Gifts of Healing

Bro. Michael Jacob

"To another the gifts of healing by the same spirit"(I Cor12:9)

From the short statement by Paul, it is implied that it is a multiple gift; in other words, it consists of a number of gifts. These several gifts of healing are not intended to be divided up among a number of persons. The scripture does not say "To one is given gifts of Healing the deaf; to another the dumb; to another the blind" No. The healing gifts are designed to function through one individual and the success of exercising these gifts depends on the minister of God who should be in prayer and fasting before exercising these gifts.

Are the gifts of healing intended to heal anybody, anytime? The scriptures contradict such a view. Because of this misunderstanding, believers are sometimes disheartened. In Christ's own city of Nazareth, it is said: "And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them" (Mark 6:5)

Christ did no mighty work because there were certain conditions for Healing. Gifts of Healing require the cooperation and faith of the sick person. They should accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour before praying for Healing. Those who minister the gifts of healing should have the authority in Christ's Name which comes by intense prayer and fasting.

"And many lepers were in Israel at the time of Eliesus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian" Luke 4:27 These words clearly implies that the gifts of healing are not for indiscriminate healing, but that there are important conditions to be met first. All sickness can be healed, but not all sick people can be healed. There were many sick people around the pool of Bethesda but Jesus healed only one, the 38 year old impotent man. Also understand the gifts of Healing will only be manifest for the Glory of God.





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