Overcoming Unbelief, Follow Up

Q. RE: Overcoming Unbelief. I was wondering if you could clarify a different but similar scenario. Like the other asker, I too believe that the Lord can heal or perform miracles for me or anyone. That is, if he’s willing or if it’s in his plans. How then do I overcome that?

A. Only once was Jesus ever asked if He was willing to heal someone. Both Matt. 8:2-3 and Luke 5:12-13 record it.

A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. He never refused a person who asked for healing, even if it took Him out of His way.

As for it being in His plan, it’s always in His plan. There’s not a single verse in the New Testament to indicate otherwise. In his instructions on healing, James wrote, “The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:14-16). The only condition He attached to healing is the faith of the person asking.

You overcome this kind of unbelief the same way as all the others, with study. The more you study what the Bible says about healing, the more convinced you’ll become. The record shows that He is always willing, and it’s always part of His plan. Isaiah 53:5 says the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed. Not could be or might be, but are.

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