Heal the Sick Cast out Devils Raise the dead
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. (v1).
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils. A profound job description that challenges the twenty first century preacher and the psyche of the twenty first century society. We are at war with a world which scorns any notion of demon posession and the casting out of spirits, let alone the healing of the sick and raising of the dead.
I want to suggest that its time we as ministers simplify the ministry we are called to do and apply a simple rule, God you do it if not I wont manipulate it. Often times we play God, its easier to do the lesser works, lay hands on the sick and pray for folks, than it is to obey God and do the greater works, thats not to decry the little things we do, but there is an over-emphasis on ministry that oftentimes has no biblical authorisation. If we stick to the casting out of devils healing the sick and raising the dead, we would do well, get our integrity back and allow God to move in the supernatural way, that makes us take a back seat and revival power take over the front pew.
HEAL THE SICK
And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 15And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. 16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Peters house... The upper room was Peter's house. If there are nay sick in Peter's house then Peter's prayers like Peter's gospel can save those in peters house.. Thats our house too. Sick shall be healed by the word in Peters house. Speak the word only, you are a preacher under authority, just say it and I'll do it Lord... or Lord if that dont work You say I do it, either way Lord if you said it that settles it, were going to see it
CLEANSE THE LEPERS
Heal the lepers. a man came to Jesus and behold there came a leper and worshipped him saying Lord, if thou wilt thou canst make me clean (Matt 8:1-2).
Suppose that Jesus had said No I cannot heal you, its not my gift, Its not my ministry, friend God's word is specific heal the leper, heal the sick. Isaiah tells us He will come and save you, Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart and the tongue of the dumb sing (Isaiah 35) Sure you believe in salvation and if no note here too that salvation and healing are connected. He will save you then..
RAISE THE DEAD
RAISE THE DEAD.
Yes the dead. Now heres an important key. the dead that need raising are those dead intrespasses and sins. Oh I knw that dont suit our hollywoood image real good but we are not to pray for the dead. I mean those in the grave. neither are we to raise them. They dont get a second chance. Now do you preach those dead in the grave have a second chance. O I know you dont. So hear me out, yes the dead can be raised but a greater point is this, there are none so dead as those dead in trespasses and sins. They are DEAD. dead men walking allaround us. They are the dead walking our city streets. passing us by in the mall. Dead society. there are more dead folks around us than in the cemetery.
Listen until we see the living dead as more dead (excuse the english) more dead than the dead then we will never have a passion to raise the dead or bring them salvation which is the key to the raising of the dead. I know why I'm talking about because like you I'm a man from the dead. My life was in an abyss I was in a bottomless pit. Thats what sin is a bottomless pit and abyss. Friend Raise the dead!
CAST OUT DEVILS
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time (Matt 8:28).
As men of God we have to engage society at a whole new level than what we did two years ago because two years ago folks posessed with spirits did not do what they are doing today. We have to rise to the level in the spirit where we our enemy is and higher, much higer, higher in Christ in the spirit realm, higher in authority and boldness to the place where whe we are confronted we can confront and indeed command with greater authority spirits to go. If we just ignore these spirits when they speak then the enemy finds a chink in our armour.
Jesus when confronted by satan commanded him saying thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve. When Jesus met the demoniac who said why have you come here to torment me, jesus commanded with a greater authority that spirit to depart into the pigs. Thats the secret.
I'm saying this to let you know that silence by God's man will reveals a weakness, when the spirit in a man speaks up and we keep silent then we will be overcome by the same spirit in that man.
We have to be a voice and we have to heal allow me to be forward with you. Its pentecostal to cast out devils and heal the sick justas much as its pentecostal to baptise into the name and speak in other tongues. let me be more specific. No preacher can say he's called of God who cannot believe or practice Jesus name conversion as in acts 2:38 neither can any preacher say hes called obey God who cannot or will not lay hands on the sick and cast out demons.
A new level of warfare is ours. A new emphasis of deliverance and healing shall be seen. Fresh fire and signs and wonders is coming to oppose and destroy the darkest spirits sent against you and your work. No more pushing the cart with human effort. Simple obedience and trust will manifest God's eternal weight of glory and the supernatural. You shall see it because you know without the gifts of power in your spirit, you remain barren and dormant. Today you arise. Today we fight , today we win. God said it I believe it that settles it.