There should be a difference between Christians and the unsaved. We have been reborn spiritually and they are they are spiritually dead.
There should a difference between us and our unsaved neighbors! We serve a risen Savior but unfortunately the majority of Christian’s lives do not seem to reflect it.
It seems that the Church has embraced mediocrity. So many Christians are living their lives at a level far below the plan of God.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth 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.
I have heard people debate this verse for years. My question is why we are working so hard to determine the meaning of “greater works” when so few are even doing the works that Jesus did? He said that we would do the works that He did and that we would also do greater works.
Do you agree that we are not living at the level God planned for us if we are not doing the works that Jesus did?
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
As you go…
Many Christians are not seeing the works of Jesus because they are not going. They spend hours in the prayer closet begging God to pour out His Spirit. The Holy Spirit took up residence in their spirit the moment they were born again.
There are not many Christians who do not know that these Scriptures are in the Bible. We quote Jesus’ words about doing “greater works” but are not even walking in the works He did.
In my experience I’ve noticed that Christians seem to be more willing to debate doctrine than to pay whatever price is necessary to step into the flow of God’s Spirit. There is a price that will involve our self nature being put to death. The old timers called this “dying to self”. That is a phrase that has lost meaning today.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
As long as we are satisfied with mediocre Christianity that is all we will ever experience. It does not take much effort to live a life that resembles the unbelievers around us. They will be stirred up though if we turn around and start to swim upstream giving our whole heart to the purpose of seeking God.
Moving into the miraculous is not something that just happens by fate.
God does not just sovereignly choose one person over another to minister in His power. He does call and equip certain people to certain ministry offices but all believers can walk in His power.
When I was younger a friend gave me a copy of Smith Wigglesworth’s book “Ever Increasing Faith.”. It thrilled me to read of the miracles that God wrought through Him. As I read through the book the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit. He said, “If you will pay the price that Smith payed for the anointing, you can walk in the same anointing.” This amazed me.
Over time I was able to gain glimpses of what that price was. It is not that we are being asked to “purchase” the anointing. When I talk about the price, I’m talking about the sacrificial lifestyle that will lead to a complete death to self. It is not possible to walk at the level of anointing that Smith Wigglesworth walked in with any level of “self” remaining.
Paying the “price” will require us to allow our self nature to be completely put to death.This is not an easy price. It is something that few have done but it is also something that all can do.
So what do you think? For me personally I am still trying to work out the price. It is one thing to say we are willing but a totally different thing to walk the walk. It is not enough to put the flesh to death once because it will continuously try to raise its ugly head. The price requires a life that is completely surrendered to God and His plan.
God will not love us any less if we are unable to live the completely surrendered life. We just will not be able to walk in the complete fullness of His power and anointing because there is no room for self in that place.
The price is high but the reward worth it. This is something that is not entered into lightly. We live in a time where most pastors say they have difficulty finding even ten minutes in their daily schedule for prayer. Smith Wigglesworth was quoted as saying that he rarely spent less than five minutes in prayer but rarely went more than five minutes without praying.
I will leave you with these thoughts. Each of us is given the freedom to choose how far we will go into the realm of the Spirit. What is your choice?
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