Miracles are Mandatory
“As you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Jesus
The writer of Hebrews makes a very important point: “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?” (Hebrews 2:3-4) God approves the gospel with His own signature. What’s His signature of endorsement, how does God bear witness to the preaching of the gospel? Signs, wonders, various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit to do His will.
Miracles have become mandatory to our witness. And they are easy, because God is with us and He wants to endorse the message. We must remember that love and compassion is the means to miraculous power and love is the point of miraculous power. Miracles must point to the grace, goodness and love of God. Or we missed it.
But you were born to see impossibilities bow to the name Jesus! Because you are made in the image of God. When so-called impossibilities are interfering with righteousness, we are to remember that love has made a way through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit wants to work in us and through us and confirm His gospel with accompanying signs (Mark 16).
In this place of radical faith we are most alive. Miracles are the scrapbook of Paradise lost; this appetite for the impossible is at the core of our spiritual DNA. Indeed God is the only One who can demand fruit of the impossible because central to His call is that we walk with Him, the all-powerful One. There is no natural and supernatural with God, there is just natural. As Bill Johnson said, “You know your mind is renewed when the impossible becomes logical.”
Without God we can do nothing, with God we can do everything. That’s the true posture of humility. Pride, the often subconscious but perpetual focusing on our own incapability rather than God’s ability, actually thwarts the miracle workings of God in and through your life.
In his epistle Peter writes an extraordinary sentence – “By his stripes we were healed.” Not “are” healed, were. It is done! Arguably the most pertinent words Jesus ever spoke were from the cross, when moments after He was forsaken by God (a seeming cosmic impossibility) and moments before He gave up His spirit (an equally unsearchable mystery), He cried “it is finished.” The truth is our forgiveness, redemption, healing and deliverance from every sickness in this cursed earth was purchased through Jesus’ shed blood at Calvary, two thousand years ago. The question is only whether we will believe it and so go out and pick up what was paid for. And that takes faith - aggressive, rebellious, bold, immovable faith.
I believe the rational, secular world needs to see this raw, miraculous power of God like never before. London (and much of the west) is filled with unbelief, blind drunk on the pomp of the man-made. I’ve noticed this more acutely in my many missions to the third world. Faith is the evidence of things unseen yet in today’s western world the mantra is “seeing is believing.” The life of faith is mocked; suffocated by orphan-hearted independence, idolatry and deception. We urgently need signs that will make us wonder again, miracles that will free us to be children again.
So there is a fierce spiritual war going on between these two principalities of faith and unbelief and this has resulted in the religious spirit (form and ritual without power and relationship) owning parts of the western church more than in many decades.
Bill Johnson also said this, ‘If we did to the subject of redemption what we did to the subject of healing then we’d still be sacrificing sheep. We pray for the sick because we want Jesus to get what He paid for.’ But do we have the resolve to press into this new ground as a church and break through, so that Jesus can receive His reward? Smith Wigglesworth wrote, “There is a fruit of the Spirit that must accompany the gift of healing and that is long-suffering.”
Todd White prayed for 800 people before he saw a single healing. John Wimber prayed for people for a year and no one was healed – people even died! John said, “God commands it, we’ll do it – irrespective of the results.” After a year the healing movement started to break out and touch the ends of the earth. Heidi Baker received a prophetic word from Randy Clark at Toronto that she would see blind eyes open. After one year, no one had been healed – then three blind were healed in one day. Figures now suggest that as many 10,000 churches have been planted in Mozambique alone through her and her husband Roland’s ministry.
It is tempting to get fat on "church growth models" that do not require the finger of God. The church can become puffed up on the arm of the flesh, persuasive words and worldly models without even knowing it. We long to remain relevant without remembering that our relevance lies in our divine capability and not our ability to “fit in.”
It takes obedience, perseverance and humility to take on the healing and miracle-working ministry that Jesus commanded, which will certainly fail unless God turns up. But He will, for He is faithful and ready “to perform His word” (Jeremiah 1:12). Throughout biblical history, miraculous signs have been the sign-ature of God, the sign of his unending love and salvation.
We owe the world a revelation of the true God. Healing is a self-revelation of God’s character - “I am the LORD who heals you.” Let us represent His loving nature fully to a suffering world. Let powerlessness become inexcusable. There is no sickness in heaven and very little allowed in the gospels. In effect, whatever does not exist in heaven should not exist here (Matthew 6:10) Pastor Surpresa Sithole, a man who has witnessed several resurrections from the dead said this - ‘If you wait for miracles to take place, the miracles will only wait for you to move. But if you go, they will follow you. Signs and wonders are behind your back, pushing you forward so that you will experience breakthrough. Don’t wait for the world to bring dead people into the church. Instead, the church has to go where dead people are. All of this is waiting for you.’