John 14:12-14 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
Phil 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (emphasis mine).
My wife and I are going to plant a church in Switzerland. There has never been a church like this there. God always does all things perfect.
In the verses in Mathew and John, Jesus was standing in the midst of His disciples. They’d heard Him, eaten with Him, seen Him work. Jesus was saying, ‘Pay attention. I’m going to give you something that will go with you.’
Jesus said, ‘You’ve seen me do great things, heal the sick, raise the dead, but YOU will do greater things.’ We have been given authority to do greater things in His name.
There are two prerequisites for our miracle:
- If Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then the same miracles that He did while He walked this earth, happen now. He is not bound by time or location. He said, ‘These things that I did, you will do,’ because that is His will.
- We need faith to believe that it is possible. It’s all about faith. This life that we live, it’s all about faith. Faith requires action, for us to do something. I can look at an airplane all I like, but until I get on it, it won’t take me anywhere. That’s when I put my faith in that plane and that pilot. You need to put your faith and walk in that the same way. Get on the plane!
Where there is no evidence of faith, it is impossible to see miracles.
The woman with the issue of blood was unclean for 12 years. She spent all she had on medical treatments and still the doctors could do nothing. She was worn out mentally and physically. But, she heard that Jesus was coming through town one day. She made up her mind. She was tired of what she had been living. She knew that if she could just get to Jesus and just touch the hem of His garment, she could finally be healed. She didn’t know Jesus personally, but she could do it. She sought Him with passion. She didn’t care as she began to crawl through the crowd.
Blind Bartimaeus didn’t care that people were telling him to be quiet. He cried out with everything inside of him. He knew if he could just get to Jesus, something could happen in his life.
The possessed man in the Gaderenes sought Jesus. Those demons couldn’t stop him. He knew that if he could just get to Jesus, he could get deliverance. Something supernatural would happen in his life.
The woman at the well was an outcast. She didn’t go with the other ladies because she was an outcast. She was living a lifestyle that was wrong. Jesus knew without ever being told. She wanted that everlasting, living water. She didn’t know who Jesus was, but she wanted what He had. She wanted that change in her life.
These people didn’t worry about what other people thought, they still went after Jesus. They were desperate. Today, Jesus is standing in our midst. Whatever you need of Jesus, He wants to do it in your life today. You don’t have to leave the same way you came in. Jesus desires to transform you.
Today, the word has been declared unto you, that whatever we are confident enough to ask in His name, He will respond to our faith. And, through our faith, He will show His compassion.
Mat 14:14 “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”
Mark 1:41 “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.”
Mark 5:19 “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”
Luke 7:13 “And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.”
Jesus had compassion on each and every individual He touched. He knows the tears, the struggles, your past. Jesus loves you so much and wants to show you His compassion. He wants to touch you like you’ve never been touched before. He wants to strengthen you like you’ve never been strengthened before.
God has not stopped performing miracles, the problem is we find it difficult to believe He will do it for me and you. We ourselves struggle with, ‘God can you do that for me?’ We have an inability to truly believe that He’ll do it for me and for you. We have this inability to fully recognize that when Jesus wants to do something, He will do it. When we begin to have a revelation of who Jesus really is, we will see what He wants to do and believe He will do it.
There is a God in heaven that desires to pour out His Spirit on YOU!
We are heirs and we have access to everything, everything, everything. When we take on His name (Jesus), in baptism, that’s when we become an heir with Him. We may not fully understand it, but we can trust because God’s Word says it!
I refuse to believe the report of the enemy!
But my God shall supply all your need, by Himself. He said, ‘You are My children, an heir, and shall possess everything that I have.’
You don’t have to leave the way you walked in.
The journey with Jesus is seeing new things. He pours out new things and good gifts. He wants to bless you. You can see His glory. He will do so much more for you than you could ever believe.
Mark 9:24 “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
Everybody possesses some measure of faith. Every time you take a step even without quite knowing, and He will work out new things. He will take you new places. You may not understand, but He is God.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Whatever it is that you need, that’s what He wants to do in your life.
‘You have not because ye ask not.’ Until your child asks for that cookie, he or she can’t get it. But, when they ask, they receive.
Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
1 Pet 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Missionary Nathan Hulsman.
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