Last June, our church launched a new ministry called "Healing In The Streets."
There has been a lot of talk/blogging lately about whether God ever raises the dead.
It seems that recent months have produced a great deal of stories regarding miraculous health turnarounds, some in connection to the Florida Outpouring with Todd Bentley and others completely unconnected. While theologians and lay people debate whether these are genuine "resurrections" or not, local families are rejoicing at what certainly seems like a miracle to them.
Tonight, I encountered an account of a teen missionary team in Guatamala who prayed over a stillborn baby. While going door to door and offering to pray for people, they met a woman who had given birth to a stillborn child 27 hours earlier. They unwrapped the child’s head from the burial cloths and began to pray. Here are some quotes from the report, given by 14 year old Abby:
Here at our local church, we’ve launched a new ministry called "Healing In The Streets."
This outreach is meant to provide people with an opportunity to receive prayer if they, or someone they know, is sick or hurting. It is our hope that God would use it to draw people to Himself and help them discover or be renewed in a vibrant relationship with Him.
How does it work?
Does God raise the dead?
The AP is reporting a story of a woman with no brain function for over 17 hours. The family was preparing for organ donation while continuing to pray.
As the nurses were removing various tubes for the donation procedure…the woman woke up.
Here’s the video:
1. The Lord rewards those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 10:35-36; 11:6
A. One of the signs of Christian maturity is perseverance. James 1:2-4
B. Satan's desire is to get us to back down, give up and live in doubt and disappointment.
TEMPTATIONS FROM THE ENEMY INCLUDE:
– The option to relax and quit our fervent pursuit of God and His promises. The deceptive voice: "Oh forget this…it's too hard…too painful…you can't handle this right now…you just might as well quit." The sin: unbelief.
– The option to walk away from what the Lord has done in us for the sake of carnal desire. The deceptive voice: "It's time to indulge your flesh…You deserve this pleasure…it's not that big a deal anyway." The sin: rebellion.
C. To fall prey to either temptation is to throw away our confidence in God. The devil can't steal it; we choose to discard it. Hebrews 10:35-39
2. We have what it takes to persevere. Philippians 1:6
A. It's not about having big faith. It's about have a little faith in a big God. Luke 17:1-6
B. Perseverance depends on not letting go of our faith. Luke 8:11-15
REQUIREMENTS FOR A GROWING FAITH:
– Rich soil. We need to have a softened, receptive heart. This requires a humble mindset and a spirit of brokenness and repentance. Jeremiah 4:3-4
– Water. We need to soak in the living water of the Holy Spirit. We should passionately seek the continual infilling of the Spirit. Hebrews 6:7, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18
– Light. We must allow God's Word to shine on us. Just as a natural seed will not germinate without the long hours of daylight, so do we need extended time in His Word. Psalm 119:10
– Heat. Only warm soil can nurture life. Heat can come from fire and it can come from pressure. James 1:2-4
– Protection. The enemy wants to rob us of the harvest by sending birds, or little foxes, to steal away seeds from God. We should be on guard against apathy, temptation, distractions, entertainments, and discouragement. Luke 8:5,11; Song of Songs 2:15
3. We should invite faith to rise in us for each situation we face. Luke 17:6
A. Living in faith is more than just living with a positive mindset. It's about living in continual relationship with the Lord. Galations 2:20; Hebrews 10:38
B. When we really know the Lord Jesus, we have the confidence to persevere in seeking Him. Hebrews 4:14-16
1. The ability to minister healing to others was not a product of Jesus' divinity, but the overflow of His relationship with the Holy Spirit.
A. Jesus did not operate on earth from His divine attributes. Philippians 2:5-8, Luke 5:17
B. Jesus only began to operate in miracle ministry after being filled with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:13-17, 4:23-25; Mark 1:9-11, 21-28; Luke 3:21-22, 4:14-14, 31-37; John 1:32-34, 43-2:12
C. Being filled with the Holy Spirit was not merely a one-time experience for Jesus, but a lifestyle that He cultivated and nurtured. Luke 4:42, 5:15-16, 6:12-13, 9:18, 9:28-31, 10:17-24, 11:1, 18:1, 21:34-38, 22:39-41
2. The Lord wants His church to be full of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Acts1:8
A. We are called to continue the ministry of Jesus. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; John 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:20
B. Our lives are not meant to be our own, they belong to Him. 1 Corinthians 7:23, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Luke 9:23-24
C. The ability to bring healing to anyone's life comes from Him, not from us. So our heart cry must continually be, "More of You, Lord." Ephesians 5:18
3. It is possible to cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit that mirrors what Christ had. Mark 9:23
A. We should approach God, not with arrogance, but with the confident expectation that He wants to fill us with the constant and continual flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Hebrews 10:19-23, Luke 11:9-13, John 7:37-39
B. We should learn to be fast repenters when we become aware of sins, behaviors and attitudes that grieve the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:21-5:18
C. We should make space in our lives for the Holy Spirit to come fill us anew. – Worship – Study – Soaking – Ministering – Fellowshipping
D. We should be quick to pass on to others what the Lord has done and is doing in us. Matthew 10:7-8