The hands of the believer are extraordinary! They are God’s tools of working His miraculous power. We have sang songs like “My hands are filled with the blessings of the Lord, anyone I touch surely must be blessed” without understanding the full import of what we sang. We often thought it was just a mere social or ceremonial touch.
The Lord asked Moses of old “What is in your hand?” (Ex 4:2). God does not use anything spectacular to work His miraculous power through us other than what we have. With that hand, a rod became a serpent that swallowed up all the rods of the Egyptian magicians. He was asked to stretch forth his hands several times and mighty wonders were wrought that startled Pharaoh and his cohorts (Ex.4:20, 7:17, 19, 8:5, 6, 17; 9:15, 22; 10:12, 21, 22). When they got to the red sea, Moses used his hand like a remote control and parted it. After the children of Israel had walked on a dry ground at the very center of the sea, Moses stretched forth his hand again and the “sea walls” came back again with full force. By this time it was too late for the Egyptians, they were drowned in the sea! (Ex. 14:16-29). Amazing stuff! Moses worked these wonders effortlessly because he knew the Lord had placed His power on his hands. This was a man under the law of sin and death. In fact David the sweet Psalmist of Israel also said “Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight” (Ps. 144:1).
These men of old understood the importance of their hands. They knew their hands signified strength and authority. Expressions like “the right hand of the Father” in the bible connote authority.
The body of a believer is the power house of God, his hands are its storage batteries! Jesus said
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name…they SHALL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY SHALL RECOVER” (Mk. 16:17-18).
This is an absolute reality! Jesus knew what He was talking about, He demonstrated same before He uttered these words after His resurrection.
“Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them” (Lk. 4:40).
A blind man had also been healed through this same pattern.
“And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. And he sent him away to his house, saying, neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town” (Mk. 8:22-26).
When he couldn’t do mighty works in His hometown, he still laid hands on some few folks to be healed (Mk. 6:5).
People around recognized that through the laying on of hands, Jesus wrought mighty works (Mk 6:2). Remember the woman who had the spirit of infirmity in Luke 13, who was bowed together and could not stand upright? All Jesus did was to lay His hands on her and she was straightened and strengthened! (Lk. 13:13).
It was recorded that “… by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch” (Acts 5:12). They laid hands on the believers in Samaria that might receive the Holy Spirit which Simon the Sorcerer saw and desired the same pattern (Acts 8:17-19).
In the book of Acts, laying on of hands by the believers became an established pattern of ministering both to the sick and setting apart ministers for the work of ministry (Acts 9:17; 13:3; 14:3; 19:6, 11, 28:17).
And the emphasis was strong in the epistles too (1 Tim. 4:14; 2: 8; 5:22; 2 Tim. 1:6).
The believer’s hands connote “authority” they symbolize strength. Men were instructed to lift up holy hands in prayer without wrath and doubting (1 Tim 2:8). Please pay attention to the word “holy”. It means our hands have been set apart for a purpose. The word “holy” is used to describe something that is consecrated or set apart for a special use. Those hands of yours are not ordinary, they are holy and extraordinary. Don’t belittle them, don’t underestimate them. You have received the ministry of laying on of hands in Christ. God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul, He still does same through the hands of believers who will dare stretch them forth in faith!
Say these words boldly after me;
“I have received the ministry of laying on of hands in Christ. I do mighty works with my hands, I see miracles as I stretch them forth by faith, the sick recover speedily through the laying on of my hands, nothing is impossible to me!”
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