MGHM Healing Brief, 6/08


Healing by Command

Apparently it never occurred to Jesus that a “prayer huddle” might be necessary to get sick people healed. On the contrary, His way was to command healing, with words such as “Stretch forth your hand,” or “Rise, take up your mat and walk.”

True enough, from time to time He prepared for healing by casting out evil spirits, forgiving sins, or applying His own spittle to a blind man’s eyes.

But He never pleaded with God to heal anybody. Typically, He just issued a healing command, “and it was so.”
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"Be made clean"

In Scripture after Scripture, Jesus heals the sick simply by ordering the intended result: 

To an unclean spirit: “Hush up and come out of him,” after which the oppressed man was healed (Mark 1:25; see also Mark 5:8 and 9:25).

To a leper: “I am willing: be made clean” (Mark 1:41b).

To a paralytic: “. . . son, your sins are forgiven you” (Mark 2:5b), and then, “. . . Rise, take up your mat and walk” (Mark 2:9b).

To a man with a withered hand: “Stretch forth your hand. . .” (Mark 3:5b).

To a woman with an issue of blood: “Daughter, your faith in Me has restored you to health. Go in peace [shalom, wholeness] and be continually healed” (Mark 5:34).

To a dead child: “Little girl, I say to you, arise [from the sleep of death]” (Mark 5:41).

To a deaf man’s ears: “. . . be opened!” after which “his tongue was loosed and he began to speak distinctly” (Mark 7:34).


                                    
We have the same authority

The Good News I want to share with you today is that as followers of Jesus we have the same authority! Matthew 17:20 doesn’t tell us to plead with God for what we need, but to speak the intended result with confidence:

“. . . For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to yonder place and it will move: and nothing will be impossible to you.”
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Command the healing to come

The same assurance is given us in Luke 10:19, Luke 17:6, and Matthew 21:21. So when you’re preparing for your own healing or someone else’s, you can certainly spend prayer-time to get “centered” in the power of God for what needs to be done.

But then, command the healing to come. Command the demon causing the sickness or torment to leave. Start issuing commands for healing and deliverance and watch the power of God at work!
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                                                                                        --Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every way--spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healed--through medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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