How to Activate the Gifts
Learn how to
activate the gifts of the Spirit in your life. You can see the gifts
increase in your life. Based on Tom's new book, Spiritual Gifts for
Spiritual Warfare. 28 min 30 sec
Perhaps you are facing a divorce that you don't
want. Or maybe your children have left God, are on drugs, and
won't listen to reason. You might be facing a business failure,
and there seems to be no way to keep your business afloat.
Perhaps sickness and disease are ravishing your body, and the
doctors can't help you.
You may have already realized that no one can
help you but God. Your prayer may be something like this:
"Lord, I need a miracle!"
You may be like the man who heard the bad news
from his doctor. The doctor broke the news by saying, "I
feel that I should tell you: You are a very sick man. I'm sure
you would want to know the facts. I don't think you have much
time left. Now, is there anyone you would like to see?"
Bending down toward his patient, the doctor
heard his feeble answer, "Yes."
"Who is it?" the doctor asked.
In a slightly stronger tone, the sufferer said,
You have another doctor you can go to. His name
WHATEVER YOUR NEED, I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU!
Moses said of God, "You are the God who
performs miracles" (Psalm 77:14). It is God's nature to
perform miracles. Just as it is the nature of a carpenter to work
on wood, just as it is the nature of a mechanic to work with
machines, so it is with God. It is his nature to work
Miracles are as natural to God as breathing is
Christianity is founded on miracles. The Bible
speaks of the virgin birth, Christ's miracles, the fulfillment of
prophecies, the resurrection of the dead, the coming of the Holy
Spirit and much more. Christianity is a miraculous religion.
Yet many who call themselves Christians deny
miracles. Numerous religious leaders deny the virgin birth, the
inspiration of the scriptures, miracles and even the resurrection
of Christ. How can they call themselves Christians and deny these
Then there are those who accept the miracles of
the Bible, but deny them for today. Why do they deny miracles for
today? One reason: TRADITION. Tradition has robbed Christianity
of the miraculous. To take away the supernatural from
Christianity is to rob God of His testimony.
Hebrews chapter 2 verses 3 and 4 tells us three
reasons why we must accept the great salvation that God offers
through Jesus Christ. First, because it was "announced by
the Lord." Second, because is was "confirmed...by those
(apostles) who heard him." And third, because "God also
testifies to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts
of the Holy Spirit." Jesus, the apostles and God all testify
to the gospel. Miracles are God's present witness of the validity
of the gospel.
There is no logical or scriptural reason for
people to reject miracles for today.
Since Jesus is the Son of God, we would expect
him to act like God by performing miracles, and He did. The
predominant characteristic in Christ's life was His miracles.
Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus is the same yesterday, today and
forever." The miracles Jesus did nearly 2,000 years ago, He
can do today.
There is an interesting verse of scripture in
the book of Psalms. It says, "Yea, they turned back and
tempted God, and LIMITED the Holy One of Israel." (ch 78, v
God wanted to do so much more for Israel than
they allowed Him. Notice, they "LIMITED" God. God is
all powerful. There is nothing too difficult for God to do. God
wants to help you in every way. There is only one reason why God
will not help you, and that is if you limit Him.
Jesus says, "All things are possible to
him who believes." Your faith releases God to work on your
behalf. The opposite is also true; your doubt can limit God.
Jesus entered His own town and preached the
gospel. While there, the people doubted Christ's ability to
perform miracles. In Matthew chapter 13 verse 58, it says,
"And Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their
lack of faith." Jesus wanted to do miracles, but the people
limited Him. The same can happen today!
The most important condition that you must meet
for miracles is faith. Faith begins by being sure that God wants
to help you.
In Matthew chapter eight we find a touching
story of a man with leprosy coming to Jesus for healing. In
biblical times, a leper was considered an outcast. He was shunned
by society and religion. He was considered unclean both
physically and spiritually. You need to understand this in order
to appreciate this story.
After Jesus finished His famous sermon on the
mount, this leper came and knelt before Him and said, "Lord,
if you are willing, you can make me clean." Notice that the
man began his prayer with an "if." Remember this, to
begin a prayer with an "if" is usually a sign of doubt,
unless of course you are praying a prayer of dedication like
Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemane. But when you are praying
for a miracle, you must be assured that God wants to help you.
Therefore, using an "if" in your prayers is
unscriptural and is a sign of doubt.
Jesus, knowing the need for faith, removed all
"ifs" from this man. He answered the man, "I am
willing. Be clean!" Once the man knew that it was God's will
for him to be healed, he was cured.
I'm glad this leper doubted, because if he
didn't we might never have known for sure that it is God's will
to heal us. In this sense, the leper doubted for all of us, so
that we, like him, can know that it is God's will for us to be
GOD HAS NO FAVORITES
You might be thinking, "Yes, it was God's
will for the leper to be healed, but it may not be God's will for
me to be healed."
If you believe this, then please show me one
New Testament example of Jesus telling anyone that it wasn't
God's will for him to be healed. You can't find one example,
because it was and is still God's will to heal everyone, just as
it is His will for everyone to be saved.
"Well," someone might ask, "if
it's God's will for everyone to be healed, then why are some
You'll have your answer when you answer this
question, "Since it is God's will for all to be saved (1
Timothy 2:4), why are many people unsaved?" The answer is
simple, because they do not accept the gospel. The same is true
concerning healing. Many sincere Christians remain sick because
they do not accept the gospel of healing as taught in the Bible.
Peter said something very interesting when the
subject came up as to whether or not everyone, including
Gentiles, could be saved. Peter said, "I now realize how
true it is that God does not show favoritism" (Acts 10:34).
God is not prejudiced. What He has done for one, He will do for
another, so long as they both meet the same conditions.
It is written in Psalm 103:2-3: "Praise
the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--who
forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases."
Forgiveness of sins and healing of diseases have all been
purchased through the Substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the
You have just as much right for healing as you
do for forgiveness. Claim them both!