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The man who can walk on water behaves differently to the man who cannot walk on water —or a man who can swim behaves differently to the man who cannot swim when confronted with a river to cross.

As such, the behaviour of the church is very much dependant on what it can and cannot do, and rules of conduct or contact are based primarily on the capabilities or lack of capabilities of the church, in the same way as an army conducts warfare based on their capabilities. Thus, it is the capability of a person or a collection of people that dictates their conduct; not just their personality or character. For example, a psychopath, who is a quadriplegic, would for all intents and purposes be mild, nice and polite to his nurses who are bathing him. But that same psychopath, if he was not a quadriplegic, would probably kill those same nurses. As such, meek, mild and gentleness in a person may not be their true character, but rather be dictated by the necessity of their capabilities, or rather, by their incapability.

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”[1] The yoke of Jesus is the yoke of a Man who is capable of doing the physically impossible. That is, change water to good wine, heal the sick, raise the dead, cause the blind to see, walk on water, calm a storm, multiply the food, and drive out demons, just to name a few. A Man so powerful that when He answered, “I am He,” to those who were seeking to arrest Him, they all drew back and fell to the ground.[2]

Realise that Jesus is humble and gentle not because He has to be, but because He wants to be. A poor man needing the favour of a richer man would have to approach the latter in a humble attitude, speaking in a softer, gentler tone; but that does not mean he is truly humble, for if he was not poor, you might find he is quite arrogant. So realise when Jesus said, “Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble…” we cannot begin to learn what He means about being gentle or humble until we are like Him, that is, as miraculously powerful as He is, able to call on twelve legions of angels with a word, able to change as much water as He wished to wine, and so on. Jesus is gentle and humble despite being the richest, most powerful and most capable Man in the whole universe.

Now, has that been the behaviour of His church in history? When the church was powerful (economically, politically and financially speaking), did it behave in a gentle and humble way to those who were not of the church, or did it go out like a conqueror bent on conquest, converting all before it and annihilating those who opposed it?

So, when was the church humble and gentle? Whenever it was oppressed, whenever it found itself in a weaker position politically and militarily, then it was the poor church being persecuted by the heathens… how dreadful. But then, this is the behaviour of the church, of which its history is not full of stories of the sick being healed, the blind seeing, the food multiplying, and natural disasters averted by everyone who believed in Jesus. But rather, the behaviour of the church that lost this capability shortly after the first eleven disciples had gone was that it had to resort to obsolete rules of fellowship and worship that its Founder had replaced with His rules and laws.

Its Founder used five loaves and two fish to feed 5000. The church, having lost the power to do the same, followed the disciples who said, “That would take eight months of a man’s wages!”[3] and started collecting and begging money from those who work to feed the masses.

The reason a Christian can be killed today is because the Christian has no miraculous power to defend him or her self. A Christian with full miraculous power cannot be killed unless he chooses to be killed, no more than Jesus could be killed if He had not allowed it. That is why He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.”[4] So, whose fault is it if you die as a Christian? Always yours —your fault because you had no power, and your fault even if you had the power because you chose to lay down your life. As such, it is not the fault of the assailants, for they are bound by the words of Jesus to persecute us to the point of death, for Jesus said, “You will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death and you will be hated by all nations because of Me.”[5] Those brothers and sisters, the martyrs, who died for the faith because they were powerless to save themselves miraculously, but yet chose to lose their life for the sake of the Gospel and Christ, are heroes, yes, heroes of faith. But in their death and in their dying, they did not learn from Jesus what it is to lay down your life when you have the miraculous ability to deliver yourself and chose not to.

As such, without full miraculous power as Jesus had, we cannot really learn from Jesus what it is to be humble and gentle in heart. And as such, the reactivation of miraculous power in each and every one of you is only the start of the true journey of learning from Jesus. That is why His commandments to “love your enemies,”[6] to “love each other as I have loved you,”[7] and “do to others what you would have them do to you,”[8] are so important. For, if without miraculous powers, you cannot be gentle and humble with one another, then how dangerous you and I would become to each other with miraculous powers.

Imagine someone who cannot control his tongue and he has the power to cause the Law of Faith to manifest in full so that whatever he says happens —what disasters and suffering he could cause. In the same way, with those who cannot control their thoughts about each other, and are in the habit of thinking ill of each other, imagine what would happen if they had enough miraculous power to cause what they are thinking to happen.

It is only if you would realise that the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit fulfilling what Jesus said you can do is so dangerous unless you are truly changed into a new creation who loves to love their enemies, who loves to love one another, who loves to do to others what they would have done to themselves, then it is no wonder full miraculous power is withheld from all of us.

It is the realisation that miraculous power is and demands a great responsibility, then it will be given to you. And in the wisdom of God, given firstly to heal and deliver, and when you have shown that you are trustworthy, then enough to execute judgement and vengeance. He is the wise and good Master who gave each servant a mina, and then, based on what each servant did with that mina, will place him in charge of more.[9]

As John wrote: Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.[10] That is, if you take up that right, otherwise you may be like that servant who received the mina and buried it. When Jesus said, “But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand,”[11] He was trying to show us the miraculous power that is in His words, which is unleashed through the practice of His words. That He was giving us miraculous power was absolutely clear, for He said, “Love your enemies… Be perfect, therefore as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.”[12] If only we’d stop and listen. What does being perfect as our Heavenly Father is Perfect really mean except that we’d be perfectly powerful as our Heavenly Father is perfectly powerful.

Such is the responsibility that comes with miraculous powers that when the seventy-two returned and told Him, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your Name,” He said to them, “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in Heaven.”[13]

It is easier to take the road of powerlessness and revert to the old ways, so that if you fail you can also blame someone else, be it the devil or the heathens. Just as it was easier for Israel not to have God speak to them directly, so as to not be held responsible for what they heard from Him, but rather, have Moses speak to them. That way they could blame Moses. Even further still, to not have a living God dwell within your camp, for it is far easier to worship a god made of metal, stone or wood that cannot see, speak or move, so that you can make up the rules of worship the way you want them, rather than the way God wants them.

For within all of us is that Adamic weakness to accuse and lay blame on anyone else except ourselves. Adam ate of the fruit freely, knowing he was disobeying God. It was not like Eve was being held hostage by Satan. All Adam had to say to God was, “I disobeyed You and ate,” instead of blaming God for giving Eve to him, when he said, “The woman You put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”[14]

It is easier to blame God for our lack of power and to use our ways of solving problems:

· Buying the food with our wages; so God, give me a job and an income.

· Healing the sick with medicine; so God, give me money and a doctor.

· Burying the dead; so God, help me with the funeral.

· Seeking vengeance with violence; so God, bless me with a victorious war.

That way, we are using our methods and our ways, which we control and understand, and God has to work the way we want, and if God does not give us a job to earn the wages to feed the 5000, it is God’s fault. If God does not send the doctors and the medicine to heal the sick, it is God’s fault. If God does not give us the money to give the child a decent burial, it is God’s fault. And if God does not give us a decisive victory over our enemies in a war, it is God’s fault. We make God do things our way, and when it doesn’t happen that way, we blame God, refusing to acknowledge that we were the ones who did not do it His way. Did not Jesus say to them clearly, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing”[15]? Didn’t He say to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat”[16]? Didn’t He say, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses”[17]?

So what happened? Why did they start selling their houses and land to buy food for the widows —something so dangerous that it caused Ananias’ and Sapphira’s death?[18] You see, when they started selling their land and houses to give to the apostles, they did something that Ananias and Sapphira could do, and they joined in, except it exposed their weakness and led to their death. Had the apostles stopped them from selling their land, but rather taught them to practise multiplying their food instead, then Ananias and Sapphira would not have been tempted to hold back some of the money.

Let me assure you, you will be tempted to short change God when it comes to money. But if it is loaves and fish, you will not. That is why Jesus had to command them to gather up the leftovers. Do you think you would have to get the people to gather up the leftovers if it was money left over?

As the Lord said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”[19] If you cannot be trusted with freedom of speech, who would give you the power of creative speech? If you cannot be trusted to use your tongue to speak well and honestly, who would give you the power to create by your speech? If you cannot be trusted to guard your thoughts and think well of each other, who would trust you with the power that could cause what you think to manifest?

As such, the apostle’s advice of thinking well of one another and speaking the truth to each other in love are merely preparatory advice for those who need to show themselves worthy of the kingdom they are entrusted with —the Kingdom of God.

In His infinite wisdom, the Lord permitted believers the ability to drive out demons and to heal the sick, which are benevolent tasks that would harm no one, but benefit anyone who is oppressed, sick or in need. Likewise, the ability to raise the dead, walk on water, calm the storms and multiply the food, these things they will do, all relatively harmless and benevolent acts of God, but nevertheless, acts that require miraculous power.

These simple tasks, healing the sick, driving out demons, multiplying the food, walking on water changing water to good wine and raising the dead, are designed to teach you true humility, to be humble as Jesus is humble. For, just as they, the 5000, wanted to make Jesus King after He fed them, so anyone in this world who can do these simple tasks, will be in the danger of being made king. If you cannot be trusted to be humble with the power to do the benevolent tasks of God, how can God trust you with His power to do the malevolent tasks of God? For God spoke honestly of Himself to us when He said to Isaiah, “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.”[20]

If you cannot be trusted to be humble as Jesus is humble with the benevolent work of God that bring the light and the prosperity, then how are you going to learn to be gentle as Jesus is with the malevolent work of God that creates the darkness and disasters? For Jesus said, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” No one wants to make a king of a man who brings darkness and disasters; but one who brings light and prosperity, yes. So then, true humility is demanded from those who create light and prosperity, but gentleness from those who create darkness and disaster.

Yet, it is by gentleness that light and prosperity come, for it is gentleness that causes a person to want to heal the sick, to calm a storm and to raise a dead child. Micah the prophet advised us: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.[21] Yet, how many are there who have tasted the ability to do these benevolent acts and immediately elevated themselves to places of holy anointed heights, created by their own imaginations as if they are the only ones anointed to heal the sick, raise the dead, preach the word, and so forth, and thus going completely against the truth that Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.”

Even the eleven succumbed to this temptation of self elevation when they said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”[22] How do you determine who is full of the Spirit? Did Jesus say that the Spirit would be poured out more on some than on others? And when did Jesus say they were to be the main prayer and ministry of the word? Did He not say, “Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing”? That means anyone is full of the Spirit as He is, and anyone can minister in prayer and word as He did, hearing what the Father says and saying what the Father says, if they have faith in Him. From that beginning, came the exclusiveness of ministry and ‘ordinary’ people were excluded in defiance to the truth.

You see, if everyone could heal the sick, raise the dead, and preach the Gospel better than you can, then who is going to send you their tithes and offerings to support your so-called ‘big’ ministry? And if you cannot be trusted with the harmless work, to obey it as Jesus wanted it obeyed, “Freely you have received, freely give,”[23] and there is no way in Heaven or on Earth or in Hell that you will and can be trusted with the power to do the malevolent works of God, which He has to do sometimes as Judge and Ruler. If you cannot be trusted to freely give the simple power to heal and save, then you will not be given the authority and power to “Rule them with an iron sceptre …dash them to pieces like pottery.”[24]

The two witnesses of Revelation 11:3-6 are examples of those who can be trusted with the malevolent power of God —for these men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.[25] In order for such men to be raised up, then we have to raise up a people of true miraculous power so that they can learn to be gentle and humble as Jesus is. That way, from amongst those who can heal the sick, drive out demons, raise the dead, stop a storm and multiply the food, the Holy Spirit can entrust the destructive power of God that creates darkness and disasters, so that at least two can be entrusted to stop the rain, turn the waters into blood and to strike the Earth with plagues.

Now, see the wisdom of our God. Such men are only prophets, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the Earth.[26] Meaning, there will be apostles with even greater power to keep their destructive power in check so that they will not overdo it, and as they torment the Earth, the apostles will heal those they have wounded to the praise and glory of Jesus, that is, those who are meek and gentle amongst the people.[27]

So that you may understand clearly:- What you know of so-called acceptable church behaviour has never been acceptable, and what you consider to be gentleness and humility, as valued by the powerless church, has no value at all in Jesus’ eyes. Truly we are a new creation, aliens that the world has never seen.

So then, stop thinking or speaking ill of each other, stop judging and persecuting each other with your self-righteousness before the Lord. But as the apostle advised, think of each other more highly than yourself, and as the Lord commanded, “Love each other as I have loved you.”

Therefore, be patient with one another;

Be kind and gentle with one another;

Forgive one another and keep no records of wrong;

Do not envy one another;

Do not boast over each other, but boast about each other;

Do not be rude to each other;

Do not be easily angered by one another;

And do not be self-seeking but seek the good of others;

Do not delight in the evil of each other, but the truth of each other;

Protect and trust each other, always hope for each other;

And above all else —never give up on each other, but persevere.

And whenever and wherever we fail to do this, let us repent. For to act justly in God’s eyes is to bring justice to Jesus, and to love mercy is to bring mercy to Jesus. Walking humbly with God is to be in awe of Jesus for the Person whom He is. The desire to learn from Jesus, to be gentle as He is gentle and humble as He is humble, is truly acting justly and loving mercy with all humility.

We all, every one of us, have the mina, the deposit of the Holy Spirit, guaranteeing what is to come.[28] So, let us learn to work as the Holy Spirit works, and return to our God not only a harvest of words and sons, but a harvest of His Spirit, 100, 60, 30 fold.

Let us go the extra mile, and not be satisfied to be raised up as sons and daughters of God just like Jesus, but to have our spirits grow up so that we too have a spirit of sonship (daughtership) in us, just like the Holy Spirit. And let’s see what Jesus meant for us to be and conduct ourselves accordingly. Amen


 

[1] Matthew 11:28-30

[2] John 18:5-6

[3] Mark 6:37

[4] John 14:12

[5] Matthew 24:9

[6] Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27

[7] John 15:12

[8] Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31

[9] Luke 19:12-26 The Parable of the Ten Minas

[10] John 1:12

[11] Matthew 7:26

[12] Matthew 5:44,48

[13] Luke 10:17,20

[14] Genesis 3:12

[15] John 14:12

[16] Matthew 14:16

[17] Acts 1:8

[18] Acts 4:32-5:10

[19] Luke 16:10

[20] Isaiah 45:7

[21] Micah 6:8

[22] Acts 6:2-4

[23] Matthew 10:8

[24] Revelation 2:27

[25] Revelation 11:6

[26] Revelation 11:10

[27] Matthew 5:5

[28] 2 Corinthians 5:5

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