by Lonnie Lane
There are people far more qualified than I to answer this, but since I was asked the question, here’s how I see it. First of all, we must “know the signs of the times” we are in (Matt 16:3). We live in an incredibly expectant period in God’s redemptive history. There is more power available for the average believer in Yeshua now than there has been for almost two thousand years! The books and CD/DVD teachings of Sid’s guests (and elsewhere) provide much in the way of discipleship for moving in the power of God and knowing Him. Do you realize how unique that is to accessing God and His ways? What an incredible privilege we have. Not only do we have the technology for bringing you men and women you would never have opportunity to meet or learn from without it, but you can have their teachings in your own home or car for you to glean from. We in Western countries (still) have freedom to own Bibles. Most of us have several of them. Even this is unprecedented until recent times. And we have the Holy Spirit moving in much of the Body to bring the presence of the Lord such as was not a reality for most believers since the first century.
Is being healed as far as your thoughts go in wanting the miraculous? Does your desire extend to wanting to bring that same freedom to others? God seems to give the gift of healing to those who care deeply for the pain and suffering of others. It has been my experience that He doesn’t give us anything for ourselves alone. The fastest way to have an anointing dry up is to keep it to and for yourself. The Kingdom of God operates on giving, not getting. “God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). That’s about as “giving” as it gets. God gives to us all the time. If we are to be His agents, and isn’t that what having a spiritual gift is?, then we must be givers, of ourselves and of what He’s given to us.
As I thought about this issue, I was reminded of how men like Moses, Joseph and David were prepared for the work that God had for them to do. They each had some prophetic input from God early on. Moses had such a sense of the injustice the Hebrews suffered under that he killed an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew. It may not have seemed like prophetic input, only of making a grave mistake with grave consequences, but God was in it. Joseph had two dreams that others, and even the sun, moon and stars bowed down to him, but then he spent years in prison with it looking like he might never get out. David was anointed by Samuel to be king of Israel as a young man but spent more than a decade running from the man who was king whose intention it was to kill him. Each one of them went through a long and difficult process some have called, “the making of a man of God.” It was a time of character building, and learning to hear Gods’ voice, to weigh issues and make godly choices, a humbling time during which they came to know God in such a way that God could trust them with what He would have them do without it destroying them or without them destroying others. The process taught them the reverential fear of God, and the love of God that only comes through time spent with Him, enjoying Him. If I had said, “worshipping Him” some would have interpreted that as something they are supposed to do. But that wouldn’t be worship. Surely not in Spirit and in truth. I love the way Jonathan Edwards puts it: God is most pleased with us when we are most delighted with Him (my paraphrase). To operate in the miraculous, it seems one must be adoringly in love with God so He can love others through you. P.S. When we feel His love for others, we can experientially know His love for us.
So where does one start, who wishes to “access the help and miraculous”? The help is easier to access than the miraculous. Help is a matter of faith. “…On the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." (Luke 8:15) While you’re with the Lord, give some meditative thought to Him, not your problem, but to God’s goodness as expressed in His word, to His healing heart, His goodness toward us, His willingness to be Yahweh Rophekhah, the Lord who heals us. He wants to heal us more than we want to be healed. Would He have gone through that for us if not? “By His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). And consider how He is whole and without ulterior motives. He is far more able to love us purely than we can love Him or each other. You are loved with the pure love of God!
In order for us to be able to be one with God in perfect fellowship one day, we are in the process of sanctification, of being made wholly holy. Each person has different issues that are at play in our lives. Being able to access the Lord Himself or His miracles is, of course, always a matter of faith, but sometimes the issues color our concept of God and therefore affect our faith in Him. For instance, we may have some hurts that require forgiveness. If we harbor unforgiveness, Yeshua said, “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart." In other words, unforgiveness keeps us from being forgiven by the Father, in which case we are still carrying around the dead weight of guilt and therefore exempt we ourselves from experiencing His joy and His peace, and perhaps His miracle working power. Unhealed hurts usually invite more unhealed hurts, but forgiving those who have hurt and disappointed you and really releasing them to God, including forgiving yourself if necessary, can be like removing plugs that stopped up the flow of God’s Spirit to you. If we keep our eyes on our problems and pains, this will not bring us to the faith in God that is needed for healing. We must seek and see the Lord. Don’t let what ails you be your identity; make Yeshua your identity and your life in Him! And then watch and see what changes in your life. If your faith is in your continually rehearsed illness or emotional pain, that’s where you’ll stay. But “fixing your eyes on Yeshua, the author and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2) brings us into a personal and intimate relationship with Yeshua – that is a miracle in itself! Out of that relationship, we can access the kind of life-changing miracles that enable us to overcome what hinders us to make us overcomers in Him.
I’ve also found from experience that forgiveness doesn’t mean you still hold on to the idea that you were right and they were wrong but you’ll extend forgiveness to them even though they don’t deserve it. That’s pride and arrogance and is still holding someone in judgment. We must give up the right to be right and surrender it all to our Loving Lord. You may wish to do an inventory to see if there is somewhere you are still wounded and haven’t released it all to God, forgiving all involved in causing you pain, even if it is yourself you must forgive. Sometimes the hardest one to forgive is ourselves because we know ourselves so well. But Yeshua’s offer of forgiveness is unconditional, and so should ours be. The most important thing in our walk with God is loving Him and loving others as we love ourselves. (Deut 6:5). If there’s some place where we’re not free, the Holy Spirit is there to help us forgive and then we must allow Him to heal us so we can trust and have proper faith. “Cease striving and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
God has made it so we have available to us what it takes to be an overcomer. Yeshua promises us that “he who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Rev.3:21). Even Yeshua “learned obedience from the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8), the obedience of faith and trust in His Father no matter what is happening to the contrary. While He did miracles, the word says He did so when “God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power” (Acts 10:38). He was dependent upon His Father and the Spirit, and so must we be. To look for the supernatural or miracles in themselves isn’t really faith. Faith is first and foremost trusting in the goodness of God. When we look for the supernatural on its own, it’s like looking for a magic cure, or something mystical or well, yes, supernatural, but not looking for the Lord Himself or for Him to do it. That wouldn’t be about relationship with Him, as it needs to be. He would not be the goal, the healing or miracles would be. That would be like being married to someone only for what they could do for you and not because you want to share life with that person and love them with all your heart. People who are experiencing the supernatural manifestations are almost always those who are putting God first and wanting to know Him above all.
May I suggest that we each ask Abba to heal the inner-most part of our beings so we can be entirely His, and so His Spirit can work in us and He can bring us into the fullness of His calling on our lives. There’s an open door for all of us to have that kind of access to the Lord in these days in which we live. When we are sold out to Him, not just for what He can do, but just for the Lord Himself, then he can give us more supernatural experiences without them becoming idols or robbing Him of our love and devotion to Him.
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Lonnie Lane comes from a family of four generations of Jewish believers, being the first one saved in 1975. Lonnie has been in church leadership for many years, and has planted two “one new man” house fellowships, one in Philadelphia suburbs and the other in Jacksonville, Florida, where she now lives near 6 of her 8 grandchildren. Lonnie is the author of “Because They Never Asked” and numerous articles on this website. She has been the Producer of Messianic Vision's radio and TV shows and the International Prayer Co-Coordinator for Messianic Vision's intercessors. Click Here to order Lonnie's book, "Because They Never Asked."
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