Many teachers and preachers proclaim that all the promises in the Old Testament about healing and prosperity are no longer for the Church today. I have never heard a Scriptural reason for this, just bold assertions.
Only Spiritual Now?
These individuals claim that Christians are only promised spiritual blessings, healing and prosperity. Since becoming a Christian is a spiritual change, they claim that is all that is covered now. They fail to note the Scriptures that claim this, but they still hold strongly to it.
Some Idiot Preachers Poison the Well
Several idiot preachers do focus on healing and prosperity as almost a magic formula, so it is not surprising that some have reacted strongly to those claims. Cancer will not generally vanish in a moment in most cases. Nor can you confess in a new sports car if you just have enough faith. The foolishness that is taught in this area has unfortunately made some completely ignore the clear promises that God has made, even in the New Testament.
I expect to go over some Scriptures on these topics in the future, but I am only addressing the main principle now.
Failure Don’t Negate a Promise
Many oppose these two vital areas for Christians since they point to failures of people to achieve them. They will say, “This really holy person was sick,” or “This faithful man never had more than a few dollars in his lifetime,” as if man’s failure to get what God promises negates those promises.
These failures just prove that men don’t always get all that God wants. Who is really surprised by that? God wants all men to be saved, as the foremost example, but all men are not saved. God wants us to not sin in our lives, but that happens and He fortunately made a provision to deal with it, even though it falls short of His Will.
Many under the Old Covenant didn’t walk completely in the prosperity and health that is clearly noted, especially in places like the Psalms. Yet that doesn’t negate the promises either!
The Key Question
Though the key question here is why the New Covenant loses the promises in the Old Covenant for health and prosperity have gotten lost? I have yet to see a good reason for this.
Don’t let yourself be cheated out of what God promised, wherever that promise was made. Focus instead on meeting any noted conditions and then seeking God to find any reasons that things may have failed and work to clear those out and get all that God has promised! Stay away from the foolishness and excess of some, but don’t just settle for barely enough. Give all the extra if you don’t personally want more. Many wonderful ministries desperately need more support (though ignore the ones that just beg). That support can also be from your own health, using yourself to do useful things for them. You can’t do that if you are sick in bed.
I will write more on this in the future, but for now quit making excuses and take God seriously in your own life!