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But he [Elisha] said, As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
(2 Kings 5:16)
If we read this scripture in context, we'll find that Naaman wanted to pay Elisha for his healing. People try to do the same thing today. They would give thousands of dollars just to be healed. But they don't understand that they cannot pay for God's blessings.

One time in a healing line, a guy put a roll of bills in my hand. I don't know how many bills there were or whether they were all large or not. But he handed me a huge roll of bills with a rubber band around them.

I said, "No, you take that back. I can't take that. No, sir. You take that money back. I can't take it." He did it because he was so thrilled that he had received healing. But ministers shouldn't take money in exchange for ministering healing to someone.

Now if someone wants to put money in the offering, and the minister doesn't know about it, that's fine. But he or she shouldn't take any money from someone for ministering healing to him.

When the Lord appeared to me in a vision in 1950, He said, "There are two things to be careful of. One of those things is money. Just receive offerings as you have been doing. You shall make no charge for your ministry" (1 Cor. 9:18).

Over the years, we've gotten many little children delivered. We've seen children afflicted with polio healed and jumping up and down. The parents would have given thousands of dollars for the healing of their little crippled children.

But the Lord said to me, "Make no charge. Only receive offerings. Be careful about money. Many on whom I've placed My Spirit and called to such a ministry have become money-minded and have lost the anointing."

God's blessings are free. All I have to do is receive them. I don't have to work for them. I don't have to pay for them. All I have to do is thank God for them.
Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications

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