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Healing and Deliverance – Jesus’ Way – The Simple Way

In the early sixties I became involved in the ministry of healing. It started surprisingly with my youngest brother suffering a severe third degree burn to his hand. He was just a toddler at the time and in a brief moment when our mother was ironing, he ran up to the burning hot iron and put his hand out, welding his palm to the base of the iron. His fingers fused together and the skin melted away exposing raw flesh right down to the little bones in his hand. Every day he had to attend the hospital for dressing upon dressing.  The skin of the hand had literally melted and it was envisaged that when the tissue had grown together and healed sufficiently,  extensive skin grafts would have to be done, to enable him to have some movement and use of the hand. It was whilst our parents went back and forth to the hospital that we met a dear Christian lady from our local Catholic church who suggested we say a Novena (nine day) prayer as a family,  for the healing of my brothers hand.

We met together as a family every night for prayers, so this wasn’t unusual. What was different on these nine days was that we prayed specifically for the healing of my brothers hand. On the tenth day when our mother took him to the hospital for a change in the dressing…they found his hand completely healed as if nothing had ever happened!

From then on we started praying for the healing of many who came into contact with us, with new faith in Jesus, we saw God heal cancers… from throats and backs to more and more and more.

It was also in the mid sixties that the curate of our parish went to Canada and attended some Charismatic Renewal meetings with a then Dominican priest, Francis Macnutt.  Fr. Pat Best came back a new man and a renewed priest. His preaching now centred on Jesus and he had a new authority and power, which I found infectious.  Although it would not be until 1984 that I would receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I was awakened within to the presence and power of God and of the miraculous graces of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

In the seventies I read a number of books by Agnes Sandford, and by others, on healing , but never really made the connection until my personal Pentecost in 1984.

Since 1984, I have been privileged to pray for many and see the power of God healing and delivering lives that were bound. I have stood alongside many brothers and sisters in Christ whose Charism in healing has both been instructive and illuminating.

Today we have so many Healing and Deliverance ministries, often separated from one another and often in competition with each other. Too much of what comes under the banner of Healing and Deliverance is from teachings of men and women who have made a business out of these gifts from the needs of hurting people. Too many programmes and formulas have been poured out into the Church over the past forty years that I believe we have lost the purity and simplicity of the gospel.

I am saddened that many in the Church have made it so difficult for wounded people in need of healing and deliverance to simply be set free. I see nowhere in the gospels Jesus telling his disciples to go and get trained up for this. He does not suggest that the twelve or the seventy two go on a six week training programme,  before embarking on healing the sick or casting out evil spirits.  He does not say you need to go on a course or get a certificate before healing people or delivering them from the bondage of the enemy, he does not say only priests or pastors or bishops or special people may only exercise these gifts.  His word clearly says that “These signs shall follow them that believe In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16. 17-18)

I am saddened too by those in need having to skip the light fantastic to get a hearing. I have come across healing and deliverance ministries which want to know the most intimate details of the persons illness or condition, with numerous forms that have to be  filled in before any ministry will take place.  The form wants not only names but where they’ve been, who with, how old, how young, did they do this or did they do that, where they did it.. here or there, did they dabble in this or play with that… have they been in a Buddhist temple or a Muslims mosque or a Hindu shrine ..even one asked about Lourdes in southern France,…were they sexually or physically abused, how many times.. by whom… with whom… and so these forms go on and on!  Some of these ministries even refuse to pray with the person if the forms are not filled in sufficiently. They say they need details so that they can minister fully and that they cannot pray for healing or deliverance without this information.

Hello?

I fear we have somehow missed the simplicity of the grace given to us. Once we are filled with the Holy Spirit we are empowered to go out and do as Jesus did. Heal the sick, cleanse lepers, raise the dead and cast out evil spirits.  Why this doesn’t happen is a complex mixture of historical human reasoning and our failure to walk in obedience.

Maybe it’s time we got back to basics, with a view to seeing healing and deliverance as the early Church did, part of the  Great Commission and witness of the risen Lord. The way Jesus healed and delivered, (the way the early Church also followed for the first centuries) is quite different from much that goes on in the Church today.  I would like to emphasise that the Holy Spirit has not changed the way He empowers us, twenty-first century Christians.

Let me know your thoughts.  I would be interested to hear if you have been healed?  Where, when, how and of what? Also if you are involved in healing (deliverance included) I would be pleased to hear from you and of your experiences.

Michael Daly CJ

Living loved

June 2010

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June 25, 2010 - Posted by | Thoughts

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  1. Good morning,Mike, I’ve just read your blog on healing and deliverance and it has made me think. When we were in Uganda Dave had very high expectations of all of us (as did Robert) but a number were full of foreboding and some almost to the point of rebelling. Yet after mornings of Praise and Worship the Holy Spirit changed us all, the team was encouraged and the expectation was ‘just do it.’ Then we were all amazed at the power invested in us. Training? Very little. Obedience? A great deal. Success? More than we had hoped for. Colin

    Comment by Colin Brooks | July 1, 2010 | Reply


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