On the banks of this life-sustaining river, fruit trees abound with leaves containing healing properties. Wherever the river flows, healing and fruitfulness go alongside it.
This is a picture of Jesus’ ministry—and also a metaphor for our personal lives and that of the church. Jesus said, ‘Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit…’ (John 7:38-39a)
Have Trials Affected Your Perspective on Healing and God’s Power?
There are three groups of people in particular I believe Father God is ministering to today and releasing in the area of your perspective concerning Divine healing:
1. Those who have had long-term health issues for which there is no medical cure—only a system of management. Or someone close to you is in this situation.
You and others may have prayed and believed for healing—but it has not yet manifested.
2. Those who have prayed earnestly for people who are sick or dying. And your desires to see healing through your prayer or ministry have not been fulfilled in the way you would like them to.
3. Those who have health issues that relate to some area of a past lack of self-care. Examples may include prior history of addictions, or simply factors such as overeating, eating the wrong types of foods, or lack of exercise. In such cases the following line of reasoning can creep in: ‘This ill health is the result of personal choices, therefore it is my fault and I have to live with the consequences.’ (As if that is something that God’s grace cannot cover)
A Contention for Your Faith
When we have experienced extended times of testing in the above areas, a subtle shift can take place in our perspective.
Instead of seeing Divine healing for ourselves and others as rich, full and easily accessed, just as the Bible reveals it to be, we may start to perceive it as limited. Over time, a scarcity mindset with regard to healing and the power of God can creep in.
There is a spiritual contention for our faith.
An Unexpected Healing at Bethesda
In John 5, Jesus is in Jerusalem for a festival, and walks into the area where the pool of Bethesda is located.
The pool of Bethesda was known for its healing properties and for times when miraculous healing occurred.
John tells us,
‘Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.(John 5:1-7)
The attitude of this man towards the power of God for healing is interesting.
- He sees it as scarce, and its operation occasional
- The miracle is always for someone else who is ahead of him
- His healing seems unlikely, as it is dependent upon so many factors—including the actions of others.
And yet he is still hanging on a thread of hope.
All of his hopes are centred on this pool of limitation. Until the day Jesus walks by.
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. (John 5:8-9)
Sometimes in our Christian life, through trials, circumstances or through dryness, it can start to seem as though the power of God for healing is limited.
Like the man by the pool of Bethesda, it may seem as though there is always someone ahead of us receiving his or her miracle of healing or provision.
Instead of recognising that there is a River we can step into, we are sitting by a pool of limitation, waiting for a sign.
But God wants us to catch a fresh vision of the River of His Spirit. A River of life, of harvest, power and of healing.
An abundant River. A very present River, for ourselves and others.
See the Overflow
The paralysed man was seeking healing, but He was not seeking healing from Jesus. Jesus sought him out.
When a river is in flood, anything in its way will get wet. There were two types of people Jesus healed—those who came to Him for healing, and those who Jesus came across and released healing to as directed by His Father. 
Both were ordained by God. This can be our vision and expectation. 
Today God is saying, “Let Me heal your perspective. Let me anoint your eyes to see the abundance of my healing power and grace towards you. It is as abundant as a river in flood. All you need to do is step in.”
 Ezekiel 47:1-12. The Prophets Joel and Zechariah also saw mention this river. ‘A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house.’ (Joel 3:18) For more information see my article, ‘The River of Life.’
 John 5:19
 Some examples of those healed who did not seek healing were the widow of Nain’s son (Luke 7:11-16), the man with the shriveled hand. (Matt 9:12-14) Not just in Jesus’ ministry: Peter brought healing to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate. (Acts 3:1-10)
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