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Is God the Author of all healing?

Is God the Author of all healing?

Heal the blind

There is a lot to be said in the scripture about sickness and healing. Jesus heals. I know this to be true. That is some good news!

Approximately one fifth of the books of the Good News (Gospel) narrative is devoted to Jesus’ healing ministry. At the start of His ministry, Jesus “went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4:23).

What is healing? How does Jesus bring it about?

Jesus is wired with the power of God. God’s energy flows through Jesus continuously. So much so, when a sick woman touches His robe, the energy flows out. Her faith in Jesus brought about her healing. She believed Jesus could and would do it. All she need to do was touch his robe.

What happens? She is healed instantly.

Jesus senses this has happened. He knows it is an act of faith.

We have the same Holy Spirit in us. Are we in tune with His power, His energy?

We can be. God is in a good mood.

He wants to heal us. He wants us to believe.

May it be so.

Now a woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years had endured much under many doctors. She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. Having heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothing. For she said, “If I just touch his clothes, I’ll be made well.” Instantly her flow of blood ceased, and she sensed in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

At once Jesus realized in himself that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”

His disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing against you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’”

But he was looking around to see who had done this. The woman, with fear and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be healed from your affliction.”

Mark 5:25-34 (CSB)
Woman touches Jesus robe
Woman touches Jesus robe

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History of the Christian Training Center

In the early 1970’s, Jay and Sally Fesperman had a vision to open a retreat center for businessmen.  It was from this desire that they founded the Inn of Last Resort.  In the simplest of words – “Life is Relationships” – Jay Fesperman defined the heart of the ministry. Since its inception, “The Inn” has been involved in training and giving counsel to numerous families, pastors and lay people. The “Inn of the Last Resort” aptly alludes to the condition of many people who have found their way to this sanctuary in the rural Smoky Mountains. As word of the ministry spread, our name was revised to Christian Training Center International. Learn more here.

Global Influence

In 1980, Larry and Susan Pons joined the Fespermans in the ministry. Before Jay’s passing in 1992, CTCI had grown to be more global in its influence. Expansion of the ministry’s impact began to reach overseas and has subsequently brought scores of fellow Christians here for training and renewal. During its existence, over 70,000 people from more than 60 nations have come through the doors seeking a deeper reality of God in their lives.

 Our Prayer

Our prayer and focus has remained the same for years. First, that Jesus be Lord over all, through all and in all. Secondly that healthy, Godly relationships will always be the driving force of this ministry. This is the heartbeat of the ministry that the Lord has given us, and it is one we trust the Lord will continue to lead us in until He returns.

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What is a miracle? How does Jesus heal the sick?

Miracles Happen

There are so many amazing and supernatural acts of Jesus, revealing and confirming his Messianic credentials, and the coming of God’s kingdom. The miracles of the Messiah are to be seen as an integral part of his ministry, then and now. Jesus is so amazing! In this study, we will look at some where Jesus heals the sick.

The Greek word for miracle is δύναμις dunamis, doo´-nam-is. Think of the power of dynamite. It is stunning and amazing power, i.e. the power of the Holy Spirit from God the Father. We have this Holy Spirit in us. Now that is some good news!

Does Jesus know what He is talking about?

Miracles Happen

Miracles Happen

Am I the one Jesus brings into the room with Him or am I the one provoked to sarcasm and left out of His presence?

This is an essential question. Imagine telling Jesus he didn’t know what he was talking about. Oh my goodness. God is God. He will do what He wants regardless of what we think.

Being snarky with Jesus is deadly. Jesus has a way of dealing with it.  Telling Jesus He doesn’t know what He doesn’t know what He is talking about is way over the top. Why do we do it? What is in our heart?

Peter, James and John got in. I want to be one of the ones who goes in with Jesus.

I don’t want to be sarcastic about what our Lord can do. Nothing is impossible for Him!!

The events of the day had been stunning. A 12 year old had just been raised from the dead. At Jesus command, she got up from the dead and walked around. Everyone was beside themselves. She was 12. She had died. Now she was alive. God is great. Nothing is impossible with Him.

What is Jesus first concern after He has raised her from the dead? She is hungry. Get her some food.

Jesus knows what is important and when it is important. He never ignores what we need and when we need it.

That is just the way God is. God is good and in a good mood. He knows when we are hungry and will give us something to eat.

He permitted no one to go in with him except Peter, James, and John. They entered the leader’s house and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and neighbors bringing in casseroles. Jesus was abrupt: ‘Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.’ Provoked to sarcasm, they told him he didn’t know what he was talking about.

 

But when he had sent them all out, he took the child’s father and mother, along with his companions, and entered the child’s room. He clasped the girl’s hand and said, ‘Talitha koum,’ which means, ‘Little girl, get up.’ At that, she was up and walking around! This girl was twelve years of age. They, of course, were all beside themselves with joy. He gave them strict orders that no one was to know what had taken place in that room. Then he said, ‘Give her something to eat.’

Mark 5:39-43

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You don’t expect to bury your children.

Grief and Horror

Grief and Horror

She is 12 years old. She got sick. She died.

Everyone is beside themselves in grief and horror. You don’t expect to bury your children. It’s just not right. What kind of God allows that to happen?

Jesus arrives on the scene at the request of the father. The father believed in Jesus.

When he goes in to the room where her dead body is lying, Jesus says very little other than “Little girl, get up”. At that, she was up and walking around! They were all beside themselves with joy. Amazed. Stunned. Ecstatic.

This is stunning.

This is the power of God in Jesus.

We have the same Holy Spirit in us.

May I live my life knowing of this stunning power.

“Little girl, get up.” ~Jesus to a dead 12 year old girl (Mark 5:40-43 The Message Bible)

Another time Lazarus passed away. Jesus knew what was going to happen. He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead.

Yet Jesus shared the grief of those who were morning. What did Jesus do?

Jesus wept. Jesus was deeply moved by the emotions of those who were grieving.



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God has a plan for us. What is it? Healing and restoration.

Crutches

Crutches

Jesus didnt cause anyone to be lame. It was never about character building. There was no lesson to be learned. No patience needed.

People came to Jesus. All the time. Jesus always healed them.

Jesus didnt give crutches to the lame. Jesus commanded them to stand.

They did at His word. Now that is stunning.

His goal for us is that we be whole and complete. He wants us to walk. He doesn’t give us crutches and wheelchairs. 

What an amazing God we serve. He makes us whole again. God is great. 

 …    the lame came to Him in the temple , and He healed them.  | Matthew 21:14

God has a plan for us. What is it? Healing and restoration.

Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

Hebrews 12:12-13

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HEALING PROCLAMATION…

God’s Word is full of very powerful verses regarding healing and story after story of wonderful healings taking place. Here is a Proclamation concerning healing that we can make for ourselves and for those we are praying for who need to be healed. Jesus Our Healer, we give all the glory to You!

HEALING PROCLAMATION…

Heal us, O LORD, and we will be healed; save us and we will be saved, For YOU are our praise…JESUS YOU bore our sins in YOUR body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by YOUR wounds we are healed…Send forth YOUR WORD LORD and heal us…YOU LORD will remove from us all sickness and every kind of disease… We shall serve YOU, LORD OUR GOD, and YOU  will bless our bread and our water; and YOU will remove sickness from our midst… healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness… Freeing us from our sickness… YOU YOURSELF took our infirmities and carried away our diseases…YOU restore us to health.

Jeremiah 17:14, 1 Peter 2:24, Psalm 107:20, Deuteronomy 7;15, Exodus 23;25, Matthew 4;23, Luke13;12, Matthew 8;17, Psalm 41:3

The Story of Ian & Larissa | Desiring God

Being a ministry that focuses so intently on relationships, we at CTCI are always excited to hear about and share touching stories of love, healing, and transformation in people’s lives. Here’s a little story that talks about just that, from some people we appreciate at Desiring God. Hope you enjoy!

The most meaningful testimonies I receive are when people tell me that it was a vision of the sovereignty and goodness of God that got them through the most difficult times of their life.

Here is one of those testimonies. I tremble with the glad responsibility of introducing you to Ian & Larissa Murphy in this video. Tremble, because it is their story and so personal. So delicate. So easily abused. So unfinished. Glad, because Christ is exalted over all things.

John Piper
with Josh Etter

The Story of Ian & Larissa | Desiring God.