Wednesday, 3 December 2014



And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭12-14‬ KJV)

One of the things that baffled me in the early days, is why is it easy to minister healing to some people and with others its like hitting a brick wall? I eventually found out that the problem may not be with healing anointing or virtue, some of the time the problem is with the recipient. Think about it, nobody ministers by their own strength if they are doing it properly and the Holy Spirit does not fluctuate (1John 2:27). In the scripture above the disciples were sent out to do great works that included healing the sick. However, they were given specific instructions not to force themselves on anyone. You see faith is a two way street, it takes two to tango, one to minister the other to receive. There are several reasons for this, but probably the most important is the fact that it is wrong to violate anybody's will either passively or actively. You cannot force healing on anyone. Let's put it this way, 'the anointing you respect will flow towards you, the one you disrespect will move away from you'. If you don't understand this you will struggle. Christ warned His disciples not to waste their time or energy. You cannot help everybody, no matter how passionate you feel about it. This is seen over and over in the scriptures, the people that Apostle Paul found most difficult to minister to were the Jews because they had no respect for his ministry.

And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭58‬ KJV)

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judas, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭3-5‬ KJV)

It is important that we don't get too familiar with the anointing such that we trivialise it. Even Christ experienced this, the people in the village where He grew up just could not accord Him the respect He deserved. They could not separate the man from the anointing. Mark 6:5 says 'He could not do mighty work' not that 'He did not want to'. Can you see the difference? Even Christ could not circumvent this! This might just be the reason why some 'mature' Christians have difficulty in receiving healing.

We must always be humble enough to receive from the ministry of others. Most times it's about the message not the messenger, and you need wisdom on some occasions to separate the two. In 2kings 5, Naaman was smart enough to separate the two. This reminds me of something I once heard. When the wife of a General Overseer of a particular denomination is given an instruction by the husband on certain occasions, especially when there is a spiritual edge to it, she will look at the husband straight in eyes and would ask 'Is this Yemi or the GO speaking ?' If the answer is 'it's the GO' , because she has learned to separate the two, she obeys without argument knowing that 'the anointing you respect will flow towards you'. This sounds extreme but it works for her.


For confidentiality, I have changed the first name of the GO.

'Femi Idowu