Who Are You Listening To?
Prov 4:23 (NLT): “Guard your heart above a
ll else, for it determines the course of your life.”
The Bible says we should guard our hearts. That means guard what we hear, read, watch, etc. The Bible says in Romans 10 that with the heart, we believe unto salvation. David said, “thy Word I have hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11) The heart is a significant place; it’s the seat of your beliefs.
One of the dangers to our faith for healing is the words of unbelieving or even well-meaning people who are speaking words contrary to the Bible. If we let their words into our heart, it can negatively affect our faith.
Mar 5:35-43 (NKJV): “While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be afraid; only believe. And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping. And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, ‘Talitha, cumi,’ which is translated, ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise.’ Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.”
In Mark chapter 5, Jesus in on His way to heal the daughter of the ruler of a synagogue but is delayed while healing the “woman with the issue of blood.” Jesus then gets word that the girl is dead. When Jesus gets to the house, He tells the people in the house that the girl is not dead. I believe He did this on purpose to see where their faith was. The people in the house “ridiculed” Him. After Jesus put all the unbelieving people out of the house, he was ready to heal the girl. I also noticed that Jesus only allowed three of the disciples to accompany Him. Peter, James, and John are often referred to as Jesus’ “inner circle.”
Jesus’ example is a good one for us to follow. If we are facing a dangerous, perhaps even life-threatening situation, we can’t have anybody around us saying things that take away or that detract from our faith. That is not the time to hear negative words, words that go against the truth of the Word of God.
The Traditions of Men
2 Tim 3:16 (NKJV): “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
2 Pet 1:16 (NKJV): “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”
1 Cor 2:4-5 (NKJV): “And my word and my preaching, not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power; that your faith might not stand in men's wisdom, but in God's power.”
2 Pet 1:20-21 (NLT): “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.”
2 Tim 2:15 (NKJV): “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Mar 7:13 (NKJV): “Making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
1 Cor 1:17 (NKV): “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.”
Mom, as Christians, we are supposed to believe that the Bible is the Word of God. 2 Tim 3:16 says that we are supposed to use the Bible to build our doctrine and our beliefs on. For us, the Bible is not filled with “fables,” man-made stories, or words that came from the understanding of a man. We believe that the Holy Ghost inspired men to write what they wrote, or they were “eyewitnesses” (2 Pet 1:16) of the works of Christ.
2 Tim 2:15 encourages us to study the Word of God so that we can rightly “divide” or apply it. This is so important because, just as the Bible can be rightly interpreted, it can be wrongly interpreted.
I have heard so many wrong interpretations of the Bible regarding healing. That’s not the worst part. The worst part is that I have heard so much preached about healing that’s not even in the Bible. The things I have heard come from men’s ideas or religious traditions.
Jesus said that we could make the Word of God of “no effect,” no power, because of our traditions. Religious tradition can get into our hearts and make of “no effect,” the Word of God that is hidden there.
One biblical example was Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath. The religious tradition said that no work could be done on the Sabbath, and if Jesus had followed that tradition, the man would not have been healed that day.
A more recent tradition I have seen is the placement of one chair at the altar during an altar call. After that, the words, “would there be one, would there be one” are said. The church believes for a great end-time harvest, but the one-chair-would-there-be-one tradition hinders the manifestation.
Here are some sayings I have heard that make the Word of God of no effect in healing. They are: “Lord if it be thy will to heal me,” “God plucked a flower out of His garden,” “she had an early graduation to Heaven,” “God needed him in Heaven,” and “she was healed in death.”
Nowhere in Scripture do we see Jesus tell someone that it was not His will or the Father’s will to heal them. Nowhere do you see God ending someone’s life early because He needed them in Heaven. When God took Elijah and Enoch to Heaven early, He took them alive. God has the angels in Heaven. He doesn’t need us to do anything. There is nowhere in Scripture where you can find an example to support that tradition.
God has been around for countless multiplied trillions of years times infinity. There is a phrase that says, 1,000 years for us is really like one day with God. Since God is and has always been, this saying is not too far off. Therefore, there is no need for Him to take us early because from His perspective, we are only on the earth for a short time.
Traditions like these don’t make any sense, and they have no Scriptural support. Further, they are dangerous. What’s the danger? Hearing them over and over can cause them to settle into our hearts and weaken our faith. These traditions make the Word of God of “none effect” and can prevent us from being healed.
If you believe that God is going to take you home early why would you use your faith to resist sickness and death? If you believe that it’s not God’s will to heal you, despite all the examples in the Bible, you might not persevere in faith until you receive the manifestation of your healing.
Again I treat these traditions as dangerous and with high potential for harm. Those are powerful words, but I stand by them because these traditions can be life-threatening. I never forget Gloria Copeland asking, do you believe that is the will of God to “let cancer eat the life out of your body? God doesn’t need sickness’ help to bring you home.”
These traditions are what the Bible calls “the persuasive words of wisdom” and “men’s wisdom.” Men created these traditions because they could not explain why some people did not get healed. 1 Cor 13:12 (NKJV) says, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
It is true that we don’t know everything, and sometimes we can’t say for sure why someone did not get healed. However, we should just admit that we don’t know rather than make up a tradition that slanders the character of the Father, denies His power, and tries to diminish the greatness of His love for us.
Jesus said I only speak what I hear the Father say. If Jesus, as the Son of God, only spoke or repeated what the Father said, no pastor, elder, deacon, bishop, apostle, prophet, missionary, man or woman of God should take the liberty to go outside the Word of the Father, the Word of God.
If one of our leaders doesn’t know the scriptural answer, they should say they don’t know versus responding in their own wisdom or tradition.
Only the words of God are promised to happen. As eloquent or enticing as a man or woman’s words are, they should never be trusted over the Word of God. Why? Because they don’t have the power to back them up.
Any words that directly contradict the written Word of God should be quickly and lovingly rejected.
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