…How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of classroom Christianity!
The hallmark of Jesus’ ministry was the demonstration of His authority in the Earth. Notice from this verse that He didn’t just have the Holy Spirit, as so many of us today would boast; He operated in power.
If we are going to be faithful to bring Jesus to our generation, we will have to do the same.
The problem we face as the church of Jesus Christ, is that we have become so sophisticated. We have so many explanations and diagnoses for the sicknesses of our lives. We medicate absolutely everything and we have a psychological analysis for every malfunction of society.
But look at the simplicity of the Bible: “Jesus healed all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him”
It’s time to come off the fence and decide what we truly believe. Do we believe in sickness or in healing? Do we believe in lack or provision?
The devil wants to mess you up and keep you lukewarm and wishy-washy by getting you to call your indecisiveness wisdom. But the truth is that you are neither hot nor cold, and God cannot use your life in the demonstration of His power.
It’s time to come out of the classroom, and stop claiming to be experts when there are no results to settle the matter.
It is a vastly different thing from taking a course of study about management, to actually running your own business enterprise. Ante natal classes are worlds away from the reality of pushing a baby out, and reading the books on marriage will not make you immune to marriage challenges.
Jesus said, “If I drive out the devil by the finger of God, then you know that the Kingdom of God has come among you.”
You thought it was just your mind playing tricks, your emotions taking a dip, or the weakness in your family line that has been causing you this sickness, this depression and these suicidal thoughts. But no, it is the spirit of death attacking you. Be alert to his schemes, and remember that there isn’t a devil in hell that isn’t subject to the name of Jesus – regardless of where it came from. Jesus, under the anointing, was able to exercise power over every sickness and work of the enemy.
Declare it right now, in the authority given to you as a blood-washed believer, “In the name of Jesus, I declare that every sickness and every power of the evil one in my life is destroyed, and I receive the anointing that is on Jesus to make me whole!”
Jesus’ earthly ministry was filled with glorious manifestations of victory over the works of Satan. Almost wherever He went, He healed them all.
Matthew 8:16-17 explains why. It says that a Word had gone out from God via the prophet Isaiah, that was still pending fulfilment. On the basis of that Word, the people HAD to be healed.
That Word in Isaiah 53 has not lost it’s power and it is pending fulfilment in THIS generation . Jesus Himself bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases; by His stripes we are healed.
He was bruised for our iniquity – that’s the ending of the generation curse that runs through your family – and the punishment that brought us Shalom, with nothing missing and nothing broken, was upon Him.
When Jesus gave up His life, He bore all the cancer, heart disease, bone disorders, depression, digestive problems and everything else that can come upon our bodies and souls. It says of Him that His appearance was marred so greatly, that he no longer even looked human under the affects of that experience. He bore it all in His body on that tree.
The question for you and me is this: can we see Him, our personal physician, carrying OUR afflictions? Or will we continue to wonder if and when He will heal us? Will we still talk about OUR arthritis, and OUR diabetes? Will we still define ourselves by what illnesses we have survived or suffered? Or will we recognize, “My God, there isn’t a single disease left for me, because He bore them ALL!”
Can you see Him bearing them? Can you see yourself free of those things?
If you can you can step into the manifestation of your healing. Take a stand that you will no longer wait for your health and soundness to be restored. Act on your healing instead of on your sickness; SEE Him carrying it all for you, and SEE yourself whole.
The power of God is real and the time for the demonstration of it has come!