Excerpt From “God, Reward and Punishment: Are they real?” chapter 23
Posted on January 26, 2016 by theharvestprinciple
Mt 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
Mt 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
Mt 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
Mt 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
Mt 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
Below is a portion of an e-mail that I received from a friend, who, though placing his trust in God, did not know of this book and the Harvest Principle, but did exactly what he needed to do to be healed of cancer.
“The appointment went VERY
well! My doctor took a look at where the tumor was
and he told D__ and me that he would never have known
I had cancer unless he had seen it himself. He was
amazed with my recovery. I know it has been a true
miracle and God has blessed me with better health
through all of this. I needed to lose weight and
wasn’t getting it done, so He took it in His own hands
and helped me lose 60 pounds!!😉
I am feeling great and enjoying life a lot more than
in the past. I talked with my doctor about my little
‘mission field’ of other cancer patients that I have
on my prayer and card list. My doctor thought that
what we were doing was wonderful and reminded me to
thank the ‘man upstairs’ for my healing. (In fact,
D__ and I got to meet one of the men on my prayer
list. He was there for treatments when I finished up
my appointment. He is about 61 years old and very
scared about all of this. His wife gave D__ and I a
big hug and thanked us for being so thoughtful. D__
said she knows what she is going through and to call
if she has any questions or just wants a shoulder to
cry on.) I will see my doctor again in October for
another check up.”
My friend prayed for others who were in his condition, and, knowing him, I know that he prayed from his heart for their healing to the point of not thinking of his own illness. By wanting and praying for healing in others, he received his own healing.
If we are to believe, when the Bible tells us that there are two ways that disease or misfortune comes into our lives (one from our own sins and the other through group association and, also, through our environment), then we must believe that there are two methods of ridding ourselves of the consequences of these causes, which means controlling our emotions. The first is through forgiveness. The second is by praying for others who share our need.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says, “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”. This means that we cannot be forgiven of our sins unless we forgive those who have sinned against us. This, also, means that by forgiving others, we are being forgiven. If a disease or misfortune is the result of our own sins, then being forgiven of those sins will heal us. There is no better way to be forgiven of our sins than to forgive others of their sins against us. Jesus asked, “Is it easier to say, ‘your sins are forgiven, or to say you are healed’?”
I attended a Kathryn Kuhlman healing service years ago. One thing that stuck in my mind from that meeting was her words, “Don’t pray for yourself. Pray for those around you.”
It took me awhile before I understood the significance of those words.
The second method in which we suffer is by group association and environment. Since we cannot change the actions of the group or our environment, the only method of overcoming the consequences of being associated with a group (or generational disease and/or misfortune) is to use prayer to bring about a personal reprieve. The Golden Rule teaches us that, “whatever we want for ourselves, do to others.” In other words, to fervently want and to pray for the healing of another person, can bring healing to ourselves. It may be that praying for oneself is a little self-centered or selfish, while praying for another person unselfishly concentrates your love outside of yourself, making your prayer stronger and purer. Therefore, do for others what you want done for you.
In every instance, we must be filled with love. To be healed then, we must love our God with all our hearts, minds, and souls. We must love our neighbors as ourselves. We must forgive and forget the sins of those who sin against us, or our beliefs. We must pray for those who suffer, and pray for the healing of those who are diseased. If we can bring about the necessary change in ourselves to find peace and serenity in our soul, and establish the Kingdom of God within us, then God can heal us. Our nation can be healed. The world can be healed.
Forgive, then, the wrongs done against you, and pray for the less fortunate and for the world. God, in His wisdom, will make the necessary changes. God will provide the healing in mind, body, or spirit. So let the healing begin – in us, in our nation, and in the world.
It is inevitable that one day we will die, regardless of what we do or how we think. It is nature. Some will die earlier in their lives than others. Some early deaths are preventable or avoidable. Some early deaths serve a Godly purpose that we have trouble seeing through our pain. There is no gain without pain. There is no strength without work. Metal does not harden without being put in the flame. And
gold does not cleanse itself of impurities without heat. So pray for healing in others and in yourself. But pray, also, for understanding, wisdom, and strength to accept God’s will in all things, regardless of the outcome; and continue to grow in Christ. We don’t know God’s plan for us, but we do know His love for us, and His eternal reward waiting for us.
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