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52 I AM HEALED By Carol Pearson One day, as I prayed with Phil over the telephone, I stopped and said, "I believe the Lord wants to begin healing some of my physical ailments now and that He wants to begin with my skin. (I explained to Phil a little about my skin complaint and the amount of time it had been really bad over the past couple of years. My legs were full of weepy holes, very sore and red and often bleeding as I just couldn't help scratching in my sleep! I also said that God seemed to be saying to me that the healing of my legs would be a sign that He was working in me to make me really whole. (I am aware that I will fully know this wholeness when I stand before Him and see Him face to face, but I can enjoy some of that healing right now). Later I thought, "I can really put the Lord to the test here because many people have commented on the dark patches on my sore legs. There will be tangible evidence; they will be gone if I am healed!" Just a few weeks ago, whilst talking with a friend, I remarked, "Oh, my skin is a lot better these days," and gingerly pulled up a few inches of my trouser leg to reveal (what had been) a really bad part. I asked, "Do you see any dark patches now?" She replied, "No!" I said, "Are you sure, they're not darker at the backs?" She said again, "No, they look good." In that instant I knew God had done it! The medications hadn't worked well, but He had healed me! Today I was checking out Matthew 11 as a friend had mistakenly given an incorrect reference and my attention was drawn to this verse: "Blind people receive sight. Disabled people walk. Those who have skin diseases are healed. Deaf people hear. Those who are dead are raised to life. And the good news is preached to those who are poor," (Matthew 11:5 NIRV). This thrilled me and I remembered I hadn't said anything much about this healing to other friends since it had been confirmed, so here I am, sharing it with you all. Many people ask "Why doesn't God heal me?" There are books on this subject written by those who are much more able than I am. In this short article I don't even want to attempt to answer that one (as I still ask Him some questions from time to time about why I am not seeing more healing; but here I just want to tell you some of the reasons at least why God heals us. Let me first remind us all that we are often aware of His goodness and loving-kindness when we receive His healing and, as He heals us of anything, let's ensure we go out and share it with others, giving thanks to Him, and we don't go off (as I almost did), forgetting all about what He'd done and not even really giving thanks, as was the case with nine out of ten lepers. Jesus tells why He heals in the story of the blind man in John 9. We read: Jesus' disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned? Was this man born blind because he sinned? Or did his parents sin?" "It isn't because this man sinned," said Jesus. "It isn't because his parents sinned. This happened so that God's work could be shown in his life. There you have a clear message from Jesus - It was not anything to do with whether or not this man or his parents had sinned but it was so that the work of God could be clearly seen. In other Scriptures, Jesus tells his disciples to go out and preach and teach and heal and says that these things will be a "sign following," which means that, because they have met with Jesus, His works (done in His name by them) will be a sign to others of God's love and power, that they too may believe and come to Him. (See Mark 16:20). I am always challenged as I read the words of Jesus in John 14. In verse 12 we read, "What I'm about to tell you is true. Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. In fact, he will do even greater things. That is because I am going to the Father." I don't yet know much about these "greater works" shown in my life, but I sure am praying that my faith is increased daily, and that means daily exercise of that faith on my part! One friend once prayed "Lord, please heal Carol of this bad cough to show your power," and the cough went immediately! No one was more surprised than I was right then. On one occasion I was to sing in front of several hundred people. The day before my voice was really bad and I could not sing. On that occasion I knew I should sing and trust God - and He enabled me to do it and there was no sign in my voice of anything that had been wrong the previous day! Well, what can I say? "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" My response, "Lord, surely, it is not. Do for me and in me that which you would do and may you have the glory and honour." Perhaps after thinking on these things, you would also like to pray that prayer, in the full knowledge that, as we respond with a positive "Yes" to Him for His works of healing to be done in our lives, whether emotional, physical or spiritual, as He comes and challenges us in various areas and wants to heal us, truly He will do far more than we can ever ask or think!