Friday, December 15, 2017

What’s This Thing Called Healing?

Healing is a hot commodity in some Christian circles; it is certainly desired and sought out even by the secular world. There are doctors, natural therapies, psychology, new age and other methods that can produce some form of healing. Christians argue whether healing is relevant or even possible today. For those convinced it is a current possibility, there seems to be as many Christian healing methods/approaches as there are denominations. Some espouse technique, some emphasize authority, others the persons’ past and still others, confession of the Word. These are only examples and it would entail considerable research to discover them all.

What appears to be successful for one may not work for another, or so it is claimed. Each one contending for attention, as if the exclusive holder of healing success. They usually all  agree that without Jesus, none of this is possible. But why is healing through Jesus the pinnacle of restoration? Because “It is finished”;  His last words on the cross.

Everything that had separated us from God, He now paid for and we (as believers) are no longer beholden to sin (which includes disease and death). For we are crucified with Him, and it is no longer we that live, but Christ that lives in us. The Scriptures declare we are co-joined and One with the Father.  We are  Jesus’ body, His flesh and His bones (Eph. 5:30).

We are perfected forever by the one offering Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:14). By His stripes we were healed (1Peter 2:24). So where does healing fit into all this seemingly incomprehensible truth? He paid for it pure and simple.  Once this is accepted and recognized, the next step is to experience healing for ourselves. The specific method is not the concern, the source is…Jesus. He paid for our complete health and wholeness.  When we examine the depth of the brutality measured against Him as He was beaten, scourged and whipped, to the point of being humanly unrecognizable, we understand how all disease, illness, anguish, pain and humiliation was borne for us. (Isaiah 53:3-5) This is the basis without which, we would have to bear our own sicknesses, pain, shame, etc.

Although there are general points to consider and learn in healing through Jesus, the most significant point is:  Who is doing the healing. While Jesus walked amongst men, Emmanuel, He did the healing and then demonstrated this power to His disciples who continued bringing healing/restoration/wholeness in His name. Once Jesus left, the Father sent the Helper, Teacher, Comforter, Spirit of Truth ~ Holy Spirit to release the healing in our own and others’ bodies. It is by His power that wholeness is restored. He is the ultimate healing approach….HOLY SPIRIT.

Holy Spirit is the least understood of the Triune God. Father and Son are sought after, but Holy Spirit……He is often maligned as “something” not someone who produces bizarre manifestations. He is rarely sought after in terms of teaching and guidance for which He was given to us. More often than not, He is the invisible Man to the majority of Christians. Without The Spirit of Truth (another name for Him) leading us, we are led by all and sundry. Anyone can claim anything if there is no reference point, and although the Word is most Christians’ barometer of what is legitimate or not, interpretations of Scripture has brought brutal divisiveness into the Body of Christ. Truth (the Word of God) must be interpreted by Truth (The Living God, Holy Spirit.)

If Holy Spirit is as He is described in 1 John 2:27, the anointing that leads us into all truth and we therefore have no need that anyone teach us, perhaps we should consult Him on one part of this “all”, healing. When people are seeking healing, they can be everything from desperate to complacent. Some have become so discouraged, that if there is any lag time, they declare defeat. Holy Spirit and consulting Him leads to permanent healing, for we can never again be deceived into thinking this disease/sickness is from God. Many are warned not to listen to Him, for fear they may be listening to the wrong spirit…so deafness to Him ensues. By now some will have chosen not to continue reading; will consider this fluff and uncontrolled or even unreliable, but Holy Spirit (the abiding presence of the Living God living in us) is always and perfectly reliable.

“But the anointing which you have

Received from Him abides in you

And you do not need that anyone

Teach you; but as the same anointing

Teaches you concerning all things

And is true, and is not a lie,

Just as it has taught you, you

Will abide in Him” (1John 2:27)

We tend to seek method over Holy Spirit more for our own comfort than optimum choice. But He in fact is the Spirit of truth and as such, His function is to lead us into all truth as Jesus declared. All is the operative word; all would include truth in healing. There are four major aspects which are critical in understanding and ministering healing.:

1. Being settled in the Spiritual fact that there are no loopholes (condemnations) in grace. (Romans 8:1-2)

2. Knowing and sharing the Father’s heart for themselves and others. (Romans 8:12-17)

3. Knowing their authority over sickness, demons, and death through Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:2, Mark 16:17, Luke 10:19)

4. Knowing the Holy Spirit as a Person whom they commune with and seekguidance from. (John 14:16, 1John 2:27, Rom. 7:6, Gal. 5:18)

The preceding list is suggested by the Holy Spirit. It is vital that our healing approach be based on these criteria. Of course, healing success is possible through faith alone as the Scriptures states in 1Cor 13:2; it is not the Lord’s optimum choice. He always seeks a more excellent way. And that way is love. When we minister to others, whether they are strangers, friends, or relatives, love is to be our motive; for without it, we are nothing (1Cor 13:2.)

 

My love affair with the Lord began on a small island off of Australia. He revealed the depth of His love. Opened my heart to what the Cross actually achieved and what He had to pay to accomplish such a final solution. Separating Himself from Himself for me (on the Cross). I fell in love in that instant and I was finished…finished looking for God, finished fighting Him, finished listening to any other possibility. Radically saved, I have never been the same….much like Paul, I was chief of sinners and forgiven much I have only one choice, to love much.

He has taken me all over the world and continues to do so…from Africa to Asia and many as yet, untraveled places. My ministry is all Spirit led, even to the point of giving Him my mouth to use as He sees fit, moment by moment. Whether teaching or preaching, He determines what is said, what is needed by the hearer and what will move their heart, heal their bodies and give them liberty. He has had me write articles, e-journals (on knowing Holy Spirit personally) and present weekly live Skype teachings on the subject of His (Holy Spirit’s) choice. Healing has been another area He has had me focus upon.

My online live and in person healing ministry has produced such amazing miracles, (from malaria to cancer being healed), I sometimes wonder if I was even involved. But that is the greatness of our God. Teaching other believers their birthright in healing has also been a privilege. So whether I am in a Western country or the rural areas of Africa, believers learn about Holy Spirit and is essential role in their lives as a Person, the truth about grace and the Gospel and how to minister healing to their own families and neighbours. It is a full life and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.  Triumph Ministries.

 

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