Why Signs and Wonders?
Healing is God’s Will Today:
Yesterday, we looked at the first five Biblical reasons why we believe healing is God’s will today. Here are seven more…
- The Healing Anointing of His Manifest Presence:
“Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” (Luke 5:17).
The Bible teaches us God is Omnipresent, which means that He is everywhere. King David expressed this truth eloquently in Psalm 139: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there” (verses 7-8). Although it is true that God’s presence is everywhere, there is also a manifestation of that presence that can be experienced by us. There are certain times in certain places where the presence of God is actually felt in a tangible manner. We see an example of that in the life of Jesus in Luke chapter five. There was a manifestation of the power and presence of God in that place on that certain day. We see this again in the next chapter of Luke’s Gospel: “And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.” (Luke 6:19). There was something about being in the presence of Jesus that caused people to be healed.
Remember the story of the woman with the issue of blood? “And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” (Matthew 9:20-21). Sure enough, she was healed, because of the manifested presence of God on Jesus. The Bible calls this presence the anointing. This is why worship is an important component in our church services, if we want to see people healed. When we worship the Lord, He comes to dwell in the midst of our praises (Psalm 22:4). “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4). Many times people are healed during praise and worship, because they have touched His presence. There is healing in the presence of the Lord.
- The Demonstration of His Deity:
“When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:5-12).
We are contending for signs and wonders today because they are a demonstration of His Deity – that is, they prove that Jesus really is God. I can give you all of the greatest arguments in the world as to why I believe there is a God because of the intelligent design in creation, and try to talk you into faith in God. But there’s something that happens when you see a manifestation of the supernatural power of God. People can’t argue with that. Remember when Peter and John healed the crippled beggar in Acts chapter three? Luke tells us that, “seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it… For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.” (Acts 4:14-16).
When God’s power is demonstrated, and a supernatural event that takes place, it shows people that there is a God. A miracle by its definition is “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.” (dictionary.com).
- The Name of Jesus:
“Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk…And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:6,16).
The beggar by the temple gate was healed through faith in the name of Jesus. Jesus taught His disciples, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13). There is power in the name of Jesus. I wish that we would get a hold of this truth. Too many Christians use “in Jesus’ name” only as some religious little postscript they add at the end of their prayers. This phrase has no more significance to them than wrapping up their prayer and letting God know that they’re done talking. Don’t let the words “in Jesus’ name” ever be something you thoughtlessly tack on to the end of your prayers. When you speak those three powerful words, you’re declaring, “Lord, I’m not asking for these things because I am a holy or a perfect person, and I’m not asking because I deserve it, but I’m asking because of the virtue and power of that name. Because Jesus lived a perfect life, and His righteousness has been credited to me, I’m asking based on the authority in that powerful name!” There is healing in the name of Jesus.
- The Cry of Desperation:
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” (Mark 10:46-52).
We believe healing is God’s will today is because of the cry of desperation. Bartimaeus was desperate for a touch from Jesus, but there were people in the crowd trying to discourage him from reaching out to Jesus, saying, “Be quiet! Just be content with what you’ve got. Maybe this is your lot in life, maybe God wants you to be sick.” But Bartimaeus wasn’t content. He didn’t care what other people said. He cried out in desperation, and wouldn’t stop until he received what he wanted from Jesus. And Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” How many times Jesus asked this precious and wonderful question of people! What do you want Jesus to do for you? I heard a preacher say once that God doesn’t answer prayer; He answers desperate, persevering prayer. Let’s never give up in our prayers.
- The Message of the Cross:
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
We believe in the Cross of Jesus Christ – that His death paid the price so that our sins could be forgiven. Why don’t we believe the rest of that passage? Not only did Jesus take our sins, He also carried our griefs and sorrows, and was chastised for our peace, and whipped for our healing. You don’t have to be depressed; Jesus took your griefs and sorrows. You don’t have to be troubled in your mind; Jesus purchased your peace. You don’t have to be sick, because Jesus paid the price for your healing, through the stripes that He took on His back. When you start to doubt whether or not healing is God’s will today, just look to the Cross. When Jesus died to purchase our salvation, He didn’t have to give them His back to be whipped. He did that to purchase our healing. If the price has already been paid, why wouldn’t you want to receive that from Him? Peter quoted this passage: “Jesus Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24). The message of the Cross tells us that healing is God’s will today.
- The Destruction of the Works of the Devil:
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38).
Why did Jesus heal sick people in His ministry? He saw sickness as an oppression of the devil. There was a time in the life of Jesus when “there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” (Luke 13:11-13). But the leader in charge of the synagogue was upset that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. Do you know how Jesus responded to him? He said, “Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound–think of it–for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” (verse 16). The Apostle John emphasized this when he wrote, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8). Why do we believe healing is God’s will today? Because Jesus wants to heal all those who are oppressed of the devil.
- The Great Commission:
“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease…And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:1,7-8).
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18).
The final reason why we believe healing is God’s will today is found in the Great Commission. The Lord Jesus has commissioned us as His disciples to lay hands on the sick and see them recover.
If you are a Christian, God wants you to lay your hands on sick people and see them healed. The New Testament church experienced many signs and wonders, which resulted in many people coming to faith in Jesus. Because the early church is our blueprint, we need to contend for signs and wonders to be restored to the church today!
- “Why Signs and Wonders?” is one of the chapters from my book: “Supernatural: Contending for Signs and Wonders Today.” Contact me today if you would like a free copy of the e-book version of this study in the Book of Acts!