We have been teaching on the Gifts of the Spirit and the timing is perfect. The last four weeks we picked up Paul’s journey back to Jerusalem in Acts 21: Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. He came over, took Paul's belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, "The Holy Spirit declares, 'So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.'"
We have been discussing how the Gifts of the Holy Spirit were important to the early church and how we need the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit personally and corporately more so today. There are nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit before we continue in Acts 21: The Nine Gifts are divided into three categories of three: First week we discussed the Gifts to Say (Speak). The second week we studied the Gifts to Know Gifts or Revelation Gifts and they often can work together. Last week we looked at the gift of Faith. Today we continue (our 2nd week) to look at the Gifts to Do (Gift of Healing)! A lot of the material comes from the great teacher Kenneth Hagin who is now with the Lord.
The Gifts of Healing (1 Corinthians 12:9):
Once again I want you to notice this truth, it says Gifts of healing. As we, the Body of Christ, operate in the fullness of the Holy Spirit individually but yet corporately we will find that no sickness will have the power to remain in our midst.
For those who have gifts of healings in their lives and ministries, when it comes to healings, they have more success in some areas than in others. Kenneth Hagin says, "...in my own ministry, ruptures, growths, hernias, or lumps of any kind are almost always healed when I pray for people...ninety-nine cases out of a hundred. Some of the growths completely disappear within a month." Someone else would have greater success in getting cancer victims healed (the anointing upon your gift of healing is more specific, and therefore limited). Kenneth Hagin speaks about a gentleman he knew who was greatly used of God in praying for people who were deaf, but admitted that he seldom got any other type of malady healed except deaf people.
God will anoint you for whatever He has called you to do, but He anoints some people to minister in special ways; Kenneth Hagin calls them "peculiar" anointings. Starting with Jesus - he ministered healing to people in various ways: He spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle, rubbed it on a blind man's eyes, and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam (John 9:7); he healed a deaf and dumb man by sticking his fingers in his ear, spat, and touched his tongue, "...And straightway his ears were opened...the string of his tongue loosed...he spake plain." Mark 7:35 Kenneth Hagin recalls a minister who would rub spit on every single person he ministered to and they were healed. Kenneth Hagin, himself, ministered healing to people in unusual ways. A woman came to him with a stomach tumor so large, she looked as though she was pregnant. He proceeded to lay hands on her, but the Lord came to him saying, "Hit her in the stomach with your fist." Kenneth Hagin was reluctant to do so, but when he did, her stomach "...went down like you'd stuck a pin in a balloon." The bottom line is - yield to the Holy Spirit.
When it comes to being used in the Gifts of Healing or any Gift of the Holy Spirit, don’t limit Him, only obey Him as He speaks to you. It’s your obedience to the Holy Spirit that releases the Power of the Holy Spirit.
A full manifestation of the gifts of healings can also drive out demons causing other physical problems without the discerning of spirits or word of knowledge in operation. For example, where someone might seek healing for arthritis, they might also be "delivered" from the demonic spirit of alcoholism without your realization. Gifts of healings are not given to a believer to "bless" him personally, but it is a ministry of healing to bless others. Remember the Gifts Father God GIVES you are not for sale. We should never charge someone to use the Gift He has given us.
Healing the sick is included in the Great Commission: the purpose of these gifts is to deliver the sick and destroy the works of the devil. Yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and watch the supernatural take place in your life.
Prayer Points: Father God in Jesus Name, as a child in your family and a servant in the Kingdom, I yield my body to the Holy Spirit for use in your Kingdom in any way you desire to use me. I’m free from sin, guilt and condemnation because of the Blood of Jesus which releases me to be used supernaturally in your Kingdom!