What would you give to walk in power and love?
Wilson Barnabas Koh // August 28, 2018, 1:15 pm
“Do you have any pain in your body?”
One of the boys in the group of young people who had been drinking when we approached them pointed to his friend and said, “Can pray for broken heart or not?”
My friend Joyce proceeded to prophesy over the young lady in the area of relationships. The girl’s eyes suddenly widened and she exclaimed, “I felt a warm sensation and a sense of peace in my heart.” Her friends were amazed.
This prompted another of the guys to share. “I am a believer,” he said. “But I have backslided.”
Joyce then prayed for him, upon which she saw a word appear in her mind. “I saw the word ‘music’,” she said. The guy was astonished. He used to lead worship in church.
“The Father’s arms are always wide open to receive you,” Joyce told him, and when someone else in the group declared a sprained ankle, she asked him to pray with her for the boy, who received healing!
The first boy was astonished. How was it even possible that God could work through someone like him? Joyce wasn’t surprised – she was a “normal” believer in Jesus too. It was all about knowing his identity as a son in the Kingdom of God.
This is just one out of thousands of testimonies we have heard over the past few years.
As believers, we are called to fulfil the Great Commission by going out to reach the lost (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20). Yet more often than not, we stop short at inviting people to the church for evangelistic services so that someone else can do the work for us.
The Great Commission is the responsibility of every single follower of Jesus Christ. If you are in Christ, you are anointed, appointed and chosen to go. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, it was meant for every believer to be His witness (Acts 1:8).
No one is excluded. This includes you and me.
To be His witness is different from “doing” witnessing. Some believers switch on their ‘outreach’ mode during outreach activities. Once the event has ended, they switch back to their ‘usual’ mode, which is their real self. Witness is a thing they do, not a thing they are.
When we know our identity, we stop waiting for another evangelistic service or outreach event – our whole life becomes the outreach.
And people can discern if you are truly loving them, or simply putting on “outreach behaviour”.
It is our desire to see believers walking in their identity 24/7 as sons and daughters of the most High, where there is only one consistent mode of living: Lifestyle Christianity.
When we know our identity, we stop waiting for another evangelistic service or outreach event. Our whole life becomes the ministry (2 Corinthians 5:18). Our whole life becomes the outreach. Our lives are constantly reaching people wherever we go and in whatever we do. It’s a lifestyle!
You can be reaching someone while you are getting the groceries in the supermarket. You can be reaching someone at your workplace. You can be reaching someone when you are in the elevator. You can be reaching someone wherever you go, as you go.
“And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.” (Matthew 10:7-8)
Our ministry has seen thousands of people ministered to everywhere we go – in cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, foodcourts, malls, petrol stations, buses, trains, planes, Grab cars, elevators, toilets, over the phone with telemarketers … We’re bringing Jesus to the whole of Singapore.
We have seen multiple ailments healed: Spines straightened, deaf ears opened, myopia corrected, cancer removed, autoimmune disease gone, the lame walking.
Jesus has called every believer to represent Him (John 20:21) so that the world will encounter the love of the Father and be reconciled to Him (2 Cor 5:18). Jesus walked in authentic power and love throughout His life on earth. Everyone who came to Him was not only loved, but also healed and delivered (Matt 8:16-17).
The Cross is not a revelation of our sin. The Cross is a revelation of our sonship.
People often say: “But I’m not Jesus. I can’t walk like Him!” Well, while Jesus is God who came on earth to save us, He also came to show us how we can live like Him. He did not just die for us. He also died as us, so that we can be like Him.
The Cross is not a revelation of our sin. The Cross is a revelation of our sonship. Jesus died to restore our value and identity as His sons and daughters. But if we do not know who we are, we will not be able to live according to who He had created us to be.
We were created in His image. We were sons to begin with. By His perfect sacrifice, Jesus has redeemed us back to that position. Now He is calling us to represent Him.
To represent Christ is to walk like Him – both in character and in power. The world can walk in a measure of love but without power. The enemy can walk in a measure of power but without love.
But only we as believers can walk in both power and love.
When we know our identity, power and love will flow naturally out of who we are in Christ (Mark 16:17-18). This is not only reserved for the pastors, evangelists and leaders, or the fivefold ministers – we yearn to see everyday believers in Singapore awakened to their true identity as sons and daughters.
For Singapore to walk in her destiny as the Antioch of Asia, every believer has to participate. For there is no spectator in the Kingdom of God.
Christ in you is the Hope of Glory. Christ working through you is the manifestation of His glory.
When we realise who we are in Christ, we can represent Christ effectively to the world. When people see Christ in us, they encounter hope and turn to Him.
Wilson is part of the team that is hosting the School of Power and Love, founded by evangelist Todd White. The 3.5 day equipping school has been run more than 100 times in the States and other countries, and takes place for the first time on December 5-8, 2018.
Early bird pricing ends October 10, 2018. Register for it here.