Tuesday, April 19, 2011

As Jesus Is, So Are We In The Earth

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. [James 2:26]

A wise man once said to me, "If the Spirit of God has not moved, no ministry has taken place." It really struck me the first time I heard that statement 7 years ago, and it has stayed with me ever since. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is all about permanent change. A dead Body of Christ will produce dead, faithless works. This is the spirit of religion's entire agenda. However, our new nature is Life. Coupled with the Holy Spirit, it will bring the life that orders permanent change. Deliverance, healing, miracles and so on, manifest when the Life of the Holy Spirit is imparted.

This may come as a shock to most Christians, and the religious spirit has fed this lie to the church for decades, even centuries: Jesus never performed a miracle, a healing or cast out a devil by himself. Devils were cast out by the finger, or the Spirit of God. Jesus understood that as his Father's authority in the earth, he spoke the Word and the Holy Spirit performed it! Take note also that Jesus never spoke anything that his Father didn't tell him to speak. He only did and spoke the Father's will. Just as in the beginning, Jesus, the logos, spoke while the Holy Spirit performed what the Word spoke. This is recorded all throughout Genesis chapter 1.

We have that same authority in the earth today. Jesus said "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." [John 14:12]

Now we will not speak Heaven and Earth into existence like Jesus did at the moment of creation, but we have the same creative power in the words that we speak. Remember, we do have the power of death and life in our mouths. Whatever we say, we will reap the fruit of it. Jesus ascended to the Father, and gave the authority to us, along with the Holy Spirit to help us to exercise it...why aren't we using it? We are expected to minister just as Jesus did during his earthly ministry...nothing less. We have the anointing - and the authority - of the believer.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tonguesThey shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.[Mark 16:17-18]

It is time for us as a Body - HIS Body - to mature into his image. The image of the faith-seed that was planted in our spirit at the new birth. Until Christ be formed in us.The just shall live by faith.

Be encouraged!

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