Let's turn in our Bibles to Scripture. We're looking at two texts. We'll be thinking of a lot of Scriptures tonight, as we have been each night. First of all, John chapter 14 verse 12, and then we're going to Luke chapter 10. Maybe we could have the lights up a little bit, so that people can read their Bibles, because I really want folks to see tonight, where we're getting what we're talking about, from Scripture. John chapter 14 verse 12. Now these are the words of Jesus Christ, we know the Bible is the Word of God. These are the words of Jesus within the Word of God, and we need to take every word that He spoke seriously. Verse 12: "'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'". Because Jesus emphasized, 'I'm going to the Father', it's talking about a period of time after His life on earth. Jesus is speaking about how His followers would actually replicate His own works and do greater works.
Now, I'm not going to enter into too much depth on that verse, save to say that healing ministry is incorporated within that. Whatever else it means - and I'll let you theologians out there debate that - but listen, it has to mean something that it does actually say, and you can't just jump over verses like this and ignore them in Scripture. What does it mean? It certainly means the healing ministry now, in the church, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we will see is outlined in further Scriptures. Now, if you look at Luke's Gospel and chapter 10, verse 9. You remember, if you were here on Wednesday night, you can get it on the Internet or the recording, we talked about the gospel of the kingdom. Sometimes we've heard a gospel of atonement, which is the centre of the message of good news; that is: Jesus has died for our sins, and satisfied God that our sins are paid for, and He's risen again so we can have eternal life through His resurrection life - but the gospel is far greater than that. Jesus said in Isaiah 61, He then repeated this - it was in the Spirit in Isaiah 61, He actually said it physically in His own home town synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath, when he read from Isaiah 61: 'The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to set at liberty the captives, to give recovery of sight to the blind; to preach the year of Jubilee, the acceptable year of the Lord'.
Debts cancelled, yes? Land that's been taken off your family returned. Slaves set free. This is the gospel of the kingdom. Jesus instructed the disciples to go out and preach this gospel, and we saw from Matthew 24 that the gospel of the kingdom will be preached and then the end will come - that this same gospel is to be preached until Jesus returns. Here in chapter 10 verse 9, He tells the disciples: "Heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you'".
Let's pray together. I want you to pray just know that God would speak to you. I know some of you may not go along with, perhaps, what I'm saying tonight - that's OK, you're very welcome. We're glad to have you here. But might I ask you to come and ask the Lord that He might open your mind and heart? If I'm saying anything wrong, that He'll reveal that to you; but if there's truth in what I'm saying tonight, that you would have a disposition to receive that, with impartiality and honesty, in the presence of God.
Let's pray: Father, we thank You for Your Holy Word. We thank You for everything that we've witnessed this very week to Your glory. We thank You, Lord, for what You're doing and what You're going to do tonight. I just pray, Lord: come and meet with lives this evening and bring transformation, bring restoration and redemption that was bought through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection. Let us see You moving in our midst tonight, we pray, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we ask it, Amen.
Sickness, the Bible teaches, is a result of the Fall. The Fall is when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and obeyed the voice of the enemy. We talked about that last night, that we empower whatever voice we obey, whatever we believe. They empowered the enemy, and a curse came upon all humanity. Sin, yes, but an offshoot of that was sickness, and disease, and accidents. So, illness and disease are the outworking of the curse, and eventually we know they will lead to death.
The message of the gospel in the cross of Christ is that Christ has redeemed us from the curse. 'Redeemed' simply means 'bought us back' from the slavery of the curse. Isaiah 53 verse 5 is a very famous verse of scripture, which says: Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, and the punishment of our peace, to make our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes or His wounds, we are or were healed. I believe that that teaches us, and the whole of Scripture, indeed, testifies to the fact, that both spiritual and physical healing has been purchased for us at the cross of Jesus where He died.
Peter, actually, in his epistle, 1 Peter 2:24, shows us that when he says of Jesus: 'Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree', the cross, 'that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed'. He's talking about spiritual healing, that our souls can be made whole through the salvation that Jesus brings through His death. Our sins can be forgiven, we have peace with God, we can be restored into relationship with Him as Father - Abba, Father, we talked about that 'Kingdom Relationship' on Thursday night. But Matthew also quotes this verse from Isaiah, 'By his stripes', wounds, 'we are healed', and He applies it a different way. Matthew 8:16-17: 'When evening had come', during the ministry of our Lord, 'they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 'He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses''. Matthew quotes Isaiah in reference to physical healings.
Now, I think I've said to you enough these evenings, I used to preach against healing. I used to preach against the gifts of the Spirit, and the Spirit-filled life. Not that I didn't believe in the Holy Spirit - of course I did, I believed in empowerment from the Spirit. But I just didn't think that these gifts were necessary now that we had a finished Bible, and now that the apostles were all dead. I used to say that, 'Well, this fulfillment of Isaiah actually happened in the ministry of Jesus, in His lifetime. So it's fulfilled now, period'. But that ignores all the rest of the material in the New Testament to do with healing, particularly the Acts of the Apostles, which is all a fulfillment of the fact that by the wounds of Jesus, our wounds can be healed.
Now, let's look for a little bit of consensus here tonight in the gathering. I think all Christians everywhere most likely believe that Christ purchased complete freedom from sin and from sickness at the cross - but the question is, when? When do we experience this absolute healing? Christians agree that all the benefits will not come until Jesus returns, when we get our resurrection bodies without all the ailments, weakness and problems. So what then are we to make of healing now, and this talk about God touching lives and restoring them? Well, we may not have our resurrection bodies yet, but what we do have, the Bible teaches, is resurrection life living within us now. We're not waiting on that. Romans 8:11, whilst it's alluding to the resurrection, it says: 'If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you'. Now it is looking to resurrection day, but it says that we have that eternal resurrection life dwelling in our mortal - not immortal - but in our mortal bodies now.
Paul talked about how he had many wounds and broken aspects to his physical body in 2 Corinthians 4, but he talks about the life of Jesus being manifest even out of that weakness, because the life of Jesus lives within us. So, one way we experience healing and wholeness and the prosperity of our souls is because we believe that the Holy Spirit brings the very life of Jesus inside of us - and that's going to make a difference, surely. If you believe that that same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in you, surely that should help you get up in the morning? Yes?
We talked on our first night about how there's an aspect of the kingdom of God which is already, but not yet. Jesus has to come to sort everything out - agreed, yes? To iron out all the creases, to right all the wrongs, to turn everything up the right way. Yet, there's something about the kingdom of God with us now, through the Holy Spirit, the King is reigning in His kingdom, and it's breaking in upon us. So there's something about the now aspect of the kingdom that brings healing into our lives. So, we acknowledge that our resurrection bodies aren't here yet in perfect, absolute health; but God, from time to time, grants a foretaste, or a down-payment if you like, of healing that He will grant us in the future. We see this in the ministry of Jesus, as the kingdom came into the midst of humankind. We see it in the ministry of the apostles, and we see it in the records historically of healings right throughout the church age. It all testifies that healing is a part of the covenant blessing of God that Jesus purchased with His own blood. God wills to heal people. Jesus frequently healed all who came to Him - that's the record of the Gospels. It's very insightful, to me anyway, to note that He never turned anyone away who came to Him by these words: 'It's just not your time'. Not once do we read that. Not once do we hear of anyone being told: 'God wants you to learn a little bit more through this suffering'. Not once. Not once did Jesus ever say: 'You haven't learned your lesson yet, so you have to wait on this gift from God'. To just make it even more clear, there was a leper who came to Jesus in Matthew 8, and seemed to cast doubt on His propensity to heal, His desire and willingness. He said to Jesus: 'If You are willing, You can make me well', and Jesus turned the tables back on him and said, 'I am willing. I am willing'. Do we agree, tonight, that Jesus is the manifestation of God Himself in human flesh? He is God incarnate, He is the express image of God's heart. He reveals the Father to us. Here He is in His healing ministry, expressing the heart of God to touch lives, to heal them, to transform them mentally, emotionally, and even physically.
But, of course, another question that comes immediately we talk that way is: who then? Who then gets healed? Are all people healed if this is what God wants? Does everyone get it? Well, not all people will be healed. We've got to put our hands up here tonight and be honest about this, and we must be sensitive not to say that God heals absolutely everyone today. We certainly must never, ever, ever tell anyone: 'You haven't got enough faith to be healed'. Never tell anyone that. Even during the Apostolic age, not everyone was healed. We read of a man called Epaphroditus, who Paul was gravely concerned about because he was near death. Now he did get healed, and God had mercy upon him, but he was obviously ill for a period of time, and they prayed for him, but nothing changed. We read of Timothy, who had some kind of stomach problems, and Paul tells him to stop drinking water and drink a little wine for his stomach's sake and his frequent sickness. We read of Trophimus, who Paul actually had to leave behind in Miletus because he was sick. Not everyone is healed, just like not everyone is saved. OK, but hold on one minute: just because everyone isn't saved doesn't mean we don't preach the gospel to everyone, and it doesn't mean we don't pray for everyone to be saved. In the same regard, we need to pray for the sick, and we need to persevere in praying for the sick. I've seen a lot of people delivered, and more and more people being healed, and I've noticed a correlation - that the more people you pray for, the more get healed. Have you noticed that? If anything our Lord Jesus taught us to pray: our Father, etc, etc, deliver us from evil. Now, I know some of us as Christians have canonized and sanctified sickness, but you will not find that in Scripture. Can God use our experiences? Of course He does. Scripture is clear that He works all things together for good, but that verse does not say all things are good, and it doesn't say all things are from God.
John said in his third epistle, verse 2: 'Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers'. There it is in black and white. John is saying: 'I'm actually praying for your physical health to mirror what's going on in your prosperity of soul. I want you to be well' - now, that's enough for me to pray for people to be healed. Even the Old Covenant talks about how God is the God who forgives our sins, and heals all our diseases, Psalm 103. Another verse in that Psalm, verse 5, says that our youth can be renewed like eagles. Sure, even the patriarch Moses experienced this miraculous thing going on in his life, health, even at the age of 120 years old: 'when he died, his eyes were not dim, nor his natural vigour diminished'. Am I saying that we all get this? No, but he got it. He spent so much time in the presence of God, that's what was going on here. He was so much immersed in the divine eternal life, that it affected him physically, his eyesight and his strength. A different atmosphere changes things, even physically, and certainly mentally, and emotionally.
But listen, if you don't believe in healing, let me challenge you: because by our very actions, when we seek medical intervention, we display our belief that we should be well, do we not? When we're sick? What do we do? We go to the doctor. Why? Because we want to be well, and we have this instinct that we should be well. By the way, nothing I'm saying tonight is telling you to avoid the doctor, or to give up on your medication. On the contrary, if God heals you and touches you tonight, you go to the doctor and get it all tested out, and only let him take you off the medication. But even our own bodies - forget about an instinct to seek a physician - our own bodies are created with a capacity to heal themselves, which shows that the divine intent of the human Architect, God who made us, was that we should be healed and be well to the Maker's design.
Not everyone will be healed; but people can be healed, and people are being healed. Third question is: how? How? This might add a little bit more to that question 'Who gets healed?' - how are people healed? One of the objections I used to have - and maybe it's in some people's minds - if you have the gift of healing, or you believe in healing, what are you doing standing up here gassing off in the pulpit, but why don't you get up to the hospice in Newry? Why don't you get to the hospital in Craigavon? Why don't you go around healing people that are seriously ill, just heal everyone! It's a complete misunderstanding of the gift of healing, and of healing in Scripture. In the book of Corinthians, the gift of healing is actually called 'the gifts', plural, 'of healings', plural - which means there are different kinds of healing. There's emotional healing, there's mental healing, there's deliverance, being set free from demonic spirits, which is actually included within the gifts of healings, and there is physical healing also. But the gifts of healings also indicates not just a plurality of the gift, but that it is a gift from God. Each time it occurs, it is given as a grace gift. He is the Healer, Jehovah Rapha, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Great Physician, He is the One who gives the gift of healing. There's no one running around with that gift as their own. There might be people used in it proficiently, but nobody owns it. Nobody can go around healing people at will, OK? Do you understand that? That's not the way it works.
Even in the life of Jesus, this was the case. There's a story of a man at the pool of Bethesda, where there was a legend - or perhaps it was true, I don't know, but the people believed it anyway - that an angel would come down and stir the waters. When that happened, there was a miraculous power released, and the first person that got in, whatever their affliction was, they would be healed. Because of that, a lot of paralyzed folk, afflicted, diseased people were gathering around this pool, and they just stayed there, waiting for the waters to be stirred. Jesus went into that vicinity one day, and He saw a man that was lying there, could not walk, and he'd been there for 38 years. Jesus asked what appears on the surface level to be one of the most stupid questions to ask anybody in that condition. He said: 'Do you want to be healed?'. Why do You think he's there? Why do You think he's there 38 years, if he doesn't want to be healed? But, you see, the Lord Jesus, you've got to go beyond the surface level - He never asks stupid questions. He discerned that there was something of a resignation in that man's heart, that that man had given up somehow, that he would be overlooked again. He even said: 'I've nobody to help me into the water, everybody gets in first before me' - maybe you feel that way.
John chapter 5 tells us that Jesus healed that man. He walked out of that vicinity, and we don't have a record that He healed anybody else all around. Then, later in John chapter 5, He's talking to the disciples, and this is what He said: 'I only do what I see the Father do'. In other words, 'I only do what God tells Me to do, what is His will at that given time'. There was a great multitude of sick people, but He only healed one. He didn't do anything independently of the Father, and we can't do anything independently of the Father either. If anybody gets healed this week, or gets healed tonight, it's nothing to do with us - it's God. Do you understand that? Nobody's claiming to have power to heal people, other than the power of God - but that being said, that being said, hold the thought; Jesus said: 'Truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also and greater works'. So we're acknowledging that it's through the power of God that the work is done, but it's going to be us that does it in His name.
He didn't tell the disciples: 'Go out there and preach the gospel of the kingdom, and I'll heal people', He actually told them, 'You go out and heal them'. Now we know the backstory, OK, it's His power that's doing it; but He's telling us to go out and do the thing. There's more responsibility on us than we realize, to go out and do it. He even instructed the disciples to go out and anoint the sick with oil, that they may be healed. I've so often heard it said that that was only the elders from James chapter 5. It wasn't, He sent the disciples out with oil to heal the sick. In fact, the commission that Mark gives us, the version of Jesus' 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel' that Mark recites is that 'these signs will follow those who believe'. It doesn't say apostles, it doesn't say the twelve or the seventy, it says 'Those who believe in My name, they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover'. There it is. That's how people are healed. When we, in faithfulness to the Word of God, pray for people who are afflicted, and God happens to give - in His power and with His prerogative - the gift of healing at that moment, and a person is healed to the glory of God, that's how it happens. If someone is healed - there's a mystery in it, yes, I agree; but we don't we don't give up, we just keep praying. We just keep praying, and keep praying, keep praying.
A miracle is a little bit different than a healing. A miracle is a slightly higher order than a healing. We see that in the list that's given in 1 Corinthians 12:28: 'God appointed these in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, and then gifts of healings'. So miracles comes before gifts of healings, and there's a reason for that. A healing can be a gradual thing. You could get healed tonight and not know for a month or two, because the condition doesn't flare up, only periodically. Or you could wake up in the morning, as some people have from this meeting, and realize: 'Actually, I've been healed'. A healing can be imperceptible, where usually a miracle is instantaneous, in a moment, and it's obvious. You can only heal something that's there, by the way. So a broken leg, your leg is there and it's broken, and it gets healed - but a miracle can actually bring something to be created that isn't there, something out of nothing in an instant.
Let me show you how this happens. Turn with me to Galatians chapter 3 verse 2: 'This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?'. Now listen to that phrase, 'the hearing of faith'. 'Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain - if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?'. Now this is what's going on: these Christians were born again by the Holy Spirit - the way you get born again - but they're trying to live the Christian life by their own steam, which is the way most evangelicals live. Paul is coming and pleading with them, because they're starting to live a life of works and legalism and law under Judaism. The men are getting circumcised. They're obeying the food laws and cleanliness laws and so on. Paul is saying: 'Look, you received this salvation by the Spirit, how can you be made perfect by the flesh? It starts with the Spirit, and it continues with the Spirit'. Then he says this very interesting thing: 'Those miracles that are going on among you, how do they happen? By the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?'. Now just please note: these Galatians were embracing a different gospel for a start. There was legalism, there was even immorality among them, OK? Yet the miraculous was there. That's staggering to me. Because we, in Northern Ireland in particular and in evangelical circles, have this idea that we've got to have all our ducks in a row, and all our I's dotted and all our T's crossed doctrinally and procedurally if we want God to move. That's not the way it worked in the Bible. Here's a case in point: they were experiencing not just healings, but miracles, and things were not all right. Now that's not a reason to have things not right, but I'm just pointing out that it was by the hearing of faith that the miraculous happened. Even faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. Now it's not for us, as I said, to judge how much faith a person has in their heart - that's between them and God, so we shouldn't be going around accusing people of not having faith. But nevertheless, Scripture is absolutely clear that it's the hearing of faith. When Jesus, that day as He walked to the pool of Bethesda, heard the Father say: 'There's a man in there 38 years, and I want to heal him today', He went. That was the hearing of faith, He went and He healed him.
You need to hear in such a way that it increases faith. Night after night in these meetings, we have been sharing testimonies each night from last year. We're not just doing it to fill in the gaps, we're doing it to raise faith in you to realize: this is what God can do and does do. The reason why we're giving words of knowledge out each evening before we pray for folk - which is what we will do again tonight - it's a gift of the Spirit, it's a little bit of insight that God gives supernaturally to us, in the place of prayer usually, but sometimes through physical feelings and sensations, where we have a sense that God wants to touch people with those particular ailments or conditions that night. But what's it for? Is it for entertainment? Perish the thought. It is to raise faith. To raise faith, so that when you hear your condition, as people did last evening and every evening so far, they believe God sees them, knows them, wants to touch them, and they come out. When they come out, the person that gave the word, their faith raises as well, I can tell you. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, and that's why it's so important to give testimony - but this is the hearing of faith. Miracles are, almost every time, triggered by an act of someone's faith. Healings and miracles are the same in this regard.
Look at the different types of faith there can be. Sometimes it's the faith of the sick person themselves that causes them to be healed. The woman with an issue of blood, Jesus said to her: 'Your faith has made you well'. Your faith. He said the same thing to the leper that came back. You remember there were ten of them healed, and it was a Samaritan leper came back to thank Jesus. He said to him: 'Your faith has made you well'. Not just the faith of the sick, but the faith of the person bringing the sick. You remember that wonderful story - it's really humorous if you weren't the guy that owned the house - in Mark chapter 2, where his roof is demolished as four friends lower this paralyzed man to the feet of Jesus in a crowded house where nobody else could get in. It says that Jesus saw the faith of the four friends, and He said to the man: 'Your sins are forgiven you', and a little bit later He heals him and says: 'Lift up your bed and go'. It was the faith of friends - and you can actually pray for your friend in faith to see a transformation happen tonight. I've had people coming, asking prayer in proxy for a loved one. There's the faith of those coming on behalf of the sick, what I've just talked about - but this was a centurion who had a servant. He came and asked Jesus just to speak the word. He said: 'I'm a man under authority, and I have men under my authority, and I know if You just speak the word, my servant will be made well'. Do you know what Jesus said? He was astounded, this guy is a Gentile, and He said: 'Nobody in Israel has the faith that you've got right now'. We see a Syrophoenician woman, another Gentile who comes on behalf of her demonized daughter. She believes the same: that Jesus, from a distance - geography is not a boundary to Jesus. Then there's the faith of those who pray, just faithfully pray. We talked about elders praying for the sick and anointing with oil, and it says that the prayer of faith will save the sick and make them well.
The problem that blocks healing and the miraculous, Jesus discovered it in His own ministry, was this problem of unbelief - and Ulster and Ireland is riddled with it, and the Evangelical Church has an epidemic of it. Jesus had people in His own family who didn't believe in Him and what He was doing, how do you think that felt for Him? In Mark chapter 6 verse 5, it says that He could, in His own home town, He could do no mighty work there - that's the word for a miracle - He could do no miracle there, except He laid hands on a few sick people and healed them (we'd receive that alright, wouldn't we!). But He couldn't do the big thing, why? Because of their unbelief. I could point you tonight, if we had time, to Mark chapter 7, where there was a man who was deaf and dumb. It says that Jesus took him out of the multitude, He put his fingers in his ears, and He healed the man. You might say He took him out of the multitude so that he wouldn't be embarrassed, but He healed other people in the crowd at times, so that doesn't seem to be the reason. But the reason is given in the place where the healing, or at least the beginning of the story takes place. It's a place called Tyre, and it was under the judgment of God because of their unbelief. Jesus took him out of the environment of unbelief in order to heal him.
It's the same in Mark chapter 8, you find exactly the same thing. It actually specifically says there that Jesus took the man out of the town because it was under judgment. Unbelief is a huge problem that affects many of us, in our churches, in our religious circles. I want to challenge, tonight, your unbelief. Do you believe that our God is still the same as He ever was? Do you believe that He is a Healer? Do you believe He is a Deliverer? Do you believe He's a Restorer? Do you believe He's a Redeemer of lives, and families, and marriages, and communities, and whole nations, and continents? Do you believe He's coming back to redeem the world? But do you believe He can do it for you? That's a different thing. Do you believe He can do it for you tonight? Even if it doesn't seem to happen tonight, do you believe enough to pursue, to keep on asking, seeking, knocking until it does happen?
Do you know something: James teaches us that faith without works is dead. When I pray for folk to be healed, I often get them to do something after they receive prayer, something they maybe couldn't do before, as an act of faith and expectancy that God is going to do something. You know the way we pray: 'Lord, please heal so-and-so', and then we run at 100mph away in case they're not healed. Rather than doing that, being bold enough - and sometimes it is nerve racking, and sometimes you feel like you're putting your neck on the block and exposing yourself to embarrassment - but when you believe in God, as I said - when was it? On Thursday night, to do with the Holy Spirit, when your desperation level rises above your fear level, that's when the game's on. That's when things will start happening. When you're prepared to take faith risks, to see God manifest His power.
So, when Peter and John went up to the Temple to pray at the hour of prayer in Acts chapter 3, and there's a lame man there - and, by the way, probably Jesus would have went by that man at some stage. Certainly, James and Peter and John went past him on occasion as well at the hour of prayer, because they practiced prayer at a particular hour in the temple. But this day, it says, Peter and John fixed their eyes on him, and they said: 'Silver and gold we do not have, but what we do have we give to you: in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, rise up and walk'. It says they took him by the hand, and they lifted him up, and as they lifted him up - not when they spoke the word, not when they prayed - as they lifted him up, his ankle bones became strong and he was healed. The ten lepers I talked about earlier, Jesus spoke words to them, but it says: 'As they went, they were healed'. As they got up and went, something happened. He told another man: 'Go and wash your eyes', he was blind, 'in the Pool of Siloam'. He put mud in his eyes - Jesus did some weird stuff! Weird things, and He often didn't repeat Himself in how He did it. I think that was just to show it's God does it, it's God does it, and there's no formula here. But He asked him to do something as an act of faith, and when he washed his eyes, he could see.
So I'm going to encourage you tonight to expect something. Even if you're not a Christian here, oh boy, what a demonstration. We've said it the other evening, what we as a church, owe this world is an apologetic of the supernatural, to show that our God is real, and well, and active on planet earth, and the kingdom of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Being passive is no good, expect. The Apostle said on the Day of Pentecost: 'Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know'. The miraculous is the testament to the veracity of the claims of Jesus Christ. It was in the Gospels, it was in the Acts, and it still is now. Our God is a God of the supernatural. Our God is the God of the miraculous. This embodies the kingdom of God: it's good news. He's a good God, He does good things, and that's good news. Now, if you're here tonight, and He doesn't touch you; or you've prayed for years, and you haven't been healed, I want you not to be too selfish. I know we're all inherently selfish. We want the thing for ourselves. We don't want to be like the guy that's constantly overlooked for 38 years. But I want to challenge you tonight to actually look around you, and consider what God is doing for other people. Have the generosity of heart to rejoice with those who rejoice - and guess what might happen? God might touch you and help you. The Lord Jesus Christ is here tonight, and His power is the same as it always has been. He can save your soul. He can break the bondage of sin in your life. He can deliver you of any affliction or any spirit. He is able - but will you believe Him tonight? Will you expect? Will you reach out? Will you step out in faith? Will you receive?
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This sermon was delivered at the New Life Conference 2019 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the fifth recording in his Kingdom Life series, titled "Kingdom Healing" - Transcribed by Preach The Word.
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