Summary: The one thing that is obvious through a study of the word Amazed in the Bible Is that wherever God turns up so does the word Amazed!
AMAZED BY HIS GLORY
Jun 29, 2005
"AMAZED by His Glory
Ian Johnson Papatoetoe NZ.
MARK 16: 15 And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages.* 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them." 19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked with them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.
In a vision the Lord took me back to the time when the Apostle Thomas was preaching the Gospel in India. When He spoke the Lord confirmed his words with great signs and wonders in Healing, in Raising of the dead and in miraculous signs in the sky around him. This caught the people’s attention and the Gospel bore fruit. Even to this day in South India
The key to Mark 16 is the last verse & the Lord worked with them! When Peter & John were going to the temple as recorded in Acts 3, The Lord confirmed his Gospel by healing the man paralyzed since birth. Interestingly this man would have been in the temple court all of Jesus life, He would have seen Jesus come and go. But the Lord healed him as a sign & Wonder through the Apostles.
ACTS 3: 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!
The one thing that is obvious through a study of the word Amazed in the Bible Is that wherever God turns up so does the word Amazed! Some would dismiss the workings of glory and signs and wonders in this age, but I would have to question the logic in the argument. Why after 6000 years of being Amazing does God now have to become politically correct and behave himself behind the four walls of religion? It is the role of Gods people to demonstrate to this world The God of Abraham Isaac & Jacob, Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit as He promised he would in John 16 in order that we would do the works that Jesus did and greater than these because He (Jesus) has gone to the Father! It is the role of Gods people to cause the people of this world to be amazed" As representatives of the Kingdom of God! Signs, wonders and manifestations of Glory Are sent to cause the people to be amazed at and by God!
Some time ago the Lord used us to minister to a Fijian woman named Mary, For seven years she had suffered illness, and it had reached a point where she was near death and very weak. Her husband Elias had undertaken with Mary a Journey to visit a witch doctor they travelled by bus and had come to a cross road and needed to change buses, This was the village I was ministering in, I was walking back from an afternoon stroll on the beach preparing for the evening crusade, when I saw them, Mary laying very weak on a Palm mat unable to lift her head, I enquired about her and her husband told me the story, I offered to pray, They were not Christians. Elias asked Mary who agreed and she received a Miracle! They were Amazed! They didn’t travel on to the witch doctor but stayed for the crusade and were saved, but the miracle didn’t stop here. That night Mary told me she had been married for seven years and had not been able to conceive a child because of her illness. Jesus healed her womb and 10 months later I received a letter to tell me that Mary had bore a Son! The People were Amazed!
When Peter and John saw the man at the gate Beautiful healed, the amazement that followed caused a turning to Jesus, It was a demonstration of Gods Glory! People were saved and it gave the Apostles a chance to preach Jesus! When Mary was healed in Fiji, it created a window of opportunity to proclaim the greatness of Jesus and people were saved. Never before has there been a need for a demonstration of Gods glory as in this hour! Signs and wonders are the tool God uses to amaze people into the kingdom!