“When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child… then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.”
2 kings 4:32-35
Truly, nothing is too difficult for God, not even the raising of the dead! No matter how bad your physical condition may be, you are never beyond God’s healing power. How bad can it get, really? The worse that could happen to you is that you could die from your sickness. Even at that, God can still raise you from the dead!
There are several things that stand out to me when I read this story. The first is the similarity between how Elisha ministered to this dead child and how Elijah ministered to a child who was dead in 1 Kings 17:17-24. In both instances they laid the child on their own bed, shutting the door behind them and then laid themselves on top of the child, raising the child to life.
Elijah was an anointed prophet of God whom God used to work many miracles. Just before God took him to heaven, Elisha his servant (assistant) asked for a double portion of the anointing that was upon his life and ministry to be upon him. God granted this request and the Scripture records that Elisha performed exactly twice the amount of miracles that Elijah performed. It is also interesting to note that in many of these miraculous accounts, Elisha ministered similarly to the way that his mentor, Elijah had ministered.
The transfer of the anointing through impartation is nothing new in the Scriptures. Deuteronomy 34:9 tells us that Joshua was filled with the Spirit because Moses laid his hands upon him. In 2 Timothy 1:6 we learn that Timothy received his anointing and gifts for ministry through the laying on of hands from the Apostle Paul.
I’m sure you have heard how God used anointed men and women in the past to bring His healing power to the earth. Men and women like Smith Wigglesworth, A.A. Allen, Oral Roberts, Aimee Semple McPherson, Kathryn Kuhlman and a host of others. I love to read about the lives of these great men and women of God. However, most of them are dead now. Yet, in many instances, the mantle and the anointing that they carried has been passed on to the next generation.
Smith Wigglesworth passed his mantle to Lester Sumrall, who just recently went to be with the Lord. Many ministers today have been greatly influenced by Lester Sumrall; one that you may know is Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio. Kathryn Kuhlman was greatly influenced by Aimee Semple McPherson. Today, that same anointing can be seen and experienced in the ministry of Benny Hinn. R.W. Schambauch served under A.A. Allen for a short time and received a great impartation from his ministry. Today, you can see that same anointing upon Ted Shuttlesworth. I could go on and on about the transfer of anointing and mantles.
The point is this. It is the ANOINTING that destroys the yoke of sickness and disease (Isaiah 10:27) not a man or a woman! Zechariah 4:6 declares, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” However, in almost every account of a miracle of healing recorded in the Bible, the Lord used one of His servants as a vessel or channel for His anointing to flow through. A powerful truth that we need to learn is that God heals the sick today through the body of Christ on the earth!
Even today, God is still calling and anointing certain ministers to the healing ministry; giving them a special healing anointing (1 Corinthians 12:28). If you are sick, my advice to you would be to put your faith in God’s healing power and get in close proximity to that healing anointing, wherever or through whomever it may be flowing!
Confession: Thank You Lord for your healing anointing. I believe that you are still anointing men and women of God to bring healing to the sick.