The other day one of my friends was talking about one of his friends and where he goes to church and that ďThey do all sorts of weird stuff like speaking in tongues.Ē My friend didnít know that I speak in tongues, or Iím sure he wouldnít have said it, but I wasnít offended because I knew he only said that because he didnít understand it.
I felt the same way before I learned about it and definitely thought it was weird with a capital W. I didnít realize that speaking in tongues is a gift that comes through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and it isnít weird but a beautiful way that God has given us to be able to speak perfect prayers from our spirit and get deeper revelation through the Holy Spirit.
After all, Paul said that he spoke in tongues more than us all (1 Corinthians 14:18). He wished we all spoke in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:5) and to forbid not to speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:39). Tongues and the baptism of the Holy Spirit are only weird if you donít understand it.
I believe divine healing is another area people think is weird until they learn about it. I know I did. I had never heard or been taught anything about it growing up, so to me that whole realm of the unknown was just bizarre, and I have yet to talk to a person who believes in healing that didnít have those same preconceived notions as I did.
We all agree that the only reason we thought it was strange was simply due to our own ignorance on the subject because we had never been taught about it. It is not weird but actually Biblical and a part of the atonement Christ purchased for us all.
I started hearing and learning about divine healing when my dad was diagnosed with leukemia over ten years ago. When my mother first started telling me about it, I became very defensive because I thought that nothing happened but what God allows and that God must want my dad sick even though I sure didnít want him sick (as if I wanted better for my dad than God did). She told me that Jesus died for him to be healed and wanted him healed, and ďBy his stripes we have been healed.Ē ó 1 Peter 2:24.
Although I didnít instantly embrace that truth, I praise God that the soil of my heart was soft enough that the seed of truth was planted in there so God could water it and make it grow. The devil doesnít want us to be open to the truth of the gospel so he can steal any seeds from growing and keep us living in blindness to the finished works of Jesus.
As that seed began to grow, it sent me on a journey to discover the truth. If Jesus really purchased healing for us, then I wanted to know about it. I did not want people to have to suffer like my dad did and for family members to have to suffer the way I did in seeing him battle that awful disease and eventually die of it.
I know of one guy that says when we donít understand something in the Bible, we need to become ďspiritual scientists,Ē and instead of just dismissing something due to not understanding it, we need to dig in and study it to get a deeper understanding.
That is exactly what I have done with healing. I have studied the Word immensely on the subject. I have read many books from people who have a deep understanding on healing and have experienced the healing power of God working in and through them to heal others. I have learned that healing was not just for the apostles but is for us today and that there are principles that need to be learned to understand how healing works. I am by no means an expert, but I have learned a lot and hunger to keep knowing more and to tell others about it.
It is my sincere prayer that all of you reading this will come on this exciting journey with me as I share what I have learned. I know I am opening myself up to the criticism and attacks of others, but if it helps just one of you to learn the truth and be healed, it is well worth it. God wants you well.
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Published: September 12, 2016