BVOV Magazine 2013-2022

Dec 19

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Be the One Doing ‘Strange’ Things We don’t just want to experience heavenly breakthroughs ourselves, though. As born-again, Spirit-filled believers we want to go a step further and minister such breakthroughs to others. When someone tells us they’re sick or in need of a miracle, instead of just sympathizing with them, we want to take charge of the situation and bring the power of God’s kingdom into manifestation so they can receive whatever they need. That’s what Jesus did for the palsied man! He took charge and brought that man’s situation into line with the will of God. He ministered forgiveness to him, told him to rise up and walk, and did the impossible right there in front of a whole room of experts. How did the experts respond? “They were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day” (verse 26). Some Christians today still consider miracles to be strange. But Jesus never thought they were. He considered them to be normal. Because He knew the kingdom of God was continually present in the realm of the spirit, He worked miracles all the time. Take the one He worked for Peter and his fishing partners right there in Luke 5, for instance. They’d fished the entire night without catching anything. So after Jesus borrowed their boat to preach from, He took them on a supernatural fishing trip. He told them to launch back out into the deep, brought the kingdom of God into manifestation, and they hauled in a boat-sinking, net-breaking load of fish. When a man came along who was full of leprosy, a few verses later, Jesus worked a miracle for him too. The man said, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And [Jesus] put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him” (verses 12-13). What would have happened in those situations if Jesus hadn’t taken charge? Nothing! If He hadn’t spoken by faith and acted on the authority God had given Him, even though the kingdom of God was present, there would have been no heavenly breakthroughs. Peter and his buddies would have gone home fishless and the man with leprosy wouldn’t have been cleansed. We Carry God’s Authority The same holds true today—only today we, as believers, are the ones who carry God’s authority. We’re the Body of Christ, so now it’s our responsibility to release God’s miracle-working power. We have Jesus’ Name! We’re anointed with His Anointing, and that Anointing is still as strong as ever. It didn’t wane when Jesus left the earth. It can do through us, as believers today, the same works that He did and even greater. The book of Acts proves it’s true! As Acts 5:12, 15-16 says: “By the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people…. Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.” Doesn’t that sound just like what happened when Jesus ministered? Sure it does, because those believers were operating under His Anointing. The same Holy Spirit that was upon Him was working through them causing the kingdom of God to manifest, so just as He did, they went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. You’ve been born into the same Kingdom they were born into. You’ve been washed by the same blood. You have the same heavenly Father, all the same heavenly resources and the same spiritual authority. Because you’re “in Christ” and all authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18), you can take charge whenever and however He tells you to. Get a revelation of that! Spend time meditating on it. Believe it and then act like it’s true by putting your foot down and telling the devil what he can’t do in your circumstances, in your family and in your nation. Take authority in your own life, and then when others call on you for help, take authority on their behalf too. Take charge—and let heaven break through on earth! V * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * POINTS TO GET YOU THERE: 1. As a part of the Body of Christ, Jesus’ ministry is now your ministry, so you’re called to do what He did. Acts 10:38 2. All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus and He has delegated that authority to you as His disciple. Matt. 16:19 3. Jesus hasn’t left you on your own, He’s right there ministering with you every moment by His Spirit. Matt. 28:19-20 4. The kingdom of God isn’t just off in heaven someplace. Even though you can’t see it, it’s in you and around you all the time. Luke 17:21, ("AMPC") 5. As you proclaim the good news about Jesus and tell people, as He did, “The kingdom of God is near!” God will work wonders through you. Mark 16:17-18 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BVOV : 31

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