Do you believe in the supernatural gift of healing? Many Christians don’t. I didn’t for most of my life. I grew up with the mindset that God could heal but He may not always want to.
I grew up in a church setting where when someone was sick, we prayed God would heal them, but I’m not sure we always believed He would do it. We knew He could, but whether He would or wanted to was another question. And if we got serious in prayer, it was men who anointed with oil and laid hands on the person to pray. I never personally prayed for someone’s healing with an understanding that Jesus gave us all the authority to command healing to occur. I actually thought most healing evangelists or people who claimed to have a healing anointing were faking it. After all, people don’t heal, God does. Right?
So, if supernatural healing isn’t something you’re comfortable with, I totally get it. I’m not here to convince you of anything, but I certainly can’t keep quiet about the amazing things I’ve seen and the scriptures Holy Spirit continues to highlight to me that are charges to actively participate in this.
My discovery over the past few years has been earth shattering in the sense that God has shifted my earthly mindsets about the miraculous. After having Crohn’s disease for over 20 years, He healed me. My last 4 colonoscopies have revealed no evidence of Crohn’s at all. Praise God. He’s changed my mind about Him, His thoughts toward us, and the authority He has given us as His children to be ambassadors or representatives of Christ (by RE-presenting Him on the earth).
As He was doing what He saw His Father doing, Jesus told His disciples to do what they had seen Him doing. As a matter of fact, He said they would do even greater things than He. (John 14:12-14) The same is true for us. We are disciples of Jesus. A disciple is simply a student. We are God’s children, seated in a place of authority by the power of the Holy Spirit.
For those of you who don’t follow me yet on social media, a few weekends back I spoke at Lovelady Center, the largest faith-based women’s rehab center in the U.S., located in Birmingham, Alabama. It was full of amazing women who were committed to freedom from mostly drugs or alcohol. Many of them have walked through some really hard stuff. Like, really hard. To have a touch from God would be life-changing for them.
As I often do after I speak, I offered prayer for whoever wanted it. Among many women who approached me, a lady came forward in tears and agony. She cried, “ I’m in so much pain, can you please pray for me?” She explained that she had degenerative disc disease in her spine. The doctors wanted to do surgery, but she believed Jesus could heal her and REALLY didn’t want surgery.
I began to pray for this woman and Holy Spirit dropped some things in my heart as I was praying. This is what the Bible refers to in 1 Corinthians 12:8 as a “word of knowledge”. He showed me some spiritual things trying to come against her healing. For the sake of her privacy, I won’t give specific details. In general, I’m referring to things like trauma, abuse from childhood, or dabbling in witchcraft–all would have potentially “opened the door” to a spirit of infirmity. Some people don’t realize sickness comes from the enemy, not from God. So we prayed and commanded any unclean spirits that were tormenting this woman, as a result of wounds of the past, to leave in Jesus’ name. I put my hand on her back. She hadn’t told me exactly where her pain was, but God knew. I put my hand directly over the area with pain. I invited the Holy Spirit to fill her and to heal her. After praying for a minute, I asked how her back was feeling. She said “The pain is gone. While you were praying, I felt heat and then a hand came under your hand from the left, and it moved my spine.” The biggest smile came over her face. This woman went from tears and pain to joy within five minutes. It was immediate and so stunning! Praise God! This was one account of many that night.
Let me be clear; Jesus is the Healer. On the cross, He provided healing as part of our salvation. He invites us to step into this healing ourselves and to pray healing over others. “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
Also in Mark 16:17-18 we read, “And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.” Isn’t that amazing? That our only qualification to participate in this amazing gift is BELIEF? Just like when we were born again, we received Jesus and all He did on the cross BY FAITH! I always say, it’s not my job to decide IF Jesus will heal, it’s my job to show up believing.
I had the opportunity to follow-up with this woman last week, and she is still walking in her healing. Have you had any supernatural encounters with healing? I’d love to hear them! I pray the healing power of Jesus over anyone that needs it right now in Jesus’ name! Amen!