Progressing in Faith and Power

March 12, 2012

Matthew 14:34-36
When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Progressing in Faith and Power

At the name and presence of Jesus the multitudes would gather and the sick were brought.  Jesus was like no other.  He was a “God sent” that wasn’t just words, but love, power and demonstration of God Himself.  Many didn’t fully comprehend who this Jesus was, but they certainly wanted to receive what He had to give.  He could do what no man could do and could speak such marvelous things that was different from the dry manna that was presented at the temple.  This man was able to make it come alive with stories and parables that they could relate too.  He didn’t come speaking down to them, but speaking into them the love and calling of God upon their  lives.
Jesus hadn’t always manifested who He was in such a manner.  It wasn’t always evident to so many that He was the extraordinary man that He was.  While, He may not have always demonstrated the power and the outward miracles, my guess is that He was always willing to talk to those who were interested about His Father.
We as believers carry that same Spirit that Jesus carried.  It is His Spirit that abides within us.  While the fullness of our time may yet to be seen; it doesn’t lessen the potential  of who you are and what you carry inside of you.  We all carry Christ within us, but because we are His body we carry different stronger expressions of Him in one area or another.  We are being instructed by the Spirit how to unify and fitly join together those strengths of expression that we may more fully operate as the body of  Christ.  We will move in the fullness of His time, but we must always move by faith.  As faith increases so will the manifestation of that faith.
We see these people coming to Jesus having no problem believing Jesus for healing for their bodies.  Yet, Peter in the previous passage waivers while walking on the water, but he is stepping into areas of faith that he had not yet experienced.  As we grow in Christ we must continue to step up our faith as well as step out in faith, not looking to our ability or spirituality, but to His Spirit within us to bring us into that greater revelation and release of His power.  That power has to flow out of His love that is the expression of the Father through us.  He is training us.  We are learning.  Don’t be discouraged, but ever pressing in; not allowing the “What ifs” to over take us.  We don’t do the miracles, we are simply the messenger and carriers of them.  We simply follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and do as He directs.  He is the one that then brings about a supernatural change in the events of man.  Our responsibility is simply faith working through obedience.  In John 5: 19, “Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”  In the same way, we don’t move out of ourselves in demonstration Father’s power and love, we follow and obey the Spirit.  That is why it is so important that we spend the time building a relationship where we readily hear and recognize the Spirit’s voice.  What ever He says do, do it without trying to second guess or doubting.  When the Spirit is in it, it will happen in His time and His way.
Keep trusting. listening and stepping out.   Holy Spirit is growing us up into Him.


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