Falling "Backwards" Into Healing?Handbook 3: Article 17 - Spiritual Facts or Fiction

Some are holding world-wide healing services proclaiming that a day will come this side of heaven when everyone will be healed.

"For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread... In the same way He took the cup also... saying 'This is the new covenant in My blood...'

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself... for he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly.

For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep... But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord in order that we may not be condemned with the world."

1 Corinthians 11:23-32

A Personal Note:

Have I spoken useless, harmful words to others and to myself, comforting when God was disciplining, encouraging when He was discouraging, praising when He was reprimanding; have I passed out the word like a soothing balm, a fix-all potion, touting healing promises to those who have raised the Cup to their lips unworthily and have fallen under His discipline?

Consider these Scriptures about health and healing:

"I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers."

3 John 2

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones."

Proverbs 3:5-8

"If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord am your healer."

Exodus 15:26

And what about "falling backward" supposedly a "sign" or manifestation of the Holy Spirit, either in the preacher-healer or in the person "slain"?

"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying, 'Do not be afraid...'"

Revelation 1:17

"And I heard the voice of a man... and he called out, 'Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.'

So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face... and while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand upright..."

Daniel 8:16-18

"...the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God... the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest... and there the hand of the Lord came upon him...

Then I saw... the appearance of the rainbow... such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking. 'Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!' And as He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet..."

Ezekiel 1:1, 3, 28; 2:1, 2

"...He went forth with His disciples... where there was a garden... Now Judas... knew the place... and having received Roman officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

Jesus asked, 'Whom do you seek?'... They answered Him, 'Jesus the Nazarene.' When therefore He said to them, 'I am He,' they lurched backward and fell to the ground."

John 18:1-6

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