Gifts of the Holy Spirit 3

Gifts of Healings

by Pastor John Hamel


We are studying the three Power Gifts. The three Power Gifts do something.


This study will cover the Power Gift called the Gifts of Healings. 


The Gifts of Healings is a Supernatural power that comes only from the God of the Bible.  


This Gift supernaturally removes sickness, disease and even injury without the help of the medical field. 


Modern medicine and doctors are wonderful.  Their wisdom comes from God.  Christians who are sick should make good use of them while they are building their faith for Divine Healing.  


However, medicine and doctors are unrelated to the Gifts of Healings.  


Modern medicine and doctors operate in the natural realm.  


The Gifts of Healings are entirely Supernatural. 


Notice also that this Power Gift is called the Gifts of Healings – plural, not singular. 


“And God hath set some in the Church…gifts of healings…” (1 Corinthians 12:28)


Some say there are thirty-nine Gifts of Healings.  They believe that all human disease falls into thirty-nine categories.  


Others believe that there are twelve Gifts of Healings.  They believe that all human disease falls into only twelve categories.  


However, the Bible does not say how many Gifts of Healings there are.  Therefore, we should not say how many Gifts of Healings there are. 


What we can say is as follows.  There is absolutely no sickness, no disease and no injury that God is unable to heal


We also know that one person may be used more specifically than another with Gifts of Healings.  


For example, one might have great success praying only for growths and tumors.  Another might have great success praying only for blindness, etc.  Only Jesus had a 100% success rate in praying for all sickness, disease and injury when people believed. (Mark 6:1-6)  This is because He had the power of God on His life without measure. (John 3:34) 


No one has power like Jesus had healing power.   Individuals of the past such as John Alexander Dowie, John G. Lake, Lillian B. Yeomans, Kathryn Kuhlman, William Branham, Jack Coe, Oral Roberts and others, certainly tapped into the power of God and saw astounding healing miracles.  But no one ever had or ever will have healing power available to them in the way that Jesus did.  


This is because no one can handle the world throwing themselves at their feet in the way that only Jesus could. 


However, the Body of Christ worldwide and corporately share the power of Jesus, I believe.  


By this I mean that the power that was on Jesus when He walked in the Earth is now upon His entire Body as they walk in the Earth.  


This would be the reason why one person operates in certain Gifts while another operates in completely different Gifts.


A New Testament Example of the Gifts of Healings


“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple … A certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple … Who seeing Peter and John … asked an alms.  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.  Then Peter said … In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and anklebones received strength.  And he leaping up stood … walking, and leaping, and praising God.” (Acts 3:1-8)


This is the Gifts of Healings in operation.  This healing was entirely supernatural and instantaneous. It had nothing to do with doctors, medicine or human means


It is not wrong for Christians to use doctors, medicine or technology. However, when the Gifts of Healings are in operation, it is not a natural manifestation. It is an entirely supernatural manifestation. 


Peter and John did not heal this man.  The Holy Spirit came upon Peter to heal this man.  


Also, when the Gifts of Healings are in operation, the healing is always instant or at least near instant. 


The end result of this man’s healing was the salvation of thousands of individuals.  You will discover that by reading the whole chapter.  


Normally the Gifts of Healings operate on behalf of the lost people of the world, not the saved people of the world, for just this reason. The Gifts of Healings draw people to salvation in Christ like moths to a flame. 


Not one human being healed under the Ministry of Jesus, through the Gifts of Healings, was Born Again in the sense that they had made Jesus the Lord of their lives by believing God had raised Him from the dead and confessing His Lordship. (Romans 10:9-13) 


Jesus had neither died nor risen yet. 


The Gifts of Healings were, and are, frequently used by God to draw attention to Christ so that people will accept Him as their Savior. This is confirmed by the Ministry of Jesus.  


"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with diverse diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them. And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan." (Matthew 4:23-25)


Notice how when the Gifts of Healings went into operation in Jesus' Ministry, the end result was great multitudes following Him from all the regions round about. 


This is why Gifts of Healings are often referred to as “the dinner bell to salvation.”


A Present Day Example of the Gifts of Healings 


Although the Gifts of Healings commonly operate on behalf of the lost people of the world to get their attention, this is not to say that the Gifts of Healings never operate amongst the saved.  


The Gifts of Healings do occasionally operate on behalf of God's children, but not nearly as frequently. 


This is because once a person is Born Again, God expects them to seek healing by getting into His Word, discovering and personally believing all of His Bible promises concerning healing.  God wants His children to develop personal faith in His Word and not live simply by faith in miracles or the Gifts of Healings.  


God wants His children to develop the habit of studying His Word and going to it for everything, as opposed to putting all their confidence only in spectacular manifestations. 


However, again, the Gifts of Healings can occasionally operate on behalf of God’s children. I will share a few examples below from my own life and Ministry.


My wife once had an internal problem that caused her great pain at certain times.  Many times I would awake in the night and put my hand on her, praying for her to be healed.  


Month after month after month I would frequently wake up and do this.  We knew from the Bible it was not God’s will for her to be ill.  I was not going to let the devil talk us out of it.  


Though it seemed senseless at times, I persisted. 


One night as I laid my hand upon her once again as she slept, there was a literal explosion as the power of God shot out of my hand like rifle fire.  At that same instant my hand and arm were forcefully propelled back and away from her body, landing behind me on the bed.


Such an overwhelmingly bright flash came out of my hand it actually lit up the darkened room to where I could see the flash of light through my closed eyelids. It was the Glory of God in manifestation.


The explosion was so loud, I had the thought of the neighbors hearing it and possibly calling the police. 


My wife, Barbara, never even woke up.  


I was acquainted with God’s power flowing out of my hands into the sick, but never like this.  This was a literal explosion as I finally connected with God’s power through the power of persistence and the Laws of Contact and Transmission


God’s power in the natural world is called “electricity.”  God’s power in the spirit realm is called the “anointing.” (Isaiah 10:27; Acts 10:38)  


Having finally connected with the anointing, the next morning I explained to my wife what occurred and said to her, “Watch what happens in the next two to three days.”  Those words just seemed to come right out of my spirit. 


Lo and behold, two days later she showed me a large tumor. It was approximately three inches long, an inch and a half wide, a half an inch thick with hundreds of tentacles attached all around it.  


The tumor had been supernaturally dislodged by the explosive anointing of God, causing it to literally fall right out of her body.  


The painful problem my wife had experienced for so long was finally over.  


She had been set free by the anointing of God in manifestation through the Gifts of Healings.


Additional Present Day Examples of the Gifts of Healings


I was once conducting a series of services for a Pastor in Virginia. Hundreds of people were being prayed for and set free from sexual addictions, demonic manifestations, suicide spirits, emotional afflictions and physical sickness and disease. There were many operations and demonstrations of the Holy Spirit in manifestation.


One night as I moved down the prayer line praying for people, there was a woman with her hands lifted. I laid my hand on her head to pray for her when suddenly she began to fall under the power of God.  


As the woman began to fall I noticed there was no usher behind her. I grabbed her wrist to keep her from hitting the floor too hard.  Having done so, I realized I had apparently grabbed her bracelet as I felt it break into pieces under my grip. She fell to the floor and I took a moment to look for the pieces of the heavy broken bracelet.  Because there were other people lying on the floor around her I was unable to locate the broken bracelet.  I moved on to the next person who was awaiting prayer.  


Later, once the service had ended, the woman came walking up to me in the lobby as we were saying good night to the congregation.  I recognized her and immediately apologized for breaking her bracelet.  I explained how I tried to take a moment to see if I could locate it but it was just impossible to find.  


She then said to me as she held up her wrist, "I didn't have a bracelet on.  But I did have a walnut-sized tumor that had been growing on my wrist for quite sometime now. When I regained consciousness I noticed it was gone. Praise the Lord!"


What I thought was her bracelet breaking under my grip, was the tumor being supernaturally shattered and dissolved. When that occurred it felt to me as if I had shattered a heavy bracelet. 


Through an operation of the Gifts of Healings the Holy Spirit had shattered and instantly dissolved the walnut-sized tumor on her wrist.


In that same series of services another woman came into the healing line. She was a heavyset woman who later told me she had been in our prayer line many times before but was unable to receive. She was afraid the power of God might knock her down and she would be unable to stand up again. 


Each time I would pray for her she would resist the power of God coming upon her for fear of falling and shaming herself. 


She also explained to me that she had finally made the decision to stop resisting the power of God and hindering her healing. 


Once she had made that decision, the next time she came into the healing line I prayed for her and the power of God hit her, rendering her unconscious. She later told me that when she was falling it was like a feather floating to the floor. She lay on the floor having been rendered unconscious by the Holy Spirit for a few moments.  I then laid hands on her husband and he fell on the floor beside her. 


The woman explained to me that when she regained consciousness, she put her hand on her throat without thinking.  At that moment she discovered that four goiters hanging on the front of her neck for over forty years had instantly disappeared. She grabbed her husband's hand as he lay beside her on the floor, placing it on her neck, exclaiming to him, "They're gone.  All four goiters are gone."  


He responded, "I know. I can feel it. They're gone."


My wife, Barbara, the woman with the walnut-sized growth on her wrist and the woman with the four goiters on her neck had all been instantly or near instantly healed by a manifestation of the Gifts of Healings.


So we see that the Gifts of Healings can still occasionally operate amongst God's children. 


However, God’s children are required to meditate on His healing Word and allow God to decide how they will be healed. 


This will happen either through the recovery process, as they expose themselves to the healing Word (Mark 16:17,18), or through instantaneous Gifts of Healings.  


But again, God decides how His children will be healed.  Either way, if the child of God will keep the healing Word before their eyes, healing is guaranteed to come. (Proverbs 4:20-22)


Jesus is alive and these Gifts of Healings still operate today.  I have witnessed them in manifestation many times. 


I also once prayed for a man who was instantly healed from radiator explosion burns on his entire front upper body and face.  Read “Peculiar Ways Jesus Heals” for more details of this additional supernatural testimony concerning Gifts of Healings in operation today.


We need to see these Gifts more in the world as well as in the Church.  


It is my personal belief that we are soon to see a tremendous manifestation of all the Power Gifts in our midst. 


In these last days God will use these demonstrations to turn millions of people worldwide to His Son, Jesus Christ.


Remember, God is the Blesser.  Satan is the damner.  


God never makes people sick.  Satan does that and blames God for it


In our next lesson we will study the third of the three Power Gifts, the Working of Miracles. 


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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