By Evan Wiggs
Matthew 10:5 - 10 (NASB) 5These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of
It is said that Saint Francis was interviewed by Honorius III and during that interview Honorius showed Saint Francis the rooms filled with treasure that the church had accumulated over the centuries. Honorius said “We can no longer say ‘Silver and Gold have I none’”. Saint Francis then said “And neither can we say ‘Take up your bed and walk’”.
Look at the verses above and we can see what the Church
today should look like. Jesus gave the
disciples authority to deal with sickness, unclean spirits and every
other thing aligned against the
Look at what Jesus is saying for the
1. Preach “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. The
2. Heal the sick. Sickness cannot stand before the living waters of the Spirit that heals wherever they go. It flows out of the believer who operates in authority to heal the sick. I saw so many miracles and I will continue to as I let my God use me however He wants and I continue to give Him all glory for what He is doing.
3. Raise the Dead.
Death has no hold when the voice of God says “Rise”. Jesus spoke and Lazarus walked out of the
grave. I know of many ministries that
have seen many dead raise and the Lord will use this ministry to do the same,
as He has already whispered that to me.
4. Cleanse the lepers.
Leprosy is a wicked disease that is used in scripture to represent
sin. Leprosy causes the feeling of pain
to go away and thus the leper doesn’t know they have a wound and it can get
infected and they can lose fingers, toes etc.
It is more complicated than that, but you get the picture. To cleanse the leper means to take the
disease and remove it like it is washed off.
No problem for a
5. Cast out demons.
Supernatural warfare is the work of the
6. Don’t gather up money for yourself. This is key my brothers and sisters. A church that is chasing after money has lost the heavenly power. A big bank account is often accompanied by a small spiritual power. How many of the mega churches walk in the true anointing of mighty spiritual power from God. Many have to dilute their teaching to reach the common denominator, so they won’t offend the money givers and loose out on the big donators. A big budget has to be met, salaries need to be paid, mortgages must be funded and the Church has lost the simplicity of simple faith and the authority of Jesus to go do the miraculous ministry God is really calling us to.
When will the
But that is what
We sit in our church buildings and want the lost to come in, at least the lost that is not to very different than us. We are thinking like a spider and we want to catch the lost in our web. But the lost are not interested at all and don’t want to darken our doors. They basically think we are hypocrites and rather dull and stupid. They believe we are intolerant and self centered. They are right on many points. What do they want, and what kind of Church would attract them?
Oh people of God, can you hear His voice calling a people out for Himself? Can you hear Him speak to your heart, will you meet me outside the building you are hiding in. Come away with me out on the water, out of the boat, where the waves toss, but where true exciting life in Christ is.