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Some may argue, that if it was always God's perfect will to heal every believer in Jesus, they would all get healed; but as that obviously doesn't happen, it cannot always be God's perfect will to heal. This is a false reasoning, but to show that it is, we need to establish at the outset, what we mean by 'God's perfect will', and make a distinction between 'God's perfect will', and 'God's permissive will'. 'God's perfect will' is simply everything that God wants to happen, based upon his love for us. It is that we fear him and keep his commandments (Deuteronomy 5:29; Ecclesiastes 12:13), have fellowship with him (Genesis 3:8-9; 1 John 1:3), love him with all of our heart and soul (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37), become like Jesus (See #2.20), and love others as ourselves (Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:8-10). "God's permissive will" is everything that God allows to happen, whether it is part of his perfect will or not, and it includes everything that happens in the heavens, and upon the earth. Nothing can happen outside of God's permissive will, because God has total control at all times (Psalm 115:3; 135:6; Proverbs 21:1; 29:26; Ecclesiastes 8:3; Isaiah 45:11-12; 46:10-11; Daniel 4:34-35; Jonah 1:14; John 19:11; Ephesians 1:11). However, within his permissive will, God permits much wickedness to take place; he allows war, murder, theft, adultery, idolatry, and even Satan worship, simply because he has given Man freedom of choice, and he will not take it away until death. God's perfect will never changes, but his permissive will alters according to circumstances, and depends mainly upon the choices made by Man. A few examples will illustrate the difference between God's perfect will, and his permissive will:

(A) When God created Man, he gave him dominion over everything that he created on the earth (Genesis 1:28; 9:13; Psalm 8:48), and although he instructed him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17), he permitted him to choose for himself, which he did (Genesis 3:1-7). God's perfect will was that Man would not eat of it, and so be free of the consequences, but his permissive will was that he could, if he chose to do so, and bear the punishment promised (Genesis 2:17). Before Adam sinned, God's permissive will was that he should live in the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8), but afterward it changed, and he drove him out (Genesis 3:23-24).

(B) At one time God's permissive will was that Hezekiah should die for his sins if he did not repent (2 Kings 20:1; Isaiah 38:1), but after he did repent (2 Kings 20:2-3; Isaiah 38:2-3), God permitted him to live another fifteen years (Isaiah 38:5). God's perfect will was always that Hezekiah would repent and live (Ezekiel 18:31-32).

(C) Another example is, that it is God's perfect will for everyone to be saved (Ezekiel 18:32; Matthew 18:14; John 3:16; 6:39; - Galatians 1:3-4; - 1 Timothy 2:3-4; - 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 22:17), but his permissive will is that most will be lost, and that is what in fact will happen (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:24). In this instance, God's perfect will and God's permissive will are obviously not the same. So just as those who fulfil the conditions for salvation will be saved, and those who do not will be lost, so also, those who fulfil the conditions for healing will be healed, but those of us who do not will not be able to receive our healing by faith. One of the conditions to be able to pray in total faith is that we know that what we are praying about is God's perfect will (1 John 5:14-15). Thus it is important to establish from the word of God exactly what God's will is when it comes to healing sickness. If the devil can come to us and say, "God will not heal you because ...", and we do not have a scriptural answer, then he has destroyed our faith for healing, and he can keep us sick, because another of the conditions to receive by faith, is that we do not doubt:

(Matthew 21:21) "If you have faith, and doubt1 not,"

(Mark 11:23) "Whoever ... shall not doubt1 in his heart, but shall believe"

(James 1:6-7) "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering1. For he who wavers1 ... let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord."

(James 5:15) "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,"

The word translated doubt1 (Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:23) is the same Greek verb d?a????? (Gtr. diakrino), which is also translated wavering1, and wavers1 (James 1:6). In context here, it means "to judge", "to dispute", or "to contend" in the mind, and thus "to doubt". Doubt about what God's will is, or about what God has said, is one of the devil's devices, which he uses to deceive us, and rob us of the blessings which God has promised us. The first thing he said to Eve in the garden of Eden was, "Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Genesis 3:1). By suggesting that she could, he was trying to get Eve to doubt what God had said. When he saw that she knew what God had said, he tried to get her to doubt the consequences of it by saying, "You shall surely not die:" (Genesis 3:4). In order to expose the wicked deception that it is not always God's will to heal us, the following sections establish one simple truth; that it is always God's perfect will to heal us, even though sometimes we may not get healed when we fail to fulfil the conditions. This ought to be a great encouragement to anyone sincerely seeking a healing, because if God's attitude towards us is the reason why we cannot get healed, and we cannot change God (See #2.024), then we could never get healed. But if we are at fault somewhere, then we can do something about that, and when we do fulfil the conditions to be healed, we will receive. Therefore, when we get these scriptures securely in our heart, it will rob the devil of an opportunity to deceive us out of what God has promised, and what Jesus died to purchase for us.

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