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SURPRISED BY HIS HEALING POWER
For several years I have wanted to write a book about my journey into the ministry of Christian Healing. It was a long journey taking place over the course of several decades. My purpose in writing this book is to encourage all believers in Christ to use the authority God has given them to administer healing in His name.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
Before any healing ministry can begin one must believe that God can and does heal today. I did not start out with this believe; in fact I believed the exact opposite. But when I witnessed with my own eyes the undeniable proof of God’s healing power today I began a search to discover the truth for myself.
The Scriptures tell us that “Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). It is my hope that as I lay out the Biblical basis and the provision made through Christ for healing, you too will come to acknowledge that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
I make no attempt to present myself as an expert in the area of Christian healing. Others have much more experience in this area than I, gained over many more years in the healing ministry. While I acknowledge their influence in my life, my sole purpose in writing this book is to simply provide an overview of healing for the person who is new to this ministry and to answer some of the concerns and questions with which I struggled when I was first exposed to the Christian healing ministry. My hope is that by telling my story others can avoid some of the pitfalls I encountered and move at a much faster pace to embrace the principles of healing laid out in the Bible.
COMMENTS FROM FELLOW BELIEVERS
"Reading Pastor Dan Burris’ book will take you on an approachable, well-researched pathway to exploring this very necessary topic of Christian faith, teaching, and practice. At each point you will find the author to be transparent in his own experience, considerations, and conclusions. You also will find his writing easy to read as well as informed, reasoned, and balanced. Many of your questions will be addressed in this book and I believe most will have clarifying, satisfying answers."
Rev. Dan Prout
President, Sierra Ministries
“I was very impressed by the ease of your writing and yet the depth in which you covered a difficult subject concisely. You also made it wonderfully practical. It would be a great handbook for those just starting out in the healing ministry!” (Jeff Tarbill)
“I just finished reading your book and so enjoyed it. I thought it was written well and addressed important questions we all ask. Love that it was all backed up with scripture.” (Sand Saray)
“Congratulations on bringing this book to completion - it will help many. Well done.” (Rev. Ron Musch)
Some of the people I minister to come for emotional healing as opposed (or in addition) to physical healing. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of emotional healing for the person who is new to this ministry and to provide encouragement for those who seek this avenue of healing for themselves.
Emotional healing comes from uncovering the deceptions and lies in our lives planted by Satan and exposing them to the light of God's truth. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31). He also said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). It is the Lord who must uncover the lies,which is why prayer is the primary tool used for ministering emotinal healing. When we pray, we ask the Lord Jesus to expose Satan's lies and reveal His truth to those to whom we are ministering. Once the lies are esposed and truth is revealed,emotional healing can be found.
It is my hope that through the process of emotional healing described within the pages of this book, many will have their fears calmed and their hopes raised as they seek to be released from those emotions which have consistently held them captive.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
Some thoughts breathe life-giving energy into our hope and dreams. Others seem to drain the very life out of us. The Bible says, "As (a man) thinks within himself, so he is" (Proverbs 23:7). We want to ensure whatever drives our behavior is stemming from thoughts which are truthful and life-giving rather than those which promise hope instead bring despair.
Many of us have lived through events which have left an indelible impression on us. If these impressions are negative and the emotions they evoke are overwhelming, they are probably filled with lies planted by Satan for the purpose of keeping us ensnared to his will. It is the purpose of emotional healing to uncover these lies and replace them wth God's truth.
For emotional healing to be successful, one must be wiling to visit areas where deep emotions reside. This process is not always easy, yet how many of us already relive these painful moments each day? Would it not be beneficial to consider exposing yourself one more time so that it might be the last time you ever feel the pain of that hurt or rejection again?
Many have taken that risk and have successfully found freedom. My hope is that you too will take this final journey so that you can once and for all be set free from those things which continue to crush your dreams,haunt your memories, and hold you back from the freedom for which Christ died.
"I have been healed in the most unimaginably profound way; I feel a wholeness I have never known before! Not only do I feel God's comforting presence, but I feel His warm, caring, supportive, loving arms surrounding me in a way I've never felt before...I am no longer guarded in my relationships and the things that used to trigger my negative responses don't control me anymore. God's love and truth has set me free."
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