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After studying the healing ministry of Jesus and our role for today, one of my biggest takeaways is that we can’t will something. We can only do our part. If healing happens, it is God’s will. Therefore, we can’t muster up the right formula of faith to make something happen, or worry that not enough faith is what blocks a healing. A little bit of doubt popping in does not mean we are doomed and “not there yet.” Oh yes, faith matters. But does the amount? And what are we putting our faith into?
Our faith is in Jesus’ ability that He can heal and that through us, in His name, people can be healed. Not must be healed or most definitely will be healed. Our faith is that He is able to heal, not that he always will.
Our humility is being like the 72 sent out in Luke 10 who know healing is possible. The peace is in doing our part and knowing He does the rest. The confidence is in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit given to us. If it’s His divine appointment and anointing to heal others through us, then we are glad to be used. We can’t be passive and expect if we do not ask. But we do what Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:11, and use all gifts to Glorify God.
Finally, we keep things into perspective. Like Jesus says in Luke 10, joy is having our names written in heaven. One of the greatest healings is that others are saved through the blood of Christ in his act of atonement. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
Yet, as Christ ambassadors we also want to put the gospel into action and release people from the consequences of sin like disease, affliction, and maladies. As we see in the healing ministry of Jesus, often healings & miracles reaffirm, convict, & grow faith. But they also demonstrate the present Kingdom rule of Jesus over the devil's interference and help laborers harvest more souls into the Good Life, in this present life, not just life after death. That's where we step in.
Jesus Heals in a variety of ways
If you are willing (Matthew 8:3)
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Do u believe I can do it? (Matthew 9:28)
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.
Help my unbelief (Mark 9:24)
In seeking the Lord’s help, a man came to Jesus once, fell to his knees weeping, and said, “I believe; help my unbelief.”
A demon convulsed at the mere sight of Jesus (Mark 9:20)
And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. (29 This one takes fasting and prayer)
A mute is healed (Matthew 9:32)
While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
Jesus simply says go (Matt 8:32)
And He said to them, “Go!” And they came out and went into the pigs; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.
He puts mud on eyes (John 9: 6)
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
A woman is healed by touching Jesus (Luke 8:42-48)
And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
He doesn’t heal all (Mark 6:1-6):
“A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief.
Jesus Heals a Gentile Woman’s Demon-Possessed Daughter- (Matthew 15:21-28)
This lady was a Gentile, not even a part of God’s people. She really had no right to expect the blessing of God in her life. After all, she wasn’t a part of God’s covenant at that time. Jesus first ignores her. Then says, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” She’s persistent…27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
No faith mentioned (man at Bethesda John 5:1-9)
“One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”