Sometimes we hold fast to a set of beliefs or traditions that are not necessarily Biblical. We may not realize that they are not Biblical, but because we believe very strongly in something, or if a tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, we tend to see it as truth.
And it may be our truth, but it’s not necessarily God’s truth.
I want to encourage you to take a few moments to look at your beliefs and ask yourself how they measure up to Biblical Truth. Are the things you feel strongly about in agreement with the word of God?
Let me give you an example of what I mean. I’ve reached a point in my spiritual life where it’s become imperative to check God’s word for answers to all of life’s questions, problems, or dilemmas. My attitude is always, what does the Bible say about it?
God expects His people to rely wholly on Him, and to put His word above the word of any man, tradition, popular fads, or any worldly counsel. If it doesn’t line up with God’s word, it’s not truth!
I’ve heard quite a few Christians make the statement, “I believe God works along with doctors to heal you.” My question to this is, where does it state this in the Bible?
When I read the Bible I see nothing in there that states, or even implies, this in any way. So where do they get this from? Certainly not from God’s word!
When Jesus anointed the seventy and sent them out in His name, He told them to go preaching the kingdom of God and to heal the sick as they go. He gave them authority over unclean spirits and all manner of sickness and disease (Luke 10).
What Jesus did not do is tell the seventy to take physicians along with them because this power only works in conjunction with a medical doctor.
God doesn’t need earthly medical knowledge to help get people healed. His power, working along with our faith, is more than able to get the job done.
Also, after His resurrection and before His ascension to heaven, Jesus showed Himself to His disciples and told them that all power in heaven and on earth had been given to Him; He therefore commissioned them to go in that same power and preach the Gospel to the nations baptizing them into the reality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus gave His disciples the power that had been given to Him by God, to finish His work on the earth. His power did not come from any man, therefore it is not limited in any way.
If you study the Gospels, you see Jesus healing the sick everywhere He goes…
The only time He was not able to heal was when the people did not have the faith to be healed (Mark 6:5-6). But when they had the faith, they were healed. Thus, God’s power connects with a person’s faith to work supernatural miracles in their life.
It’s true that medical doctors have been able to “heal” sick people. But we must acknowledge that human wisdom and ability is limited; this is when we see the doctor throw his hands up and say, I’ve done all I can do.
But there is no such limit with God. His power far surpasses the limited powers of man. God is able to do things that even stump the medical community, to which they have to acknowledge that this is the work of Almighty God, because this is not otherwise possible.
But of course we know that nothing is impossible with God, for the Bible tells us so!
So no, God does not need to work along with the doctor to heal. In fact, it is often the other way around…
There are doctors who pray for God to help along with any medical treatments they are administering, because they know that God is more powerful and more knowledgeable than they are.
We have to be careful with our beliefs. First of all, we, as believers, must be careful not to put more faith and trust in the doctor than we place in God.
Additionally, we need to be careful that our beliefs don’t become our doctrine.
Believers are required to check their beliefs at the door and pick up a new set of beliefs that are rooted and grounded in God’s word.
If your beliefs don’t line up with the word of God, be willing to throw them out and stand firm on God’s word, because in the end God’s word will be the only thing still standing when everything else crumbles and falls.