Week 1 - Has Healing Been Promised To All?
Has Healing Been Promised To All?
Week 1 The Healing Bread – Ps Tony Cameneti
The Healing Bread
What is sickness?
A: Sickness is a physical malfunction of one’s body.
What is divine healing?
A: It is the healing or recovery from sickness.
Is sickness and disease a problem in today’s society?
A: About half of all Australians have a chronic disease, and around 20% have at least two, according to new data released online today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The term chronic disease applies to a group of diseases that tend to be long lasting and have persistent effects.
What are the leading diseases in Australia? (AIHW)
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Mental disorders
- Respiratory diseases
- Musculoskeletal diseases
- Chronic kidney disease
- Oral diseases
Are there misunderstandings about divine healing?
Some of the misunderstandings:
- God only heals who He chooses to heal
- God uses sickness to teach us things
- Sickness is a way to suffer for the glory of God
- Why we get sick
- Is healing always instant or immediate?
- Implications that not being healed is not being in faith
Has Healing Been Promised To All?
Matt 15:22-28 “And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.’ But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she cries out after us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.’ And she said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (NKJV)
Matt 15:26 “But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” (NKJV)
Who are the children today?
A: The Church has become His children
(Bread was a PRIMARY food in that culture)
Does the Bible promise healing to all?
- No honest person takes what doesn’t belong to him
- If we take something that isn’t ours, we are thieves
But, if something is offered to us and it is there for the taking
- We have a right, and permission to take it
- It gives us the confidence to take it
The First Step to Receiving Healing is Knowing that it is God Will to Heal You
The book of Job has been used as an authority, giving us permission to suffer and be sick. Let’s look at some of the verses that aren’t normally quoted. Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible. It is believed to have been written around the time between Genesis 11 and 12.
Job 33:21-22 “His flesh wastes away from sight, and his bones stick out which once were not seen. Yes; his soul draws near the Pit, and his life to the executioners.” (NKJV)
This describes the terrible situation Job is in.
Job 33:23 “If there is a messenger for him, a mediator, one among a thousand, to show man His uprightness” (NKJV)
This describes someone crying out for a mediator; someone to go between God and man; someone to solve the sin problem – so man can know that he is righteous.
Job 33:24 “Then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom’” (NKJV)
The first thing that happens when we have a mediator is that we are rescued from hell – ‘the pit’ (Jesus solved / cured the sin problem).
Job 33:25 “His flesh shall be young like a child’s, he shall return to the days of his youth.” (NKJV)
The next thing that happens is: his flesh is restored. This is physical healing.
We learn from this that, even though some have used the book of Job as an authority to be sick, the book of Job also prophecies that Jesus is coming to redeem us.
Job 19:25 “For I know that my Redeemer lives and He shall stand at last on the earth” (NKJV)
Job Knew All His Problems Could Be Solved With a Mediator
- Job was guilty – sin consciousness does that
- Job was sick – the devil put sickness on him
NOTE: He knew a mediator could solve both problems
How amazing to find a reference in Job that healing is connected to redemption.
God Has Always Desired to Remove Sickness
Ex 23:25-26 “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.” (NKJV)
Psa. 103:2-3 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases” (NKJV)
Let us also consider the Names of God:
- Jehovah-shammah – The Lord ever present
- Jehovah-jireh – The Lord our provider
- Jehovah-nissi – The Lord our banner
- Jehovah-shalom – The Lord our peace
- Jehovah-raah – The Lord my shepherd
- Jehovah-tsidkenu – The Lord our righteousness
- Jehovah-rapha – The Lord that heals
Let us confess: He is Jehovah-rapha the Lord our Healer
James 1:17 “With [Him] is no variableness” (He does not change even slightly)
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ [God] the same yesterday, and today, and forever”
Is. 53:4-5 “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But Hewas wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (NKJV)
Dr T.J. McCrossan
A Hebrew Scholar who translates the Hebrew words in this Scripture:
griefs – kholee (from challah – to be weak, sick or afflicted) as sicknesses
sorrows – makob as pains
Deut 7:15 “The Lord will take away from thee all sickness [kholee]”
Job 33:19 “He is chastened also with pain [makob]”
Jer 51:8 “Take balm for her pain [makob]”
Isa 53:4 should read “Surely he [Christ] hath borne our sicknesses, and carried our pains.”
Every unprejudiced Hebrew scholar must admit that this is the correct translation.
Bodily Healing and the Atonement
Dr. T. J. McCrossan
The Same Way Christ Took Our Sin He Also Took Our Sickness
Is. 53:4 “Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, and our pains – he hath carried them … “(YNG)
Those who have proclaimed healing in the atonement the loudest have
sometimes burdened the sick ones with more guilt about being sick. In their
zeal to defend what they perceive to be an important Bible truth, they have
offered no comfort to those who, for whatever reason, are not healed. This
of course, is not helpful. But neither is maintaining an incorrect view of the
scriptures in order to justify our experience. So often God’s sovereignty is
offered as the answer, when we don’t experience the things promised by the
word. “God is sovereign over His sovereignty” someone said.
Before he (God) pledged his word he was free to do as it pleased him; but
after he has made a promise, his truth and honour bind him to do as he has
said. To him, indeed, this is no limiting of his liberty; for the promise is always
the declaration of his sovereign will and good pleasure, and it is ever his
delight to act according to his word …
3 John 2 “Dear friend, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” (NET)
Week 2 - The New Work
The New Work
Week 2 The Healing Bread – Ps Tony Cameneti
Testimony: 5 months ago a prayer request was turned in for a woman that was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Praise God, she’s had 2 blood tests and 4 body scans and they’ve all come back CLEAR!!!!!
The first step to receiving healing is knowing that it is God’s will to heal you.
Matt. 15:24-27 “But He answered and said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.’ And she said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.’”
This lady had a few elements that blended together for the good of her daughter
- She was desperate
- She wasn’t schooled under Jewish law
- She was insistent
- Jesus complimented her and told her she had great faith
Old Testament: The Old Work
Deut 28:15 “But if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you” (NLT)
The promise is based on a condition – IF you do not keep ALL the commands, curses will come on you. One of the curses is sickness and disease.
James 2:10 “If you obey every law except one, you are still guilty of breaking them all.” (CEV)
If we become confused between covenants, we think it is our lack of performance that brings sickness and disease. Or, looking at it from the other side – we put faith in our good behaviour to keep us whole.
Deut 28:1-2 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world; you will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God”
This is a conditional promise also because it has ‘IF’ in it – ‘IF you keep’ comes with blessings.
Ex 23:25 “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.” (NKJV)
It is possible to be programmed into thinking healing is obtained by performance. One reason is that we all read the Bible. We see in the Bible in the Old Testament that if they kept all the commands, then they stayed well. It is possible to think our performance is what enables us to obtain our healing.
Summary – Old Testament
Sickness came because someone broke the law; sickness comes because of a lack of performance; sickness is a result of ‘OUR WORKS’. Sickness was removed or prevented when someone kept the law; sickness was removed because of performance; sickness was removed because of works.
IMPORTANT As Christians WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW
John 6:28-29 “They replied, ‘We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?’ Jesus told them, ‘this is the only work God wants from you: believe in the one he has sent.’” (NLT)
That was new for people who were under law. They were wondering what would qualify them to do the same works Jesus did. Jesus gave them the 1st thing – believe on me.
The NEW WORK – is faith – believing
What are we responsible for in the New Testament?
1 Pet. 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (NKJV)
The devil is looking to devour people, in every way possible – with sickness and deception. He was in the Old Testament and he is in the New Testament.
1 Pet 5:9 “Resist him, steadfast in the faith …” (NKJV)
Remember in the Old Testament, it was by your works. In the New Testament it is a different kind of work – it is the work of faith.
We can RECEIVE, RESIST or PREVENT the devil by using our faith.
A number of months ago we taught 3 ways to release your faith – like a hand; like a sword; like a shield.
Mark 11:24 ‘Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (NKJV)
From a legal standpoint – Jesus, in His substitutionary work, already paid the price for our healing – “By His stripes we ARE healed” (1 Pet 2:24). All we need to do is receive it. We release faith like a hand and receive.
Mark 11:23 “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.” (NKJV)
This is releasing faith like a sword – going on the offensive.
Eph 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (NKJV)
A shield is a preventative – Charles Capps
Faith is of the heart. We are stewards of our own hearts. The condition of our heart affects the effectiveness of our faith.
1 John 3:18-22 “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For, if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (NKJV)
It is good to have an old-fashioned examination – are we walking in love? in forgiveness? is there any root of bitterness we need to release?
Week 3 - Holy Spirit Leadings and Demonstrations
Holy Spirit Leadings and Demonstrations
Week 3 The Healing Bread – Ps Tony Cameneti
1. The Safe Leading
It is important that we are led by a safe leading. Jesus demonstrated the safest leading to follow.
Matt 14:14 “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” (NKJV)
Jesus was moved FOR them – not for Himself; not to impress others; not for the sake of just doing it.
Matt 20:34 “So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him” (NKJV)
Jesus’ compassion preceded His touching them. As long as compassion precedes touch, it is a safe leading.
Ambition drives – compassion leads
2. God Demonstrates His Will
Matt 9:35 “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, andhealing every sickness and every disease among the people” (NKJV)
God is obligated to demonstrate His Word. He watches over His Word to perform it (Jer 1:12).
Mark 16:20 “and they, having gone forth, did preach everywhere, the Lord working with [them], and confirming the word, through the signs following. Amen” (YNG)
It was once said, ‘Let the signs follow the Word – instead of following the signs’. (I have lived by that – it surely keeps us safe.) This means that what is preached, God confirms. What did Jesus preach that caused healings?
Mark 6:2 “When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? And what is this wisdom that has been given to him? What are these miracles that are done through his hands?” (NET)
God confirms what is taught or preached. Jesus must have explained that His hands had power flowing through them. Everywhere Jesus went God confirmed His hands had power flowing through them – by healing those He laid hands on.
3. Hear, See, Do
God leads us in a variety of ways into a variety of things:
- He leads us into truth about healing
- He also comes on us – He graces or anoints us to minister healing
- He tells us things about people
- He shows us things about people
John 5:5-9 “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.” (NKJV)
Along with the Word God gives, He also gives the power to confirm it.
John 5:17 “But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.’”
Jesus considered hearing and seeing. While He was seen to be doing the work, He said it was God working. He heard, saw, and did. He also said ‘I am also working’.
John 5:19 “Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner’” (NKJV)
Holy Spirit Leadings and Demonstrations
- Allow compassion to lead
- The Father is always working
- We need only to hear, see, and do
- Expect God to demonstrate His will
Week 4 - Our Magnificent Healing God
Our Magnificent Healing God
Week 4 The Healing Bread – Ps Patsy Cameneti
Our God is a spirit – unlike other religions, where they can touch a physical idol. But what does it mean – God is a spirit? He revealed Himself to us so we could relate to Him based upon truth and not be confused about what He is like. He named Himself in the Bible; and through these names, we can see an aspect of Himself and interact with Him correctly.
One of those names, Jehovah-Raffa, means ‘God who heals’ (Hbw)
Ex 15:26 “… I am the Lord who heals you” (NKJV)
And, it is not that God does a healing and we can catch Him doing one at some time. No. He is healer – it is who He is. It is in His deep heart of compassion – He wants us well.
Our Magnificent Healing God
There are a myriad of ways that God heals. We will look at only a few today in order to heighten our awareness of what is available to us because of this aspect of who He is.
- Command of faith
- Gifts of the Spirit
- The Word
- Prayer of faith
- Prayer requests
- Laying on of hands
- Receiving from the Glory
- The praise cure
These are available to us at any time because He is always available and He is The Healer.
1. Command of Faith
Mark 11:23 “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” (NKJV)
What Jesus is describing here is not a prayer; nor is it directed to the Father. What Jesus is describing here is a command directed to mountains. Jesus was in constant communication with the Father; but, when He dealt with sickness, He did not pray – He commanded. He commanded sickness to go; He told the devil what to do. He did not ask. He did not negotiate. He gave commands.
And this Scripture is for ‘whoever’ – not just the professionals. As believers, we have been given His authority and can utilize this authority whenever and wherever we need to.
2. Gifts of the Spirit
1 Cor 12:4, 7 “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit … But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (NKJV)
These gifts are available to each one of us – to profit everybody. And, they are not just available to us when we meet together in church but are available to us whenever and wherever we are. We need to activate them by faith.
Some of the gifts of the Spirit are particular for dispensing healing. They don’t just work singularly, but collaboratively, like the fingers of our hands.
List of gifts that show the heart of God in healing: word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits.
- Word of knowledge – God knows everything about our bodies. He knows everything that can hurt our flesh or our souls. God gives out a ‘word’ not a ‘book’ of knowledge about a particular thing so we can know something that He knows. This word of knowledge shows that He cares. Knowing He cares raises our expectancy to receive an answer.
- Faith and gifts of healings – often work together and can be demonstrative, even spectacular
2 Kings 5:1-14 – Naaman healed of leprosy
John 9:1-7 – Jesus spits on the ground, makes a clay and heals a blind man
An amazing story – Betty Baxter (youtube)
We do not have to wait for a spectacular move or a divine appearance to receive our healing. We have other methods available to us.
3. The Word
Prov 4:22 “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (NKJV)
The Word, itself IS MEDICINE.
We take God’s medicine through the eyes and through the ears.
4. Prayer of Faith
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (NKJV)
When we pray, we actually believe that we receive what we have asked for. How do we do that? We pray our prayers based upon the Word of God. We believe and receive.
5. Prayer Requests
James 5:14-16 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (NKJV)
The anointing of God always works and we are not to be put off by the passing of time. We can pray at any time and with anyone. Friends can pray for one another, in the home. There are also ‘connect cards’ at church where you can write down your requests; and prayer cloths, anointing oil.
6. Laying on of Hands
Mark 16:17-18 “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” (NKJV)
Key word = BELIEVE
Believing is the switch that turns the healing power on and connects with it. The Body of Christ (believers) has this power available. We, at Rhema Family Church, are a ‘Healing Family’. We carry healing everywhere we go.
7. Receiving from The Glory
Ps 9:3 “When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence” (NKJV)
Bondages of mind and of body are broken – just by being in the presence of God.
Let us raise our consciousness of His presence when we come together. Let us worship Him and acknowledge that He is here. We can receive His healing touch wherever we are in the room when we come with knowing He is here.
8. The Praise Cure
Acts 16:25-26 “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” (NKJV)
Praising God for the truth that the Word of God will not change; and, when we stand on that Word, our body will have to change. We praise Him for what He has already done and the praise connects us to that power.
Week 5 - He Finds Us and We Find Him
He Finds Us and We Find Him
Week 5 The Healing Bread – Ps Tony Cameneti
The Healing Bread
Matt 15:26 “But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs’” (NKJV)
Who are the children today?
A: The Church has become the children
(Bread was a PRIMARY food in that culture)
He Finds Us and We Find Him
Do we find God? Or does God find us? Which one is correct?
The answer is – both are correct. Why? Examples of both are found in the Bible. A modern example is that a) we can go and pick up food or b) we can have food delivered to us.
God in His rich mercy has made sure it can happen both ways. Not only with healing; however, the precious blood of Jesus and the horrible stripes He took obligates God to find us – just as much as when we search for Him.
God Finds Us
1. Jesus found an un-expecting mother and son
Luke 7:11-17 “Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. ‘Don’t cry!’ he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. ‘Young man,’ he said, ‘I tell you, get up.’ Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother. Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, ‘A mighty prophet has risen among us,’ and ‘God has visited his people today.’ And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding countryside” (NLT)
The dead man wasn’t expecting anything. The widowed mother was burying her son and she wasn’t expecting anything either. She didn’t call for Jesus.
Jesus saw and had compassion. He found the lady and her son. The dead man obviously couldn’t believe; and the mother was burying her son – not believing for anything.
What we learn here from Jesus – God’s heart overflows with compassion when we are in the trials or tests of life. He wanted to relieve the widow woman of her crying – that means we can expect His compassion. God delivered His miracle working power through Jesus. We can expect God to use people to minister to us and we can also expect God to use us to deliver life to other people as well.
2. Jesus found an un-expecting crippled man
John 5:2-13, 17 “Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, ‘It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.’ He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.” (NKJV)
John 5:17 “But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.’” (NKJV)
In this Scripture we see that there was a multitude of people; they were all ‘waiting’; there was a man lying there who had been sick for 38 years. 38 years is a long time to be sick. Jesus saw him and had a word of knowledge – ‘knowing he was in that condition a long time’. Jesus told him to rise, take up his bed and walk. The man was immediately made well and he took up his bed and walked. When the man was asked who was it who had healed him he did not know.
Jesus said my Father was working until now and I have been working.
We Find God
Mark 5:25-34 “Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowdand touched His garment. For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’ Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My clothes?’ But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” (NKJV)
What we learn here from this woman – The lady suffered for 12 years; the doctors could not help her; she was getting worse; someone else told her about Jesus; she probably heard that He was anointed with power; she said if ‘I can touch Him I will be made whole’; she left her house; she touched Him; He felt power go out of Him; the power went into her and she was healed; Jesus told her that it was her faith that healed her.
Faith causes power to flow into us.
God loves each of us and overflows with compassion toward us. He so desires to relieve us of pain and sickness.
Contrast: He Finds Us and We Find Him
The lady found Jesus – Jesus found the man
- The lady found Jesus by going to him – she used her faith
- Jesus found the man with a word of knowledge
- The lady found Jesus in a multitude of people by using her faith
- We seek Him out using our faith
- Jesus found the man in a multitude of people
- They seek us out in a multitude
- The lady heard and acted on behalf of self
- Jesus saw and acted on behalf of another
- The lady knew who Jesus was
- The man did not know who Jesus was
- The lady pursued Jesus
- The man laid waiting
- The lady used her faith to tap into the river of life
- Jesus brought the river of life to the man by being led to him
- The lady acted before she was healed
- The man acted after he was healed
Week 6 - They Brought
Week 6 The Healing Bread – Ps Patsy Cameneti
The Great Physician
Jesus identified Himself as a physician in Mark 2:17
“When Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance’”
Jesus was with the Father and the Holy Spirit at the time of the creation of the human body; so He is more than qualified to know how to heal it.
4 Things are Required When Dealing with Healing
1. A sick person
There is also another component that is necessary and it is exemplified in the account of the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-10 NKJV). When the wine runs out, Jesus’ mother says to the servants ‘Whatever He says to you, do it’. This requirement to ‘do it’ is a vital part of receiving a miracle. Action is required a lot of the time. To receive the miracle, obedience is required.
Just as, when a person gets a prescription for medicine from a doctor, no benefit would be derived from just receiving the prescription and putting it beside the bed; no benefit would come unless there is interaction with that prescription. It is necessary to fill the prescription and then take the medicine.
So it is when coming to the Great Physician. No-one else can do it for us. We have to take the medicine ourselves. We have to put the Scriptures in our mouths. Sometimes, the prescription comes with a directive to do something.
Examples of Obedience
a. Mark 3:1 “And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand” (NKJV)
Jesus tells the man ‘Stretch out your hand’. But, when you have a withered hand, you are not able to stretch it out – it’s withered! Jesus gives a prescription that required the man to do something he could not do. The man did not object or complain; instead ‘he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other’ (NKJV). When the man filled the prescription, when he obeyed, he accessed divine power. When he obeyed it was as if he had plugged himself into an electric current.
God does not have any shortage of healing power.
The healing power does not discriminate between people.
Healing is for ALL. EVERY one of God’s children can receive healing.
So, why is healing not always received? It is the same as why a room may be dark – no-one accessed the power and turned on the light. Faith is the switch that accesses the power of divine healing.
Faith works with obedience. The man needed to obey Jesus and stretch out his hand; he also needed to have faith that he would be able to stretch it out.
b. John 9:1 “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth” (NKJV)
John 9:6-7 “When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” (NKJV)
Jesus spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay. Then He told the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man obeyed; and when he did, he plugged into divine power and was healed.
Obedience can be to a Rhema Word from God or to His written Word. He speaks in His Word.
God’s Word is God speaking to us. There are directives in His Word. We don’t need to come to Church to hear a special Word – the Written Word IS a special Word. Jesus said that when we do what we have been reading about, we will be blessed in our doing; not just in our hearing but in our doing.
God is always helping us and when we call out to Him, according to Ps 107:20, He will send His Word and tell you what to do. He will give us a prescription.
A Word from the Lord in the Night
During the night, the Lord gave the word ‘constriction’ to me. He showed there are some digestive systems that feel like a knot inside; there are tension headaches with muscular constrictions; breathing constrictions; and blood vessel and artery constrictions. The Lord said that there were 3 culprits causing these digestive, muscular and respiratory system constrictions:
He wants us to know that He, as the Great Physician, has a prescription against these 3 culprits that are causing these constrictions. God will give us a prescription. It is not just prayer that will fix it; He will give us something to do.
Matt 4:24 “and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them” (NKJV)
In some Scriptures, the sick are identified by their affliction or where they came from. However, there are accounts of healings that involve, not just the sick person or Jesus, but a group of people or person called ‘they’. If these ‘they’ did not exist, these accounts would not be in the Bible.
Matt 9:32-33 “As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, ‘It was never seen like this in Israel!’” (NKJV)
This account is here because of ‘they’.
Matt 12:22 “Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.” (NKJV)
Matt 14:34-36 “When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him,they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.” (NKJV)
We are purposefully looking at the Scriptures here – not just to hear about them. They are our testimony of how the Great Physician works – by referral.
Matt 15:30 “Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.” (NKJV)
Mark 7:32-35 “Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’ Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.” (NKJV)
Mark 8:22-25 “Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, ‘I see men like trees, walking.’ Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.” (NKJV)
This amazing account would not be here if it was not for the ‘they’. ‘They brought the person with the need to Jesus.
Luke 4:40 “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.” (NKJV)
Luke 5:17-20 “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. Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how theymight 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. When He saw their faith, He said to him, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you.’”
Luke 5:24 “’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.’” (NKJV)
When Jesus saw ‘their’ faith, He healed the man.
The power of the Lord was present to heal, yet this man is the only recorded case of a healing. Electricity is a power that is available in a building but it does nothing until someone plugs into a socket.
Compassion operated through Jesus; but a wonderful compassion also operated through ‘they’. We have seen in earlier teaching through Ps Tony that we have no shortage of power to heal. However, in looking at the accounts of Jesus, it shows that He was ‘moved with compassion’. It is this compassion that connects the power to the person who needs the healing. Compassion closes the gap. Compassion makes the connection. Jesus makes the connection; but, sometimes, the connection is made by ‘they’.
John 4:28-30 “The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, ‘Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’ Then they went out of the city and came to Him.” (NKJV)
This woman is a ‘they’. She took the message that she had heard and shared it with the people that she knew. She invited them to come.
John 4:39 “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.’” (NKJV)
This account started with the woman – and her testimony of what Jesus had done in her life. Instead of just privately enjoying the blessing and hoarding what she had received, she became a ‘they’ and took that testimony to those people who needed Jesus to do the same thing in their life.
John 1:40-42 “One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, ‘You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas’” (which is translated, A Stone).” (NKJV)
Peter was brought to Jesus by someone who had come to know the life-changing power of Jesus.
However, we do not reach out and become a ‘they’ to someone just because the person is important.
John 1:45-46 “Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ And Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’” (NKJV)
The ‘they’ component is a vital part of the healing ministry of Jesus. He needs ‘theys’ – to take the salvation and healing messages that Jesus will do the same for someone else.
Week 7 - The Laying On of Hands
The Laying On Of Hands
Week 7 The Healing Bread – Ps Tony Cameneti
The Healing Bread
Matt 15:26 “But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.’” (NKJV)
Who are the children today?
A: The Church has become the children
(Bread was a PRIMARY food in that culture)
The Laying On of Hands
TESTIMONY: A Travelling Minister
The Lord spoke to me about a ministry of the laying on of hands. A minister friend said to me once about the laying on of hands, ‘I backed off from it. Even though God used me in it, some of the brethren didn’t understand it, and I didn’t want to make a doctrine out of it.’ ‘You didn’t have to,’ I said, ‘Jesus already made a doctrine out of it.’
Heb 6:1-2 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” (KJV)
It is a Doctrine in the Bible
The Bible has much to say about the doctrine of the laying on of hands. It is a doctrine. That means there is teaching about it in the Bible and there is a theme that runs through the entire Bible about it. We shouldn’t abandon it – because it is a doctrine.
The Hebrew People and the Laying On of Hands
There is an Old Testament pattern for the laying on of hands. The Hebrew people believed in it for years. They knew to expect something when it was practiced.
Ex 29:10 “Bring the young bull to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where Aaron and his sons will lay their hands on its head.” (NLT)
Lev 1:4 “Lay your hand on the animal’s head and the Lord will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him” (NLT)
Laying hands upon the animal:
- Transferred their guilt to the animal
- Was an act of faith that Hebrew people grew accustomed to
APPLICATION: Because of their familiarity with, and their faith to believe in, the laying on of hands, the Hebrew people quickly believed Jesus had power flowing through Him.
The laying on of hands has also been referred to as The Law of Contact and Transmission
The laying on of hands transmits the power of God – whatever it is for: healing, blessing, or endowments.
The Laying On Of Hands for Healing
Let us first consider Elijah and Elisha.
Points of contrast between Elijah and Elisha
- Elijah began with a miracle of judgment
- Elisha began with a miracle of mercy
- Elijah mirrored the law
- Elisha mirrored grace
2 Kings 13:21 “Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!” (NLT)
Elisha was a type of Jesus. The gracious and merciful power he walked in was still residing in his bones. Healing anointing and power flowed out of his bones.
Jesus and the Laying On Of Hands
Luke 4:40 “When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laidHis hands on every one of them and healed them.” (NKJV)
Luke 13:13 “And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God” (NKJV)
Acts 14:3 “Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands” (NKJV)
Matt 9:18 “While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.’” (NKJV)
Mark 5:28 “For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’” (NKJV)
Luke 6:19 “And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all” (NKJV)
- God ordained the laying on of hands
- The healing power of God flows through hands
- When hands are laid on my body God’s power will flow into me and make me whole