Believers in Christ have the same capacity to perform miracles as Jesus Christ, in His earthly incarnation. The biggest lie ever told to man was in the Garden of Eden - "you can be as God..." The serpent told Eve, eating the forbidden fruit would give her the same knowledge as God, and of course, we know that with knowledge, comes power. 6000 years later, mankind still believes the same lie - we can be as or become like God, or at least a god. While we do not have the power or ability to become God or even like God, we do have the power of God dwelling within us, if we are believers in Christ. Christians have access to the same power Jesus had as He ministered.
1 John 4:17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. Notice the last part of this passage - as he is so also are we in the world - this is a brief little passage that does not attract much attention but should be life changing. Much attention is given to the deity of Christ, and rightfully so, however, we must remember, when Jesus walked the earth, He was 100% man and limited to all the limitations of a man. Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
What we find in the above passage is Jesus, though God in the flesh, came as a man and limited Himself to all the limitations of a regular man. All of His miracles, all of His supernatural manifestations, all that He did beyond the ability of a regular man was done through Him by the Father by the power of the Spirit. Remember, Christ's first miracle, performed at the wedding feast, was done after the Spirit came upon Him at His baptism. The believer today has that same Spirit dwelling within.
Jesus told us that we would do greater things than He: John 14:12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Jesus left us with a Great Commission to make disciples and He did not leave us powerless to accomplish this task, He gave us His Holy Spirit to teach us and empower us.
The caveat we must keep in mind is, we do not dictate to God. We do not take it upon ourselves to go out and perform miracles. This power is available to us at the prompting and leading of God alone. Unless we are actively serving God and doing His will, we will never see this kind of power in our lives.
Jesus spent great amounts of time dedicated to prayer, seeking the will of the Father, this is where we need to start. If we do not know His purpose for us, we cannot begin to fulfill it. Before we can know God's purpose and plan, it is imperative we spend time in prayer and study of the Word. I will be committing to prayer regarding this matter and I encourage you to do the same. See if God does not manifest Himself in a mighty way as we seek His will for our lives - I believe He will because I believe He desires this for us.
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