I Peter Chapters 1 through 3
This week’s reading is found in Chapter 2:24, “By whose stripes you WERE healed.” Peter is writing about what Jesus did for us on the cross. He mentions that Jesus took our sins onto His body on the cross and that Jesus suffered the consequences of our sin by suffering and dying. The conclusion that Peter makes then, is that we are no longer to suffer the punishment and consequences of sin, which would be death and disease. Yet we struggle with this because we still get sick. Many have rejected this simple truth because of their own personal experience, but this is dangerous. The Bible also says that because of Jesus death we are no longer under the power of sin, see Romans chapter 6, yet we know that we all still struggle with the power and temptation of sin. What are we to do about that, reject this truth also? No, this is true whether we experience it or not. Now, for sure we will all experience the ultimate work of Jesus death on the cross when we go to heaven. But what are we to do until then? I say we continue to believe what God’s Word says, and when we are confronted with sickness and sin we are to pray against it, believe that it is God’s will that we are healthy, whole and victorious over sin. I don’t think we need to go around saying we are healed physically when in fact we are not healed, or that we don’t sin when we do, but it is correct to claim God’s Word for our lives and whether we see it manifested or not, it is still true.
Sometimes there may be other reasons why we are not seeing God’s Word manifested in our lives. In the book of Daniel, we read a story about Daniel’s prayer not being answered because of some kind of spiritual warfare that was going on. In I Peter 3:7, men are told that if they don’t treat their wives right their prayers would be hindered. In Matthew 5:24 Jesus said that if we are praying and have some unforgiveness in our hearts or some unresolved conflict that we need to get that right before we continue praying to God. The point is, if we are not getting our prayers answered it might be more profitable to ask the Holy Spirit to speak to us and guide us and let us know if there is something that needs to be done. Maybe we should pray as David did in Psalm 139:23, “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my anxieties, and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”