when they are ministering to another is to help the faith of the person who is seeking help. That is what Jesus did in the following record:.
But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us. Jesus saw that the problem was not the power of God. It was the faith of the man who was seeking help. When this happened, then Jesus was able to move and heal the son. This is one of the manifestations of holy spirit. In contrast to ordinary faith, the manifestation of faith is necessary to accomplish special tasks that God by revelation asks us to do. Jesus said that a person with faith could tell a mountain to be cast into the ocean and it would be done.
All of us know that we do not have the ability by our own human power to move a mountain, so doing that obviously requires the power of God. We need God to make that kind of miracle available to us first by giving us revelation to do it. When God gives us that revelation, then the faith that we must have in order to get the job done is called the manifestation of faith.
Many times God gives the minister revelation in the form of a message of knowledge or wisdom. God reveals to the person doing the ministering information, insight, or knowledge about the person and then provides direction on how to apply that knowledge.
The manifestation of faith is then you having the confidence or trust that what God or the Lord Jesus Christ has revealed to you will come to pass at your command. Commanding healing in the absence of revelation is just as ineffective as commanding a mountain to move when not told to do so. If you want to see how effective that is go outside and see a mountain—if no mountains are by you, then you can certainly see a building near by you, and command it to move.
It will not move unless God has given revelation to do it. When God gives you the revelation by way of a message of knowledge or message of wisdom, He will also give you the manifestation of faith or the ability to carry that out at your command. It simply will not happen just because you command it or claim it. It only happens by the power of God that is made available when He gives revelation to proceed. Remember faith is the single biggest factor or variable in seeing healing occur. Have you heard of some Christian ministers who draw large crowds and many healings occurred?
Is something special happening there at these events? I believe that at times something special is happening there. Whenever a number of people gather, that group will demonstrate a type of group thinking.
You may see more faith in one group and less in another, which can have a profound impact on the ability of God to move. This sociological effect is what we call the power of context, which says that behavior is a function of social context.
Community faith is definitely a major variable in how faith shows up.
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