Move away from faithless people, those who say it’s impossible. Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
That there are fake prophets and pastors, doesn’t mean the work of Christ must stop. Whether you do something or not, remember that critics will find something to talk about, just be in the will of God. Matthew 9:32-34 When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed. But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”
If Christ was criticized by people who ought to preach the gospel, who are you? We use the same book but we differ because we use human understanding.
What people don’t know, they reject, what they don’t understand they criticize. Luke 13:32 Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose. The same deliverance and healing he did, He continues to do through His servants today. Why are we rejecting His works today, is it because we don’t believe that God can heal or we don’t believe the people ministering the healing? God’s people are suffering while pastors fights about owning congregants. When you are called by God, you will know your purpose and will not spend time worrying about what another Pastor is doing. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Those who rejected the works during Jesus era, also rejected Him, so they had reason to want to believe that He can do what He said He can do. If you follow someone, you want to imitate what they are doing. If you are rejecting Jesus’ works and you are a Pastor, who are you following. What part of his ministry are you practicing? What about the gift of the Holy Spirit?
The fact that a sick person was prayed for at church and got healed does not mean that if you are sick and you go to church, prayed for and nothing happens, the gift is nullified. It all happens at the appointed time. Luke 4:23-27 Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’-meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown. “Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner-a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. And many in Israel had leprosy in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.”
Those who are ignorant of the healing gift always question the possibility of HIV infected person being healed through prayer because the proof they require is sending somebody with the same problem to be healed.
There is power in the name of Jesus.
1 He commanded the evil spirit to come out of the demon possessed man.
2 To Simon’s mother-in-Law he just went by her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. The fever was left her.
3 To the man with leprosy, He said “Be Healed”
4 He made clay with saliva to heal the blind
Don’t limit the power and authority of God in addressing your situation.
Acts 5:15 As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. The first people to oppose you are inside the house of God. Acts 5:17 The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. Don’t limit God to certain answers because the way and manner God executes His plan in our lives differs. There is nothing He cannot use to save His people. When can we be witness to the Works of the Holy Spirit without miracles and wonders? The Holy Spirit cannot be in a place and be idle.
What are we using to judge the miracle from God and that from evil spirits, shall we nullify the works of God because of the Works of evil spirits? Acts 13:9-10 Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord?
The governor saw the works and believed the preaching. Preaching alone is sometimes not enough to change people. People know the scriptures but are shot of seeing the power of the Word God in action. Acts 13:12 When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.
When things are not revealed to others, they won’t understand when they happen. There are people who are called to do signs and wonders but don’t walk in their calling because of fear of man. 2 Kings 4:33-34 He went in alone and shut the door behind him and prayed to the LORD. Then he lay down on the child’s body, placing his mouth on the child’s mouth, his eyes on the child’s eyes, and his hands on the child’s hands. And as he stretched out on him, the child’s body began to grow warm again!
The coming of the prophets is written in the Bible yet people who go to church act surprised. We aught to have prepared church for this coming. Matthew 24:24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Why stand on the pulpit and speak bad about prophetic and deliverance ministries because there are false prophets. Is it because the pastors also don’t know how to tell between a true and a false prophet? Teach people Word don’t use it to divide the house of God. All these Gift should work together for the good of the church.
When church is divided, the devil prospers.
Luke 6:18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed.
He healed the sick, cast out demons and performed many miracles. When He left, He left us the Holy Spirit that enables us to continue with His ministry. Where the Holy Spirit is present, all this signs follows.
Ephesians 4:11-12 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
All these gifts are to work together for the good of the Church not fight each other. Today, people talk negative about deliverance ministry. Wherever Jesus went, people brought people who were sick and demon possessed. What must happen to this kind today if this ministry is denounced. The fact that we believe some are using the vulnerability of people need for their benefit, does not mean the work must stop.
Luke 24:49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
The Holy Spirit cannot be at a place and be idle. Those who believe confirms their preaching with the signs. Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.