The Apostle Paul told us about the diversity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as it pertains to the healing of the body when he said that:
“to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,”
I Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
The Holy Spirit gives out gifts as He deems fit to each member of the body of Christ, to use individually in ministering healing to the sick. The gifts of healings are meant to be used for the destruction of every works of the devil. And we do know that sicknesses and diseases are the manifestation of satanic oppression.
Jesus Christ became the Word of God manifested in the flesh (John 1:14), so that the gifts of healings can be made available to us in His name. Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. He baptizes in the Holy Spirit and power for the destruction of all sicknesses and diseases. All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit had been made accessible to every believer in His Name. He was manifested for that very purpose, to destroy all the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Every gifts of the Holy Spirit are yours:
“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”
Ephesians 4:7-8 NKJV
Christ is the Giver of all spiritual gifts. But the gifts of healings are more needed today in the body of Christ than ever before. The victorious Church can only have all of her members walking in the joy of the Holy Spirit, because of the gifts of healings working within her in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Jesus said it clearer and louder enough for us all to understand, that we had already been made victorious in His name. And by exercising your faith in the victory, sicknesses and diseases will bow in His name:
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:17-18 NKJV
These are the signs that can be used always in identifying the true followers of Jesus Christ. These were the very words of Jesus Himself. These were not the words of a Preacher. They are the very words of Jesus in your Bible.
And if these signs are not following your testimony of Jesus, then you are not a believer in Christ Jesus. I did not say so. Jesus Himself said so in those same words: “And these signs will follow those who believe”.
If you’re not a follower of Jesus Christ, then you are probably a follower of the religious correctness of the world. And there is something very wrong with the world and their understanding about Jesus. They love to put the teachings of Christ about healing into their own religiously correct thinking box. If it does not fit in with the teachings of a denomination or certain religious groups, the world will reject biblical healing.
It has in fact gotten to a stage when an atheist will teach them the Bible about healing, and they will choose to believe the words of an atheist from their Seminaries, more than the words of Jesus. A man can have a PhD in Divinity, but still teach the Bible as a history book. He really does not believe in what he is teaching. Most Universities has become so full of Professors these days, who do not believe in what they are professing.
And we are living in a world where people are dying daily. They don’t need the teachings and doctrines of these unbelievers about healing to save them. They need Jesus, the Healer to heal them.
But Jesus can’t heal them without His followers going out on their own, to do as He said in the above scripture texts. God is looking for the ordinary believers in the name of Jesus, who will step out of these comfort zones of the world and begin to do, what He had commanded them to do in accordance with Mark 16: 15-18.
That’s why the gifts of healings are needed now in the life of every follower of Jesus Christ. You are the one who had been sent by Jesus Christ to heal your world of coronavirus. Jesus is more interested in using you for His glory than anyone else.
And the gifts of healings are what will make the believers in Christ Jesus, to stand out in the crowd of naysayers and doubters. The naysayers and doubters will tell you that healing does not and cannot come by putting your faith in God’s word. They have become too comfortable with the system of the world, to the extent that they have become the frozen chosen ones in their callings. God’s word has been rendered without power to heal the sick through them, because of their lack of faith in it. They do believe in medical science more than, they do believe in God’s word to heal the sick.
Yet they are the ones that are recognized today and called by the world, as their “Priests or Clergies”. Yes, there are those who call themselves “priests”, but who do not even belief in the Scriptures at all. They don’t practice what the Bible says. They practice whatever their world wants them to do. The power of God to save, heal and deliver among them is absent. Oftentimes they are atheists, who are disguised to deceive as “priests or clergies”.
The gifts of healings is right there with you. Everywhere you see a true believer in Christ Jesus, God’s power is available to heal the sick and to deliver the captives. You don’t need a special calling to pray for the sick. The gifts of healings will flow through your life for as long as you are ready, to go out and start doing what Jesus said in the scriptures above.
So stop looking for someone to pray for you. Stir up the gifts of healings in your life, by laying hands on yourself to be healed first. Put your faith in God’s word to work for you. And as soon as you get healed, step out by faith and start doing the same thing for others around you to get healed. That’s how you can activate your faith to begin to work, as Jesus said it will in Mark 16: 15-18.
The problem with the body of Christ today is that many have bought into the lies and deceptions of the devil, that they can’t lay hands on the sick and see them recover. The devil is using his lies to make them think that, they will be making a fool of themselves, if they will start doing what Jesus said they should be doing.
That’s for example the mentality of a woman with a child who was once sick. She had sought the help of the doctor initially, before even taking into consideration the words of Jesus, that every believer in His name can pray for the sick to be healed. And as this revelation light came to her, she decided to lay her hands on her child.
A miracle that had been waiting to happen took place before her eyes, while waiting for endless hours to see a medical doctor. She was so full of joy to the extent that others who had seen her prayed for her child, began to ask her to pray for them. She ended up recognizing and identifying the gifts of healings in her life, as testimonies of healings began to come.
Do you know that you can pray for your family, and see miracles taking place daily under your own roof, as the gifts of healings begins to flow through you? If the individual members of the body of Christ are not stirring up the gifts within them, then the gifts will manifest nothing to heal the sick and set the captives free.
That’s why people are still dying daily due to coronavirus, because the body of Christ is not standing up boldly, and in the fire of the Holy Spirit to stop this nonsense.
The working of the gifts of healings
All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are meant for miracles, signs and wonders. And every manifestation of healing miracles comes through the gifts of healings, as they work in synchrony with the other gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are more effective in their works together by complimenting one another.
Just as your legs, eyes and hands can work together in synchrony; the gifts of the Holy Spirit works together also in bringing spiritual truth into your real world.
For example the gifts of the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom were common in working together, to heal the sick during the ministry of Jesus on the earth (Mark 7:31-37).
And we often saw the gifts of faith and prophecy working together also with the gifts of healings, especially as the word of God was being preached and taught by Jesus (see Luke 6:17-19).
There is nothing that can stop the flow of the gifts of healings, whenever faith in it is being exercised. And faith comes by hearing God’s word as it is being preached.
It’s hard to understand why people are expecting God to heal them, without first listening to hear the message about healing. They don’t have faith for healing, but they are expecting God’s word to heal them. It’s important to be a careful listener to the word of God, because you don’t ever know when your own breakthrough will come.
And if the word is not quickening your body to be healed, you are not ready yet to be healed (Romans 8:11). God’s word will quicken your physical body by the Spirit who lives in you, to start doing what you could not do before. So keep on listening to that message of healing, until you will come to know for sure, that your spirit man has been engulfed with it.
You will remember that Jesus often said things like:
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”
John 16:23 NKJV
Why was He using phrases like “most assuredly, I say to you” or “verily verily, I say to you”? He was not using these phrases for fun or to make Himself sound religiously correct.
No, He was driving home a point that is very important for us as His followers. He was making statements like these, so that we don’t get ourselves ensnared in the trap of the devil’s unbelief system.
A careful student of the scriptures will be paying special attention, to the things that were said by Jesus with those phrases. The effectiveness of your faith to see miracles, signs and wonders is greatly connected to the way, that you are paying particular attention to those sayings of Jesus in the Scriptures.
Jesus was telling us with the emphasis on those phrases, to become careful listeners to the voice of the Holy Spirit in the word of God.
And to be precise all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit comes through His baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13). Every endowment of the Holy Spirit into our lives are manifested, as we yield ourselves to Him through His gifts in our lives.
The Holy Spirit manifests Himself to us through the workings of these gifts in our lives – both individually and collectively. They work together in unison with one another, so as to compliment one another in carrying out the eternal purposes of God.
Why the “gifts of healings”?
It’s important to note here that only the “gifts of healings” is listed in the plural form, out of all the other gifts of the Holy Spirit that Paul did mentioned to us. Some other Bible translations do call it the “gift of healing”. But the original Greek translation suggests to us that Paul actually meant – “the gifts of healings”.
This means that every child of God is gifted and called of God to heal the sick (Mark 16:16-18), in accordance with the individual gifts that has been given to us by the Holy Spirit.
Some Christians do have the special gift to heal certain diseases. Others may be able to manifest the gifts of healings to heal multiple of diseases. But it’s the same Holy Spirit who gives the gifts as He deems fit, for each believer in Christ Jesus.
This basically means that every child of God who is filled in the Holy Spirit, has the primary responsibility to stir up the gifts in their individual lives, so as to be able to utilize them for their own maximum benefits. You can only grow up as you flow into recognizing your spiritual gifts by faith and by exercising them. If you had been given a gift and you are not using it for your own benefit, then you will have yourself to blame for it, because:
“A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.”
Proverbs 18:16 NKJV
It’s important for us to note here that Paul went ahead, to reiterate his point about the operation of ‘the gifts of healings” by explaining that:
“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?”
I Corinthians 12:28-30 NKJV
He here was putting the operation of the “gifts of healings” in the same office, as that of the five fold ministries, helps and other functions within the body of Christ.
And if Jesus said that every believer in His name will heal the sick, the Apostle Paul is clearly pointing out here that you are an important part of the body of Christ. You are as important as all the other members of Christ’s body, as long as you are yielding yourself to flow with the gifts in your life to bless the body of Christ.
In other words without “the gifts of healings” in operation through you, within the local body of Christ, the church is practically dead. Your local Church needs you more than ever before. You are a significant part of that body, as you continue to commit yourself to the healing of the sick.
The Apostle Paul went ahead to ask these amazing questions:
“Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret (tongues)?”
Of course it is not every believer in Christ that does all of these. But every believer in the body of Christ do have a duty to discover or find out the gifts in their individual lives. You can’t call yourself the member of a church, if you’re not using your spiritual gifts to be a blessing to the local church, that you are a part of (see Ephesians 4:7-16).
You are the body of Christ. You do have a significant role to play within Christ’s body. You have a duty to find out your role and begin to play it. Don’t just be sitting on the pews doing nothing.
You will notice that these three questions about the gifts in the life of a believer in Christ, points directly to how the gifts of healings can be activated. The ability to stir up the gifts by speaking in tongues, will produce an understanding of the mind of the Spirit in your life for the interpretation of tongues. And when you begin to understand the mind of the Spirit, and you begin to do those things that the Spirit of God is showing you, then healing will manifest as you are doing those things.
People are dying daily of coronavirus. And Jesus said that you can lay your hands on the sick, and see them recover. That’s a role to play within your local Church. Why not begin to do it today? Go and look for neighbors who do need healing and pray for them. Share your personal testimonies of healing, as you go in encouraging them to have faith for healing.
The spiritual gifts are important for the body of Christ, just as you are important also. Use them to excel in your calling – giving glory to Jesus.
Each gift can only manifest to the extent of which your faith is being applied towards it. You can’t manifest what you do not have faith for. Just as you can’t stir up a gift, if the seed of faith for it has not been planted in your heart by the Holy Spirit.
The medical doctor (as an example) who is filled by the Spirit, but who does not pray regularly in the spirit, is not stirring up the gifts in his or her life. The gifts of healings is there to be used in making godly and wise diagnoses for treating the patients, but it’s not being tapped into. Some are aware of the gifts in their lives, but they are just being complacent in using them.
We will all have to give an account before God, about what we are doing with the gifts that Jesus had given to us (see Matthew 25:14-30). And no matter how you may be looking at it, the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life are without repentance (see Romans 11:29).
This means that God will never take the gifts of the Holy Spirit away from you, just because you are not using them. He is waiting on you to wake up to the reality of His gifts in your life, so as to use them in changing your world.
The gifts of healings in the life of Luke
God is the Creator of the human body. He alone knows best how to fix any problem with it, which had been created out of human self negligence or the afflictions of the devil.
A lot of misdiagnoses has been taking place by medical doctors, because of their over reliance on the sciences of the physical body. Whereas most of the underlying issues in relation to sicknesses and diseases are primarily spiritual.
In most cases whenever the underlying spiritual issues are being addressed, the symptoms of the sicknesses and diseases disappears. People are healed when medical doctors take a spiritual approach, in tackling spiritual problems in their patients.
It will take a medical doctor who is gifted by the Holy Spirit, to be able to discern the types of sicknesses and diseases which do have spiritual underlying problems. There is no need to be looking for fire where there is no smoke. A good Christian doctor will address the spiritual concern first, before looking at the medical science behind it.
God uses medical practitioners to heal the sick, even though some of their approaches may be different, from that of the Preachers of the word of God.
The problem with many Christians in the medical profession is that, they are not spending enough time to be praying in the spirit about their patients. Instead they have developed the tendency of relying more upon their knowledge in the field of medical science. Whereas by stirring up the spiritual gifts in them they can be able to discern, the most effective spiritual approach in confronting the sicknesses in their patients.
The gifts of healings as mentioned above by the Apostle Paul is so vast, huge, diverse and unlimited. Paul must had been able to discern some of these “gifts of healings” in his own personal physician (Doctor Luke), who traveled with him during all of his missionary trips, even to the end of his life.
Most of the wisdom in Paul’s writings about how we are to take care of the body, must had come out of his personal observations from the medical advices, that he had received from Doctor Luke himself (see 2 Timothy 4:11; 1 Timothy 5:23; Acts 28:30-31).
The compilation of the accounts of the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles were from this medical doctor (Luke), who wrote them. And his writings were inspired by the Holy Spirit’s working through him from a Physician’s point of view.
Definitely Luke was not just an observer who was traveling with Paul. He must had been an active participant with Paul in laying hands on the sick also. He had not only seen many miracles. He must had performed some of them also.
He had compiled his notes from various sources in witnessing to Theophilus, a top Roman official at Rome. And his testimonies about Jesus and the miracle works of the early disciples, are what we call today the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
The gifts of healings works with words also
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are so vast. The more we see the devil evolving with new afflictions in sicknesses and diseases, the vaster in scope we are getting of the solutions, which the “gifts of healings” can give to us in counteracting them.
Praying in the spirit helps us to be able to tap into each gift of the Holy Spirit. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit are wrapped up, in the ability of the believer to be praying in other tongues. You can’t give birth to something that you are not sowing the seeds of prayer into.
You are able to know what the Lord wants to do in healing the sick, as you are praying in this manner. You are also able to know what the devil is doing, as you pray more and more in other tongues. People are different and God has a plan for healing each one of them differently. Get to know the perfect will of God in all situations. So that you don’t end up chasing a wild goose.
The interesting thing is that God has created each human being uniquely. We are all different from one another. That’s why it takes only God who has created us uniquely, to be able to address our individual physical needs for the body.
“The Holy Spirit is the one who gives life, that which is of the natural realm is of no help. The words I speak to you are Spirit and life. But there are still some of you who won’t believe.”
John 6:63 TPT
And the Apostle Paul affirmed it when he wrote to the Romans that:
“And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.”
Romans 8:11 AMPC
Healing and life are impacted by the Holy Spirit through the manifestation of the gifts of healings. The Holy Spirit knows how best to make the words of Jesus, to come alive in your mortal body for physical healing and life.
God’s word will heal you. His word will heal the sick that you are going to lay your hands upon to be healed. The gifts of healings in your life are waiting for you to stir it up. What are you waiting for? The world needs you now more than ever before.
So step into your supernatural world today. You can begin by laying hands on yourself and your loved ones for healing. The gifts will manifest whenever your faith is activated. Thank you for healing the world that is so sick and needs you.