When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
I spent the last two days at a motorcycle rally with my wife and two of my brothers that are in our motorcycle ministry. While we were there, we came across a vender that sold patches for biker vests. As we were looking through the various patches, I came across one that I really liked, we all did, so my brother Pumkin paid for them and we all had them sewed on our vests. The patch says, “FAITH IS NOT BELIEVING THAT GOD CAN, IT IS KNOWING THAT GOD WILL.”
Many in the Church, like the leper, have put a question mark where God put a period. It has been said that this leper had some sort of insight that in the purposes of God, it may not be Gods will to heal everybody. A view that is held by much of the church world. However, Jesus’ willingness to heal him, shows us that it was not insight into God’s purpose that the leper had, but ignorance of God’s purposes that he had.
It is sad that so many hold the thought that it is God’s will that they stay sick based on the statement of this leper, “If you are willing?” When they should be standing on the entire volume of the scripture, and the promises contained therein, that clearly teach that Jesus healed all that came to him, and lay claim to Jesus’ answer to this man, “I am willing.”
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
Everything Jesus did and said was a perfect revelation of the Fathers Will. Jesus willingness to heal the leper is proof that it is Gods will is to heal everyone that will come to Him and receives Him as their healer
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick.
But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed [them] all.
Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases.
But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and by his stripes we are healed.
1 PETER 2:24
Who His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.
The whole of scripture teaches us that it is just as much Gods will to heal all those who come to him in faith as it is to save all those who come to him in faith. In fact God tied them together in the atoning work of Christ. It is sad that instead of possessing by faith what Jesus provided for us in his atoning work, religion has put a question mark that has robbed us of our inheritance.
Jesus said, ‘It is finished.”
That statement ended with a period, not a question mark. But religion and tradition have left us to question whether God really meant it when He said, “It is finished.”
Our lack of faith that God will heal us shouts, “Is it really finished? I believe He can, but will he?”
We’ve put question marks where God put a period. We act as though some are special chosen ones and some are not. It may not be leprosy but much of the church has adopted this question mark mentality concerning the things of God. We often act as though healing is something we have to try and convince God to give to us, or as though we have to prove ourselves worthy enough to receive, as though we have to overcome Gods reluctance when His word clearly states, “I am willing.”
This question mark mentality wears a real religious looking robe, it attributes it’s religious sounding teaching to the sovereignty of God by saying things like, “God knows what I need, or when the time is right, or it’s in God’s hands, or if he does its okay and if he doesn’t its okay because He’s God and He knows what’s best for me, or if it’s His will He will and if it’s not He won’t, or well maybe God hasn’t healed me because He knows if He did I wouldn’t serve him.”
This is no different than the poor leper who was living under guilt and shame and condemnation and therefore uncertain concerning Jesus’ willingness to heal him.
You say, “Well He is a sovereign God.”
Yes He is, and the sovereign God already told us in His Word what His will is, and His will does not change, because His Word does not change and so it is forever settled in heaven.
It’s time for the Church of the living God to remove the question mark that religion has created concerning the will of God and put the period back where it belongs!
There are some things that we as the church need to understand, they need to be settled once and for all, with no more question marks
The moment you received Christ you were born again, you became a new creation.
· At that moment, all that Jesus died for became your birthright
· At that moment, you became the righteousness of God
· At that moment, Satan’s dominion over you ended
· At that moment, you received authority over all the power of your enemy
· At that moment, you were healed
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
These are new creation realities, they are facts of faith.
In the mind of God he looks at you through the finished work of his son and he sees you as a possessor of all that Jesus paid for in his atoning work.
Satan doesn’t want you to enjoy your inheritance, he doesn’t want you to prosper, he doesn’t want you to walk in health, so he doesn’t come right out and deny Gods power to save, heal, and deliver. What he has done is he has gotten the church to put a question mark where God put a period, and to deny Gods ability and power by questioning His willingness. This question mark has keeps many of Gods people bound in sickness and disease.
We learn from this encounter of the leper and Jesus that as soon as the question mark was removed, what God was willing to do all the time was immediately manifested.
When we question Gods willingness to do that which He has clearly said in His Word that He will do, faith is crippled because it has nothing to stand on, and it withers and dies because it has no soil in which to sink its roots. Faith with a question mark behind it is like a bucket with a hole in it, it is impossible for it to hold the blessings and promises of God that need to be stored up for the days of drought that come into every life.