Preach the Kingdom and Do Miracles
Jesus’ Kingdom is one of miracles! Jesus did miracles, He sent His disciples out and they did miracles and people who came from their ministry did miracles. Ananias who laid hands on Saul was a second-generation Christian, so that makes Saul/Paul a third-generation Christian and he did miracles. It never really stopped, and the Azusa Street Revival was just one of several revivals that were used to reawaken the concept that God is a miracle-working God!
Matthew 4:23 says Jesus preached the “good news” and healed diseases and sickness. Matthew 9: 35 restates that thought in almost the exact words and then Jesus sent the Twelve out to preach, heal diseases and sickness, and cast out evil spirits. In between those two statements was a practical lesson from the Master Healer and Master Teacher.
- The Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes – preached the kingdom
- Healing a leper as a witness to the priest. Mark 1: 40 tells the same story, only the man was disobedient. (The devil is a liar.)
- Heals the centurion’s (a Gentile) servant
- Calms a storm
- Heals the Man of the Gadarenes
- Heals the paralytic that dropped in through the roof
- Heals a sick woman and a dead girl
- Heals the blind and the mute
Preach the Good News of the Kingdom and Heal! Hopefully, the point was made!
Logos and the Rhema
The Logos (Jesus) spoke the rhema of the Kingdom and the crowds were amazed because of the authority of the teachings (Matthew 7:29). The Logos also spoke the rhema of God and healed every illness and calmed storms. As believers we needed the logos to preach and the rhema from Holy Spirit to heal!
Who Did You Ask and Who Gets the Glory?
Emotionalism! Seeking some parts of the Holy Spirit’s ministry and rejecting others! The Spirit accepts you, do you accept Him? Knowledge and understanding of the moving and power of the Spirit are necessary, but head-knowledge does not replace the relationship.
If you are asking the Father for the Holy Spirit why should you expect something harmful or hurtful? Is Matthew 7:11 wrong? The Father knows how to give good gifts, He gave us the Holy Spirit!
Holy Spirit’s mission is to give glory to Jesus. He will use willing people to channel His power to humanity and the glory goes to the Father and the Son! Willingness leads to relationships! “With your whole heart seek God and He will reward you.” (Hebrews 11: 6) The Spirit will use you and do great things if you are willing. How great? How willing! Oh, you do not get to define great, the Spirit of God does that and it is on a person to person basis. I can attest, unfortunately, it is very easy to replace a Holy Spirit relationship with works, rules, and many other things. And then wonder why you are empty (the wrong way), shallow, and unproductive.
Peter and John worked at building a relationship with and knowing the Spirit. At the Beautiful Gate when they healed the beggar they continually gave glory to God/Jesus for the healing. (I wonder what happened to the beggar after their court appearance?). Paul and Barnabas, in Acts 14 gave the glory to the Lord for the healing of the lame man. Who gets the glory will tell you a lot about the miracle worker.
Wait A Week
For Jesus, it was Sunday to Friday and they were hanging Him on the cross.
For the Church in Jerusalem, it was not long before favor went to headhunting.
Paul and Barnabas had a short time before the mob stoned Paul to death and Jesus healed him.
The devil hates it when Jesus gets praised! The devil hates miracles because they undo his evil plans and works. Unfortunately, it seems that the religious, who want the rules, are the ones who do the killing. In the Welsh Revival, the leaders of the established church actually paid people to harm the revivalist and those who attended.
Miracles are an important part of the Church of Jesus Christ! Just remember, the logos is spoken first, and then comes the rhema with signs and wonders to confirm the miracle of Jesus on the cross.