Today Let’s look at the difference between a miracle and healing.

1 Corinthians 12:28 – KJV – And  God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

In the gifts of the spirit, God made a difference in the gift of healing and the gift of working of miracles. So we must understand the difference between a healing and a miracle. Both are worked by the power of the Holy Spirit but they are used on different circumstances.

A healing always has to do with some type of sickness.

Acts 8:7 – KJV – For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

Acts 28:8 – KJV – And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.

And, as we discussed before, the gift of healing is to be used to show the world that Jesus is raised from the dead and is alive. As seen in these scriptures, one genuine healing can cause whole cities to be saved:

Acts 9:33 – 35 KJV – And there he found  a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed  eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.  And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

We are not told how many people were converted as a result of this miracle, but it seems that it brought about a city wide revival in these 2 places. Again, this is how we see many souls converted at once, and we begin to gain ground on the world population.

This one is easy to understand. Now let’s talk about the subject of miracles. The Greek word means: a sign, or occurrence that transcends the natural course of nature.

I feel that ministers get these 2 confused when they are saying that many miracles are taking place in their meetings. Miracles are different from healings in the fact that they may have nothing to do with a sickness: it could be where God changes the laws of physics, (i.e. the Red Sea parting). Or, it could be someone raised from the dead (i.e. Tabitha in Acts 9). Remember, raising someone from the dead is classified as a miracle, not a healing. Someone who was born blind or deaf or lame is not being healed, it is a miracle. Here is an interesting miracle that did not help someone, but was judgment on someone:

Acts 13:8 – 11 KJV – But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with  the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

You must be like Paul before you try something like this. You must be filled with the Holy Ghost and make sure that you are doing exactly God’s will at the moment. How do you know? Because you will get the same great results.  Does God do these kinds of things to people in the dispensation of Grace? Obviously, He does. But, why?

Acts 13:12 – KJV – Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

Here it is again. Miracles are not toys in our hands so we will look spiritual. They are not so we can brag about what a good meeting we had. They are and have always been to further the preaching of the gospel and to produce the proof that Jesus is alive. When we begin to see genuine miracles and healings in our ministry, we will not have to tell anyone that these are occurring, the sheer number of people being saved will be our witness.


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