The Elijah Challenge Basic Training I www.The Elijah Challenge.org
Welcome to Basic Training I for Special Forces Kingdom of God Session 1
Table of Contents <ul><li>Why has the Church failed? </li></ul><ul><li>Restoration of the spirit of Elijah </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus used the same approach </li></ul><ul><li>The Three Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Reports & Testimonies I </li></ul><ul><li>Our approach specific to the task </li></ul><ul><li>How Jesus ministered healing </li></ul><ul><li>What about disciples? – Luke 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Praying for vs. healing the sick </li></ul><ul><li>Apostles – Matthew 10 </li></ul><ul><li>“Ordinary” disciples – Luke 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Authority different from the gift </li></ul><ul><li>Failure of the disciples to heal </li></ul><ul><li>What is mountain-moving faith? </li></ul><ul><li>Reports II – Uganda </li></ul><ul><li>Contextualization – Indonesia </li></ul><ul><li>Houston Fall Festival </li></ul><ul><li>The Message to be confirmed </li></ul><ul><li>Which is the one true God? </li></ul><ul><li>Authority is like talents </li></ul><ul><li>Peter & healing in Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Peter walking on the water </li></ul><ul><li>Faith & fear are opposites </li></ul><ul><li>Fear & unbelief in Numbers </li></ul><ul><li>How Paul ministered healing </li></ul><ul><li>The End Time Model </li></ul><ul><li>Authority over our flesh </li></ul><ul><li>Basis for the laying on of hands </li></ul><ul><li>Healing-at-a-distance </li></ul><ul><li>Faith is “additive” </li></ul><ul><li>Broader authority </li></ul><ul><li>The gifts of healing </li></ul><ul><li>Ministering to believers </li></ul><ul><li>Spirits which cause infirmities </li></ul><ul><li>“Spiritual warfare” </li></ul><ul><li>Why do infirmities return? </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping the right balance </li></ul><ul><li>“Final examination” </li></ul>
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<ul><li>The Great Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Why has the Church failed to complete it after 2,000 years? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complacency; lack of holiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have not been trained </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear and doubt, which have resulted in the lack of demonstra-tion of God’s power to the lost </li></ul></ul>Return to Contents
<ul><li>The Restoration of Power and Boldness to the Church </li></ul><ul><li>It will require you to go far out of your comfort zone </li></ul><ul><li>Not all will step out of the boat and walk on water successfully </li></ul><ul><li>You will need perseverance and determination to obey the Lord. </li></ul>
The Restoration of Power & Boldness to the Church for the End Times Return to Contents
Malachi 4:5 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. What does this mean? What did Elijah preach? Repentance to the backslidden Israelites
Let’s look at the ministry of Elijah during the reign of Ahab
I Kings 18:20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.
<ul><ul><li>Elijah’s Challenge to the servants of Baal </li></ul></ul>
I Kings 18:24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”
Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”
I Kings 18:36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “ O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.
I Kings 18:37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” I Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!” Only after the Israelites saw the visible demonstration of His power did they repent and acknowledge Him. Could it be the same with God’s people today?
<ul><li>The spirit of Elijah is the spirit of: </li></ul><ul><li>boldness </li></ul><ul><li>power </li></ul><ul><li>and holiness </li></ul>
The Lord desires to raise up a generation of mighty “Elijahs” Will you be one of them?
2 Kings 2:9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “ Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.
2 Kings 2:10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise not.”
… 11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
2 Kings 2:14 Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. “Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.
<ul><ul><li>… 15 The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.” </li></ul></ul>
These Elijahs will raise up even greater “Elishas” for the end times
According to the prophecy in Malachi 4:5, Elijah would be sent before the great and dreadful coming of the Messiah. Malachi’s prophecy would be fulfilled through the coming of John the Baptist. Before his birth, an angel spoke to John’s father Zechariah…
Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. … 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. John was not sent to the unbelievers or Gentiles, but to the people of God .
… Luke 1:17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, ….to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” John was sent to prepare God’s people for the coming of the Messiah. What kind of message did John preach to prepare them?
Luke 3:3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
It was not enough for them to be Abraham’s descendants, to be called Israelites. “Out of these stones…” They were required to repent and to produce fruit. This what John preached when the spirit and power of Elijah came upon him: Repentance and the producing of fruit for God
Today we may be in the last days before the Second Coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ. Malachi’s prophecy tells us that the spirit of Elijah is being restored again. What will we preach when the spirit of Elijah comes upon us?
<ul><li>We will preach repentance to God’s people to prepare them for the great and dreadful day of the Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>We will teach them that they must produce fruit for God: </li></ul><ul><li>the fruit of personal holiness, </li></ul><ul><li>and the fruit of good works in obedience to God’s commands. </li></ul>
But God’s people might say to them-selves in response to the preaching of repentance: “ We are Christians and we are already saved; God loves us. Our sins are forgiven --- we are saved by grace through faith, not by works.” How might John the Baptist answer us today? “ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up ‘Christians.’”
Luke 3:9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” John taught that true repentance will result in the producing of good fruit: holiness and works of obedience. This is not taught in the Church today, resulting in many unsaved “Christians.” They will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
<ul><ul><li>The spirit and power of Elijah will appear again during these last days preceding the return of the Lord Jesus Christ… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>to prepare His people for the Lord’s coming, and… </li></ul><ul><li>to enable the Church to reach the gentiles---Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, idol-worshipers---who never knew the true God. </li></ul>
<ul><li>In the endtimes we will preach the gospel in the spirit and power of Elijah---with miraculous signs---for the purpose of: </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing the lost gentiles to the Lord in fulfillment of the Great Commission, and </li></ul><ul><li>preaching repentance to God’s people. </li></ul>
<ul><ul><li>What is the Lord saying to the Church in these last days? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let’s look at His messages to the seven churches of Revelation. </li></ul></ul>
To the Church in Ephesus: Revelation 2:5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
To the Church in Pergamum: Revelation 2:14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, What is the “teaching of Balaam”? who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.
According to Strong’s Dictionary, “committing sexual immorality” can also be translated “to practice idolatry” in the figurative sense. What kind of idolatry are some believers practicing today?
Ephesians 5:5 …No immoral, impure or greedy person — such a man is an idolater— has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. James 4:4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Today there are Christian ministers who teach “how to get rich.” But 1 Timothy 6:9 says: “ People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” Could this be the idolatry for which Jesus is rebuking a part of the Church during these last days?
Revelation 2:16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. We must repent of the idolatry of greed, and of friendship with the Lord.
To the Church in Thyatira: Rev 2:20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality [or idolatry] and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality [or idolatry], but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.
To the Church in Sardis: Rev 3: 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
To the Church in Laodicea, whom some believe is the Church of the last days: Rev 3: 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
To the Church in Laodicea: 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
Only once did Jesus say “I love you” to one of the seven churches. To the Church in Philadelphia: Rev 3:9 … I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.
Jesus said “repent” to five out of the seven churches of Revelation. Mixed in were words of commendation to some of them. Only once, to the church in Philadelphia, did he say “I love you.”
We are not saying that God does not love the Church. But … Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
This verse is not an evangelistic appeal to the lost, but a call to the Church. 20 I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him… Do we hear His voice? Do we open the door for Him? If we do, it means we accept His rebuke and discipline. It means that we obey & repent.
<ul><li>During these end times we hear many messages about God’s love and blessings, but few about repentance. </li></ul><ul><li>We now understand that God’s love includes rebuke and discipline which lead to repentance. </li></ul><ul><li>Rebuke is not “condemnation.” </li></ul><ul><li>Remembering that we all will one day stand before the Lord, we must now correct this gross imbalance. </li></ul>
<ul><li>We must now go beyond drinking “milk”---which includes the teaching about God’s blessings for us in this life---and go on to take solid food which is for the mature. </li></ul><ul><li>The Church must now grow up. </li></ul><ul><li>When the spirit of Elijah comes upon us, we will preach repentance to God’s people. </li></ul>
Let us remain sober about the Second Coming of Christ… Luke 21:34 “ Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.
Luke 21:36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
<ul><li>Before the Great Commission can be fulfilled, there must be repentance in the Church. </li></ul><ul><li>The miraculous healings we will learn to perform will be the sign that the Church must repent from lukewarm-ness, self-centeredness, and greed. </li></ul><ul><li>We must live holy & fruitful lives. </li></ul><ul><li>This is an essential purpose of the spirit of Elijah during these last days. </li></ul>
Matthew 6:31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Jesus Christ used the approach of Elijah to prove that He was the Son of God Return to Contents
John 20:30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Luke 7:20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’” 21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.
22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Jesus healed the sick to prove that He was in fact the Promised Messiah, the Savior.
John 10:37 Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. 38 But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
John 10:25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
<ul><li>Jesus Christ was: </li></ul><ul><li>Priest </li></ul><ul><li>Prophet </li></ul><ul><li>King </li></ul>Return to Contents
<ul><li>The three offices of the Body of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>priestly office </li></ul><ul><li>prophetic office </li></ul><ul><li>kingly office </li></ul>
We are going to focus on the restoration of a particular aspect of the kingly office to the Church
The kingly office uses authority for the purpose of enforcing the rule of the king
<ul><ul><li>The kingly office can be for war and for destroying the works of the enemy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>King David was a man of war </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Some characteristics of the kingly office… </li></ul><ul><li>authority to command---kings do not ask or beg </li></ul><ul><li>boldness, fearlessness </li></ul><ul><li>actual power to destroy enemies or the works of the enemy </li></ul>
Report from Pastor Joel Biao of Campaign Sponsor World Vision of Niger (World Vision is the largest Christian humanitarian organization in the world. It is evangelical.)
"I can't still help smiling as I am trying to figure the way that God led this Campaign. Of course (we) started talking about this without any conviction the first day. And we did a very short prayer that day. I couldn't imagine, Brother William, that this would end into an event so great in the history of the Church in Niger.”
“ My life as a pastor and leader is really affected: I have learned to be bold in ministering the healing. I have got much more in faith. Through that campaign I can say God added something more to my faith.”
“ I could through the campaign know the kind of message we [need to] give when we try to bring people to know the transforming power of God. I also concluded that without signs, wonders and miracles we only do very little in winning the souls.”
” The first important thing the Campaign has achieved for the churches is the unity. That was the first time [in Niger] that really the churches worked together in real spirit of unity.”
“ Also many barriers have been knocked down; indeed some of the churches that ministered healing [in the Campaign] didn't believe in it at first. They thought that [it] is for the pentecostal churches….
“ Through your teaching and training they were convinced that anyone who is engaged in announcing the Good News in the name of Jesus can do so.”
“ Moreover, henceforth the churches are united and free to work together without any denominational discrimination….
“… The Church in Niamey (the capital city of Niger) is confident in preaching the Gospel with signs and wonders.; the church knows how to handle the spiritual warfare; the church is really bold in preaching the Gospel.”
” The Gospel will become effective in Niger as the Muslim people will themselves witness miracles in the name of Jesus. There will be much more fruit than what we had previously….
“ The Church in Niger will become really bold and effective in reaching out to Muslim people. The harvest will be great."
Our approach to healing… is specific to the task Return to Contents
For example, the “gift of healing” The “gift of healing” is primarily for ministering to sick believers and can be manifest in gatherings of believers.
Gifts of Healing 1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. … 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
1 Corinthians 14:12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
However, there is something more foundational than the gift of healing for ministering to the Church: Healing the sick to demonstrate to the lost that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world
Our task here is to learn to minister healing in the context of proclaiming the gospel to the lost--- just as Christ and his early disciples did.
Therefore we will first study how Christ ministered healing to the sick in the gospels… Return to Contents
John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. Let’s examine how Jesus healed the sick after he was anointed by the Holy Spirit. In the same way we will heal the sick.
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…
The fulfillment of Isaiah 61 Luke 3:21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened
Luke 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days… Fasting can be important if you want to minister in power and boldness
Luke 4:14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
Luke 4:31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. 32 And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.
Luke 4:33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us?.…
<ul><li>What might a typical believer do in such a situation? </li></ul><ul><li>Flee </li></ul><ul><li>pray to God </li></ul><ul><li>Charismatics might pray in tongues </li></ul><ul><li>“ Father, in the name of Jesus we command this demon to come out.” </li></ul><ul><li>What might a scripturally well-trained believer do? </li></ul>
35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” Did Jesus pray for him? Did Jesus say: “Father, we command this demon to be quiet and to come out of him”? Do you think Jesus closed his eyes? Was there any “priestly” action directed to the Father?
And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. How did Jesus do this miracle? He did the miracle by exercising the authority given to him by his Father. Authority is not exercised by praying, but rather by commanding.
36 Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” We are not saying that Jesus never prayed, but that there were specific occasions on which he did not pray, but rather commanded.
37 And the report about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
How did Jesus deal with a purely physical infirmity?
Some of us may have been taught that we believers have authority to cast demons out of afflicted people. But… if someone has a purely physical infirmity, we can only pray for him and trust God to heal him.
Let’s see how Jesus dealt with a purely physical infirmity… ...38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and t hey asked Jesus to help her.
<ul><li>Luke 4:39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, </li></ul><ul><li>and it left her. </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus pray for her? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus say: “Father, we rebuke this fever”? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus close his eyes? </li></ul><ul><li>Was there any “priestly” action directed to the Father? </li></ul>
<ul><li>The same incident from: </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 8:15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 1:31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Jesus did three things in healing Peter’s mother-in-law: </li></ul><ul><li>he rebuked the fever </li></ul><ul><li>he touched her hand </li></ul><ul><li>he helped her to get up </li></ul><ul><li>he did not pray for her </li></ul>
According to John 14:12, can you do this as well?
Luke 4:40 When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.
Luke 5:12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
<ul><li>13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. </li></ul><ul><li>"Be clean!" </li></ul><ul><li>And immediately the leprosy left him. </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus pray for this man? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus say: “Father, we command this man to be clean”? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus close his eyes? </li></ul><ul><li>Was there any “priestly” action directed to the Father? </li></ul>
Matthew 12:9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there…
<ul><li>13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus pray for this man? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus say: “Father, we command this man to stretch out his hand”? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus close his eyes? </li></ul><ul><li>Was there any “priestly” action directed to the Father? </li></ul>
So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.
But Jesus is now in heaven…. So now who does the work that He did when He was on earth?
John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater works, for I am going to the Father.
<ul><li>What did Jesus do? </li></ul><ul><li>He preached the gospel </li></ul><ul><li>He healed the sick </li></ul><ul><li>He cast out demons </li></ul><ul><li>He made disciples </li></ul><ul><li>He actually did not pray for the sick </li></ul>
<ul><li>Therefore, you are going to: </li></ul><ul><li>preach the gospel as Jesus did </li></ul><ul><li>heal the sick as Jesus did </li></ul><ul><li>cast out demons as Jesus did </li></ul><ul><li>make disciples as Jesus did </li></ul><ul><li>So do not just pray for the sick, heal the sick as Jesus did! </li></ul>
Does the Bible specifically teach that we disciples of Christ have been given any authority to heal the sick as Jesus did? Return to Contents
Luke 9:1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. How many of us actually heal the sick in the way that Jesus did?
What is the difference between praying for the sick and healing the sick as Jesus did? Return to Contents
Which is easier: Praying for the sick, or healing the sick as Jesus did ?
What does it mean “to pray for the sick”? Is it possible to fail when praying for the sick?
What does it mean “to heal the sick” as Jesus did ? Is it possible to fail when healing the sick as Jesus did?
Few servants of God and believers actually heal the sick as Jesus commanded His disciples
Why are miraculous healings rare in the Church today?
The primary reason why miraculous healings are rare today is because the Church has failed to obey Christ’s command to heal the sick as He did
Luke 9:6 So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere. Preaching the gospel and healing the sick are a single package
Matthew 10:1 And when He had called to Him His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Apostles may be given a very high level of authority to heal the sick Return to Contents
7 And as you go, proclaim, saying, The kingdom of Heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. These were the commands Jesus gave to the twelve apostles
Jesus commanded his disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven and to heal the sick His final command before returning to heaven is found in Matthew 28, also known as the Great Commission
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
<ul><li>Therefore today we must teach disciples to obey what He commanded his disciples 2,000 years ago: </li></ul><ul><li>to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven, </li></ul><ul><li>to heal the sick, </li></ul><ul><li>and to obey His other commands as well </li></ul>
What about disciples who are not apostles? Return to Contents
Luke 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
… Luke 10:9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ Authority over diseases was also given to the 70 disciples---who were not apostles---when they were sent out to proclaim the Kingdom of God
This clearly means that in the context of evangelism, the Lord’s will in general is to heal the sick.
… 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’
There is something additional which is important to note. Let’s go back to the first verse of Luke 10
Luke 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
Luke 10:5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.
… Luke 10:9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ In Brazil in July 2010, 620 trained disciples visited 9,577 homes & the streets over six afternoons of the “Visitation of God.” 1,920 people were healed and 1,440 people accepted Christ during the week.
… Luke 10:9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ This approach was also successfully applied in the Philippines, with over 50 house churches planted in 5 months by mostly new believers: the “man of peace” of Luke 10:6.
...17 The seventy returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
<ul><li>What conclusion do we draw? </li></ul><ul><li>The Twelve were given power and authority over disease and demons when Jesus sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God. </li></ul><ul><li>The Seventy were also given a measure of this power and authority when they were sent out. </li></ul>
<ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A measure of authority over disease and demons was given to whomever the Lord sent out to proclaim the Kingdom of God to the lost </li></ul></ul>
Every disciple of Jesus Christ is sent out to the world as a witness
This authority over disease is not identical to the “gift of healing.” There are 4 major differences. Return to Contents
<ul><li>Difference in time: </li></ul><ul><li>the authority to heal was given before the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Difference in function: </li></ul><ul><li>The authority was given not to build up the body of Christ, but for proclaiming the gospel to the lost. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Difference in frequency: </li></ul><ul><li>Every believer was given this authority, while not every believer was given the gift of healing. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Difference in operation: </li></ul><ul><li>the operation of the authority to heal is very different from the operation of the gift of healing. </li></ul>
Christ’s disciples experienced failure to heal the sick Return to Contents
Matthew 17:14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
1 17 “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?
How could Jesus have possibly expected and even demanded His disciples to do the miracle? His theology on this issue differs sharply from the theology of the Church. Who is correct: Jesus or the Church?
<ul><li>They were His disciples and were being trained to do what He did </li></ul><ul><li>He had given them authority to heal the sick and cast out demons </li></ul><ul><li>He had sent them out and commanded them to heal the sick </li></ul>
Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
There are four reasons we give to explain why the sick are not healed when we minister to them
<ul><li>It’s not God’s will </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not God’s time </li></ul><ul><li>The sick person has sin </li></ul><ul><li>The sick person lacks faith </li></ul>Some of these reasons might sometimes apply, for example, when a believer fails to confess sin
<ul><li>It’s not God’s will </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not God’s time </li></ul><ul><li>We are essentially “blaming” God </li></ul>
3. The sick person has sin 4. The sick person lacks faith We are essentially “blaming” the sick person
How very convenient! We rarely blame ourselves when the miracle does not take place
What reason did Jesus give in this particular situation to explain why the miracle did not take place?
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Whose “fault” was it that the miracle did not take place?
I tell you the truth, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. The disciples failed because they lacked “mountain-moving faith”
Verse 21 does not appear in all Greek manuscripts 21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” We conclude that prayer and fasting increase mountain-moving faith in order to cast out demons successfully.
Exactly what is mountain-moving faith? Return to Contents
Mark 11:12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
Mark 11:14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
… 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. How did Jesus perform this miracle? Jesus exercised authority over the tree essentially by commanding it to die.
21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” Jesus answers by explaining to Peter exactly how he used his authority to curse the fig tree.
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Equally valid, according to the Greek: “ Have faith of God,” Jesus answered. Most literal versions of the Bible render this verse “Have faith of God”.
<ul><li>23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ </li></ul><ul><li>and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. </li></ul><ul><li>Faith of God: </li></ul><ul><li>No doubt in your heart </li></ul><ul><li>“ What I say must be done” </li></ul>
Mark 11:23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ Does God doubt that the mountain will obey Him? and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
When someone---like a military commander---gives a command to that which is under his authority, he utters the command with no doubt or fear of being rejected. Because he has been given authority in that realm, he believes that what he says will happen.
Disciples of Jesus Christ who are sent out to proclaim the Kingdom of God have been given authority over disease and demons. (We are not suggesting that believers have all authority like God Himself)
When in this context we command diseases and demons to go in Christ’s name, we speak with faith of God, without doubt or fear of failure.
Authority over diseases and demons must be exercised with faith of God or mountain-moving faith. The consequence of lack of faith could be failure.
Authority - Exousia “ Potential energy” in you given by the Lord Mountain-moving faith transforms this potential energy into miraculous healing
Jesus never told his disciples that they lacked “the anointing,” rather he rebuked them for lacking faith of God, with which they were to exercise authority over diseases and demons.
It can be more helpful to view healing the infirm as the process of “moving a mountain”… Rather than as an instant, all-or-nothing, unpredictable event
If you are using authority to heal the sick, do not mix praying and commanding. Operating in the gift of healing, however, may involve prayer.
Note: It is not always necessary to raise one’s voice when healing the sick. In many settings it may not be appropriate to use a loud voice. It is possible to exercise authority quietly yet powerfully.
Faith of God (kingly actions) for commanding disease & demons Mark 11: 23 … if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
Faith in God (priestly actions) for our relationship with God Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Forgiving others For our relationship with other people Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
God Disciples of Christ Disease & demons & flesh “ faith in God” “ faith of God”
Directions Priestly office: up Prophetic: horizontal Kingly office : down
Priestly office Not primarily for fulfilling the Great Commission, but for ministering directly to the Lord
Prophetic office Not primarily for fulfilling the Great Commission, but primarily for ministering to the body of Christ and for speaking forth God’s words to others
Kingly office Primarily for fulfilling the Great Commission: for destroying the works of the enemy--- for healing the sick and proclaiming the Kingdom of God to the lost
How can the Church apply this teaching to fulfill The Great Commission?
“ Tons of healings taking place in the middle of the street” Testimony of New York disciples after Basic Training
"My name is John Slionski. I run a ministry called Army For God with my wife Heidi on Long Island, New York. I wanted to first thank you so much for being obedient to set the example and to raise the bar. I always preached this type of message but never the detailed revelation that you had gotten.
In fact, a lot of my sermons are in exact line with your ministry. I sat through the Basic Training two times, plus I watched your videos of it and have to say it has lit a fire in the ministry like crazy.
… In July (2009) alone we ministered to 691 people and by August 6 we had already ministered to 106! We have seen tons of miracles and healings taking place right in the middle of the street!
People walking out of wheelchairs, cancer being healed, tumors going away, popped knee limbs moving back into place, arms, backs and necks healed, epilepsy healed---twice. God is on the move and people are getting saved left and right.
People can't stop witnessing and demonstrating God’s power right in the middle of supermarkets, parking lots, Chinese food places, etc. The fever of Jesus is catching on! People won't be able to stop the revival. What God is going to do has never been seen before!
From April 2009 (when they were trained) to the end of that year, Army for God reported 850 miraculous healings in their ministry on the streets and other public places of New York.
<ul><li>Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>July 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>620 trained disciples visited 9,577 homes & the streets over six afternoons of the “Visitation of God.” </li></ul><ul><li>1,920 people were healed and 1,440 people accepted Christ during the week. </li></ul>
The Philippines … Luke 10:9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ This approach was applied in the Philippines, with over 50 house churches planted in 5 months by mostly new disciples
Houston disciples go door-to-door healing the sick and sharing Christ October 2009 Ossy Ebadan trained with TEC in August 2009
We went out to a "not so poor, but not so rich" lower-middle-class neighborhood to preach the gospel. The people were very receptive. We split up into two groups of four (there were eight of us). And we went ahead.
With my group, the very first person who we spoke with was RIPE and ready for the harvest! We barely even had to do anything. We just told him we were in the neighborhood sharing the love of God and praying for people's needs, and he opened up.
We prayed for his mother who was on drugs and then he said he didn't have a serious relationship with the Lord, neither had he repented from his sins. So we all counseled him and prayed with him, and he was saved! Hallelujah!
At the next house we went to, there was an elderly woman who could barely speak English. My sister and another friend who spoke a little bit of Spanish told her why we were there and asked if she needed prayer for anything. She then exclaimed that a nerve in her leg, from her hip all the way down to her ankles, had been bothering her.
We, immediately with excitement, began to rebuke the sickness and pain and had her test it out. She said it was a little better....so we ministered to her again. After the second time she was completely healed! We were able to pray for a number of people and share the gospel with them.
There was one more person who received salvation, and… then I believe one more miracle was performed (with the other group) ---another leg problem. It was a great experience! Thank you so much for your teachings AGAIN!
We will do this again very soon. Hopefully in a more poor and disease-infested neighborhood.
Randy & Jennifer Campbell Open Door Fellowship, Houston, TX Soup Kitchen Ministry
The Elijah Challenge in Seattle By Tom Briggs of Salt Ministries September 18, 2009
Lenny stopped to inquire what my banner meant. It said: "WANTED: The Lame, Deaf, Blind, Possessed, Tumors ... FREE PRAYER FOR HEALING"
His back was injured when in his 20s and was now on constant pain management drugs. He let me minister to him, so I laid hands on his lower back and you know the rest.
Then I also asked if he wanted to be free of the pain drug addiction. YES, of course. He was skipping around, and showing people how he could now bend over as you see in the video. He went around the whole intersection from one crosswalk to the next.
… he was smiling, hopping and saying God healed him! Lenny took a copy of John's gospel and a gospel tract. He probably heard us preaching later at Pike Place Market, because I saw him there that afternoon.
Mission Trip to Haiti in April 2009 Testimony of other New York disciples after six hours of Basic Training
Chris Faraguna of Isaiah 58 House: “ I just want to tell you how important it was for you to come here when you did. … It affected our Haiti mission trip tremendously. We saw over 80 people healed and over 100 people saved.”
“ One healing was tremendous---we commanded a mute spirit out of a boy and commanded his tongue to be loosed and he spoke. He had not spoken to anyone for over 10 years; now he is communicating with others. We have this on video.”
Pastor Mel Melato of Long Island (associated with David Wilkerson of Times Square Church): “ We also had two major deliverances in the meetings. We commanded the evil spirits out of two girls and then they accepted Jesus.”
“ It was something out of the Book of Acts. We then trained about 12 pastors on the kingly office [using the one-hour version of the Training you gave me]."
“ A six-months pregnant woman came forward requesting healing. She had thought that there was no life in her womb because there had been no movement in her womb. The two volunteer pastors commanded the spirit of death to go. Then something in her womb started to move. Hallelujah! Everyone praised God.”
“ There were three young people and one older person delivered from evil, dumb, and deaf mute spirits. 140 more were healed of various sicknesses, diseases and infirmities.
"My wife and my daughter are continually blessed from the teaching that you brought forth in our midst and everytime we bring "Christ healing to all nations" to churches around New York, the glory of God's healing and deliverance come upon the people.
We have been to Salvation Army Church, to Evangelical Italian Christian Church, once more to Jesus Spanish Church, to Christ All Nations Mission Church and to Open Bible Filipino Church....the effect of your teaching is the same....the miracle healing power of God would just descend upon the people."
"So many healings, so many deliverances since I have learned the 'Elijah Challenge' way of bringing healing and deliverance to people who desire it.
Missionary Carl Henderson (Attended Elijah Challenge in 2006) Mindanao, Philippines August 2009
The healings during the Training included: Many goiters, arthritis, back injuries, stiff necks, frozen-shoulder joints, knee pain, asthma, heart pain, infections, boils, hip pain, migraine headaches and large breast tumors were healed.
One man from the Netherlands who had extremely rotten and infected diabetic feet was present. His feet had open wounds which he called, “caves.” He immediately reported his pain was gone. Mila and I told him to get up and walk. He was reluctant, but slowly stood and began to walk.
By the third step he was normal and was soon dancing, skipping, and trotting back and forth with a large smile on his face. The pain was completely gone. He had come into the building with a cane, moving very slowly and leaning on his wife for support.
Now he was now dancing, walking, and kneeling down with the same feet! During the afternoon, he un-bandaged and checked the wounds. He found they had filled in from the back and the external opening was 1/3 smaller than they had been in the morning.
That evening for the Crusade, he became our photographer, walking all around and standing for hours on his once bad feet.
Another very frail woman in her eighties came in using a crutch. She had broken her hip and femur in a fall. She felt something happen and she gave up her crutch and began to walk tentatively at first then more and more powerfully. Finally she was smiling with a toothless smile and turning and dancing around in joy.
In the Crusade: One by one, the people started getting healed, goiters shrunk, people with hearing and vision problems were healed, female problems, pain and long term bleeding were gone, tumors on thyroids, migraine headaches, slipped disc, back injuries, neck injuries were healed.
An elderly woman with crippled arthritic knees and hips started dancing and testifying to her healing. The miracles were happening everywhere and there was so much joy and celebration. Some were laughing and hugging and others were weeping for joy. Some could not talk, they were weeping uncontrollably, they just said “thank you, Jesus” over and over.
Thirty-seven people came forward and made a profession of faith and repentance. There were even more tears and greater joy as they committed themselves to Christ. In all we had 63 people healed, 2 delivered from demons, and 50 newly trained Filipino evangelists were now ready to do kingdom work in the power and authority of Jesus’ name.
Jim Hathaway, Alberta, Canada (attended Elijah Challenge in 2008) Mission trip to Mindanao November 2009
Jim reported that in the three Crusade meetings he held, every infirm person who came was healed as the disciples he trained laid hands on them. Sinners accepted Christ as a result.
November 2009 In a jungle village in Malaysian Borneo, 23 out of 25 infirm people were healed as trained Malaysian disciples laid hands on them.
Arua, Uganda February 2005 “ Heal the sick, and tell them ‘the kingdom of God is near you.’” Luke 10:9 Return to Contents
Pastor Jimmy Kato reported later in the year: "We have open-air evangelistic meetings every Sunday evening using The Elijah Challenge method and it is beautiful."
“ The Lord has done many things through the teaching you gave us in Arua. About four churches were opened outside of Arua by different church leaders who were in your Seminar.”
“ Many miracles happen and are still happening as a result of The Elijah Challenge ministries.”
“ The church I pastor has grown twice (doubled) or more since you left. We have evening services every day and all-night services twice a week. I was the only pastor before but now we have four pastors.”
“ I praise the Lord for using Wycliffe missionaries Douglas and Anne Sampson to host you in order to bring this great revival to Arua and beyond.”
“ The pastors are now united and form a strong association now registered with the government of Uganda.” “ This is all about what God did in Arua.”
Pastor Benard Okello Homa Bay, Kenya East Africa
Reported in November 2008: “ Missionary Butch Berner came to Homa Bay, Kenya [in September 2007] and taught The Elijah Challenge to my sixty members.
Then my members went and preached the Kingdom of God and miraculous healings began to take place, bringing many converts to our church.
I had pastored this church for six years without increase because it was I doing everything as the believers in my church just looked on.
But when Butch came and taught, we have increased to three hundred active members and they are still in action.”
September 2009 Report Elijah Challenge-trained churches are now the fastest growing churches in North India
Keith Roussel Missionary to the Philippines Trained in June 2007
"I have recently returned from our missions trip. We had a great time! I was so amazed by the results. The students stepped forward in boldness and faith and they performed many healings through the power of God. I could see the look of joy and amazement in their eyes as the people who they were laying hands on were instantly healed!