Are Miracles, Healing and Deliverance “Peripheral Issues?”
A common teaching in the church today is the idea that the working of miracles, healing the sick, and casting out demons are “peripheral issues” that can distract our attention from the “real issues” believers ought to focus on. Some would go as far as to say that anyone who spends too much time learning about them is deceived. But is this true?
The first thing Jesus did after choosing the twelve was to send them out with instructions to heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead and proclaim the kingdom of God (see Matt. 10: 7-9). And here’s something to consider: This commission came before they had any real training in the miraculous. Their training was on the job—they learned as they went.
The twelve returned with a report of the many great things which they had seen. Jesus was pleased and no doubt, the testimony of the twelve encouraged the other disciples. The Lord immediately sent out seventy more disciples into nearby villages, telling them, “Heal the sick that are there and tell them the kingdom of God has come near you.” (Lk10:9.) The disciples were sent into these cities before Jesus visited them himself. They went to announce the arrival of the kingdom and the Messiah, through the healing and the working of miracles.
To reinforce what He had already told his disciples—before he ascended into heaven—He reiterated in the great commission what he wanted his disciples to do. You may have doubt as to whether the instructions He gave to the twelve and the seventy apply to you, but the great commission is widely accepted as the instruction Jesus gave to believers of all ages. Mark’s version of the great commission includes these instructions: “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name …They will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17a,18b)
The main issues Jesus wanted his disciples to focus on could not be any clearer. Rather than being peripheral issues, the working of miracles and healing the sick were intended to be central parts of the work He expected them to do. And nothing has changed since then.
In Luke 10:19, Jesus said, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.” As one of his disciples, you have all the authority you need to heal the sick and work miracles. The power you need is provided by the Spirit of God, who lives inside you. You simply need to learn how to release that power. Power is released when we exercise faith. When you’re faced with a need, believe in your heart that the thing you desire will happen, do not doubt, and you will see the power of God manifest.
As I’ve focused on the supernatural manifestations of the kingdom, rather than being drawn away from God, I’ve been drawn closer to him. I’ve learned so much about his ways and the incredible love he has for mankind and I believe the same can be true for you.