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The Balance

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What is the balance that we must achieve in our ministry?  Jesus showed us… not only was He preaching the word of God, but He was also doing miracles as well.

When John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus to ask Him if He was the One or should they expect another, Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard:  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” [Matthew 11.5; Luke 7.22 The Testimony]

Jesus authenticated Himself to John not on the basis of visions and dreams, or some spiritual revelation or prophecy, but on tangible evidence… on the evidence of what can be seen and heard.  They were good works of the physical realm that no man could imitate.  It was not a feed the hungry campaign or build a new hospital fundraiser; it was an empty the hospital campaign and keep your money fundraiser.

Too often we try to authenticate ourselves because of all the natural good works we do… raising funds for the poor and building houses, schools and hospitals, while neglecting the miraculous.  We pride ourselves on the knowledge we have on the commentaries and writings of great theologians, while we are totally ignorant of the miraculous power of the Lord.  In some cases, people pride themselves on the knowledge of the spiritual realm… how they have seen Heaven and Hell and have been given great spiritual revelations, and yet the blind remain blind in their midst.

Jesus is the only standard by which we must measure ourselves.  Yes, Jesus came with great spiritual revelations… He could see and speak to demons, and demons spoke to Him, angels ministered to Him, and prophets of old appeared and gave Him revelations… but He was also able to perform miracles that were physically tangible.  He is the One who is both physically and spiritually powerful so that both the physical and spiritual realms were affected by Him.  Demons fled and cripples ran when Jesus ministered.  And that is the balance we must have in our ministries… not only do we seek to affect the spiritual or the physical world, we must be able to overcome and dominate both.

It is not wrong to have a spiritual ministry where prophecies and anointings are features, but the blind should also see and the lame should also walk.  It is not wrong to have a ministry of good works of feeding the poor and building hospitals and schools, but there must also be the manifestation of the spiritual and of the miracles as well.

Error comes, as the Lord said, when we do not know the power of God or the word of God… that is true.  The proof that such an error exists in your ministry lays in the balance of what you could have replied to John’s disciples if they were to ask you, “Are you the one?”  If you cannot do miracles that dominate both the spiritual and the physical realms as Jesus did, then your reply cannot be what Jesus replied… and so you are not the one to be expected.  If you can say, “We speak in tongues and drive out demons and territorial spirits so that we are waging war in the spiritual realm,” and yet the blind remains blind, you are out of balance and you need to repent and listen to Jesus.  If you can say, “We have a large following and a hallowed tradition of centuries with many fine buildings for worship, schools and hospitals,” and yet the blind remain blind, you are likewise in error and you need to repent.

For if you were listening to the Holy Spirit, He would have told you, “Listen to Jesus because He is My Son whom I have chosen.”

So, if you can only work in the physical realm or only in the spiritual realm, but the blind do not see, the lame do not walk, the lepers are not cleansed, the deaf do not hear and the dead are not raised (and please, Jesus was speaking of the physically blind, deaf, lame, dead and lepers; He was not speaking figuratively), then you need to repent until you too can reply as Jesus replied, “Go back and report what you have seen and heard:  The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the good news is preached to the poor.”  Then you have achieved the balance of Jesus… as much as He is the Master of the physical realm, He is also the Master of the spiritual realm.

Hr. Ed, manager of the Holy Spirit’s Workshop

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