Do we rank healings and miracles? Decide some (headaches, backaches) are easy and others (blind eyes, the dead rising) are just a little bit out of reach? Do we think some are possible but others were just for the book of Acts and the early Church?
Are we limiting God? Do I limit God?
In the book of Matthew, Jesus, when questioned by John the Baptist’s disciples, said “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Matthew 11:5,6)
So often we can spiritualise these sayings of Jesus, thinking he meant spiritual eyes and spiritual ears and, yes, he does open our spiritual eyes and ears but He is also interested in our physical eyes and ears! The disciples found that, even after Jesus was taken up into heaven, God confirmed their message of hope and salvation through signs and wonders.
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs. Mark 16:20
God will confirm our message of hope and salvation in the same way, through signs and wonders but only if we step out. John Wimber would be often heard to say that “faith is spelt R-I-S-K”. For without an element of risk we run the ‘risk’ of no longer relying on God and, instead, rely on our own gifts and talents – at which point where is the need for faith? But, when we step out into the world of the miraculous, praying for healing, supernatural provision and prophesying we cannot do this through our own merit, our own talents. We do so through the authority and power that God has given us and we need to learn to grow in this.
If you want to see the deaf healed when was the last time you prayed for a deaf person to be healed? If you want to see the blind receive their sight – have you prayed for the blind? I cannot want a bacon sandwich and be frustrated that I do not have a bacon sandwich if I have done nothing to get this bacon sandwich! The same is for living a life full of the supernatural workings of our God, a life where we see heaven break through into people’s lives and freedom reign. So many of us love the “idea” of living a life similar to that of the Acts of the Apostles. A life poured out for God, a life laid down so that He can be lifted up and glorified. The idea of our shadows healing people, seeing the dead raised, blind seeing and deaf hearing excite many of us but are we really ready to live that life? To start to step out in risk, where we need God to do what only he can do when we, in obedience, do what he has called us to do. A life lived in worship and intimacy with our God so that we can show him to those in our lives. God is waiting for His beloved Church to step into their calling, the question is…
Are you ready? Are you willing?