I have discovered that a key to establishing “favor with God,” in the sense of Him willing to heal me, is to remain in fellowship with a group of believers who really believe in the power of God to heal and deliver from sickness (even if you don’t tend to agree sometimes with them). This pleases God for several reasons. One is that in the presence of such people, there is faith, which pleases Him. This faith is what God uses to heal people. And it is obvious, too, why there is sometimes such resistance to these groups which believe so strongly that God is well able to heal the sick and downcast. The answer is simple: Deep in our inner man, we are sometimes resist deeply the thought of our getting healed ourselves by a loving and compassionate God. It sounds too simple. And it doesn’t give enough glory to ourselves. We are too proud sometimes, to admit that all the rigmarole of chasing doctors, taking pills, and all of these associated things, may well not be the absolute answer to everything — However, these things may well be “given by God” for a season, to help us have enough strength to seek Him out in the midst of our desperation.
A person may not always agree with every facet of these groups’ beliefs. That is fine. However, we have been commanded by God, to, shall we say, “Get along with each other.” This means that we have to learn to agree in those areas that we can agree in, and leave the rest (all the judgment) up to God … and, an opportune time which God may give us to gently, perhaps, “correct” such people about whom we may feel we know better.
There is a lot to be gained from the body of Christ as whole. I have seen different types of godly, holy, and wonderful, true, down to earth — but really from heaven — power from both of these groups — Charismatics and the more conservative Christians. I want to say, God is able to use both to fulfill His purposes, and, I don’t believe, generally speaking, that either is “out” of God’s will. But I believe — and have experienced for myself — the greater blessing of learning to get along with them both.
Last Revised: March 13, 1998