Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Healing – When We Have Faith like Jesus

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  
(3 John 1:2)

Jesus is the believer's model of faith and practice. His healing and deliverance ministry is the example we as believers should follow in our own journey with Christ.   We see throughout the bible the healings and miracles performed and particularly those performed out of Jesus and His disciples.  Out of 3,774 verses in the New Testament Gospels, 484 relate specifically to the healing of physical and mental illnesses and the resurrection of the dead. In Mark, 209 verses out of 666 relate to the miracles of Jesus. Of the 1,257 narrative verses in the Gospels 484  are devoted to describing healing miracles.

Jesus spoke the words of God in His ministry:

. . . I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. (John 8:28)

Jesus did the work and will of God:

For I came down from Heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me. (John 6:38)

I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (John 9:4)

. . . My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work. (John 4:34)

The purpose of Jesus was to destroy the works of the enemy including sin, sickness, and bondage:

. . . For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)

The works Jesus did pleased the Father:

. . . for I do always those things that please Him. (John 8:29)

When you minister healing and deliverance as Jesus did,
you are pleasing the Father, speaking His Word, doing His will,
and destroying the work of the enemy.

There are several New Testament references where Jesus healed everyone present:

¨                 Acts 10:38
¨                 Luke 4:40; 6:17-19; 9:11
¨                 Matthew 4:23-25; 9:6, 35; 10:1; 12:15; 14:14,34-36

Jesus healed many types of diseases:

Epilepsy                                 Dropsy                                   Deaf and dumb
Palsy or paralysis                 Chronic hemorrhage          Demonized
Withered hand (deformities or paralysis)                      Blind
Infirmities                             Restoration of an ear that was cut off
Raising of the dead              Maimed (as used in Mark 9:43)

Compassion was the motivating emotion in the healing ministry of Jesus.   Other emotions Jesus expressed in the healing ministry were grieving, anger, sighing, and weeping.

Jesus used various methods in healing. Sometimes Jesus called the sick to Him.  Other times they called for Him.

Jesus dealt with the whole man, not just the physical condition. He taught forgiveness of sin and healing together. Sometimes He healed first, then forgave sin,

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.   (John 5:14)

Other times He forgave sins first, then healed

And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.  (Mark 2:4-5)

Sometimes healings occurred without faith on the part of the sick person (at least it was not mentioned):

-          Lazarus:                                      John 11:1-44
-         Malachi's ear:                             Luke 22:50-51
-         Gadarean maniac:                      Mark 5:1-20
-         Deaf and dumb man:                Mark 7:32-35
-         Peter's mother-in-law:              Luke 4:38-39
-         Widow's son:                               Luke 7:12-15
-         Man with withered hand:         Mark 3:1-5
-         Man born blind:                         John 9:1-7
-         Daughter of Abraham:              Luke 13:10-13
-         The nobleman's son:                  John 4:46-50
-         Centurion's servant:                   Matthew 8:5-13
-         Syrophoenician's daughter:      Matthew 15:21-28
-         Jarius' daughter:                         Mark 5:35-43

Sometimes healings occurred because of faith on the part of an individual:

-         Two blind men:                            Matthew 9:27-31
-         A leper:                                          Matthew 8:2-4; 20:29-34; Mark 1:40-44
-         Ten lepers:                                    Luke 17:11-19
-         Two blind men:                            Matthew 20:29-34
-         Blind Bartimaeus:                       Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43
-         Woman with issue of blood:     Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48
Sometimes healing occurred because of faith of others:

-         The Centurion's servant:                      Matthew 8:5-13
-         The nobleman's son:                             John 4:46-53
-         Four who brought the palsied man:   Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26
-         The Syrophoenician's daughter:         Matthew 15:21-28
-         Dumb possessed with devil:                Matthew 9:32-33
-         Blind/dumb, possessed:                       Matthew 12:22-23
-         Jarius' daughter:                                    Mark 5:35-43
-         Deaf and dumb man:                            Mark 7:32
-         Blind man:                                              Mark 8:22-26

Jesus used different verbal methods in healing. Sometimes He spoke the word of pronouncement only:

-         Daughter of Abraham:             Luke 13:10-13
-         Nobleman's son:                        John 4:46-50
-         Blind Bartimaeus:                     Mark 10:46-52
-         The two blind men:                   Matthew 9:27-31
-         Centurion's servant:                  Matthew 8:5-13

Sometimes He spoke the Word of command:

-         The man with palsy:                  Luke 5:17-26
-         Jarius' daughter:                        Mark 5:22-24, 35-43

Sometimes Jesus combined command and touch:

-         The leper:                                    Matthew 8:2-4
-         The two blind men:                   Matthew 9:27-31
-         Peter's mother-in-law:             Luke 1:38-39
-         Deaf and dumb man:                Luke 7:32-35
-         The widow's son:                       Luke 7:12-15
-         Daughter of Abraham:             Luke 13:10-13

Sometimes Jesus prayed:

-         Peter's mother-in-law:                 Luke 4:38-39
-         The deaf and dumb man:            Mark 7:32-35
-         The widow's son:                           Luke 7:12-15
-         Lazarus:                                          John 11:38-44
-         The man with withered hand:    Mark 3:1-5

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