Did you know that God wants to use you to heal the sick?
Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He spoke these words to His disciples:
“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 NKJV)
Jesus didn’t say that these signs would follow apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. He said that these signs would follow those who believe. If you are a believer, then that includes you.
We don’t have time here, to look at each one of these signs Jesus listed. For now, we are just going to focus on the last one. He said that believers would lay their hands upon the sick, and they would recover. He clearly wanted us to do exactly what He had been doing in His ministry!
Earlier Jesus told His disciples:
“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 will he do, because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV)
When we heal the sick, we are acting just like Jesus. He had great compassion for the sick and afflicted, and He spent half of His ministry setting them free.
Notice that in our opening text, Jesus said that His name was the key to performing all of these signs. If you understand the authority that is behind that name, then you can lay your hands upon the sick and the sickness and disease will obey your voice and go. You can heal the sick!
The disciples of Jesus had already grasped this concept. Jesus sent them out with this commission:
“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8 NKJV)
He didn’t tell them to pray that God would heal the sick, He told them to do it. The key they used was the authority of the name of Jesus!
Jesus not only sent out the twelve apostles to heal the sick, He also sent out seventy other disciples to do the same thing. When they returned, they exclaimed in excitement:
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (Luke 10:17 NKJV)
The more they used His name, the greater the results they received. People were not only healed, but demons came out of people through the use of that name. This was also one of the signs Jesus said would follow those who believe.
Many times while ministering to the sick, I have been led to cast out an evil spirit that was oppressing the person’s body. Jesus cast out spirits of deafness, blindness, and various other infirmities. This has also been my practice. I have often seen people receive healing when I have ministered to them this way.
If you carefully study the healing ministry of Jesus, you will notice that He did not pray for the sick. Instead, He would simply command the affliction to go and the person was healed. This is a straightforward way to minister healing to the sick. As you grow in this area, the Holy Spirit will show you how to minister to the sick in other ways. Sometimes we tell people to do something to put their faith into action, such as move the limb that was causing them pain.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit is another key to healing the sick. The Apostle Peter pointed out:
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38 NKJV)
As you minister to the sick, you will also notice the anointing of the Holy Spirit and power growing in your life. Feeling the anointing is not essential. You minister to people by faith, not by feelings. By ministering to the sick, you are actually setting people free from the oppression of the devil. This is how you do the works of Jesus!
If you want to minister to the sick, then look for opportunities and lay your hands upon them by faith. Command the problem to go in Jesus’ mighty name. Once you have done your part, the rest is in God’s hands. He is the One who performs the actual miracle. Sometimes it happens instantly, other times it happens later. In each case, the moment you speak the word of authority, believe it is done, and God will do the rest!
You are anointed to heal the sick, dear saint!
P.S. Thank you for your prayers during my two-week trip to Cuba. I felt a great love for all the people I met there.
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]