A Summer of Healing
This summer, I’ve been ministering a new series at my church entitled, A Summer of Healing. We’ve been walking through the 19 healings Jesus performed that were written about in the four gospels. Our purpose is to learn the principles that govern the process of healing—and receiving anything in faith from God—and apply them in our own lives.
We’ve been through five accounts up until this point. Some stories show us multiple principles about receiving from God, so each week we have focused in on just a few of the main points we can learn.
1. The leper | Matthew 8:1–4, Mark 1:40–45, and Luke 5:12–16
This was one of the first accounts of Jesus healing someone, and it contains one of the most important truths: it is the will of God for you to be well. Letting that truth become a personal reality for you is vital because it is the foundation upon which your faith is built.
2. Peter’s mother-in-law | Matthew 8:14–15, Mark 1:29–31, and Luke 4:38–39
Jesus rebuked the fever harming the body of Peter’s mother-in-law. Faith has to be in more than your heart; it also has to be in your mouth. We speak faith to our bodies, the unseen realm, and natural creation around us.
3. The paralytic man let down through the roof | Matthew 9:2–8, Mark 2:1–12, and Luke 5:17–26
There is always a path, and there is always a way to the Lord. For this paralytic man, his four friends helped him persevere by lowering him down through the roof of a crowded house so Jesus could pray for him. It is an example to us that we must be persistent in pursuing the promise of God.
4. The nobleman’s son| John 4:46–53
We see the nobleman had to receive Jesus’ word to Him and go his way even though he didn’t see any evidence of healing taking place. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to believers but it is predicated on whether or not we have to see something in order to believe. When we believe without seeing, we release the supernatural power of God in our lives.
5. The man with the withered hand | Matthew 12:10–14, Mark 3:1–6, and Luke 6:6–11
This man had to act in faith when Jesus told him to stretch out his withered hand. His testimony shows us the importance of corresponding action. Any time you receive a provision of God by faith, it is not only your believing but also your doing (or corresponding action) that brings your faith alive.