DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
As we revere Christ as Lord in our hearts, the Word of God should dwell in us richly, in all wisdom as we teach and admonish one another. The Great Commission tells us to go into all the world and preach the Good News to all nations and the Lord will be with us always, even to the end of time.
Just as Jesus’ disciples were prepared to preach the Word in season and out of season, in like manner, we are to be bold as we proclaim the Gospel and give careful instruction. Always ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us for our reason for the hope that we have.
Apostle Paul told the church at Rome that he is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth. His message and preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,so that our faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
The Word of God tells us in Luke, Chapter 8, verses 1-2: “When Jesus had called the twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases and He sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” This same power and authority God wants to bestow on us to preach the Gospel to the poor, proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind.
To be endowed with God’s power, we are to feed and meditate on the Word of God day and night, seek God’s face and devote ourselves to prayer daily. The disciples were all in the upper room praying when they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit, they demonstrated power in every village, saving souls and healing the sick. Acts 5:15 tells us people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched Paul were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
The Kingdom of God is not in word but in Power. Throughout the Bible, we can see how this power was demonstrated by the apostles.
Peter Speaking at Cornelius’ House
Acts 10: 34-43
Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Paul in Anthens
Acts 17: 16-33
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.”