I remember the day very clearly. The principal of my bible college called me into his office.
“Benaiah” he said. “I want you and Fabian (a college friend), to run one of our chapel meetings. You can do whatever you want”
My heart jumped. “Lead 700 students” I thought to myself. “What on earth could we do for that 60 minute period of time!’
Once we had talked it over, fabian and I decided that we would go for healings and believe that the power of the Holyspirit would move in a fresh way.
We planned, prayed and allowed our faith to stir for weeks.
The Friday chapel came. Along with a million thoughts running through my head I thought to myself “Keep it simple, and believe for God to move”
Fabian led worship and I spoke for about 10 minutes about healing and the simplicity of faith. Once I had finished sharing the moment had come, the moment where healing was either going to be just a ‘good idea’ or a ‘reality’ in the Kingdom.
I asked anyone who was sick to come forward. A couple of hundred came forward. I asked the crowd “who here believes that Jesus can heal the sick?”
Hands went up all over the auditorium.
“Ok” I said, “all those with their hands raised come down and lay hands upon the sick”. Once hands were laid upon every sick person I told them, “We will not stop praying for you until you get better. The word tells us that if we “lay hand upon the sick they WILL recover” (mark 16:18), not that they MIGHT recover. He also said that “by his wounds we ARE healed!” (isaiah 53:5)
People all over the place began to pray.
I then said “once you get your healing raise your hand and we will get you up the front to share your testimony of healing”.
The next 2 minutes seemed like an eternity as no hands were raised (I know I should of had more faith!). Then a girl put her hand up, She had injured her shoulder in a car accident and couldn’t lift her arm over her shoulder. But now she was lifting her arms completely!
“It’s begun” I thought. We pulled her onto the stage, where she shared here testimony of healing. All of a sudden hands started going up all over the place,
Jesus was healing.
That day we saw cancers healed, all types of sicknesses healed, broken bones healed, not to mention internal healings. I remember one girl had a bad back. She couldn’t stand straight. While receiving prayer, the person saw a demon on her back. He rebuked it and saw it leave. Her Back was instantly healed!
I’ve also seen this happen hundreds of times in our youth ministry over the past few years. I remember one night I called everyone down the front who was sick after sharing on the simplicity of the Word when it comes to what Christ has paid for. We had 20 young people come down to get healed. I then called anyone who simply believed to come down and pray for them. I also told them that we will pray until we saw the healing for Jesus had paid the price. Sounds arrogant? I think it sounds like faith. Some people had to be prayed for over and over again, but by the end of the night 19 out of the 20 were healed!
One Youth who was young in the Lord was at the front next to a guy with a broken finger. I said to him “Do you believe Jesus can heal this finger?” He said “yes”. So I told him to go for it. The boys broken finger was healed instantly. The new Christian looked at his hands in astonishment. “Don’t worry bro” I said, “That was Jesus”. A big grin came across his face.
So what am I trying to say through these testimonies?
1) Simply believe. Keep it simple. Take the Word for what it says. If it says that when we “lay hands upon the sick they WILL recover” just believe it and don’t take no for an answer. Faith doesn’t take no for an answer.
2) Allow your testimonies to bring power to you theology. Rev 12:11 tells us that we “overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony”. Lets be a people full of testimonies! Our testimonies also prophecy our breakthrough into other peoples lives. “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev 19:10b
3) Live is a realm where if God doesn’t move, you’re going to fail. This is the realm of Faith. Without faith we CAN’T please God, so let your faith rise.
4) Just do it. Human reasoning, complicated theology, reasons why not, should not never take prominence over faith in the ability of the Holyspirit. Theres a dying world – go out there and be Jesus. If God can talk through a donkey in the Bible, he can use us!
I hope the Holyspirit spoke to you through this and that it blessed you!
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