healing

“Are not the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel?” (a.k.a. What is He asking you to do?)

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in healing, Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

“Are not the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel?”                       (a.k.a. What is He asking you to do?)

Signs and wonders followed the group that ministered to us, and many experienced healings as dramatic as crutches being discarded at the door and a sudden end to years of chronic migraine. Yet it was the love of this small band of Christians from New England that struck me even more than their miracles. They were walking not only in a level of power for which I was righteously jealous, but there was a humbleness and a gentleness in their ministry that was irresistible – they were neither too busy nor too important. “What am I missing, God?” I asked Him as I listened to their preaching....

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“The Son of God appeared for this purpose”

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in healing, Latest News, The Holy Spirit | 2 comments

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose”

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8, NASB). Even though I read, recited, and memorized scripture a great deal growing up, it took years for me to be set free of some of my own theology. For I knew next to nothing about the Person of the Holy Spirit and His role; and without the Holy Spirit, one really can’t properly understand the Bible. Therefore, my understanding of the gospel went something like this: “We have all sinned and deserve eternal destruction (Hell). Jesus came so that when we die, if we believe in Him we can go to...

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Healing: God’s will, God’s nature

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in healing, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Healing: God’s will, God’s nature

If we don’t know whether or not it is God’s will to heal, how can we have the faith necessary to offer the prayer that God says will heal the sick (James 5:15)? So how do we know if it is God’s will to heal? For many of us, we need to shift from personal experience and traditional beliefs and allow the Holy Spirit to convict our hearts as to what the Bible says about healing. God reveals His character through His names. He taught His people to learn His names that they might know His ways. In Exodus 15:26 when God is instructing His people He tells them that one of His names is...

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Healing: an essential part of the gospel

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in healing, Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Healing: an essential part of the gospel

The man was recognized by all who lived in the neighborhood. He’d sat in the doorway near the Laundromat for years asking for change from passersby. A buddy of his helped set him and his basket up every morning, since the man was physically limited. One day, a Spirit-filled believer happened to walk by and boldly released Christ’s healing on the man, helping him to his feet. Stiffly at first, then growing stronger, the man began to walk. Those who lived on his block watched him, hardly believing their own eyes. People came out of the Laundromat to see what the commotion was. “Look at...

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Healing as a key to repentance

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in healing, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Healing as a key to repentance

Imagine what must have gone through Namaan’s mind, captain of the Aramean army and a leper, when he was told by a little slave girl that there was Someone who could cure his miserable disease (see 2 Kings 5). Leprosy not only was a terrible physical affliction, but it meant that one must become a social outcast and live away from society for fear of spreading the deadly disease. What a light of hope must have shone into the doom and despair of his heart! When Namaan dipped himself seven times in the Jordan River, according to the prophet Elisha’s instruction, scripture says that...

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All things are possible for him who believes

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in healing, Spiritual Growth | 2 comments

All things are possible for him who believes

“Teacher…if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:22-23 NASB, [bf mine]) In this passage, a father has brought his demonized son to Jesus in order that the boy might be delivered of deafness and muteness, convulsions, and other horrific, self-destructive symptoms caused by the unclean spirit. The father’s piteous request to Jesus is, “If You can do anything…help us.” I picture this father having heard of Jesus of Nazareth and his followers, and out of his...

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According to your faith so let it be done to you

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in healing, prayer, Spiritual Growth | 2 comments

According to your faith so let it be done to you

If you had been among those who walked the earth when Jesus did, would you receive healing from him, or would he have to usher you and your unbelief right out of the room because of the interference it might cause with the advancement of the Kingdom of God? What about today? God has posed this question to me, and it is a sobering thought. In Matthew 9, Jesus is asked to come to the home of a synagogue official and touch his daughter who has just died. When the crowd hears Jesus make a statement about the girl’s condition (“She has not died, but is asleep”) they begin laughing at Him. In...

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