This is truly a million dollar question, but I will give it to you free… as it came to me.
At 3:30 AM I was woken up, not feeling so good. I had been feeling sad earlier that night thinking about my sister who passed. Thinking of my gramma who I didn’t get to know well. I was getting more and more deeper into a state of sadness, that I cried myself to sleep. But at 3:30 AM the Lord took me on a journey with Him, and it changed everything!
I have been reading in the Old Testament for over a month now… getting great teachings out of it, and applying amazing things out of it to my life. But God was clear to tell me that the Old and New Testament are QUITE different. And when I read the OT be sure to mix it with mercy, grace and faith. Because if we don’t we can fall under condemnation and back into the “works” effort for our salvation. Which I do believe many have. I know this for a certainty, because I’ve talked to hundreds of people, and many doubt their salvation! And when they quote scripture, it’s from the Old Testament! Of course that is going to condemn us because it was “under the Law!”
Let me help shed some light. Buckle your seatbelts because this one is a doozey!!!
So as I laid there in bed, just feeling like #&&#^@!!! The Lord visited me.
He took me through the Old Testament, areas I had been reading about, and reminded me that all these individuals did NOT have the Holy Spirit inside them. That He would place the Holy Spirit on people as He saw fit to carry out His work on this earth. BINGO!!!! This was key! Have you heard people say, “God doesn’t need us.” Well, that is a bold face life… He does, because we are the ones He needs to carry out His will on this earth.
Jesus was put in flesh to dwell among us. He did many miracles and taught many things. He was in a body form! He came and completed everything God was doing previously when He would place his spirit on a few select. But the people were not getting it. They had to do so many offerings for their sins, thoughts, fears, whatever else, to cover every inch of their “unbelieving” hearts, to be sanctified. And they had to do this EVERY YEAR! It was all WORKS! It was to KEEP THE LAW. God knew then, they couldn’t do it on their own and needed to offer sacrifices.
Well, Jesus has completed all those sacrificial laws by his shed blood on the cross! We don’t ‘have to offer pigeons, or kill the fatted calf, we believe! And believing is counted for righteousness. (I just did a blog called, “Do you have a Zeal for God….” – be sure to read it, because this blog follows that thought.) Not only are we made righteous by the blood of the lamb, but we are also given the POWER to become the sons and daughters of God. They didn’t have this kind of power int he OT, only int he New… and that is for us today. The OT is there to show us the things that happened in our generations, things that God did, promises he made, and to help us not to make the same kinds of mistakes they did… And so today, we have the power to overcome, to live, to be free because of Jesus.
Now here is where things get very interesting.
As I was meditating on what the Lord had showed me, I saw something very clear for the first time. God USED PEOPLE to do His will on the earth. He just didn’t wave His hand over a situation and magically did something. Most of the time it was through people, or through His angels, through a donkey, through something on this planet! He even sent His Son in body form to relay his message to us. But He USED something on this planet. And now since He dwells IN us.. He is going to USE us!
So for those of you who think you are a “nobody” ‘you are lisetning to the liar.. Because YOU are somebody, you are the hands and feet and mouth of almighty God!
This then means that John 15 is accurate when it says, “Lay hands on the sick so that they recover.” It doesn’t say to ask God to heal them… It doesn’t say, “Jesus heal them.” It says, YOU LAY HANDS on the sick so that they recover. It says to go to the elders of the church if you need healing. It doesn’t say to go to GOD!!! Now don’t misunderstand me here, it is GOD doing it, but THROUGH His people!!!!!!!!!
Just recently there was a bombing in Boston. We wonder “where were you GOd, why did you let this happen?” Let me say it again, it’s up to US on this planet to prevent things like this from happening. Because I know for a fact that if that person had any glimmer of love in their lives, or shown any kindness at all, this never would have happened. And when things happen here, HE IS WITH US so we can go through it in Faith.
Jesus said, “It is finished” at the cross. He means what He said. That is why He gave us the Holy Spirit. They didn’t have it in times past, only when Jesus rose from the grave. So we have been given everything we need to live and do what we need to do today on this planet. Let’s believe what Jesus has done, receive it, and go and do what He wants of us. Then, just maybe then, the world will change.