A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Coober Pedy headed by Chris Millin from Jireh-Seed Ministries (@jirehseed / www.jirehseed.org) and three others, with the aim to support a local Aboriginal church leader by praying with him and inspiring him. At first, while driving there for two days, I had no idea what to expect and didn’t even know what I was doing there.
At first there wasn’t much activity in the form of attendance, but over a few nights of praying for the people and feeding the poor, and seeing the Holy Spirit pour out over them with countless healings and deliverances, setting people free from physical infirmities and spiritual/emotional oppression, the church started growing, and a real shift was felt in the atmosphere. I then understood what we were doing there, and it was incredible to be a witness to what God can do when we operate in the Spirit and not in the flesh.
God wants to set us free to live in Him all the time and reveal His heart to people by caring for them and loving them. We are called to that every day, and although it’s so easy to get distracted by the lures of the world, we will be so much more satisfied if we can deny ourselves the things that so easily bind, and place our entire focus on Him.
John 6:2 says: “A large crowd was following Him because they had seen the signs (attesting miracles) which He continually performed on those who were sick” and Matthew 10:8 says: “8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
We are called to reveal God’s heart to the world by loving them with actions, and when we live and operate in Christ, great crowds will follow Him. The more we give, not only will we see people set free, we will continually be set free ourselves. The world is hungry and longing for truth, and together with the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God will be manifested in this world through people and actions, not passive ideologies or philosophical theologies. We are called to go and do, not only because people need to see God’s glory manifested, but because we need to experience it too.
I needed to see how God can move someone from total suicidal depression to a glowing face of joy, within moments, or how, after praying for a woman in the hospital who wasn’t able to comprehend what’s going on around her, who’s not walked for months, come to church and not only get out of her wheelchair, but become of sound mind and seeing her niece be set free from years of oppression. I needed to see that God is as active in our lives today, as He was when He walked on the earth. I cannot unsee or deny God’s power in and through those who believe, because it is real and far more significant than our minds can comprehend. I’m so hungry for more of Him every day.
Acts 4:29 “…grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, 30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.”
May we as a church be shaken and filled with the Holy Spirit so we can speak the word of God with boldness, and see God’s hand extend to heal with signs and wonders through His name.