I want to talk to you today about the Gift of Healing & how it's a gift of the Spirit that comes with all the other gifts given to the church through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I want to tell you how it was given when Jesus came, and it's still working in the church today.
1 Corinthians 12: 8-11 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
How many of you here today believe that healing is a Gift of the Spirit that you can have today?
How many of you have been healed?
I would say that's a pretty good testament, that healing is for today!
I had a miraculous healing when I was about 4 years old. This was during the time there was an epidemic of Polio in the late 40's. I'm not saying I had Polio, because that was never said by the Doctors, but I had the symptoms of it. My leg began to draw and become paralyzed. They put me in the hospital, and my parents called all the churches in the area that believed in healing, and asked them to pray. At the hospital they placed weights on my leg to keep it from drawing any more than it had. I stayed in the hospital for about 2 weeks and the Doctors said they didn't know how to treat me. At the protest of the Doctors, my dad took me home, with my leg drawn and paralyzed. That night when my mother tucked me in for the night, she placed her hand on my back and asked God to heal me. While she was praying, she said a knot came up on my back under her hand. The next morning, I got out of bed by myself, walked into the room to my family, and I was completely healed! My leg was straight, not drawn, and I was not paralyzed!
I'm nearly 70 years old now and I'm still healed! I can walk. I can run. I can hop skip and jump! I've been able to do this for about 65 years now since God healed me! You can't tell me healing is not for today! Have you ever seen someone say "talk to the hand" when they don't want to hear what you are trying to tell them? If someone is trying to tell me healing is not for today, I just point to my leg and say "talk to the leg"!
No one can show us any scripture that says the gifts are not for today. All the gifts were given to the church, and the last time I checked, the church is still here. In fact, we have a church full of people here who will testify to the fact they have been healed. Let me see your hands again, saying you have been healed.
Before Jesus came you don't read about many healings in the Bible. In the Old Testament, I could only find 12 accounts of personal healings, but I found many scriptures that prophesied that healing was coming!
Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.
Isaiah 35:5-6 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
Isaiah 53:3-5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
When Jesus came, he brought healing with him! Everywhere he went he healed people. He had compassion on the sick and healed them. Healing was in him. He carried it with him.
1 Peter 2:24 "Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-- by whose stripes you were healed."
Notice that the scripture says "WE'RE" healed. How could this be? We "WE'RE" healed. Stripes that happened in the past have already healed us? As I meditated on that, I believe the Lord directed my thoughts to the scripture about the Lady in the bible that brought the alabaster box full of precious perfume to anoint Jesus.
Mark 14:3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Â When she broke the alabaster box, the aroma filled the room! Just like the Alabaster box that had the perfume in it, Jesus was the "container" so to speak, carrying healing. Before Jesus went to the cross, healing was limited to Jesus being there in body to perform the healing, but when he allowed himself to be "broken open" by the stripes and the nails of the cross, the aroma of his healing was able to fill the whole world! Jesus knew it took those stripes and the cross to bring Salvation and his healing to the world. He was willing to do it. The alabaster box was a very expensive bottle that was made for carrying perfume. It was the best container available and the perfume was the best perfume available just like Jesus was the best available. The perfect Son of God carried his precious gift of Salvation and healing to us.
The aroma of healing still flows out to the world today, just like it did when Jesus allowed himself to be broken for us.
Yes, Jesus came and brought healing and so much more.
Don't listen to anyone that says the gifts are not for today. The scriptures tell us that he gave us the gifts of the Spirit and the scriptures never say that the gifts were taken away.
They belong to us, and healing is something that you already have. Jesus took the stripes and he was broken for us and by his stripes we WE'RE healed. What a great love he has to be able to do this for us. While they were beating him, he was loving them. While he was hanging on the cross he was asking God to forgive them. When he saw the sick, he had compassion and healed them. He has not changed. He is the same today.
There is so much sickness & hurt in the world still today. We need to have the compassion and love Jesus had and seek the gift of healing so we can lay hands on people and see them healed. If we have compassion, it will spill out to those around us and we will see people healed.
Is the Holy Spirit for you?
By Kevin Robinson, Life Gate Ministries, October 14, 2012
204 North Main Street, LaFayette, GA 30728, www.lifegatechurch.com
Well, we have learned about receiving the Holy Spirit and it was good Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give us gifts â€" Today we heard about the gift of healing.
Genesis 1:1- First this: God created the Heavens and Earthâ€"all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
Genesis 1:14-19 God spoke: "Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven's sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, Lights in Heaven's sky to give light to Earth." And there it was. God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, The smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. God placed them in the heavenly sky to light up Earth And oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark. God saw that it was good
When I think about this passage I have a hard time wrapping my head around the GREAT expanse of the heavens. The nearest star is 4 light years away, that traveling at the speed of light it would take 4 years to get there. OK, for me to understand that I had to look up the speed of light and it is 671 million miles per hour if that star died it would take 4 years before we would know it. That is hard for my brain to understand, but God made it that way. God made gravity an invisible thing that holds us onto the surface of the earth.
In the words of St Augustine (399AD), Man travels 100â€²s of miles to gaze in wonder at the broad expanse of the ocean. He looks in awe at the heavens above. He stares in wonderment at the fields and the rivers, the mountains and the streams, and then he passes himself by without a thought, the most amazing creation. You are designed for accomplishment and engineered for success. We are endowed with seeds of greatness. His prize creation is YOU.
He sent the Holy Spirit and made all these gifts and gave them to YOU! The Holy Spirit is like gravity, you can't see it but you can feel Him. Yes, YOU! When you receive the Holy Spirit a new world becomes alive. It's not a mistake. You are not a mistake.
Now listen to me because this is the part that I know God wanted to get across today. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for you! They are not for the stars and planets but were made and sent to JUST YOU! GOD SAYS I BELIEVE IN YOU! One of the gifts is healing and someone here is going to receive a healing today, or be used to give a healing.
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