Sunday, March 8, 2015

Does Your Healing Depend Upon Your Faith?

My Mother was born during the Great Depression. Her town was built around a church that believed that drugs, doctors, and demons were synonymous. My Mom never recalls her Mom ever taking any of her seven children to the doctor. She had all of her children in her home and raised them on good, healthy food. She always had a garden and whenever her children got sick, she'd give them lemon and honey water.

My Mom got colitis when I was a little girl. She had married a doctor so my Dad insisted she see a doctor. The doctor told her that colitis is incurable. If drugs, surgery or radiation can't cure it, it's incurable in doctor's eyes. Somehow, it seems doctors were not taught the amazing power of the human immune system to heal itself of many diseases. They gave my Mom drugs and told her to live on white flour products and white rice. After trying this and not getting any better, she went away to a healthy retreat and lived on organic fruits and vegetable juices. She has lived on mostly organic foods ever since and has never suffered from any joint pain or arthritis. She's 84 years old! She has been cured of colitis for MANY years. Endoscopies of her colon have proven this to be so.

One young man I knew was raised in a church similar to the church my Mom was raised in. They were taught that it was your lack of faith that caused your illness and your inability to be healed. This young man believed he would be healed of his deadly disease. Books and pamphlets were continually being put in their mailbox telling them that if his faith was strong, he would be healed. He never wanted to know his prognosis, therefore, he never went into the doctor's offices with his wife to find out what the doctors' had to say. He didn't want anything to take away his faith in his healing. He had a strong faith and yet he still passed away. 

The great Apostle Paul had a thorn in his flesh, a physical ailment that most likely affected his eyes, and asked the Lord three times to take it away. The Lord told him, "And He said unto me, 'My grace it sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" {2 Corinthians 12:9}.

God may or may not choose to heal you. He may heal you through doctors, through alternative ways, or maybe not at all. We do what we can to keep our immune system strong by eating food the way God intended us to eat, getting plenty of sleep and exercise, being outside in the fresh air and sunshine when possible, being in God's Word and prayer daily, being thankful, forgiving easily and loving freely. Then, we leave our healing up to the Lord and rest in His loving hands. Our suffering refines us. It causes us to lean deeply upon the Lord and His strength. 

Jacqueline from Deep Roots at Home put together a very informative post on natural means to heal your body. I encourage you to begin learning how to keep your body as healthy as possible and using natural means to heal before resorting to conventional means, which usually means drugs with many side effects. However, it is a blessing to have them when needed!