Summary: #5 in a series. "As communities of the King, we should model what the Kingdom looks like when God has His way with a group of people." John Wimber
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Gary Best: "We are natural people who have been invited and called to an amazing supernatural task. We have been given the Keys to the Kingdom. We get to unlock doors that can’t be unlocked in any other than a supernatural way and welcome people into the most incredible ’eternal life’ transformation that begins now and continues forever. If we are simply willing to try to see what God is doing and take the risk of reaching out to put our hands with His, anything can happen. A miracle is potentially within our reach at any moment. It doesn’t matter how we feel. It doesn’t matter how well or poorly we speak. It doesn’t matter how brilliantly we perform. If we happen to catch hold of what God is desiring to do, all heaven can break loose.
TELL KORTNEY’s STORY. I have been a strong believer in the power of prayer, but it has been some time since I have witnessed God’s power first hand. That day I went to my parent’s house to drop off my mom, and my father was laying on the couch suffering from chest congestion. He had been struggling for 4 days and it was getting worse. Half out of hope, and half out of a joke re: the sermon, I laid my hand on my father’s chest and spoke out in an authoritative voice, ’In the Name of Jesus be healed!’ After giving my dad a near heart attack and a good laugh, I left. I hadn’t thought about it since. Then today at lunch, my mom and I were talking and my dad’s health came up in the conversation. I learned that less than 1 hour after saying that .5 second prayer, my dad was completely healed.
Over the last four weeks, Marty has been suggesting to us that Jesus’ ministry...as we read about it in the Bible...all He says & all He does...is a TRANSFERABLE MINISTRY.
Everybody can Play! Everybody can see a God-Miracle coming through their prayers & hands.
Do you believe that? Do you believe the disciples believed it?
Look at the story of Jesus’ Feeding of the Five Thousand
READ Mark 6:30-44
Do you see how the disciples were caught up in a NATURALLY SUPERNATURAL event?
Do you see the way Jesus drew them into participating with a miracle? Let’s talk a bit about this miracle that happened here?
Do you believe the disciples had any indication that morning that Jesus was going to use them in this big miracle? They didn’t plan for it. No extra provisions, picnic baskets full of food, etc.
Where & when did the miracle actually happen?
In Jesus’ hands? In the disciples’ hands?
Did all the food appear immediately? The miracle happened as they went, as they passed out the little food that they had, obedience, along the way.
When do you think the disciples realized a miracle happened? When the food fights started? So much food that people were celebrating?
The truth of the matter is that the disciples had a HUGE MIRACLE happen in front of them as THEY SIMPLY LISTENED TO JESUS’ INSTRUCTIONS and DID WHAT HE SAID.
LISTEN & OBEY.
We do our part...He does His.
Gary Best..."If God has spoken and we are willing to give what we have, even our smallest act of obedience could be the raw material for a miracle. It is not about us and our capabilities. Doesn’t that change everything?"
So just how does this "Naturally Supernatural" thing work?
How does this "Listen & obey" thing work?
Do remember when Marty read the passages in Luke about Jesus sending out His disciples?
Luke 9:1-6 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
What did they take to prepare for such an adventure?
He told them: ’Take nothing for the journey...no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.’ So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.
If we read between the lines, it was important in the disciple’s minds to take certain things with them as they went...but Jesus said NO.
So....What kind of ’add-ons’ do we insist upon taking with us before WE go?
We want a whole lot of anointing to kick in early on. Feel the power, pumped, etc.