Let’s continue our journey in the book of Acts discussing the supernatural. The last five 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 3rd 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.
Since there is so much controversy over Divine Healing, let me share Biblical truths. Psalm 103:2-4 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion; 1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his stripes you have been healed. 3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. Father God’s Word is very clear about what His will is in our lives as His children. The problem is our natural mind doesn’t want to believe His Truth more than we believe our Tradition. Sickness was not created by Father God but rather entered into the world by the fall of Adam but Jesus (the Last Adam) came and reversed the curse for those who would just believe the report of the Lord. We must renew our mind with Father God’s word daily to retrain what has become a lifestyle of fleshly thinking.
I also want to stress just as we as parents would not want our children sick or would never punish our children with sickness neither does Father God. He is a GOOD GOD! He is a LOVING GOD! He sent Jesus to give us an abundant life not a sick life. If sickness was from Father God why did Jesus go around healing all that were sick? Friends, get this in your Spirit man, Father God desires for us as His children to walk in divine healing and divine health. It is His Will to heal us because He already has. We won’t need healing in heaven, we need healing on earth! We get a new body in heaven.
More truths about The Gifts of Healing (1 Corinthians 12:9); Gifts of Healings are not gifts automatically received by someone who has been supernaturally healed by the gifts of healings in operation. Neither is it a gift which operates through medical science. Gifts of healings are manifested through the supernatural power of God.
Let’s also touch on this truth, Divine Healing (Healing by general faith - prayer of faith) is another way to be healed.
Available to all believers (born again - even if you have yet to be baptized with the Holy Spirit), "And these signs shall follow them that believe, In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Mark 16:17, 18
Have your minister or elder pray for you, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; Let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; And the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." James 5:14, 15
Have family members pray for you and agree with you for your healing..."That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 18:19
Remove any outstanding issues between you and the Lord. Reclaim healing scriptures from the Word, meditate on them day and night, believe you have received your healing, and praise the Lord for your healing until it manifests itself.
Prayer Points: Father God in Jesus Name, help me to replace my thoughts on healing with the truths in Your Word which are Your thoughts and Your Will. Not only heal my body but use me to heal others in Jesus Name!