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Life of Power

By Dan Juster

There is a popular false teaching that the gifts of the Spirit were only for the transitional age of Apostolic leadership 2000 years ago.  Yet, the contemporary occurrence of miraculous signs and wonders, particularly in revivals in East Asia, India, Africa and South America, is well documented by scholarly research.   Wherever the Holy Spirit is significantly present, powerful “stuff  happens.” 

In the New Covenant, there is a universal offer of the Spirit, which is characterized by supernatural manifestations that “show the Spirit.”  This is seen in Peter’s preaching in Acts 2, “And it shall be in the last days, God says, that I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions..."  This is not something for only the first disciples of Yeshua.  The immersion (baptism) in the Spirit is a definite experience to be sought until attained—for all times.

Mark says, “And these signs will accompany those who have believed, in My name they shall cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  Some have said that this is a disputed text.  However, it is so early that it certainly gives us a summary of what the earliest believers thought and understood to be the teaching of Yeshua. 

We cannot pick and choose what we like from the New Covenant Scriptures.  The Scriptures are in full agreement on these issues.  Yeshua says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do.”  This does not mean that every individual believer will do more, but that the potential is there.  It also shows that the Body of the Messiah will do more, for the indwelling of the Spirit makes the presence and power unlimited in time and space.                                 

In Luke 9, Yeshua sends out the twelve disciples and then in Luke 10, the seventy.  The instructions in both chapters are the same.  They are to go into the towns of Israel, heal the sick and announce that the Kingdom of God has come near (become available).  Healing and deliverance show that the powers of darkness are overcome by the power of the Kingdom.   I have too many experiences of accurate prophecy, healing, and deliverance to ever turn back.  I know that we need to grow in maturity, wisdom and governing, but the price is worth it.  “Messiness” with life is better than order with death.

To The Ends of the Earth

By Cody Archer

The book of Acts chronicles the expansion of the gospel from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).  What had started in one geographic area had in thirty years expanded through Asia Minor, into major European cities and was tens of thousands strong in number.  This expansion can be seen in a six-stage pattern, each stage concluding with a progress report:

  1. Acts 1:1 – 6:7 tells of the birth of the Church and the preaching of Peter in Jerusalem.
  • Progress Report: “Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith”.
  1. Acts 6:8 – 9:31 describe the spreading of the gospel through Judea, Stephen’s martyrdom and preaching in Galilee and Samaria.
  • Progress Report: “Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied”.
  1. Acts 9:32 – 12:24 Paul is converted, Cornelius and the gentiles with him in Caesarea are received into the household of God and the gospel spreads to Antioch.
  • Progress Report: “The word of God grew and multiplied”.
  1. Acts 12:25 – 16:5 tells of the gospel extending through Asia Minor through Paul’s preaching tour of Galatia.
  • Progress Report: “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily”.
  1. Acts 16:6 – 19:20 the gospel extends into great European cities like Corinth and Ephesus.
  • Progress Report: “So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed”.
  1. Acts 19:21 – 28:31 the gospel reaches the center of the world of that time, Rome, and Paul freely proclaims the gospel and writes significant letters during his imprisonment.
  • Progress Report: “Paul… preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him”.

This progression of the gospel in the first century should encourage us today and give us faith for a similar pattern to repeat itself in reverse order in the end times, with the gospel coming back to Jerusalem and all Israel being saved.

Sacrificial Love

There is no covenant without sacrifice. Yeshua said that love was the greatest commandment, and that the greatest love is when one is willing even to give his life for his friends.  In this message Asher points out that when two people come together in the love of Yeshua with a heart willing to sacrifice for each other when necessary, this is the foundation of a successful and healthy relationship. Watch the video here.

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