October 1, 2013Thoughts from Mark
I believe in a Jesus who heals.
I also believe that Jesus is the personification of everything good, pure and divine. Scripturally, He IS love. He IS wisdom. He IS the power of God. He IS the way, the truth and the life. He fulfilled the law and the prophets. He IS the bread of life. He IS the Word of God.
So, here is my conviction, better stated: I believe in a Jesus who IS healing. Therefore, by definition, Jesus IS health.
And this is the basis for my belief in healing.
When we have HIM and when He has us, we have health. In a belief system, healing cannot abide. In an intimate relationship with He who IS health, healing is abundant. Doctors, medications and other treatments are not second class healing. In fact, those are not any different than seeking someone to pray for your healing. Both are applied to your life. That which is applied to us is a currency which can be spent and exhausted. He Who abides within us–His nature of health–is sourced infinitely through Him and is well able to assimilate damage into wholeness.
Now that health is a Person, our attitude toward it and any other virtue of the Lord must submit. Instead of seeking healing, we seek the Lord. Instead of our prayers being petitions for what we need, we pray to know and have Him.
But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing. Luke 9:11
If we look at healing in the bible with fresh eyes, we see that Jesus used it predominantly as a tool to draw crowds. His intent was to have as many people as possible hear His message, to simply be with Him. It was their lack or deficiency that caused them to follow, to draw near.
…for power is perfected in weakness. – Jesus’ words to Paul
We see the healing as the needed opportunity. He sees our lack, our sickness, our brokenness as the opportunity. These are the doorway to our heart. And it is the heart from which all the issues of life flow.
He is very willing to heal. But not for the same reason you want to be healed. We want healing to be better. To Him, our disease is a doorway to our heart.
That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. – Jesus
He who believes in Me, as the scripture said, from His innermost being will flow rivers of living water. – Jesus
If allowed in, it is from this throne called the human heart that He begins to reign. EVERYTHING that He IS now begins to flow from this place to every area of our life. The further in He is allowed, the more of Him will flow out.
Having someone lay hands on us for healing is good. We take from their anointing – the Jesus in them – and apply it to our life. This is good.
But this is not health.
Health derives itself from the person of the Lord, seated on the throne of our hearts. Paul’s desire was that we would prosper and be in health, just as our soul prospers.
Health, wealth and the other desired virtues of the Lord, flow from the inside, out. Anything applied to our life is temporary. Anything sourced from within us remains and can increase.
Seeking healing is like being satisfied with one piece of fruit off one tree when the whole orchard is ours. And this orchard is full of every kind of tree needed for fullness – abundant life.
He is as much the one piece of fruit as He is the whole orchard. That’s why He is so willing to heal. If that’s what it takes to get into the heart of man, that’s what He is willing to do.
I am not fulfilled as a father when my kids only need me for what I can give them. And their fulfillment is temporary at best. My greatest gift to them is me. This pattern exists because it was authored by the Lord. Therefore, it is no different in our relationship with Him.
I have come to a place in my life where I don’t want temporary fixes. I want enduring fulfillment. I have discovered it comes from an intimate and deepening relationship with the person of Jesus.
Healing is good. Health is better.
Healing is applied. Health abides.
He IS, is so much better than He does.