April

Methods of Healing - by Nancy Dufresne

God so longs for His children to receive the healing Jesus purchased for them that He has provided seven different methods healing can be received. We make the mistake of limiting God to only one method of healing. 

     The Spirit will guide us into which method is best at the time for ourselves and for others. Always look to His leading. The Spirit will lead us based on our measure of faith or the measure of faith of another. What can they believe for? Then hook on there.

     Because people are at all different levels and stages of spiritual development, everyone can hook onto one of these methods of healing.


Method #1 — Use the Name of Jesus

     Demand in that Name of Jesus that the disease and sickness leave. This method can be used for others or for yourself. This method doesn’t involve the laying on of hands. 

     We see this method used in Acts 3:4-8 when Peter and John ministered to the lame man at the Gate Beautiful. “And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”

     In Acts 3:16, Peter declared to the people present, “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”

     Philippians 2:9-11 tells us, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

     Every sickness and disease must bow to that Name. When we understand all the power and authority that Name holds, we will exercise it BOLDLY, expecting things to change. They didn’t lay hands on the man. They didn’t pray for him. They demanded in that Name that he rise up and walk. They didn’t even mention the devil. They just knew that Name was above every sickness and disease, and they put a demand on the power in that Name.

Method #2 — Pray for healing to the Father in the Name of Jesus 

     John 16:23 & 24 reads, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

     The disciples couldn’t pray in the Name of Jesus while Jesus was still with them on the earth. Jesus had to spoil principalities and powers. Jesus had to enter into Heaven with His own blood.

     Jesus was changing the divine order. In the Old Testament, they used to go to the priest; now they were to come to the Father in the Name of Jesus.


Method #3 — Prayer of agreement

     Matthew 18:19 — “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” 

     We don’t need to run around trying to get everyone to agree with us in prayer — more agreement doesn’t bring greater results. It’s the faith of just two that gets the answer.

     Both must be in faith. One can’t be just hoping it works. Then one can’t be changing their mind on what they’re believing for. Once you agree, faith doesn’t come out of that agreement with the passing of time. The two stay in faith over that until it manifests, no matter how long it takes.


Method #4 — Anointing with oil

     James 5:14-16 reads, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed….”

     It’s not the oil that heals. It’s the prayer of faith that saves the sick, but when the oil is applied, that’s a point of contact when the one being prayed for is to release their faith.

     Verse 15 says, “...IF he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” This shows that sin can open the door to sickness. If we sin, we get on the devil’s territory, and when we are on his territory, then he has a right to attack us. So if we sin, we need to confess it and repent as quickly as we can so that we get off his territory and stay out of sickness. If the sickness is caused by sin, then that will need to be repented of so healing can come. God will not only forgive the sin, but He will heal the sickness.


Method #5 — Receive healing through the laying on of hands 

     Mark 16:18 — “...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Every believer should use this in praying for others. When hands are laid on you, that’s the point of contact when you are to release your faith. When hands are laid on you in faith, healing ALWAYS begins. Believe that! Keep believing that till the manifestation is complete. The one who lays hands on you must release faith, but the one being prayed for must also release faith.


Method #6 — Receive healing through a gift of the Spirit

     First Corinthians 12:8-10 lists the nine manifestations of the Spirit. We don’t control the operation of these gifts. These are initiated by the Spirit of God. Man cannot turn these on and off.

     These seem to operate mostly for spiritual babies or for those who have not been taught about faith and healing. Once we are older spiritually, God expects more of us — He expects us to use our faith.


Method #7 — Know that healing belongs to you

     Matthew 8:17 — “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” 

     This is the best method. This is when the believer sees his rights in Christ and takes his place in Christ, refusing to be sick.

     Thank God for all of these methods. They are demonstrations of God’s love and mercy toward humanity. Through any one of these, those who are sick can receive healing.

Miracles - by Nancy Dufresne

When Richard Roberts was preaching during our Holy Ghost Meetings in January, he quoted his dad, saying, “Every day miracles are either coming to you or going past you!” This reminds us that God is always moving. Whether or not we receive from His movements is up to our faith. Are we expecting every day, or are we only expecting when we’re faced with a crisis?

Miracles are available every day. We are going to need miracles in our lives, and those we come in contact with are going to need miracles. We must learn how to cooperate with God so the miracles needed are received.

Acts 2:22 tells us, “...Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which GOD DID by him in the midst of you....” Notice who did the miracles through Jesus — God did! God is the One who works the miracles, but He needs a man to fow through. Jesus knew how to allow God to flow through Him unhindered, therefore, great miracles were worked. It’s not our job to work miracles — it’s our job to allow God to work miracles through us. To do that, we must become skillful with allowing God to flow through us.

Why was God able to work so fully through Jesus with such mighty works? Many may think that it was simply because He is the Son of God. Yes, He is the Son of God, but that’s not why God was able to work through Him. God was able to work through Jesus because He thought right. There was no fear, doubt, or unbelief in the way Jesus thought, believed, and acted. There was nothing in Jesus that hindered God from working.

God can flow through one whose mind and thinking doesn’t get in His way to hinder Him. Wrong thinking will hinder Him from working. Right thinking allows Him to flow. Someone who thinks right is someone who has their mind renewed with the Word of God. A person whose mind is renewed is a doer of the Word. They don’t just do the Word when the sun is shining and everything of their life is in place, but they do the Word at all times, right in the midst of opposition.

It’s not about getting God to work a miracle, as many think, but it’s about getting the hindrances of wrong thinking and wrong believing out of His way so His miracle power can be received.

Fire Shoots Out of Jesus’ Eyes!

Years ago, my husband was holding services in a Women’s Auxiliary Club. The building looked like a theater with a high platform. As the musicians were playing, Ed saw a cloud come out of the speaker of the B-3 Hammond organ, then Jesus stepped out of the cloud. He spoke to Ed, and when He did, fire shot out of His eyes! “You’re not being skillful with the healing anointing!” Then He stepped back into the cloud, and the cloud went back into the speaker of the organ.

When I recall Ed’s testimony of that vision, I see how important it is to Jesus and to Heaven that we be skillful with what is entrusted to us. Lack of skill displeased Jesus!

We must learn how to cooperate with God so the miracles needed are received.
— Nancy Dufresne

Why do we not see more miracles in our own lives and in ministering to the lives of others? For our own lives, we need to become more skillful at receiving, and in ministering to others, we need to become more skillful at allowing God to flow through us.

How do we become more skillful at this? We have to get rid of wrong thinking and believing and make sure we’re thinking right and believing right. We have to get out of the mental arena and stay in the spirit arena, which is the faith arena. When we do, then we don’t hinder God, who works the miracles.

In Mark 6, we see Jesus ministering in His own hometown. We see that they thought wrong, therefore, they believed wrong, and no mighty work was done there because of their unbelief. If unbelief hindered Him then, unbelief will hinder Him now. If wrong thinking hindered Him then, wrong thinking will hinder Him now.

Thank God, we have the cure for wrong thinking, doubt, and unbelief. The Word is the cure. Let’s apply the cure of the Word to our thought lives and receive miracles from God.

Be a Student of Those Who Are Skillful

When we look at Ed’s vision of Jesus, we see how displeased Jesus was with the lack of skill. One thing that is also important to increasing our skill level is to study those and get around those who are skillful with the same offices, giftings, and endowments we possess.

Thankfully, we have books and recordings of faith pioneers of the past who were skillful with their anointings that we can study, but we also need to make sure we are getting in the services of those who are moving with the Word and the Spirit so we can grow in skill.

Miracles are going to be an earmark and emphasis of the last days revival, so we must become skillful with them. We must take advantage of every opportunity to be a student of those who are skillful.

Every day miracles are coming to us or going past us!