Note: Some of the content in this lesson comes from Pastor Nancy Dufresne of Dufresne Ministries. You can visit their ministry at www.dufresneministries.org.
(John 21:25 NKJV) And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
There were innumerable healings and miracles performed by Jesus but we do not have record of them all. We do have record of 19 of them and because the Holy Spirit instructed those men to record them for us, we should take the time to study them.
In studying these healings, we can learn that if we will do what the people did, we can receive what the people got.
For this reason, we are looking at the details of each case.
Remember, pay attention to the details. Sometimes the key for you to be able to receive from Heaven is in the details.
In studying these healing miracles, we can learn how to receive healing for ourselves and learn how to minister healing to others.
This is a summary of the ministry of Jesus: He went about teaching, preaching, and healing.
(Matthew 4:23 NKJV) And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
(Matthew 9:35 NKJV) Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Preaching is a proclaiming of the Good News and is designed to draw the attention of people. Teaching brings people into knowledge and revelation of what belongs to us as believers.
We need to hear proper teaching on healing so that we can cooperate with the healing power of God.
What you hear, is going to be what you have faith to receive.
Jesus wants you to have a life of health and healing and to walk in that, you must know something and be skilled in it.
(Mark 7:31-37 AMPC) Soon after this, Jesus, coming back from the region of Tyre, passed through Sidon on to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of Decapolis [the ten cities]. (32) And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had difficulty in speaking, and they begged Jesus to place His hand upon him. (33) And taking him aside from the crowd [privately], He thrust His fingers into the man’s ears and spat and touched his tongue; (34) And looking up to heaven, He sighed as He said, Ephphatha, which means, Be opened! (35) And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak distinctly and as he should. (36) And Jesus [in His own interest] admonished and ordered them sternly and expressly to tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. (37) And they were overwhelmingly astonished, saying, He has done everything excellently (commendably and nobly)! He even makes the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak!
(Mark 7:32 AMPC) And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had difficulty in speaking, and they begged Jesus to place His hand upon him.
Again, people of compassion brough this man to Jesus and must have heard that Jesus was a Healer.
There were people around him that expected by people who wanted something for him.
It matters who you have around you especially when you need something from God.
They either saw or heard about Jesus laying hands on people. There are many ways to minister healing.
(Mark 7:33 AMPC) And taking him aside from the crowd [privately], He thrust His fingers into the man’s ears and spat and touched his tongue;
There was a large gathering of people present and Jesus took him aside from the crowd.
There are factors in the environment that can determine whether God is able to move in the lives of people.
The power of God is present everywhere and available to everyone!
(Mark 9:14-29 NKJV) And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. (15) Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. (16) And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?” (17) Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. (18) And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” (19) He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” (20) Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. (21) So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. (22) And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (23) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (24) Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (25) When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” (26) Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” (27) But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. (28) And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” (29) So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
(Mark 9:23 NLT) “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
Where healing is concerned there has never been a shortage of God’s power present to heal, but apparently based on what Jesus said, there can be a shortage of faith.
Faith being present in the environment determines if the power of God is able to flow and do what God wants to do there.
(Luke 5:17-26 NKJV) Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. (18) Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. (19) And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. (20) When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” (21) And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (22) But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? (23) Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? (24) But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” (25) Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. (26) And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”
Jesus to the man away from the crowd being faith is affected by the setting.
Have you ever tried to minister healing to someone in the hospital? It is more difficult to get someone healed in that setting because of the environment can affect someone’s faith.
Remember, in Jairus’ daughter being raised up and how Jesus had to change the atmosphere so that the faith of Jairus would not be affected.
(Mark 7:33 NKJV) And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue.
Why did Jesus minister to the man this way? Apparently, the Holy Spirit led Him to do it this way.
You do not direct Him how He wants to minister to us. Remember Naaman and how he almost did not receive his healing because it did not come in the way that he thought it should.
(Mark 7:34 NKJV) Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
Notice Jesus looked up to Heaven denoting where His attention was. He was focused on Heaven and not on the need the man had.
This speaks a lot to what the life of faith is really all about. Where is your attention.
Everywhere Jesus looked, all He was going to see was sick and lame people that needed help.
Smith Wigglesworth was called to the bedside of a woman that was at the threshold of death. He was there with six other ministers who would take turns praying for her. One would pray for comfort for her husband, another prayed for comfort for her children. Wigglesworth, in his heart was praying for them to “shut up!” When it came his turn to pray for her, he had a vision of the face of Jesus over her bed and when he prayed for her, the woman was miraculously healed and raised up. After the woman was healed, the others present with him asked him, “When we prayed, she did not get healed. Why did she get healed when you prayed?” Wigglesworth replied and said, “It was easy. You prayed looking at the dying woman. I prayed looking at Jesus!”
Where you look determines what is going to flow!
Even Jesus had to have His attention in the right place.
(John 14:10 NKJV) Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
The healing power of God worked through Jesus not because He was Jesus but rather because He knew how to believe that God would move if He would believe.
(Mark 7:34-35 AMPC) And looking up to heaven, He sighed as He said, Ephphatha, which means, Be opened! (35) And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak distinctly and as he should.
Jesus simply spoke and the man’s ears were opened. He did not cast any devils out but simply spoke!
(Mark 11:23 NKJV) For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
(35) “…and he began to speak distinctly and as he should.”
The question is never is, is it the will of God for him to be healed?
(Matthew 12:15 NKJV) But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.
(Luke 4:40 NKJV) When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.
(Luke 6:17-19 NKJV) And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, (18) as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. (19) And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
(Mark 7:36-37 AMPC) And Jesus [in His own interest] admonished and ordered them sternly and expressly to tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. (37) And they were overwhelmingly astonished, saying, He has done everything excellently (commendably and nobly)! He even makes the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak!