The gift of healing is a supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to remove all sickness from the human body. It is given for a specific instance of healing whether the healing is instantaneous or gradual. Throughout time God has given this gift to many great individuals such as Maria Woodworth-Etta, Aimee Semple Mcpherson, Katherine Kuhlman A.A. Allen, and Smith Wigglesworth to name a few. They are considered to be God’s Generals and were blessed with healing miracles during their services. They were Spirit filled individuals who diligently sought after God’s presence and anointing for the healing power of the Spirit to operate in their services. They were obedient servants of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, yielding themselves to the presence of God. They were humble servants and always gave God the glory for His healing miracles. Katherine Kuhlman once said “ It is not our ability to believe that made the sickness to go but rather the faith which God imparted to us through his mercy. “
We must have faith in the gift which God’s Spirit has imparted into us. Our Lord wants all His children to seek His gifts and operate in them. We see throughout the ministry of Jesus that he healed the sick as written in Matthew 9:35 “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Jesus was anointed by the Spirit to heal as written in Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” The Holy Spirit was with Jesus and operated through him. The Holy Spirit operates in this same manner through us. We Know that the gifts are given by the Spirit and we know that we have the ability to operate in the gift of healing because it is revealed to us in 1 Corinthians 12:9 “To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is still present in the world today, therefore our ability to operate in the gift of healing or any other gifts are still present and available to all who seek them. God is looking for HUNGRY, FAITHFUL SERVANTS!
Why do we seek to heal people? What compels a person to want to have such a gift? I don’t know what it is for everyone else, but for myself it started when I was a little girl. There was much sickness in my family both mentally and physically and I was constantly praying for God to “fix them.” I did not know what was wrong with them I just knew that someone had to help them and for some reason I knew that only God could. My passion for wanting to help heal people continued to grow. In my teenage years I volunteered in the hospitals and was involved in fund-raising for international year of the child to raise money for the local Children’s Hospital. I would visit the children in the wards and just befriend them while they were in the hospital. There was one young boy who had cancer and watching him suffer was quite troublesome. One day I came to visit him and his room was empty. I thought that perhaps he was better and went home. I found out that he had passed away and It broke my heart. I thought if only there were a way I could have helped more…..I did not think he should have died. I also volunteered at another local hospital. During my service there I would usually be appointed to help in the burn unit and psychiatric ward because no one else would want to go in those wards. It bothered me somewhat but I would just think about how hard it must be for them and that would give me the strength to endure the smell of burnt flesh and the disorientation of the patient’s minds. I would pray for them all. I wanted God to “fix them.” There were many more incidents throughout my life in which I came across people who would just need God to touch them and heal them. I have lost close friends to illness and there was such a feeling of helplessness to watch them suffer; I did not know God or about His healing power at that time, but I was always praying to him for others to be healed. Then one day the battle fell directly onto my doorstep when I fell ill with lupus. During my battle there came a point in which the doctor’s did not know what else to do to help me, they were basically just giving me all kinds of drugs and had given me no hope for a better tomorrow. At the time I was a single mother and the thought of leaving my child in this world on her own was unacceptable. So I began my long journey to help find a solution. I tried many alternative healing methods and I did find some relief though some herbal medicine and some other therapeutic medical treatments. Although, I did find some relief from these treatments, I was not healed…..I had done an exuberant amount of medical research and gained much knowledge, but I was still not well and the battle was wearing on my body, my mind and my soul. Exhausted from the battle and with nowhere to turn, I began to seek God and that is when God brought me to VICTORY!!!……. I got saved and found out that Jesus heals. I immediately began seeking this Jesus that I did not have a relationship with at that time for a miraculous healing. I came to prayer service; I had people pray for me. I was diligently praying. Then it happened…..One day, I came home from work and I could barely make it up the stairs because the lupus had begun to attack my body at full force and I was so weak. I fervently sought God and reminded Him that I was healed by the stripes of my Savior Jesus. I reminded Him that He had called me out of the darkness to bring me into His light and He gave me the power to heal and was calling me into the healing ministry and that in order to profess the word of healing effectively I needed the manifestation of His word within my own body. That night, I went to bed in a state of destitute and excruciating pain, I fervently prayed for God’s intervention, I had enough of sickness. Through the night as I slept I had a dream….I was in a large room filled with the peaceful presence of God. The room was filled with the scent of sweetness like a maple tree that is filled with sap, There was a breeze blowing through the house and the silk colourful curtains were waving all around. I was surrounded by some heavenly bodies……One came to me and placed there hand right through me into my stomach and pulled out a big black tar like substance. There was such warmth when her hand went through me and I felt such peace. She did not speak in words from her lips, but she did communicate to me that I would be alright now. Then I awoke, rose up and I was healed. I had no pain in my body, all the rashes were removed from my body and I had a surge of energy that I had not felt for a very long time. After living in pain for eight years it was the most amazing feeling to be freed from that disease. I thank the Lord every day for the blessing of His Son. What the Lord Jesus has done for me I believe it to be my calling to do for others….. To heal the sick and deliver the captives from the deception of the enemy; To yield to His Spirit and serve Him, so that He may bless others with His healing miracles through me.
We as believers in Christ must set ourselves apart and seek to develop a more intimate relationship with God. We must come out from the world and crucify the flesh. It is a process of transformation by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit gives us life as written in John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” As we draw closer to the Father our spirit becomes stronger and we begin to only crave the things of the Spirit. The Spirit wants to give us the gifts as we see in 1 Corinthians 12:11“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” We must earnestly seek the gifts, with a true desire in our heart to be used in them. We must pray for the release of the operation of the gifts. We must have the word of God and rightly divide it. R.W Schambach gives instructions in his book(The Price of Gods Miracle-Working Power) on how to obtain miracles in your ministry, Now the working of miracles is a separate gift from the gift of healing, but sometimes they work together. These gifts are both under the category of the Power gifts. To allow the Spirit to work through us we must pay the price. In the book it teaches us that we must decrease, so that the Spirit can increase. We must present our bodies as a living sacrifice. This includes self-denial and resolving any personal things in our lives. We must be a partaker of His Divine Nature. A person can receive healing in many ways; We can lay our hands on them for their healing, We can pray, We can speak the word of God. We can send them an anointed prayer clothe, We can bring a person into an anointed service and just by being there the Holy Spirit can heal them. The Lord is truly amazing and works in many ways!!!!
With all the knowledge that we possess of our Lord and His Spirit and the blessing of His wonderful gifts…. why would a believer not want to operate in them? Why would they not want to have that anointing of God and to serve Him…… To bring healing to a person is to restore their quality of life, It gives them an abundant life. Their joy is restored, their hope is restored. They can look towards a future and start to believe in their dreams again. The devil no longer has power to rob them. God’s word. reveals this to us in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Wow! being a part of bringing healing to a person is the best gift that we can receive. Knowing that the Holy Spirit has used you in such a profound way is a great blessing in your life. To receive this blessing you must first sacrifice and submit yourself to God. In today’s world most people want the blessing but they don’t want the work that goes along with receiving it. They don’t want to give up there comfortable ways. We as believers in Christ should always want to be more like Him. We must yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit and put away our worldly ways. If we all yielded to the Spirit, God could move mightily in this world. We could be witnesses to the greatest move of God since the birth of His Son. We could bring healing and deliverance to all who are bound by the enemy. This is my desire for mankind, this is my prayer for the world. In Jesus Name. Amen.
May God Bless You & Keep you close to His Heart ♥ ~Sincerely Cindy
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