Greetings Brethren:

Healing is not always physical. Also, let it be written that prosperity is not always money. Faith, trust and belief in God render all desires of the heart that seeks to please God.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal September 10, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

As we continue to reveal the true nature of God's healing, we note the essence of enduring to the end. In the endurance race faith is not a sprint. Faith is a race to the end. Thus, faith is a marathon. Therefore, the goal of the believers is to finish the race saved. Thus, healing is not the primary objective. So Christian believers can win the race and not be healed in a physical sense. Meanwhile, Spiritual healing is held in prominence.

As we note scripture to support these statements, we see that God's discipline in running the race proves his love.

Hebrews 12:1. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beget us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"

This scripture passage is an illustration drawn from the foot races that were very popular during ancient times. Witness is also drawn from the ancient foot races. There were witnesses or observers that watched the runners to see that they followed the rules of the game. Realizing that they were watched the runners did their best to run in regard to the rules and regulations.

Now as we set these terms in the spiritual realm we see that cloud means a great gathering. Witnesses are seen in the great Hebrew Heroes described in the preceding chapter (Hebrews 11) that is often noted as the faith Hall of Fame. Although these great Prophets were dead, they had performed great examples of faith. Thus, their contributions should serve as an incentive for us as believers to do our best.

The weight refers to the ancient runners discarding all extra clothing that might hinder them in the race. Likewise Christians should discard all practices that will conflict with their service to Christ. Paul notes in this passage one such hindrance, "sin which doth so easily beget us."

Sin is unbelief and a lack of faith. Clearly then sin will hinder our service to Christ and cause us to fail to run the race to the end. The word patience in this passage means endurance and perseverance. These are key elements needed to finish the race. Finally the phrase “is set before us," reveals that this contest or race is open for us, but by free will we must choose to enter it.

Related Scripture for Hebrews 12: 1:

1 Corinthians 9:24, Philippians 3:12-14

Hebrews 12: 2. "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

A dedicated runner will forget the thing behind him and keep his eyes on the goal. Likewise the Christian should keep his eyes on Jesus. Author means one who sets an example for others to follow. The finisher is the one who carries out the example by being faithful until the end.

Joy that was set before him, was the joy that was set before Jesus as the Savior of the world, even though he had to die on the cross. Despising and shame reveals that this was a dreadful death. Crucifixion was used for the worst criminals. Paul writes that Jesus obeyed his Father unto death, even the death on the cross (Philippians 2:8).

Related Scripture Hebrews 12:2.

Psalms 110:1, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Hebrews 2:9-10, 1 Peter 1:11

Hebrews 12:3. "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

During the time that Paul wrote many Christians had been persecuted for witnessing for Jesus and the Gospel. However many of them thought their persecution was unnecessary. The record shows that some sought to remedy this by going back to Moses and the Law.

When the believers face hardships and trials one can become discouraged and loose sight of the big picture. However God will never leave us nor forsake us. Suffering is a part of the race and is the training ground for Christian maturity. These experiences develop our patience and pave the way to victory and the prize. (Also see John 15:20).

Hebrews 12:4. "Ye not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin."

Have you suffered as much as Jesus did? Jesus was compelled to defend His faith to the extent of going to the cross. (Also see Hebrews 10:32).

Winning the race is not being healed. Winning the race is to have eternal life and peace and paradise. Death is not the enemy. Paul writes, "for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." We live by faith not by sight.

Cont. Part 42: A Closer Look At The Relationship of Faith & Healing




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