coachmarc wrote:If it is expedient in the Lord, if it is HIs will, and if we seek His will first, then we will know whether to raise someone from his sickbed. Many don't have the faith required to seek the Lord's will through prayer and fasting. It can take hours, if not days to receive the witness. Faith precedes the miracle.
By these scriptures are we to seek his will always?D&C 42:48 (48–52)
48 And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed
49 He who hath faith to see shall see.
50 He who hath faith to hear shall hear.
51 The lame who hath faith to leap shall leap.
52 And they who have not faith to do these things, but believe in me, have power to become my sons;
and inasmuch as they break not my laws thou shalt bear their infirmities
According to this next verse we can exercise faith as long as it is not for the purpose of consuming it upon our lusts.D&C 46:9
9 For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do
; that all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts.We continue verses 12-26
12 To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby.
13 To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.
14 To others it is given to believe on their words
, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.
15 And again, to some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know the differences of administration
, as it will be pleasing unto the same Lord, according as the Lord will, suiting his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men.
16 And again, it is given by the Holy Ghost to some to know the diversities of operations
, whether they be of God, that the manifestations of the Spirit may be given to every man to profit withal.
17 And again, verily I say unto you, to some is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of wisdom
18 To another is given the word of knowledge
, that all may be taught to be wise and to have knowledge.
19 And again, to some it is given to have faith to be healed
20 And to others it is given to have faith to heal
21 And again, to some is given the working of miracles
22 And to others it is given to prophesy
23 And to others the discerning of spirits
24 And again, it is given to some to speak with tongues
25 And to another is given the interpretation of tongues
26 And all these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God.Concerning the differences of administration. Moro. 10:8
And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them.
All this tells me that we have the right, the power and authority to perform these gifts of our own free will and choice...if performed in righteousness
. As it is stated "they are given for the benefit of man." Lectures on Faith teaches us how this is done.
If it is the will of God that someone were to die after a blessing of healing, then one would know it was God's will according to verse 48 above. This verse refers to the person seeking healing, not the person giving the blessing.
To me, we have already been given permission.
Ya or Nay?