Monday, 19 August 2013

A High Watermark

If we believe that Jesus did miracles as a man dependent on the Holy Spirit, then he was showing us what is available to us. He has set a high watermark for us to follow.

There are those throughout history that have got hold of this truth and demonstrated the supernatural power of God to their generation. Here are a few examples:

  • John G Lake is probably best known for starting healing rooms in the early 1900s. One of these rooms was started at Spokane and was described as “the healthiest city in the United States” after 100,000 verifiable healings had occurred over a five year period. For those that like numbers that averages 55 miracles a day, every day for five years!
  • Smith Wigglesworth was an amazing man of faith and much has been written about him, but did you know that throughout his ministry he saw 14 people raised from the dead? He was also one of the first to pray for large numbers of the sick at the same time and would see hundreds of people healed simultaneously!
  • T. L. Osborn saw hundreds of deaf-mutes restored and ninety blind people receive their sight in a single gospel crusade!
  • Following an extraordinary encounter with God in Toronto in 1998, Heidi Baker returned to Mozambique and her team, and to date there have been approximately one million conversions to Christ, over 6000 churches planted and over 80 people raised from the dead!

What amazing stories, what amazing accomplishments through their partnering with God!

Jesus said in John 14:12 that we would do more than him “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father”.

Note though earlier in verse 11 Jesus says to Philip “Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do”. The work that Jesus refers to here is the miraculous.

There are two points that jump out here:

  • Jesus is saying that it is the Father in him that is the source of the miraculous
  • Miracles are a greater basis for belief than words

We too can perform miracles through the Holy Spirit residing in us. Remember that when Jesus went to be with the Father (v12), the Holy Spirit was poured out? This is the reason Jesus gives to say that we can do the works that he did.

Christian – are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Have you had numerous conversations with people but not seen them become aware of the reality of God? How many people do you know that need a miracle?

Without demonstrating the power of God to our current generation, many may not come to faith.

Let me encourage you – keep praying for the sick, keeping take risk, there is more to be experienced! Don’t stop for any reason. People you will meet this week will be wanting to know whether God is real. Let’s keep pressing in to what God has for us and show the world how good He is by demonstrating His power!