• Pastor Reginald Washington

    TEACHING INTO AN ENCOUNTER
    Any revelation from God’s Word that does not lead us to an encounter with God only serves to make us more religious.
    The Church cannot afford “form without power,” for it creates Christians without purpose.
    THE MODEL TEACHER
    Jesus never separated teaching from doing. He is the pattern for this gift. God’s revealed Word, declared through the lips of an anointed teacher, ought to lead to demonstrations of power.
     
    (John 3: 2).
    Nicodemus said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” .
    It was understood that God’s kind of teachers don’t just talk— they do. And the doing that is referred to in John’s Gospel is the performing of signs and wonders.
     
     

    (Mat 4:23)  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
     
    (Mat 9:35)  And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
     
    He then commanded His disciples to minister with the same focus— the 12 were sent out with,
    (Mat 10:7)  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    (Mat 10:8)  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
    (Luk 10:9)  heal the sick in that town, and say to the people there, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near you.’
     
    The Gospel of John records how this combination of words and supernatural works takes place,
    Seen me hath seen the Father;
    (Joh 14:10)  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. breaking.
    It’s apparent that we speak the word, and the Father does the works— miracles! As men and women of God who teach, we must require from ourselves doing, with power! And this doing must include a breaking  into the impossible— through signs and wonders.
     
    PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
    In 1987 I attended one of John Wimber’s conferences on signs and wonders in Anaheim, California. I left discouraged. Everything that was taught, including many of the illustrations, I had taught. The reason for my discouragement was the fact that they had fruit for what they believed. All I had was good doctrine.
     
    There comes a time when simply knowing truth will no longer satisfy.  If it  does not change circumstances for good, what good is it?  Teaching MUST be followed with action that makes room for God to move. He began to put faith with his teaching.
     
    It is abnormal for a Christian not to have an appetite for the impossible. It has been written into our spiritual DNA to hunger for the impossibilities around us to bow at the name  of Jesus.
     
    KINGDOM REALIZED
    You began to expect certain thing. Healing deliverance, and conversions are fruits of our labors. As we proclaim the message of the Kingdom of God, people will get well. The Father will say Amen to that.
     
    (Mar 16:20)  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
     (Acts 4: 29-30 NASB). Peter new this when he prayed for boldness in his preaching, expecting that God would respond by “extending His hand to heal, and signs and wonders would be done in the name of His holy servant Jesus”.
     
    POWER VS. PRIDE
    The problems we face today are not new.  The apostle Paul had great concern for the Corinthian church, for they were being enticed by a gospel without power.
     
     (1cor 4:14-20). I  not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me. For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my  beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
     
    Not only is all ministry to be Spirit empowered,
    (Luk 11:23)  He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
    (Luk 11:23)  “Whoever is not with me is against me. And anyone who does not work with me is working against me.

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