A gentile woman came to Jesus seeking for her daughter to be healed and Jesus told her that it was not right to give the children’s bread to dogs until the children were full. We are all children of God because Jesus paid for us to be. Physical healing is our bread.
Not only is healing our personal bread, but we have also been made co-laborers with Jesus. We get to administer this bread to whoever we want. And there is a lot of work to do despite many awesome medical breakthroughs. We get to forgive people their sins as well, but let me focus on healing.
As administers of the children’s bread, my brothers, Joseph and Ethan, and I went to knock on apartment doors last Saturday (Saturday, August 22, 2015)…this was our 2nd time doing this. The first time we went ‘apartment knocking’ was several Saturdays ago and we were only able to pray with one lady (who told us that all the pain in her back was gone afterward). Anyways, we first prayed for a man who said he was losing his hearing. He didn’t seem like he had trouble hearing, but I could see was wearing a hearing aide. I thanked God for the man and commanded his ears to be restored. I asked him if he could hear any better. He said no, then quickly said goodbye and shut the door. Ouch! I think we were a little discouraged, but I dismissed this discouragement because I know that some people don’t really want to be healed or they have mental blocks to receiving healing.
We pressed on and met a young middle eastern man named Saeb. He converted to Christianity 5 years ago from Islam. As a 4 stripe black belt in karate he damaged the meniscus in his knees so bad, that he will have surgery on Sept. 1. Although he said that his knees didn’t hurt at the moment, I commanded his knees to be healed in Jesus’ name. I shared with Saeb how my knees were healed from years of constant swelling and we had an encouraging conversation. I gave him my contact info and plan to follow up with him.
We next met a kid (probably 10 years old) who after finding out what we were doing asked us to talk to his mother. He said that she was often sick. We told him that we were going to visit a different building and would see his mom next week. But he pleaded with us and we agreed to skip over to the building where his mom’s apartment was located. When we got there, he went inside to talk to his mom. He came out and said that she felt fine right now, so we knocked on the 10 or so other doors in that building. We prayed for a lady who said she had pain in her leg that was so bad, the pain level was an 8 out of 10. We noticed that she had all her weight on the other leg. So I touched her leg below the knee and commanded that the spirit causing the pain be cast out and then commanded the leg to be healed in Jesus’ name. I asked her how she felt now. She said her leg felt a lot better. I asked what the pain level was at now and she replied that it was between a 5 or 4. So I touched her leg again and thanked God for reducing the pain, but then commanded the leg to be fully restored. To her surprise, her leg was completely healed! She asked, “what did you do??” And then I was able to witness to her the love that God had for her.
We also prayed with a lady whose mother had pneumonia (but lived somewhere up north). So all in all, we were able to witness to 6 or 7 people about the love and power of God and we healed one lady’s leg right then. I believe Saeb’s knees will also be healed and that the last lady’s mother will be healed. I believe that even though we didn’t get to pray with the kid’s mom…he led us to building that we were supposed to meet the lady with a hurt leg.
Just like sin and spiritual sickness, I think that physical ailments are primarily the work of the devil. So, us going out the pray for people is a way of combating the power and army of the enemy. We were setting captives free and administering the grace and mercy of God. This is the work of the Lord that we so happily and eagerly get to participate in. I am really excited to continue this work and eager to see what else God has in store for us.
Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2 reveals to us that Jesus not only died on the cross for our forgiveness of sins, but He also died that we would be physically healed. Also, the greek word used in the New Testament for “salvation” is “sozo”. This word has a more holistic connotation than what we typically understand it to mean. Sozo is a complete salvation (physical as well as spiritual) and this is how new testament people would have understood it.
Healing was so important to Jesus that He risked His life to heal the man with a withered hand on the sabbath. Couldn’t He just wait a day for a non-life-threatening withered hand? No, Jesus wanted to show how important that man is to God…how much God loved that man. Healing people shows them how much God cares about them. It shows them in a manifested way (that they cannot deny) that God loves them.
Believe you me that I had just as many or more “but what about” questions as you might have now after reading something like this. I have read 5 or 6 great books on the subject and history of healing. I have listened to probably more than 20 different preachers and 100 or more hours of sermons about healing. After all that, I still have questions. But I recently resolved to put my mustard seed of faith into practice and let some mysteries be unknown for the time being. I started with my own knees being healed (3+ years of chronic pain and swelling) and then my wife’s chronic shoulder pain. Both of which none of our doctors could figure out what was causing it. Steroids and other medicines are good and help relieve pain. But God is the one who heals. Doctors treat symptoms and can cure some things with medicines, but God can cure all. And I believe He is willing.
Let me know if you have any questions and/or comments about this.