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"These signs shall follow them that believe; In my [Jesus'] name shall they cast out devils...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18).

They shall recover.
Not, they might recover.
But, they shall recover.

Have you ever just sat and let that sink in? It's a very definite promise. And as believers, our responsibility is to believe it - no matter what our senses tell us.

That's because our physical senses frequently give us an inaccurate picture of what is really happening. They're limited. They can't relay to us what is happening in the realm of the spirit.

For example, have you ever laid hands on someone and then had the devil say you'd just made the mistake of your life? I have.

Years ago I was in a church service when some people brought in a young girl and asked me to minister to her. She suffered from epileptic seizures. The minute I walked up to her, the Lord told me the seizures were caused by a spirit. So I stood in front of her and said, "In the Name of Jesus, you'll have to take your hands off this girl, you foul devil. Leave her now!"

Wham! She hit the floor with one of the worst seizures I had ever seen. Four or five people picked her up and carried her out. As they were leaving, I heard the Holy Spirit say, No!

So that's what I said too. I hollered, "No, no, no!" the entire time they were carrying her out.

I never did hear from the girl or her family, so, of course, the devil would harass me and say, Boy, she sure didn't get delivered, did she? She went out worse than she came in!

But I'd rebuke him and say, "No, devil. The Word says when I tell you to flee, you flee. So as far as I'm concerned, you fled that day."

Years passed. Then one day someone gave me a tape of a Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship meeting. Do you know what was on that tape? The mother of that little girl giving her testimony of how God delivered her daughter from epilepsy the night I laid hands on her.

I'm so glad I didn't withdraw my faith because she didn't look healed!

God always does His part. He said when we lay hands on the sick, they shall recover. Whether someone receives healing is not our judgment call.

Our assignment is to lay our hands on them, believe the Word, pray or whatever else we're instructed to do by the Word. We can rest assured that when we obey Him in faith, healing always comes.

Speak the Word: I believe and these signs follow me: In Jesus' Name I cast out devils, I lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)

For Further Study: Mark 16:15-20

Daily Scripture Reading: Job 22-24; Revelation 10-11

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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