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Have you ever heard a story about a modern-day miraculous healing? Maybe a doctor said there was no hope for recovery, and then, with no medical explanation, the sick person recovers in a way that their abilities go far beyond what the doctor ever imagined. Maybe you know someone who was diagnosed with a fatal illness and managed to beat it.
Most of us have either heard one of these stories or have had personal involvement with these moments. Did the thought ever cross your mind that someone with the spiritual gift of healing could have been involved?
Sometimes, it’s hard for us to wrap our heads around the fact that miracles still happen today. There is a lot of debate around these moments. Some may argue that a healing miracle is simply science that hasn’t been discovered yet. Maybe they’re right. But we think there is room to believe in science and the miracle of healing.
And the gift of healing is not contained to physical health.
Here is how we define the gift of healing:
Healing is the gift of conducting God’s healing powers into the lives of God’s people.
Physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological healing are all ways that healers manifest this gift. Healers are prayerful, and they help people understand that healing is in the hands of God. Often their task is to bring about such understanding more than it is to simply erase negative symptoms. Some of the most powerful healers display some of the most heartbreaking afflictions themselves.
Emotional and spiritual healing is as critical in our day as physical healing. Those who can speak healing words and care for the social and emotional needs of the community of faith build strong congregations. Healing ministries tend to be growth ministries, especially when the vision extends beyond the local church. Healing takes many forms – internal healing is vitally important for church health, while external healing is a critical ministry to the world.
Of course, we have Jesus as a great example of a healer, but Peter also had the ability to heal. In Acts 3:1-10, Peter and John are walking outside a temple and come across a lame beggar asking for money. Peter says, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” (Acts 3:6 NRSV). And the man not only stands up to walk but begins running and dancing into the temple. The people in the community begin to recognize him as the beggar they see every day outside of the temple, and they are awestruck!
This biblical story is eerily similar to a modern-day story I heard just last week. My friend’s brother had a terrible fall and was in the hospital with severe brain damage. The doctor had gotten to the point of stating, “There is nothing we can do, I suggest we take him off the respirator.” My friend’s mother immediately responded, “Absolutely not. We will take the time as a family to pray about this decision before moving forward.”
The family hunkered down to pray together, and within 24 hours, the brain-dead brother was sitting up and talking. They moved him into rehabilitation 2 days ago. The doctor came back to the family and said, “I will never again underestimate prayer.”
He was awestruck.
I would venture to guess that there is someone with the spiritual gift of healing in that family.
Healing in scripture:
“One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting near by (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.” – Luke 5:17 (NRSV)
“And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.” – Luke 6:19 (NRSV)
“and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” – Luke 9:2 (NRSV)
“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” – Acts 3:1-10 (NRSV)
These are just a few ways you can serve at Trietsch with the gift of healing:
- Nursery Hugger and Rocker
- Addiction Recovery Team
- Cancer Support Team
- Divorce Recovery Team
- Grief Recovery Team
- Home-bound Visitation
- Stephen Minister
If you have questions about spiritual gifts, where you can serve, or how your gift can be used outside of Trietsch, email Denise Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.