I Peter 2:20-25
But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
The Lord is our soul keeper, but how can you be used by God to heal someone if you hold resentfulness inside your heart? It may very well happen that God will want to use you to heal the very person you have something against. God uses wholesome minds. God does not show favoritism. You can’t say that God will use you to heal an indigenous person but not to heal a non-indigenous person. How would you be an instrument of healing if you hold something against lesbians or gays? There was this man in Tucla, he was a constructor and electrician. One time, he received a call from the owner of a brothel to go fix the electricity wires. When he was working in one of the rooms a woman with syphilis told him “I need to be healed”. As an instrument from God, you can’t pass judgment, you can only pray. The man laid his hand on the prostitute’s leg and she healed. The owner of the brothel accepted Jesus, and so did the other women. They ended up closing down the brothel and it was turned into a market. How could God use you if you’re the kind of person who looks down on certain people? You’ll hardly be used to heal those who are sick.
When Jesus was offended, he didn’t offend back. I’ll tell you right now what an offense is after: it’s after your soul. It’s up to you if you let your soul get hurt or not. Eleanor Roosevelt said nobody can make you feel less without your consent. If you get offended easily, it is because your soul is weak, it’s not that the offense was significant, but it’s that you hurt too easily. You just can’t be an instrument of healing if you hold bitterness in your heart. How can you hold the desire to heal and the desire to take revenge at the same time in your heart? Some people want to be instruments of healing, but they haven’t surrendered their souls to the Lord’s discipline. No Christian should hold resentfulness feelings. If you want to be like Jesus, you have to learn to forgive. Don’t you think for a minute that a free soul is that who hasn’t been hurt. Not at all, it’s the soul that has learned to deal with hurtfulness. It’s such a relief being able to lift up your hands and say: “God, use me now”. I always remember one of the miracles that impressed me the most: I was at Bethany Church ministering the power of God, when suddenly, I saw a woman with the biggest eye glasses you can imagine. I just thought: “God, I don’t like to see her like that”, that’s all I said, and we ministered the woman. Suddenly, the woman turned, took off her eye glasses, and started glancing around. I burst out crying and said: “Now I understand, you don’t want to see your children like that”. God doesn’t like to see us impaired because we are His creation.
How many of you own a car? Do you like to see it broken and dirty? Well then imagine how God dislikes seeing us broken. Sanity is our own Father’s desires. Secondly, how can I be used by God if I don’t like being healthy? God cannot use me to heal cancer if I myself don’t take care of my body to prevent cancer. You want to be an instrument of healing but you don’t take care of your own health. You have to be healthy to take care of others.
And thirdly, God anoints the body. Anointing shows on the outside, anointing is not for souls, minds, but bodies. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, so it is our call to devote our entire bodies to God.
How did Jesus do it? We are under His protection; He safeguards our souls. By His wounds we are healed.
In one of our previous miracle crusades this young man came to the auditorium, he was mentally ill and his mother told us how she couldn’t even get him in the bus because he wasn’t welcomed and was thrown out. The Lord touched this young man and at the end of the miracle crusade, he came up to the stage to testify his healing. I gave him the microphone and he said “I’m healed”. I couldn’t go on, I burst out crying, laughing, and shaking, out of sheer joy.
There was also this woman who said “My hand was numb”. God will use you to heal people who think, who feel, which have desires and needs. You won’t heal numbers, but people. There may be times when you even have to leave manners behind because you’re exercising the healing. The team who travels with me at crusades has been carefully selected because anointing won’t come over fussy people, we’re fighting against the pure forces of evil, and ministers can’t be the type of person who says: “why didn’t they choose me?” You have to safeguard your soul, and understand perfectly well the implication of healing the ill. It’s a matter of someone’s life or death. You’ll begin to understand as you spend more time praying and interceding. I have to save my faith from my feelings.
When you are an instrument of healing your feelings may betray you. There was this once when a child with hydrocephaly came up on stage. I was so shocked that the only thing I could do was cry. Nobody was healed that day. So strong was my shock, that my faith was gone. When I started praying the Lord told me: “The ill don’t need for you to cry for them, they need you to pray for them.” But how exactly do you handle your feelings? How do you actually get to rule over your feelings? Is it in your soul to say “oooh, poor thing”? Although sympathy may move you, what really take to heal the sick are faith and the overwhelming certainty that God will use you to heal. Do not let your feelings attack your faith. Faith is your biggest asset. Protect your faith from everything, including you. It may happen to you that when you are about to pray for someone, they may want to tell you the whole story of their illness, how it started, how it progressed. I tell them: “Don’t tell me more”. Faith is something that you get to understand only if you practice, and practice, and practice. I take good care of my faith, but people give me so many details, that after a while I just say “well, maybe there’s just no way out”.
As you take care of your faith, you may have to take care of someone else’s faith. Not only your feelings interfere with your faith, feelings from the sick person you’re trying to heal may also interfere with your faith. Some time back I was at one of Benny Hinn´s miracle crusades. I had been praying “Lord please, heal them”. God interrupted me and said “Why do you ask me as If I don’t want to heal them?” My prayer sounded as if I actually didn’t believe Jesus would heal them. What happens when we use the wrong attitude to approach God in prayer? Usually a desperate person is crying so loud that there’s no room to listen to what God is trying to say. At some point I have actually interrupted people and asked them to look at me. Why do you pray as if God doesn’t want to heal you? My wife Sonia, who is a true blessing from the Lord, always has dinner waiting for me when I get home after ministerial work. I don’t think I ever came to Sonia crying asking her with tears in my eyes “Sonia…. I want to have dinner please….” The question is “Why do you cry when you ask something from God?” You are not actually asking, you’re just letting everything out. If you come to God, let it be because of your miracle, not because of your crying. This is something that I learned after ministering healing for many years: It doesn’t matter what kind of pain you are in, the miracle from Jesus comes when you smile and your lips speak words of faith. God does not act because of your need; He acts because of your faith. If God acted because of your need, everybody would get their miracle; without faith it’s impossible to please God. I have to safeguard my faith and the faith of others, and protect it from feelings. As you do this, you’ll start experiencing miracles.
If what you want to do is cry, then find a friend. When you are through crying, then, you can start praying. If your feelings take you over, no healing will happen. Do you remember that passage where Jesus was about to heal someone, and people were trying to protect Jesus so he wasn’t disturbed? At that very moment, Jesus approaches the sick one and tells him «just believe». What Jesus was doing was protecting the man’s faith from the words people around them were speaking. Another passage says that Jesus healed all the sick, but in Nazareth He only healed a few. You have to believe that all the sick will be healed, but you have to be considerate with those who were not healed for some reason or another. Don’t ask yourself why; it could lead you to misjudging others. Never judge a person because he or she hasn’t been healed.
Protect your faith from your feelings. Let your soul be a healed soul; always believe what God says; don’t show sadness to people, show faith. Let them know that you really believe they will be healed. As God starts to use you, beware of pride or false humility. Every time I am about to start with miracles, a voice tells me “You are one of my princes, just go out there and believe.” Tell yourself “I am a person God uses for healing and for miracles.”
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
God anoints me, I do the healing. He provides the anointing, you do the work. You can’t heal those who are oppressed by the devil if you are the devil’s friend. He is your enemy, a traitor; still, some of you seem to walk hand in hand with him while asking God to walk by your sides. If you belong to God, there’s no room for friendship with the devil; declare yourself his enemy, his oppressor. Maybe you think you have been tormented by the devil, but you don’t know how many times you have tormented him. When I am about to minister miracles at crusades, I say the following prayer: Thank you because we re healed by your wound, and satan, I’m not asking you for anything, I’m here to take authority and order. There are no notices sent to the devil, there are no requests sent to the devil, we take charge and cast him out.
And lastly, Matthew 28 and Mark 16 say that we should lay hands on the sick and they will heal. Healing is an order, not a ministry. I tell God: “I’m in trouble, please help me”. It’s God’s command that I heal the sick, it’s not a calling, and it’s an order. As you start respecting your Father’s orders, He will support you. It’s as simple as you think. I never felt an actual call to heal the sick. Jesus sent his disciples to heal; He didn’t actually go with them. As you have the faith and people feel it, they will say and truly believe “If you pray for me, I will be healed”. You are so worried because of your illness, that God can’t use you to heal others. I used to have nearsightedness and astigmatism, I asked others to pray for me, I prayed, I did everything, but I had to undergo eye surgery. Are you going to be like those who chose to study and analyze the Maker of heaven and Earth? Why don’t you just believe Him? Trust me, you’ll walk faster that way. Can you imagine what a blind would feel when healed? After my eye operation I couldn’t help but thank God; it was a miracle! God will not use you if you are not willing to take risks. Take chances, lay hands; as it was in the beginning, they laid hands and the sick healed.