• Jack Selcher

Five Kinds of Healing

At a church growth workshop in 1986, Dr. Kent Anderson described churches that grew from zero to 2,000 in two years. They emphasized praise, teaching, and the mutual ministry of members to one another. People are converted, baptized with the Holy Spirit, healed, or bear witness to healings in every service.

I believe Christians receive the Holy Spirit in His fullness when they receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. I also believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and in healing.

Acts 9:32–35 describes a man Peter healed who had been paralyzed for eight years. As a result, all who lived at Lydda and Sharon turned to the Lord. Dr. Anderson described five types of healing in their order of importance. I’ve experienced them all.

God heals relationships. They should be affirming, building, happy, and exalting. God wants to restore your relationships that are less than that ideal.

God heals memories. Others have injured you. You’ve injured others. These memories can make you limp through life. You need the Lord’s healing hand to finish your race— free from their crippling domination.

God heals emotional distress. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world have experienced increased fear, anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. You need the Lord’s healing hand to cope. Cast your cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

God heals physical problems. Peter raised Tabitha from the dead in Joppa. As a result, many believed in the Lord (9:42). Dr. Anderson listed physical healing as fourth in importance. That’s because destructive relationships, unhealed memories, and emotional distress cause as much as 80% of physical problems.

God heals destructive habits. If you can’t overcome them by will-power, you need to tap God’s healing power.

God sometimes sends visions to lead people in His ways. In Acts 10, God gave a vision to a gentile named Cornelius. He told him to send men to Joppa to call for Simon Peter. Meanwhile, God used another vision to prepare Peter for these visitors. These visions prepared Jewish Christians to accept gentile Christians as their equals.

God heals sick churches. Imagine your church packed out every worship service. Members are busy during the week ministering to the hurting, leading people to Christ, and helping new converts grow in Christ. The sweet smell of agape love perfumes the air. God’s power can make that vision a reality.

God reveals His power when you praise Him. People close to you pay attention to what you praise. You can influence them to use your brand of toothpaste through praising it. When you praise God in others’ presence, they’re more likely to worship Him. You’re God’s walking, talking commercial. Make it the very best you can!

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