Luke 4:25-27 “Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner-a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. And many in Israel had leprosy in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.”
When there is a declaration at church, we all shout “Amen” and few will come with a testimony. When a pastor preaches at a sermon attended by hundreds or thousand, no matter how powerful the message was, few will run with it and to others, it was just information.
You can go to any ministry where there is deliverance, you’ll find people who are members, who you’ll wonder why the man or woman of God doesn’t deliver them. It is not their decision but God.
Exodus 33:19 The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.
If there is harmony in churches and we believe in the works that Jesus did, why are we not experiencing the move of the Holy Spirit? Mark 16:17-18 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”
If all churches are following Christ, He promised his presence there. The Holy Spirit cannot be present in a place and be idle. Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
In the world, when one follows another person, they emulate their leader. Why are churches divided on what Jesus did?
Have faith in God, believe God.
Psalm 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. God’s creation came through the Word and nothing was created without Him. His desire is for us to live a healthy life. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
There is power in the name of Jesus, to heal and to deliver. That is a promise from God. Acts 3:16 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed-and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.
Sickness can be caused or associated with evil spirit. The Ministry of healing frequently has to do with driving out demons.
Luke 4:40-41 When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.
Acts 5:12 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. The fact that there is no deliverance in a ministry it does not mean the absence of demons. It simply means you gladly fellowship with them. Mark 16:17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons.
When Jesus sent His disciples, they had 3 tasks. Deliverance, Healing and to teach the Gospel. If Jesus acknowledges that there is a need for the three ministries and you are called but denounce one of them, who are you following. Luke 9:1-2 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Nicodemus said only one who God is with, can perform signs and wonders. The Holy Spirit cannot dwell in a place and be idle and demons cannot sit comfortably in His presence. John 3:2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
You have been given authority, use it to help God’s people.
John 5:14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” A person must realize the need for deliverance not us force them into it. As Christians we like inviting people to church because we think they needs deliverance not invite them to meet Jesus. There must be pre-counseling so that a person understand deliverance. The person must also be counseled after deliverance so they can maintain what they received.
After Jesus healed this man, he was given the instruction to sin no more.
For you us to understand the possibility, we need to understand that we are spiritual beings before we are human beings. Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God created man in his image which is the spiritual being. This spiritual being was given authority. The gifts that we received did not come physical but spiritually. 1 Corinthians 12:9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.
Things that came into contact with Paul were able to deliver and heal people. Acts 19:11-12 God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles. When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.
Knowing that we are spiritual beings with spiritual gifts and authority means distance cannot be a barrier for healing to happen. Paul was not there when the handkerchief healed people. Even after Elisha was dead, his bones raised somebody from the dead. 2 Kings 13:20-21 BaThen Elisha died and was buried. Groups of Moabite raiders used to invade the land each spring. Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!
Why is it that a house that is occupied does not decay but if you can leave your house vacant for a lengthy period even the ceiling collapses, it’s not like you were maintaining the roof but it stays intact as long as you are there. The authority that we have can be undersestimated as human beings.
Great things happened in water. Ezekiel 36:25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. There is power in water,when Naaman was sick, Elisha commanded him to go wash seven times in water and he was healed. 2 Kings 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”
John 9:11 He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!”
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes.
Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
You cannot reason about spiritual things with your canal mind. If there is something you don’t understand surcharge the scriptures, if it’s contrary to the word, it’s not from God.
John 9:16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.
What people don’t know they criticize , what they don’t understand they condemn.
How are you expecting God to speak or to appear to you today, will you know an angel if you were to come across him?
Many think when they are prayed for and they don’t fall the prayer did not work. Don’t get used to the ways of God otherwise you’ll miss the appointed time.
2 Kings 5:10-11 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the LORD his God and heal me!
There is a way that Naaman was used to that almost made him miss his appointment with God.