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Does God heal today?

May 22, 2018
Benjamin Spalink

This past month, we hosted a friend of the community, Andreas Kampouris, to come and share his experiences with our incubator group.  Andreas is not a pastor; he's a business man, and God has given him incredible faith and has worked powerfully in his life despite an ongoing health issue. Through wrestling with his own illness, Andreas has become even more convinced of God's all-encompassing love for him and God's desire to use willing servants to spread healing and the message of the Gospel to everyone he encounters.

During our last session, we experimented with healing prayer, putting into practice the very things Andreas had been teaching about, and we saw incredible things happen. A young man suffering with a concussion reported that after receiving prayer and the laying on of hands, his eye sight and clarity of thought were completely restored.  Up until that moment he had been reporting fogginess and spots in his vision.  Another young woman, a former leader in the church, spontaneously received healing during the talk itself for a foot injury sustained from running a half-marathon.  My son, who had been complaining for some time of stomach pain, claimed his pain went from a 7 to a 1 (on a scale of 10).  A physician in attendance had a headache, and after prayer, it was completely gone. A visitor felt led by God to pray for someone with hand pain. She shared this, and it turned out that one particular guest did have hand pain in the exact spot she had mentioned. She prayed for him and his arthritis has not caused him any problems since. A few others did receive prayer but did not report miraculous healing.

Based on experience and countless stories, it does seem that God is still a healing God, and this is an important part of the Gospel-ministry to which we have been called. Healing is a clear and direct way for people to experience God's love and to take part in the coming of the Kingdom which is ultimately all about healing, renewal and restoration.  I am mindful, as a Reformed pastor, that the Kingdom is an "already but not yet" reality. The Kingdom is coming, but it is not yet fully here. With this in mind, I believe we experience healings often, but not always. Sickness, pain and death will not be fully eradicated until Jesus returns. Nevertheless, the "already" aspect of the kingdom means that miraculous healing is normal and that we should indeed pray and expect the miraculous to occur in response to the Spirit's leading in normal Gospel-centered ministry.

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Yoon Kim

June 13, 2018 4:33 PM
I am all for God healing the blind and the lame but sometimes I wonder if these “minor healings” are due to the placebo effect, which is really powerful, that people experience when they are prayed for. I’ve seen and heard about many healings but most seems to be just temporary alleviation of pain rather than something truly miraculous. I know that we live in a time of “already but not yet” but I wonder how there can be a strong demonstration Spirit’s power if many Christians are not really set apart from the world. When Jesus reigns in His Kingdom, I am sure we will see more healings...

Albert Wong

June 03, 2018 7:01 PM

Wow...AMEN to that! King Jesus is pleased to reveal Himself.




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