XXV. God is a wonderful brain surgeon
by Bill Hunt
Jesus is the carpenter who uses tools to fashion and polish beautiful furniture. Did you ever see the tool try to claim credit for the carpenter's creation? Man speaks the word, but God performs the healing.
The primary ingredient of healing is the sweet anointing presence of the Holy Spirit. He glides in on the Word and worship to proclaim the healing Jesus to receiving believers. In my experience, a humble church body with living faith and expressive love will experience more of the healing ministries than a church body bound in religious disbelief or lukewarm apathy.
Jesus commanded healing.
V7 “As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:7-8 NIV).
Healing is so much God's work that we must listen for the invitation of God or the invitation of man. Yes, God responds when the humble, themselves, ask for help. The minister of healing must keep his ear attuned to both God and man through the compassionate love of Jesus. Often, the more impossible the situation, the more likely God will act.
The shepherd must be willing to protect the flock. If you minister in healing or the gifts of the Spirit, you may discover men become jealous. The Holy Spirit may pour forth a wondrous revival of the healing gifts on a church, only to have jealous members, even leaders, completely squelch the move of the Spirit.
The healing Jesus works through his disciples.
V12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father” (John 14:12-13 NIV).
Healing picked up momentum when Mary, my wife, and other church members attended a healing conference presented by Charles and Francis Hunter. Over the years, we experienced the marvelous ministries of several evangelists, but in this case, an entire group from the church in Central Florida attended the conference and came back beautifully primed to pray for healing.
I volunteered to remain home and take care of our six lovely children. I knew Mary would enjoy the breakaway experience, and we were already accustomed to working together in ministry. We worked together when the team returned to minister in the church that Sunday morning.
As team members prayed over other people, we prayed for a suffering woman whom the doctor initially diagnosed as having a brain tumor possibly ready for surgery.
As Agnes Sanford called the anointing, "the healing light" flowed in an amazing, direct, powerful beam through my hand held above the woman's head as she lay on the church's blue carpet. The doctor found nothing when she returned for her next visit.
It's not always necessary to touch a person when God's healing power is flowing. If fact, I prefer not to, so people can see that Jesus is the one who is healing. Otherwise, it is important to touch people very lightly so you don't appear to use human force. Let God's power be God's power, not man's.
Surprisingly, the woman was additionally healed of arm, leg, and hip difficulties. Her legs readjusted through further prayer to their correct position. In a restaurant that evening, she discovered her tail bone was no longer upsetting her seating, as it was normally uncomfortable.
Mary also approached an elderly man with a foot problem. She told him to take off his shoe. On his big toe was a hard round growth. Mary touched her index finger to the marble-sized growth.
"As I prayed over the growth, it went down like a balloon popping, and it was no more," she said.
"I was astonished to feel it go."
(True story #25 in the series “100 Million Miracles.”)
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How precious and true these lines are, "Did you ever see the tool try to claim credit for the carpenter's creation? Man speaks the word, but God performs the healing."
May God continue to bless you my friend, as He continues to use you as His vessel of healing. Oh, how wondrous His mercy is thank you for sharing these miracles with us so that we may be reminded that our Healer lives . . . Amen!