Your Vision: You Will Do Greater Works
Supernatural miracle working power is not set aside for a select few, super-anointed men and women. It is required of all of us—it’s built into the nature of our walk. Are you prepared to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, calm storms, speak prophetic words, and live in an atmosphere of open heaven where signs and wonders abound in your life? If you “believe” as Jesus said you must, then these same supernatural works will become a normal part of your Christian walk.
Jesus did no miracles under His own power. While He walked this earth, He had no ability of His own to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, or turn water into wine. People get the wrong idea that He performed miracles using His powers as God. But He instead laid down His divinity and performed His mighty works as a man filled with the Holy Spirit and operating in right relationship with the Father. He said about Himself that “the Son can do nothing of Himself” (John 5:19). When Jesus walked this earth, He walked under the self-imposed restrictions of human flesh, not as God. His earthly life was laid out as a model for us to follow—to know what the NORMAL Christian walk looks like.
We are given responsibility by the Father to be conformed to the image of Christ and to walk as He walked.
Colossians 3:10 (New American Bible)
10 a new man, one who grows in knowledge as he is formed anew in the image of his Creator.
1 John 2:6
6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Anyone who reads the New Testament should come away knowing with absolute certainty that Jesus was (and is) empowered by the Holy Spirit to perform great works. Most of us easily recognize and understand His mighty finished work of the Cross. Jesus definitely walked in the ministry of salvation. But how else did He walk? Did He walk in the ministry of loving God and others? Oh yea! Did He teach people about being disciples? Yep. Did He walk in the ministry of counseling the troubled and uplifting the downhearted? He sure did.
This all sounds very much like a description of the many good churches that we are accustomed to in our local towns and cities. They get people saved, practice loving God and others, help to make disciples of Christ, and counsel people through their troubling issues of life. Throw into this mix the admirable ministries of feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and giving shelter to the homeless, and that pretty much sums up how we do church in most of our mainline denominations. Well, that’s about it, right? With that kind of ministry, Jesus could surely build a great congregation, fill many seats, hire wonderfully anointed musicians and singers, staff outreach ministries, build a youth center with a basketball court and pool tables, and send out many workers into the field to harvest the lost.
But with Jesus, there’s always more isn’t there? To make things more wonderful for all Christians, He upped the ante quite a lot by challenging us to do the same things that He did. Yep, Jesus told us in very clear words that we are to do the same works that He did, and here’s the important part: to do so even greater!
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
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.
Well, there it is, just as Jesus said. Jesus is talking about supernatural, miraculous, Spirit-filled works here. The great works that He has done can stand on their own merit, proving that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. And of all the great works that He has done, the person who believes in Him will do likewise, but even greater because Jesus Christ has gone to be with the Father and has sent the Holy Spirit to be within each one of us!
So if we are to walk as Jesus walked, which includes being formed anew into the image of the Creator, maybe we should look again at how Jesus walked. Did He live in sickness, disease, poverty, lack, oppression, and defeat? NO WAY! Jesus Christ walked in great victory, abounding peace, overflowing joy, abundant prosperity, perfect health, and absolute wholeness.
How else did He walk? He walked this earth waging vicious warfare against the works of the devil. He went about verbally destroying the works of the religious institutions of His day. He went about pitting father against son and mother against daughter because of His Gospel message. He came to divide and rip apart the very fabric of society. He came with fire in His eyes (the same way He is coming back) to wield the sword of His Word against all that is evil; against all perverse mouths who twist God’s Word for evil gains; against the sicknesses, diseases, poverty, lack, oppression and defeat that the church of His day had allowed to ravage the people of God. He came to tell the ministries of His day that they were children of the devil and not of God. That they were whitewashed tombs, full of dead men’s bones, while appearing righteous to the masses. He came to tear apart the large ministries who were rolling in cash and filling auditoriums, all the while killing, with spiritual death, their followers.
He came to utterly destroy the works of the devil, and He did! He came to put the entire curse of the Law to death, and He did. He came bring wholeness to all who would join with Him, and He did. He came to make a spectacle of the devil, and He did. He came to give the entire covenant of Abraham to ALL who believed, and He did.
He came to demonstrate for us an abounding collection of supernatural manifestations that we are commanded to “walk out.” He showed us how to raise the dead, cast out demons, heal all sorts of diseases and torments, calm storms, speak prophecy, receive words of knowledge and wisdom from the Holy Spirit, make people whole, turn water into wine, multiply food and bread to feed thousands, restore a severed ear, find money in fish to pay taxes, and absolutely defeat the devil at every possible opportunity.
And we, joining forces with Him in a fusion of spirits and Power, are to do GREATER WORKS! Can you see yourself doing greater works? You’d better, because that’s what Christ has commanded you to do.
Want more proof? Jesus tells us in Mark that there are certain signs that accompany those who believe.
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18 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.”
These signs that are supposed to follow every believer, include casting out demons, speaking with new tongues, healing the sick, immunity to poisons of any kind (physical and spiritual) and the ability to kick the devils butt (the taking up of serpents).
But notice the word “will” in verse 17. It doesn’t say “maybe,” or “might,” or “could.” It says will. Who will have these signs? Those who believe. How can you recognize those who believe? They will have these signs. Hey, this is not my interpretation, this is Scripture.
So that being said, don’t get mad when I tell you the rest of the story. You see, the reverse statement of a Scriptural truth is still truth. Most people hate to hear it, but here it goes anyway: If you come across an individual, a group, or a church claiming to “believe” and these signs are not present, they really don’t yet believe the full Gospel! They don’t believe because Jesus says that these signs will (must) accompany those who believe. If I were going to a church that did not have these signs accompanying them, I would know that there are possibly some belief issues there—perhaps they don’t believe in the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. Perhaps they don’t fully believe Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (not to mention the other books). Such churches and groups may say that they believe, but they are possibly denying the Power of the Holy Spirit, who is the Person of the Godhead that performs these mighty works through you under the Power and authority of Jesus Christ. I understand that these churches and groups who do not exhibit these signs are possibly just not yet that far along their journey—and perhaps with a little time will come to believe in the full Gospel. We are all at various stages of our walk—none of us has yet achieved all that Christ has for us to believe and do.
So let me ask you this? Will you do greater works? Will you lay hands on the sick so that they will recover? Will you dare to cast the demon of cancer out of that person in the back of church that has lost all hope? Will you speak words of deliverance and healing over the person with MS who everyone else has written off for dead, even the pastor? Will you free someone who is bound under demonic curses? Will you expect and operate under an open heaven and see signs, wonders, and miracles?
Christ is calling you to do these things. He’s crying out for someone to just say “Yes Lord, I will do what you expect. Anoint me to do Greater Works!”
See also the earlier and similar post: (Living the Supernatural Lifestyle)
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Scripture: The New King James Version (NKJV). (1996). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.