2002-05-30 - Rated 3 of 5 by 2 users - (Print Notes)
Part # 7: Touch & Heal by D-lite
Objective: Learning to show love & acceptance the way Jesus did, through healing touch.
Step 1 - In your Prayer Journal ask God to intersect your life this week with one person who needs to be touched in order to experience Godís love through you.
Step 2 ñ Begin to watch and look for someone that you can touch <i>appropriately</i> (on the arm, hand or shoulder).
Step 3 ñ Record (in your Prayer Journal) what happens when you touch someone in the name of Jesus.
a) Scriptural basis - God has taught me that the touch of His love comes through flesh and blood. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (<a href="LookUp.phtml?verse=John+1%3A14">John 1:14</a> ). ìThis is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God Ö (I <a href="LookUp.phtml?verse=John+4%3A2">John 4:2</a> ).
b) Christís example - While Jesus walked among man on earth, He was constantly touching people and they constantly were reaching out to be touched by Him. The power of God flowed through Him to those around Him. He healed people by His touch. However, the Jewish religious leaders were concerned that they would become unclean or contaminated by touching a person with an illness.
c) Testimony - I have a friend who is a single mom. Shortly into our friendship (being the spontaneous person I am), I grabbed and hugged her. It was a joy to see her. But she began to cry. I felt very badly because I thought I had overstepped a boundary. But then she told me that she was crying because it had been so long since she had received a hug from anyone, that she had forgotten how wonderful it felt. This broke my heart and then I cried too. Compassion and joy heal brokeness.
d) Need - I am sad that today in ìcareî homes and hospitals, people seldom feel a hand of compassion upon them. All the ìcare giversî are required to where gloves, making sure they never have human contact. I understand the reasons for this rule. But could it be that the people they care for are actually being deprived of care by this rule? Perhaps healing comes through touch more than through the medication of drugs.
e) Power in a touch ñ When we reach out and touch another person they feel our love and acceptance more than any words could ever communicate and that is more healing than 100 bottles of pills. ìI tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.î (<a href="LookUp.phtml?verse=John+14%3A12-14">John 14:12-14</a> ).
Note from Pastor Chris: I too have found this to be very significant in my life and in others. However due to the increase in abuse I must offer this warning. Whenever possible work with your own gender, ask for permission - "May I lay hands on you and bless you", restrict touch as D-lite suggested to hand, arm and shoulder (shoulder being the most common). That being said, this is still an incredibly rewarding and often overlooked ministry.
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