Summary: Part 5 of the sermon series Supernatural
What Does It Mean To Have Faith For Healing?
Supernatural, Part 5
This is the last week of our series on the Supernatural,
We’ve looked in past weeks at the topics of
spiritual warfare, how we’re part of a battle
that goes on all around us,
between God’s kingdom,
and the kingdom of darkness.
We don’t see this battle,
because our perception of spiritual things is very poor,
we need to have our spiritual eyes opened,
but this battle actually affects every part of our lives.
We looked the second week at the Holy Spirit,
how he fills us,
and guides, encourages and empowers us.
The third and fourth weeks we looked at demons and angels,
and the part they play in spiritual warfare,
and how they affect our lives today.
This week we’re going to zero in on
one of the most important areas to our daily lives,
but it also can be one of the most controversial,
it’s the whole subject of healing:
Does God still heal people today,
am I wasting my time when I pray for somebody to be healed,
and if not, if God does heal,
then how do I get in on that,
how can I grow in faith,
so I can see people around me, or myself, healed.
There was a story in Christianity Today a few years ago.
A father named David Gilmore
told about his 15-month old son’s illness.
His little boy named Dustin came down with a sickness
that appeared to be like a flu.
At the time they went to a church
that believed that
faith alone heals any disease
and if you look elsewhere for help,
in other words if you go to medical doctors,
that shows that you lack faith in God.
David and his wife took the little boy to the church
and the pastor prayed for him.
Over the next few weeks they continued praying for him at home,
but Dustin’s temperature kept climbing,
so they started fasting as well.
Then they noticed that after a few weeks
Dustin was no longer responding to sound,
and a few days later little Dustin went blind.
One morning, the day after their pastor preached an
especially inspirational sermon about faith,
the Gilmore’s went into their son’s room
and found that their little boy’s body had turned blue,
and little Dustin Gilmore, age 16 months, had died.
Well again, they prayed
and the church believed that little Dustin
was going to be raised from the dead.
But he wasn’t, he stayed dead.
The autopsy revealed that
Dustin died from a form of meningitis
that could have been easily treated.
Does that story describe what real faith for healing looks like?
Most of us would say,
no way, that wasn’t faith,
that was stupidity!
So what does faith for healing look like?
The Bible has a huge amount to say
about the importance of faith.
One of the most quoted scriptures is
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and do not doubt in your heart but believe that what you say will happen, it will be done for you. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.