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.
Here we see God’s plan for New Testament ministry. Does it look different from what we are used to seeing today in our churches?
Our goal in this series of posts is to learn how to receive healing. The first post focused on the fact that God will sometimes instantaneously heal someone and at other times do it gradually over time. We are going to continue our study in this post beginning with the healing of a blind man.
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
This blind man did not approach Jesus. He was simply along the road that Jesus and His disciples were traveling along. The disciples stopped and asked Jesus a question about the man. Jesus answered and ministered healing.
There are a lot of things that we can pull from this account. Let’s focus on the last sentence for now:
“He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”
Jesus spit on the ground, made clay, and applied it to the man’s eyes. We don’t know why his blindness was not healed at that point. John does not tell us.
There are often times when the Bible does not give us all of the detail. One of the devil’s strategies is to try and distract us with the lack of detail by attempting to get us to fill in the blanks. It is very important for our faith walk that we learn to be silent on a matter when the Bible is silent.
We are not given all of the details but do know the clay was applied, the man went, he washed, and received his sight. Not all of the details are given but we do have the high level process.
The man was not instantly healed. This is often the case when healing is being ministered. God does not tell us why but it is important for us to know because it will help us not to be discouraged.
These first few posts are meant to lay a foundation. Many people have started out believing for a healing and become discouraged when things don’t happen in their timeframe. This foundational knowledge will enable us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus.
I referenced how Kenneth E. Hagin used to encourage people to keep the switch of faith turned on. If you have had hands laid on you for healing it is important for you to remember this.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12
Keeping the switch of faith turned on is the fight of faith. When prayer for healing is offered in faith we can be assured that the healing is ours.
As we continue on in our journey there will be several methods of receiving healing for us to examine. I am believing that the Holy Spirit will enable you to connect with one of them.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The main thing is for us to be positioned to receive our healing. There are many ways to do this and none of us should condemn ourselves if we receive differently than someone else. God has a variety of ways to impart His healing power. I believe He did this because we are so different!
In this post we once again saw that healing can be progressive. The blind man had clay applied to his eyes, he went, washed, and received sight. This is only on ways that healing can be received but always remember that God’s plan for you is to walk in divine health.
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