Another set of conversational spiritual gifts. I really thought I would be able to cover these two when I covered tongues, but the last post took up a lot of space. So I decided to break them. I’m going to repeat just a few things if you didn’t hear me say it before.
We must do what we can to have Jesus minister to us before we listen to anyone else and their understanding of scripture. Just because someone is well learned or godly does not mean we take their word for it. We must always take it to God first, regardless, even if it is a trustworthy source.
God is not bound to man’s laws or assumptions. He can do whatever He pleases. I think spiritual gifts should be looked at in this manner. Take away the bias of whether or not someone thinks spiritual gifts exist or not. We are NEVER to read scripture with a particular view ALREADY ingrained in us when we do not know scripture. That can be a problem for our own growth and understanding. When it comes to spiritual gifts, and all other things, we are to discern.
This is only done with a proper walk with Jesus Christ.
As with the other spiritual gifts, I want to go over what scripture says so that you can see what the Bible says on these topics. I’m trying my best not to add anything. This study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to encourage you to examine yourselves in Jesus. To see Him, to know Him, and to ask Him for direction in where He is leading you.
I hope it is clear by looking at scripture we need to know what God’s word says before anything else. Now the gift of healing and the gift of miracles do not have as much scripture as tongues, but there are some things I think we can gather about both of them from scripture.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 12:05-06, “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
Healing– to be cured from, to be restored or made whole, which tends to be associated with disease.
Miracle– an extraordinary event that surpasses human understanding
Since there is not a lot of scripture on what the spiritual gift of healing or miracles looks like I want to point out something all spiritual gifts will have in common.
The prayer of faith.
(NIV) James 5:15, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”
(NIV) James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
We know Jesus, who performed many miracles, always made sure He devoted His private time to the Lord. He denied His flesh and would get up very early in the morning to pray. (Mark 1:35)
When the disciples tell Jesus about a boy who had a demon and they could not help the boy, Christ tells them they not only need to pray and have faith, but fast as well. It was Jesus then who healed the boy. (Matthew 17:14-21)
The key factor in all spiritual gifts is the Holy Spirit. It is not about us. It is about how God will use us for His glory. Prayer and fasting are crucial to our walk with Jesus and our usage of spiritual gifts as well. We need to have the right mindset and not become puffed up about our talents or gifts. We need to be giving the Lord the spotlight, glory, and recognition for what He is doing.
That being said, please understand, the gift of healing or miracles DOES NOT MEAN EVERY SINGLE PERSON OR PRAYER WILL BE ANSWERED! I’ve covered this misunderstanding on the topic of if a person does not have faith is that why they are not healed. Please see this post: Do I Have My Disability/Disease/Illness Because My Faith Is Too Little?
When it comes to healing and miracles it is crucial that we discern the truth of Jesus in whoever makes these claims. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF SOMEONE IS ACTUALLY HEALING PEOPLE OR CREATING MIRACLES BECAUSE IT COULD BE A DECEPTION OF SATAN!
When people are desperate, they are vulnerable and they can be manipulated. We are told if someone is doing wonders, yet points away from Christ, that is a problem. (Deuteronomy 13:01, Matthew 24:24) It is important to understand what the views or teachings are of someone if they are performing miracles and healings. Speaking the name of Jesus does not mean that the individual is actually for Jesus.
Be quick to listen!
(NIV) 2 Thessalonians 2:09-10, “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”
I’ll say it again, prayer and fasting are crucial. Ultimately, it is up to God to decide who He heals and what miracles happen. He may absolutely use us, but He may not. Again, do not doubt the power of prayer and fasting, even if you do not have the spiritual gift of healing or miracles.
This is all about the Lord and His glory. Miracles and healing have limits, however, on this earth. Lazarus was raised from the dead but he died again. The people who were healed eventually passed away. Miracles are a blessing, but that doesn’t mean they will happen every day, that is why they are a miracle.
We cannot escape the penalty for sin, which is death, but Jesus conquered the grave, and through Christ, there is an ultimate healing beyond death.
For A Full Look On Gifts and What Has Been Covered So Far see this post (list is at bottom).
Monthly Scripture – (NIV) 2 Corinthians 2:11, “in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
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