Greetings IN the Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.
There are those that advocate that God is no longer in the healing business. Well, I know better! While I firmly believe that God works through those in the medical profession and whole-heartedly support those in it, even they have limitations. Now I am willing to admit that there have been those who have abused this gift, however, that doesn’t negate the fact that God is definitely still in the healing business. In this verse both gift and healing are plural. This indicates, “there are various gifts to heal various kinds of sicknesses and diseases (Horton, I & II Corinthians). It also seems to indicate “that the Spirit’s gifts will heal not just one item of sickness or disease but everything that is wrong. He wants to heal the whole person” (Horton). This brings me back to the whole idea of limitations. Perhaps you have seen the television commercial for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). It states that there is no known cure for this disease. Really? I know one, and his name is Jesus Christ! Most of the people at New Life are familiar with my dear friend Charlotte Powell’s testimony, but for those who are reading this on the Internet let me share it with you. She was diagnosed in 2004 with COPD, and had more recently been told that it was getting worse. Physical activity was becoming more difficult for her and going out in cold weather was completely out of the question for her. In May 2010 we had a week of revival services, and on the Monday of that week she came to altar for prayer. To make a long story short, she hasn’t had her medicine since that day and has never felt better. She now serves as my personal assistant at the church. God did what medical science was unable to do. Does God still heal people? You bet He does. Can he heal you? You have not because you ask not.