Part of Your World

It seems to me that we don’t get the results Jesus got, or the results His disciples got, because we don’t engage the way they engaged. We don’t believe the way they (eventually) believed. Jesus ALWAYS believed – and He ALWAYS accomplished. For some strange reason, we struggle.

Maybe it’s because we’ve been taught wrong. Pulpits filled with pastors preaching partial truths, devoid of the power of the Holy Spirit, which is actually available to every believer. Jesus wants His people to be FILLED with His Spirit – and was so emphatic about it that not only did He command His followers to WAIT for the PROMISE before they went out, so they could help people WITH the Holy Spirit. They/we were never intended to “minister” or serve other people without the Holy Spirit. But that hasn’t stopped many many Christians from trying. Unfortunately, we all miss out on so much because of it.

We were never intended to “minister” or serve other people without the Holy Spirit. But that hasn’t stopped many many Christians from trying.

Maybe it isn’t because we’ve been taught wrong, but because we’ve never been taught anything. Maybe we’ve not read the Bible (which will convince you all by itself that the Holy Spirit is still alive, active, and ready to fill you to overflowing), or heard any preaching meant to build faith. But those who followed Jesus back then stayed for many days in prayer and expectation of this promised Holy Spirit.

Know that Jesus Himself, the God-Man, the Son of Almighty God the Father in Heaven, didn’t begin His ministry or do any miracles of any sort until AFTER His baptism in water and with the Holy Spirit. But once He was… it was off to the races! Because people needed Him… and they need you!

I think we can all agree that Jesus got results! During His teaching and mentoring ministry for His disciples, they had come upon a situation they couldn’t address, and Jesus told them why… “your unbelief.” So the antidote to impotence is faith. It is important to note that although they struggled that day, they didn’t struggle afterwards. Every other account is miracle, miracle, miracle.

Often, because we have personal histories full of “proof” against the power of God, we stop trying, instead of digging deep where we would discover some lack of faith, based on poor teaching or poor proximity to the truth. Once realized, it is an easy fix, like it was for the disciples. They needed their faith built. What we’ve been doing isn’t working!

Jesus says, “Cast your net (your catching implement) on the other side of the boat (at the wrong time of day) and you’ll find some (fish).” When we do things differently, we can enjoy different results. The results Jesus intends for us, spiritually, as we fish for people, is MULTITUDES OF PEOPLE COMING TO FAITH IN JESUS!

Don’t overcomplicate it. Let the Word speak the full truth to you and do what Jesus says. You will surely be successful in catching “some.” We all know that people aren’t flocking into churches or into faith or to follow Jesus. This is why we are SENT to GO make disciples, not sit around and wait for them to find you. When we follow Jesus, instead of following our own well-worn patterns, we’ll find ourselves accompanying Him TO people, and winning multitudes.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (But If You Try Sometimes, You Might Just Find You Get What You Need)

So much to explore here today, such as:

Who do you see yourself as (in the Bible)? The person needing the healing or the person delivering the healing?

If you’ve been taught properly that you have the authority, do you walk boldly in your authority to live actively in the power of the Holy Spirit, or are you timid and withhold blessings God intends to deliver out of fear?

So often, Christians, who have been given authority to heal (and many other things in the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit) keep crawling to God’s throne, begging a little provision for themselves just to scrape by. I’m flabbergasted by this. This is a travesty! Jesus Himself (the One Who said, “IT IS FINISHED”), the One Who gave His followers authority to trample over all the power of the enemy, bring healing, deliverance, etc. is convinced that we can do it… and that we should – nay, MUST! Because when we don’t, hurting people are left hurting, without hope. How is that okay? Especially when the God-Man already PAID THE BILL for whatever they need?! IF it were me and I had gone through all the suffering, rejection, tortuous pain, and death to buy all the benefits for us to live abundantly and release others into that same abundant life, and then gave the authority to YOU to use only to see you NOT USING IT, I’d be beside myself!

“WHAAAAT?! They’re not even gonna try to use this?”

It’s as if we are okay with people staying bound and sick and depressed and dead. Well, I’m not okay with it. And I am relating to you today this message that Jesus people speak God’s Word boldly, expecting results, so much so that they reach out to others and lift them up from their sorry estate into abundant life.

The big question is, is that you? How do you live out this Christianity? Do others even know you are a Christian? When we abide in God’s Word, reading it daily and committing it to memory, we can then be reminded by the Holy Spirit what Jesus taught/commanded us and then we can speak boldly, because we didn’t write it – God did.

Many years ago at the Purpose Driven Worship Conference at Saddleback Church, I heard Bishop Joseph Garlington say, “Nothing happens in the Kingdom without something first being SAID.” That has stuck with me – everything from God creating, you know, EVERYTHING, to Peter and John giving this beggar miraculous use of his legs, to you and me performing miracles, happens by speaking words of faith, which comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ.

My challenge to you is to STOP, take time with God, seeking what is lacking in your life and/or others’ around you, go to His Word (the Bible) and find out what He wants YOU to do and why you should have the confidence to do it, then… you guessed it – SPEAK IT OUT! CALL IT FORTH! MAKE IT HAPPEN!

My spiritual father and dear friend, Pastor Caleb Tyler said, “Faith speaks it… then walks away.” As in, I don’t need to babysit this thing, and wring my hands and hope it works, so I don’t look like an idiot here. It’s as good as done BECAUSE I SAID SO…

Now, that may freak you out, but follow the logic – Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth,” “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you,” “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

The last thing we want is to get to Heaven and suddenly realize all the opportunities we ignored because we were timid, or ignorant, or complacent, or selfish. Instead, we want to enjoy eternity with so many that we chose to freely give to. You don’t need Jesus to ‘come down here and heal…” because He sent YOU to do it! So the question remains, “Why Not Just Speak?!”

The last thing we want is to get to Heaven and suddenly realize all the opportunities we ignored because we were timid, or ignorant, or complacent, or selfish.