Lesson 15

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

HEALING FOLLOW-UP MINISTRY

OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this lesson you will be able to:

C Write the Healing Promise from memory.

C Discuss follow-up care for those who were healed.

C Discuss follow-up care for those not yet healed.

HEALING PROMISE TO CLAIM:

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

INTRODUCTION

It is important that those who have been healed receive follow-up ministry. Jesus gave follow-up instructions to those who experienced healing and deliverance.

He spoke to the man who had been healed of leprosy:

And He charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. (Luke 5:14)

He told a sinful woman who had been healed:

Return to thine own house and shew how great things God hath done unto

thee. . . (Luke 8:39)

He told the man at the pool of Bethesda:

. . . Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. (John 5:14)

To the woman caught in adultery He said:

. . . Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more. (John 8:11).

If you are ministering individually to a person, you may want to give follow-up

instructions yourself . If you are ministering in a mass crusade, provide counseling after the service or the following morning. If you are ministering in a local church, ask the pastor to provide follow-up care for those who are healed.

Follow-up instruction should deal with:

-What to do to remain healed.

-What to do if they were not healed.

WHAT TO DO TO REMAIN HEALED

Teach those who have been healed to. . .

RECOGNIZE THE ATTACKS OF SATAN

Just as Satan tempts every convert who has been saved, He tempts every person who is
healed. Just as you can lose spiritual victory, you can lose physical victory. Whatever
you trust God for in your spiritual walk, you will be tested in that area. Satan will tempt
you by:

-Symptoms: Healing is sometimes gradual. All of your symptoms may not be gone

immediately. Your symptoms may even get worse. You may have a fever, but this can
be the body processes fighting off the infection as part of the healing process. Walk with
your spiritual senses, not natural senses. Do not go around volunteering information on
your symptoms, should they return. On the other hand, do not lie about them. If asked,
answer "Yes, I have the symptoms of____ ____, but by His stripes I am healed."
Symptoms distract you from the Word of God, His presence , promises , and power. Do
not speak negative words that glorify Satan’s ability to attack your body. Which
encourages you most–Lack of symptoms or God’s Word that states He is your healer?
Which is your focus?

-Getting You To Look At Others: Satan points out those who thought they were healed, but are now sick again. Do you look at those who claimed they were saved but are now living in sin and use such an example to deny the reality of salvation?

-Fear: Satan makes you fearful that your illness will return.

-Negative People Around You: Those filled with unbelief who plant doubt in your mind.

RESIST THE ATTACKS OF SATAN:

Keep in an atmosphere of faith by continuing to study God’s Word on healing. Praise
God for your healing. Keep in contact with your Healer by prayer. Testify about your
healing to others, giving glory to God. One way to overcome Satan is by the Word of
your testimony. Resist the attacks of Satan with the "Rhema" Word of God by quoting
specific verses about healing. Do not waver in your belief, as a man who wavers will not
receive from God (James 1:6-8). Contend (wrestle) earnestly in the faith for your healing
(Romans 10:9).

Surround yourself with a positive environment of faith, those who continue to praise God with you for healing and help you resist the attacks of the enemy. Become part of a
Church fellowship.

You resist the attacks of Satan when you use your spiritual authority which includes:

-The Word of God.

-The blood of Jesus.

-The word of your own testimony.
-Authority to bind and loose.
-Prayer and praise.

-Weapons of warfare listed in Ephesians 6:1 0-1 8.

-The authority and power of the Holy Spirit.

(If you have not experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit you should seek it. The Holy Spirit provides power which will help you maintain your healing .)

CHANGE YOUR LIFE STYLE:

A return to sinful practices can mean a return of the sickness (John 8:1 1). Walk in

obedience to God and His Word . Willful sin can result in losing healing (John 5: 14)

. A return to unhealthy practices can also make sickness return. Unhealthy practices are actually sin , for you are defiling God’s temple.

FOLLOW BIBLICAL GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH AND HEALING:

Chapter Twenty of this manual provides these guidelines.

RETURN FOR MEDICAL VERIFICATION:

If you have been under medical care, return to your doctor for verification of your healing. Under Old Testament law, priests were like physicians. They diagnosed illnesses and pronounced healings. Jesus told the leper who He healed:

. . . go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. (Luke 5:14)

WHAT TO DO IF THEY WERE NOT HEALED

Do not let people leave discouraged or guilty because they did not get healed. Avoid the temptation of inventing a reason for their lack of healing (unless God should specifically reveal it ). Before they leave the service, caution them that just because they do not see
visible results does not mean they are not healed. Healing begins in the spirit. There are
delayed healings, i.e., that of the barrenness of Abraham and Sara, even though the Word was given years before.

There is also timing involved. Consider the lame man at the temple gate in Acts 5. Jesus walked through those gates often, yet He did not heal the crippled man who had been there for years. He was later healed by Peter and John (Acts 5:15-16). There was also a set timing for deliverance of Job and Lazarus.

You may want to assign someone to continue to work with the sick person in these follow-up steps:

1. Continue to persevere in prayer for healing: Jesus taught persevering prayer. He
did not discourage it. Call for the elders of the Church to pray over you.

2. Continue to build your faith: You do this through study of the "Rhema" Word of

God on healing.

3. Continue to confess your sins: Confess your sins on a daily basis so they will not

aggravate your physical condition. Live and walk in obedience to the Word of

God.

4. Use your spiritual power: All believers possess the basics for healing and

deliverance. They are:

-The Word of God.
-The blood of Jesus.

-The word of your own testimony.
-Authority to bind and loose.
-Prayer and praise.

-Weapons of warfare listed in Ephesians 6:10-18.

-The authority and power of the Holy Spirit.

5. Where applicable, change your lifestyle: Eliminate sinful and unhealthy practices.
Healing often comes when you bring your lifestyle in harmony and obedience with
God’s Word .

6. Follow Scriptural directives for life and health: These are provided in Chapter

Twenty of this course.

7. Create an atmosphere of faith: Surround yourself with an atmosphere of faith by

becoming part of a fellowship of believers.

8. Commit yourself to total trust in God: Total trust means that in living or dying,

sickness or health, you know you are in His hands: John 10:29; Job 13:15; 19:26

9. React positively to suffering: While you are waiting for total healing, react to your

suffering in such a way that others will be affected in a positive way. You can do

this by:

-Giving thanks: I Thessalonians 5:16-18.

-Letting God perfect His strength in weakness: II Corinthians 12:9-10

-Demonstrating patience while you wait. People wait in doctors offices for
the results of medical tests . We wait on medicine to work . Why can’t we
wait on God? Those with patience inherit the promises: Hebrews 6:12;
12:2-3; James 1:2-4; 5:10-11; Psalms 27:14; 37:34; Isaiah 40:31; Romans
5: 3-5

-Recognizing that no suffering is without purpose. Study the Biblical record of those who suffered which documents this.

10. Claim the promises of God: Even if you feel God has forsaken you , continue to
claim these promises and pray these prayers: Psalms 5:1-3; 6:2-9; 13:1-6; 22:19;

27:7; 31:21-22; 42:9-11; 54:1-2; 55:1-2; 70:1; 71:9-21; 86:6-7; 94:19;

102:1-7; II Corinthians 4:17-18

11. Give and you will receive : The Bible teaches a key principle in God’s Kingdom is
that we receive when we give. If you are a believer, begin to minister God’s
healing power to others. As you give, you will receive .