Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Demanding Something Due

John's gospel by far reveals some things that many congregation have permitted to slip away due to a lack of faith from church leaders or through liberal theologians who hold their wisdom above that of the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us...
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13)

Notice that Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. Well then if the Holy Spirit is not being permitted to guide, then the possibility exists that there many of the so called truths today that are accepted by many believers are nothing more than the product of the wisdom of men and not truth revealed by the Holy Spirit. Could this be why more believers are trained to doubt than to believe. Let's look at something that Jesus said that most church leaders have trouble accepting as a part of the ministry of the church today...

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (John 14:12)

There are some things that must be settled in our hearts concerning what Jesus is saying. First, is this statement figurative or literal? Is it only for the apostles are for all believers? Well if you believe that it is a figure of speech and or because is was spoken to the apostles it was only for them, then you operate in doubt and not in faith. However, if you are convinced that this statement is literal and is for anyone and everyone who truly believes in Jesus, then it's time to release your faith and act upon it. Next we see something equally incredible...

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14)

The reference here is not concerning prayer, but it refers to the believer acting upon Gods will by exercising spiritual authority in the Name of Jesus which every believer has the right to. The word "ask" means; to inquire; to request; but in the context of these verses it means to demand; to demand something due. It also carries with it the assurance that whatever we have asked or demanded in the Name of Jesus, it will be granted. It is not to place a demand on God, but in the sense of demanding that which is contrary to God’s will to come into alignment with it.

Jesus is teaching His disciples and us about using His Name as a basis for authority. He is saying that believers are to demand that which is contrary to God’s will to come into alignment with it. That is the power and authority that is in the Name of Jesus and when believers demand something due in His name, He says that He will do it. Now I want to remind the reader again that we are not demand anything of God but demanding that which is contrary to God's will to come into alignment in the Name of Jesus. What a promise. The only thing that we must keep in mind is that we have to release faith for these things to happen.

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