The dramatic healing of a dwarf in a church in England teaches an important truth about healing.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12 NASV)
Though these miracles would come through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49), believers are the instruments through which this healing power flows.
An article in the Daily Mail reporting on a miraculous healing in England demonstrates this principle at work.
At 4′ 7″, 35-year-old Maya Joseph was a disabled and blind dwarf. Ten years earlier, she required a wheel chair because of a severe curvature of the spine. Doctors said she would never walk again.
Maya was attending St. George’s — an independent Anglican Church in Milton Keynes, England — for about a year, when she went forward for prayer during a healing service in October 2011.
Rev George Booty — pastor of the church — leaned over and prayed for Maya as she sat in her wheel chair. As soon he touched her legs, Maya’s legs were healed. She immediately lifted her legs and a short time later walked out of the church. Maya said the pastor was as shocked by the miracle as she was. Maya said the healing happened in a minute.
“My doctors are amazed when I tell them how I was cured,” she said in the interview.
Maya is now walking regularly and getting stronger every day. Her one twisted leg is also straightening.
When the Daily Mail asked Rev Booty for a comment, he said:
“I am just a channel through which God is healing. I don’t want to sensationalize it….I claimed her healing in the name of Jesus and pain simply left her and she could lift her legs.”
Where is the power for healing?
There is a clue in this story on how miracles work. Maya’s healing by a simple touch reminds me of a similar account in the Gospels when a woman with an issue of blood sought out Jesus for healing (Luke 8:43-48). Similar to Maya, this woman had suffered from her condition for several years — 12 to be exact.
The healing took place in Gerasenes, shortly after Jesus had delivered a deranged man of his demons (Luke 8:26-40). As the news became public, a huge crowd quickly converged on Jesus. Among them was the woman with an issue of blood. She pushed her way through and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was instantly healed (v 44).
Immediately, Jesus asked who had touched him. The disciples were a bit perplexed by this statement as there were so many people jostling Him.
“But Jesus said, ‘Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.” (v 45). As soon as Jesus said this the woman admitted she had touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and been healed.
Jesus then said it was the woman’s faith that drew the healing virtue out of Him (v 48).
The Healing power comes from you
At this point, Jesus functioned fully as a man empowered by the Holy Spirit and He is an example how we are to act today.
There are a couple of lessons for us in this story.
The first principle we learn is this: If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, the power of God is inside you. Healing doesn’t drop from heaven, it comes from you. This means where you go, the potential for healing goes as well. Healing is not confined to crusades or a church setting.
Secondly, the healing power came out of Jesus and the Lord sensed this healing virtue leaving.
This means we are the conduit — or channel as Rev Booty describes it — for healing. Because of this, we need to realize blockages can occur in our lives preventing this healing from being released through us.
Sadly, one of the biggest blockage is an insidious form of unbelief — most Christians believe they need more faith to perform miracles. The power of the Holy Spirit is inside you, you release this power the same way we received it. If you are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, then you have enough faith for miracles.
But many of are stuck in “little faith” mode, but “little faith” is not what you think it is. Read: What really sunk Peter?