Jesus performed seven miracles on the Sabbath. Four of these . . . [to read more click icon]
took place in a synagogue or on the Temple grounds. When Jesus showed up at church, things happened!
In John 5, Jesus heals a lame man who was sitting by a pool. This miracle happened on a Sabbath and it angered the Pharisees. When the Pharisees found out that Jesus was the cause of this miracle, they harassed Him for breaking the Sabbath rules. In response Jesus said, “I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing. But you haven’t seen the half of it yet” (John 5: 19-20 The Message). What if today’s ministers would begin to do what they saw the Father doing each Sunday morning? What would our Sunday services look like? What kind of impact would it have on our congregation?
A few years ago the Lord convicted me about asking Him what I should speak on instead of seeing what He is doing. It’s true! If ministers today would look at what the Father is doing and then do in like manner, I believe we would have an outpouring of God’s Spirit that would turn the world upside down once again. Our congregations would get excited and begin to do what the Father is doing as well. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not diminishing the power of the spoken word. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6: 63). We need the preaching of the Word, but like my wife says, “For the most part, we are preached to death -- the gospel is more than words -- when will we do something?” See what the Father is doing and then do in like manner. Our congregations need that. We need that!