“And it came to
pass on a certain day, as he [Jesus] was teaching, that there were
Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which
were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of
the Lord was present to heal them.” (Luke 5:17)
“What do I do when
I’ve prayed with someone to be healed and they’ve died?”
“What do I do when
my loved one has died and I just know they had faith for Divine
Some people are
afraid to even ask these questions, let alone stick around to hear the
answers. Some Ministers are even guilty of ignoring this issue as
well. They choose to talk only about answered prayer.
the matter of unanswered prayer, they pretend everything will eventually be
will not be alright until we answer these questions. The answers
are in God’s Word.
Now, I do not know
everything about why some people who believe in Divine Healing do not get
In our opening verse of Scripture, God’s power was available to
heal even His enemies, the Pharisees. However, these Pharisees did
not receive healing because they did not believe in it.
power was present but they did not receive its benefits because they did
not tap into it by faith.
when the Lord Jesus Christ was personally present, some people still could
not receive their healing miracle because of their own unbelief. This
was a particular problem for Jesus in His own hometown of Nazareth.
He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a few
sick folk, and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. And
He went round about the villages teaching." (Mark 6:5-6)
You may say, “Well,
my loved one had great faith for Divine Healing. I know they
did. But still they died.” Well, outwardly it may have appeared
that way to you but you could be wrong.
You cannot possibly know
everything that was going on inside your loved one. The Bible makes
that clear. (Jeremiahs 17:9)
They may have been battling with doubt
or unbelief and keeping it from you. Keeping it from you because they
did not want you to be afraid for them.
Pharisees’ lives were filled with envy and strife. They could not
seem to get along with anybody. They could not be healed because of
it, too. Even when the power of God was present, they did not receive
because they lived lives of constant contention. (Luke 5:17)
The Apostle James said that envy and strife open the door to
every evil work.
where envying and strife is, there's confusion and every evil work." (James 3:16)
evil work would include sickness and
Jesus said unforgiveness would put a
barrier between man and God, the Source of all power.
when ye stand praying forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your
Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses." (Mark )
Jesus taught that there are two kinds of forgiveness we deal with in life,
not just one.
first kind we just read in Mark 11:25. This is when people sin against us
unintentionally. When they do so, we must forgive them immediately.
second kind of forgiveness Jesus taught is when someone sins against us
intentionally. This type of forgiveness is to be handled quite differently.
heed to yourselves: if thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if
he repent, forgive him." (Luke 17:3)
we see there are two kinds of
forgiveness Jesus taught, not just one. Possibly your loved one
struggled with one or the other.
You may insist that your loved one
had no problem with unforgiveness, but remember
you are not all knowing. You are not God. You could be wrong.
You must accept that you do not know for sure that unforgiveness was not a problem. Otherwise, your
faith will fail when you have a need.
Self-unforgiveness may also have been a hidden
problem. My own wife had a family member who had this problem.
This was kept secret from the family and ultimately the individual was unable
to receive Divine Healing because of it.
No matter how much we love
someone, we simply do not know everything about him or her.
“…fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John )
Fear is the opposite of
I have known people who made a point of talking faith when
they were around me. However, when they got off alone or around other
non-faith people, fear would begin to dominate them. They would begin
to speak against Divine Healing.
After the service
a very bitter woman approached me. Her baby had recently died
tragically and she was very angry with God. She told me, “I spoke
words of protection over my baby and it didn’t work. That Word stuff
is not true. You are wrong. Hagin is
wrong.” She went on to emphatically declare that all faith Teachers
are in error.
She then actually proceeded
to find error with God’s Word.
Everyone was wrong except her.
She never considered that unbelief, strife, envy, unforgiveness
or fear may have been involved in any way. She thought all she had to
do was speak the magic words and “presto” all would be well.
not work that way. Words alone are powerless when it comes to
receiving the promises of God. Words must be backed up with obedience, faith and love.
This dear woman became so obsessed with
tearing down the Message of Faith that her Pastor was forced to ask her to
leave his Church. She became determined to undermine the faith of
others over her own avoidable loss.
Sin Is a Great Power Blocker
Hidden sin is
something else that will stop the flow of God’s healing, delivering power.
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them
shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
If you are old
enough to be reading this, you are old enough to know what sin is. Simply put, it needs to go. (See Galatians 5:16-26.)
do not know whether or not your loved one had hidden sin in their
heart. That is why it is called hidden sin.
indeed it existed, no one knew about it but them and God.
It Just May Be Nobody's Business
Other times there
are no obvious reasons why someone fails to receive healing.
note the use of the word “obvious.” There is always a reason why
someone fails to receive.The Bible
says that no curse ever comes without a cause. (Proverbs 26:2)
Why your loved one failed to receive just might be none of your
business. I say this to you respectfully.There are some things that God simply
will not tell us in this life, particularly concerning others.
“The secret things
belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong
unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this
law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
If God wants you to know something, He
will tell you. If He does not, He will not. If He does not tell
you why your loved one traveled on to Heaven, just
leave it with Him. Do not even touch it with your thought life.Cast those thoughts down.
imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every
thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2Corinthians 10:5)
You will find out
what happened when you get to Heaven. As a matter of fact, there will
probably be a special briefing just to explain things to you. You
will not want to be sitting there red-faced over having blamed God for
something He did not do when you were back on the Earth.
“For now we see
through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but
then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians )
You will discover
at that briefing that it was not God’s fault at all. Most likely your
loved one will be sitting there with you, smile on their face, completely
agreeing that God had nothing at all to do with their early departure from
Do We Go from Here?
“So how do I go
on?” would be the next logical question to answer.
Blame Satan, not God. If you blame God you will end
up backsliding and speaking against God's wonderful message of faith. You will end
up like the lady who lost her child. You will become a danger to the
faith of other Believers.
Jesus did not change His message when
people did not receive. He just kept on preaching faith so others who
would receive would not die. (Mark 6:1-6)
Second, stay in the
Word of God.
That is the only way to keep your faith level up
during a loss. (Romans 10:17) Otherwise, you will lose peace and
joy. That is when Satan will show up to slap your mind around like a
Stay in the Word and stay around other faith-filled
people. Stick close to people who are on fire for the things of
God.That will help to keep your
fire burning bright.
The first log to roll away from the fire is the first
log to cool off and die out. Stay in the fire.
Third, do not
listen to that voice that tries to tell you, “It’s all
your fault. You could have fasted more. You should have
prayed more. You… You... You... You...you!”
It is never your fault when someone else cannot or will
Tell Satan, “You’re a fallen angel, not a Travel
Agent. So quit trying to sell me on a guilt trip. I’m not going
there! It wasn’t my fault and it wasn’t God’s fault either. Now
back off in Jesus’ Name.”
For some reason your loved one was not able to receive their
healing. So, God gave them something better. Heaven.
would not come back now and subject themselves to pain, cancer, arthritis,
persecution, hatred, lies or death for all the tea in China! Neither
would any of us!
Keep this in
mind. One day it will all make sense and you will be so glad you did
not blame God.
You just never know what God may be telling someone
else to do and they are not obeying Him.
Even if you have been
sharing the same bed with someone for sixty years, you do not know
everything about him or her.
You do not know everything about
yourself. So how could you possibly know all there is to know about
another complex human being? (Jeremiah 17:9)