This is the title choice for today. I want to talk now about The Power of Touch.
I saw a woman once with hands that have to be bandaged every day. I don’t know how long she had worn her hands this way, but I know it was a painful situation. She was sitting in a meeting with us, and I began to say, “Father, this woman has been here multiple times. Will you heal her, in Jesus’ name?”
I had no response, but when we dismissed, I brought the subject up to the leaders in the Women’s group that I met with that night. They were astounded that I would bring up the fact that this woman was not healed, even though she had been to our meetings over, and over. They prayed for her right there. I don’t know to this day if the little lady was healed. She was younger than I am. She was not approached, nor prayed over any of the times that I went to those meetings. I was just asking…….I know she is in pain. Why don’t we pray over her?
This is the power of touch that I want to talk about today. It is the Power of God to touch your body, and make you well. He chooses when, but we Christians have gifts,and fruits of the Holy Spirit in us, because they come when you believe in Christ. Faith comes……….in some places it leaves as fast as it came, because no one picks up on its coming.
The power of the Holy Spirit in your life is because you received it. …..by faith. You can pray like this: “Holy Spirit of God, forgive me of my sins. Forgive me of my wicked ways before you. I invite you to come live inside of me, and please make me new, and different on the inside. My whole life I give you, in Jesus name, and I ask to be full to over flowing with the Holy Spirit of God. In Jesus name.”
That causes a response from God. He is on His throne in heaven, and Christ reigns beside Him. The Holy Spirit was given to us when Jesus left for heaven. Remember…….He said, “Wait until the promise of the Father comes.”
The Holy Spirit is the third, person of the Trinity, and He came on the Day of Pentecost when the disciples, and others were waiting for the Holy Spirit to come. They obeyed, and the Holy Spirit arrived in the room with a mighty, wind. Tongues of fire were on the 120 people there in the upper room.
Fire burns. Fire is hot. It gets rid of the debris, and the stuff in our spirit that is not good, and kind, and righteous. When the Holy Spirit comes, He will burn out the dross in you, and me. Our sins are forgiven, but there may be other things He gets rid of in the process of knowing Him. The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the Holy Spirit of Truth. He speaks the truth about Christ.
The power of the touch is so important. A mother holds her new baby for the first time in her arms, and kisses him on the forehead. She wraps him in a blanket, and when she returns from the hospital, both she, and her husband will be using diapers, and feeding the little baby until it grows up into a child, a little older, and a teen, and finally,later, an adult.
At church you may shake hands with someone, or in a loving church, you may get many hugs. They may not know you, but they can hug your neck, because you came to see them. They really hug you when they figure you were sent by the Holy Spirit that day. The Holy Spirit says things through the Body of Christ. When it is God, the silence, and the quiet are broken by the words that come forth that day……..whether the soloist sings them, or the preacher preaches, or whether someone has a verse, or a song, or a word of encouragement.
Church is quiet most of the time. There is a stirring in some places around the world. The Power of the Holy Spirit is there and people pray for the sick, and anoint them with oil, telling the darkness, and the demons to go in the name of Jesus. That is the power of touch, because when the Holy Spirit touches your heart, you will melt in His Presence. God is awesome. His anointing breaks the bondage, and yokes that are on people, and when there is the Presence of God in the room, there is quiet, respect, and the people will listen, to what is to be heard. The angels hold back the darkness. The anointing breaks the bondage. I can’t. But that is the touch of God. It is the Power of His touch.
So you are a preacher’s kid? Why do you talk this way, Ruby. You didn’t grow up that way?
No, I didn’t. I thought the power of God to touch had long stopped, because those adults around me thought this way. We prayed, and prayed, and a month later someone either got well, or we had a funeral. Where was the faith? I never thought of it. I read my Bible, and prayed, and walked with the Lord. My mind was on Him, and I taught children the Bible.
Well, the organization I was with was nondenominational, so I found myself in many kinds of churches. I loved them all, and we visited many churches together.
My mother told me about the power of the Holy Spirit, and therefore the Power of Touch. I received the Holy Spirit by faith, more than when I was saved as a child. The Holy Spirit comes in when we are saved. The result is that I was touched. The white spots on my throat were dried up like kernels of corn. I could knock them off the back of my throat. That is the result of receiving the Holy Spirit in fullness at that time.
So what do we do with the Power of Touch? When you have a new vacuum, you use it. You turn it on, and sweep until all is clean. Then you touch it again, and turn it off, and unplug it. The power of touch made it come on, and then turn off.
The same way with the Holy Spirit of God, except the Holy Spirit is not a machine. The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ. The Holy Spirit is God. So when you give your life to God, the Holy Spirit resides inside you, by faith, and you have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and the gifts that He gives you specially to live out the rest of your walk with God.
You have to learn to use the fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Then when you anoint a piece of cloth, and pray over it, you can send it home with the sick one. They put it under the pillow, and it does its work. The power of touch is evident. The person soon gets well. The person may soon become a Christian. The anointed cloth may be for encouragement.
Then there is the anointing of oil on your head when the congregation prays over you. This is special. The minister makes the sign of the cross, or dabs your head with a little oil. We have used cooking oil, or olive oil. It has to be oil of some kind. Then there is the prayer of faith to raise the sick. Some people have prayed and they have seen the dead rise up . They have seen the sick rise up. God is powerful, and when the power of touch comes from Him……….it is powerful. He is love, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and the truth. Christ spoke the truth, and it touched their hearts.
The result was that some went away mad, and others knelt before Him and asked for mercy. He touched them and they were healed. I believe the healing was on the inside also. We need a Power of Touch from God in our churches, in our homes, and between us CHURCH. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. His light causes the darkness to leave. That is a power touch. God spoke and there was light when the world was created. Jesus came as the light of the world. He touched many people and healed them of their diseases and sicknesses.
So does it happen today? Huh?
Faith as a grain of mustard seed. …..It will get you somewhere. Faith comes……..by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Plant the Word of God in your heart, and you will have more faith. Sing to God from your heart. Stir up the gift that has been given to you by the laying on of hands by the elders. How do you do that?? You practice the love walk. You forgive, and forgive, and forgive. You don’t allow offense to get in your spirit with a root of bitterness. You allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you with the truth, and then you ask forgiveness for the darkness that you have been walking in to this time.
Darkness? Anything that won’t bow to the name of Christ Jesus is darkness. His name is above all the other names. At the name of Christ, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. That is the power of Touch, because you come by faith, and faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
Does anyone understand what I am writing. I am saying, God is not religious. God is Almighty. He walks among us daily, and looks for those who have faith. He wants to talk to us, but we must walk the walk, and talk the talk. We must confess our own ungodly ways, and turn from our own wickedness. Christ wants us to come clean, and read the Word, fellowship, and stay on task with Him. He died that we could have life abundantly. That life is not selfish, or full of the darkness. It is full of God’s presence, and with the truth. No one is good enough to go to heaven without Christ’s blood on them. All of us are sinners. Humility happens when one of us starts, and then another, and one by one we fall to our knees, and repent of our own ways that have displeased Him. We come by faith.
So what has me all fired up? The Power of Touch has me fired up. God has touched my heart. I have been praying, and reading, and typing. I have come along for such a time as this to tell you that God in YOU is the HOPE of Glory. He loves YOU, and you need to give your life to Him, and ask forgiveness for your own sins. He will change you from religious, to someone who has the Holy Spirit living inside them 24/7.