In one of my meetings, I pointed to a man and said, "Sir, you are unsaved, and the Spirit of God shows me that you have a double hernia. If you will come here right this moment, I will lay hands on you and the hernia will disappear instantly." He did and it did.

At the altar call that night he responded to the invitation and was saved. Two nights later I laid hands on him and he was filled with the Holy Spirit.

We need to distinguish between healings obtained through supernatural gifts or manifestations and those obtained by exercising faith in God's Word alone.

It also must be understood that an individual does not operate these supernatural gifts; they are manifested through him. I can't make them operate any time I want to; I can only stay open for the manifestation of the Spirit of God as He wills.

Many of us were taught that the only reason Jesus healed was to prove His deity. If that were the case, He never proved His deity in the city of Nazareth, because He never did the works there that He did elsewhere.

Mark 6:5 tells us, "And he [Jesus] could there [Nazareth] do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them." (Notice that Mark didn't say that Jesus wouldn't do any mighty work there; he said Jesus couldn't!)

The Amplified Bible says, "...He laid His hands on a few sickly people." In other words, they were just sickly, not blind, deaf, crippled, or palsied.

Jesus did not heal people merely to prove His deity. He was not ministering as the Son of God. He was ministering as a prophet of God, anointed with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said in Luke 4:24, "...Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country." Notice He called Himself a prophet.

In Matthew 13:58 we learn why Jesus could not heal on some occasions: "And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." Their unbelief hindered Him.

Also in the fourth chapter of Luke, Jesus said that there were many widows in Israel when a great famine occurred during Elijah's time, "But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow" (v. 26).

Even though Elijah had God's power in his life, he could not make it work for everybody. But because he was sent to this particular widow's house, there was a continuous miracle: her meal barrel never became empty, even though they kept dipping meal out of it, and her cruse of oil never ceased to flow (1 Kings 17:16).

Jesus went on to say in Luke 4:27, "And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian."

Naaman traveled many miles to reach Samaria, where he had heard the prophet Elisha could rid him of his leprosy.

Elisha had a double portion of Elijah's anointing, and the Bible records that he did twice as many miracles as his predecessor.

To Naaman, a Syrian, he said, "...Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean" (2 Kings 5:10). Why didn't all the lepers in Israel go to Elisha and get healed too?

The answer lies in the Israelites' covenant of healing with God. In that covenant the Lord said, "...I am the Lord that healeth thee" (Ex. 15:26).

Exodus 23:25-26 says, "...I will take sickness away from the midst of thee...the number of thy days I will fulfill."

Again in Deuteronomy 7:15, it says, "And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness...."

You see, they really didn't need any prophet to heal them. They needed to believe the covenant that God had established with them. Naaman, who wasn't even under that covenant, believed and was cleansed!

After Naaman was healed, he returned to Elisha's house and offered him gold, silver, and many changes of raiment because he was so thrilled to be healed. The prophet wouldn't take any of his gifts because he knew Naaman was trying to pay for his healing.

As a believer, you don't need a prophet or miracle worker to heal you. And you can't pay for your healing, either. Just accept what God has already given you!

Source: Healing Belongs To Us by Kenneth Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications