3 Steps toward Healing

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It’s so simple. . . If we prayed for more people to be healed, more people would be healed.

I really believe that.  I don’t understand everything about healing, but I like what an old preacher once said:  “I don’t understand electricity, but I don’t plan on sitting in the dark until I do!”

My faith is alive again for healing.  I hope you will take some time to look at my last post:  “Biker Bill’s Healing.”  It’s one of my favorite first hand testimonies of God’s love and power.  In this blog, I’ll give you 3 simple steps you can take to prepare to be healed.

#1  Examine God’s Word

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.  He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.  Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.  If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”  So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.  Luke 9:1-6

You can also look at James 5:13-16 and Acts 14:1-3.  The healing nature of God as well as His healing power is displayed all throughout His word.  And He does not change.  One of my favorite passages is Revelation 21:1-4:

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

What a glorious glimpse of what is coming for all those who love Jesus!  When God heals today, it serves as a sign of what is coming in fullness when Christ returns.

Go ahead, examine God’s Word. . .It’s really in there!

#2  Engage Your Heart

The Father loves you.  This may be a little harder to believe:  He likes you too!  I think that some of us think God’s love is emotionless commitment given begrudgingly.  That is not our Father.  He delights in you, He lavishes love, and loves loving you.

What about Jesus?  Why does He heal?  Because He loves power?  No.  Because He loves praise?  No.  Jesus heals because He loves people!  He is compelled by love.

God comes to you when you pray.  Engage your heart in His love.  Prepare for His coming by repenting of all known sin and forgiving all those who have hurt you.

#3  Embrace the Mystery

Everyone who loves Jesus will be healed. . . some in this age.

Why are some not healed in this age?  There is mystery here.  It helps me to remember Christ’s mission.  It wasn’t:  to find and to heal those who are sick.  It was:  to seek and to save those who are lost.  And the truth is that more people have been awakened to the love of God through the faithful suffering of God’s people than through signs and wonders.

I had an amazing encounter with God one day while reading Acts 12.  It’s the story of Peter’s miraculous release from prison while his friends were praying in a house.  An angel comes, chains fall off, doors fly open.  It’s powerful.  I was picturing it all in my mind.  When Peter gets to his praying friends, he has to motion with his hands to quiet them down.  In the midst of seeing the celebration, I heard the Holy Spirit say:  “Find John.”

I looked for him in the room, and I saw him.  He was standing in a corner with his head down.  He wasn’t engaged in the celebration.  Immediately I knew why.  In the first verses of Acts 12, we find out that his brother was beheaded by Herod.  John was feeling the same thing that you and I have felt. . . “Why God!?!  Why Peter and not James?”

Here is the beauty of John.  He wasn’t paralyzed by the mystery.  His heart stays tender.  When He writes scripture, he can barely get three words out without love being one of them!

You can stay tender too.  Don’t sit in the dark because you don’t understand electricity.  And don’t wait to ask for healing until you understand it all.

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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