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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)

Revealed in Jesus

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the Glory of God?” (Jn. 11:40)

Scripture makes it clear… it was possible for Martha, and for every believer; to see the Lord’s Glory. It was possible for Adam, Moses, Joshua and the disciples of Jesus… in fact, God says He will reveal His Glory to all who seek Him for it. Why is it important for us to see and understand God’s Glory? It is because the revelation of His Glory is meant to equip His people for the storms of life and the advancement of His Kingdom. According to the Apostle Paul, this revelation “is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (Acts 20:32). We don’t want to miss this revelation, because it equips us to know our resources in Christ!

Christ in you, after all; is your hope of Glory! (Col. 1:27)

God was in Christ and Christ is in you… by the substance of His Glory!

“Who being the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb 1:3)

Jesus Christ is the revelation of God’s Glory… the radiance of God’s “spiritual substance” in the sense that God was manifest in the flesh. We get to enjoy the real heart of God as a Father, in Jesus Christ. It is impossible to separate the concept of Glory from the nature of Christ’s three and a half years of ministry among us. He came to take away the sin of the world, to destroy the works of the devil and He went about the Galilean countryside healing the sick and delivering the captives from demonic oppression. Without Jesus Christ we are in the dark, utterly in darkness concerning God. It is in Christ that God is revealed (Jn. 17:5). Our illumination is found in His brightness. He is the revelation of the Father’s heart toward our sin, sickness and deliverance. He has come to set the captives free and display the Father’s will.

Revealing Glory:

To the leper, in need of cleansing… Jesus said “I am willing” (Mk 1:41). To the woman with the flow of blood, reaching for the hem of His garment… Jesus said “Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mk 5:34). To the deaf man… Jesus looked into heaven and said “Be opened” (Mk 7:34). In all of these cases and more, we see the Glory manifest and revealed in Jesus. He said of Himself, ”The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19).

Let the Glory of the Lord rise among us!

Wholeness

Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”. (Mk. 5:34)

The woman we meet in Mark 5:21-34, has been called “the woman with the issue of blood”. She was defined by what was wrong with her. For twelve long years, this woman had been bleeding; we can assume it was a uniquely female problem. When we meet her, she is physically, financially, socially and spiritually drained—bankrupt in every way.

Yet, this woman understood something about God that would radically change where she placed her hope. She knew how much God valued and esteemed her as a person… His image bearer. So, if this Jesus was from God, surely He would heal her. She understood her position in society, that she was overstepping cultural and religious boundaries set by pious men of her day. It was a risk she was willing to take… because there was nothing left to lose.

When she touched Jesus, two things happened…

  • First, she is healed in her body. It was measurable. She felt the flow of blood cease and even Jesus felt the power of God released. It was a real miracle and the evidence was confirmed by two witnesses. This is what she came for… and God was true to His Promise.
  • Secondly, she is restored to wholeness. What she knew of God’s heart was just the beginning. You see, her courage was cloaked in anonymity and she was trembling in the fear of being noticed. But Jesus was the will of God made manifest and He was not going to allow her to “settle” for healing; when wholeness is the will of God. He wanted to do more than stop the flow of blood. He wanted to start the flow of life. He called her forward to testify, to tell what had just happened to her so that others would believe… and her ministry would begin.

Freed from Suffering:

Jesus tells the woman, “…be freed from your suffering.” Its only when wholeness is achieved that we can be freed from our suffering at the hand of the devil. Even when healing is evidenced, and life is back to normal; fears and torment can still remain. We overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony (Rev. 12:11). Wholeness restores your voice! Wholeness allows you to feel as though you are being heard. It is found when the peace of God is manifest in the human heart… when confidence in God is the strongest force in your life. You are not forgotten and there is nothing so big that God cannot restore, remove or redeem for your good pleasure. Wholeness is about your value to God!

Wholeness is about your value to God!

The Brightness of God’s Glory

Jesus is the Brightness of God’s Glory.

“Who being the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb 1:3)

Jesus Christ is the “radiance” of God’s Glory, because He is God. The “brightness of His glory” refers to the Shekinah Glory of God that would manifest in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple (Ex. 40:34-38; 1 Kings 8:10). The cloud, the fire and the powerful manifestations of God were more than just traditions. They were the platform of His relationship with humanity until God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. These amazing experiences with the Glory of God were vital to the healthy expressions of worship, because until the Day of Christ (Gal 4:4-7), sin still stood as a barrier between God and man. The Glory was in many ways a visible sign to God’s people that He was close and available! In fact, the Glory that would manifest upon the Ark of the Covenant was a demonstration of God’s heart desiring to meet with Moses and speak to the People of God (Ex 25:21-22).

In Jesus Christ - the Invisible becomes Visible!

Jesus Christ is the “exact representation” of God’s Glory – revealing His nature. All that God is, in His nature and being, is expressed and revealed perfectly in Christ. This is why Jesus is called Immanuel, God with us. Its because Jesus “is the image of the invisible God”. He has explained Him and shown the Glory to us, so we would be without excuse (Jn. 1:14-18)(Jn. 14:23)(Col. 2:9). If you want to know what God is like, take a long hard look at Him in His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6). When you see Christ - you see the Glory of God, bright, brilliant and wonderful… the Light of the World (Jn 8:12).

Revealing God’s Heart:

Jesus Christ is the revelation of God’s Glory; the radiance of God’s “spiritual substance” in the sense that God was manifest in the flesh. We get to enjoy the real heart of God as a Father, in Jesus Christ. It is impossible to separate the concept of Glory from the nature of Christ’s three and a half years of ministry among us. He came to take away the sin of the world, to destroy the works of the devil and He went about the Galilean countryside healing the sick and delivering the captives from demonic oppression. Without Jesus Christ we are in the dark, utterly in darkness concerning God. It is in Christ that God is revealed (Jn. 17:5). Our illumination is found in His brightness. He is the revelation of the Father’s heart toward our sin, sickness and deliverance. He has come to set the captives free and display the Father’s will.

Revealing Glory:

To the leper, in need of cleansing… Jesus said “I am willing” (Mk 1:41). To the woman with the flow of blood, reaching for the hem of His garment… Jesus said “Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mk 5:34). To the deaf man… Jesus looked into heaven and said “Be opened” (Mk 7:34). In all of these cases and more, we see the Glory manifest and revealed in Jesus. He said of Himself, ”The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19).

Jesus said to Martha at the death of her brother Lazarus, “Did I not say to you that if you believe you would see the Glory of God?” (Jn 11:40)

Immanuel, Glory Revealed

Hearing how Jesus responded to human need is perhaps the most revealing picture throughout the New Testament.

  • To the leper, in need of cleansing… Jesus said “I am willing” (Mk 1:41).
  • To the woman with the flow of blood, reaching for the hem of His garment… Jesus said “Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mk 5:34).
  • To the deaf man… Jesus looked into heaven and said “Be opened” (Mk 7:34).

In all of these cases and more, we see the Glory of God manifest and revealed in Jesus Christ. He said of Himself, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19). The Anointed One was Jesus – the Christ, come to reveal the Glory of God… “Immanuel” (Mt 1:23).

Moving Toward Human Need:

God was in Christ, making His Glory known, moving toward human need and revealing the character of “The Father”. The best way to truly know what God is like is to hear and see how Jesus revealed Him. Jesus was called Immanuel which means “God with us”, walking among us and reaching out to us. 

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.” (Isa 7:14)

His name is Immanuel… even when the doctor says, “Cancer.”
His name is Immanuel… even in the darkest night.
His name is Immanuel… even when she says, “I don’t love you anymore.”
His name is Immanuel… even when your heart is breaking.
His name is Immanuel… even as you walk away from the grave.
His name is Immanuel… even in the midst of grief.
His name is Immanuel… even when you feel alone.
His name is Immanuel… even when the job goes away.
His name is Immanuel… even when your son won’t come home.

His Name will always be Immanuel!

“The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
(Zeph 3:17)

Consider the following thoughts expressed in these verses: 

  1. “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (Jn 1:18)
  2. “And He who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.” (Jn 12:45) 
  3. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Cor 5:19)
  4. “I and My Father are one.” (Jn 10:30)
  5. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  (Jn 14:9)
  6. Jesus said to Martha at the death of her brother Lazarus, “Did I not say to you that if you believe you would see the Glory of God?” (Jn 11:40)
  7. It is God who ”…has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor 4:6)

 Immanuel – Truly is the Glory of God Revealed to Us!

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