The Purpose of Healing and Miracle

Jesus performs miracles

Bible Text: Matthew 18:14-15

The major purpose God grants healing and miracle is to boost our faith for greater service.

The mother of Peter's wife was sick. When Christ healed her, she immediately arose to serve Christ.

Matthew 8:15, “And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.”

God heals to increase our faith for service. We can't please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). He wants to be pleased with us when we please him with our faith. He device different ways to help our faith. Healing and miracles are some of the ways.

Other ways our faith is boosted is through God's word and listening to sermons from great Christian ministers.

However, God does not want our focus on miracles and signs. He wants our focus on Jesus and his word (Hebrews 12:2).

God wants his people as true believers not to covet working miracles. Miracles, signs, and wonders naturally follow those who believe in Christ (Mark 16:17-20).

Another purpose of God for healing and miracles is to relieve the oppressed. Christ commanded that it should be done without charges (Matthew 10:8).

Everyone should work according to his proportion of faith. Some desperately want to perform signs and wonders when they don't have the power to do so. Every good thing comes from God and the power and authority to perform signs and wonders come from him as well (Matthew 10:1).

One of the major reasons God gives the power to perform miracles is for an effective witness of the gospel to convince the people that the message they receive is from God. The power is not given to display might or worth (Acts 1:8).

Christ has warned us against false prophets who take advantage of people's desire for healing and miracles to deceive them. We should know and identify them by their fruit (Matthew 7:15).

We should flee from ministries whose only focus is miracles, with no regard for God's word and the name of Jesus. Do not believe every spirit, but try them (1 John 4:1).

When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable.

Let's bear in mind the purpose God grants healing and miracles that we may serve him better.
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