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Healing Pools

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. (Jn. 5:2-9)

The Pools of Resource Get Stirred… Because Jesus is Moved with Compassion for You! (Mt. 9:35-36)

A frequent question I receive from those who are new to healing is whether we can lay hands on ourselves and receive healing from God. I want to propose to everyone who is reading this post that there are pools of healing available in Jesus (Mt. 11:28). Can we believe for our own healing or do we need to have someone pray for us to be healed? I want to encourage you to believe for the healing of your body, because Jesus is moved with compassion toward you and your circumstances! Recognize that healing is not an exact science and our bodies are subject to all kinds of difficult issues, such as trauma, infections, viruses and demonic assaults. Since there are no clear examples in the Bible of self-healing, I would like to share a personal experience… and I would like you to evaluate the principles that might apply in your own circumstances.

One night as I went to bed, I noticed a reoccurring pain in my lower back and it radiated down the back of my left leg. I had this type of pain before, and I knew from talking with people that it was consistent with a herniated disc. The pain was severe and for a moment I could feel fear rising up in me… thinking I’d done something to injure myself. As I thought about the pain, I remembered that God had been speaking to me about pain returning after healing. This was a new concept at the time. Immediately, I began to question the source of the pain. I took a position (in my mind) that the pain I felt was not actually a herniated disc, but an imitation of that pain, caused by a demon. I told myself repeatedly, “I do not have a herniated disc.” Suspecting an evil spirit was at work, I commanded the spirit to leave. I didn’t address the bones, nerves or other structures in by back. I focused completely on the spirit I believed was causing the pain. After ten minutes, the pain left, but it returned 20 minutes later. When it returned, I repeated the same process and had my wife join me in the prayer for agreement. We went to war against the spirit, repeatedly commanding it to leave. A pivotal moment came as I felt the pain leave for a while, only to return later. This went on for two hours, but finally stopped and never returned again! What I learned was clear to me… that we can indeed heal ourselves through prayer and laying hands upon our bodies. I also learned that we can have the symptoms of a condition that perfectly mimics the condition itself, with no actual injury or disease in our body. A demon can create a near perfect imitation of a real medical condition. At that moment God spoke an invitation to my heart, He said, “If you want to be free, come and experience My healing pools!”

God said, “If you want to be free, come experience My healing pools.”

I have learned three powerful keys to victory over demonic attacks in our bodies:

  • 1st) We must want to be free. (Jn. 8:32-36)
  • 2nd) There are healing resources (“pools”) in Jesus. (Mk. 5:34)(Mt. 9:35)
  • 3rd) Our faith is released by what we speak. (Ps. 30:2)(Mk. 11:23)(Jn. 14:13-14)

I refused to believe or admit that I had a herniated disc… even though the symptoms felt exactly like it. Perhaps the most important lesson of all is that you must take a stand! Although we see the removal of symptoms, it doesn’t mean they won’t return. And if the symptoms return, the strategy that worked the first time can be used again, as often as needed, until the symptoms are gone for good. I’ve used these principles many times. Whether it’s a headache, a sprained ankle or some other sickness or injury. The authority we’ve been given by Jesus over sickness and evil spirits works as well on us as it does on others.

Jesus is Willing to Heal!

Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mk. 1:40-41)

Platform for Reality

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered Him, We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, You will be made free? Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (Jn. 8:32-36)

Perspective is 90% of reality… and Jesus here challenges the perspective of the Pharisees so that they would choose a different platform to base their reality. They believed that their connection to Abraham would serve as their platform of truth and Jesus makes it clear that only those who are disconnected from sin would find access to God’s House. Even in the opening chapter of the Bible, two important facts lay the foundation for us, if we can understand them; we will all gain a fresh perspective and a solid platform of reality.

1st. Creation was God’s Work!

“And God said… And God said… And God said”: This phrase beats in cadence all the way through the chapter, a chapter that mentions the word “God” thirty times. And in this first chapter, the very first glimpse of God is as an artist, who speaks the worlds into existence. Creation was His masterpiece! Butterflies, waterfalls, bottle nose dolphins, praying mantises, kangaroos… they were all His idea. This entire world is the product of His creative flow. God, no one else; is the Master of the Universe, and all that follows in the Bible reinforces the message. Behind all of history… all of reality, there is God. And from His mouth (His Word) will come the fabric that holds an accurate assessment of where we go from here… where we get knowledge, wisdom and truth.

2nd. Creation Was Good!

Another sentence tolls softly, like a bell, throughout this chapter: “And God saw that it was good”. In our day, we hear alarming reports about nature: the greenhouse effect, polluted oceans, vanishing species, the destruction of rain forests. Much has changed, much has been spoiled; since that first moment of creation. Genesis 1 describes the world as God created it, as He wanted it, before any corruption. Whatever beauty we sense in nature today is a faint echo of that pristine state. Our view from the outside looking in is of a Garden called Eden. A place where animals and plants may have looked very different from today, but they were good; the atmosphere was good and the Crowning achievement, the Man – Adam, was “very good”.

Freedom:

In Christ, God is restoring Creation through redemptive glory (Jn. 1:14)(Heb. 1:1-4). When we consider the heavens and the earth in all of their beauty, it behooves us to know what the plan of God was in the beginning, before sin entered our existence and clouded our perspective on reality. Freedom means something to God that it does not mean to us. By God’s own initiative, His creation was given more than just an environment. It was given order and governed by a daily experience with its Creator (Gen. 1:14-17)(Gen. 3:8). To man He said, “have dominion over the fish… the birds… the cattle… over all the earth” (Gen 1:26). And as God looked upon all that He had created and set in order, He was pleased… pleased because He had created a man in His own image and likeness for fellowship and love. This was His greatest hope… freedom, to share unhindered love. Remind yourself today that, “as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gives the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of flesh and blood, nor of the will of man, but of God” (Jn. 1:12-13).

Jesus reveals freedom’s goal: “A Son abides in God’s House forever” – to share unhindered love!

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