Matthew 10:1 tells us that Jesus called his disciples. Then he gave them power (excousia in the Greek) against unclean spirits. To cast them out.
Jesus gave them power (excousia in the Greek) to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Excousia in the Greek means authority.
This authority according to Mark 16: 17,18 is given to THOSE WHO BELIEVE.
It does not say, “to those whom I call to be apostles or church leaders.”
It also does not say, go into all the world (where demons are everywhere) and preach the gospel but baptize only.
Jesus gave commission not only to preach the gospel and baptize but also to cast out demons and heal the sick. Cherry picking the scriptures is simply wrong. Its not only bad theology but also spiritually dangerous because it is omitting scripture. Omitting scripture means having unbelief. Unbelief limits God which means he cannot do any mighty works.
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 78:41
And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
If you don’t believe God heals today, then you will not get healed.
If you believe God heals others but not you then you believe he is a respecter of persons. You will not get healed.
If you glorify sickness, use it to get attention, (many do) talk about the sickness 24/7 and reject scripture. You will not get healed.
Having faith means never ever giving up. EVER! It means standing, praying and seeking the Lord.
It means being obedient to change your life style if need be. Renouncing any sin that the Holy Spirit shows you (including pride). Being holy in conversation and deeds.
The saints of old believed in the coming Messiah even though they did not see any evidence of it. They stood on the promises of God. (Hebrews 11: 39)
In the same way we should stand on God’s word no matter what. Even if we are taken to heaven before any healing manifestation in this life. Genuine faith believes in God’s word regardless of what naysayers say or what is seen, heard or felt.
Bold faith pleases God! Just look at the woman who grabbed a hold of Jesus’ garment to be healed. Look at the blind man who cried out loud in a large crowd, and the guy whose friends opened up a roof top to get healing! All bold faith and all prayers were answered!
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Luke 7:9
Just like it is God’s will to save everybody, it is God’s will to heal everybody. Not everyone gets saved because they will not believe the gospel. Not everyone gets healed because of unbelief and or unrepentant sin.
As believers in Jesus Christ we have been given authority to cast out devils. Sickness is caused by devils. Directly or indirectly. The consequence of the fall is sin, sickness, disease. All from Satan.
We know that we are of God, and that the whole world is under the power of the evil one. 1 John 5: 9
God does not use sickness to teach us something! That’s like saying, God uses the devil to teach us something. God can bring good out of evil just like a flower can bloom in a manure pile but he is not the author of sickness or disease.
Sickness and disease is a result of sin. Sin is disobedience to God. Sin has consequence. Sin can be generational. If you don’t believe that then you don’t believe in science. Our DNA carry certain sickness that is passed on. That’s a fact with evidences to back it up.
Many times saints prayed for forgiveness of generational sins. Judges 3:9, 15, 1 Samuel 12:10-12
To have authority means to be delegated influence and strength in a jurisdiction.
We have been given authority over ALL the works of darkness. This includes sickness.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
Believers have been given authority (jurisdiction) over the evil one’s work. Notice I said believers.
These signs follow them that BELIEVE.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
Now there are different ways in which this authority is manifest through believers.
Stay tuned for my upcoming post to learn more!