In Matthew Chapter 9, there is an instance where Jesus healed a paralytic man. Matthew 9:8 reads, “But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”
God has given the believer supernatural abilities through the gifts He gives. The gifts of the Spirit – miracles – glorify God.
Signs and wonders are for the purpose of validating the Word of God, which is what will change people’s lives.
1 Peter 1:23 says, “having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,”…
So what’s the purpose of miracles? It is to get people to believe His Word. When someone hears about it being God’s will for a person to be healed, we demonstrate it by speaking over them in the name of Jesus. Their healing validates God’s Word. It’s not the miracles that change people, but it will cause them to believe that the word spoken is the Word of God.
In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus was teaching and preaching the Word to a large number of people. Four men showed up carrying a paralytic man on a bed, but couldn’t get anywhere near Jesus. So, they went up on the roof and let him down on the bed. and when Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Some of the scribes that were there started grumbling and wanting to know who can forgive sins but God?
Then Jesus answered them and said, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk?’ “
Jesus produced the healing so people would know that, if He could do things in the physical realm that they could see happen at His word, then spiritual things such as the forgiveness of sins could also take place. Jesus used miracles to validate His Word.
In Hebrews 2:2, 3, it says that God confirmed this word by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now put that with Mark 16:20 which says, “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”
The Bible says in Mark 17 and 18, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; (Verse 18) “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”
Acts 10:38 reads, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Jesus and His Word confirmed and drew people to Him to hear His message. This glorified God. Jesus never healed anyone and made Himself more important than the compassion He showed for the people.
The word is preached, then confirmed with miracles, signs, and wonders. Too many sermons are preached Sunday after Sunday with no power behind them. The flow of God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, equips believers with gifts to perform these miracles and it will glorify God.
Too many Christians have no idea of the power that has been placed on the inside of them. Stop waiting on someone else to “do it!” You are equipped with the Holy Spirit to do just as Jesus did.
1 John 4:17 says that, “As He is, so are we in this world.” Just as Jesus is, so are we in this world. Instead of always looking for someone else to do the “laying on of hands,” you do it! Watch what will happen when you let the Holy Spirit flow through you for the benefit of someone else. Your healing might just happen while you are praying for someone else.!