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How to Operate in the Gifts of Healings

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How to operate in the gifts of healings

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1 Corinthians 12:7–9 NKJV
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,

1. It is God’s nature to heal

Exodus 15:26 NKJV
26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
“I am the LORD who heals you” = Yahweh Rapha, a name of God. Healing is God’s nature.
Therefore, It is no surprise that when God sent His Son Jesus Christ, that He went about healing people.
Matthew 4:23 NKJV
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
However, Jesus knew that He wouldn’t always be around on earth to heal the sick. Therefore He said:
John 14:12 NKJV
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
In other words: I won’t always be physically present, so when I leave, the power of the Holy Spirit will enable you to continue my healing ministry.
Therefore...

2. Jesus trained His disciples to heal

A) The Twelve Apostles

Luke 9:1–2 NKJV
1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luke 9:6 NKJV
6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
But not just the Twelve...

B) Seventy Others...

Luke 10:1 NKJV
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
Luke 10:9 NKJV
9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

C) Jesus wants all believers to heal the sick

Mark 16:17–18 NKJV
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So how can we do this?

3. Principles in Jesus’ Healing Ministry

A) Jesus was dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit

Acts 10:38 NKJV
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus couldn’t heal anyone in His own power. He was completely dependent on the Holy Spirit’s power to heal. The good news is that we all have access to the same power:
Acts 1:8 NKJV
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

B) Jesus knew that God wants people to be well

John 5:19 NKJV
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
Jesus only did what He saw the Father do, which means that everything Jesus did was the will of the Father.
Interestingly Jesus never refused to heal anyone that came to Him. (e.g. well… you’re getting old!)
Jesus never questioned if it was God’s will for them to be healed, He healed them all. This means that Jesus understood that it is always God’s will to heal people.
Note the word “all” in Acts 10:38
Acts 10:38 NKJV
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus Christ is Perfect Theology. If we want to know what the Father is like, all we need to do is look at Jesus. If your God does not look like Jesus, it means that your perspective of God is wrong.
John 14:9 NKJV
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
The fact that Jesus went around healing all who were sick, without refusing to heal anyone, shows that it is the nature of God to heal everyone who needs healing.
When the Bible speaks about suffering for Christ, it is talking about suffering persecution for Him. This is not to be confused with sickness:
James 5:13–15 NKJV
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Notice suffering and sickness are differentiated.
Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was a reference to persecution. “Thorn in the flesh” was an idiom that denoted something annoying, much like our expression “pain in the neck”.

C) Jesus heals because He loves people

If someone you loved were sick, and you had the ability to heal them, wouldn’t you heal them? Jesus loves people, and He heals people because He loves people:
Matthew 14:14 NKJV
14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
Mark 1:40–42 NKJV
40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
Note Jesus’ love. You didn’t touch lepers back then. But His love moved Him to touch him.

D) Jesus understood that things can hear

Matthew 21:18–21 NKJV
18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” 21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.
What was Jesus doing speaking to the fig tree? He spoke to the fig tree because He knew that it could hear Him. It heard, and responded.
It is important to know that sickness and pain can hear you!

E) God wants people to participate in their healing

Matthew 12:13 NKJV
13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.
One way we can get people to participate is by having immediate test their condition upon receiving prayer.
Participation also includes having faith:
Matthew 9:20–22 NKJV
20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
She knew that she knew that she knew she would be healed.
Note: if someone is not healed we do not blame them for not having faith… but neither to we blame God...
Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV
29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

4. Concluding Principles

A) Jesus’ has all authority

Matthew 28:18 NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
If Jesus has all authority, it means something very simple: the devil has none!
This means that when the devil puts sickness on people, it is illegal! As the body of Christ, we have the authority to drive that sickness out.
Acts 10:38 NKJV
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

B) We are the body of Christ - Jesus will continue to heal the sick through you and me

Acts 1:1–2 NKJV
1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
Note the word “began” in verse 1.
In the above verses, Luke is talking about the Gospel of Luke. He describes the Gospel of Luke as consisting of the things that Jesus began to do before His ascension. The book of Acts consists of what Jesus continued to do through His Church. Jesus will continue to heal the sick through His body, the Church i.e. you and me!

Summary

It is God’s nature to heal
Jesus trained His disciples to heal
Principles in Jesus’ Healing Ministry include
Jesus was dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit
Jesus knew that God wants people to be well
Jesus heals because He loves people
Jesus understood that things can hear
God wants people to participate in their healing
Concluding Principles
Jesus has all authority authority, the devil has none
We are the body of Christ - Jesus will continue to heal the sick through you and me

Activation

In groups of 3...
Ask if anyone has pain, or is unwell
Choose someone to pray for that person as follows:
Ask them what their healing need is
Ask them what they believe will happen when you minister to them
Say, “Holy Spirit, come on the affected area of the body”
Say, “OUT, in Jesus’ name”
Immediately, ask them to test the condition (if it can be tested)
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