Explanation of Miracle Healing
in the Christian Church.
Healing events that absolutely can be
experienced or witnessed there.
What, when, how and why?
Please quickly read the article, “Experiencing the Holy Spirit” that introduces this subsection, “Gifts of the Spirit” on the website.
Another article, “Is this Spirit stuff real?” explains, as the name implies, how we can analyse the manifestations of so-called gifts and recognise their genuineness.
I have no doubt that this stuff looks – to anyone who has had no contact with this area of the Christian Church – like it came from planet Mars! But it actually began in the first century, as documented in the Bible, and it is now happening again.
And I admit it all still amazes me. This whole website has been developed by an analytical minded person, over a period of many years, with the help of a supporting team of qualified advisors. It has been designed to guide ‘thinking people’ in their journey of faith. For the who’s, how’s and why’s of this website please click here.
Miracle healing can, at times, be witnessed in church services within the Pentecostal/ Charismatic ‘movement’. Baptised Christians, in the movement, who have been given this gift by the Holy Spirit may also perform these miracles outside the confines of their churches. That is if they are involved in ministry that operates in that manner.
2. THE ‘WHAT’ AND ‘WHEN’ OF HEALING
Miracle healing can occur in many forms, from emotional strengthening, through an acceleration of normal physical healing functions, to complete and miraculous changes.
In effect, the Spirit actually performs the act of healing as he sees fit, through a gifted healer. It is not up to the healer to choose the degree of healing that is to occur. The healer is, in effect, a ‘channel’ of the Spirit’s power.
Major physical defects, illnesses etc can be eradicated in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, nothing outwardly ‘obvious’ to the observer may occur. A gift of emotional strength for example won’t be noticeable to observers. And experienced healers never know what will flow from any act of their healing, prior to putting their gift to work. They know it is entirely up to the Spirit, as to what will actually occur. In fact most gifts of the Spirit work like that.
2.1 Serious example of healing
Now I know you the reader may have trouble believing any of this stuff is even possible. Trust me, I realise that! Please read on though.
Local clergy and lay ministers had ‘laid hands’ on my wife, after her stroke, prior to her coming ‘miracle healing’ with no noticeable effect. Well … it became clear later that the Lord had his own plan! The actual ‘miracle’ itself occurred at a well attended church ‘healing service’ as I have described in the article, “Is this Spirit stuff real?”.
Prior to the service, she doubted anything would happen. But happen it did! It was of course the Spirit’s ‘call’ as to what did occur and when. And in regards to my wife, I am referring to a full recovery from that stroke. She had suffered for many months from partial paralysis, damaged eye sight in one eye and some blood circulation issues. In the moment of that healing all the symptoms were just wiped away. And decades later, they have not returned.
Just being there to witness the event was mind boggling as far as I was concerned. I can only try to imagine the sense of relief and amazement my wife experienced as a result.
2.2 Subtle example of healing
As I have already indicated, nothing is certain to us before these events unfold. I will again say that some level of healing usually occurs when healers ‘lay on hands’, ‘anoint with oil’ etc.
As an example of a less impressive healing, I received an anointing with oil from a member of the clergy. It occurred after I was first diagnosed with a life threatening cancer. I did not expect any special sensation at that time. That is I didn’t even know that he was a member of the ‘movement’. Yet I felt a unique ‘infilling’ (a thick oil-like feeling) flooding my ‘inner being’ to a state of overflowing. The strength of the experience led me to hope at the time that I had been cured, but it was not so, at least not at that stage anyway.
The event was, obvious to me now, empowered by the Spirit. It did not save me from subsequent surgery, or the following drawn out treatment over many months. What came out of it at the time, was a real sense of personal strength to cope with it all. And, of course, I am obviously still here to write these words more than fifteen years later.
3. THE ‘HOW’ AND ‘WHY’ OF HEALING
When the miraculous does happen, however, can it be put down to some unknown law of physics? I really don’t believe so. It is also obvious that particular people in the Church have the ‘gift’ of healing (i.e. those who can indeed pass on the Spirit’s power in this manner). I write that because they are always the common denominators in such events. Also I have noted that gifted healers known to me certainly did not have their ability prior to them being anointed (touched) by the Spirit.
I can also positively say that when genuine healing occurs, it is not a ‘mind over matter’ thing occurring within the affected person. When healing does result from the ‘placebo effect’ then the health of the person, who thought they had been healed, will eventually regress. That will normally happen within days, or maybe weeks, after the event. The health issue will return. I am absolutely confident from what I have witnessed that genuine ‘healing’, when it does occur, comes from a source other than from within those of us on the receiving end. My wife’s healing was an absolute testimony to that fact.
However, no one can ever know which people will actually receive a miraculous healing at these ministries. But God, in the ‘person‘ of the Holy Spirit, obviously knows ‘why’ he heals as he does, in each circumstance. And I shall explain.
3.1 Big miracle equalled headlines
Obviously, in relation to the ‘full blown’ miracle healing of my wife, the Spirit did it to maximise the impact on people at that church and the local community. It was a full church, as I have already explained. And many of those in attendance where not practising Christians. Many of them would have been there in search of evidence of God. He delivered it!
The story of events actually made it into the local newspaper, further impacting the community. Of course I often make use of the story in my own ministries, including this website.
When we are personally involved, as highlighted above in my wife’s example, then it certainly ‘rattles our cage’. Something like that takes your level of belief in God to a height that would have been unimaginable beforehand. And this is just one example of my experiences with the Spirit related to my time in the ‘movement’. Many more experiences are documented within other articles under the subheading “Gifts of the Spirit” that contains this article, in the Menu Bar above.
3.2 Lesser healings for smaller audiences
When I was a member of the Charismatic movement, I guess it was practical for God to give me a healing gift at the time I was ‘anointed’ by the Spirit. That is in a church service (all explained in “Experiencing the Holy Spirit”). He would have known that I was to become a member of a hospital visiting lay ministry, and I could use the gift there for him.
So, as one example, when performing that ministry role for my church in a hospital, I laid hands on a Christian woman who was having a powerful full-body seizure resulting from earlier brain surgery. I requested that the Holy Spirit act in the situation. The seizure just ‘stopped’ completely and immediately as a result, and I continued my ministry with the patient. Clearly to me at the time, God wanted to build up the patient’s faith for a reason known to him. She was visibly amazed by the event, at the time, let me tell you!
On another occasion during that lay ministry of mine, I called on the Spirit to again heal a Christian woman in the same hospital. I knew she was, like me, a lay minister but in a distant parish and a member of the movement. But she did not know me. She had been admitted to hospital as a result of a ‘heart attack’. She let me know after my ministry to her, that she had enjoyed an ecstatic experience from the Spirit. That is as he touched/ anointed her, as a result of my request to him for healing. She further described that she recognised a ‘palpable’ healing sensation (she could feel it) around her heart as I laid hands on her.
No doubt the lay minister would have informed her fellow worshippers, at the church she attended, of the details. She would have made sure that the event was edifying for her church. Note that the lay minister’s powerful and ecstatic spiritual experience again occurred spontaneously. Emotions, hysteria etc played no part in the event. It just happened, there and then, totally unexpected by the lay minister. This very issue – how these experiences often occur without any expectation on our part – is also discussed in that previously mentioned article, “Is this Spirit stuff real?”
Miracle healing truly can be amazing stuff. This is particularly so when physical changes occur through this gift to someone you know closely, or you experience them yourself.
I do not think that any other gift of the Spirit can be as belief building. I mean you can see the result right in front of you. Or you experience it for yourself.
No doubt though, the other available gifts, when manifested before you or delivered to you, will also seriously and positively affect your faith journey.
Now let us continue to the next article, “Prophecies”.
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