Power to the People

If you want to talk about power, have I got great news for you!

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John 14:12 – 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.

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Now here is a slogan used in demonstrations, politics, and even sales promotions.  But as modern as it may seem, this statement of empowerment has been around since the beginning.  After the creation, Father God placed all He had created under the dominion of Adam (male & female).  When you consider the vastness of ALL creation, that was “power to the people.”

When God chose Noah to build the ark, that was “power to the people.”  When Jehovah made covenant with Abraham, that was “power to the people.”  When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, and Joshua led them into the Promised Land, that was “power to the people.”  We see multiple examples of “power to the people” in the faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11; Gideon, Barak, Samson, Deborah, and Ehud, to name a few. 

Ah, but there is yet far greater.  It is found in what the Church has called the Great Commission.  The Church has been endowed by the Lord Jesus Christ with the power of attorney to use His Name in the accomplishing of the same works He did, and even greater works.  He has declared that we have the authority to “bind and loose.”  Whatever we ask in His Name, He will do.  We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.  We are the “head and not the tail.”  We are “above only and not beneath.”  Whatever we put our hands to should prosper.  We are more than conquerors through Christ; we are overcomers.  Jesus has made us to be kings and priests.  We can have what we say.  We have access to Almighty God through the Name of Jesus, and this is the confidence we have in Him; if we ask anything and He hears us, we know we have it.  My dear fellow Second Miler, what I am writing about is “power to the people.”  Don’t miss it in your life today.  God has empowered you with Himself, His supernatural ability, His life, His nature, and His love.  Truly, that is “power to the people.” 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Mark 11:22-24; Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 45:11; Genesis 1:28-29; Isaiah 55:8-13; Matthew 18:19-20; John 15:7

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Greater

Consider your best day, greatest event, or most joyous day ever.  There is yet greater to come.

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John 14:12 – 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.

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Think of the greatest blessing you have ever received after being born again.  God has greater for you.  Think of the greatest miracle you have ever seen.  There is greater yet to come.  Think of the greatest minister of the Gospel you’ve ever encountered; there is greater.  Consider the greatest thing this world has to offer; the greatest enemy you’ll ever encounter, the greatest obstacle you’ll ever face, the greatest hurdle that will ever be placed before you, and when you’ve considered them all, consider this.  “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”

At the close of your best day you must remember there can be greater.  In the Old Testament, John Baptist, according to Jesus, was the greatest prophet ever born of woman.  Yet the least in the kingdom of God today is greater than John.  As wise as Solomon was, endued with such wisdom from God, there is a wiser than Solomon here, and His Name is Jesus.  But that’s not all.  The Greater One is living in you and you are commanded to let His mind be in you.  Oh the awesomeness of that greater wisdom!  And then there was the slayer of a thousand men in one battle who also tore off the gates of the city and carried them away, and slew great beasts with his bare hands.  But as great as Samson was, there is a greater than Samson in this age.

Consider what I write today, dear reader.  There is no way the New Covenant, a better covenant, a more glorious covenant than the Old Covenant, can come to a close with the smartest, wisest, strongest, richest, most eloquent people who have ever lived all having lived in the Old Covenant.  The New Covenant is a greater covenant, and as such, will surely produce greater, stronger, wiser, richer, more eloquent people of God.  And the end will be better than the beginning.  Be one of the GREATER ONES. 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Hebrews 9:11; Luke 11:31; 1 John 3:20; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:9

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More Than We Realize

 

 Greater works than Jesus?  Is it really possible?

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John 14:12 – 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.

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Read our Text for Today very closely, and do it more than once.  Now let’s examine it closely.  Jesus said, “Verily, verily…”  That signifies a statement of absolute truth; it is tantamount to taking an oath to speak the truth, and more than that, this is what Jesus said.

He then adds, “He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also.”  What a wonderful promise from the lips of Messiah Himself.  This is surely strong, faith-building spiritual food for any believer who will fully receive it.  Consider the works Jesus did; healed every kind of sickness, opened blind eyes and deaf ears, loosed mute tongues, did miracles of restoration, did miracles of supply, walked on water and calmed storms.  And in our Text for Today He says you and I can do the same things.  Oh how wonderful that truth is to my spirit.

Ah, but there’s yet more; MUCH more.  Jesus said we would do “greaterworks than these.”  But what could be greater than all the recorded works that Jesus did?  John said that if all the works of Jesus were written in books, the world could not contain them.  Yet we are to do “greater.”  Once again, what could be greater?  Consider this; Jesus never had the privilege of leading anyone to the new birth.  In fact, He was the first begotten from the dead.  So if you lead someone to the new birth, you have, in fact, done a work greater than Jesus did while He was in the earth.  Oh, and let us not forget the mighty baptism in Holy Ghost.  As long as Jesus was in the earth, He could not send the Spirit.  That happened on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Passover.  Have you ever led someone to the baptism in Holy Ghost?  If you have, you’ve done one of those “greater works.”

But how can it be possible that we do works greater than Jesus did while He was on the earth?  Jesus gave us the answer; “because I go unto My Father.”  Oh what a wonderful thing Jesus has done for us!  He suffered and died for our redemption, and was raised from the dead for our justification, made us His joint-heirs, filled us with Holy Ghost to be our Helper, Comforter, Guide, Teacher, and Co-laborer to help us exceed His Own works.  AMEN! 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Luke 1:37; Mark 11:22-24; John 15:7; Matthew 18:19-20

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Time for Some Superheroes

Are you willing to be made a public spectacle for Jesus?  That’s super!

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John 14:12 – 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.

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Our world today is so bereft of real heroes.  I know there are some still around; all you need to do is look in the right places.  All kinds of comments are made about heroes, and many people think there is really no such thing.  They say that what we call a hero is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and having the right luck. Well, allow me to challenge that thinking from the very start and declare with that challenge that there is no such thing as luck.

Throughout history there have been real heroes.  They did indeed perform the right action at the right time; not by luck, but by being prepared.  And one more element needs to be added; right action at the right time with right preparation came about by right choice.  Real heroes make a decision to act, to do the right thing even if it is the toughest decision they ever made.  And it is based on this thinking that I declare to you it is time for some superheroes.  No, I’m not talking about some mythical character like Odysseus, Hercules, Robin Hood, the Lone Ranger, Superman, or Spiderman.  I’m talking about a real, flesh and blood, air breathing, mortal who steps up for the work at hand.

Let me define superhero as a supernatural hero.  I did not say mythical; I said supernatural.  But how can that be?  I must be talking about a Christian, a believer in Christ who puts absolute trust and confidence in the Word of God and lives daily by faith in God and obedience to the Word.  I believe I am talking about you.  Yes, you.  You’re a Christian, a believer in Christ.  You say you have put your faith in Jesus Christ Who is the Word made flesh.  You say you truly believe and obey His Word.  If that describes you, then you’re that person.  You’re the superhero I am seeking.  And more than that, God is looking for you, too, and He’s looking right now.  Are you willing to be that person?  I pray you are.  Thake the time to read our Manna for Today.  It’s God’s Word.  It’s true, and He us upholding it and hastening it to perform it.  Holy Spirit in you in waiting to unleash supernatural power through you to perform supernatural works to bring honor to God.  Read, study, and meditate upon His Word, remain obedient, and be available. 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 1:37; John 15:7; Isaiah 55:8-13; Mark 10:27; Matthew 7:24-27; Mark 9:23; Galatians 5:6; Philippians 4:13; Joshua 1:6-9

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Don’t Be Deceived – You’re the Winner

Satan is neither as smart or powerful as he would have you believe.

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John 14:12 – 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.

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On one hand, Satan appears to be quite intelligent.  After all, he has had thousands of years’ experience at practicing deception against mankind, and that with often devastating results on his part.  But when you look closer, his true lack of intelligence really begins to surface.  Consider what I write to you.  He knows that the weapons provided us by the Lord are supernatural and quite capable of overcoming him at every point, yet he persists in his attempts to rule all of mankind and overcome the church.  It is at that point his true lack of intelligence begins to become clear.  Anyone who thinks he can defeat God cannot be all that intelligent, and yet Satan keeps attempting the same feat over and over.

He tried to defeat God and was thrown from heaven into the earth.  God created hell and put him there, out of the way of His creation.  When man was empowered to rule creation, Satan deceived the woman and the man committed high treason, leaving Satan with temporary victory at best.  It looked as though he had won.  But the bruising of his head awaited him.  Then Jesus, the Son of God came, and took back what man had lost, once again defeating Satan.  Now the ultimate defeat of Satan has been prophesied, but in the meantime he sill works to defeat God by trying to overcome His church.  Ah, but there is a problem.

God has armed us with His armor, His weapons, He ability, His Name, and His authority, all of which works through His faith by His love, both of which He has freely given His church.  Now join your thinking with mine for a moment and prepare to rejoice in your victory.  Try as he might and as often as he will, Satan never has, nor will he ever, defeat the Lord and His kingdom.  The church is assured of victory, and so are you if you will but follow the Lord’s pattern.  And what was His pattern?  Speak the Word, answer with the Word, armor up with the Word, hold fast to the Word, believe the Word.  Satan has lying wonders; God has REAL wonders.  Satan has only lies; God has only truth.  Satan operates in darkness; God operates in light.  Satan’s kingdom operates by fear; God’s kingdom operates by faith, and it is that faith which overcomes the world.  The truth is, dear second miler, you’re already the winner, already an overcomer, more than a conqueror. 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 54:17; Isaiah 55:8-13; John 16:33; Luke 1:37; Romans 8; 1 John 5:4

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So Many – Yet Only One

IN JESUS are more ways to make known THE WAY than we could ever imagine.

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John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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Oh how powerful are these words from the lips of Messiah Himself.  The should settle the issue for all Christians for time and eternity about how one gets to God.  JESUS IS THE WAY!  And beside Him, there is NO other.  However, IN HIM are more ways to reach the billions of people on the earth than there are people.  God so loved EVERY INDIVIDUAL that has ever lived on this planet that He devised a way in THE WAY that is as diverse as the “peculiar” treasure He seeks; MAN.

Consider the following as simply a personal testimony that I pray will inspire you.  I was saved in 1959, filled with Holy Ghost in 1971, and in that year took my first, what some might call, baby steps in ministry.  I believe I have learned much since then, though I have much more to learn.  In 1979, a man of God, ministering by Holy Spirit, said to me that my ministry would reach around the world, and that I would take this ministry across our globe, reaching multitudes for Jesus.  In 1979, in my mind, that meant planes, boats, trains, cars, lots of luggage, and untold numbers of nights away from home and family.  Oh how small was my thinking, but God had a different idea, a better idea, a more glorious and excellent idea.

Today I have traveled to such places as Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Mexico, Jamaica, Peru, Canada, and many parts of the USA, and the number of nations to which I travel is increasing yearly.  I pastored one church for 28-years, ministered to and known so many wonderful people through that ministry, and known the peace of God in that work.  Before my pastoral years, I traveled for 15-years, and now am once again traveling across our globe.  The Lord has allowed me to minister to both sinner and saint in small and large numbers, and today my ministry is focused in the arena of training Christian leaders internationally.  Through social media, I write daily devotions, distribute daily videos, and engage in the creation of training videos for ministers world-wide. I have learned to NOT limit God by small mindedness, but by the mind of Christ to allow the impossible to be a daily way of life.  Through THE WAY (JESUS), the Lord has done, and continues to do far more than I imagined, or can imagine, and in more ways that I could ever imagine.  He is waiting on you today.  Follow THE WAY to have revealed to you multiple ways to accomplish your assignment. 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 5:24-25; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Titus 2-3;            2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 10:22-25; 1 Peter 2:11-12; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20;     Romans 10:6-17

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Betrothed to Power

Jesus asked for your heart, and you said, “Yes,” becoming engaged to the fullness of God’s power.

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John 14:3 – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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The words of our Text for Today are the words of engagement for marriage (in Jesus’ day on the earth, there were words of a legally binding marriage).  They were spoken to a young Hebrew lady who had accepted and drunk the cup of wine as an indicator that she accepted a Hebrew man’s proposal for marriage.  His was a commitment to take here as his wife, to care for he, to provide for her, to protect her, and to raise up through her the next generation.  Her commitment was to be wife to him, a keeper at home, a mother to their children, and a safe guardian and steward of all his possessions (read Proverbs 31).  When the young man proposed marriage, and the young woman accepted the proposal, there were the words he spoke to her before he returned to his own father under whose direction and guidance he would build the future wedding chamber for their life together.

Now when you look further into John 14, we come to the power promise of verses 12-14, and what an awesome promise that is.  It is a covenant promise from the Lord for those who believe on Him, and that action of believing is stated in both verses 2 and 12; they are inextricably connected for life, reason, and function.  If you believe, let not your heart be troubled, believe in the Father and the Son, and if you believe in the Son, you will do the works He did, and even greater works because He has kept His promise to go and prepare you a place.  Now He has already kept that promise and continues daily to uphold us in it.  And He will surely keep the rest of that promise, and will one day, soon I believe, return for us to go with Him at the catching away of His bride (that’s us).  All that said, we are betrothed to power (the dunamis ability of God).  And being betrothed, all we need to do is invoke His mighty Name, and whatever we ask the Father in His Name, He will give it to us.  The awesome beauty of this betrothal is that Father God is Father both of the Groom AND the bride.  Oh the joy of a life betrothed to Messiah! 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 1:37; Isaiah 55:8-13; Proverbs 31; Romans 3:4;      2 Timothy 2:20-26

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Prepared When He Sat Down

Could it be we’re already in a prepared place?

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John 14:2 – . . . I go to prepare a place for you.

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The words in our Text for Today were spoken by Jesus before His suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection.  I realize that we have read this passage for so many years with the thought in mind of Jesus coming for the church, and I have no problem with that.  I believe it is an accurate application of this passage.  But today I want to offer you more, not to change what has been said or lessen its import as it regards His coming for the church, but to challenge you to step up to rise to new heights of victory in Jesus in this present life.

Where is Jesus right now?  He is seated in heavenly places on the right hand of Father God, and His presence is there for Him to fulfill His role as our great Lord while He ever lives to make intercession for us.  And there is yet more concerning His present seat.  As believers, as children of God, you and I have been raised up and made to sit together with Jesus in heavenly places.  But when Jesus spoke the words in our Text for Today, He had not yet ascended to that place, and we certainly had not been raised up to that place.

But NOW . . . things have changed.  Jesus has paid the price of our redemption, applied His blood to the heavenly vessels of worship, making heaven a fit place for man to come; He came back into Upper Sheol (Paradise) and preached to the Old Testament saints, and brought them out to accompany Him to His glorious ascension, at which point He ascended and was told by the Father, “Sit on My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”  Oh what a glorious picture that is!  But there is more.  When He sat down, He prayed to the Father to send Holy Ghost into the earth to bring about the new birth for mankind.  Then on Pentecost it happened; Holy Ghost came in His fullness and the church came forth.

Now read our Text for Today once more and see a wondrous picture.  Just what is that “place” He has prepared for us? It is the “throne of grace.”  And His preparation?  He ascended at His resurrection and applied His blood, making it possible for us to come there.  Now He sits on the right hand of God, having taken His place of authority, and has sent Holy Ghost to bring about the new birth in those who call upon the Name of the Lord.  The preparation is done, and He has prepared a place for us at the Bridegroom’s table and at the throne of grace, where we have been seated together with Him on Father’s right hand, a place of authority and power. 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Hebrews 7:25; Ephesians 2:1-7; Ephesians 4:9-13; Hebrews 4:16

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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

The words, “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him,” mean precisely what they say!

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John 14:1 – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

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Most of my life I have heard our Text for Today referenced in light that regardless of how bad things are in life, we should have peace in knowing that the Lord is building us a mansion in heaven.  Dear one, that’s not what Jesus was saying.  To see that clearly, we must understand that the Scriptures were NOT written in chapter and verse.  Translators added that element much later when they thought it would simplify study and understanding of the Scriptures.  While I agree that it certainly makes Bible study easier, I can definitely say that it does not always aid understanding, and certainly not the right division and interpretation if Scriptures, such as our Text for Today.

Take time to read the closing verse of John 13, and then without pausing, read immediately into chapter 14, understanding that Jesus is still speaking at the same place and time to the same person about the same subject.  Now how troubling do you think it was to Peter for Jesus to tell him that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed the next morning?  That was a staggering word of wisdom to Peter who knew all too well the accuracy of whatever Jesus said.  Imagine how troubled was Peter’s heart and mind at the words of Jesus.  Surely he was staggered, and it was at this point that Jesus spoke our Text for Today, “Let not your heart be troubled.”

Oh what a place to rejoice in our life in Christ!  Consider that!   Jesus is saying to Peter, “You’re going to sin by denying Me three times before sunrise.  But let not your heart be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in Me.”  My friend, He is saying the same thing to you and me.  We’re fallible, flawed, and often feeble in our flesh.  We fail.  But regardless of our sins or failures, we need not let our heart be troubled.  Jesus has made a way for us to always be fully restored to the Father through His sacrifice of Himself.  No, don’t take sin lightly, but know that redemption and forgiveness are far greater, for where sin abounds, the grace of God does much more abound. 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; John 13:31-44; 2 Chronicles 6:7-15; Romans 8:1-2; 1 John 4:7;          2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 John 1:7-9

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Are We Working?

As people who are to be imitators of God, are we working the words of joint-heirs with Christ?

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John 14:11 – Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

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I read a very poignant statement recently.  Someone wrote, “A silent preacher is no better than a dead preacher.”  I know that’s strong, but in reality, it is truth.  Today, however, I want to go a bit further, but not just about preachers (the five-fold ministry), but concerning the church as a whole.  This is in no way an attack on the body of Christ.  Rather it is an observation that I believe needs to be taken to heart and given strong consideration.  Consider the words of our Lord in our Text for Today.

Jesus had spoken to the people on many occasions.  Still many of them did not believe.  So Jesus said to them, “If you don’t believe what I say for the sake of believing the Word, at least believe Me because of the works I do.”  That is the simple meaning of our Text for Today.  I have a query for your consideration today that arises from Jesus’ statement.  To how many people have you spoken in your lifetime as a believer about the things of God?  I cannot begin to tell you what that number is in my life, especially after 47-years of ministry.  I have spoken to people as individuals and in groups up to a few thousand in number.  I am thrilled that I can say that many people have responded to the words I have spoken by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and many have come back to the Lord.  Many have been filled with Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave utterance.  I have seen more healings and deliverances than I can remember, and even experienced the raising of the dead through my ministry.  And while I ascribe all the glory for those things to our Lord, they are all in the past.  Without considering all the tomorrows we have before us, let us consider TODAY.  Are we speaking Father’s Word into every situation we face TODAY?  Are people believing us as we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony TODAY?  And if they believe not for our testimony, are we demonstrating the works of the Lord as evidence of our words, our testimony, our preaching TODAY?  Can we say to those to whom we speak, as Jesus did, “If you don’t believe what I say, at least believe me for the works you see by the hand of God through me?”  I know we’re talking.  The evidence of that is in our books, social media, CD’s & DVD’s, radio & television.  But are we working TODAY? 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Mark 11:22-24; Isaiah 55:11; Joshua 1:6-9

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