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Stretch out Your Hand to Heal (5 of 5)
Introduction: The church in the book of Acts believed in and practiced prayer, and received the Holy Spirit with power to extend the kingdom of God. We have prayed and will continue to pray and believe for signs, wonders, and miracles, that God will shake our place and all our various life places - our homes, jobs, businesses, schools, cities, and our specific region. Today's message encourages the believer and all the church to believe healings to continue now, today in our midst, with signs and wonders through the name of Jesus.
I. ''STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND TO US''
Acts 4:30 Stretch out your hand to heal, and grant that wonders and miracles may be performed through the name of your holy Servant Jesus. (GNT)
''…as you stretch out your hand to us in healings and miracles and wonders…'' (MSG)
A. STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND TO US
1. To extend the reach so as to close the gap
2. To enlarge the reach beyond natural limits
3. To forcefully reach against all resistance
4. To hold out the hand to touch a person
5. To reach with intensity and persistence
B. STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND TO HEAL
1. The Greek word ''iasis'' means to cure, to make well again, to restore, to heal; a remedy
2. Healer: Jehovah Rapha, the Lord my Healer. He restores, returns to wholeness, reverses diseases with a cure.
a. Matthew 8:3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ''I am willing; be cleansed.'' Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
b. Matthew 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ''O you of little faith, why did you doubt?''
C. STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND WITH SIGNS AND WONDERS
1. Signs: a miracle that points to the work and power of God
a. Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.
b. John 20:30-31 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the p ...
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