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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)

Healing – Body, Soul & Spirit

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

When Jesus first announced His anointing (Lk 4:16-20), He was quoting from Isaiah 61. The Bible mentions multiple forms of inner healing in this passage, including “binding up the brokenhearted”- “comforting all who mourn”- providing “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” and “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”. The entire chapter focuses upon physical, emotional and spiritual healing. The fact that Jesus quoted this passage when He began His ministry emphasizes the importance of healing as a key evidence of revival.

Wounds are Real:

On one occasion Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman at a well (Jn 4:1-30) and His focus was not just upon the physical realities of her life, but emotional wounds. He provided her with compassionate Truth that soothed her deepest emotional dysfunction. To meet at the well in the heat of the day is an indication that the woman was an outcast. She was not welcome to draw water alongside the “respectable” women. Jesus honored this outcast by choosing her to reveal Himself as the Messiah.

Encountering Love:

God provides all kinds of healing by drawing us near to Himself. The Bible records such an encounter in I Kings 19. The prophet Elijah runs for his life because he was discouraged to the point of praying to die. First, God sent angels to meet his physical needs. Next, God responded to Elijah’s pain by drawing near and reaching out in a gentle whisper. Finally, after Elijah experienced the healing of his heart, he was ready to follow through with God’s plan. Restoration can be a process, but its always an encounter with His Presence.

Restoring Wholeness:

Remember that the meaning of revival is to live again, to bring back to life or to breathe fresh life into something that is dead. God’s pattern is to restore lives, spirit, soul and body; and although breakthrough in each area of life is unique and personal… the key ingredient is always the power of love. God really loves unconditionally, with a love that has no limits and no bounds. It reaches as far as the deepest pain and is attentive to the whispered prayer.

He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)

He is at work, showing us the way to find rest for our whole being. No question, we have real difficulties in life; yet the promise in Scripture is to come be yoked with Him (Mt 11:29). He wants us to rest in His Truth about our life problems. Jesus told us in John 8:32, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”. God has made provision for our wholeness.

He is Jehovah Rapha – The Lord Who Heals Us! (1 Pe. 2:24)

Supernaturally Engaged

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.” (Jn 5:39-40)

Have you ever felt something was in your way? Maybe you were driving some gravel road and had to get out of the car to move a branch or a garbage can? The Bible passage above shows us that even good things can become obstructions in our journey to finding the invisible God. The lesson here is that if you cannot get past the obstacle, you will not discover the joy on the other side.

God is calling us to engage our hearts beyond the natural, beyond our sensory perception… seeing, hearing and touching.

To be engaged in something is to become bound or obligated to it. These folks were so engaged in the Scripture, that they couldn’t imagine the very person standing right in front of them, could be their Messiah. This was an amazing moment; the same person they had longed for and communicated about, for hundreds of years, now stood before them and they stumbled over Him. There were lots of reasons, but the main ones were pride, jealousy and fear. If they really wanted to embrace the Messiah and engage the promises of God, they could have humbled themselves as Nickodemus had earlier. They could have recognized how well Jesus fit into the prophetic teachings of their Torah. But, they were engage in their natural position before men. They felt that if they opened themselves up to consider this Jesus, as the Messiah, they would lose their important role as those who judged for God.

“the just shall live by faith” (Hab 2:4).

Living by faith means letting go and trusting in an invisible God. We can find ourselves so tied to the natural realities that seeking purpose and value from the God you cannot see, feels overwhelming and spooky. Perhaps that is why engaging the supernatural realms of God, begins with forgiveness and the lifting of sin’s burden. We must let go of perceived reality and allow God to define the rules of engagement for us. He wants to be discovered, but He also wants the discovery to be authentic and real. God is spirit, therefore; we who look for Him are in great need of direction. Jesus said, “Come to Me!” and I will show you the Father, His heartbeat and His supernatural life!

  • “Come all who are weary” (Mt 11:28) …for rest and refreshing!
  • “Come all who thirst” (Jn 7:37) …for the drink of revival!
  • “Come and dine” (Jn 21:12) …for fellowship that restores strength!

Emotional Wholeness

When Jesus first announced His anointing (Lk 4:16-20), He was quoting from Isaiah 61. The Bible mentions multiple forms of inner healing in this passage, including “binding up the brokenhearted”- “comforting all who mourn”- providing “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” and “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”. The entire chapter focuses upon inner healing. The fact that Jesus quoted this passage when He began His ministry emphasizes the importance of healing emotional wounds.

Emotional Wounds are Real:

On one occasion Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman at a well (Jn 4:1-30) and His focus was not upon physical healing… instead, He provided her with compassionate Truth that soothed her deepest emotional dysfunction. To meet at the well in the heat of the day is an indication that the woman was an outcast. She was not welcome to draw water alongside the “respectable” women. Jesus honored this outcast by choosing her to reveal Himself as the Messiah.

Encountering Love:

 God provides inner healing by drawing us near to Himself. The Bible records such an encounter in I Kings 19. The prophet Elijah runs for his life because he was discouraged to the point of praying to die. First, God sent angels to meet his physical needs. Next, God responded to Elijah’s pain by drawing near and reaching out in a gentle whisper. Finally, after Elijah experienced the healing of his heart, he was ready to follow through with God’s plan. Restoration can be a process, but its always an encounter with His Presence.

Restoring Wholeness:

God’s pattern is to restore spirit, soul and body and although breakthrough in each area of life is unique and personal… the key ingredient is always the power of love. God really loves you and I unconditionally, with a love that has no limits and no bounds. It reaches as far as the deepest pain and is attentive to the whispered prayer.

He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)

 He is at work, showing us the way to find rest for our souls. No question, we have real difficulties in life; particularly with people, yet the promise in Scripture is to come be yoked with Him (Mt 11:29). He wants us to rest in His Truth about our life problems. Jesus told us in John 8:32, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”.  God has made provision for our emotional wholeness.

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