5.3 Application

Group Interaction: The Gifts of Healing

In the following selection from The Healing Presence, Leanne Payne underscores the
Presence of God and the Power of God for healing. The Holy Spirit in our midst is the agent
of God’s healing; it is our privilege to be participants and vessels of that divine action. As
Payne further emphasizes, healing is God’s work of restoring our brokenness at every level.
Thus, the need for physical healing is sometimes an expression of inner brokenness, and it is
also fair to say that physical illness or infirmity may also produce inner brokenness.
The power to heal and to be healed is available because God Himself is in our midst. His
Presence and His power are mysteriously one, and we who live and move and have our being in God are called to preach, teach, and heal in that spiritual power and authority.
Oswald Chambers expresses it this way: “‘Ye shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost’—not
power as a gift from the Holy Ghost; the power is the Holy Ghost, not something which He
imparts.”

We become ministers of God’s healing love and power, therefore, as we learn to invoke the
mighty Presence of our Lord, and as we learn to become the vessels through which He
ministers in our midst. He can then begin to love the world through us, for we have made
ourselves available to Him. His “divine energy,” moving through us who believe (most often
when we are the least aware of it), brings life where before unbelief and death have been at
work. “To this end I labor,” said St. Paul, “struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully
works in me” (Col.1:29). To know the spiritual power that St. Paul speaks of is to know the
Presence of God among and within us, bringing us into relationship with Himself and that
which is other than the self-in-isolation.

Jesus Is Our Model Jesus, “full of the Holy Spirit,” collaborating with “the power of the
Lord,” is always our model: “And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick”
(Luke 5:17b). “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the
Spirit . . .” (Luke 4:1). Luke, the beloved physician, wrote about Jesus “giving instructions
through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen” (Acts 1:2). We preach, teach, and
heal the way Jesus did, the way He taught us to.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching
the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the
crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like
sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the
workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his
harvest field.” He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out
evil spirits and to cure every kind of disease and sickness. (Matthew 9:35–10:1)
The gifts of healings, part of God’s “energy” entrusted to God’s people, are a ministry of the
Spirit’s Presence in our midst, and are never, as someone has aptly said, the precocious
effort of some individual. When Jesus died in our place on the Cross, He not only freed us
from the dark spiritual powers in our fallen world, but made it possible for us to take our
place in Him, our risen Lord, and to become channels of His power and authority.
Healing Has to Do with Mended Relationships Christ empowered and commanded His followers to heal because He knew that all men, in their exterior relationships and within themselves, are broken and separated. In order to
gain wholeness and the opportunity to mature as persons, we must acknowledge and
deeply repent of the separations in our lives. The primary separation is between the self and
God, out of which issue the separations between the self and other selves, the self and
nature, and the self and one’s “deep heart.” The healing of this latter separation brings into
harmony the intellect and the heart—that is, the cognitive and intuitive capacities and ways
of knowing, and these “two minds” are thereby enabled to balance and complete each
other. The will, the emotions, the intuitive and imaginative faculties are cleansed and. receive the very life of God. With this healing, the self is freed to come into the Presence of
the Unseen Real—the Presence of God Himself—where we “become partakers of the divine
nature” (2 Peter 1:4). It is in this way that we become persons. True personality is rooted in
relationship: first of all in God, the Uncreated, then with everything He has created.
Although not all our relationships with other people can be healed in this life, we can forgive
and release everyone who is unable to love or accept us, or unable to relate to us in a
manner pleasing to God. We can, by the grace of God, forgive those who have so deeply
wounded us. As we forgive them, we find that not only do our own wounds begin to heal,
but our experience becomes the source of healing knowledge and power for others (Payne
1989, 35-37).

Reflection Questions:
-Based on Payne’s presentation of the Presence and the Power of God in healing, why is it
important to emphasize the Presence of God in times where healing, or other gifts, are in
operation?
-Describe some ways where physical healing, inner healing, sin, and forgiving others could
interact.

In the following selections from The Spiritual Gifts Handbook, Randy Clark and Mary Healy
offer a concise definition of the gift of Healing, quote key Bible passages where Jesus
commands and empowers his disciples to heal the sick. The authors then bear witness to
healings where they were directly involved.
The gift of healing is God’s supernatural action to bring a sick person to physical, emotional
or spiritual health. Paul literally speaks of this gift in the plural, “gifts of healings”
(1 Corinthians 12:9), since there are many different kinds of healing. Healing is not
something we can do in our own strength or ability. It is done by God’s power, which comes
as a gift through our faith and prayer. When we pray for people, laying hands on them, and
nothing happens, we see what we can do. On the other hand, when the person is healed,
we see what God’s energy can so powerfully do through us (see Colossians 1:29).
Jesus put special emphasis on healing in His missionary instructions to His disciples—and
there is no indication that He has changed those instructions since then!
He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. (Luke 9:2)
And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing
everywhere. (Luke 9:6)

The Lord appointed seventy-two….And he said to them, “…Whenever you enter a town and
they receive you…heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to
you.’” (Luke 10:1–2, 8–9) and who was seated in a place that prohibited her from seeing the team, suddenly
began to put her hand on her ear and indicate to her mother that her ear had opened up
and she was hearing.

A few seconds later, another team member gave a word of knowledge for the other ear.
Instantly, the girl began to place her hand over her other ear, once again motioning to her
mother that her ear had opened up and she could hear. When we realized something had
happened and a commotion was beginning where she was seated, we went to her and
found out her story from the mother. Her father was there as well. He was in shock. He told
us her story without emotion, matter-of-factly. By the time he and his daughter made it
through the crowd to the stage, however, his shock was over and he was an emotional mess
as he tried to tell the audience what had happened to his daughter, who had been born deaf
and had never heard a sound before (Clark and Healy 2018, 160-163).

 

Reflection Questions:
What is the difference between healing as “proof of the Gospel” and healing as “embodiment of
the Gospel?”
Review the healing stories, above. Which spiritual gifts are manifested in these stories?

Exercise: THS Students already practice praying for each other, including for healing.
This is a regular part of THS chapel services and is a regular practiced in some of our
training churches.
Now, in groups, discuss the material on healing and any related questions.
Look up biblical answers for any questions or points of discussion and share them with each
other.

Share requests for healing of any kind with the group.
Pray for each other.

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