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Devotional - week of August 6, 2000


 GOD’S MIRACLE WORKERS

One of the most remarkable promises in the entire Bible is Jesus’ promise that some of His followers would be miracle workers.

John 14:12 records the following:

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.

Jesus’ word for “believeth” is in a tense of continual action. He speaks of those persons who continue to have faith in Him and live in dependence on Him in every area of their lives. To live by faith is to live by grace. So, the promise is to those who choose the life of grace.

Examine the promise. Since Jesus said that the one person - not the masses - who lives in grace will do the type of works He did. Because Jesus lives in the believer and He has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell among us, the most remarkable feature of the promise today is - that one person will do greater works.

Jesus says this promise is true because He is going to the Father. In a later passage Jesus said that because He goes to the Father, He will send the Holy Spirit.

The person who lives in grace will do spiritually for people what Jesus did to heal the physically impaired. The healing of a person that is spiritually crippled is a greater miracle than the healing of one whose body is crippled.

Almost exclusively, Jesus did His miracles with words. And, the person who lives in grace will do miracles with words. As we tell the spiritually dead people about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, those who respond will be spiritually raised from the dead.

When we tell the spiritually deaf, lame, leprous, and blind believers of their own crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, those who respond will experience spiritual healing.

You are called to a great work!