Acts 8:9-10,13,18,20 – “A man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria…they exclaimed, ‘This man is the divine power known as the Great Power’. Simon himself believed (in Jesus) and was baptized. When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostle’s hands, he offered them money. Peter answered: ‘may your money perish with you because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money.’”
We’ve all heard stories like the one involving Simon before, right? We cross paths with people who seem to have ‘abilities’ that come from God himself. Some will even confuse people by claiming to be God. Most of the time they are not.
They, like Simon before them, are practicing black arts, magic or sorcery of some sort. All intended to deceive.
I went to a conference some years ago and witnessed one of these people with my own eyes. This man was claiming to possess unique and magical skills, when in fact he was only seeking to deceive people into giving him money.
My business partner at the time listened closely and uncovered the scam with just a few questions. Hopefully, we prevented at least a few from being ripped off by the guy.
In many places today, we have ‘doctors’ who claim they can heal painful injuries with pain medications. They prescribe them liberally to those who end up amazed that they can no longer feel their pain. Sadly, they wind up addicted to opiate drugs and end up far worse than when they started. Some even take their addiction too far, and find it so difficult to recover from it, they end up committing crimes and in prison.
Others, when the pain clinic has been closed by authorities and cannot get more of the ‘magic pills’ end up addicted to heroin and die of an overdose.
So is there someone who can really heal? Actually, there is. His name is Jesus. He’s the Son of God. One of his nicknames is “Great Physician”.
I can speak with confidence because he healed me of my addictions. One day I was hopelessly addicted to alcohol and the next I was freed of it. Not under treatment, but healed.
I know this because 25 years later I have not had a drink. One other time, I prayed for relief for an old arthritic knee. I then went more than 3 years without an ache or pain in that knee as if there was no injury.
A friend of mine was once diagnosed with terminal cancer. One day she had a group of priests and nuns pray for her healing for hours and hours. When it was done, she fell into a deep sleep that lasted more than a day.
When she awoke, she physically felt much better. Visiting the oncologist soon after, a series of images showed no cancer in her body at all. The doctors tried to explain it by saying that there must have been a mistake and that the previous images must have been mixed up with those of another patient. Years later, she’s alive and doing well. Healed of her cancer.
So if you’re in pain, if you need healing, seek Jesus. He’s the real healer.