I’ve been reading through the Gospel of John and have loved the reminder of what God can do for us. Jesus was sent to show the world just how great our God is, His story climaxing as he was nailed to a cross for everything we have ever done or ever will do wrong, and the Gospel of John does a great job at reminding us of this. His works are wonderful and I think we undervalue the magnitude of them.
Here are just a few of the miracles Jesus performed:
Changed water into wine (John 2:1-11)
Healing of people (John 4:46-54)
Raising the dead (Luke 7:11-17)
Calming a storm (Matthew 8:23-27)
Feeds 5,000 (Mark 6:35-44)
Walks on water (John 6:16-21)
These are only a small list of what Jesus completed while he lived on this earth. What is even more awesome than these is this statement Jesus made in the Gospel of John:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)
If we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ, we have Him within us. The Spirit is in us, moving and active. So often I think we bypass this or just let it be an acknowledgement, but what would life look like if we let the Spirit transform us from the inside out? Jesus himself said if we believe in Him we can do the works He did and MORE because he sent the Spirit!
My spring break was absolutely incredible, partially because it was on the beach, but also because God did some incredible things while I was serving with Beach Reach. I have been praying, rather selfishly, that God would make Himself known to me through answered prayers. I’ve been working to improve my prayer life and God has been going above and beyond my requests for being able to watch Him work in my life.
Many times while we were in Panama City Beach, FL I heard God calling me to pray in a very specific way and out of obedience I would act on that. It was evident that the Spirit was moving because the things God called me to pray for would come to pass. BE STILL. ABIDE. We cannot overlook these statements. Even amidst times of corporate worship, God beckons us into a space of listening. Even while the music is loud and the voices are even louder, God still wants to speak to us. If I hadn’t been in a space to hear from God while in times of corporate worship over spring break, I would have missed out on some incredible opportunities to intercede with the Spirit!
Following the Spirit is definitely a new concept to me. I’ve been a christian for majority of my life, or at least in a church for most of it. The idea of being led by the spirit was mostly just tossed around in a prayer or two while I was growing up so I never thought much of it. But if you spend time in John 14-16 you will notice that Jesus emphasizes the coming of the Spirit in His absence. While we wait for the second coming of Christ, the Spirit is what was sent to us in order that we may do GREATER things than Christ did for the GLORY OF GOD.
This reality has transformed my prayer life. Jesus said, “You may ask for anything in my name and I will do it.” God can move mountains, why not ask him to? The spirit of the living God lives within me and you. We, because of the spirit, are able to achieve the works Christ did during his ministry here on the earth, BUT then he said we can achieve MORE. How are we living this out? Prayer is the most basic solution to this. Start asking God to work through you to achieve His Glory!
Francis Chan wrote this in his book titled “Forgotten God”:
“The truth is that the Spirit of the living God it’s guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do.”
I encourage you, as you seek to live out the Glory of God, and ask Him to lead you where your “trust is without borders” PRESS INTO THE UNCOMFORTABLE. God is able. If you let him, He can achieve His Glory through you. How will you step out and into the Spirit?