I’m not asking this as the opening salvo of a theological discussion. This is not a discussion about the fine points of faith. I’m addressing a common concern of sincere people.
A friend of mine recently gave this testimonial. She said that she had the opportunity to pray for a young girl who was suffering from an asthmatic attack. After prayer the girl said she felt better. As my friend related the story she was quick to add, “She wasn’t healed, but she was feeling better.” I’ve known my friend long enough to know that her issue wasn’t “unbelief” or “doubt” as we would normally think of it. She was (and is always) concerned about integrity.
When do we say a person is healed? Do we wait for full recovery? Can we speak the “healed” word when there’s just signs of improvement? These are big questions for many sincere people. So, just keeping it simple let me respond this way:
- Keep your integrity. It’s one of the most valuable things you own.
- You don’t have to use the word, healed. You can say, “improved” without lacking any faith.
- It’s also important to not diminish the atmosphere of truth by adding or thinking, “But they (or I) am not healed, yet.” Adding the (sincere negative) doesn’t build faith for more. Instead it focuses attention on what in not accomplished rather than what is.
- Lay hands on the sick and they will recover. That verse promises improvement, not microwave instant wholeness.
- If you placed your trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin, were you forgiven…completely…or partly? If I asked you if you are “saved,” would you say, “Well, I’m improved by I’m not completely saved?”
- My wife and I celebrate our wedding anniversary on November 27th and have done so now for nearly 47 years. In those 47 years were we fully married, or partially married? Did we improve our marriage through the years? Yes. But, we’ve been fully married the full time since we both said, “I do.”
We tend to over complicate issues. Healing is one of those. If you feel better using the word, “improved,” do so but with full thanksgiving. Praise God for any level of improvement with anticipation for more to be manifesting in the days…or hours…or minutes to come. Healed is a word of doctrinal truth. Healing is a word of process improvement that grows from the “healed” root.
In response to a testified improvement in a person, you might hear the one doing the praying say, “We call that healing.” That is clearly accurate. Healing is manifesting.
If we focus our attention on what we don’t yet have, we tend to start loosing what we do have. If, with thanksgiving, we focus on what we do have, improvement tends to increase.
I hope this helps.