How GOD Can be Trusted to Restore Your Health
This book is something I've worked on for a few years. For years I've wanted to finish it and add it to our website, so rather than wait, withholding even one chapter that had the potential to encourage someone who is currently suffering—I am excited to share it with you now.
“There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.”
Assuming you've read How God Can and Will Restore Your Marriage, you will again notice, that I began this book using the RYM as the foundation—primarily due to all the healing scriptures and their truths.
His Word Heals!
There are 102 references of healing in the Bible. Promises that He gave us that we need to embrace. Yet one of the most life-changing ways to be healed is to simply be "washed in the water of His Word." (Ephesians 5:26). This particular passage in Ephesians speaks of His church, we who believe and follow Him, and His Word is how we are cleansed. Water will heal any open sore, open wound, any injuries and even cleansing our insides. Water has always been used to cleanse, to remove or prevent illness and infection—and GOD says being "washed in the water of His Word" will clean and purify us.
Reading His Word, no matter what you're reading (like reading through the Bible) will begin healing you of so many things that ail you. Heal your faith, heal your fears, heal your doubts, heal your double-mindedness, as well as insulating you from others options from well-meaning family, friends and even strangers. If you've been called to walk through this valley of poor health or walk along side someone who is facing this trial or maybe even carrying someone who is unable to walk down through this difficult valley themselves—you need cleansing, you need spiritual nourishment, you need the truth and His promises that only HIS Word is able to do.
One of my all time favorite foundational promises He's given us is:
“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.“
Matthew 9:35: "Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.”
Message: "He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives."
Isaiah 53:5 AMP—
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”
"He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from ALL their destructions."
“The brokenness of His people is healed superficially” (Jer. 8:11).
“And they have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14).
“And He [Jesus] could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief” (Mark 6:5).
Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once” (Matt. 15:2).
I can't imagine there is any believer who hasn't dreamed and longed to be healed supernaturally. Whether is while going up for prayer in a church or having someone laying hands to be healed. I've had supernatural healing happen to me and also to my children, but for the majority of my afflictions, there was a reason God allowed it. Most of the time His plan is so much grander than I could ever have imagined.
Isaiah 55:8–9: “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”
In one of my books I share this story about when a missionary visited our church and told a story of a little girl whom he had found living on the streets and she was dying. The missionary said that after caring for this little girl for several weeks, he had been called to leave India to come to the states. When he went to say goodbye to this little girl, he said he knew would it would be the last time he would see her alive. When he hugged her, he was so broken and sad when she pulled away and said, “You do not need to be sad for me, because I have Jesus. Jesus is all I need. He is everything. I have everything that I need.” I actually heard this story twice, but the second time it changed my life forever! After hearing the story, I began to tell the Lord that He was all I wanted, He was all that I needed and that if I had Him I had everything I needed! The more I said it, the more He became the love of my life. What I was speaking became what was in my heart! So when horrible trials began to hit, I began to tell the Lord that He was all I wanted and all I needed. Immediately, whatever came against me no longer mattered, and it lost its sting and its affect over me.
The same thing happened when I began facing a multitude of health issues. When I felt it was unbearable, I would say "Lord, You're all I want, You're all that I need and You're all I live for" rather than to beg Him to help me feel better or take away whatever ailment was plaguing me. Almost always the suffering diminished almost instantly or left me completely. Yet very often He would reveal things to me that I would never have come to realize had I not been in this weakened state.
My other hope is to set the record straight, in other words, dispel many lies and misnomers that are taken as fact, thrown our way by "well-meaning" "Christians" that wound us, often making us feel condemned. Things like: the reason we are not healed is because we lack faith. Or this ailment or disease is rooted in sin.
For the record, any time you feel condemned, any bad emotion you feel, the truth is, that it's not from Him—therefore it is a lie, sent by a "well-meaning" and often self-righteous or ignorant or naive "Christian." And the best remedy is to nod your head in agreement (Matthew 5:25), forgive them (Luke 23:34), and trust that He will use, even this insult (Philippians 12:9–10), for good (Romans 8:28), in order that you might inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 My Dearly Beloved
Chapter 2 Potter and the Clay
Chapter 3 Have Faith
Chapter 4 Various Trials
Chapter 5 Your First Love
Chapter 7 Who Sinned?
This book is one, that for years, I've wanted to finish and make it available on our website. It's far from finished, but its message and encouragement is something I personally need now. Even though I am plagued with ongoing health issues that I've trusted God for, my main objective is to built my faith and have the mindset to help minister, support and love a family that is close to my heart who is facing an impossible and incurable health issue that GOD simply must heal.
Assuming you've read How God Can and Will Restore Your Marriage, you will notice I began, again, with that book as the foundation—knowing the principles and promises are foundational to every miracle we seek and need to trust God for.
Again, with the first verse I took as His promise to me from Luke 1:37—"For nothing will be impossible with GOD" that this entire ministry was founded on—once again it was the verse that sprang to my heart and lips when I comforted the heartbroken father who wept.
Clinging to Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” I reminded him that God had a purpose for allowing this. No, it will not end in death, I said, remembering that portion of the verse "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it" John 11:4—the words "not unto death" that kept running through my mind and heart each time I asked my Heavenly Husband if it was true. As I continued speaking to Him to help me know what to say, not even remembering who Jesus was referring to in this particular passage, I reminded him that everything had to look that hopeless, just as it had when He raised Lazarus from the dead.
"But when Jesus heard about it he said, 'Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this'” John 11:4 NLT. God purposely waiting until Lazarus was in the grave, dead for 4 days, stinking of death, before Jesus called him out of the tomb and healed him. Had He simply healed him, it would have impacted the world or drawn so many who witnessed this miracle.
Remember too, those who were at the grave, his sister, Mary and His disciples didn't believe or have the faith that Jesus would raise him from the dead—so if anyone tells you that you or your loved one is not yet healed because of a lack of faith—simply hide this truth in your heart.
Read all of John 11 in a few versions and ask Him to show you other truths hidden within this account of the possibility that "nothing is impossible with God." Having faith helps to keep you from experiencing the storms so acutely—nevertheless, you are human and being able to comfort and minister to others means you must relate to how they feel.
“The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. My hope is that I share these finished and unfinished chapters that it will bring you the comfort and faith and wherewithal to know God does have a plan, He has chose you "for such a time as this" for the testimony so that what He brings you through will help many overcome this and every trial the way God intended for us as believers and followers and brides.
“The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us...”