Sid Roth - Healing Is Simpler Than You Think
Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. My guest has trained thousands of Bible believers that never prayed for the sick, never saw miracles and they're starting to see miracles. I mean, not minor miracles, I mean blind eyes opened, deaf ears hearing, people in wheelchairs getting out, and he says he can equip anyone to do that. Anyone interested? Me, too. You know, Steve, one of the things that I really appreciate about you is you're saying that you don't need to be a TV star. You don't need to have a great gift from God of healing. All you need is the teaching of the Word and doing it. Really, people see blind eyes opened, deaf ears opened, the crippled walking, the dead raised, and they don't have any special gifts?
Steve Stewart: And they don't have any special gifts, Sid. You know, even in the last few weeks as I've been to five or six nations, I've watched who have come with me from all over the developed world with no training. I spend a day with them and we get out, and in the last few weeks I can't even tell you how many blind eyes open, how many deaf ears open, mutes speaking because it's our inheritance.
Sid Roth: I understand what you're saying, but I've always been told you have to work up your faith. You start with a headache then you work for five or six years to get deaf ears open. You don't see that as a necessity, do you?
Steve Stewart: Absolutely not. You know, I think of a guy Rick, who we did some training in Africa and we finished early. I said, "Why don't you guys just go up and pray for somebody". And he went up, and he only made it about 300 yards, and he found a kid who was born completely deaf, and the Lord opened his ears. He didn't have any track record. He just had discovered by spending the day together that this is part of his inheritance.
Sid Roth: Now you're a spiritual father. You mentored a gentleman that has work in India.
Steve Stewart: Yes.
Sid Roth: What did he do?
Steve Stewart: Oh, he's done wonderful things. He started with just him and his wife and he now has over 600,000 in his church.
Sid Roth: Did you get that, 600,000, starting with just him and his wife? Now that is growth.
Steve Stewart: That is serious growth and it's all about multiplication, not addition. You know, just in the last three and a half months, and I checked with him just before this show, he has started another 5,020 churches, over 200,000 people in the last three and a half months. So God is moving in a remarkable, remarkable way. Last year, he baptized 150,000 people and this year it will be more than that.
Sid Roth: There is a story you tell that it got to me. You talk about praying for a deaf mute and God speaking to you.
Steve Stewart: I've seen the Lord do that so many times. But when I prayed for that man, here's what happened. I took a team. We were in Mexico, actually. I took a team and the first night there was a word of knowledge and an 11-year-old boy was brought forward who had been mute his entire life. And one of the team prayed for him, not me, and he instantly spoke. Sid, it was like flicking a light switch. He just spoke fluently. The next night I was in another town. After we preached the Gospel, people came forward, a lot of people came forward and I began to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to just come and fill them. And it was a 13-year-old girl who had been deaf since she was three when she got meningitis, and suddenly her ears were open. She was crying. Her mother was crying. Everybody was just excited. I felt this sadness come over me and couldn't understand it. So I stepped back. Nobody was looking at me, they were looking at what was going on there and I said, "Why do I feel sad"? And he said something I'll never forget. It was one of those markers in life. He said to me, "Remember the boy last night who couldn't speak and then he could"? I said, "Sure". He said, "You see that girl who was deaf and now she could hear"? I said, "Yes, Papa". He said to me, "I have been waiting for years to do that, but nobody would release it".
Sid Roth: That was the statement that got to me.
Steve Stewart: Sid, how much is Heaven waiting to release in all our towns and all our cities just waiting for us to release it?
Sid Roth: You do seminars where you teach people how to release the power of God and there was a young boy in the seminar, just nine years old. He was there just because he was waiting to go to school. That was in India, but something dramatic happened to him. He picked up a lot more than most people would have thought.
Steve Stewart: It was interesting. He actually, we thought he was sleeping on the back, on the pew and but he had been learning. The next day after school, he burst in the front door and he said to his mother, "It works! It works! I did what Uncle said"! And he prayed for a friend who had been chronically sick and he was healed. Two days later, I took him, little nine-year-old Abasheik and some other young people to a very remote Indian village and I started to tell him about Jesus. A crowd gathered and then I had these young people start to pray for the sick, and nine-year-old Abasheik prayed for a 35-year-old man who had been deaf his whole life, and his ears opened, and it caused a move of God in that whole village.
Sid Roth: I would like to know the very first person you prayed that was sick, what happened?
Steve Stewart: It was in 1977, and I was a new believer. I got a phone call. My friend's sister had been in a car accident. She had broken vertebrae, crushed discs, would I please come and pray for her. I had never prayed for anyone. I prayed for supper, that's about it. I went to the house. I was nervous, trying to pretend I wasn't. They're all looking at me and I went to pray for her, and someone said, "Aren't you going to anoint her with oil"? And I'm thinking, what is that? But on the outside, I said, "Oh yes, of course, of course". And somebody got me a bottle of Crisco and I just let her have it because I didn't know any different. So I prayed what might have been one of the slipperiest prayers, and I prayed and it was rather a pathetic prayer. I just kind of mumbled. I was so nervous. And when I was done they all looked at me like, that's it? And the Lord instantly healed her. And in fact, there was a series.
Sid Roth: Were you shocked?
Steve Stewart: You bet. I was really shocked.
Woman: Praise the Lord! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Jesus. Thank you.
Sid Roth: He doesn't pray for someone else for another six years. But there was a dramatic change in his life when he was challenged. If you will pray for 200 people you'll kick right into that gear. He did it, it worked. And when we come back I want to find out what that nine-year-old Indian learned that caused him to walk instantly in miracles. Be right back.
Sid Roth: So a nine-year-old Indian boy in India hears this teaching from Steve and totally moves like someone in the Book of Acts would move that was a believer. Give me just a few nuggets that this young nine-year-old grabbed hold of that caused him to be normal, normal as defined by the Bible, not normal as defined by tradition and religion.
Steve Stewart: For one thing, he would have learned that what we expect is what we see and the more we see, the more we expect, so it is a positive spiral. And he would have also heard what I shared earlier that whatever we release is what gets released from Heaven, which is what Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:19 in this whole thing of God wanting to release the Kingdom through us. He also would have heard about the delight of God. This is such a key for me. Let me tell you briefly. I was doing a healing conference in Seoul, Korea and a mother brought her 20-year-old son to me. He came over to me. He had rheumatoid arthritis. His knees were all swelled up. So I knelt down to pray for him, and as I started to pray for him I could feel things moving around. Nobody noticed me because of all that was going on in the room. But for me, it was as if the room became silent, and I heard the Father say to me, "You really love doing this, don't you"? I said, "Yes, Papa, I do". And he said to me, "Me, too". And at that moment, I just had this a-ha, he delights in healing and he delights in me, Sid, when I'm healing. He made me to pray for the sick as he made every believer and when I'm doing it I enter into his delight. Can I tell you a story, also in India, how that was released and changed a region. I took a team, you know, we head up this thing called Impact Nations, and I took a team on a journey of compassion to northern India two years ago. I had been to India many times. We went into the hardest region in India, in the Punjab. On the first day, we did a mobile medical clinic, which we do. I believe the Kingdom touches every part of life. And we were going along just fine for a couple of hours and then a family brought their paralyzed mother. They carried her in to get medicine. While she was waiting our prayer team prayed for her and she was instantly healed. What I want you to know is out of that one healing, suddenly a town of 8000, we just turned and we prayed for person after person, after person until it was dark, got up to preach and they were on the roof, on the walls, they were everywhere. And out of that one journey of compassion in that area of the Punjab, 1000 new churches were planted.
Sid Roth: This is not an exception. Wherever you go this is happening. But that's India. What about some place like here, the United States? Does the Word work as good here as it does in India?
Steve Stewart: Absolute, Sid. I've watched in Bristol, Connecticut, when I taught a team and we out to a housing project, and in the first 30 minutes, a woman with a blind opened. Another woman who had been in bed for three months and her husband found us and said, "Come pray". And she was doing jumping jacks. A man who had been off on disability because he had a frozen arm that wouldn't work, completely healed.
Sid Roth: But the thing that's so amazing to me, he could tell me all these things that he does, but he doesn't even do it much himself. He lets everyone else do it that's never done it before to prove the power of the Word. Speaking of the power of the Word, this illustrates it better than anything I've ever heard of. You were in the former Soviet Union and your translator was Russian, a really nice Russian atheist, doesn't believe a thing, just a professional doing her job, and how could you tell her to pray for someone?
Steve Stewart: The Russian government actually paid for auditoriums for me and they provided this interpreter, this translator. Her name was Paulina. I would preach and she would start to translate for me.
Paulina: Иисус любит вас и Он хочет спасти вас.
Steve Stewart: Then she'd turn and whisper and she'd say, "But Steve, you know I don't believe". I said, "It doesn't matter. You're doing great. Keep going". And this was what was always going on. One day I came into an auditorium, a large auditorium. God was healing and the Lord spoke to me and said, "Go to the back". There was a bleachers in the back. I said, "Paulina, come, let's go". We went to the back and there was a woman who had very advanced liver disease. She was jaundice, just yellow, and her stomach was very extended. I said, "Paulina, would you just put your hand on her and I want you to say this".
Man: In the name of Jesus, I command the spirit to leave this woman and never come back.
Steve Stewart: And she said, "But Steve, you know I don't believe". I said, "It doesn't matter".
Woman: "In the name of Jesus, I command the spirit of disease to leave this woman and never return".
Steve Stewart: And the woman suddenly shouted out, "Fire! Fire! I'm on fire"! And like that, her descended stomach when shoo! And her flesh was pink. This is what I see all the time. The power is in the Gospel. Romans 1:16: "The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation".
Sid Roth: I'll tell you what, when we come back, I'm going to have Steve pray for you when we come back.
Sid Roth: Steve, you talk about the delight that God has in you praying for the sick, the delight that you get back from traveling international, praying for thousands of people, having others pray for thousands of people, and you can't get wait to get out to pray for that one person. And you use a word that I want you to talk аbout: "rescue".
Steve Stewart: I think rescue is a great definition for salvation, actually. And I feel like where the rhythm of God where Jesus is moving, I always see rescue and reconciliation, and restoration. He rescues lives. There's two ways to see it. As recently as, I don't know, two, three weeks ago, little girl, born deaf, someone prayed for her, her ears opened, and she could hear and speak. We can say, oh her ears got healed. I'd say her life got rescued. All her possibilities, all her future, everything changed.
Sid Roth: Total transformation.
Steve Stewart: In a moment.
Sid Roth: And he's saying that you can do this. You don't have to be a spectator anymore.
Steve Stewart: Amen.
Sid Roth: I mean, you are hired. Come into the play. Take the starring role because, do you remember what God said to Steve? I've been waiting for so long for someone to pray for this person. There are people all around you that God is just waiting for someone to release his Kingdom and that someone is you. You are qualified. Tell me, teach just for a moment from one scripture and then pray for the sick.
Steve Stewart: In Mark 1:40-41, the leper came to Jesus and he says, "He fell on his knees and he begged him". He says, "If you're willing you can make me clean. And Jesus looked at him, filled with compassion, and he said, "'I am willing.'" The problem we have is the English language doesn't have the richness of the Greek. He said, "I am palo", which means not only willingness, volition, but it means pleasure. He was saying you don't have to beg me. I'm pleased to heal you. When we get a hold of this it changes the way we pray. Now let me pray for folks out there because the Lord is going to heal you right now. So I encourage you, put your hand on that part of your body where you've got pain or where there is sickness and just let the Lord come to you right now. In the name of Jesus Christ, I command this pain to leave. I command pain to leave your right hip. I command the pain to leave your neck. The neck spurs go right now. I tell migraines to go right now. I speak to the right ear that's been blocked. It opens in the name of Jesus. I tell all pain in your body to go. I tell all sickness to go in the name of Jesus Christ and I release the power of Heaven, the Divine life of Jesus into your body. Thank you, Lord.
Sid Roth: And I'm hearing that in your bones there are pain, anywhere in your body, in your bones there is pain. I command that pain to go in Jesus' name. Steve, you say that many people, after they get your teaching, they say this is what I was made for.
Steve Stewart: Yes.
Sid Roth: You told me that that would delight God. That has to so delight you, too.
Steve Stewart: It does. It does. And you know, Sid, that's part of why I go all over the developing world. We've taken over 1300 people with us on these journeys of compassion because their lives change, not just for 12 days, but when they go home. And it's also why I go and I do these impact weekends because people's lives change. They begin to understand the Gospel is bigger than they ever thought it was and that Jesus is inviting us to enter right into the rhythm of it.
Sid Roth: You say there is a question that anyone can ask that changes everything. What is that question?
Steve Stewart: This is the question I thought all over the world. It's five simple words: May I pray for you. And the problem is we, oh that's too simple. But Christian sociologists tell us that 95 percent of believers never once in their life ask that question outside the safety of their church building or their home. When we ask that question, the Word becomes flesh. The ideal becomes realm. The Kingdom of God is released. I encourage every viewer to take a deep breath, step over the nervousness, which is normal, and the dry mouth, which is normal, and when you hear somebody at the coffee shop two tables over telling their friend, I've had this headache for three days, instead of thinking that's too bad, you walk over and say, "Excuse me, I couldn't help but hear. May I pray for you"?
Sid Roth: Let me tell you how faith is spelled: R-I-S-K. But guess what? After you pray for your first 200 people, you will delight in seeing lives transformed. You will delight in rescuing people. I appoint you to be normal, normal as defined by the Bible.