Derek Prince - The Gift of Healings
All right. So... We go on to the next of the gifts of power which is the gift of healing. And notice in the original it's all plural. Gifts of healings. I personally am inclined to believe that every healing is a gift. And it generally works out that you find certain ministers have certain faith for certain types of healing. Like, I have faith for back problems. I have faith for colitis. I have faith for asthma. I have faith for arthritis. But until recently, as far as people's eyes were concerned, I didn't have much faith.
I say until recently because recently in Pakistan we saw maybe ten blind people receive their sight. But that's a new development that I'm not quite sure what the next phase of that will be. But for years now I have prayed for people with back problems and most of them get healed. So, there's two ways of understanding gifts of healing. Each healing is a distinct gift. And also, some people get gifts of healings for, let's say, arthritis or epilepsy. Others get gifts of healings for deafness or blindness or intestinal complaints. There's many different ways this thing can operate. We have to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Now in essence, the gift of healing or a gift of healing is God's supernatural power against sickness. Okay? Healing relates to sickness. The only kind of people that can get healed are sick people. Okay. There's a statement in Luke 5:17, speaking about a period in the ministry of Jesus. Luke 5:17 It happened on a certain day as he was teaching that there were Pharisees and teachers of the Law sitting by who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Alternative translation: The power of the Lord was present with him to heal them.
Notice the power of the Lord was present to heal. So, God's healing power drives out sickness and replaces it with health. It's a supernatural power granted by the Holy Spirit released often through the laying on of hands, sometimes through anointing with oil, in various different ways. But healing relates to sickness.