Jesus Embraces Medical Doctors

There seems to be several perspectives in The Church as a whole on the subject of healing for the sick or injured body. Some groups teach an exclusivity in their acceptable source for healing, such as (1) healing by miracle alone by faith in Christ alone because [they say] the Cross is now complete and “by His wounds we are healed;” or (2) healing by medical science alone because [they say] God’s miracles ceased with the completion of the New Testament writing.

My personal study and interpretation of the scriptures (and subsequent experiences that seem to confirm what I have concluded in the scriptures) has lead me to believe that God provides healing through various avenues, supernaturally and naturally, while ultimately our faith remains centered in Christ. “Whatever is not of faith is sin” (Ro. 14:23) is not just about a vegetarian or Sabbath issue, it is concerning all issues.

A brief devotional, which this article is, cannot explore [and counter or affirm] every group’s healing doctrine that is within The Church. What we can do in this brief moment is look at a few scriptures that show God’s positive and affirmative comments about doctors (who represent the medical community and medical science).

Jesus compared Himself and His mission to that of a doctor that treats and heals the sick, recorded for us in three of the Gospels:

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

~ Mark‬ ‭2:17‬, Matthew 9:12, Luke 5:31

The Apostle Paul, whom we believe was inspired by God in his writings (along with all of those who penned the scriptures) also expressed God’s affirmation of doctors, the representatives of the medical community and medical science, when he wrote:

“Our dear friend Luke, the doctor…”

~ Colossians‬ ‭4:14‬

As we can see in several passages, Doctor Luke was a fellow minister and friend of the Apostle Paul. He was also the author of two books of the Bible: the Book of Acts, and one of the gospels, the Book of Luke. He was a doctor before he entered the ministry, and he continued to be respected as a doctor during his godly ministry.

Again, this is a brief treatment of the topic of doctors and medicine. But, one thing that we can know for sure, those who practice medicine and care for the sick are being like Jesus, just as He was being like them in His ministry.

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Suffering for a Season, By God’s Will

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I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2000, that was 13 years ago.

In 2006, about 7 years ago, I had reached such a level of pain and fatigue that I resigned from pastoring a church. I was unable to work, having to be in bed so much.

I believe in Divine healing through faith in the name of Jesus Christ. He has instantly healed me in the past of things, and I have witnessed people being instantly healed while I laid hands upon them and prayed in Jesus’ name. I have seen a 14 year heroin addict instantly delivered as I prayed for him and then touched him.

So, you might ask me why I still believe in Divine healing through Jesus’ name since I have not been healed after 13 years of praying for healing, and having been prayed for by countless others.

You may ask why I still think God loves me if He has not healed me and has allowed me to suffer so much pain for so long.

Well, I don’t have all the answers for why God heals and why He doesn’t. But I do know this: every time I pray for healing, I finish with, “Father, not my will, but Your will be done!”

Jesus’ Crucifixion is our perfect example of how our Heavenly Father at times chooses to accomplish His will through a season of our sufferings rather than through our deliverance, through our bankruptcy rather than through our prosperity, through our sickness rather than our health, and for some through their death rather than through their life.

Does this mean that I have given up hope? No, I believe with all my heart that God is going to heal me, either miraculously or medicinally. There is just a season of time that must pass so that God’s will may be accomplished through my life as I suffer these painful diseases.

Again, “not my will, but Your will be done, Father!” I can honestly say that God grants me the grace that I need (sometimes enough grace for the next moment or two, but I never run short on His supply of grace) and the peace that I need, to be able to truly desire for God to accomplish His will in and through my life BEFORE He heals me.

What about your life? Are you experiencing a prolonged season of suffering? Do you want God to provide the same grace to you that He has provided to me? Do you wish that you could genuinely desire God to accomplish His will in and through your life even if it means continuing in your suffering a little while longer before His healing is finally dispensed?

All we need to do is pray with heart-felt sincerity just as Jesus prayed after He had asked for deliverance from the suffering at hand: “Father, not my will, but Your will be done!”

Now THAT is living by faith!

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