God has made us a little lower than Him (Psalm 8:5-6)
Psalm 8, 4-6 (NASB):
4 What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
You will often hear verse 5 end with the word ‘angels’ instead of ‘God’. In the Greek it does actually translate to ‘angels’, but, when you apply the law of first reference it instead means ‘Elohim’, or, ‘God’. We are never to exalt angels. The angels would not want us to exalt them either. Angels instead are constantly praising God and we should be also for what Jesus has done for us.
What a privilege, what an honor, what an awesome responsibility. To rule over the works of God! Everyday! Believers are to walk in dominion over all of God’s works. There is one exception, we do not have dominion over man. We do however rule over the those things that afflict man, such as sickness, disease, poverty. We do not have to get permission to lay hands on someone. Jesus said that we would lay hands on the sick and that they will recover (Mark 16:18). Sickness and disease and all that steal from us is authored by the enemy, Satan, and his kingdom of darkness (John 10:10). Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy:
1 John 3:8 (NASB)
8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
No one in their right mind would truly want to hang on to their sickness or disease. There is of course the human factor and there are reasons people want to continue to suffer, but, their actions are a reflection of their unbelief, lack of knowledge, and trust in God. So, regardless of what a person says when they don’t want you to pray for them, we are to command the sickness and disease out of them anyway, all in the name of Jesus. Set them free, that is our job (Isa 61).
Why is the Spirit of the Lord upon you (if you are born again) ? The answer:
Isaiah 61 (NASB) Exaltation of the Afflicted
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
You were anointed (to do those things in Isa 61 and the Great Commission (Mark 16)) FIRST.
Then, BECAUSE of that, the Spirit of the Lord came upon you. It wasn’t the other way around. People wait for a nudge from God, to go out, they “wait” for an anointing. Don’t let the devil deceive you an hour longer. You have all you need! Jesus is in you, the Holy Spirit is in you, waiting for you to use your faith, stretch your hand upon the afflicted and set them free!
“Do I need to physically lay hands?” If you are there with the person, of course. The Holy Spirit will flow from you to them so that Jesus can bring them (much needed) life, and life more abundantly (John 10:10). If you cannot be there physically, speak life over the phone with them, and just believe. The Holy Spirit will confirm with signs and wonders following. (Heb 2:4). That is, following YOU. Your faith, your believing that God’s Word is true. Your faith will allow God’s Will to be done on this earth, which, after all is what Jesus told his disciples to pray:
Matthew 6:10 (NASB)
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Do you have a heart for the lost ? Do you have a heart for the suffering? Jesus needs you to do the things He did and Greater (John 14:12).
Matthew 9:37 (NASB)
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”
Laying hands is not for a select few of the Body of Christ. It’s ALL hands on deck.