“If the Son makes you free, you shall be FREE indeed!”(John 8:36) – It’s your inheritance.
There is no such thing as false hope. As long as one has breath, he/she is to praise the Lord and God inhabits the praises of His people. I/we should never be ashamed or reluctant to ask the Father to heal. One of the aspects of the healing prayer is to intentionally distance the symptoms and present prognosis from the vision desired concerning the individual prayed for. In other words, believe and we must be careful how we describe and speak about the illness an individual is overcoming. Faith is involved in our language.
A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and Life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18: 20,21
Jesus honors our faith, and by His sacrifice, we have authority over the enemy. So, we must align what we say with what we believe. The language we use and what we believe is very important. I will not say “he/she is getting worse, or he/she is dying of ___.” Although that statement may correctly communicate the present, manifest facts, they do not reflect the spiritual reality of the vision I have of one within whom the Spirit of the Lord is moving to execute restoration and healing. So, instead of saying “he/she is getting worse,” I might say “he/she faces serious symptoms” or something else that recognizes the challenge while recognizing the faith we bring to the illness.
And when Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw His wife’s mother laid, and sick with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the eve was come, they brought to him many who were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all who were sick. That it might be fulfilled that which had been spoken by the prophet Esaias (Isaiah), “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our diseases.” Matthew 8: 14-17 KJV
“The A B C of Healing”
The Attitude for Healing. Matthew 8: 1-4
Humble Submission to the Lord’s Will.
A leper = outcast, untouchable. Leprosy = sin.
“Covered with leprosy” – Lk 5:12.
Disease had progressed far. Should we pray for healing for those in late stages of cancer?
“He knelt before Him…”
“He fell with his face to the ground and begged Him…” –Lk 5:12
“He worshipped Him” – KJV
“Proskyneo” (Gr) = to prostrate, bow to the ground, worship.
Physical expression of the heart attitude of submission to the Lord.
Examples: Mt. 2:2, 11; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 20:2.
What is the attitude of my heart as I come to Jesus for healing?
“He begged Him, ‘LORD'”
“LORD” = Kurios” (Gr) = LXX translation of Yahweh” (Heb).
Ex. 3:14 – “I AM WHO I AM” “I AM” “I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE”.
Ex. 3:15 – “THE LORD” = “HE IS” = “KURIOS.
What is my attitude towards “The LORD” as I approach Him?
Who is He in my understanding and attitude of heart?
“If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
I know You can. You are able. But is it Your will for me now?”
The Basis for Healing. Matthew 8:5-13.
Faith sees God’s authority vested in the one ministering healing.
Faith recognizes God’s appointment of that person to minister.
Faith recognizes God’s anointing of the Holy Spirit on him/her.
Faith sees God’s authority in that person’s spoken word.
Faith recognizes the spoken word as God’s authoritative Word.
Faith recognizes obedience to that word in the spirit realm.
Faith receives and acts on God’s authoritive Word.
“Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” (v.13). Matthew 17:20; 21:21-22.
Do you believe you have this authority?
Luke 10: 17-19; John 14:12; Mark 16: 17-18.
Do you act and speak with the authority of Jesus conferred on you?
The Case for Healing. Matthew 8: 14-17
Christ’s Atoning Work.
- Isaiah 53:3, 4, 10.
Presented by Dr. Morris Vaagenes at the April 9, 2000 Healing Service at North Heights Lutheran Church, MN.
The Lord Jesus healed all sick people – as our Substitute He took upon Himself all our diseases. There is healing in the atonement. In chapter 8 in Matthew’s Gospel begins a detailed account of the healing ministry of the Lord Jesus. Observe how He ministered with these four principles of Truth. As we see there was no definite pattern as to how the Lord Jesus ministered, but two things we see clearly is that Jesus was compassionate to all sick people….and He healed them (Matthew 4:24).
One: It was His desire to heal all sick people.
And behold, there came a leper and worshiped Him, saying, Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, “I
will; be thou clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed . (Mathew 8: 2, 3)
I will is from the Greek word thelo. It means; “I want to.” That leper said, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.” Jesus answered simply, “I want to; be clean.” No more do we have to wonder or to add saying “if it be Thy will” to our prayers when we pray for the sick. It is the will of God to Heal. In Isaiah it reads; “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows….and with His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4a, 5d) We can embrace and believe the last half of (Psalms 103:3) also; Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases. There is no searching or questioning if a person is worthy of receiving healing and it does not need to be an elaborate prayer. It is the will of God to heal and it is for us to believe His Word.
Two: The Lord Jesus sometimes healed through the power of His Word.
Take note of the insight a Roman officer had regarding that Jesus through the power of His Word in Matthew 8. Someone outside the circle of religious people layed hold of this powerful truth! And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. (“when I come, I will heal him”) The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” … When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to them that followed, “Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” …And Jesus said unto the centurion, “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour – (Matthew 8: 5-8, 10, 13.) Healing comes through the power of the Word of the Lord. It comes in response to faith believing in the Word. Word in verse 8 is from the Greek word logos.
The centurion said, “Speak a logos only.” This is more powerful than the Greek word rhema which also means “word.” Rhema means a word as it is spoken, a declaration, a saying, a speech. Logos means a word, written or spoken – plus all the power and light that’s behind it. When planted in a believing heart, the healing that resides in it will spring forth life.
It is important that we meditate on the Word and believe it. Let the Word touch your spirit, emanate through your mind, will and conscience, and find release in your body as well. The centurion who came to the Lord Jesus was requesting healing for someone else. Those of us who care for others who are sick can believe for them and see the release of healing power toward them. It is important that we who are around those battling with disease or illness keep our own hearts and minds filled with Words of healing to be able to minister healing grace to those around us.
Three: The Lord Jesus sometimes healed by touching those who were sick.
And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and ministered unto them. (Matthew 8: 14-15) Jesus was always ready to come near those who were suffering, even though sometimes the disciples felt they should protect Him from the pressure of too many people. Jesus had His times away alone, but if anything got His attention, it was the cry of those who were suffering.
In Matthew 8:3 He touched a leper and immediately that leper was cleansed. Touching a leper was forbidden by the Law lest the disease spread. Jesus disregarded His Own well-being to impart healing to a hopeless individual. No one is beyond the attention of the Lord.
In Matthew 9:29 He touched the eyes of two blind men and their eyes were opened. Those two blind men had called Jesus the Son of David – verse 27. Take note that whenever anyone called Him the Son of David, it got His attention and they were immediately healed. All the power of the Covenant God had made with David was wrapped up in Jesus being the Son of David. A similar incident in Matthew 20:34 with two other blind men called out, ” Have mercy on us, O Lord, Thou Son of David.” Jesus stopped, had compassion on them , and touched their eyes. Immediately their eyes received sight.
In Mark 7:31-35 we see Jesus touching a man who was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech. Look what He did. He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his tongue. The man was healed straightway.
In Luke 7:12-15 we find Him touching the funeral bier of a young man, the only son of a widow. And he that was dead sat up…
Jesus did not remain aloof from people. He came near them, especially those who were destitute. He’s still that way. In Matthew 18:20 there is a powerful promise from Jesus. “For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” He had yet more to say regarding this. I will not leave you comfortless (orphans): I will come to you – John 14:18 Then…”he that loveth Me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” – John 14:21b. Then He said, ….”lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 18:20b.
May the Holy Spirit release a simple faith in us to believe that when we come together in Jesus Name, He comes with us to touch us. If He is with us, then He will still heal us by His touch.
Four: The Lord Jesus sometimes healed by the casting out of demons.
When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick. Matthew 8: 16. It was is evident, as Jesus ministered, that some sick people could not be healed until demons were cast out of them. His in the above verse is not in the Greek. It could say simply that He cast out the spirits with “a word: – just one word. And yes, it was a logos word. In Matthew 8:32 we find what that word was. It was, “Go”! No embellishment, no explanation, no pleading – it was just a simple, straightforward command from One Whose authority was absolute.
Jesus imparted this same authority to us who believe. The only difference is that we know that when we say “Go!” …it is in the Name of Jesus!”
Possessed with devils is from the Greek word daimonizomenos. It means “being possessed, afflicted, vexed, or driven about by a demon or evil spirit.” It is not clear in the word itself whether the demon is in the person or simply nearby inflicting its evil influence. However, it’s more likely that they are in the persons they afflict, for we take not that Jesus cast out the spirits, not “drove them away.: Cast out is from exballo. It means “throw out”.
And when He (Jesus) had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power (from Greek exousia, “authority”) against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Matthew 10:1.
As being approved as a competent ordained minister of the Gospel I have the authority to serve as a pastor, baptize new believers, serve the Lord’s Supper, and perform funerals and weddings, etc.. Jesus didn’t give any of this authority to His disciples; He gave them authority, instead, against unclean spirits, to cast them out. That was the first thing He imparted to them. Should we not conclude, therefore, that it was important? It still is and it is important for us to embrace His authority! We need to allow what Jesus teaches us in His Word to be active in our lives to be healed spirit, soul and body.
“And these signs will follow those who believe; In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16: 17, 18
In years passed we have “known how to do things’. We have experienced ‘conducting’ a Spirit-led meeting! We’ve even taught people what to do and how to minister, or have we? We’re coming again to the point of not knowing. All we’ve learned and practiced through the years is insufficient for this day. Only His presence – with His touch – will suffice. What John recorded in Revelations 3:20 is upon us. He’s standing at the door of His church knocking. He simply wants to come in and sup with us. He wants to move in our midst and touch us – and heal us. When He touches us, we can touch others and they’ll be healed. Learn anew to wait in His presence – worshiping Him – for His hand to come upon us.
Mark’s Gospel contains a remarkable passage about our touching others in Jesus Name. It’s a passage that’s difficult for some, but the Holy Spirit instructs us not to fear what it says. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark16: 17,18. Also read Acts 28:3-5. Jesus touched sick people and they were healed. We who believe can touch sick people also. They will be healed. The human mind may not understand everything about this. This is where faith comes in. It knows God is greater than anything the human mind can face. What Grace the Lord has released upon us!