There are laws in the natural realm that govern the use of electricity. We saw in our last post that there are also laws that govern the anointing in the spiritual realm.
We are focusing on the receiving end where healing is concerned in this series of posts. The sick person does not need to understand how the laws work that govern God’s power. They only need to know that their responsibility is approach God with faith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
We pray and believe that we receive. This is faith in operation. It is how we receive healing.
There are many ways to receive healing. We discussed several. Each requires faith to bring manifestation of the healing power.
Is any sick among you? 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: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
We’ve been talking about the laying on of hands. There are two perspectives that must be considered in this method.
The sick person’s goal is relief from their suffering. Jesus said that any believer can lay hands on them with an expectation of recovery. This is the first perspective.
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.
Jesus provides only one qualification for signs to follow believers. He said these signs would accompany anyone who “believes”. His words in these two verses provide us with the New Testament pattern for ministry.
Jesus’ statement in Mark 16:17-18 is called the great commission. It is important for us to remember. Many people run from meeting to meeting in hopes the minister will have a special anointing for their healing. The great commission only requires belief. It is for every believer. We do not have to wait for a special anointing or ministry gift to see these signs in manifestation!
The second perspective involves ministers specifically anointed to minister the healing power with a tangible anointing. Jesus’ ministry is a prime example. The apostle Paul is another that we’ve looked at.
We have discussed both perspectives. It is important for us to not forget the place of faith in receiving healing.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith is very important. The writer of Hebrews tells us that we cannot even please God without it.
Kathryn Kuhlman was a healing minister used mightily by God. Her meetings were characterized by astounding healings. The blind received sight, the deaf heard, the lame walked. She was said to say that the majority who received healing would lose it afterwards.
It is one thing to receive healing through a tangible anointing. It is something else though to keep that healing. This requires faith.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Paul tells us there is no condemnation. Many lose their healing due to a lack of faith. In most cases this is due to them never being taught how to walk in faith. The fact that they did not have faith is in no way a reflection on their walk with God.
Faith is vital to receiving healing. God will sometimes bring healing as an act of mercy. In the majority of cases this will involve the unsaved. The healing in these cases usually results in a salvation. It was used by the Holy Spirit to draw the sick person to Jesus.
A Christian will often find that they are not able to receive easily via the healing anointing. God expects us to grow up. Believers can receive via the healing anointing but they are expected to use their own faith to do so.
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