Today’s Scripture: “In my name they will drive out demons, they will speak in new tongues, they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well,” (Mark 16:18 NIV).
The act of laying on of hands is a biblical action. Jesus used many methods in which he healed, some of which often included the touch of his hands. Here are two record accounts of Jesus providing a touch and healing:
In the town of Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” The blind man looked up and said, “I see people who look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly (Mark 8:23-26 NIV).
In John 9:6, Jesus saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him “Rabbi, who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus said “Neither, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in his life. After telling them a few things, Jesus spit on the ground and made some mud and put it on the blind man’s eyes.
In both of these accounts it was not the spit or the mud, or the saliva mixture that allowed the healing, for Jesus needs no props. The greater need of each man was for increased faith. Jesus recognized this spiritual need and offered a physical action as a means of raising their expectations and their faith in Him.
The Book of Acts validates the miraculous power that Jesus promised would be done through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. The act of laying hands in the early Church was a means of connecting the message with the messenger, or the spiritual gift with the receiver. In Acts 19, the Holy Spirit bestowed the gift of speaking in tongues with the act of laying on of hands. It provided a sign that authenticated the physical manifestation of the spiritual gift that was given.
Paul told the people to believe in the one coming after him (John the Baptist), that is in Jesus. On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied, (Acts 19:4-6).
I once heard a testimony from an acquaintance that her father drank Drano in an attempt to commit suicide. But to no avail, he was protected by the will and grace of God! My friend testified that her father suffered no detrimental harm or loss to his person. After hearing her testimony I did not believe it. “HOW?!” I asked. He drank poison and he can speak? His mouth is in tact?” I had my doubts, but later as I continued to walk by faith, I grew and matured in the spiritual things of God. Without a doubt, I know for sure that nothing is impossible with God, (Luke 1:21).
Here are 7 Faith Blockers that can hinder your power to heal:
- Human Reasoning.
- Ungodly Counsel.
Love and blessings to you!