Glory to God! All Praise goes to Him!
The last three 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 than ever. It’s so important that I want to continue looking at the 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 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); Notice this Gift is in the plural form: "Gifts." The gifts of healings are manifested for the supernatural healing of sickness and disease without any natural source or means: it is a gift of the Spirit to minister healing to another. Through the ministry of gifts of healings, the Lord endows His servants with special gifts to pray for specific diseases and ailments. Gifts of healings is the only gift out of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that is in plural form (except tongues), but it is also the only gift that is actually limited because of the "anointing." Jesus, "healed all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." Mathew 4:23, in his earthly ministry. He also healed people with unclean spirits.
Why? Because Jesus had the fullness of the Holy Spirit without measure so that all gifts of healings were manifest in his earthly ministry. The Body of Christ has the same measure of the (Holy) Spirit collectively as Jesus had individually (John3:34). Therefore, no one person has the Spirit without measure and cannot succeed in healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. There are times when any gift of healing can operate through any believer when Father God needs it to. Lester Sumrall said, "...it has been suggested that there are possibly as many categories of disease in the world as there were stripes placed on Jesus' back. He received 39 stripes and, according to Isaiah 53:5, with his stripes we are healed."
One thing we must know and believe is this, it is the Father’s will to heal all that are SICK just like it’s His will to save all that are lost! Just as all sin has been paid for, all sicknesses have been healed by the blood of Jesus!
Gifts of healings are manifested through another person to you: Healing power, the anointing, not the gift, is transferable: It will flow from one person to another, mainly by touch such as the laying on of hands. All healing is done by God, the difference is in the channel through which healing is manifested.
Most healing is by degree based on two conditions: 1) The degree of healing virtue (power) administered; Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. There are different degrees of power working in each believer. 2) The degree of faith that gives action to the power administered. Even if the anointing is strong, faith must be there to give action to that power or there will be little or no healing. Also, some healings are instant and some are progressive. It would appear that healings generated from the manifestation of gifts of healings are more likely to occur instantaneously!
Healing is so important to the body of Christ and will become more needed in the days to come. I want you to know this, the Holy Spirit wants to use all believers to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. Remember we are only vessels but Jesus is the Healer!
Prayer Points: Father God in Jesus Name I make my vessel available to you today, use my hands to heal the sick, the broken hearted, the hurting today. I promise to give you all the Praise and Glory. Amen!