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Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
(James 5:14-17)
The apostle James sends this letter out over the world to all churches, ministers, and to every member of the body of Christ. All these teachings and blessings are for every child of God that will accept them.

He wants the church to know that the power to heal the sick, and teach divine healing, was not confined to the apostles, but elders of each and every church had the gift of healing or the power to heal; and that by meeting the conditions given every one of the followers of Christ would positively be healed.

He delivered this doctrine of divine healing of the body to be taught and practiced in every church, that each member would know their privilege and duty to God.

If he or she were sick, instead of sending for a doctor, perhaps an infidel doctor, they should send at once for the elder and let God glorify himself by manifesting the healing power in raising him up.

Some teachers refuse to walk in the God-given light and say this text means "Spiritual healing." I am glad the Word of God is so plain that anyone who wants the light can have it.

"The prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he has committed sins they shall be forgiven him." You see the line between the raising up of the sick one, and the forgiving of sin.

If they backslid, or sinned in any way that brought on the sickness, the sick ones should have faith in the promises of God in sending for the elders, as God had commanded.

The elders come and anoint with oil; a symbol of the Holy Ghost or healing virtue, that must come from Jesus, on and through the sick one—soul and body.

They pray together, the prayer of faith, and having met the conditions, the Lord honors the faith, and comes with His mighty power and raises up the sick one to health and restores to him peace and joy in his soul. "Pray one for another that you may be healed."

You see the power of the Lord is ever present with His children to heal. The command is given to every child of God. If the elder cannot come, then get a few of God's children together in the true Spirit of Christ, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.

Some have gifts of casting out devils and healing, by laying on of hands. Oh! Let us not forget these blood bought benefits. He forgiveth all our iniquities, He healeth all our diseases. He promises to heal soul and body; the verb is in the present tense. "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."(James 5:16)

Source: Holy Ghost Sermons by Maria Woodworth-Etter
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

From the Publisher: "Holy Ghost Sermons" by Mrs. M.B. Woodworth-Etter was first published in September of 1918. Harrison House is pleased to offer it as a Living Classic Edition. The text is reprinted almost exactly as it appeared in the original edition which Mr. Etter compiled and organized herself.

Readers will best understand Mrs. Etter's message by noting her relationship with God and the time frame in which she ministered. Signs and wonders powerfully earmarked her ministry. And her message is timeless, though some of her language is dated. So please bear in mind that Mrs. Etter spoke and acted upon the revelation she possessed in her day. Her interpretations of Bible prophecy in light of World War I and the evolving technology of her day are most interesting.

We therefore recommend that CFAITH excerpts of "Holy Ghost Sermons" be read in light of present-day revelation from God's Word. The Spirit of the Lord is continually opening the eyes of our understanding to know His mind and ways.

Author Biography

Maria Woodworth-Etter
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Born in Lisbon, Ohio in 1844, Maria (pronounced "Ma-ri'-ah" not "Ma-ree-ah") grew to be one of the best known and one of the most successful itinerant preachers on the sawdust trail. Beautifully mixing the holiness doctrine with Pentecostalism, Maria's ministry contained such dramatic demonstrations of the Holy Spirit that her fame wildly spread from coast to coast. The journalists of her day couldn't begin to record all the miracles in the newspaper pages they allotted for her.

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