It is disheartening when Christians need to see a doctor or have surgery and are criticized for “not having enough faith.” Romans 8:1 (NKJV) says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” We should never condemn anyone for what is happening in their lives! Yes, we believe in divine healing, but it’s okay for medicine and faith to work together!
All good things come from above (James 1:17). I believe that medical knowledge comes from God. My grandfather taught me to believe God for healing. But He also said you should go to the doctor and find out what’s wrong with you. That way, you can target your faith! When you know what’s wrong, you know how to believe.
Target Your Faith
I have a friend who was in a lot of pain but wouldn’t tell anyone. He prayed and did everything he knew to do spiritually, but he didn’t get better. He finally told his wife that he thought he was having heart issues. She eventually convinced him to see a doctor. He found out that nothing was wrong with his heart. He had stomach issues and heartburn!
My friend could have prayed until he was blue in the face and still have been in pain. Since his heart was healthy, you could say his prayers were answered! But he still hurt because he needed to take care of his stomach. It is important to hone in on what is happening.
Yes, we believe in divine healing, but it’s okay for medicine and faith to work together!
Use Every Tool
Kenneth Hagin Ministries has never been against medicine or doctors. But medicine isn’t always a cure; it’s a band-aid. It keeps some people alive until they can receive healing. Throwing away medicine is stupidity!
Jesus said in Mark 11:24, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” If you desire a well body, do everything you can. If you have to take medication, confess God’s healing Word each time you take it. Use it as a tool instead of a crutch!
Going to Doctors
When I was 13, I faced a life-threatening brain tumor. A CAT scan revealed I had a tumor the size of a man’s hand at the base of my skull. The doctors wanted to operate immediately. My family asked for two days to pray and believe God.
My grandfather came and talked to me. “I want you to understand that surgery is a second line of defense,” he said. “If you have surgery, can you believe that everything will work fine, that there will be no complications?” He went through a list of things and asked me if I could believe.
“Yeah,” I said. “I can believe that.” Until that point, no one asked me to believe anything! Everyone else was praying, so why should I have to believe? My grandfather told me I could still have a miracle with surgery.
A second CAT scan showed the tumor was still there, and I had the operation. Part of the tumor was too close to the brain stem, so they did not remove it. But what the doctors couldn’t do, God did. A follow-up CAT scan showed that every trace of the tumor was gone! I still received a miracle.
Never feel as though you are a second-class Christian because you have surgery or use medicine! It’s another line of defense. And God still gets the glory.
Medicine Is From God
When we learned Craig had a brain tumor, Dad reminded me of when my cousin Ruth had an appendicitis attack. He and Mom prayed for her, and would have gone to the hospital if they didn’t get results fast.
Dad shared two scriptures. “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). And John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but to steal, kill, and destroy.” He went on to say, “The devil is not giving doctors medical knowledge to find cures. Medicine is God’s way of trying to help people.”
Craig wasn’t healed instantly. But the operation was successful, and he is alive and well today.
Kenneth W. Hagin
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If you have to take medication, confess God’s healing Word each time you take it. Use it as a tool instead of a crutch!
Craig W. Hagin
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