EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – Ch. 18 – The Works of Healing


Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter  18


Says the Words; Shows the Wonders; Sends the Workers

Jesus’ method of teaching His disciples, as we see in the Book of Matthew, is this:

  • First, He teaches with words; next,
  • He demonstrates His teaching with ‘works in action’; then,
  • He sends His disciples to do His Works.

If Jesus had not intended His disciples to make disciples, who in turn, repeated the process, Christianity would have ended with the death of the last Apostle.  But, Jesus, set in motion a process, by which “you shall be His witness, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (see Acts 1:8)


Matthew 8:1-4, says, “When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. Verse 2.  And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Verse 3.  Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Verse 4.  And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

It has now begun.  Jesus, in Matthew 4:19, said, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 

Later, in Matthew 10, “Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

If you are a disciple of Jesus, you are now with Him, looking closely over His shoulder, watching and learning.  You will learn at His side.  You will be forever identified as having been with Jesus.

We are now, the clay in the Potter’s Hands; as He touches our lives, we are made new, into His image for His purpose.  This is IMPORTANT to grasp.

The words, from Matthew 4:19, in the Greek translations, tell us, not only of the urgency of Jesus’ call, but of how

the state of our lives is to be made well off.  We will fare well and prosper in our soul, by answering His call and following Him.

These words are so descriptive that you must take each definition and consider their impact and importance:

You are entering His Kingdom of “royal power, kingship, dominion, rule. You are being given the right and the authority to serve in His Kingdom; the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah and the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom.”

The definitions of this word are complimentary:

To serve, to worship, to heal, to cure, to restore to health.  Jesus heals the whole person, body, mind/will/emotions and spirit.  His healing is complete.  We are called to this ministry, we will learn as His disciples, to do His Works.

Again, Jesus heals the body, the mind, the soul and the spirit of all infirmities. There is nothing outside the reach of God, and we are on mission with Jesus.  We cannot stand idly by and watch.  To be His disciple means we join God is what He is already doing.

Jesus called these men to Himself, and He is calling you and me to follow Him, today.

This call has an urgency associated with it.  It is a command in the imperative.  Jesus is saying, “Come, Now!

It is IMPORTANT that we remember Jesus was speaking prophetically then and is speaking prophetically to us, today!  This is our calling and our role as Christians, Disciples of Jesus. He will make you, fashion you into a “fisher of men”!

I encourage you to study the details of this teaching by clicking this link “In the Beginning”.

Study the definitions of the words used, and, apply them to yourself, as you journey into His Kingdom and prepare yourself to be on Mission with Jesus, engaging in this Spiritual War.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”

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(The previous episode can be found at The Two Foundations)

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