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On the other hand, we know from experience that healing does not always occur.

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Why would God command us to heal the sick and then choose not to back up our act so to speak by not healing the person for whom we pray? This can be downright discouraging, as I learned years ago in my own congregation when I began to teach on healing. It was nine months before we saw the first person healed. Neither posture is correct. Our part is to obey his commands, and his part is to execute his will. We know his will; it is given in the Bible. Will he heal, or will he extend grace for suffering instead?

Or will he grant healing at a later time? Is there another factor hindering the healing, such as demonic opposition or the lack of unity in the church? These very real issues leave us where we began: trusting God to make the sovereign choices for our lives. Two wonderful men from our Anaheim, California, congregation were diagnosed with cancer within weeks of my diagnosis.

Harold Looney and Lynn Marang were both active servants in the church and very passionate in their worship of the Lord Jesus. They had families that needed them and lives worth living. He chose to let me remain.

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In each case, the mercy of God was at work. I was speaking in South Africa at a large conference. A friend, John McClure, was with me, and we were asked to go to the home of a lady of the church. She was dressed beautifully but was very emaciated, weighing only 85 pounds. She had been sent home from the hospital to die.

Her body was full of cancer. Her only hope of survival was divine intervention. We prayed for her, but not with great fervency.

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John had confidence that she would be healed. I felt nothing. That night she woke up with a vibrant, tingling feeling throughout her body. For the next four hours her body was full of intense heat. Alone and frightened, she crawled into the bathroom, her body racked with pain. But a half an hour later she woke up incredibly refreshed. Later her husband woke up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.

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Two days later she reported to her doctors, who gave her a clean bill of health. God had completely delivered her of all of it. Not all stories of dire illness end that way. Margie Morton was a woman of wonderful faith. Over the years I had watched her exercise that faith in many different situations. She and her husband were committed members of the church from the very first day.

Margie suffered from brain tumours for a number of years.

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She had surgery that was somewhat successful, but continued on the long, long journey of this condition. I was praying for her one day when I sensed the Lord speaking to me. Rather, I felt that he gave me some guidelines for ministering to Margie while I sat before him quietly. Now you must teach her how to die. I started sweating immediately. I was not happy to hear those words. I loved Margie greatly and did not want to see her life come to an end. At the time, her doctors wanted to send her to a hospital in Los Angeles with no real prospect of being healed.

She would suffer tremendously, even with the treatment. I shared with her that I thought her remaining weeks could be better spent at home with her children, husband, and loved ones.

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I told her to share her heart and life with them, and that I thought she would know when it was time to go be with the Lord. However, the next eight weeks, she chose to stay home, sharing her life with her family and friends while conscious of her impending death. She did not spend her energies simply fighting cancer.

When it was time, she told her husband that she needed to go to the hospital. When she was in the hospital, her children and husband gathered around the bed and prayed for her. As soon as they left, she took a shower, and put on her brand new nightgown. The Hebrew word for rod shaybet here seems to simply mean "a stick" with a variety of applications.

The Hebrew word for staff mishaynaw seems to speak of "a support" in the sense of a walking stick. This instrument or instruments of guidance was a comfort to David. It helped him - even in the valley of the shadow of death - to know that God guided him, even through correction. It is a great comfort to know that God will correct us when needed. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

You prepare a table before me: Without departing from the previous picture of the valley of the shadow of death , David envisioned the provision and goodness given by the LORD as a host, inviting David to a rich table prepared for him. A magnificent banquet is provided by a most liberal and benevolent host; who has not only the bounty to feed me, but power to protect me; and, though surrounded by enemies , I sit down to this table with confidence, knowing that I shall feast in perfect security.

David gives a beautiful picture: In the presence of my enemies: This is a striking phrase. The goodness and care suggested by the prepared table is set right in the midst of the presence of my enemies. The host's care and concern doesn't eliminate the presence of my enemies , but enables the experience of God's goodness and bounty even in their midst.

Nothing is hurried, there is no confusion, no disturbance, the enemy is at the door and yet God prepares a table, and the Christian sits down and eats as if everything were in perfect peace. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over: Despite the dangers about and the presence of enemies , David enjoyed the richness of his host's goodness.

He was refreshed by a head anointed with oil ; his cup was over-filled. How would it be with you if God had filled your cup in proportion to your faith? How much would you have had in your cup? Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: The host's care brought the goodness and mercy of God to David, and he lived in the faithful expectation of it continuing all the days of his life.

Just as when great princes go abroad they must not go unattended, so it is with the believer. The Psalm ends with the calmest assurance that he would enjoy the presence of the LORD forever - both in his days on this earth and beyond. It is to live with Him. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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