God has given the Church power – via the Holy Spirit – to heal sicknesses. Rev Dr Stuart Pattico shares how Christians can tap into that healing power
For some time now, there has been a lot of talk in the Church about ‘the supernatural’. This is good, because the Holy Spirit is causing His people to realise that supernatural power is available for them to continue the works of Jesus Christ. One such ‘work’ is the ministry of supernaturally healing those who are physically sick. About this, Jesus stated that we who believe in Him would “lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18). But how can we begin to operate in this healing power? Well, let’s look at four keys that I share when teaching others to move in this area:
1. Depend on the power of the Holy Spirit It’s easy to think that Jesus was able to heal the sick because He was God. Whilst He always remained 100% God, He also became 100% Man, and all the miracles that He did, He did as a Man, dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s why He said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself” (John 5:19). Jesus didn’t heal anyone in His own power; He depended on the Holy Spirit. The good news is that the power of the Holy Spirit is available to you, too! (Acts 1:8). So right now, put out your hands and say, “Holy Spirit, release Your healing anointing on me!” Typically, when ministering to the sick, I first ask the Holy Spirit to come upon the sick area. After all, He is the Healer.
2. Realise that God loves people and wants them to be well Have you noticed that Jesus never refused to heal anyone? Jesus healed everyone who came to Him. Acts 10:38 explicitly states that He went about ‘healing all who were oppressed by the devil.’ Why did He do this? Well, He knew that God loves people and wants them to be well. Imagine that someone you love wasn’t well, and you had the power to instantly cure them. Wouldn’t you heal them? Of course you would. You would do that simply because you love them. Well, God is Perfect Love, and He heals people because He loves them! When you minister to the sick, know that you are ministering God’s perfect love to people, and never doubt that He wants that person to be well!
3. Realise that sickness and disease can hear you On one occasion, Jesus was hungry. He went to a fig tree, hoping to find some fruit, but found none. “Let no fruit grow on you ever again,” He said, and the fig tree immediately withered away (Matthew 21:18-19). Now, what was Jesus doing speaking to a tree? The answer is simple: He realised it could hear Him! Again, it is easy to think that the tree could hear Him because He was the Son of God. But Jesus then said to His disciples: “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done” (Matthew 21:21). Wow! We can do exactly what Jesus did to the fig tree. We can speak to things, and they will obey us. It’s important to realise that sickness and disease can hear us when we speak to it. We can command it ‘out’ and it must leave. It can hear us! Be bold, and say to the sickness “Out! In Jesus’ Name!” Whilst it’s not wrong to ask God to do something, often people beg God to heal someone, when God wants them to realise they can command the sickness to leave. However, it’s important that when we speak to sickness, we do so with faith, believing that what we are saying is happening.
4. Realise that God wants people to participate in their healing There was a man who had a withered hand. Jesus said to him, “Stretch out your hand” and he was healed (Matthew 12:13). Notice that Jesus told the man to do something: “stretch out your hand.” God wants people to participate in their healing. When I minister to the sick, if they have a measurable symptom, after commanding the sickness “Out! In Jesus’ Name,” I immediately get them to test their condition. Because I have said it in faith, I fully expect them to say, “the pain has gone!”
So, ask the person what they believe will happen when you pray for them. (It’s important that they believe – Matthew 9:22 – but don’t make people feel bad if they lack faith; instead, encourage them.) Depend on the Spirit’s power, knowing that God wants people to be well, and realise that sickness can hear you as you command it out. Get people to immediately test their conditions, and watch what Jesus does… I believe He will amaze you!
DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. Visit your doctor about your condition. Always consult your GP before stopping any medication.
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Dr Stuart Pattico is an author, Bible teacher and preacher who is available for preaching engagements