Before you get into reading this blog post, I need to apologize. I know that what I am going to share is so, so simple and yet, perhaps so simple that it is overlooked and ignored in many children's ministries. Here are some facts ...
I am so excited about the day and age in which we live. I am convinced that God is up to something supernatural and we get to be a part of it. I wouldn't trade living today for any other time that witnessed an outpouring of God's Spirit. The move of God that is presently unfolding will far exceed anything in recorded history. It truly is the day of the Holy Ghost.
Here is one exciting part of this outpouring - divine healing is being brought to the forefront. The perfunctory, ritualistic healing prayer found in of many of today's churches is being replaced with the Holy Spirit showcasing His miracle-working power through signs, wonders, and miracles. And here's the part that I love. This isn't being seen only in the adult services but also in the ministry to children and youth. And wait, there's more. These demonstrations of the Spirit aren't confined to a church service. They are happening in homes and businesses everywhere.
Why is this important? Because, if this gospel is to be preached throughout the earth before the return of Jesus (Matthew 24:14), and, if His return is imminent, then demonstrations of healing are vital to hastening His return. Holy Spirit-produced, visible, undeniable healings have always been a vital part of the advancing of the gospel. We see this throughout Jesus' ministry.
"Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere
the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed people who had every kind of sickness
and disease. News about him spread far beyond the borders of Galilee so that the sick
were soon coming to be healed from as far away as Syria. And whatever their illness
and pain, or if they were possessed by demons, or were epileptics, or were
paralyzed — he healed them all. Large crowds followed him wherever he went ...