Imagine you had an amazing, state-of-the-art iPhone that you carried around in your pocket all the time, but the only function you ever used it for was to tell you the time. What a waste that would be! The device has the potential to organize your calendar, make calls, give directions, take pictures, play music, and a myriad of other functions that special apps provide.
The Holy Spirit has the power to work in and through your life and there is so much more He wants to do!
To continue the metaphor, are you only using the Spirit of God “as a clock” because you don’t even know there are other apps to be downloaded and utilized? The Holy Spirit has the power to work in and through your life and there is so much more He wants to do!
In today’s passage from Luke 13, Jesus gives us a model of how to invite the Spirit of God to move in the lives of others.
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. Luke 13:10-11
There are spirits associated with the kingdom of the devil. They understand how to manipulate, mislead, tempt, and make us afraid. They are organized, just as the kingdom of God has an organizational structure, and their goal is to keep us beaten down. This is the spiritual warfare around us every day.
But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. Luke 13:12-13
We can use the eyes God gave us to recognize the works of the devil in the lives of others, and our hands to represent God’s hands as He does His healing work. Notice also, that the end result is bringing glory to God!
But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. Luke 13:10-17
If there were no spiritual conflict in our world, then we would have nothing but love and patience for one another, but the devil’s kingdom brings pride, strife, lust, anger, hatred, jealousy, etc. Acting upon these things speaks death to people, but Jesus spoke life to people by the same Spirit that lives in us, so we have the same ability to speak life into the lives and hearts of others.
The Holy Spirit healed:
- sickness and disease (Matthew 9:35)
- blindness (Mark 8:22-25)
- by casting out demons (Mark 9:14-29)
- deafness and muteness (Mark 7:31-36)
- paralyzation (Matthew 8:5-13)
- racial hatred (John 4:4-10)
- infertility (Judges 13:2-3)
- by raising the dead (John 11:38-44)
- broken relationships with God (Mark 2:15-17)
1. ...have eyes that see the healing or Kingdom restoration opportunities.
(Healing – alignment with the kingdom of God)
When you see someone who is ill, downcast, or suffering from a broken relationship, you have encountered a Kingdom-of-God restoration opportunity! God can restore, bringing health where there is illness, joy where there is sadness, and reconciliation where there is brokenness. He has power over not just the physical body, but power to change the human heart.
2. ...extend hands that carry the healing power of God.
You don’t have to touch someone to heal him (one passage shows that Jesus healed a man from across town! [Matthew 8:5-13]), but Jesus often did touch people, healing their eyes, their ears, or their internal infirmities.
3. ...give prophetic declarations of life and healing.
Speaking life and healing over people sounds like this: “May God bless you,” “May God encourage you,” “May God give you a Word,” “May God reveal His good plans for your life,” “Even though you are really struggling, God’s Word says that He will never leave you or forsake you. He is right here with you in the midst of your pain and burdens,” etc.
Other believers may already know the truth the God is faithful, but sometimes they need to be reminded! We all need reminding now and then, and you can be that voice of encouragement and life for another person who needs it.
Pray for people and speak life over them! Don’t simply tell a person, “I’ll pray for you,” and walk away. Pray now! Lay a hand on the person’s shoulder and pray! You can even pray over the phone, in an email, or in the midst of a text string.
Here is a practical example of how you can pray for healing:
Holy Spirit, I believe that you can heal [name]. I invite you to destroy the works of the devil and heal [name] of [his/her infirmity or struggle]. Bring Kingdom-of-God alignment of God alignment to his/her body, relationship/emotions/thoughts, etc.
After you pray, ask the person, “How do you feel?” If the person is not with you, call or text! In asking, you are demonstrating that you believe God can heal. Maybe God will heal now, maybe later over time, but no matter what, there is a blessing in the asking and in the receiving of healing prayer.