Followers of Jesus … (drum roll please) … follow Jesus. And according to I Peter 2:21, this means following the example He set for us 2000 years ago. To “follow in His steps.” To do what He did, how He did it, and in the spirit He did it. To live the way He lived, pray the way He prayed, love the way He loved, think the way He thought, and minister the way He ministered.
Hope you caught that last one. It’s one of the most surprising privileges Jesus has given us. To go out and heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons … the same way He did when He walked the earth. Same calling. Same power. Same authority. Same anointing. Same results.
There was a time in my life when I ignored this calling. Felt that is was reserved for those more gifted or anointed or chosen among us. Well not anymore. These last eight years has been an amazing journey of discovering what it means to truly follow Jesus in this “on earth as it is in heaven” mission. I haven’t raised any dead (yet), but I have had the joy and honor of partnering with God to heal everything from insomnia to bad backs to carpal tunnel to stage-four brain cancer. He’s so good!
How are you doing in this part of your “Jesus follower” journey? Do you want to heal, save, and deliver like He did? Same calling, power, authority, anointing, and results? No matter whether you’re a never-done-it-before newbie or an experienced-to-the-gills-expert, it’s yours for the taking. Here are three things we see in Jesus’ life that can help us experience this kind of miracle-working breakthrough:
1. Jesus spoke to the mountains.
I was shocked when I discovered that Jesus, the greatest Man of prayer who ever walked this earth, never prayed for others to get healed. Never. Not one time. Go check it out. He spoke to the sickness, to the sick (or dead) person, or to the demons causing the sickness, but never to God about the sickness. What’s that all about?!
Jesus was showing us what real kingdom-releasing partnership with the Father looks like. God gave Him authority to heal the sick. (The same authority you and I now have.) Jesus believed that He wielded this authority, so He used it. He spoke to the mountains instead of speaking to God about the mountains. (Matthew 21:21-22) And by God’s power, the mountains moved.
This one revelation has probably caused the greatest healing-ministry breakthrough in my own life. When I started speaking to the sickness, people started to get healed. I encourage you to do the same. Go partner with God to bring healing to a sick and dying world around you. Speak to the mountains! Use the authority He’s given you, and He will move in mighty power through you.
2. Jesus healed with open ears.
If you’re looking for a sure-fire five-step method to heal the sick, you won’t find it by looking at Jesus’ example. From touching tongues to sticking fingers into ears to spitting into eyes to looking up to heaven with deep sighs, He was all over the board.
Which means one thing … Jesus had an ever-open ear to heaven, constantly listening for direction from His Father. He didn’t depend on methods, steps, or past experience for His success in healing, He depended on hearing from His Father what to do with every person and every situation and every sickness. (John 5:19)
I encourage you to do the same. Instead of looking for sure-fire methods to heal the sick, start training your ears to hear the Father’s direction. And what you hear … do. That was Jesus’ sure-fire method.
3. Jesus called forth faith in the sick.
We all know that faith is vital for the work of healing. Jesus made this very plain to a couple of blind men who cried out to Him for a miracle. “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” (Matthew 9:29) And how many times did He say something like, “Your faith has made you well?” Jesus knew the importance of faith in the healing process. That’s why we often saw Him calling it forth – stirring it up – in those He ministered to.
“Get up!” “Pick up your pallet and walk.” “Go wash in the pool of Siloam.” “Stretch out your hand.” “Go show yourselves to the priests.” Jesus even stirred up faith in a dead guy. “Lazarus, come forth!” A call to action. A call to faith.
Without the action, faith can sometimes get stuck in neutral. So I encourage you to challenge those you’re “praying for” to do something that moves them to action. It releases faith. Which often releases the healing. Strive to become an expert at calling forth faith in their lives!
So here it is. Jesus-style healing. As one of His on-fire followers … go follow Him! As you do, you’ll experience a mighty outpouring of power and anointing to destroy the works of the devil, and to release peace, joy, freedom, and healing to a lost and broken world. Just like Jesus did.