During my devotional reading yesterday, I came upon the story of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding in Cana. As I read the details of the account I was reminded again of what I believe is a forgotten truth or factor regarding faith and demonstration of His kingdom. That is: to see the miraculous, we must take action or a step of faith ~ FIRST!
In the wedding account, Jesus tells the servants to fill the water pots with water: so they did. His next statement was a challenge to action, to demonstrate their faith: “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” (ESV Jn 2:8). Think about it, these servants had just put water in the pots, in fact, it says they filled them to the brim! They could stand there and see the surface of the water. What a challenging statement! It is a moment of truth; do they act on what they see or on what Jesus has told them? We are told they took the water to the master who commented on its excellent quality. It appears somewhere between dipping the water out and delivery to the master of the ceremony, the miracle happened. What if the servants would not have taken action? What if they would have waited till they saw the water changed?
The forgotten factor of faith is: It requires an action step to manifest
So many times, Jesus challenges the faith of those in need to act on His word. The man with the withered hand he said: “stretch out your hand.” To the ten lepers, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” To the lame man that had been lowered into Jesus presence: “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” Then, to the man who was born blind: “Go…wash in the Pool of Siloam.” The faith of these individuals was challenged with a call to action: only when they took that step of faith did they received their miracle.
I can imagine, for each of these individuals, there was a moment of decision: do I act on what appears to be real, or obey what Jesus said? This is the real proof of faith, taking the step of action!
Kingdom demonstration is still the same today: faith requires an action step. It necessitates that we see beyond the natural appearance, into the Spirit and demonstrate what is revealed to us. Hebrews 11:1 give us this principle, it states: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The word substance references something that imparts a reality, enabling us to feel and act as if it were real, now! It is our actions that bring evidence or proof of what is not seen naturally, but by the eyes of faith. When we take that action step, we are revealing we believe what we have seen. It is then; we will see the manifestation of the Spiritual reality!
This principle is true in all aspects of Kingdom living: including our initial act of faith for salvation, our attitude of finances to demonstrating the miraculous. All require an action step of faith!
Let me wrap this up with a couple of quick stories.
In my personal experience and in teaching our series, Living In Kingdom Authority, when prayer is made for healing, we ask for an action step of faith. For example, on one trip to South Africa a local pastor came to me about pain and limited motion in his shoulder. After we prayed, I then asked him to move his shoulder. He cautiously began to lift it, and when he reached the place where it used to hurt he developed this excited look on his face and began waving his arm around, declaring, “I doesn’t hurt!” It was his actions that demonstrated his faith and manifested the miracle!
An evangelist told me a story of God healing a man who was wheelchair bound. This evangelist prayed for him, then pulled him up from his chair and began walking him across the front of the building. Now at first the man was virtually being drug back and forth, but suddenly, one foot stepped forward, then the other and the man began to walk on his own!
In both of these stories, there was a challenge to action that revealed their faith and manifested the miraculous.
Today, Jesus is still challenging his followers to step out and demonstrate to this world his greatness. When we see, with the eyes of faith, what he has already accomplished and act on it, we will see it manifest in the lives of those around us! Today, take that step of faith!
Dr Martin lives in St Louis MO, with his wife Ava and their dog Zoe. His ministry focus is the principles of Kingdom Authority that empower believers to use their spiritual gifts, demonstrating the miraculous power of Jesus and his kingdom. The results: increased faith and the potential for greater revival and harvest. He is available to speak to your local assembly, organization or ministry. For more information, check us out here