A leper came to Jesus, knelt down, and begged Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean” (Mark 1:40). This was a monumental event because the leper was asking the very question we all eventually ask. He did not doubt Jesus’ ability to heal, but rather His desire to heal. He asked, “I know you can heal, but do you want to?”
Jesus resolved the issue once and for all when He touched this outcast, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed” (Mark 1:41). This one phrase settled it. The heart wish of Christ was, is, and will always be to heal the hurt and destroy the pain of those He loves. This is why in many places all who were sick and demonized were set free.
Haight Ashbury Miracle
I will never forget the miracle I witnessed while street witnessing one night near Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco.
We came upon a group of people congregated in an alleyway and noticed a couple huddled in the corner under a blanket. They told us they were homeless and had been living on the streets for several years. After sharing Christ with them, they gladly submitted their lives to Him.
When we asked how we could specifically pray for them, the husband explained that his wife had a condition in her legs that left her paralyzed. For three years he had been carrying her around from homeless shelter to shelter.
When we heard this, we all gathered around her and spoke the word of the Lord. As we helped her to her feet, God performed a miracle right before our eyes. We watched her emaciated legs gain strength as she marched down the street with hands lifted heavenward praising God. The look of exuberance on her face was priceless.
Many of the other street people stood in wonder, as they were well aware of her condition. It was an awesome miracle. Needless to say, we preached Christ with extra boldness that night.
Healing. The ByProduct of the Kingdom
Healing is a byproduct of the Kingdom and is available whenever the gospel is shared. Jesus is committed to healing the sick.
Nearly twenty percent of the gospels are devoted to the healing ministry of Christ, and over sixty percent of His ministry involved healing and deliverance. This is far more than any other activity.
If you are a minister who does not spend a good percentage of your time ministering to the sick, what are you waiting for? You are missing out on all the fun.
I am convinced there is coming a day in the Kingdom when no disease will stand before the people of God. Scripture seems to indicate that all disease will one day be eliminated from God’s earthly kingdom, and I want to be a part of the company of people that helps promote it (see Is. 33:24; 35:5-6).
D.Thomas Lancaster writes, “We would do well to let the rule of the coming Kingdom dictate how the servants of the King live now.”
Knowing that sickness will not be apart of the future kingdom indicates that ministering to the sick is part of Kingdom living.
Tips for Healing
1. Release healing. Have you ever noticed that Jesus and the disciples did not pray for the sick? They carried healing with them. In the marketplace, we are commissioned to “heal the sick” (see Matt. 10:8; Luke 9:2; 10:9). It is one thing to pray for healing; it is quite another to declare it. Try releasing healing by verbally addressing the injured body part and declaring Scripture over it.
2. Build faith. A testimony of healing has the ability to embolden our faith as well as theirs. Share a recent one and heighten their expectation.
3. Cure with care. Even when Jesus was physically and emotionally exhausted, Scripture records that he was “moved with compassion” for the crowds (see Matt. 9:36; 14:14; Mark 1:41). Our love for people must grow stronger than our insecurities and inhibitions. When we tap into the compassionate heart of Christ, we invariably tap into a realm of power.
4. Don’t panic if nothing happens or the person gets worse. When nothing happens, often there is a block or spiritual root to the problem (such as fear, rejection or unforgiveness). Remove the block by having them confess it and often healing will occur. If the pain increases or moves to another place in their body, don’t panic. The sickness is usually demonically linked. Cast out a tormenting spirit of affliction and infirmity, and you should see some positive results.
5. Don’t give up. Reading the accounts of men and women used powerfully in healing, most started out with little success. In fact, some even died of their conditions. God will often test us to see if we take the credit or the blame for the miracle. He wants to know if our compassion and obedience are strong enough to press past the question of why some do not get healed.
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