Where are the Mighty Works?

Where are the mighty works?

This is a question I’ve heard many believers (myself included) ask when believing for God’s mighty works to manifest in their lives, and instead of answers…hear radio silence.

Where’s the breakthrough?

Where’s the healing?

Where’s the husband/wife?

Where’s the raise?

Where are the mighty works?

Trust me, I get it. We cry out, we petition, we intercede and…nothing. This poses a question: Are you honoring God and do you believe He will act?

In Mathew 13:53-58, Jesus visits His hometown, Nazareth, and begins teaching in their synagogue. He did this, “…so that they were astonished…” but this astonishment didn’t result in awe and wonder, it resulted in rejection and unbelief.

“Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son?…Where then did this man get all these things?” and they took offense at Him.”

I love the reply that Jesus gives them. These people were his neighbors growing up. I’m sure some of them grew up training right alongside Jesus as carpenters. It’s easy to say that this offense could have stemmed from jealousy, or even pride. Here is His response:

“A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”

What was lacking here? Honor.

“And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”

What was holding back the mighty works? Unbelief.

Where honor and belief are lacking, so are the mighty works.

This same story is found in Luke chapter 4 where we are given more insight into what Jesus was saying in the synagogue.

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 

Amen! This is what we want to see manifest in our lives: good news, liberty to captives, physical/emotional healing and the Lord’s favor! But wait…

“When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill … so that they could throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went away.”

I think it’s safe to say that Jesus WANTED to heal, restore and perform mighty works…but he was driven away by unbelief and dishonor.

Where honor and belief are lacking, so are the mighty works.

I never want to drive away the mighty works of God because of my unbelief or lack of honor.  I don’t write this to cause any fear except the Fear of God.

He WANTS to perform. He WANTS to bless. In fact, He ALWAYS answers us.

In 1 John 5:14-15, we see both honor and belief addressed:

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

“According to his will” – if we ask anything and HONOR His will in our lives, He hears us.

“If we know that He hears us” – if we BELIEVE that He hears us, we know that we have what we asked.

I write this today to encourage you that He WANTS to perform mighty works in your life, and HE WILL. Take time to honor your King today and believe that He who started a good work in you WILL finish it!

“And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.” – Mathew 21:21

Where honor and belief are abundant, so are the mighty works.

b.c.h

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