Prayer & Faith

Prayer & Faith

Prayer that arises from faith in Jesus in our hearts accomplishes wonderful and mighty blessings.  Another beneficial tool that believers have is anointing people with oil, and laying hands on them in prayer.  In the Scriptures, oil represents the Holy Spirit.  In the New Testament the laying on of hands was associated with Christ healing the sick (Luke 4:40)

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.  (Jas 5:14-15 NIV)  In this case, we are encouraged to ask the elders of the church to pray for the sick after anointing them with oil.

And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. (Mk 6:13)  This passage is referring to the apostles’ doing good works, including casting out demons, anointing the sick with oil and healing them.  Praise God!

And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him.  (Ac 28:8)  The Apostle Paul laid hands on Publius after praying for him, and healed Publius.

These are procedures that the apostles used, because they had seen Jesus Christ (our example) using them.  Modern believers should use these same methods and practices in order to see the same results.

Remember, all signs, wonders and miracles are a result of faith in Jesus Christ and in focusing upon Him and His love and mercy.  Faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:8) and we should cherish it, value it, and thank and praise God for it. Hallelujah!

Sun of Righteousness Dispenses Healing

Sun of Righteousness Dispenses Healing

Who is the Sun of Righteousness?  It is Jesus Christ and He demonstrated this truth by performing signs, wonders, and miracles while He lived on the earth.

But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. (Mal 4:2)

He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.  (Deu 32:4)

According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.  (Ps 48:10) 

But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.  (Isa 5:16)

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.  (Jer 23:5 emphasis added, see also Jer 33:15) 

Jesus fulfilled each and every one of these Scriptures.  As the Son of Righteousness, Jesus healed the elderly, the poor, the widowed, and the rich equally.  He didn’t just heal one kind of disease but ALL kinds of disease.  He demonstrated His unlimited power as well as the unlimited, unconditional love of His Father for all mankind.

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.  (Mt 4:23, emphasis added – see also Mt 9:35)

Jesus also healed people spiritually by feeding the Good News of the Kingdom to them (Living Water).  He healed the broken in heart.  (Ps 147:3)  He healed demon-possessed and demon-oppressed people by delivering them.  He healed and restored the bent and broken ones.  He gave voices to the mute, and cured those with unclean spirits.  (Mt 15:30; Lk 6:18)  Some people received healing by just touching the edge of Jesus’ cloak!  (Mk 6:56)

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  (Ac 10:38)

The book of Acts tells us that people who need healing are “oppressed by the devil.”  That’s not just an old-time, backwards way of saying that people were sick.  No, I believe that this is a revelation from God for us.  Recognize that pain, sickness, and suffering are all tools of the enemy.  He comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy according to the Bible. (Joh 10:10)

As followers of Jesus Christ, by faith we must trust Him and KNOW Him to be our healer.  God has said:

. . . for I am the Lord that healeth thee.  (Ex 15:26 KJV, end)

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases . . .  (Ps 103:3 KJV)

My Healing Testimony

My Healing Testimony

In the spring of 1974, I was experiencing severe pains in my left side. 

These pains concerned me because I had experienced similar pains in 1966, and they had been diagnosed as an ovarian cyst on my right side.  I was 18 years old in 1966, and my family doctor recommended surgery, since the pain was increasing.  When he removed the cyst, which was as large as a navel orange, he also needed to remove the right ovary because it had been distorted.  Later, the physician told me that if I had waited any longer, I would have gotten peritonitis because the cyst was beginning to rupture.  He also told me that he didn’t know if I’d be able to have children, because everyone’s body responds differently to the surgery and to having only one, remaining ovary.

In 1974, I was attending a good, Foursquare Gospel Church where miraculous healings were common.  I knew a number of Scripture verses concerning healing, and wanted the Lord to heal me.  I was a baby Christian, and this was a big step of faith for me to take.  First, I went to see my doctor who looked very worried, and told me I had a cyst on the left ovary.  Because I was young, he was reluctant to immediately schedule surgery for me because it would effectively sterilize me, so he gave me some medication to take for three months.

A friend (who later became my husband) and I prayed every day for three months for my healing. Our prayers were based upon: For I am the Lord who heals you.  (Ex 15:26 – as well as Mal 4:2; Mat 4:23; 8:17; & 1 Pet 2:24)  

One Sunday night, just before I was scheduled to return to my doctor for a checkup, our church was holding a Candlelight Communion Service.  We were taught regularly by our Pastor to expect to receive healing during the Communion Service, therefore I participated in the service with great hope in my heart. 

After receiving Communion, the congregation was quietly and worshipfully singing:  “Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by . . . you’ll find He’s not too busy to hear your heart’s cry . . .” Just at that moment, I became physically aware that the Lord Jesus was close to me, while I simultaneously felt His overpowering love, a sensation like warm oil flowing down over my body, and something like an electrical charge surging through me.  It all happened so very, very quickly.

Instantly, I turned to my friend to tell him that I was healed, as tears of joy and thankfulness streamed down my face.  He was astonished but rejoicing with me.  He told me that he had felt someone brush between us.  He had even opened his eyes to look because the impression was so vivid, but he saw no one.  After hearing my testimony, he understood that he had felt the presence of Jesus!

The next morning (the day after I was healed), I was scheduled to return to my doctor.  He completed the exam and confirmed that the cyst was gone!  And I told him that I had been instantly healed by Jesus.  He was happy for me, although I think that he was slightly skeptical.

I will remember this miracle forever.  I have honored the Lord for this breathtaking miracle every Thanksgiving Day since then by thanking the Lord for the gift of my four, beautiful children.  Without that miracle, I would have been sterilized and unable to have children.  I also recall and re-live the depth of the love and caring that Jesus communicated to me in that miracle moment, 43 years ago.  This memory will remain with me forever.

Additionally, I have personally experienced many, many miracles since then.  So have my husband and children.  My life with Jesus has been exciting, occasionally challenging, and incredibly worthwhile.  I’m a senior citizen now; and look forward to the days ahead because the Lord tells me that the best is yet to come!  Praise the Lord!

Healing In the Atonement of Christ, Pt. 2

Healing In the Atonement of Christ, Pt. 2

This is a continuation of our previous article. 

According to 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV), we WERE already healed by Jesus’ stripes.  The past tense is used!   If the fourteen passages from the Bible that were shown in the last post do not make an impact upon your spirit, your soul, or your heart, then I encourage you to check out these additional verses in the Word concerning healing:  Matthew 4:23, 24; Mark 1:34; Luke 4:18-19, 9:11; John 5:1-9, 14.

The Lord reminds us that He is happy to give us the desires of our hearts. (Ps 37:4) 

God withholds nothing from us that is GOOD.  (Ps 34:10b; 84:11; 103:5) 

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits [blessings], the God of our salvation!  (Ps 68:19 – emphasis added)  God blesses us every single day!  Expect it and rely upon it, watching for God’s provision for you in many different ways.

God’s answer is always “Yes” to us when we base our request upon His Word.  (see 2 Co 1:20)

GOD KEEPS HIS WORD:

  • God [is] not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Num 23:19)
  • So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isa 55:11)
  • Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jer 1:12 ESV)
  • And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform. (Ro 4:21)

If divine healing is a completely new concept to you or if this is not what your church teaches, please keep an open mind.  Ask the Holy Spirit, who is our Teacher (Jn 14:26), about these articles because He will guide you into His truth. 

If you know someone who believes in healing and miracles for today, please seek that person out and show them these articles.  Ask them what they think about these ideas.

I pray that you are a follower of Jesus who is open to and hungry for everything that Jesus suffered, died, and was resurrected in order to give to you.  May God continue to richly bless you!  

Healing In the Atonement of Christ, Pt. 1

Healing In the Atonement of Christ, Pt. 1

The Scriptures are very clear about this topic, and we can’t be ignorant of this truth of the Gospel of Christ.  Remember, God never changes! 

Here are some Scriptures to consider.

  1. For I amthe Lord who heals you.  (Ex 15:26)
  2. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.  He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.  (Ps 107:19-20)
  3. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health [healing, medicine] to all their flesh.  (Pro 4:20-22 KJV)
  4. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  (Is 53:4-5)
  5. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound . . . (Is 61:1, emphasis added)
  6. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (Mt 8:17 – emphasis added)
  7. Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Mt 9:35 – emphases added)
  8. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.  (Lk 6:19)
  9. So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (Lk 9:6 – emphasis added)
  10. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. (Acts 9:34)
  11. . . . how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38 – emphasis added)
  12. Is anyone among you sick? 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 will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  (Jas 5:14-16 – emphasis added)
  13. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Pet 2:24 KJV – emphasis added)  Notice that this verse says “were,” meaning that it has already been accomplished.  

Meditate upon these verses and ask God to reveal Himself and His truth to you.  

Please see our next post for the completion of this article.  Blessings upon you!