How To Start Healing The Sick
Friends, as you know, I share many testimonies in my articles and I write a lot about growing in faith. Yet my writing is reaching some people who want to start ministering healing but have never done it. Many Christians have prayed for healing but seen very few results. There are two simple shifts in thinking that are important to begin to grow in healing ministry and seeing miracles.
Actually, we would summarize both of these in the truth that Jesus came as a man in a human body. The truth that Jesus, being God, came in a human body, is called the “incarnation.” It’s one of the non-negotiable foundations of the Christian faith. I’ll link to some other articles that explain that and deal with other questions. Meanwhile, here is my advice for anybody who wants to start ministering healing.
Get Convinced That Healing Is Always God’s Will
God healed my back when I was nine years old. I knew that God could heal. Anybody who believes in God knows that he can do miracles. What so many people don’t know is how much God wants to!
I knew God heals, but for many years I never saw it happen when I prayed for people. I thought healing was probably usually God’s will, but I wasn’t convinced that it was always his will. I though God allowed some people to be sick like Job or the Apostle Paul. When I became convinced that healing is always God’s will because Jesus healed everyone who came to him, a life of miracles began. We know God’s will is healing because Jesus revealed his Father’s will to us.
Do you have questions? There are answers! There’s nothing wrong with asking questions. I needed to ask questions to become fully convinced.
If you are going to be convinced that healing is always God’s will, you need to stop looking at natural circumstances. You must know that it is God’s will to heal no matter what you experience and no matter what you see with natural eyes.
The only way you can see exactly what God is like and be sure of his will is by looking at Jesus. You can’t see God through your experiences. Take the time to read the gospels and start to think about the people Jesus healed. Focus on the compassion that Jesus showed.
Colossians 1:15 (NIV) The Son (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God
John 1:18 (NIV) No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
My article 13 Solid Scriptural Proofs Of God’s Will To Heal gives an overview of several other scriptural proofs of God’s will to heal.
Get Convinced That Jesus Lives In You
The Bible says that Christ in you is the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27) The incarnation shows us that God has chosen to do his will by putting his Spirit in men. Your hope of glory isn’t God somewhere up the sky, but it is God’s spirit working through you.
Jesus said that those who believed in him would do the same works as he did, and even greater works. He didn’t say that those who believed in him would ask the Father to do the same works for them.
Jesus didn’t tell his disciples to pray for the sick. The Bible doesn’t tell us that they prayed for sick people. Jesus told his disciples to heal the sick, and that’s what they did. He passed this command on to all future disciples. It is basic Christianity.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Jesus had to rely on the Holy Spirit to do everything he did. If you are a Christian, you have the same Holy Spirit he did. With the Holy Spirit’s help, you can do everything Jesus did and you can do it as simply as Jesus did it. You don’t have to do anything that Jesus didn’t have to do.
Understanding this means that we change our approach to healing. We see that we have a responsibility, and we stop asking God to heal people. God has already done his part.
Act On These Truths!
Instead of asking God to heal people, we act! There are different ways we can act. The most common are laying hands on people, telling the pain or sickness to leave, and telling the person’s body to be healed. The important thing is that we act or speak in faith. Jesus is the head, and we are his body. Healing ministry is a partnership between God and us. God has already done his part. Now we move as his body.
When you encounter pain or sickness, don’t treat it as normal! When I became convinced that healing is always God’s will, I heard that some very famous healing ministers laid hands on many people before anything happened. I decided that I would minister to everybody I could, even if I had to minister to a thousand people before anybody was healed.
When I encountered sickness or injuries, I started telling people “I believe Jesus wants to heal you. Can I pray for you?” Even though we often use the word “pray” because people understand it, what we are really talking about is not asking God to heal them. We are acting and speaking with authority in Jesus’ name. To start, we can use simple phrases like “be healed now” and “pain go in Jesus’ name.”
Miracles began happening much sooner than I expected! When you have testimonies of what happened when you ministered healing to someone else, you can share them with other people you encounter.
It helps to ask the person what they feel or what their pain level is before you minister to them. (Some problems can be measured at the time you minister to someone. Others, like an internal tumor, can’t be tested until a person goes to the doctor.)
Then you can command healing and put your hand on the injured body part if it is appropriate. Then ask them again. They may feel completely better after the first time. If they feel some improvement, you can thank God for the improvement and minister again. Even if they don’t feel any difference, you can quickly minister to them again and interview them again. Sometimes you may minister healing to a person five times and each time they feel a little less pain until all the pain is gone.
This is a simple way to start acting on the truths that God wants to heal people and he wants to do it through you. You will learn more ways to approach people and minister to them as you act.
It’s important that your desire to see Jesus’ touch people is bigger than your fear of embarrassment or failure. The way that we grow is by taking risks! Keep acting and don’t be discouraged by what you see naturally. It helps to watch some videos of other people ministering healing. Focus on Jesus’ goodness and compassion as you think about the things you see God do. Growing in faith is about getting to know Jesus better.
Here’s a video of Todd White to help get you started. Check out the Youtube channels in the links section of this site for more.
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