Revelation 3:8 (ESV) – I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
- Several of the key themes so far this year have been: Spiritual Ambition and Open Doors
- One of the “Open Doors” I shared with you last week was regarding the call to the Ministry of Healing and the call on TCC to be a “House of Healing”.
In this coming year, and coming decade, I believe that one of the definitive things God wants to do is for us to step into seeing thousands of healings and miracles.
- This word has been spoken to our church over and over
- There is a coming move of God in our city and nation and healing will be a big part of it
- Some would fall into the trap of thinking it will “just happen” but we are not just going to “waltz” into this…
Hebrews 6:12 (ESV) – 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
- Healing is a promise
- We will inherit this promise through faith
- We will inherit this promise through patience
1] It’s Biblical
- Matthew 10:7-8 (NIV) – 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
- Mark 16:17-18 (ESV) – 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 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.
2] It’s part of the nature of God
- Exodus 15:26b (ESV) – …for I am the Lord, your healer.”
- Jehovah Rapha – the Lord your healer
- Matthew 9:35 (ESV) – 35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction
- Acts 10:38 (ESV) – 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
3] It’s a manifestation of the love of God
- John 3:16 (ESV) – 16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- Romans 8:32 (ESV) – 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
- Matthew 14:14 (ESV) – 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
4] It’s part of the ‘finished work’ of Jesus
- John 19:30 (ESV) – 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
- 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) – 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
- This is based off Isaiah 53:3
- Some would argue that this is only spiritual healing
- Matthew 8:14-17 (ESV) – 14 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. 16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
5] It points people to faith in Jesus Christ
- We live in a culture where people are hungry for the supernatural and hungry for God
- Mark 16:15-17 (ESV) – 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe:
- Romans 15:19 (NKJV) – 19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
- Signs and wonders – are signs that make people wonder and point them to Jesus
- Acts 8:4 (ESV) – 4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to the city[a] of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. 6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was much joy in that city.