John 14:13-14: And I
will do whatever you ask in
my name, so that
John 16:23: ... Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. .... ...
Matt. 10:8 ... Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons.
John 14:12: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
John 15:7: If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:16: Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that ye should go and bring forth much fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father, in my name, he may give it you.
Hebrews 8:6: But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Isaiah 45:11: Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. (The Hebrew says “Give me charge.”)
This list scarcely scratches the surface of the many promises Jesus left, after giving us dominion over the earth, but do we believe it—really? How often do we see results when even anointed pastors pray for God to move? Ever?
I have to admit that in the past twenty-seven years since I’ve been spirit-filled, I’ve been longing to see the real thing—evidence that God is delighted—excited to show His love and power through miracles, healings, signs and wonders, but I’ve never seen it happen that way. It makes me sad. It really does. But the big question is—why don’t we see these things in the church—among those who claim to be the living embodiment of Christ?
The truth is that we can read His promises a thousand times, but if we fail to take them literally and believe them by faith, we will never live out our destiny to do what He did and greater. It takes faith the size of grain of a tiny mustard seed for God to use, but apparently even that is too much to ask of today’s Christian culture.
So I have a suggestion. Let’s go back to the beginning, be like a little child, receive all over again, the precious promises of Jesus, without trying to second guess what we hear or change doctrine to fit circumstances. Let’s just take Him at His word, and believe what He says—that He is who Scripture says He is, and we are who He says we are, and can do what He enables us to do. When we do, He must move, as He has promised, because He does not change and He cannot lie. Imagine what would happen if we simply listened for His voice, obeyed what He said, and moved in the Spirit. Nothing would ever be the same again…
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