December 13, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO DO GREATER WORKS (part 3)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”—John 14:12

In John 14 and 15 we find the record of our Lord’s principal teachings about the Holy Spirit’s ministry to believers, and in these chapters, we will also find access to miracles of a kind that those true to the Bible can expect to see

3. Miraculous Spiritual Reproduction (Jn 15:1-8)

In the same discussion of the ministry of the Spirit, the Lord Jesus promised us the opportunity to “bear much fruit” for the glory of God (John 15:1–8). The fruit bearing of John 15 is spiritual reproduction, Christians producing other Christians. This is the way the term “fruit” is often used in the New Testament, referring to the winning of others to the Lord.

Many Christians are defeated in the area of soul winning, but they need not be. The Holy Spirit is in us to work through us in the all-important work of witnessing and bringing people to Jesus. When we witness in dependence on the Holy Spirit, we experience His soul-saving power, and we will see lost individuals come to Christ. Not everyone will be saved, but many will be won if we work at the business of winning folks while consciously relying on the Spirit to convict sinners and draw them to the Lord.

There is no joy as great as the joy of winning souls! Let us set out to know better the Third Person of the Trinity and to depend on Him for the miraculous help He was sent to provide us.

December 12, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO DO GREATER WORKS (part 2)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”—John 14:12

In John 14 and 15 we find the record of our Lord’s principal teachings about the Holy Spirit’s ministry to believers, and in these chapters, we will also find access to miracles of a kind that those true to the Bible can expect to see.

2. Unexplainable Peace and Joy in Difficult Times (John 14:27)

While speaking of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Jesus made a remarkable and famous promise:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. John 14:27

This inner peace from Christ is mentioned several times in the Bible, and in one place is called “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:6–7). It is a supernatural peace, unlike the kind unsaved people experience in times of relative calm. It is a deeper, more secure peace, felt by the believer but not originating in his own emotional center. It is the peace of Jesus Christ, literally His peace, the peace He experiences all the time, conveyed miraculously to the heart of the one depending on Him. In the fifteenth chapter of John, we read again about believers experiencing the feelings of Jesus:

* John 15:10-11 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love…These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

Jesus spoke of our experiencing His love, His joy, and His peace. Galatians 5:22 calls this the “fruit” of the Holy Spirit. By the presence of His Spirit in our lives, we can experience the peace, the joy, and the love of Jesus Christ! An example of this miracle is given in Acts 13 in an account of Christians being persecuted. That account ends by saying that the “disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.” When believers look to Jesus for emotional victory, they can expect the miracle of His peace.

December 11, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO DO GREATER WORKS (part 1)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”—John 14:12

The whole subject of the ministry of the Holy Spirit has intimidated many of us because of what some teach about it. However, our retreat from the doctrine of the Spirit has robbed us of many of the blessings of the Spirit and of His power. Our uneasiness about the supernatural has closed many Scriptures to us and deprived us of some miracles!

In John 14 and 15 we find the record of our Lord’s principal teachings about the Holy Spirit’s ministry to believers, and in these chapters, we will also find access to miracles of a kind that those true to the Bible can expect to see.

1. Divine Help in Obeying the Commandments of Christ (John 14:15-17)

Jesus spoke of the coming of the Holy Spirit with these words:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”—John 14:15–17

God sent us the Holy Spirit in order to help us keep the Lord’s commandments. Can you see the connection Jesus made between keeping His commandments and God giving us His Spirit? The term “Comforter” is translated from a Greek word that means “helper.” Believers have the Spirit of God in them to act as their Helper in carrying out the orders of the Lord Jesus. As we set out to follow His words, we can expect the supernatural help of His Spirit! Therefore, Peter spoke in Acts 5:32 of “the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Of course, the indwelling of the Spirit is not a reward earned by people who obey God. The sense in which He is given to those who obey God is the sense in which He is our Helper in obeying Him. We need help in following Jesus, without a doubt. The truth is that we all eventually recognize our need for supernatural help to do what Jesus taught us to do.

No Christian should try to live the Christian life apart from the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit. Do you remember reading these verses in the book of Galatians?

* Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
* Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Baptists and other born-again Christians can expect a miracle when they set out to follow Christ in dependence upon the Holy Spirit for success in overcoming their weakness.

December 10, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO REWARD YOUR FAITH (part 5)

Matthew 9:27-31
And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened……

Now the second part of the story. As always, if you will do your part, God will do His. Jesus first gives THE REMEDY. Jesus asked a question” believe ye that I am able?”. Faith was required for this miracle. Faith is required in our life also.

* Hebrews 6:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Jesus knew He was able to heal these men. The disciples of Jesus knew that He was able to heal these men. Jesus just needed to know that these men believed Jesus was able to do it. Jesus does not require ability, talent, or perfection, but Jesus does require faith.

Secondly, Jesus then brings THE RESTORATION. The Bible says “their eyes were opened”. The restoration was given after their faith was displayed. “Open” is the same word “open” as used in:

* Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

It is amazing the doors that God will open when God sees faith in our lives. Prayers are answered because of faith. Miracles are performed because of faith. We even see that blinded eyes were opened because of faith.

The Bible says that after Jesus performed this miracle, these two men told everyone what Jesus did.

* 31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

Faith brought the miracle but witnessing spread the gospel. May we not just be content with the miracle, may we be faithful to tell others about the ONE that did it.

December 08, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO REWARD YOUR FAITH (part 4)

Matthew 9:27-31
And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

THEIR DEMEANOR
Notice the humble spirit that these two men displayed when they cried “have mercy on us”. “Mercy” here is the same Greek word as “compassion” in Jude 22.

THE SAME MERCY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
* Jude 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

THE SAME MERCY THAT FORGIVES
* I Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Where would you and I be without God’s mercy?

THE SAME MERCY THAT SAVES
* I Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

THE SAME MERCY THAT ENABLES
* II Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

We should be extremely grateful today for the mercy of God. If you noticed these men were blind, and yet they did not scream out for God to heal their eyes. They cried out for God to have mercy. They did not just want healing, they wanted God’s forgiveness. May we have that kind of spirit today!

December 07, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO REWARD YOUR FAITH (part 3)

Matthew 9:27-31
And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened……

We have discussed the DILEMMA, DETERMINATION, and the DESPERATION of these two men. Despite all their difficulties, their faith was amazing. Jesus was the focus of their faith. Why was their faith so stable?

THEIR DOCTRINE
These men referred to Jesus by saying, “thou son of David”. Our faith starts in believing who Jesus really is. This term “son of David” was a New Testament word.

* Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
* Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
* John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

These men believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the very Son of God. They may have been blind, but they could see much more than the rest of the crowd that day. Hopefully as you read this, you believe that Jesus is God. Hopefully Jesus is the object of your faith. If we are aware of who Jesus is and what Jesus can do, how could we ever doubt Him. Our faith should be stable because the object of our faith is stable. Jesus does not change. Jesus says in verse twenty-eight:

* “Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this?”

Get your doctrine right, and your faith will be strong. These men knew who Jesus was, and they believed that He could do anything, so it did not matter what happened or who said what, they were getting to Him. Let’s ask the Lord to give us that kind of faith today!