Word Precedes Action

If we desire Jesus’ results, we should follow Jesus’ patterns of ministry.

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Luke 7:13-15 – And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

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Yesterday we examined our Text for Today in the light that Jesus, the Word made flesh, had compassion (held God) on the situation facing the widow of Nain.  Today let’s look more deeply at how that works, and how Jesus operated in the realm of faith.  Oh, and when we’ve recognized it, let’s choose to operate the same way.  We see it unfolded twice in our Text for Today.  Look closely at our text.

Jesus had compassion on the woman, “and said unto her, Weep not.”  Jesus brought love on the scene.  Since faith works by love, that indicates Jesus planned to release His faith, and that is precisely what He did.  But how did He release His faith?  He spoke faith words out of His mouth.  These were words that edified and ministered grace.  The woman was weeping.  In this case she was being ruled by emotions.  Weeping releases emotions.  Jesus had compassion on her to move her into faith and out of emotions.  Then Jesus touched the bier, the carrier on which the dead son was laid.  And it was then that we see words preceding action again.  Jesus said, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.”  And what happened.  The young man who was dead was dead no longer…he sat up and started talking.  Jesus then delivered him to his mother.

There.  Do you see the pattern?  When the Word shows up, God shows up.  He was already there, but the Word spoken releases our Father to go into manifestation mode.  Jesus told us about this pattern in Mark 11:22-24.  Father demonstrated this pattern In Genesis 1 through His renovation of the earth and the making of man.  And this pattern is demonstrated again and again throughout the Scriptures in faith move after faith move.  When the love of God is given voice by speaking the Word of God, we see Father, Son, and Holy Ghost operating in power as it was in Genesis 1, and in every case of the super-natural work of God in the Scriptures after that. 

Do you desire to see the Lord move in and through your life?  Give attention the Word of God, keep it in your heart, make sure the words of your mouth agree with it, and release your faith in the spirit of the love of God.  God hasn’t changed.  Jesus doesn’t change.  Holy Ghost is waiting to see the Word work in and through your life just as it did in the earthly ministry of Jesus.  It’s up to you.

Manna for Today – Luke 7:11-17; Mark 11:22-24; Romans 4:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Isaiah 55:8-13; Joshua 1:6-9; Hebrews 4:16; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 4:29

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