US – “Jesus wants to forgive you and set you free. Do you want that?”
US – “OK, pray after me: Dear Jesus, please, if it be Thy will, please please forgive my sins. You know I have tried to be good. You know I believe you so please please please forgive me if it is Your will. And if it isn’t your will to forgive me please give me the grace to live unforgiven and learn from it. Please please give me the strength to endure punishment and torment. Please help me to live through all the horrible consequences of not being forgiven. Amen.
Now read your Bible and go to Church and be baptized and do whatever they tell you to do. Perhaps God will forgive you. Perhaps not. He is God you know. He does whatever He wants. Don’t count on being forgiven just because you hear stories about people being forgiven. A lot of those stories are fake, made up by false preachers trying to make money by getting people’s hopes up.
Oh .. and remember to tell other people about the Good News of the Gospel!!”
I get the impression that many people who know it is God’s will to forgive sins are not so sure when it comes to healing. They base their understanding more on things that did not happen, or else on situations that went ‘bad’, rather than on God’s Word. Or they do not see His will about it in the Word so they are unsure.
If we used the same criteria for forgiveness we would probably be the way I portrayed in my litte drama above. Those who have worked at leading people to Jesus over the years have had people who prayed and cried and were baptized and never had a changed life. There have been others who did all the right stuff, lived the life for a time and then fell away. There have been those who rejected the message completely. Yet that does not stop us from telling people the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness.
It is the same with healing and deliverance. We are not the “forgivers” nor are we the “healers”. We are the carriers of the message of His great love. We simply go with the assurance of His will and declare it to those who will hear.
We need assured of His will. Our assurance cannot be in experience only but must be based on His Word. When we go and speak His will He backs it up by confirming it.
So the question comes down to: Are we sure of His will?