Healing is for all

by Trai Davenport on June 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Healing

Have you ever wondered why more people are not healed when Jesus clearly said that healing would be one of the signs to follow believers?

Mark 16:18 They (believers) shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

There are really only a few reasons why more people are not healed.

The first reason is that not many today will act on the Word and lay hands on the sick.  They don’t believe there is anything in them to give out, or they are embarrassed to do it. (I’ve been there. )  The Bible says in James that the “doer of the word” shall be blessed in his deed.  We’ve been given instructions from Jesus that clearly worked for the early Apostles, yet many in the Church today have strayed from that.  He expects us to be doers of His Words to us.  That’s our part, and if we won’t do our part then He can’t do His part.  Laying on of hands does not seem to be a part of the doctrine of the “modern church”.  Yet Paul said that it is one of the principle doctrines of Christ  (Hebrews 6:1-2).  If the Church has moved away from this principle doctrine, then no wonder why we see less people healed.

The second reason is people are not praying in faith. Let me give you a clue, “Lord, please heal them if it’s your will.“, is not the prayer of faith. James said that the prayer of faith is one that does not waver. It’s a confident prayer, knowing that the Lord has heard you, and if He has heard you then you know you have your request.  (James 1:6 &  I John 5:14-15)

James 5:14-15  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  And the prayer of faith shall [it will] save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

These two reasons above mainly apply to the elders (Pastors, Preachers, etc.) in the Church, but that’s not where all the fault is to be placed.

The individual who is sick also has a part to play.  They can negate the laying on of hands and the prayer of faith of the most seasoned Church elder.

Someone might say, “Well, don’t tell me that.  If God wants to heal you then He’s going to heal you.”  First, there’s never a question of God’s intention to heal every believer.  He settled that question at the Cross when He took stripes for every believers healing (I Peter 2:24).  Second, that statement “holds no water” when compared to Jesus’ own experience in His home town of Nazareth.  Because of their unbelief, the Bible says, “He [Jesus] could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.”  (Matthew 13:58 & Mark 6:5)

Notice that it says He couldn’t.  He could not!  It doesn’t say he wouldn’t, or that He wasn’t willing to heal them.  That was His intention for going there, but their unbelief hindered the will of God.  Their unbelief stemmed from their familiarity of Him.  A few verses previous to their inability to receive healing, we hear them saying this after Jesus stood up to preach, “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.”  They were offended at His word, His Fathers words, that He was anointed to bring healing to them.

You see, we still have a lot of Nazareth churches alive and well in our world today.  They are so familiar with who they think Jesus is, and what He is capable of, that they render the power of God of none effect.  As they were then, they are now also offended at the Word.  His Word then was I am anointed.  His Word now is I have anointed you, and too many men and women are offended at that Word – at Jesus’ Word that He has anointed men to lay hands on the sick and that they will recover.

If you have a “Nazareth” preacher, get out of that Church and get into one that preaches the truth.  Get into a Church that holds fast to these principle doctrines of Christ, such as the laying on of hands.  You will find that your faith will flourish and signs will follow when you act on Jesus’ words to you.

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