14 Jan Healing is for Today pt. 2
The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy.
He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Recap (The What):
Healing is God’s idea.
Healing was central to Jesus’ life on earth.
Healing is released primarily through the believer’s life.
It is one thing to know that God is a fan of healing and that he releases it through believers, but my goal is to move us beyond that to two different questions…
Why should every believer move in healing?
How should every believer move in healing?
Q: Why should every believer learn to move in healing?
1. Healing has a purpose on the earth.
“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.
Healing is a manifestation of the kindness of the Father and it is intended to point people to the Father.
The purpose of healing is not to validate a believer. It is to bring Glory to the Father.
2. Healing is the expected outflow of a believer’s life on earth.
“…these signs will follow them that believe…In my name…they will lay hands on the sick and see them recover.” (Mark 16)
Jesus makes this statement, and I wonder if we may be interpreting incorrectly.
We tend to read this as, “these are the kinds of things that are possible in the believers life”
What if He is saying, “this is what my followers will be about?”
signs – indication, as in a battle cry, the sound the army responds to.
follow – to accompany, be near, come with a person
lay hands – to extend upon for the purpose of touching
recover – to have the ability to hold onto wellness
We know that Jesus is making a declaration about His followers and what will be the realities around them. I believe he is saying, “Healing will go where they do.”
It is the expectation of my King that I release healing to the world around me.
So when it comes to the question of How to administer healing, I want to look at the process of Jesus as He healed. He is our model.
Before I consider how Jesus moved in healing, I would love to pose a question…
Was Jesus a healthy person?
Does this model anything for me that is important?
I believe the answer is yes. I believe part of releasing healing as a believer is the willingness to walk in healing as a person.
I would like to submit it in stronger language:
If we can identify that healing is God’s idea, can we also extrapolate that God wants His kids healthy? If I understand this aspect of the Father, then I must be willing to pursue personal health as a person because it matters to my Father.
How should every believer learn to move in healing?
a. Move in healing the way Jesus did.
As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.” So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.
When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him. After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.
He took authority over what was fighting belief
He declared healing
He physically touched the girl
Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
He spoke to her situation (prophetically or did he know her?)
After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see? “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”
Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.
He spoke to the central issue of belief and to the ailment (sight)
He touched them
When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed.
He discerned the problem – (demonic influence)
He spoke to the situation
What is the pattern?
There seem to be two consistent things Jesus does:
1. He Releases healing through word
2. He Releases healing through touch
The question for me that is more important is, “what is not the pattern?”
1. He never asked the Father for healing. He released healing.
Why is this important?
Because He already released to us the authority to heal, the mandate to heal, and the responsibility to release the Kingdom. To ask for God to heal is, in my opinion, a significant evidence of a lack of understanding what Jesus has done for us.
It is also not His model.
If you can show me that model in Scripture, I am in. But I can’t find it.
2. He never made a show…no fanfare, no weirdness, no desire to be known or seen.
Jesus moved in healing in a normal, simple way. So should we.
Why is that important?
When we handle the beautiful gifts of the Kingdom with strangeness, we draw attention away from God and draw it to our methods. Anything that fights God receiving glory is not purely of the Holy Spirit.
Wrap up for us…how do we put this into practice?
b. Learn from the early Church how to cry for healing power.
Develop a cultural cry for the miraculous – Acts 4
Contending for the miraculous in our region is part of why we are here. It is akin to crying out for a release of His glory, because the supernatural points attention to Him.