// Kenneth W. Hagin
THROUGH A STORY in Acts chapter 9, I believe you will see that God not only performed healings through Jesus' ministry—HE ALSO HEALS TODAY THROUGH HIS PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE HIS WORD.
Acts 9:32–35 relates details of Peter's encounter with a man named Aeneas. Let's look for a moment at this man's condition. He was paralyzed and in a helpless, deplorable state. Possibly the doctors of his day had done all they could for him. BUT WHEN SOMETHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH MEN, IT'S STILL POSSIBLE WITH GOD (Luke 18:27).
Aeneas had been bedridden for eight years. Can you imagine him lying there on his bed, with no hope of getting better? Day after day, life passed him by. Day after day, he watched people do things he longed to do but couldn't. He may have even had to fight off bitterness because of his lot in life.
We have no idea why Aeneas was suffering from this condition. Perhaps he had been in an accident. Or he might have been a victim of a violent crime.
The Bible doesn't tell us what happened to Aeneas. It only says that he was in a helpless state as he lay on that bed for eight years. No matter what happened to him, his condition shows us the desperate, helpless position that so many people are in today. It also shows us how desperately mankind as a whole is in need of the intervention of God.
You may be suffering from sickness or disease right now. Perhaps you're afflicted, and medical science hasn't been able to help you. You may even be getting worse, or the doctors may simply be keeping you alive until you can get healed.
We know that medical science has made a lot of progress over the years, but there are still many conditions they cannot cure. Thank God for what man is able to accomplish, but we must look beyond the knowledge of man. We must look to God—"the Father of lights"—from Whom we receive every good and perfect gift, including healing (James 1:17).
Acts 9:33–34 (NIV) says of Peter, "There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 'Aeneas,' Peter said to him, 'Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.' Immediately Aeneas got up."
I want you to notice that Peter was confident and bold when he declared, "Jesus Christ heals you." He had been traveling around the country ministering when he came to the city of Lydda, located about 25 miles northwest of Jerusalem. There he found this man, Aeneas, in such a terrible condition, and Peter declared, "Jesus Christ heals you!"
That's a bold statement. There was no hesitation, no question mark. And I say to you today—IF YOU WILL BELIEVE AND ACT ON THE WORD OF GOD, JESUS CHRIST HEALS YOU TOO!
Once the healing power of God is administered, the people who are prayed for need to act on the Word. They need to begin to do what they couldn't do before. They need to activate the healing power by the words they speak. You see, faith without works or action is dead (James 2:20).
Your actions and words activate the power of God and let it drive out sickness and disease. Too many times people are prayed for but they don't activate the power of God. How do you do this?
After you pray and receive your healing, immediately do something that you couldn't do before. That's what Aeneas did. When Peter told him to get up and roll up his mat, that was something he had not been able to do for a long time. But the Bible says he did it.
You can also activate God's power by your words. When you receive healing, you can declare by faith, "HEALING IS MINE. I HAVE IT NOW!" When people really get the revelation of the healing power of God and they understand that Jesus Christ heals them, no one can keep them from receiving what belongs to them!