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The Gift of Healing: How it Works in the Modern Age

If you walk into many Christian churches and ask about suffering, sickness, and healing, it is likely that you’ll be told that suffering is part of God’s divine plan of redemption. You might even be told that suffering comes from God. Now, we know that God is all good. God is good and good is from God. Therefore, it stands to reason that God doesn’t give us sickness and suffering. He wants to give us the gift of healing because He only wants what is best for us.

Christ healing the blind man, by Andrei N. Mironov (2009).

When Jesus was on Earth, he spent much of his time in ministry healing the body and souls of those around him. There are several instances in scriptures where we see this. In John 4:43–54, Jesus healed an official’s son in Galilee. He drove spirits out of a man in Luke 4:31–36. In Matthew 8:14, He healed Peter’s mother-in-law. In Mark 1:40–45, He healed a man with leprosy. These are only a few of the dozens of healing miracles Jesus performed.

When Jesus called His disciples to continue His ministry, He, through the Holy Spirit, gave His followers the power to heal. Take, for example, Peter. In Acts 3:1–11, Peter healed a beggar who was unable to walk. In Acts 8:5–7, Philip healed several sick believers. Paul also healed the sick on several occasions.

As Charismatics, we believe wholeheartedly that the gift of healing still remains, 2000 years later. Through the Holy Spirit, Christ still gives some the power to heal in His name. This can, of course, still happen through one who is given the gift. Believers have also been known to come together and storm Heaven with prayers over a loved one, resulting in their healing.

While in biblical times, we saw true miracles and instantaneous full healing of those with physical, mental, and spiritual disabilities and health issues, what does the gift of healing look like today?

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Category: Fall 2019, Spirit

About the Author: Adam Durnham is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a BA in English and Minor in Psychology. He currently works as a freelance writer for the mental health and wellness sector. As a Christian, Adam has an extreme focus on God's Healing hand and His interaction with the world at large. He currently does missionary work with addicts in Detroit, Michigan.

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