Four Dynamics in a Healing Encounter
There are a number of New Testament passages that give us insight into healing modalities. In the following article, I'd like to focus on a single passage from the Book of Acts. I believe that it provides understanding about functioning in the works of God.
"In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, 'Stand up on your feet!' At that, the man jumped up and began to walk." (Acts 14:8-10)
Reflecting on this magnificent story, there are four dynamics that I would like to point out. Walk with me through this.
The healing that transpired in this account was released---in part--by means of listening. The text affirms that this crippled man listened intently to Paul as he was speaking. Understand that "open ears" enable "open heavens."
Are you truly listening?
During this engagement, the Apostle Paul began to draw upon his senses. The text affirms, "Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed." As he judiciously observed what was transpiring, his eyes caught a glimpse of something significant. Have you ever wondered what faith looks like?
Are you honestly seeing?
In this strategic moment, Paul enacted something that people don't always do. He boldly spoke. He declared, "Stand up on your feet!" The man of God didn't beg or petition. He didn't pray a pious prayer. He simply proclaimed, "Stand up on your feet!"
Are you sincerely speaking?
Something else transpires in this story. The text strategically affirms, "At that, the man jumped up and began to walk." As this infirmed man encountered the outworking of God's power, he responded.
I love the first part that says, "At that..." After he heard, displayed faith, and received the decree, he responded. There is tremendous power in our physical actions.
Are you genuinely responding?
When one moves out of dead religion and begins to place a greater value in listening, seeing, speaking, and responding, powerful things will undoubtedly take place.
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