Friday, October 19, 2007
Confronting the Demons
If you've been here before, and have read some of the entries, you've probably had some questions running through your head, and also some conflicting thoughts. On the one hand, you are really considering healing as an possibility, but on the other hand, you are thinking things like:
"Does God really want to heal ME?"
"Would He forgive ME? Sure He forgave Liberty, but she seems like a fairly decent person, and she doesn't know the extent of the things I've done. I can't be forgiven. I deserve to be depressed."
Then there are others of you who are feeling religeously disturbed. "She is misusing scripture, and besides, God doesn't heal EVERYBODY."
"God only wants to save us, He doesn't say anywhere in the bible that He will HEAL us."
"I've studied my bible for years, and have never been healed. This woman is not a bible expert, how can she expect to instruct others about what God will or will not do?"
And there are others of you who believe that God WANTS to heal you, but you are uncertain as to how to get it. This morning our golden lab sat outside our patio door, and gazed in with wagging tale and expectant eyes at the breakfast feast that the children were partaking of. She met their gaze: she was expectant, and she believed that the food was there, but she wasn't sure how to get it.
Will God really answer you if you pray?
I think the best way to adress all of these questions you are having is to start by sowing a seed of truth into your thoughts. One true thought about God, and one true thought about His healing is greater than all of the other "mess" that's been running through your mind. Now don't get offended: we all have a bit of mess from time to time. If you are depressed, let me assure you: your thoughts are messy, and you need some counsel as to how to get it cleaned up!
"My people perish for a lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). What does that mean? I think it means that there are some things we don't yet know, and our knowledge of God and His word is not good enough yet. If you don't know that He will heal, or answer you, then that's just what the verse said: you are being destroyed because you don't know, and you need to know Him. If you have studied the bible for years, and are sure that I'm mistaken about all of this, think about what the Lord said to Job. (He goes on from there to give a beautiful description of His love and creative power.) Let's face it, sometimes we don't know why we got depressed, or why someone died, or why, why, why. Why, if I'm a Christian, did this happen to me?
I think the point to be made here is: we don't know, BUT! The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! It just means, that if you acknowledge that He is God, and He really does know everything, then He is willing to share it with you! He WANTS you to KNOW!!
Let's keep talking about it.