The January 2007 issue of Charisma magazine has a good article about T.L. and Daisy Osborne. For those of you who've never heard of them, here's a synopsis:
They married in 1942 - he was 18 and she was 17. After pastoring a church they decided they were called to the mission field, specifically India. But alas, conversions there just weren't happening and they became very discouraged. So they decided to return to the states, and while there they discovered some healing ministries. They began to realize that this was the only way to reach those in India. As soon as they understood this--And I want to reiterate this point--AS SOON AS THEY REALIZED THIS FACT--God came upon them with an anointing of faith. They left for India but ended up first in Jamaica where they saw 135 deaf-mute people healed, 90 blind receive their sight and hundereds of crippled people walking away without any aids. After going to some other countries they finally ended up in India where they continued to see miracle after miracle and of course many conversions following.
So, what is the moral to this story? Well, we can adopt the position of most evangelical churches, including , sadly, most Pentecostal and Charismatic churches today, that God can heal if He wants to; or, worse, God will only heal IF the "right" anointed person is praying for us - or, we can adopt the more Biblical position based on the atonement (Matt. 8:17). Everyone was healed by Jesus during his lifetime IF they came to him with any faith to be healed EXCEPT those in his hometown of Nazareth. Of that place it was said that HE COULD NOT DO great works because of their "apistis" - Greek for unbelief, or literally, unfaith. Acts 10:34 states that God is no respecter of persons and Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus Christ, [is] the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Putting all of these Scripture passages together should give us some type of theology of healing that we can really depend on.
Will it kill us to stand in faith - on what Jesus did at the cross (again, see Matt. 8:17)? It just might kill us if we don't.
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