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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 17:53:11 -0500
ANDREW STROM:  A huge thankyou to those who prayed for my
recent trip to Switzerland and France. It was one of the most
enjoyable ministry trips I have ever been on. -Truly anointed and 
wonderful. Thanks again to all who prayed. Below is an excellent 
article on the keys to seeing more healings in our midst:

-by Terry Somerville.

On Wednesday night I was blessed to be part of another remarkable 
healing. Five of us had just finished a meeting in a local restaurant 
and continued talking on the sidewalk out side. One of the men 
had been crippled up with degenerated hips for ten years and had 
endured surgeries as well. We asked if we could pray for him, and 
as we did he dropped his cane, stood straight up and said his pain 
was gone. We told him to walk and he did without difficulty, then
ran, with tears running down his face!  He eagerly gave his life to 
Christ! In the last few years we've seen so many miracles! But one 
question I've been asked by pastors and parishioners alike is "why 
isn't this happening in our church? Here are ten "missing 
ingredients" for miracles in the modern church: 

Missing Ingredients For Miracles In The Modern Church 

1. Commanding instead of praying. 

Often healing happens when we stop asking God to do it, 
and just heal them as He commanded us to do. This was quite a 
challenge to me until one day the Holy Spirit asked me  " Terry, 
How do you praise me?"  I said " I open my mouth and speak 
wonderful things about you." Then He said  " How do you cast out 
a demon?" I said " I tell it to leave and it has to go."  Then He said, 
"So how do you heal the sick?" I said "Tell the sickness to go and 
the body to be well???"   I began to do this and the results went 
sky high. Jesus said to us "...Cast out demons, heal the sick...." 
We do it, we don't ask God to do it.  Yes, there are times to pray 
as well, but  we need to understand that authority to heal is like 
the centurion Jesus commended. He says to his servant "go" and
he goes so  Jesus says "be healed" and the servant is healed. 
We are under Jesus commission, and sin, sickness and disease 
is under us! See the next section ..

2.  Faith  to use our Kingdom authority.  

Healing ministry requires two things. a) Authority - the legal right 
to heal in Jesus name. b) Power - the  spiritual dynamite to destroy 
the works of the devil. Jesus commissioned the twelve, the seventy, 
and then every believers with authority (the legal right) over all 
demons and sickness. The first Christians began using this 
authority to heal the sick even before they received the power of 
the Holy Spirit! Amazing. IT WAS  NOT THE ANOINTING THAT 
HEALED, BUT THE AUTHORITY!  But after Jesus rose He told 
them to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit as well. Think of it 
like Canada's border guards. They have authority because they 
are commissioned to enforce Canada's immigration laws. Soon 
they will have the increased power of firearms. It's the commission 
that counts, the power just backs it up.

Today Christians often interpret a lack of power to be a lack of 
authority.  If they fail to see healing they conclude God does not 
want the healing and they give up, rather than increasing the power 
(through fasting and prayer for instance) The truth is we ALWAYS 
have authority (the right to) heal. Christians are commanded to 
heal. It's our commission, our mandate and our privilege But we 
are breaking in against the gates of hell, and the last enemy is 
death. So contend for healing! Complete victory awaits till He returns. 

3. A proper understanding of grace. 

Miracles are released when we focus on God's grace rather than 
man's failings. I can't count how many times believers have said 
"God won't heal me, I'm not worthy. "  They think theres some kind 
of judgement or cleansing going on.  But Jesus never refused to 
heal anyone, no matter how bad. Our righteousness does not 
move God's hand of healing.  It's all a free gift of God's love. Jesus 
died for sinners, and He heals sinners today.  In India we've seen 
many Hindu's healed, in spite of the fact they worshiped other 
gods that very day!  It's just because He loves them and the 
kingdom was near! Judgement day is coming, but it's not here yet!  
He loves people and hates the darkness and devils that enslave them! 
4. The motivation of God's love. 

Likewise, if our motive is to build  our church or ministry, rather 
than flow in God's love, we will probably not see many miracles. 
God is into people, not buildings, organizations or ministries. He is 
not obligated to fulfill our mission, only His. If our motivation is 
compassion, the great commission and the Kingdom of God we 
will see many miracles. Jesus promised!

5. Persistence. 

Isaiah 53 tells us Jesus took our sins AND our sickness. Yet we 
often give up after one prayer and say "I guess God doesn't want 
to heal." What nonsense! Healing was purchased on the same 
cross as forgiveness! If someone said they didn't feel all their sins 
could be forgiven we would insist that they were all paid for at 
calvary. We need the same persistence for healing that we have for 
forgiveness.  We understand that we struggle against sin, likewise 
we should struggle against sickness with that same grace. Many 
times we've seen healings increase through persistence. After 
ministry a person says their condition improved slightly. Often if we 
try again it improves, and again and again!  In some meetings  I 
have done this five times in a row and people are completely 
restored. Persistence may take days and weeks, or years, but 
never give up!  My own daughter Megan is handicapped. She has 
had many miracles and she needs more. We never give up. Jesus 
will reign completely one day.

6. Do what you can't do! NOW!   

People need to take their healing quickly and not  pray themselves 
right out of it. Jesus often told people just to do what they couldn't 
do. "Stretch out your hand,  get up and walk"  Many time healings 
happen as people take that step of faith. No prayer, just a 
command and a do!  Many times in my ministry  "get up and walk" 
has resulted in wonderous healings! I guarantee increased results 
in Jesus name!  

7. Rebuking demons that cause infirmity. 

In his autobiography, Smith Wigglesworth said that if he could do 
his years of ministry again he would always rebuke the devil, 
because demons were involved 80% of the time. Often there's 
more to healing ministry than simply healing. Many times I've seen 
deaf ears open only after I rebuked a deaf and dumb spirit.  In 
most of those cases I had no special revelation (except Smith 
Wigglesworth's autobiography! )
8. Boldness. 

Every time faith is involved we step past our comfort zone. Healing 
ministry takes boldness. You are a servant and steward of God 
grace. You must not listen to that "inner pharisee" evaluating 
everything you do. Self consciousnesss must go! (It shuts down 
healing)  In meetings I often put God on the spot, "... way out there."  
What do I mean? I will speak so highly of His love and wondrous 
grace, that it's like He wants to show everyone it's true! Then I 
stand a difficult need in front of everyone and ask Him to 
demonstrate His love and power.  Jesus is so wonderful!   

9. Leadership that gives opportunities for healing ministry. 

The Holy Spirit distributes His gifts throughout the Body of Christ. 
In the modern church many that the Lord would use are given no 
opportunity to minister. I can't count the number of  times I've laid 
my hands on someone and they were not healed, and then called 
others to do it and the gift of healing manifested through one of 
them. Pastors need to KNOW they are equipping the saints for 
ministry and let them do it. 

10. Just do it! 

Anytime  the opportunity arises! Believe it or not,  the major 
missing ingredient is simply to take action. Most of the saints in 
the west never even try laying hands on people or praying for 
healing. No wonder nothing is happening. To put it another way, 
more people are healed when you pray then when you don't. Guaranteed.

~Terry Somerville