Precautions to address in healing ministry

Never minister without the Holy Spirit’s direction

Healing Ministry PrecautionsNot everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! (Matthew 7:21-23)

The Lord seems to say that exercising great spiritual power, even in His own name, does not necessarily line up with God’s will. In this case, He considered the power of these excuse makers as illegal. Obedience to the direction of the Holy Spirit is essential for the execution of the ministry.

Never take credit for healing

Peter should be our example. After he and John healed the lame man at the Temple, many people who saw him and heard him speak with respect to the miracle, gathered around them.

So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man 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 3:12, 16)

Later Peter repeated this information to the high priest, authorities, religious leaders and teachers of the law that questioned upon what authority or in whose name had Peter and John healed the lame man.

If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. (Acts 4:9-10)

Don’t be discouraged if not everyone receives healing

The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick.” (2 Timothy 4:20). Certainly, Paul and others had prayed for Trophimus however, he was not healed. Probably, not all of those for whom you pray will receive healing. We must not take credit when God heals, and we should not blame ourselves when He chooses not to use us at any moment.

Always minister with love and compassion

The most important thing to remember is first Corinthians 13, when Paul made it clear that even though we exercise spiritual gifts, having all faith to remove mountains, or making great sacrifices, nothing is worthwhile unless it is motivated by love. This passage makes it clear that the most important element in any ministry, including the ministry of healing, is love.

Healing can appear to be an activity of compassion in its essence; however, if we are not careful, we can end up ministering healing through wrong motivations. The believer that involves himself in any ministry must pray to receive the ability to love as God loves and become a channel of His love to those whom we minister.

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