1. Christian healing is not magic. It is not manipulating God to do what we want; rather, it is surrendering to God’s healing work in us.
2. Christian faith for healing is not a prediction of what God will do; it is simple trust that God’s loves us and is at work in us already.
3. Christian healing is not to be sought as a spiritual thrill for the healer or the person healed but is a way to grow us as a Christian.
4. Christian healing is not proof that we are faithful or holy but a sign of God’s love.
What Christian Healing Is
Christian healing is a process that involves the totality of our being—body, mind, spirit, and our social context—and that directs us toward becoming the person God is calling us to be at every stage of our living and our dying. When-ever we are truly open to God, some kind of healing takes place, because God yearns to bring us to wholeness. Through prayer and the laying on of hands, through confession, anointing, the sacraments, and other means of grace, Jesus meets us in our brokenness and pain and there loves, transforms, forgives, redeems, resurrects, and heals. Jesus does this in God’s way, in God’s time, and according to God’s Loving purpose for each person.
Because the Holy Spirit is continually at work in each of us, pushing us toward wholeness, the process of healing is like removing sticks and leaves from a stream until the water runs clear. If we simply get out of the way of the Lord’s work in us, we can trust that we are being led to the particular kind of wholeness God wills for us. Very often the results of our healing are increased faith in God and a new empowerment to love and serve others. Frequently we find that the very thing that caused our greatest brokenness transformed becomes transformed into our own unique giftedness.