1 Corinthians 12:9 – To another is given gifts of healing
One of the most powerful verses of Scripture states, “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). Our Lord sets the standard for ministry. Jesus takes of His anointing and gives a portion to each believer.
One of the gifts of power is “healing.” Of the gifts of power, healing is the most widely distributed. The gifts of healing are for the supernatural healing of disease and infirmities without natural means of any sort. I must emphasize the entirely supernatural character of the “gifts of healing.” These gifts of healing must not be confused or mixed with medical science in any fashion. Healing through these gifts is brought about by the power of God in the name of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit who resides in believers. Please notice, Paul’s plural use of the word “gifts” as it relates to healing. One possible reason is there are so many different kinds of sickness and diseases which afflict the human race. Not all sickness is physical. Consider other needs such as emotional suffering, a wounded heart, sexual brokenness, and deliverance from all kinds of demonic inflicted bondage
The Lord still has compassion on the sick today; He still delivers from the power of the enemy. He is still healing people in the old fashioned way revealed in His Word. His way is a safe way, a painless way, and is free. It is a holy way because it is His Way. It is helpful to understand the working and purpose of these gifts of healing by considering their operation as revealed in the Scriptures. If you remove from Scripture all the references to healing, you would not have much of the Bible left.
Consider three reasons helpful in seeking God for the gifts of healing to be operating in and through our life in Christ. I suggest looking these Scriptures up and asking the Holy Spirit to give you a greater understanding of God’s will to heal.
Healing is used of the Spirit to help convince men of the Son-ship of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:36-38). Healing authorizes the Gospel message as preached by God’s servants (Act 4:29-30; 5:12; 8:6-17). Healing establishes the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 3:15-16).
Father, fill me today with the compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ for those that need Your healing power. Release gifts of healing through me to minister Your love to those needing to be touched by Your Holy Spirit.