Realizing that it is physically impossible for us to be everywhere when there is a need for prayer for healing, and since we are not the Holy Spirit who can be omnipresent, we are teaching the body of Christ how to operate in the same power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus did when He ministered to us while He was here on the earth.
No true, born again believer can say that he or she cannot heal, be healed or that they were not given the gift of healing. Quite the opposite is true. In Jesus, and by His stripes, we were all given the gift and grace of healing for ourselves and to accomplish healing in others without any exceptions whatsoever.
The only hindrance to this, or possible exception if you want to call it that, is that you believe that there is a hindrance. As Jesus said over and over again, according to your faith, so be it unto you. It is your faith that is being put to the test and not the truth of the word of God. Let God be true and every man a liar.
Jesus specifically instructed us to heal the sick. He did not instruct us to beg Him to do it. There is not one scripture in the New Testament that instructs us to beg Him and to plead with Him for healing. There are only scriptures that tell us to heal the sick, raise the dead and to cast out demons. All sickness and disease is a direct attack by the enemy and must be eradicated.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8
If you say that He was only speaking to His disciples and not to us, you are gravely mistaken. Jesus specifically instructed His disciples to teach us to observe all things whatsoever He had commanded them.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20
This literally means that whatsoever He told His disciples to do, He is now telling us to do. If you are still in doubt as to whether Jesus is speaking directly to you then consider Jesus’ own words and instructions which He spoke directly to us as believers in Him:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12
In the book of Mark we can read Jesus’ last instructions to the disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature with the following results:
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
Are you one of the believers He is talking about? If yes, then you can do all of the things that Jesus says you can do. If not, then you need to be born again. But I am already born again, you might argue. Born again unto what? Salvation? But salvation includes healing and all of the above. Just check out the Greek word “sozo” which is translated as both “healing” as well as “salvation” and literally “to be made whole”.
What did Jesus tell His disciples that they should say to those that were being healed and set free? The kingdom of God has come nigh unto you, right? So healing and all other deliverance is part of the kingdom of God, correct? So can you see the kingdom of God that includes all of this? If you cannot see this then you are not born again.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
The word “see” here is the Greek word “eidō” which means “to know” as in to perceive of the reality of the kingdom of God that has come near unto men in the power of the Holy Spirit through the ministry of Jesus, the Son of man.
To participate and to be able to operate in the kingdom in the power of the Holy Spirit, there are some basic ground rules:
First, you need to believe that what the word says is true just as it is written. All the verses that everyone skips over thinking that it probably does not mean what it says, must be believed. You must be born again of the Spirit and renew your mind to the truth.
Second, you must apply the word to yourself before you can apply it to someone else. You must walk in faith, talk in faith, think in faith, act in faith, expect in faith and be in faith since faith is the evidence of your belief.
Third, you must realize that you are the branch and that He is the vine. Without Him you can do nothing but in Him all things are yeah and amen.
Fourth, you must practice what you believe and believe what you practice. This is the renewing of the spirit of your mind to develop the attitude that you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. Yes, you will fall flat on your face and make yourself out to look like a fool. But you must make yourself step out in total faith and make yourself feel very uncomfortable remembering that life begins at the edge of your comfort zone. If physicians are expected to practice their profession, then so are you and unto perfection.
Smith Wigglesworth said “I can act myself into believing faster than I can believe myself into acting.”, “If the Spirit does not move me, I move the Spirit.” and, “I may start in the flesh but I will finish in the Spirit.” You must start it for the Holy Spirit to be your “Parakletos” or literally helper alongside and to be able to come alongside to help you. One cannot steer a parked car. He was sent to lead you out of sin and into all truth but not into all work. That’s your job. Once you begin, he will help you accomplish the task. How else could you possibly receive a reward for your efforts if He did all the work?
Fifth, you must gain experience by performance. When Peter and John went to pray and they met a lame man on the way, they did exactly what they had seen their Rabbi and teacher do, day in and day out, for three years. They gained their experience watching and observing Him as He operated by the same Holy Spirit inside of Him that we have inside of us today. They did up more experience when Jesus made them fly solo so to speak, when He sent them out two by two with His delegated power and authority to do the same works He did. They came back rejoicing that even the spirits were subject unto them in His name. They had to learn by doing. Most of the epistles were written to instruct new believers how to walk in the spirit and in newness of life. Many epistles were specifically to instruct and train them how to grow in faith and walk in the power as they operated in it. Your best experience will come from practicing and learning as you go.
How do you gain experience? By failure. Failure encourages the strong in faith and discourages the weak in faith. Success too soon can give false confidence. Overcoming failure builds character. It forces you to be honest with yourself and take a hard look at where you really are in your faith and what you really believe. It encourages you to draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. It goads you to study the word, to dig out the meaning of every scripture and to show yourself to be a workman tried and approved of God, rightly dividing the word of truth. Such a man or woman will have no cause to be ashamed as he or she is applying the word of truth and powerfully effectuating results.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Franciscus M. Dartee
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