It is an interesting Journey!
October 1, 2022
When I entered full-time ministry as a profession in 1976 little did I know that I would begin a life of adventure that just keeps me astounded at what I see and excited about what is yet to come. I still remember clearly the first healing conference Dr. John Lavender and I attended. It was held at the Vineyard in Anaheim, CA in a large warehouse with about 2,000 people in attendance.
Because of my exposure to healing as a ten-year-old boy, (not a good experience), I was not excited about this conference but Dr. John insisted I get in the car, and off we went. I was attracted to John Wimber’s teaching because it was presented low-key and easy to do. I was reminded of Jesus’ teaching which was so simple. He said to his disciples, “I have given you power and authority to preach the Good News of the Kingdom and heal the sick.” (John 9:1,2) He gave them two simple tasks. Proclaim it and demonstrate it. That command has not changed. We are simply to proclaim the good news and then demonstrate it by healing the sick.
I attend a weekly Bible study with a group of men, many with years in this walk of faith. I asked them how many of them had actually seen someone healed. Out of this group of 18 men, only four raised their hands. I wasn’t surprised but was grieved at this clear lack on their part of carrying out the second part of the Good News, healing the sick. To me, it is an indictment of much of the church for failing to train and equip people for this crucial part we have in bringing the fullness of God’s Kingdom.
My exposure to church as a young person included a strong emphasis on “getting ’em saved and discipled,” so they would go out and do what we had just taught them. We were good at that. But there was no importance placed on the second half of His command, “Heal the sick.” As a result up until I was 42 years old my experience of church was good, but it was obviously very limited.
When that changed in 1984 my journey became a life of adventure and astonishment at what I have personally seen and experienced! The blind healed, the deaf hear, the crippled walk, people are freed from demonic oppression, even a raging thunderstorm instantly stilled. These are not things I read about but experienced in my travels around this world. And this life of adventure is what I believe we were meant to live.
Yes, there are spiritual gifts given to all and I strongly believe we each have a particular gift we’ve been given that suits our personality. But we still have all been commanded to proclaim and demonstrate the Good News. There is risk involved but doesn’t everything that’s exciting or challenging involve some risk?
Whatever your experience be encouraged that there is plenty of opportunity for you to go “do the stuff”, as John Wimber would often say. It starts with you taking the risk, walking in the understanding that God is the healer. Grasping this is incredibly liberating as you realize that you are not responsible for what happens.
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
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