Monday, August 15, 2011

Jump up and Shout

The Apostles Peter and John had a very interesting encounter one day as they made their way to the temple to pray at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. When they arrived at the temple there was "a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms." The incredible thing is what took place next...

"And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, "Look at us." So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them walking, leaping, and praising God." (Acts 3:4-8)

What had taken place is that Peter used the authority in Jesus’ name to command or demand the lame man to be healed. Peter did not demand anything of God, because God didn’t make this man lame, Satan did. Peter was demanding that which was contrary to God’s will to come into alignment with God’s will. Peter knew what Jesus had spoken to them. He had no doubt, only faith in God's Word.
"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. And whatever you ask (demand something due) in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask (demand something due) anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:12-14) This was not only a statement made to the Apostles but to "HE WHO BELIEVES."
When Jesus taught His disciple to pray as recorded in Matthew's gospel He made some very important and powerful declarations, one of which is...

"Your (Our Father in Heaven) kingdom come. Your (Our Father in heaven) will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) So let's answer this question. Is it the Father's will for there to be sickness, diseases, plagues, pains or injuries in heaven? Of course not! Well if it is the Father's will for these things in heacen, then it is also the Father's will that these things take place on earth. HEALING IS GOD'S WILL!!!

Now we know that there is all manner of  sickness, diseases, plagues, pains or injuries on the earth, but it is not the Father's will, it is Satan and the destructive nature of sin that is still in operation on the earth. However, like Peter, believers have the authority in the name of Jesus to "ASK" demand that which is contrary to God’s will to come into alignment with it. "Whatever you ask (demand) in My Name, I will do it.”

We also see in this encounter that Peter and John had with the lame man something else that is revealed here. “And he (Peter) took him (the lame man) by the right hand and lifted him up…” James says, "I will show you my faith by my works;" Peter was acting upon his faith. What he believed he confessed and acted upon it. Next we see the lame mans response; “So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them walking, leaping, and praising God.” The lame man also had a response in faith by acting upon what Peter demanded. How do we know this?

"And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all." (Acts 3:16) Faith is produced or comes through Jesus. The church is His body and His fullness dwells in His body. If this is so, then we must understand as the head has power and authority to move mountains, then the body also has the same power and authority because the head and the body are one. But believers must keep this very important fact in mind. Believers are not the basis of power and authority, "It is His name, faith in His name" that releases the supernatural, period.

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