Reflections on Healing
He healed them…
When Jesus ascended to heaven and left the disciples with instructions to go to Jerusalem and to sit and wait to be clothed with power from on high, one has to wonder what they expected the fulfillment of that to look like. Surely, in their wildest dreams it would not have looked like a group of men and women stumbling out of an upper room half drunk after having visibly seen tongues of fire manifesting over their heads and having been powerfully shaken by a wind that seemingly originated from out of nowhere.
This singular experience would have served to drive home numerous statements that were made by and about Jesus:
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” John 14:12
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” John 16:7-8
These statements, and many others, would have been given incredible context in light of what they had just experienced. Surely the teachings of Jesus came alive all over again to these men and women imbued with the power of the Spirit.
“And they were all healed.”
And this is evident by a small statement in Acts 5:16, “And they were all healed.” The disciples did not even blink an eye when it came to continuing the healing ministry of Jesus. Jesus was the healing presence of God within creation, and now the disciples would be the presence of Jesus within creation. They did not stumble in the least when it came to the expectation of healing. And neither did the early church. Story after story in the early church fathers recount the same the type of healing seen in the life of Jesus and the apostles.
No one in the early church age that had notable influence cared for the recognition that healing would bring. All shunned it.
Recently, I was challenged through a prophetic word to pursue physical healing as a significant part of what this ministry does. I have begun exploring what that would look like. One of the first principles I have come across is that in the early church age miraculous healing was expected to flow from anyone close to Christ, however, that person rarely wanted the attention healing brought. The healing was seen as being worked by God through the person. That person was merely a conduit, there were nothing special. No one in the early church age that had notable influence cared for the recognition that healing would bring. All shunned it. The first principle of the ministry of healing is the complete lack of desire to receive acclaim for the gift of healing.
The Coming Months
As the Fall rolls around the schedule gets busier and busier. In the next few months I will potentially be traveling to Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta, Vermont, Ontario and more. Here are a few coming events to keep in prayer:
August 31-September 2
Fundy Camp - “Holy Spirit Weekend”
Baxter’s Habour, Nova Scotia
John Thomas @ Summerside Community Church
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Yarrow MB Church – Sunday Morning and Evening
Yarrow, British Columbia
New Destiny Church – “Art of Hearing God”
Hamilton Christian Fellowship – “Art of Hearing God”
There are more events lined up to keep in prayer, some will not be posted for good reasons. Please continue to pray for this ministry, that God would grant us favour and open doors to continue spreading the Gospel of Christ to the nations. We appreciate all of your prayers, gifts, and support. As we are blessed by your ongoing support, we are confident the Lord will return favour and blessing upon you and your family.
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