God The Father Does the Mighty Works
In God’s Word Jesus provides example upon example of healing miracles we are to learn from. The hardest part of a healing miracle comes on the receiving end.
In the next several writings in this series, I will be walking through John 14 and a number of other Scripture passages with the hope of helping to prepare hearts for the receiving of healing.
The first step in the process was shared in part 3 of this series. Please, take into your heart to the point where it becomes part of your inner most being the understanding that Jesus did all the required work for the healing of your spirit, soul AND body with the shedding of His blood at the cross. His work was finished 2000 years ago.
The flow of God’s healing power is what will be discussed in this writing, part 4 of the series.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Phillip? He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, show us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.
Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very work's sake. John 14: 9-11 (KJV)
This passage tells us that while Jesus walked in the flesh upon this earth, the mighty works that were done came from the Father who abided in Jesus. The healing miracles were done through the power source of God, the third person of the Trinity whom we call the Holy Spirit.
God the Father gave Jesus Christ the authority to be in command of the Mighty Works of God done here on earth.
Honoring Jesus and the Mighty Works of God
I was struck with awe on Monday, September 29, 2008, when the Holy Spirit provided added insight into one Scripture passage I was intending to use in my first writing on healing miracles. And, He added understanding to another passage that I had told God I still could not understand. These two passages are appropriate to this discussion.
The first passage provides an excellent example of how the healing power of God is hindered / blocked because of unbelief. Jesus could only teach in the villages of His own country. Jesus could do no mighty work because the power of God was negated by unbelief.
And He (Jesus) went out from thence, and came into His own country and His disciples follow Him. And when the Sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judah and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.
But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. Mark 6:1-6. (KJV)
*Take note: Jesus marveled because of their unbelief - no mighty works could be done.
This is exactly what is happening today. Unbelief, disbelief and doubt make up the atmosphere and attitude in many churches. This negates - blocks and hinders - the healing power of God. See part 3 of this series. When was the last time your church conducted a healing service? When was the last time you heard a sermon on the interconnection between the healing of our bodies and the atonement of Jesus? Overall, there is lack in the teachings and understanding of the work of Jesus Christ, which works as a detriment to all believers.
What the Holy Spirit focused my attention on in the above passage is "honor." The product of honoring the work finished by Jesus is experiencing the mighty works of God.
The second Scripture passage demonstrates how as a centurion honored Jesus the healing power of God flowed!
And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he (the centurion) was worthy for whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I sm not worthythat thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith,no, not in Israel.
And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. Luke 7: 2-10 (KJV)
*Take note: Jesus marveled at the centurion’s faith – healing power of God flowed.
What I could not understand was how what the centurion did translated to great faith. The Holy Spirit put understanding into me.
What stands out the most in this passage is the centurion truly recognized who Jesus is. He recognized Him as a man set under authoritylike the centurion himself. He recognized that Jesus acted under the very authority of God. Jesus had the authority and command over the mighty work of God here on earth. Jesus had authority to command healing. The centurion truly acted out of his great faith. He saw who Jesus is and believed on Him. The result was his servant was made whole.
I would like to add a third Scripture passage to accentuate these words of Jesus: "I must work the Works of Him who sent Me."
And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents but that the Works of God should be made manifest in Him.
I must work the Works of Him Who sent Me while it is day: the night comes when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And said unto him, Go wash in the pool of Siloam. He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. John 9: 1-7
Also, I desire to point out that when Jesus said "Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents," Jesus was not saying this man nor his parents were sinless, but instead was severing the idea of a link between their conduct and this specific affliction of blindness.
We are to learn from the examples given to us by Jesus. Jesus simply SPOKE miracles into existence. More examples will be shared and discussed in part 5.
Please spend time pondering and meditating on the following Scripture passage. Jesus spoke these words to all who believe on Him.
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. John 14: 12-14 (KJV)
With love in and through Christ,
1 John 1-7 says,
1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life
2(for the Life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that Eternal Life, which was with the Father and was manifested unto us);
3that which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5This then is the message which we have heard from Him and declare unto you: that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
6If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.
7But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Light .. 1) the power of understanding esp. moral and spiritual truth .. to shine or make manifest
Thanks for a wonderful blog written in the light.