“If It Is Your Will”

by Joel Osteen

Friday, August 16, 2019
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One prayer that we're taught to pray is, "God, not my will but Your will be done." Many times we don't know what's best for us. "God, should I take this job, should I date this person, should I pursue this dream?" Every day I pray God will open the right doors and close the wrong doors. When it comes to guidance and direction, it's important to ask God to show us His will. That's honoring God, showing our dependence on Him. But there are some things that we can go to the Scripture and find out what God's will is. When it comes to healing, all through the Scripture you can see it is God's will. Matthew 15:30 says, "A vast crowd brought to Him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn't speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and He healed them all." Fourteen times in the Scripture it says He healed "all" who were sick. I can't find one instance where Jesus turned someone away and wouldn't heal them. He didn't always heal the same way, but He healed them all.

We think it's being humble to say, "God, if it is Your will, You can heal me." Some people say, "If God wants me to endure this disease to show that I trust Him, I'll gladly do it." But you don't have to carry it; God's already carried it. Isaiah 53:4 says, "Jesus carried our sickness and took our infirmities." He already paid the price. It's not faith to pray "if it is Your will." You have to have the boldness to say, "God, I know it is Your will." That Scripture goes on to say, "By His stripes you were healed." Jesus took those stripes before He was crucified. He didn't leave anything out. "By His stripes you were healed." Past tense. He's already done it.

As long as you think, "God, if it's Your will to heal me," it will limit what God does. You have to make the switch from "God, if You want to heal me" to "God, I know You want to heal me." Our attitude should be, "Lord, I receive Your healing. By faith I receive what You've already done." You don't have to beg God to do it. You don't have to talk Him into it or wonder if it's His will. Make the switch. "Lord, You carried this sickness, so I don't have to. Thank You that healing is flowing into me right now. Thank You that I'm getting better. Thank You that the number of my days You will fulfill."

 
 
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