POWER OF GOD...GOD'S FILLING STATION
Last night (4 January 2016) I spent several hours at God's filling station filling up on faith promises. Finally The Lord said, "Now go rest. I want you to rest." He knows I'm but dust,and at that point I was feeling pretty dusty.
The stairs seemed longer than usual. I climbed them at the speed of a run down energiser bunny.
When I made it to bed I realised I was empty-handed. No journal. I said to The Lord, "I don't have my notebook. Better go get it."
The Lord agreed. "I'm going to show you things," He said.
The last faith verse I'd centred on was Mt. 18:20. But I found myself meditating on the 11th chapter of Rev.
I drifted off with the words 'power' and 'authority' lingering in my mind.
The next instant I found myself in a dream. Someone and I were walking past the house next door. Don't know if the house was vacant or if the neighbour was away. We could hear voices coming from the inside. Someone was up to no good. This was pretty much what the person with me was saying, but I remained quiet.
Slowly I passed the house and down a dusty path out front. The ones who had been inside the house came along behind me. Once they'd caught up I turned and faced the group, keeping my eyes on the one who was in the lead.
I spoke uncondeming soft words to him, looking him straight in the eye. His gaze did not meet mine. I noticed his face was tinged green. Something was wrong. My spirit went on alert. The boy was answering my comment. His breathing kept stopping and starting. Alarm bells were ringing. I knew the trouble. It was his heart. The boy collapsed at my feet and lay there dying. There wasn't a moment to lose.
Sinking to my knees, I asked his name and he told me. Rankor. I said to him, "I'm going to lay hands on you in the name of Jesus."
Did my words seem to fumble and stumble around? Yes. They weren't in the wisdom of man. They were were the foolishness of God, but here's the thing: the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of man.
No, my words weren't clever or wise-sounding but by faith from the heart releasing the power of God.
Almost in unison hands joined mine. The many hands belonged to the once defiant gang members. They believed and they were following.
When I awoke I found I was speaking God's powerful healing words out loud. Afterwards as I lay in the aftermath of this dream, The Lord said, "The power of God."
This goes hand in hand with what The Lord revealed to me a couple weeks back. There's a difference between laying hands on a believer and an unbeliever.
When Jesus came to earth He came unto His own. He came unto his church. The ones who held the word of God and should have believed him. Sometimes as He moved in incredible power, the unbelief was so strong that He sat and taught them because we are told that He could do no mighty works. He taught to raise the faith level. And that's what He's doing again through me. In order to be healed a believer must do his part--believe. I have to, you have to. No exception.
"For we walk by faith not by sight...Anyone who comes to God must BELIEVE that He is God, and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him."
But an unbeliever is different. An unbeliever is healed on the power of your faith. I asked The Lord to show me and He did straightaway. He gave me John 14 and John 17. Here, let me show you what He says. John 14:10-11, "do you believe that I AM in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you are not my own, but the Father who dwells in me, He does the works, Either believe that I AM in the Father and the Father is in me or else believe me for the very works sake."
In John 17 Jesus prayed these words for the church, for you and me. "That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I am in you, that they may be one In us; so that the world may know that you have sent me."
The Father's power in Jesus heals, frees, delivers, and destroys the power of the devil. These incredible miracles proved Jesus is who He said He was, and that the Father sent Him.
The power of the living God in us proves that Jesus is who He says He is and He sent us the same as the Father sent Him, so that the world may know the only Saviour who can free, heal and deliver.
In the aftermath of this incredible teaching by The Lord, I noticed what I hadn't noticed before. Mt. 17:20 fit beautifully. Listen up.
"The disciples asked Jesus, why couldn't we cast it out? He answered, Because of your little faith. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, the thing I did to the fig tree you shall do also, and not only that; if you say to mountain, remove --get out! It shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you"
Where's the connection? Head back to John 14 and move down to the "wow factor" verse (12) "verily (in truth) I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall you do also; and greater works than these shall you do; because I go to the Father...so that the Father may be glorified in the Son...so that the world may know that Jesus sent us like the Father sent Him.
People always think pray, pray, pray. Praying is good, but don' t go to prayer empty of oil, like the world around us does. Have you noticed how very religious the world has become? They don't worship our God, but they pray, incant, and invoke constantly.
You, though, Make cetain each time you pray, make sure the oil supply in your lamp is not empty. Go to God's filling station first and fill up on His Word. He always works through His Word. Never does a thing without it and neither will you.
Need some faith boosting scriptures to feed on? Just ask and I'll give you some. Get free so that you may free others. Get into the Word and find out what Jesus taught. Then go and show others the power of God that is actively operating in you because you believe.