Learning to Recognise and Remove Barriers to Healing

Learning to Recognise and Remove Barriers to Healing

Welcome to St Alfreds Prayer Ministry Seminar Jim and Carole Holbeck May Your Kingdom Come Announcements Health issues feel free to lie at the back Mobiles please turn off Introduce yourselves lots of visitors Structure of Day 1.30

Sessions 1 & 2 3.30 Afternoon Tea 4.00 Sessions 3 & 4 6.00 Dinner 7.15 Evening Session and Prayer Ministry Announcements Contd Handouts end of Session #3 Questions for Jim write down; give to me St Alfreds prayer ministry training paper available - $2 available in foyer

Series Title: LEARNING TO RECOGNISE AND REMOVE BARRIERS TO HEALING TOPIC 1 The Barriers Coming From Wrong Attitudes To God 5 The Need For Honesty Regarding God And Healing Human observation throughout history would show that 2 truths have to be held in tension 1. God has the power to heal any sickness or disease. He is Almighty

2. Not all who receive prayer for healing, are healed completely. Thus there is "The mystery of healing." Eg., Kathryn Kuhlmann was used to heal many people. Not all were healed. When asked to explain she replied that it was all part of the mystery of healing. 6 Everything to do with God will have some element of mystery. The finite (humans) can never fully comprehend the Infinite (Almighty God). Jobs conclusion. Job 42:1-6, Then Job answered the LORD and

said: 2 "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.' 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Davids conclusion. Ps 139:17-18, How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.

Gods declaration through Isaiah. Is 55:8-9. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 7 However:- Some negative factors have been observed which militate against the reception of healing by individuals. Preparation for healing, means letting God show and correct any negative factors that inhibit healing. Some of these negative factors which create barriers to healing, may be grouped under the

following categories. Each of them is like a "brick barrier" to God's grace and power. 8 A). WRONG MIND-SETS ABOUT GOD AND HEALING 1. Ignorance about the possibility Many do not know God nor His power today. 2. Scepticism. When I see it Ill believe it! Really? 3. Unbelief regarding the healing

power of God in todays world Jesus marvelled at the unbelief in His own generation. We will face it today as well. 9 B). WRONG BELIEF ABOUT THE PERSONS IN THE GODHEAD. 1. About God As Father 2. About The Pre-eminence Of Jesus 3. About The Holy Spirit 10

B1). Wrong Belief about God as Father 1. The Fatherhood of God. Some find it hard to see Him as Father. But note the Fathers love in Eph.3:15. Mat.6:25-34. Mat 7:11 Our experience as children of fatherhood or parenthood may have influenced our understanding of God as a father. A learning method. Going from the known to the unknown. Moving from the concrete to the more abstract.

11 God as Father ++++++ ++++++ ++++ ------------------- Earthly father or parent We can extrapolate upwards and outwards to try to understand God as Father based on our human (more concrete) experience of fatherhood or parenthood

12 We may rightly attribute to Him as our Heavenly Father many of the positive qualities (++++) we experienced in our earthly father (or parents) Faithfulness and reliability Self-giving Love and affection Affirmation Safety and security

13 But we may unwittingly attribute to God some of the negative things (- - - - -) we experienced in our earthly fathers (or parents) Unfaithfulness and unreliability Lack of love and lack of affection Criticism

Danger, not safety Insecurity 14 The right understanding of God as Father comes from His revelation of His character in His word The evidence of His love expressed through Jesus. He is the Pattern of Perfect Fatherhood (parenthood) and all fatherhood derives from Him. Eph 3:15 We are to look at His perfect pattern and gauge our earthly fathers (parents) in the light of His perfect pattern.

15 God as THE TRUE Father ++++++ ++++++ ++++ ------------------- Earthly father or parent We start from God as the perfect pattern of fatherhood and then examine our earthly father (parents) in the light of His perfection

16 In the light of that revelation we can look at our earthly fathers (parents) and see them as: A. A wonderful reflection of God B. A terrible distortion C. A mixture 17 Our own healing and our appreciation of God as Father may come as we: Thank God for the good we experienced through our parents and as we Forgive them for the bad

There will be sins of commission and sins of omission in every parent Those sins may have affected our understanding of fatherhood He knows how to heal any damage from their sin 18 B2). The Pre-eminence of Jesus. GODS ATTITUDE TO JESUS. We can have no lesser attitude to Jesus than God the Father has.

Twice He spoke from heaven about Jesus. His baptism You are My Son His transfiguration This is my Son.. THE NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS They saw Him as divine. John. Jn 1:1-3. Pre-existing; Creator; Life; Light Paul. Col 1:15-20. Gods Image, Creator and sustainer. Luke. Acts 1. Acts could correctly be named, The Acts Of The Risen Christ By His Spirit Through The Apostles And Others. He is alive in His body the Church and He can do things in todays world. 19

B3). The Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit We must not ignore God's supernatural dimension. He can do things beyond the normal. Many people healed through the Healing ministry have been told by their doctors, There is just no medical explanation for your healing. Your healing just cant happen, but it obviously has. An example: 15 year old girl on a life support system. 20

3. The Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit (Continued Jesus Himself relied on the Holy Spirit for His ministry The prophecy of the Messiah in Is 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound The fulfilment by Jesus in Lk 4:16-21 as He read the prophecy in the synagogue. Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing His ministry as the Messiah would be conducted under the

anointing and empowering of the Holy Spirit Peter said of Jesus ministry, Act 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 21 3. The Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit (Continued St Pauls reliance on the Holy Spirit Rom 15:18-19 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience--by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God--so that from Jerusalem

and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; A leading Medical Specialist relied on the Holy Spirit to give him the wisdom and skills to practise medicine, but as he said God alone heals 22 THE HOLY SPIRIT AND US God has anointed believers with the same Holy Spirit 2Co 1:21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his

seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 1Jn 2:20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. (OR All of you know) 1Jn 2:27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything--and is true and is no lie, just as it has taught you--abide in him. 23 THE HOLY SPIRIT AND US (continued) God anointed us by His Holy Spirit that we might BE the people of God He wants us to be in

Christian character. Fruit of the Spirit He has anointed us with His Spirit so that we might KNOW what He wants us to know in Christian knowledge. True wisdom He has anointed us with His Holy Spirit so that we might DO what He wants us to do for Him in Christian service. God at work in us to will and to work for His good pleasure. Phil 2:12-13. 24 C). REMOVING BARRIERS BY CORRECTING OUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD 25

C). REMOVING BARRIERS BY CORRECTING OUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD (continued) C1). RELATING TO THE TRUE FATHER He is a loving FATHER who loves us and wants the best for us. He has shown His love in the gift of His Son for us The Father-heart of God. The God of grace. The Waiting Father. Lk 15:11-32 God is for us. Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? God graciously gives us what we need. Rom 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all

things? 26 C). REMOVING BARRIERS BY CORRECTING OUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD (continued) C2). RELATING TO JESUS THE SON OF GOD Jesus is Gods Son and Gods agent in the Creation of the world. We are His creatures In His Reconciliation of the world to Himself. 2Cor 5:19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message

of reconciliation. In Saving us In Indwelling us by His Spirit In Praying for us In Coming for us at the end of time at His Second Coming Jesus is our Friend. What a Friend We Have In Jesus. Jn 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you 27 C). C3).

REMOVING BARRIERS BY CORRECTING OUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD (continued ) RELATING TO GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT He will be with us for ever Jn 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. We are Sealed with the Spirit. 2 Cor 1:22, Eph 1:13, 4:30 He helps us to pray as we should. Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

He guides us, Rom 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. He fills us with Gods presence. Eph 2:22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. We need to keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit! Eph 5:18 28 THE END TOPIC 1 The Barriers Coming From Wrong Attitudes To God Learning To Recognise And To Remove Barriers To Healing.

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