The Lord Jesus Christ went throughout Galilee, and throughout every town and village; He taught in their synagogues, He preached the gospel of the kingdom, He healed the sick, and He cast out demons. He gathered His twelve disciples, gave them authority over every sickness and all unclean spirits and sent them to preach the kingdom, heal the sick, and cat out demons. He then called seventy more disciples, sent them to every town and village He would visit, told them to heal the sick, an they cast out demons as well. After His resurrection He appeared to at least 120 disciples and commanded them to make more disciples, in every nation, to baptize them, and to teach them to observe all that He had commanded them. They did so, and the new believers repented, were baptized in water, and they received the Holy Spirit. They preached the kingdom, healed the sick, and cast out demons. This is the normal Christian life. When we speak the gospel of Peace with boldness, integrity and we do it with the authority given to us we can cast out demons in Jesus name and we can also heal the sick. The gifts of the Spirit are for building up the saints and for equipping them for service. The spiritual gifts can be taught and are supposed to be taught the the other saints so that they are equipped to share the gospel. The only time anyone denies this is when the gifts get supernatural. Consider these gifts of the Spirit as drawn from 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; Romans 12; 1 Peter 4; and Isaiah 11:2.
Has your pastor ever said, “Church, we ned to serve more,” or “Church, let’s be more generous.” Has anyone ever told you that you should encourage people more, or be more cheerful. What about help and administrative tasks? These are gifts of the Spirit. How can you improve or attain a gift if you only get one? How can Paul impart a gift to the Romans (Romans 1:11). Why should you pray for the “greater gifts” if you can only have one? The Church has been deceived. Not only can you attain all of the spiritual gifts, you are supposed to. How else will you “grow into the fullness of Christ?” We are each given a gift that we are supposed to use to equip the other saints for service. We have been teaching other saints to heal, to cast out demons, and to prophesy. This young boy healed a sick woman and cast out a demon while his friends laughed at him.
When he was finished, they were not laughing anymore. They witnessed the power of God work through him because he decided, after hearing the Word, that he would be obedient. He decided to stand on the promises of God. We often create theology around our experiences instead of trusting the promises of God. Is our experience the truth or is the Word of God the truth?
This video is of a woman in Western Zambia that was blind from birth in her left eye. The eye had never been opened. When she pulled her eyelids apart there was nothing but a white ball inside. We preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people, taught them about the Holy Spirit and the authority found in the name of Jesus Christ and they prayed for her. Over a period of 45 minutes and about 15 separate prayers, commanding her eye to open, the eye grew inside the socket, the eyelids opened, and she received her site. One of the men praying for her was delivered from a demon, as was she. When we reviewed the video to upload we discovered that you can audibly hear the demon leave. As we prayed for her and asked the Holy Spirit to come and fill her you can very clearly hear a voice (it sounds like three voices in one) say, “Ahhh, Jesus.” (at 9:46)
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” – Mk 16:17–18.
Jesus was not kidding around when He said this. Does your life leave a trail of deliverance and healing? If it does not then we are happy to disciple you and show you how. Jesus did not stand on a stage and say, “Here is a person called the Holy Spirit, now go out and heal people.” He called people, showed them how to heal, then asked them to heal people, then sent them to teach others. It is all so that we can share His truth and then He can confirm His truth. He bore our sin AND our sickness (Isaiah 53, Psalm 103:3). This is for everyone. Jesus does not want intellectual converts, He wants people to know who He is and to now Him in a very personal way. He wants everyone to receive healing, and He wants to do it through our hands. He wants you to experience His power when you are obedient to Him. This is how you love your neighbor; you set them free in Jesus name.
This is her eye before:
Her eye after Jesus healed her:
Think on this: The local church is not an evangelism tool. The local church, as found in the book of Acts, is the environment in which believers are built up, equipped for service, and launched into service. The lost are found and the lost are saved when we become obedient and we go to them and meet them in their need. Jesus did to say, “bring people to church, have the pastor baptize them, and then place them in a discipleship class.” What about during the rest of the week? Jesus said to go and make disciples (first step), then you baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is an illustration: Repentance – turning away from sin and toward the Father. Water Baptism – dying with Christ and rising with Christ – Baptism was done into Christ Jesus. Spiritual Baptism – This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Lay hands on the new believers and pray with them to receive the Holy Spirit. Lastly, Jesus said for us to teach them to observe all that He has commanded us; obedience (For another post). Now go to your Bible and find the sinners prayer. Found it yet? That’s right, it is not there. In every case Jesus and every disciple preached repentance and water baptism, then the reception of the Holy Spirit (the free gift from God). When did we move away from this? I promise you, that when you begin to follow what Jesus says instead of finding various ways to explain away your responsibility in the kingdom, you will see the glory of God. You will see the power of Christ move in your life. You will see miracles, freedom, and salvations. You will bear fruit.