Healing Ends At Age 50?
I have been spending a lot of time with elderly people these past couple of months, both Christians and non-Christians alike. I love to hear their exciting life stories which are dotted with romance, danger and intrigue. They love to give you advice and I do take to heart what they say although I don’t always agree with the advice given. I believe that God is bridging the gap between generations just as it says in Luke 1:17 (NIV) "And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
I do find it slightly frustrating that they however do not like to hear your refutes to some advice especially when it comes to matters of the spirit, money and health. Unfortunately those that have been Christians for a lengthy part of their lives are the most dogmatic in their beliefs and mindsets. They usually end their conversations with “Go read your Bible!” which I have to chuckle at because I do read my Bible and I have a different understanding of the meaning of the scriptures that we have discussed. Besides, there are more teachings coming out about the original meaning of the Hebrew and Greek words used in the Bible which show that quite a bit of teachings are not as they should be. Then there is the simple yet powerful demonstrations of living by those new revelations which can be witnessed in so many of the “new” preacher’s lives these days – look at Todd White, Dan Mohler, and Daniel Kolenda etc. There is mass evidence of fruit in their lives, they have close relationships with God, all of their needs are met and they are healthy people.
As I was driving home one morning after a get together with some elderly Christians I began to reflect on our time together when I started to feel angry – angry at the devil and angry that these mature Christians believed the lies he was telling them. Everyone at the meeting was sick, they were discussing their various ailments and the medicine they took etc. Each one accepted the fact that this is just part of life; that when you reach a certain age it is okay for you to be sick. I however believe that sickness is just a lie, it’s a lie from the enemy (who is the father of lies, he comes to steal, kill and destroy), I believe my Bible when it says that we are healed (not going to be sometime in the future or that past a certain age it doesn’t apply any more), I believe we walk in divine health and because we are not of this world as we are a new creation all effects of sickness no longer has a hold on us.
When does healing run out? Nowhere have I found a verse that says at a certain age you are no longer to remain in good health. If you believed in being healed when you were twenty why don’t you believe in being healed when you are 60, 70, 80 or even 90? I can understand hair turning gray and wrinkles appearing but when eye sights and hearings go or fractured hips are seen as the norm then I have a problem because that is sickness and God says that Jesus died for my sicknesses and diseases. John G Lake started to go blind in his 60’s, he cried out to God and said that he should not be going blind because all sickness is from the enemy and the very next day his eye sight was restored. I love watching Kathryn Kuhlman meetings – most of the people healed in her meetings were the elderly! I’m reading tons of books on healings and evangelism and there are so many accounts of elderly people being totally healed and never living another day in pain or sickness again.
I am not asking the elderly to unlearn what they have been taught, I am simply asking that they too renew their minds and their beliefs and believe the Bible when it clearly states that once you have accepted Jesus, not only have you received eternal life with the father and annihilation of sins but complete body and soul healing as well. I would love to see more elderly people stand on the Word and be an example to the younger generation as I’m witnessing more and more of the youth not looking up to the elderly or seeing them as valuable mentors simply because they don’t live by what they preach and because they dismiss the youth’s enthusiasm and faith to believe the written Word. I implore you to listen to the youth for they too hear from the Lord and to the youth I want you to remember 1 Tim 4:11-12 (KJV) “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
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By africa, published on 25 September 2011
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