Secrets of Healing Ministry
Believers often ask me to impart a healing anointing to them. While this is possible, I believe that what a believer receives through the laying on of hands is highly dependent upon his or her spiritual formation. To be the kind of vessel Jesus can use takes formation of godly character, integrity of motive, faith in Christ as well as a deep love for God and people in need.
Western culture has a long history of unbelief and skepticism about healing.
There is something else necessary, too. While many believers have sufficient Christ-like character and faith to have a significant healing flow, flawed thinking often prevents this. The anti-supernatural bias of early Protestantism as well as the anti- supernatural tenets of the philosophies of rationalism and humanism are woven throughout our belief systems and are responsible for this flawed thinking. In other words, western culture has a long history of unbelief and skepticism about healing.
The anti-supernatural bias of western culture extends as far as North America, Europe, to many of those nations that were formerly part of the British Empire and sadly to many cultures we have touched. The relative lack of healing in these affected nations also reinforces cultural doubts about healing. The Church living in those nations, has consistently demonstrated that it struggles with healing much more than the Church living in Asian, African, or even South American cultures. The extent of the effect of culture upon us personally is difficult to discern until revelation begins to penetrate our hearts and minds. It is as though we are too close to the trees to see the forest.
Overcoming the Western Mindset
Overcoming the effects of western culture has to be a priority for believers. Believers must have proper formation, and there is a biblical way to accomplish this. God said this to Joshua:
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8 NASV)
And the Psalmist declares this about the power of meditation: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:2-3 NASV).
I believe that if we meditate on healing as it is revealed in the New Testament, we will experience success and prosperity in healing. Why? Meditating on scripture allows the Holy Spirit to renew our attitudes, feelings and thinking about healing. It forms the mind of Christ within us allowing us to think about healing in exactly the way Christ would think and feel.
For over two years I meditated on scriptures about healing desiring to break the power of my western mind set. Christ became my daily teacher as I meditated upon Him healing the crippled and blind in the New Testament. A new formation preceded new impartation. As I meditated on the scriptures, I received a new understanding, and a new impartation of power followed which moved my ministry from a place of seeing sporadic, unpredictable healings to a more reliable ministry of healing. I went from occasionally hitting the lottery in healing to seeing the Lord heal a majority of people.
Center On Jesus Christ
Any plan that would equip believers with Christ-like power in healing would have to include meditation on Christ- centered truths. For instance, the apostle Paul tells us about the nature of Christ in God’s plan for us. He writes: “But to those who are the called, ...Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God...But by His (the Father’s) doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1: 24, 30 NASV)
Focusing on Jesus Christ will always lead directly to the River of God.
This means that Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. Our Father has made Christ to be righteousness, sanctification and redemption to us. Christ-like power comes by focusing upon Christ Himself, because the River flows from Father through Christ who is the power of God and the wisdom of God. Focusing on Jesus Christ will always lead directly to the River of God.
Father has made Christ preeminent, and He is building the Church as a Holy Temple on the cornerstone of Christ. Christ is the Master and we are His disciples. Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Lord over His Kingdom. Christ is the Bridegroom that will marry the Church at the end of the age. Christ is Head and we are His body. He is the vine and we are His branches. Christ is the Great Shepherd and we are His flock. Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Christ is resurrection and life. If we believe Christ as Savior, Healer and Deliverer, we will be saved, healed and delivered. Our Father has put all Christ’s enemies under His feet. The proclamation of the Gospel is about Christ, His cross and resurrection, and believers being conformed into Christ’s image. Believers dare not lose their first love, Christ Himself. Meditating on these Christ-centered truths produces the formation which precedes impartation.
Christ Perfectly Reveals The Father
The more time I devoted to meditation on Jesus Christ Himself, the greater results I had in healing. The Amplified Version says this:
“No man has seen God at any time; the only unique Son, the only-begotten God, Who is in the bosom (that is, in the intimate presence) of the Father, He has declared Him - He has revealed Him, brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him, and He has made Him known” (John 1:18)
When we are sure that Father always wants to heal everyone, we can pray with faith like Christ for the sick and injured.
Christ alone reveals Father perfectly because every one of Jesus’ attitudes, actions and words reveals the perfect will of Father. Christ often describes Himself as doing Father’s work and the works He did declared that Father had sent Him. Jesus said that He did nothing on His own initiative. He only did what He saw His Father doing, not seeking His own will but the will of His Father. Therefore, Jesus is the representation of the Father’s nature and to see Him means that we have seen our Heavenly Father.
We can only know the Father’s will for healing by meditating upon Christ Himself. Therefore, we discover by reading the gospels that Jesus healed everyone who came to Him. When we are sure that Father always wants to heal everyone, we can pray with faith like Christ for the sick and injured. We find the healing River of God by understanding the will of Father perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ.
Understanding Calvary’s Finished Work
The third area that is highly significant to consistent power to heal the sick and injured is meditation on the work of Christ at the cross. Matthew, one of the twelve apostles, and an eyewitness to Christ’s ministry writes this: “And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill in order that what was spoken though Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘He Himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases.'" (Matthew 8:16-17 NASV)
Being cross-centered will lead us to where the River’s current is the strongest.
Here Matthew points us to Isaiah 53. He states that Christ’s ministry to the multitude fulfils this prophetic passage. Since this Old Testament messianic passage describes what Christ would accomplish at His cross, it is significant to understanding healing ministry. Even though the final price of redemption had not yet been paid, Father showed grace and mercy in healing all who believed in Christ as if the price had already been paid. He looked forward in time to the cross showing grace and mercy to those who came to Christ in need. The Holy Spirit worked through Christ because of the coming work of the cross.
I believe that being cross-centered will lead us to where the River’s current is the strongest. As we patiently meditate upon the power of the cross, discussed in the writings of Paul and Peter, it will create greater success in healing. Christ- centered truth will penetrate our consciousness and become part of our inward nature and allow us to abide in the River of God’s presence from which flows everything we need, including healing.