Remember what He said His disciples will do? Heal the sick, cast out demons, drink poison, walk as Jesus did – on water I presume?
And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well. – Mark 16:15-18
Basically real disciples are as free of the constraints of this world as Jesus was! They are free of the limitations and the death of this world, because of their faith in Him.
If you want that, read on. I’ll explain 100% how to receive it.
Many people run after signs and wonders. They desire power. They want the “spirit” to move. They want fruit and they run after it. Yadda yadda. That’s not what Jesus offered or promised.
I used to adore Romans. In an utterly logical way it describes our faith. BUT it was 8 chapters of theology, restating the same thing over and over from many different angles. Too heavy!
I wanted something small and punchy. Jesus expressed all of that simply by saying “believe in the One who God sent”… but that’s too short.
I needed something between 1 line and 8 chapters!! And I found it. 1 John ROCKS!
And we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we [watchfully] obey His orders [observe His suggestions and injunctions, follow His plan for us] and [habitually] practice what is pleasing to Him.
And this is His order (His command, His injunction): that we should believe in (put our faith and trust in and adhere to and rely on) the name of His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and that we should love one another, just as He has commanded us.
ALL WHO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.]
AND BY THIS WE KNOW and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us. – 1 John 3:22-24
This is a mouthfull. It’s so dense. packed full of goodness. But it’s the key to success as a Christian.
The passage above is what I needed. So let me break it down.
- We receive from Him whatever we ask, BECAUSE we [watchfully] obey His orders
- And this is His order (a) believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, and (b) love one another as He did
- ALL who KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS abide in Him, and He in them
- And the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us is this: we receive the [Holy] Spirit
We receive whatever we ask IF we are following His commandments. And even better, those who follow will have the proof that their ways are the right ways because they will have peace, freedom from the enemy, overcome sickness, overcome all forms of death (like poison) and whatever they ask for (which is in line with His will) will be provided by God.
Incredibly short summary!!
NO follow His commands? Then NO receive requests and NO receive Holy Spirit power to heal and drink poison.
So this is why I don’t go with the “I want power” crowd. Because hundreds of times in the NT Jesus, Paul, John all say that we receive the fruit as a result of following His commands and living as He did.
We don’t get it because we believe. We don’t get it because we really really really want it. Nor because we asked – and we will get it because we asked. Nor because we sowed to the spirit. Nor because… I could go on.
Look into the bible. The way to get it… is… to forget about it and just get on with living as He did and learning His commands and following His plan. If you do that, you will get what you originally wanted.
Why does it work this way? Because God hopes that by blessing your Godly life and Godly choices, that people will come to you and ask WHY have you got the gifts and they keep getting deceived. They want peace, you’ve got peace. They want love, you’ve got love.
When you are living a life that reflects the life of Jesus, then God will bless you and lift you up. You’ve become a light… so He will place you on a hill. Your life is food (water, fruit) to those around you… therefore He will lift you up and bless you. You’re keeping His commands… and so He will give you the gifts that othes are seeking.
How does this apply to my (Mark’s) life?
I blog about His goodness, His ability, His protection, His wisdom. In this way I am keeping His two commands:
- Love people
- Believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah who is able to save me from the effects of evil in this life and He is able to bring me into Heaven
I am keeping His two commands and so He grants me the ability to pray for people, to ask for their healing. He blesses my worship so much so that people literally have to sit down when I worship Him in church. When I pray for people, sickness goes and the demonic flees the person.
Why is He doing this through me? SO THAT people will listen to my theology. And what will they hear from me?
- Love people with your choices, your talents, your every day life!
- Believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah who is able to save me from the effects of evil in this life and He is able to bring me into Heaven
Do you see how clever God’s design is? How simple? It’s marvelous!
And what’s more, because I am willing to be attacked for my beliefs, laughed at by those who will not trust in God or think they don’t need love or don’t need Jesus… because I am willing to be spiritually attacked every day and every night, just to let people know I love them and have time for them and I will share the gospel and heal them if they ask.
You see… it is BECAUSE of all of this, that He listens to my prayers, He wants the best for me, He WILL make sure I’m happily married, He will turn His face towards me, He protects me, He will protect my wife and children, He talks to me, He heals me, He teaches me.
There is a cost. I could live a simpler life. I could cower away from the ongoing spiritual attack. But the reward of a relationship with God is so unbelievably good, so worth it.
Why do I do it?
Having God’s favor is a great reason. But here’s my actual reason for living this bold life.
We will go to Heaven. You and me. Not you MORE than me. Not me MORE than you. We both will go to Heaven. Whatever crowns we have acquired will be meaningless, because I believe we too will throw them at His feet.
they worship Him Who lives forever and ever; and they throw down their crowns before the throne, crying out – Rev 4:10
So it’s not about “crowns”. (That motivation is based on greed. “I want crowns.” Yuk.)
No, my motivation is simpler… we only get ONE life and I want to live it to the max. Bless as many people as possible. Help many come to Him. Help people live a healthy life.
So what is the very best way to live my life? Is there something that God has put in me? Something I am designed and built to do?
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do – Eph 2:10
or check out the AMP
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. – Eph 2:10
Wow. I just can’t imagine missing out on this.
Only 1 life. Can’t come back. No “do over”. One shot to enjoy and experience all that He has prepared for me. When I get to Heaven I will never again be able to work to heal people, never again be able to do so many things with Him in this world. This is my chance to explore. To grow. To do stuff here. Heaven has it’s benefits and opportunities and wonders, but right here and now God has a path for me… and it’s a path filled with loving people and loving Him and works of wonder and growth and healing and seeing the miraculous. And Him.
Only 1 shot, here and now. Yes I want to do that. YES!!!
And so does He! 🙂
Thank u for such a worderful info and i ask u pls to remember me ur prayers.
Pator stephen Ackom
christ mission church
God bless you pastor.
god is my saviour
I need power from master jesus, i want him in my life and in the life of my people
I need power from master jesus
I love man’s freedom
I need more power for big miracle in my ministry
this ur brother misgana
sup kab i love u
past few days…many problems ung dumating sa lyf ko…
i never know what im doing…
but i always ask God…
and i always pray…
i feel alone and tired…
next wik na ung exam ko and kailangan na namang magbayad ng twishon fee
then ung sa dorm ko 3 months na akong hndi nagbabayad…
i always pray to God…
and i believe na tinetest laNG AKO NI God…
hndi tlaga ako nawalan ng pagasa
then 1 day ung cousin ko nagemail saken…
taga australia sya..
then she said na sya na daw bahala sa lahat..
so i said WOW…
hndi ko expect…
kc bihira lang un tumutulong…
na prove ko na nothing is impossible to God…
if u have a great faith and trust in God….
u recieve miracle,….
because GOd is Good
God is great
and God is so powerful…
always remember walang imposible sa kanya…
God bless to all
I googled God’s miracle, and this web page appeared. I searched for this page because I am seeking God’s blessing to cure my daughter Nicole Jacome. She has GBM, brain tumors. She is very ill and I have been seeking God’s compassion over her ill body. I believe my daughter was brought to this world to do great things. I believe there is more to life for her than cancer. I have faith, hope, and love in God and my daughter. Please help me in my prayers for her healing and cure. This has been a path in my life that has lead me closer to the Lord and his glory.
A mother in need
i searched this web when i was troubled in my heart, but your problem and prayers prioritised. God will heal your child. I understand that your mail was published a year ago. Hope every thing is fine.
God has his own plans for his children.
may the love of god be with u all…
I have a comment. The Bible teaches to love one another. Does that mean being in that person company, having a friendship with them, or just being kind, praying for them, wishing them goodwill, are those thing sufficient.
The reason why I asked that question is because someone whom I trusted and admired out of spite told a lie to hurt me. Instead of admitting the truth they hang on to that lie and i just seem to not be able to get over that. I trusted that person to be a bona fide Christian the way they professed to be and now all I want is peace between us; no friendship no closeness like before just love them in the sense of praying for them, helping them if they need me, treating them kind, but nothing in the sense of the relationship we had before. Am I wrong, am I sinning. I desparately need to know the answer so to please the LORD.
Hi. Yes the bible teaches us to love one another. But always remember that God eventually “divorced” His own bride in times gone by. He did it in the Old Testament through His own prophets. (Sometimes its no fun being a prophet!) So God shows us to have boundaries and to end things if the other person continues to be bad to us. So for you I suggest you have really good boundaries, forgive, and if necessary…. get away from the abusive person. God bless you! Mark.
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ !!!
I faithfully want you all to pray for me! Im facing serious problems:
1. Im separated with my Wife who I truly Love. (I want her
back with Love and success in our marriage).
2. My life goals are diminishing cause since I graduated the
university last year Im not able to get a good job. I cant
even pay for school fees of my young sisters. (I want a
new good job to attain my goals)
3. I have neither happiness nor peace with my Life, Im a
christian and I do trust our Lord Jesus Christ. (I want to
have happiness and peace in my Life)
you will be blessed for your prayers and I BELIEVE in Jesus name I going to receive my miracle.
When you pray my name is Frederick of Tanzania.
Be blessed now and always, I will tell you how things went after your prayers, I believe so soon
YOUR HELP IS FROM ME. HOSEA-13: 9
Dear Beloved Prayers Partners,
Greetings to you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
I have an idea I want to serve the lords work.
I will show the Jesus Christ film. I have faith in this service. By words they can’t understood anything. By showing the Jesus pictures they can understand and come closer to him and believed in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because I have experience in that field since 1991 in the manual projector and stopped with in a year and left that field. Again I am in his word. So, I want to do this service and god talked to me. I have to buy the new digital projector with CD’s. This is small to take and journey. If it is the work of god the god will surely show the way.
Please especially pray regarding that god will do this I his way.
PUTTUR – 517583
Chittoor DT AP INDIA
PS: Please see the attached picture of the digital projector. Please put your hands and pray for this service. This cost is 1700USD
I was doing a google search on how to be able to perform miracles… I didn’t like the other, non-christian options, with chants and spirits and such. Although I already knew this stuff, I suppose it was an affirmation that I already knew. I suppose that with the power to heal, I’d want to heal my own digestive disorder first.
I am so glad that you are offering this valuable information for FREE when so many others (try to) charge to buy a book or something.
I know that what you said is completely true since I have practiced and lived according to Jesus from time to time, and always coincidentally gotten whatever I wanted. I’ve asked for wisdom, knowledge, a house, better health, among other things, and gotten it all with little to no work or expense. It worked exactly as you said, as soon as I forgot about it and gave up, it worked. I feel I am beyond faith at this point.
More people need to know about what you wrote about! There are millions of people who have read exactly those words and not understood a word of it. It’s very nicely written for the internet.
Keep up the good work, and may God bless you (even more).
Thanks for your very encouraging comment. – Mark.
Mark, Tonya and I are not married. We have been together for 12 years or so. Yes this is my hearts desire to marry Tonya. We WERE engaged for a few years, waiting for her son to graduate high school and my back child support payment we were holding off. I would give anything, (almost) to hear Tonya say once again, “I do love you and will marry you.” its been 8 months or so when she said she needed space. We have been doing things on the weekends watch t.v. off and on during the week.
Lately she is like becoming a different person. I have noticed her son, family and friends on both sides have noticed. Its like she is a different person. I don’t know if like a bad spell or ? you know what I mean some how satan some has a hold on her or whatever it is but she is not herself. She isn’t into drugs or skipping work or swearing, things like that but she for sure isn’t the same person we all know. She does mention that if we get back on track it may be a while (at least once a week) she tells me this. she turned 39 back in October and I’m not sure if that had or has anything to do with it or not. Right now it may not be her hearts desire, I’m not sure but I do know something isn’t right.
Along with other people. I do pray for Tonya, I just don’t know what it is. I do love her very deeply and would marry her in a second. I do want any and all love restored back in her .maybe not right now she doesn’t desire that but she just isn’t herself. But what she says once a week she tells me that. I’m not sure what other kind of prayer I can pray to get the (bad) whatever it is out of her.
I do appreciate any help possible. Thank you for any and all prayers. Spread the word and let me know what you think it might be. Yes I really want the love restored as soon as possible. God bless and lots of love. Ken
Hi Ken. I don’t get the feeling that anything “unusual” is going on – other than Tonya is not keen to get married and you are. She has some reasons for not wanting to – and she is not telling you what those reasons are (I guess?). There is no way to change someone’s mind. And if you’re praying that God will change her mind… you’re possibly getting yourself into trouble for attempting to control someone else’s fre choice.
So my brother, the bottom line is that she is having her own thoughts and her own choices. And you have to decide if you’re willing to hang around and sit it out, or move on. And of course she has the same choices. It’s really just normal life. She is 39 and she has changed. Women *do* change much more than men do. It’s a well known fact. You have the freedom to decide what YOU want to do with YOUR life, just as she is deciding for her own life too.
God bless you,
Can you help in asking God for a miracle for me? I am asking God to keep softening Tonya s’ heart and mind for me so He can Restore her love for me the same kind the same amount that I have for her sort of like when we WERE engaged only Stronger and Everlasting. I have been praying for this for a while and I really do need it now. God did give me faith and Tonya and I are both saved, Can you Please help in asking God to help me in getting my miracle kind of now? God bless and lots of love. Ken This is so important to me. I have been trying to do and be right with God,Jesus and the Holyghost. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Hi Ken. I admire you for your commitment to Tonya. As long as Tonya also wants this marriage to work… there is nothing stopping you guys from rediscovering that love once again.
You know that people have a will right? So you are using your free will to desire Tonya and she might be using her free will to love you too… but maybe the simple problem is that she’s loving you in a a way that you DON’T realize or you might not feel is loving. Maybe you talk to her in a way that she can’t understand. Men and women are VERY VERY different – and when the romantic chemicals wear off… then we have to work on the relationship.
So what you guys need is to get help. Yes a miracle is nice, because it can fix things TODAY… but this problem is the type that comes back. Communication and learning to heal and love one another – what the bible calls being renewed in your mind – is not the result of a miracle, it’s the result of hard work and effort. Miracles help. Prayer definitely helps too. But talking and growing and healing is what is going to take the most amount of time.
Breaking up isn’t a solution because when we find the NEXT person, we need to LEARN to grow and heal and communicate with THAT person now. We can’t solve the problem by changing partners. We solve it by growing, healing and learning to communicate. I’ll pray for healing for you… but mainly I’ll pray that you guys begin to change together and rediscover that love again.
Lord please bless Ken and Tonya in their walk together. Please would you help them to grow and to heal and to communicate and hear each other. I ask this in Jesus Mighty and awesome name. Amen.
God bless you Ken,
Good point. The other day, we were talking about being salt, and I asked “why do we just sit in the shaker instead of being spread around on the food?”
But most of the time, in the shaker is where we sit. Thank you for the insight and reply. – Tim
hehehehe!! Right on the money again. We all have ways of expressing our salt/light/gifts/talents/love. At this time mine is blogging and the relationships that immediately surround me.
I understand now. At present, a new church start I’m working with is forming something that many would call a “mission statement.” It’s not something anyone’s told us to do, or something that external forces are creating, but more of something we want to have to ensure a consistent focus.
Accordingly, it seemed to spring from the verses in question as follows:
– Love God
– Love my neighbor
– Expand my neighborhood
Now, each of those clearly can use some expansion clarification. “Love God” is obviously more than just that… it involves the heart, mind, soul, and strength. Likewise, “Love my neighbor” goes beyond this to become “love my neighbor the same way I love myself.” Lastly, “Expand my neighborhood” is the short version of the Good Samaritan parable.
As Southern Baptists (in particular), we seem to have understood the evangelistic mandate, but somewhere along the way, we seem to have lost the social mandate. I have to wonder, if we (Southern Baptists) had the power to heal lepers as Jesus did, we would probably say “Yes, we’ll heal your leprosy, but to get healed, you really need to come down to the temple.”
Likewise, I think we’d have looked at the 10 lepers that were healed, note that 9 of them were ungrateful, and either determine to do more effective screening (so we don’t “waste” our healing energies on ungrateful people), or revoke the healing after we find out if they “really understood.” We (talking about Southern Baptists in particular) are an odd bunch, and I fear we have some serious questions to answer, in regard to our behavior toward “the least of these.”
I know I’m being unfair with this characterization, because many Southern Baptists have spent countless hours in rebuilding efforts post-Katrina. I don’t mean to trivialize or demean that work in any way. At the same time, I think we need to hold each other’s feet to the fire, and remain accountable for the (many) ways that we misrepresent Jesus with our actions.
Thanks for a very thought-provoking post. – Tim
I have no idea what the different denominations are like, but you are SPOT on that some of us would revoke the blessing or refine our “screening” to not waste. I keep telling people, Christianity is the MOST wasteful (from the world’s perspective) thing going. We give away love and expect little or nothing in return. We are salt and light. What a dumb concept! Except that God says IF WE WILL DO THIS, then He will bless our little socks off. So hey, it’s not so dumb after all.
Your “mission statement” is EXCEPTIONAL. It is right in the heart of the next wave. The next wave is NOT power, it’s doing what Jesus told us to do… as you wrote. But I am concerned that people will drop the “expanded” version (love others AND love yourself) and just use the concise version (love others) and in this way the church remains unhealthy and emotionally crippled and therefore UNABLE to reach out in an emotionally healthy way. So may I suggest you rethink the statement and use the longer version, so that the subtleties are not hidden from sight.
God bless you! Mark.
What was Jesus response when he was asked the greatest commandment? Didn’t he name the greatest, and then state that the second was like unto it, and that all the law of the prophets hung from these two? (Matthew 22) Didn’t he further develop who your neighbor is? (Luke 10) I’m not trying to be argumentative… just trying to understand fully what you’re saying. – Tim
Absolutely right. *I* don’t see any conflict between Jesus and what Paul wrote.
“Love people” (neighbors) is what Jesus said.
“Believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah” is the same as “love God” to me because we are told HOW to love God… by “keeping His commands” – and that command.
So it all ties in together together for me.
I think that in our modern western culture we are conditioned to wanting exact steps so we be certain of how we should change our *mind*. But God is after a change in our heart, or more specifically a change in our behavior. Love people. Love God. Whatever that means to you, do it. Whatever it means to me, do it.
That is why “salvation” came to Zaccheus’ house when his behavior changed.
God bless you,