3 It is not the function of God’s teachers to evaluate the outcome of their gifts. It is merely their function to give them. Once they have done that they have also given the outcome, for that is part of the gift. No one can give if he is concerned with the result of giving. That is a limitation on the giving itself, and neither the giver nor the receiver would have the gift. Trust is an essential part of giving; in fact, it is the part that makes sharing possible, the part that guarantees the giver will not lose, but only gain. Who gives a gift and then remains with it, to be sure it is used as the giver deems appropriate? Such is not giving but imprisoning.



Our part in healing is to know the truth about them without being influenced by appearances. Then we are done. It is not our part to look for results. It is not our business how the gift is accepted. Knowing the truth about someone in the face of the false image of sickness requires faith, and watching to see how the gift is accepted is a lack of faith. It is like praying for certainty and in the next breath praying for doubt. Or praying for reality in one breath and in the next, praying for an illusion.

What I have noticed for myself is that fear gets in the way sometimes, and when it does, I begin to doubt. Jesus has asked me to step out of the boat and walk to him over the water. I get right out of that boat and I am traipsing across the water just fine. Then I start to look around and see what I’m doing, fear sets in and I doubt I can do what Jesus asks so I sink.

When someone sends me a prayer request they sometimes give me a lot of detail as to what is going on in their life. I understand that they are afraid but I know that they don’t need to be. I completely disregard what they think is happening and I know only what is true for them. But when it is someone I know well, like one of my children or a good friend, I can get sucked into the story and begin to feel the fear that they feel. Fear just clouds the mind and makes it hard to remember the truth.

Those are the times when I have to back up and ask for correction for myself. My mind has become confused and I need the Holy Spirit to heal it. I trust the Holy Spirit to always heal because that is His function. I have faith in Him so I experience healing and I can go back to truly praying for that loved one. I can again see him or her with clarity; completely disregarding the images my eyes show me. And if they are not ready to accept the gift of healing, that is OK. It is there waiting for them when they are ready. That part is for them to do, not me.

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