Recently, I felt God challenging me to exercise my faith on myself. He had been speaking to me about the power and the authority that we have in the Name of Jesus. How His Name has power over everything. I had a skin tag under my eye (since I was a teenager) and it was growing. I had been thinking about getting it removed. I felt the Lord challenging me to believe Him for it to be removed and that His Name has authority over any sickness or abnormality in our bodies. I layed hands on my eye and commanded the skin tag to be removed in the Name of Jesus. Nothing happened right away so I did it again a couple of days later and maybe one more time. Within a week the skin tag became itchy and when I scratched it it fell right off. It is completely gone. I layed hands on another mole on my face and it has decreased in size by 90% at this point. It is barely noticeble anymore. Truly, with God all things are possible if we believe!
Changing our Healing Mind-set
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” - Colossians 2:8 NAS
“holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power . . . ” - 2 Timothy 3:5 NAS
The modern Pentecostal Movement has a wonderful history of healings. Some scholars say that the ministry of healing began to wane alarmed around the third century, until it was all but lost, only to be picked up again by the Pentecostal movement.
Even so, John G. Lake, an early Pentecostal pioneer, stated that there was so much more in understanding and administering healing which the movement of his day needed to learn. Some seventy plus years later, I am often alarmed by the amount of unbelief among supposed believers in divine healing. All too often there is a form of godliness –, i.e., a doctrinal statement of faith in divine healing – but we, in effect, deny the power of God to perform.
Many Pentecostals and Charismatics have adopted an unbiblical world-view. Since what we believe will affect how we pray for the sick, it is important that we have the biblical perspective of divine healing, and not be deceived by the world. I have seen four unbiblical attitudes many Christians take when praying for the sick, and each is the result of an unbiblical world view.
Instead of Healing Prayers We Only Value Clergy Prayers. Many Christians don’t understand that God wants every Christian healing the sick! Rather, we act as though God only values the prayers of Pastors, and people like Pastors. This attitude is similar to the unbelief of the Jews in Nazareth who didn’t believe one of their own, Jesus, was anointed of God. Jesus said, “a prophet is not without honour except in his hometown, and in his own household.”
Francis MacNutt, a former Roman Catholic priest, and forerunner of the modern Charismatic movement, researched and found that unbelief toward healing began in the third century when the Church stopped believing that every Christian could heal the sick, but instead believed that only priests were able to do so.
Instead of Healing Prayers We Offer Courtesy Prayers. Many Christians know little about dynamic prayer, dominion prayer, and Spirit-empowered prayer, and so only offer courtesy prayers for the sick. Courtesy prayers are for the sake of cultural politeness, without expecting any results. It is much like many who merely ‘say grace’ before a meal without really expressing heartfelt thankfulness. It is a polite thing, and a nice thing to do. It’s good manners to say ‘grace’ and it’s good manners to say a prayer for someone who is sick. For example, when visiting the sick in the hospital it’s only appropriate to conclude the visit with prayer. Unfortunately, it is done out of courtesy but with no intent to heal, nor intent to defeat the sickness. No! Prayer in the hospital, or wherever, ought to be with the intent that the ill person is healed. The worst form of this courtesy prayer is when Christians visit and pray for the terminally ill. In this case, often the visit and prayer is just ‘a visit so we can say “goodbye!”’ How unfortunate! How lifeless! How contrary to the Christian’s mandate to heal the sick! Please! Please! If you hear that I am terminally ill (hypothetically speaking, on this point), don’t come to say, “goodbye,” – come to get me healed!
"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; freely you received, freely give.” - Matthew 10:8
Some worry this attitude toward terminal illness is actually a state of denial. It’s not denial, but it is rooted in a faith which acknowledges that God can do anything. It acknowledges that, where there is breath, there is hope. Many times Jesus arrived either at the last minute, or a minute or two late (or in the case of Lazarus, a day or two late), and performed a miracle.
Instead of Healing Prayers We Offer Coping Prayers. Coping prayers are offered to help a person cope with their sickness. Christians ask God to give the sick His grace in order to endure their sickness. Since illness is a trying time, people want to see their friend or loved one cope through it. Sometimes the concern is for the ability to cope with the side-effects of medications. Regardless, while sincerely offered, such prayer falls short of God’s best – healing.
Again, healing prayer should not be for the sick to cope but that the illness is overcome by God’s power! Sick folk don’t just want to cope with their illness and medications. They want their health back!
Nonetheless, this doesn’t exempt us from supporting the sick until the healing comes. Yes, we ought to be sympathetic, and be an encouragement. Yes, we should try to alleviate their suffering and concerns, some of which might be material or practical. But our primary goal ought to be that we seek God for their recovery. If there is any grace for endurance to be received, then let us pray that we will endure and persevere in our prayers until they are healed!
Instead of Healing Prayers We Offer Character Prayers. The prevalent, and unbiblical belief today, is that God sends us sickness in order to teach us and build character. Christians then pray that character will be built, and lessons learned, through the sickness, rather than prayer to conquer the sickness. To this I say and ask the following:
-The sick should quickly learn their lesson and get better!
-Jesus never refused to heal someone and said that they must learn first.
-This attitude, while appearing righteous, is actually very condemning and judgmental! It is the same attitude displayed by the disciples, in Jn. 9:2 - “who has sinned that this man was born blind.”
-Do we actually think God would afflict someone with terrible cancers and the like? Sadly, we attribute to God, through sickness, such evils that if a person did that to another human being, that person would be charged with abuse or murder.
Somewhere the Church has moved from what Jesus and the early Church taught, that sickness was an enemy to be destroyed, to a belief that sickness is a friend to cosy up to! Yes, if you are willing, you will learn during your sickness, but that isn’t God’s way of doing things.
In considering this thought, observe what happened when Lazarus died, and who learned from it. First, Jesus didn’t rush and heal Lazarus when requested to do so, but waited yet two more days. Second, the ones who learned from this were Mary and Martha, not Lazarus. Also, multitude who witnessed the miracle learned a lesson in faith. Third, Mary and Martha were the only ones given the promise that Christ is the resurrection and the life (Jn. 11:25) and therefore the only ones required to believe. In other words, the onus was not on the sick to believe, but on the intercessors. Finally, Jesus raised Lazarus despite the unbelief of His disciples and Lazarus’ family!
What Does the Scripture Teach about Healing? The following may be seen as what scripture teaches in regard to sickness and healing, and it is this we need to receive as our world-view, not the traditions of man.
Jesus treated sickness as an enemy. The New Testament is the final and most clear revelation of God, and more can be learned from how Jesus treated sickness, than any other part of the Bible.
Jesus commanded us to heal the sick. James gave instructions on how to heal the sick within the church setting, so it must have been expected that we do it, and that it happen.
Jesus promised that healing would occur as we obeyed His command. If we lay hands on the sick, they will recover!
Jesus provided healing through His death on the Cross. He died for our sicknesses as well as our sins! He is willing to forgive our sins and deliver us from them, and He is willing to heal our sicknesses too!
As Christians, we need to know the Word of God and reject the false mind-set of the world. As well, we need to live the Word of God even as God has called us to do!
No Amniotic Fluid In Womb
At approximately 20 weeks pregnant Bradley's Mom, Sue, received word that due to her extremely high blood pressure they would need to terminate her pregnancy within hours to maximum a couple of days. As well, they found, that Sue had no amniotic fluid (not even a little pocket) and the baby had stopped growing and developing 2 weeks prior. As there was no fluid the little lungs would not be able to develop. After prayer, the blood pressure came down and amniotic fluid developed and baby started growing again. His heart was strong and he grew well. Sue strongly believed that God would give her a miracle baby! Baby Bradley was born strong at 33 weeks being 2 pounds 11 ounces on Sep. 22. He was able to breath on his own and only needed a feeding tube to preserve his strength. How amazing for a 2 pounder to breath on his own when originally his lungs were not developing!! Only God can do such miracles! Baby Bradly is now a whopping 5 pounds and 3 ounces and ready to come home!! Ken and Sue thank God for their Miracle Baby!!
Premature Labour And Dialation
While visiting Baby Bradley's mom at the hospital, another lady in the same room asked for prayer as well. Angela was less then 20 weeks pregnant with twin boys and had constant contractions and a fully dialated cervix. She was at severe risk of loosing one or both the babies. After prayer the contractions stopped and Angela noticed a distinct difference in her pregnancy. She felt an angel was holding the babies in the womb! Angela was thrilled to have her babies born on Friday October 23, at 36 weeks. The first baby, Luke, was born by forceps vaginal birth at 2:05pm, weighing 5lbs 2oz. The second baby, Trey, was born by c-section at 3:15pm, weighing 5lbs 8oz. Angela says: "Thanks to you and your husband, and to all those people at your church who prayed for me and my boys. They are healthy and doing well, as a result. I hope that someone finds encouragement from my story, and as a testimony that miracles do happen". Truly God is amazing!
I had a pushed-in disk in my back and it was pressing on my spinal cord causing terrible pain. After receiving prayer at church all pain was gone.
I had a bad sinus infection for approximately 10 days. Medication was not working at all! After being prayed for all sinus pain and pressure were gone!
I had a very painful knee, it was very swollen, and I had to limp. I could hardly walk.
After the ladies prayed for me the pain just went away and I walked around without limping, praise the Lord. He is truly a wonderful Saviour.
I had a twisted ankle (Audrey's Mom told us some muscle tissue had torn away from the bone) and I couldn't put any pressure on it. After I got prayed for by Pastor Peter and Helene I started walking with no pain. I could stand on my sore foot and jump up and down with no pain. Thank you JESUS!
On December 4, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The Doctor’s had me booked for surgery in two weeks to have it removed. I asked for a second opinion. In London, I met a neurosurgeon who informed me that the tumour would not be removed…I was born with it.
The tumour was too large to remove. The void space of the missing tumour would cause more problems with the brain moving back into position than leaving the tumour in its place. They prescribed narcotics for the headaches (which I never took) and sent me home. Everyday I battled extreme headaches. The headaches were a lot worse when a storm was coming. Twice a year I would have a CT scan to see any changes in its size. During the summer of 2004, my headaches weren’t there anymore. It was more strange to have no headaches…the Doctor’s sent me for tests. The CT scan showed that the tumour had shrunk a little bit. That fall, September 24, I started having problems. At first, I had trouble catching my breath, and my blood pressure was low. The Doctor thought I was having allergies. By the 8th of October I couldn’t eat. Food was just turning my stomach constantly. I lost nearly 60 pounds that fall and winter. The Doctor’s could not figure out what was going on. The Allergist said not to eat peanut products or drink tea. The Internist said it was not an ulcer, or any other stomach problems. The Heart Specialist said my heart was healthy and fine. The Neurosurgeon said it was not caused from the tumour shrinking. Back to the Internist who told me nothing was wrong…and to go home. But I knew something was wrong. At this point I was living off meal replacement shakes and soup. I had no energy, and often would feel very dizzy, shaky and feel like I was going to pass out. Now it is spring of 2005, I now have 23 symptoms: All I could do was pray and cry. Most of my time was spent lying down. My friends would have to sit with me. I was afraid to be alone. I was afraid that when the shaking and dizziness started I was going to pass out and die. I was afraid to go to the Doctor’s. I was afraid of having a CT Scan/MRI done and I didn’t know why. I was never afraid before....I’ve had 100’s of Cat Scans…but I was still afraid. Summer 2005, my family Doctor called and informed me all my symptoms were listed as side effects of the brain tumour!!!!!!!!! Amazing, I have an answer. The Doctor has found a web site for brain tumours. The shaking and dizziness were from Silent Seizures! Yet, because of the size they would not remove it. Because it was shrinking my optic nerve was readjusting and causing eye problems…and hearing problems….I had to live with this! At this point I could barely even walk. August 2005, I heard of the Healing Room. I had never heard of such a thing but at this point I was willing to try anything, otherwise I knew would die. I was too young to die and I had a family with two small children. The first night of healing prayer, I walked in with 23 symptoms. dizziness, shaking, loss of appetite, trouble catching my breath, I needed reading glasses, I saw black spots everywhere, numbness in my hands and feet, memory loss, insomnia, ringing in the ears, hearing problems, low blood pressure, swollen face and hands, a lot of FEAR, and so on. Two strangers laid their hands on my head and prayed. I was so scared. My head felt like it was on fire. But, I just kept receiving. That night I walked out by myself. Half my symptoms were gone. After two more visits….all my symptoms disappeared. Now I have a dent in my skull where the tumour used to be. Thank you Jesus for saving my life, in more ways than one!!!