Jesus Christ is our model for ALL Ministry, for He is perfect theology. We are supposed to demonstrate the kingdom of God with power, not just words. But much of the church passively waits on Gods sovereignty rather than taking the kingdom. God wants to keep his promises but we need to develop our faith to receive and aggressively take them. That in might be on earth as it is in heaven that was our directive as sons of God in Christs school of prayer.
THE SUPERNATURALY, NATURAL MINISTRY OF JESUS
The world wanted Jesus ministry, is that so surprising, it was powerful, just read the first 7 chapters of the Gospel of John? Jesus and his followers used words of knowledge, prophecy, and miracles signs and wonders to win the world; that was their approach to evangelism and harvest. It was the ministry of word and the spirit together, not one or the other. But most often we tend to measure lifes possibilities by our own limited experience. The temptation to deny the existence of things outside our own experience is nowhere more obvious then in the matter of spiritual gifts and the miracles they accomplish. Moving in the spiritual realm should be as much a part of a believers routine as prayer, worship and reading Scripture. Yet all too often, Christians practice an intellectual faith, which lacks any supernatural punch. Healing, deliverance and signs and wonders are an inheritance for all followers of Jesus Christ.
The power of Holy Spirit to heal has been continuously mocked and ignored by both professing Christians and unbelievers throughout the world today. But nonetheless Scripture that says He bore our sickness and pains, (Isaiah 53) is an argument for Christs atonement providing healing as well as forgiveness. That was the ministry of Jesus healing, salvation, and deliverance. It was for the whole person and whole cities and He has never changed. The life of Christ was the pattern of supernatural ministry for all who would dare to crucify there old way of thinking and follow this reckless path as a disciple that they might launch out in the same demonstrations of power through faith. For there is not a verse in the Word stating that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit would leave the church after the last Apostle died, nor is there a verse that says someone can be saved after the Apostle died? Why then the debate, we where made to live as Christ did in this world, supernaturally natural?
OUR MODEL FOR MINISTRY
We must change our approach to preaching the Good News that it might become as relevant to a lost world as the ministry of Christ was, we can no longer model our ministry after any man but Christ Jesus or we will limit the hand of God from saving humanities body, spirit, and soul; for the hand of man is short and his ministry is limited.
People have been so in the habit of putting Jesus in a class by Himself that they have failed to recognize that He has made provision for the same living Spirit of God that dwelt in His own life, and of which He Himself was a living manifestation, to inhabit your being and mind, just as it inhabited the being of Jesus or Paul. We must go from intellectualizing Gods Word to being impregnated by it, that we might minister as the Maker in creative power. But you cant give what you do not have, correct? For many in this generation have been handed down a Gospel that contains no power but only the religious forms of the traditions of men, thus the need for a reformation in our theology concerning our approach to preaching the Good News today. If you are walking with Jesus, in the Spirit, you need not fear going too far. No believer has gone as far as God wants him to go.
We need Heavens realities here on earth, but we will not see them if were preaching the wrong message! We cant declare the Good News with persuasive intellectual arguments but we must show the spiritual power behind it. Dispensationalist teaching leads us to believe we hope people are healed but you dont pray for the lost and hope theyre saved. Why can we impart salvation by faith but not for healing? They are not separate issues they come from the same placeThe Word of Truth.
GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Jesus said, As you go, PREACH THIS MESSAGE: 'THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NEAR.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. But somewhere along the line weve stopped preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. Yet this is what Jesus demonstrated as our method of witnessing until His return, this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14) Jesus way is always relevant even up until the last trump.
Acts 1:8 says, But you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my WITNESSES in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Yes, we dont expect the liberals who deny the supernatural dimension of life to heal the sick. Neither do we expect the Cessationists who believe that its no longer possible to pray with faith to heal the sick. But we do expect those Charismatics and Pentecostals and third wave evangelicals who believe healing is still for today to minister the gift. Because if not you who? Who is God going to use? More people will find Gods power increasing in the church when they start stepping out in faith, preaching the kingdom and releasing Gods power. For faith is the only legal way to enter into the race of ministry. If we run without it we will not be crowned accordingly even if we come in first doctrinally.
Heaven never changes and its Gospel has never faded, and its eternal power is still available today to those who desire to preach the Kingdom message as Christ did in faith. For it is not the Good News if it can not longer touch the whole person, but if it can produce the same results in every nation and in every people group on the face of the earth until the coming of the Lord Himself then its the GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
THE WORLD WANTS TO SEE THE MINISTRY OF JESUS
Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, "See, this is getting us nowhere. LOOK HOW THE WHOLE WORLD HAS GONE AFTER HIM!" (John 12:17-19) The whole world wants Jesus and all who look like him. Both saved and lost alike desire the ministry of Christ-like men and women, that they may be healed, saved, and delivered and walk with the Father as the Second Adam did in profound intimacy and power.
The world is waiting for an encounter. In Romans 8:19 it says, All creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal who his children are. When Jesus prayed to the Father he identified our ministry with his, in that it was one-in-the-same. He said, JUST AS You sent Me into the world Father, I also have sent them into the world. (John 17:18) Therefore, Go into the entire world and preach the good news to all creation. (Mark 16:15) Planet earth is expecting to see a manifestation of Jesus today through the sons of God. But where are His children that with great power give witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus as the early church did turning the world upside down? Where are the preachers that can say, Believe me
OR AT LEAST BELIEVE ON THE EVIDENCE OF THE MIRACLES THEMSELVES. Jesus went on to say, I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
The Acts of the Apostles never ended with the last chapter of the book, do a quick study of the first 7 chapters of the Gospel of John, it will give you an overview of how Jesus and his followers used words of knowledge, prophecy, and miracles signs and wonders to win the world. Jesus believed that whole cities could turn to salvation through signs and wonders (Matt. 11:20-24). There are still Kingdom Ministers walking with the Holy Spirit as Christ did in glory and power transforming whole nations.
YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Hear the call of the Prophet Isaiah today to join in the harvest of whole nations, "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, BUT THE LORD RISES UPON YOU AND HIS GLORY APPEARS OVER YOU. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn (60:1-3). The tremendous capacity of the human being to receive God is demonstrated by some of the incidents in the Word of God. The most remarkable in the Scriptures is the transfiguration of Jesus Himself, when the Spirit of God came upon Him so powerfully that it radiated from His being until His clothes became white and glistening, and His face shown as the light. One must be the recipient of the light, glory and power of God before he can manifest it. Jesus demonstrated these two facts: the marvelous capacity of the nature of man to receive God into his being, and the marvelous capacity of the nature of man to reveal God. In the glory shining through His clothes, in the glistening of the glory of God upon His countenance, He demonstrated mans capacity to reveal God. Arise and shine for Jesus Christ is perfect Theology!
THE TEST: WEIGH THE FRUIT
If you have a hard time understanding this just ask yourself what is the fruit of your Gospel? Jesus gave this list to John the Baptist, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have SEEN AND HEARD; (1.) How that the blind see, (2.) the lame walk, (3.) the lepers are cleansed, (4.) the deaf hear, (5.) the dead are raised, (6.) to the poor the gospel is preached. Fruit is the final factor, and this list is a good judge in weighing any ministry today in its representation Christ.
1. To acknowledge the great need for Gifts of the Spirit in this hour.
You can no longer value a book the early church did not have over the operation of Holy Spirit and power that they did have.
2. To open and yield ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit.
You know the word but do you know the Holy Spirit?
3. To have life knowledge not just a theoretical knowledge.
What do you know of the Holy Spirit by experience this month, last week, yesterday? Become a doer of the Word.
We can only do work the works of Christ if we believe WE can, today. We must have faith and a strong desire to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Spirit, for without the Lord we do nothing. Our fruit will only wither away, but what the Spirit produces is eternal, it remains. In Mark 16:17-21 it clearly reads, And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.