Recently, the Lord said something to me that has just been reverberating in my spirit. He said, “The body heals itself.” Do you realize in the natural, if we provide our body with a clean and healthy environment and the life-giving nourishment that it needs, the body will heal itself? God designed you this way. If you get cut on your finger, it will heal itself as long as you keep it clean and protected from further damage. God designed the body of Christ to heal itself also.
One of the biggest opportunities for breakthrough and healing within the body of Christ surrounds the issue of individuality or personal identity. Leaders in the church often find themselves in the situation that people need them to be ten different things that they were not anointed to do. We begin ministering out of need instead of partnering with God by faith within our area of anointing. God Himself doesn’t answer need, He answers faith expressed. So as a result, we fail to receive what we need from God to fulfill the need at hand. We do not flow in the anointing on our lives because we become consumed with things outside our lane.
We end up creating an environment that is not conducive to healing because it is plagued with the unhealthy tension of striving and the pressure to please. Before long it infects other areas of our churches until all our efforts become about holding it all together. Many pastors and leaders in the church quit each year because they burn out in this process. Despite knowing that it really should be about loving people, it became about fulfilling needs. They lost sight of the fact that it really is all about the individual—the one. Not only did that environment eventually kill them and rob them of fulfillment, but they ended up with an environment where they themselves were not free to minister out of the anointing on their own lives. And so, the body is not able to heal itself.
Leaders are going to have to become ones who empower others to be who they are individually in Christ and within the body. Lay aside your insecurities, your desire for people to conform to your identity, or represent your church brand. Take the needs you believe need to be filled, put them on hold, and begin looking instead for individuals. Begin to identify the anointing on the individuals connected to you. Begin to focus on people and not on needs. Work in cooperation with them instead of simply over them. By empowering others to find their purpose, we create an environment within the church where people feel free to be who they are individually. Then they naturally step into the situations where they can shine the most and do with the anointing what we cannot do out of need. We begin to minister one to another instead of one to all the others, and the body begins to heal itself.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.