Posts Tagged ‘Healing block’

Unforgiveness = Healing Block

August 19, 2015

Luke 5:17-26 NASB
17 One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. 18 And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. 26 They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

The power to heal was present – Jesus was teaching – the Pharisees did not receive. Looking at who did receive healing shows some interesting things. Jesus had “revelation” of the faith of the friends and He must have also had “revelation” of the state of the paralytic – the need for forgiveness of sins – before physical healing takes place. Here the physical healing of the paralytic confirms the authority of Jesus to forgive sins.

This account in Mark shows that Jesus was both preaching and teaching before this healing. What’s the difference between preaching and teaching?

Mark 2:1-3 NKJV
And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.

What did Jesus preach?

Matthew 4:17 NASB
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Luke 24:47 NASB
47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

* Preaching = a salvation message
* Teaching = a specific word from the Lord

Is it a coincidence that this is the message that the paralytic needed to hear before his healing? Jesus had “revelation” that the paralytic’s heart needed forgiveness of his sins. It also implies that at times unforgiveness may be another block to healing.

This shows how important it is to be in step with the Holy Spirit – Jesus ministered healing in many ways depending on the individual being ministered to. Only He has knowledge of what state each heart is in and has need of.

Matthew 6:15 NASB
15 … if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Mark 11:25-26 NASB
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. 26 [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]

Unbelief = Healing Block

August 18, 2015

Mark 16:17-18 NASB
17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Looking at the above passage alone could lead to the assumption that a miracle of healing is guaranteed every time someone has the boldness of faith to lay hands on the sick. Is this true?

Mark 6:1-6 NASB
Jesus went out from there and *came into His hometown; and His disciples *followed Him. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” 5 And He[Jesus] could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching.

Even Jesus’ healing power was hindered at times – unbelief(refusing to believe, trust who Jesus is) – seems to block this power. Jesus had “revelation” that unbelief was the block here. The above passage seems to show that both revelation and teaching are needed for this unbelief to be removed and healing to occur.

If confronted with unbelief also remember the prayer of the father whose son was plagued with convulsions and in need of deliverance.

Mark 9:22-24, 28-29 NASB
22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
… 28 … His disciples began questioning Him[Jesus] privately, “Why could we not drive it out?” 29 And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”