As a Christian, born of God; we are called to live life by a different set of rules. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9)
The words used in this scripture in describing the new creature in Christ is ‘a peculiar people’. This indicates that we are different! The dictionary explains ‘peculiar’ as “strange or odd; unusual…
belonging exclusively to…” This, together with the description found in 1 Peter 2:9 of the new creatures in Christ was given for our understanding of how the world should sees us and how God sees us. Therefore, I say: ‘We play by a different set of rules’. In this segment, we will be looking at healing.
Now healing is not for the Christian, it is for those who still live in and part of this world. Those who haven’t been separated unto God yet. Then why do we find so many Christians still getting sick? Well, the simple explanation is found in Hosea 4:6 ‘God’s people perish for the lack of knowledge.’ Religion teaches and gives the impression that Christians get sick due to disobedience or just by saying the flu is in the air. This is absolute nonsense! If that is true, then what religion is trying to tell us is that God punishes us for disobedience, which is not true! God corrects us when we are wrong through the conviction of His Word. Nowhere in the Bible is it written that God will punish the new creation for disobedience. Rather, the new creation has been given free will to choose between right and wrong. The Bible does advice us to choose the good rather than the bad. It also teaches us what benefits we will reap from choosing good and what disaster there is in choosing bad. The saying that the flu is in the air ought not to be a Christians portion. Being born of God, we are born free from the things the world experience. Even our bodies has been quickened by the Spirit of God. God wants us well! A single day not being productive due to sickness can stop us from ministering salvation unto someone. Time is valuable, and we simply cannot allow sickness into our bodies – how will God be glorified through someone who is sick?
When we choose knowledge, we will gain a good portion; but when we reject knowledge, we will loose a lot. So how does one reject knowledge? When we are lazy to dig into the Word of God, we can’t gain knowledge… Our laziness or busy lifestyles causes us to reject knowledge, not even knowing it consciously. This portion has nothing to do with devil, it’s all about the wrong choices. Devil merely sits back and says, ‘Well, you doing a good enough job without my help…’ When we aren’t diligent in seeking out the truth, we can’t gain knowledge; and for the lack of knowledge, we perish. This is the whole reason why I quoted limited verses from the scripture: As a teacher, my responsibility is to preach the Gospel, not to quote from scripture. I must preach from the Word within me, because I done my part in searching the scripture. When you hear the Word I preach, you have a responsibility to search the scripture and find the truth in that which I speak. Acts 17:11 support this: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Paul used to preach the Word that was within him, but some of those who heard Paul went on to search the scripture… They were ready to receive the Word. Paul done so, because this helps building doers of the Word, not hearers only.
Through searching the scripture for truth in that which is heard, knowledge is gained. This is the aim of our ministry, to build up a people with readiness to be radical for Jesus. Knowledge is vital, and that which you don’t know will end up hurting you more than those things you do know. Coming back to the topic of this segment: healing; I mentioned that healing is not for the Christian. The Bible tells us that ‘by His (Jesus’) stripes we are healed.’ This was a prophetic word released through the prophet Isaiah. When He wrote this, Jesus had not died yet. He spoke to the new creature in Christ when he said this. However, now that Jesus died already, this only becomes a present hour reality to those who receive the Spirit of God. The Bible tells us that it is the Spirit which quickened the body. Your body has been healed over 2000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross. How so if you weren’t born yet? Well, that shows you that when God plans things, He had you in mind. God healed your body long before you were even born!
When you were not born again, you might of got sick or had some kind of illness; that was due to the corruptible seed you were born into this world which is of sin. That wasn’t God punishing you because of your natural sinful nature, it was because of the lack of knowledge that you got sick. Now that you are born again of God, an incorruptible seed; and has been quickened in your body by the Spirit of God, you ought to live in divine health!
We read of this also in 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The old life spoken of here is the life of the flesh; that of sin, sickness, poverty, lack, etc… The new things speaks of everything which relate to the man found in Christ. The Spirit of God has life in itself, like what we read in the opening verses and of the Gospel of John in chapter 1. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:3-5)
On receiving the Holy Spirit, we receive life. This life we receive is what the Bible speaks of, the Spirit which has quickened us. But without the knowledge, we will not be able to receive the benefits of the new life given unto us. The new creation’s body is the Temple of God. When we come unto salvation, we are washed clean by the blood of Jesus, which cleanses our bodies and souls to receive the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit. However, we might never experience the manifestation of the Spirit in and through our bodies until we come to the knowledge of His function within us. Many Christians don’t experience the benefits of being born again, because of the lack of knowledge, so they continue to perish. The Holy Spirit will lay dormant within us until we come unto the knowledge of what He came to do in and through us. It is upon gaining knowledge which we give heed to the Spirit of God, allowing Him to work in and through us.
The responsibility is ours to dig inward and manifest the presence of God outward. How? First of all through the renewing of our minds (Rom.12:2). When we renew our minds by digging into the Word of God, we gain knowledge on the function of the Spirit. The Word of God is like the instruction manual you get when you buy a new cell phone for example. You might be able to use the device but without studying the instruction manual, but you will never fully enjoy all the hidden functions of the device until you have studied the instruction manual. The Bible reveals to us what the Holy Spirit will do in us, for us, and through us.
Living daily in the consciousness of the Holy Spirit’s function will bring forth life. The life which I speak of here is not just the ordinary life which every human being experiences. It’s not a life of ups and downs. It’s the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Gal.5:23 say: ‘against such there is no law.’ You can call it an unfair advantage, because the knowledge of Christ allows us to live above and beyond reproach. However, it is our responsibility to preach this message to the world.
Am I telling you that a Christian shouldn’t get sick? Metaphorically; Yes! This does mean that we wouldn’t experience the symptoms of sickness, aches and pains – for surely you will experience it. What it means is that we have a choice to call it ours or not. What I’m telling you is what many Christians suffer with – the enemy within. A Christian’s words can either work for them or against them. Have you ever heared people saying that: ‘I got the flue…’ See how the use and construction of these words work against you. Why did you catch the flue? God has given us the Name of Jesus and the ability within us to refuse those things we don’t want! When you feel the symptoms of flu coming your way, simply make a declaration and say: ‘In the Name of Jesus, I have divine life in me! I cannot and will not except sickness in my body!’ Then what is left if you still feel the symptoms? FAITH! Do the opposite of what your body tells you. Stick to the Word, for you are born of an incorruptible seed.
Mark 16:17-18 tells us: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 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.” Our lives should be a witness unto the world. We don’t need to have the gift of healing to heal people; or the gift of speaking in tongues, or discernment to do what it speaks of – we need to believe! Now, there is gifts of healing, speaking in tongues, discernment, prophesy, etc (which I will share more light on in Vol.5), which is for the greater works; but Mark 16:17-18 speak of the general ability which every born again Christian have been born with. These abilities which comes through the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit helps us bare witness of Christ Jesus unto the world. However, we are to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover; not on ourselves, because according to the Word of God, those who are born again have been quickened by the Spirit of God – therefore we are healed in our bodies.
Some people have what we call the Thomas faith – they have to see to believe; therefore, these signs shall follow us who do believe so that those who don’t believe might believe. Every Christian has been charged with the mandate of Evangelism (Matt.28:19); and therefore we also have been given the tools to effective evangelism – these signs… The mandate of evangelism is different to the gift of evangelism (I will be speaking more on the lines of gifts in the 5th segment of this series).
One of the most effective ways to evangelism and witnessing Jesus unto the lost is through healing. Now it’s important to know that as a Christian, you are not ordinary, but peculiar! You have something in you which the world needs – The Holy Spirit! We live in a modern world with a fast polluting lifestyle, which causes many people to be ill. World stats shows that more than 1 billion people have some sort of sickness they living with. Imagine you have prayed for someone who has cancer or even aids; and on their next check-up at the doctor do they find out the cancer or aids is no longer there… The first thing which they will remember is that prayer you have done. Now it’s very important that when you pray for people to give glory to Jesus and also pray in the Name of Jesus. This will plant the seed that when they discover they’ve been healed; even they remember you praying for them, they will know that it was Jesus Who healed them.
What more, imagine someone has a physical pain in their body and you pray for them and the pain leaves their body. It’s the same with people who are demon possessed: demons in many cases brings sickness to the bodies of men, women and children. While you are ministering Jesus unto people, laying hands and healing the sick; even those who are demon possessed will be softened to seek change. At such a time, the Holy Spirit will give you discernment to identify those who are demon possessed; and at their willingness, you gained the legal right to cast out demons and heal even their souls through ministering salvation unto them (I will speak more on this line in our next segment: Spiritual Warfare).
In closing: All this is possible first through believing and secondly through preparation in prayer. These signs (mentioned in Mark 16:17-18) will follow us when we believe. The question is, do you believe? If you answered yes, then these sign will follow you. Every believer has received the ability through the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit to express the inner working of God outwardly for effective witnessing. Your prayer in preparation to be used by God is the willingness and readiness of saying: ‘Send me, I’ll go!’ God wants to send you into your workplace or school, to your family and friends, the shopping center and streets, your sphere of contacts, to other countries, etc… with these signs to be effective for Him. God has given you His Spirit for this purpose, to be quickened and to also quicken others through the manifestation of His Spirit. God hasn’t given you a spirit of fear, but that of a sound mind!
Roman 8:11; “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
Are you ready? Then GO!