John 4:48 KJV Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
Many think of this verse in a negative context. That because of the desire to see miracles, signs and wonders that they were weak in their faith. I tend to think of this as Jesus just pointing out a fact especially when looking at the context of this nobleman that Jesus was speaking to had only asked Jesus to heal his son who was dying. At this point chronologically in the four gospels, Jesus had turned water into wine and that had been the only miracle he had done up to this point. He did teach about the kingdom of God but most of the miracles did not take place until after this event. In either case though, it is a fact that Jesus stated a truth that when some see signs and wonders manifested in the name of Jesus they believe in God. Jesus went about doing good. Healing the sick, casting out devils and raising the dead. It was because of these acts of compassion that people were drawn to him to hear what he had to say.
On the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell on the 120, a sign from God was present in that those who were in the upper room received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When those around the believers heard the people speaking miraculously in their own native tongues they believed on the word preached to them by Peter and 3,000 were added to the faith. Later when Peter commanded healing in a man 5,000 more were added after witnessing what had happened and hearing the gospel preached.
Luke 9:1-2 KJV Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luke 10:1-9 KJV After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. 5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. 7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. 8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Here are a couple of different instances where Jesus sent out those who were his disciples, first the twelve then an additional seventy (72 some say because Jewish tradition say there were 72 nations with 72 different languages), to minister. In all cases teaching that the Kingdom of God was at hand, healing the sick and casting out devils were to go hand in hand. It was by the not hearing the message only that many believed also by seeing the miracles that some were persuaded. Yet we also know that even with all that was done there were towns whose hearts remained hard after seeing and hearing.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV 1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Paul said that he came not in eloquent speech but in power so that the people would not be convinced by wisdom of man but by the practical demonstration of God’s power. When people are persuaded by man’s wisdom to believe one thing they can be persuaded to believe another. I have heard it said more than a few times that Paul was more than likely just not good at speaking. That is extremely hard to believe considering his status as a Pharisee. Pharisees were hand-picked and tutored because of their intelligence and eagerness. They commonly knew several languages, as Paul demonstrates throughout the book of Acts.
Anyone can promise people what they want and possibly attract a few followers for various periods of time. But it is those who produce fruit and keep promises that retain their followers. Unfortunately I have also witnessed what we have been warned of in the bible speaking of false miracles. I have seen healers and others do things not as children of God through Jesus Christ, but using other forms of faith. This makes me believe all the more in God in that if those who do not believe in God through Jesus are doing these things, then we as the sons of God are to experiencing miracles, signs and wonders as a daily part of our lives. Not for our personal benefit only, but to encourage others and show God’s love to everyone around us that we can. Matthew 24:24 KJV For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Jesus promised through himself health, because by his stripes we were healed. He promised prosperity in that he become poor, that through his poverty we might be rich. He promised eternal life, Mark 10:30 KJV But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Also we have the promises of the fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23 KJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: As well as Ephesians 5:9 KJV (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) These are not characteristics or qualities we are to try to produce out of our own efforts, but they are fruit which is produced when the seed, the word of God, is planted in fertile soil, our hearts. We don’t grow or produce the fruit, God does.
So why aren’t these events and characteristics more prevalent in the life of believers today. Partially because most really haven’t gotten the revelation that they are the righteousness of God in Jesus. Because of being righteous there is also no condemnation. But by not fully believing they are righteous condemnation can creep in negating the truth of who we are in Jesus and receiving his benefits. It is like mixing the Mosaic covenant, which is the Law, with the grace of God in Jesus. It just does not work when the two are blended as neither of them fully function unless they are embraced independently. The Law cannot do what it was intended to do, which is to lead one to Jesus because of the realization of needing a savior since it is impossible to fulfill the Law for righteous requirements, and the grace of God through the cross of Jesus becomes of no effect as well when mixed with Law. Another reason though is we are told to make disciples. The real issue here is discipleship is usually limited by many to believing in Jesus is your savior. Jesus demonstrated his authority and showed others how to by hands on teaching. His disciples, basically starting with the core 12, less Judas, and then a few others, demonstrated to others upon receiving the Holy Spirit after the cross as Peter led the field off in demonstration. And so the progression was to continue to go forth as generation after generation called upon the Lord and believed.
I want to touch on one statement that I just made about the law of Moses, which includes the ten commandments. In Psalms 1:1-3 KJV Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Though this psalm was written in the time when the law of Moses was in place as the dominate law, which if one could keep it the verses are true, this also applies for us today. We do not live now though by the law of Moses, but by the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:2 KJV For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
So what is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus? One attribute is that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. See if anyone feels condemned then they separate themselves from God and do not allow themselves to receive from God. But because of Jesus taking away sin it is truly impossible to be condemned by God because of anything someone does. Jesus’ sacrifice of His blood made that possible and if you feel in any way that God’s view of you changes depending on what you do then you have not fully gotten a revelation of what Jesus accomplished on the cross yet.
One other note about the Law of the Spirit of Life. Dr. John G. Lake went as a missionary to Africa in 1908. The deadly bubonic plague broke out in his area. Hundreds died. He cared for the sick and buried the dead. Finally the British sent a relief ship with medical supplies and a corps of doctors. The doctors sent for Lake to come aboard. They asked him, “What have you been using to protect yourself?” “Sirs,” Lake replied, “I believe the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. And as long as I walk in the light of that law of life, no germ will attach itself to me.” “You had better use our preventives.” the doctors urged. “No,” Lake said, “But I think you would like to experiment with me. Take some of the foam that comes from the victims’ lungs after death, and examine it under the microscope. You will find the masses of living germs remain alive for a while after the man is dead. Fill my hand with the foam and examine it under the microscope. Instead of remaining alive, the germs will die instantly.” The doctors made the experiment and what Lake said proved true. When the doctors expressed wonder at what caused it, Lake told them, “That is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” Simply put where there is the life of God death cannot exist.
Something to be mindful of is when Jesus proclaimed that, “except you see signs and wonders, you will not believe” this is something that really should be a part of the everyday life of a believer. Because of religious view points over the centuries, though some are aligning more and more with the word of God, many think that signs and wonders are extremely rare occurrences or something that only happen to a select few. This should not be the case because it is part of the lifestyle as a believer in Jesus, that Jesus has made available to every one of us. He has already paid the price in one form or another to rectify everything that has deprived every single person of the quality of life that God himself desires for us to have. As an example from a natural perspective. Let’s say we went to a showroom and I gave you a car. I even gave you an unlimited gas card, and a lifetime insurance program all prepaid. This is about as free as I can imagine. If you have this car and just let it set in the garage and never use it, that does not mean that you can’t. It is yours, but you have just chosen not to. In relation to the things of God that we have in Jesus this is the same thing. Jesus has given us all things pertaining to life and Godliness but most of the time they just sit in the garage waiting to be used. The biggest issue is we may have this nice new car with all its perks but we may not know how to drive. Many believers have never been taught how to release the gifts they have.
You may have heard many messages that tell us what we have or what we can do in Jesus, but without demonstration or help in knowing how to use anything we have been authorized to, these gifts often lie dormant. Let’s take a basic look at one of the many gifts that Jesus has enabled us to receive. Healing is probably one of the most helpful gifts we can use. Not only for ourselves but in scripture this was one of the ways to draw in the masses to hear about the grace of God in Jesus. More and more people are coming to the understanding that it is the will of God that everyone is healthy and whole. This is fact because Jesus bore everyone’s infirmities, sickness, disease whatever name you wish to give it, before he went to the cross through the brutal beating he received prior to hanging on the cross. Yet simple head knowledge doesn’t seem to be effective as there needs to be a revelation of Jesus in our heart for who we are in him. We are the voice but he is the power. We can do nothing without him and he will do nothing without us.
One of the best ways to let go and allow healing to be released through you is to practice. A small group situation can work very well so you can rotate around and be the one administering healing then alternate receiving. The big question is how. Well let’s start off with the most common errors. Though many mean well it is usually through a lack of knowledge, training or insecurity that they do not take the responsibility approach to healing. What I mean is this, more often then not you will hear prayers like, “Thank you God for healing us, we know that you can heal” or “we know that by your stripes we were healed.” All of these and many many others our biblical facts but they will let you die. Why? Because we are the ones who are to take authority in a situation. There are many examples of this, which we will look at a couple, but you will notice that they are commands not petitions and usually less than 10 words.
Matthew 9:6 KJV But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
Matthew 8:32 KJV And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
Mark 1:25 KJV And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
Mark 5:8 KJV For he said unto him, Come out of the man,thou unclean spirit.
Mark 5:41 KJV And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. (Maid, arise)
Mark 9:25 KJV When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
Luke 6:10 KJV And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
Luke 7:14 KJV And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
John 5:8 KJV Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
Acts 3:6 KJV Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Acts 9:34 KJV And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
Acts 16:18 KJV And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
I know that these examples are a mix of healing and casting out demons but I did this to illustrate an example in that with God once you learn how to allow something to happen, let the gifts flow, they are the same across the board. In all these examples you see there is no petitioning to God. You see commands in words of action. To the sick usually for that person to do something to act on their faith. To the possessed for the demons to leave. Quick, simple, powerful and authoritative. Basically it is God fulfilling your command over a circumstance to be faithful to his Word spoken through you.
A quick note here on authority. We have it and the devil does not. Also it has been given away by God and that is why asking Him to do something is not effective. Let me explain quickly. You probably have heard Adam was given authority over the earth, to rule and have dominion, and that at the fall he submitted this authority to the devil. Jesus though had lost his authority in being without sin. Please note and this is the hardest thing for most people to grasp is, God did not have this authority because he had given it unto man. Though man had authority he did not have the power so that is why things were really limited in running a muck. Jesus said Matthew 28:18 KJV And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Jesus has the unique distinction of not only having the authority as a man but also the authority in heaven because of his deity. Simply put Jesus has total authority to do anything anywhere and this is awesome for us because we have access through Jesus to all authority. Jesus said John 14:13-14 KJV And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. This is how simple it is and we can see that from the examples, the we just simply in faith in Jesus declare something to be so in his name and he sees it come to pass. With that being said I am not talking the lottery but whatever is not contrary to God so the original intentions of God for mankind can be experienced as in healing, wholeness, provision, peace, comfort, joy etc.
Many believe in God but not many believe God. Religion has nullified the cross. No doubt millions get saved yearly but because of religion nullifying the works of Jesus many more millions die never accepting the free gift of eternal life. Jesus said that to those who believe these signs will follow. Is your faith in Jesus or in what some church proclaims contrary to Jesus. Paul put it best. Galatians 1:8-9 GNB But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel that is different from the one we preached to you, may he be condemned to hell! 9 We have said it before, and now I say it again: if anyone preaches to you a gospel that is different from the one you accepted, may he be condemned to hell! Paul was not speaking to those outside of the church body but to those who were believers in Jesus but trying to change the gospel message. This accounts for a big majority of the church body today.