WE ARE POSTING THIS MESSAGE AGAIN ON BEHALF OF THOSE COMING TO SEEK HEALING IN CONCORD AND FOR ALL WHO NEED A MIRACLE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
One day a drunk tried to break up a crusade. I wondered if I should have him removed. What a contrast he was to everyone else. Three thousand people packed the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The crowd full of faith and worship, the atmosphere crackling with electricity, but there he was in the front row drunk and cursing loudly. I heard him yell to his seven-year-old son, “He’s a fake don’t listen to him!”
Why did he bring his paralyzed son to this meeting? Grandma had ordered it, that’s why! Her little grandson had Spina bifida. The boy sat there with brittle, lifeless legs. She expected a miracle.
When the drunken father saw the healings around him his heart totally changed. He hoisted his son in the air. He desperately screamed, “What about my boy, what about my boy!”
When I saw this I crumbled to my knees. I remember the precise prayer that burst from my heart: “Lord if you ever do a miracle let it be now!” Then my unworthy eyes saw His Glory. It was as if lightning struck the boy. He began to bicycle his legs in the air. His father could barely hold him aloft so he lurched forward and set him on the stage. The little boy ran into my arms! Oh what blessed bedlam broke out in that house!
I fell before God under the weight of this memory! This is what we need more than anything. No more words, laser lights, or the smoke and mirrors of technology, we need the raw power of God to drench our meetings and shatter the chains of modern life!
All of these things sent me over the edge and now I must thunder forth! No longer can a crusade or church service be a harmless gathering or a mystical meeting where bored saints get self-absorbed personal words. We must become a nuclear reactor of the anointing that turns battered saints into mighty warriors and unleashes them on a cursed world! We must have the miracles of the Bible!
If God wants to heal then why aren’t there more miracles today? The answer awaits those with honest hearts. No one who approaches God with a double mind will hear anything! No one who comes humbly will be denied! There is an agony in the spirit world! God yearns to give us power but cannot because of our carnal ways. There is profound heartache in heaven. The Holy Spirit pines to release a blanket of healings but He is grieved by our unbelief.
The truth about healing is simple. We stumble over it because it is profound. A child can grasp the wonder of what I am about to say but the proud intellectual will strain over the very first step. Let us blast forth the truth that we need so desperately now!
1. We must reject the ideas and programs that hinder miracles!
Are healing miracles for today? They are more for today than they have been for any other day! Jesus said in John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes 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.”
Why would God ask the church to face the greatest explosion of false miracles, occult and demon activity in history with one hand tied behind her back? This power-outage myth makes God seem foolish and cruel. If ever it made sense for miracles to appear it is now.
However, some spirit-filled preachers are not innocent. I’ll let you decide the greater sin. Is it worse to teach that the power gifts stopped or to be a Pentecostal that denies them expression in services used up by modern programs?
2. God wants to heal you more than you want to be healed.
Romans 8:32 asks the wounded soul that wonders about God’s willingness to heal a burning question, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” This question echoes in eternity. Everything that you ever ask God must be asked from the foot of the Cross. It is here and here alone that you can fully see your Father’s heart toward you. The bar is set. God gave His Son for you and He will not hold back anything good from you!
Bring back the Cross to the American pulpit and you will bring back the power that made the Book of Acts Church, World Changers. The Cross settles the question of God’s willingness to heal and redeem. Yes in your suffering God can seem distant and unmoved by your plight. The Cross reminds you that it is utterly unreasonable for God to give His son and deny you anything that you need!
3. We have confused divine faith with human belief. Human belief is the fool’s gold of miracles. It looks right, it feels right but it bitterly fails where it matters most. A miracle begins and ends with God. He is in the very first step and every subsequent step.
There are two Greek words for faith that we must understand. Though they are very close in meaning and appearance, they are a universe apart! Pistis means firm conviction or persuasion and Pistos which means dependency on or trust in something or someone.
There is human faith which convinces itself that something is going to happen. This human belief works in the mind not in the heart. Mental conviction is vital and has its place but not in the atmosphere of the supernatural. I have seen many try to work up a miracle and think that within themselves they could move God to heal. If they could remove doubt and repeat verses over and over again, they surmised, God would heal. When you try to use human belief in the arena of the miraculous it becomes a cold mental exercise. The faith that causes miracles is a grace of the heart that God imparts right before He heals.
I talked with two different people one night before a miracle rally. The first was a man who told me that God would heal him that night. He told me that he had them send his wheel chair away because he would not need it. “God will do what I say!,” he barked. This was classic pistis, not appropriate for this miracle moment. My heart sank.
I met another person and her face glowed even in her wheel chair! She said, “Today I have been with Jesus I can sense Him now, this is my night!” Here was faith, faith that moves mountains. Here was the force that created the universe imparted to this little lady’s heart. I knew that she would walk and sure enough at the appointed time in the service she rose and darted acrossthe front of the arena!
4. Jesus gives us Miracle Faith through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus gave the Holy Spirit everything that He earned on the Cross. The Holy Spirit carries us in prayer to Christ to both gain true faith and healing. If only we would grasp the power of humbling ourselves before God! If only we would rest in the surpassing goodness of God!
Right now you can stop the madness that torments your mind. Ask the Holy Spirit to carry you to Christ where you will receive Faith. Do not over analyze, do not fret…rest! Let Him do His work. Let Him carry you now. In the face of a doctor’s fearful predictions, vicious pain and weakness… rest! Do not choose the human faith that grits its teeth and wars in the natural for that which can only be won in the spirit and by the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit knows you better than you know yourself. He wants to take over your case and bear you up on wings that far surpass the wings of Angels. Soon you will lose all fear and face Jesus Himself.
5. God wants to make it easy!
Let us sum up the matter. It is time to do it God’s way. We are healed by Faith and no one described this faith better than Peter who said in Acts 3:16
“And his name through Faith in his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know: yes, the Faith which comes through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Here is the clear and undeniable picture of Christ as the giver of Faith, Faith that heals. This is the Pistos thatcannot help but heal and move mountains! This Faith cannot be present without a miracle. When you have it a strange, bold and beautiful feelingenvelopes you and not only do you not doubt, you have lost the power to doubt! Perhaps this is God’s anesthesia, which He applies just before the miracle. All I know is that when it is there time stands still and all power in heaven and earth cannot stop you from receiving your complete healing.