Believing God for Greater Than
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Christians involved in bold witness accompanied by miracles, dramatic conversions and Holy Spirit empowered victories over evil.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father (John 14:12).
This response to Phillip’s request, “Lord, show us the Father,” has always been a bit challenging for me when I consider all the mighty works and miracles Jesus did in His brief lifetime and even shorter public ministry. However, the concept of Jesus’ followers doing “greater works” is a bit more understandable when we realize what Jesus is telling Phillip. Essentially, He is saying, “The miracles you have seen me perform could have only been accomplished through the all-powerful work of God the Father.”
Later, Paul reassures us that Christ Jesus is now seated at the Father’s right hand ever interceding for us (Romans 8:34). Consequently, when a miracle—event not explicable by natural or scientific laws—occurs, we can have no doubt that it is the result of the Father’s working and not our own. He is the One due all the glory and praise!
This was definitely the case when my father was healed of thyroid cancer. Dad had experienced symptoms similar to a stroke victim, became extremely disoriented, and experienced other physical challenges, combined with unexplainable weight loss. The doctors performed a plethora of tests attempting to discover the cause for his confusion and inability to function normally. Eventually, they determined that he had a growth on his thyroid gland and a biopsy would be required. After two biopsy procedures, we were told the results indicated one of two aggressive forms of thyroid cancer.
A few weeks later, surgery was scheduled with a cancer specialist from a prominent clinic in the Memphis area. A host of family members gathered to support Mom and Dad on the day of the procedure. The small waiting room forced us to wait in the lobby, and the nurses jokingly said, “We need a set of bleachers rather than a few extra chairs for this gang.”
We were believing God for a “greater than” report from the doctor!
I will never forget what transpired approximately half-way through the operation. My brothers and I accompanied Mom back to a small room to meet with the surgeon. The unplanned pause was not to share bad news but to ask our opinion about removing the entire thyroid versus only the growth. Earlier, the doctor had assured us a pathologist would be present in the operating room, and they would run careful tests to make certain all the cancer had been removed before closing.
Apparently, the surgeon and the pathologist were amazed with their findings. He said, “We have examined and reexamined the growth, and we cannot definitively say this is cancer.” We opted for removal of the entire thyroid for precaution and awaited the final pathology report a few days later.
Due to other responsibilities, I returned home, but two days later, we received the wonderful news. Mom called to say the pathology report revealed some type of “dead cells.” It seems the few weeks’ delay that allowed for prayers to be offered, literally around the world, also gave a window of opportunity for the omnipotent Father of heaven and earth to perform a miracle procedure unexplainable by natural or scientific laws. We were filled with praise and thanksgiving to the Lord of glory, who does exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think.
—Kay Horner, Executive Director
Awakening America Alliance
- Take a few moments to read and reflect on one of your favorite miracles from Scripture. Ask God to increase your faith to believe and embrace Him as the Lord of the impossible (Luke 1:37).
- Pray for Jesus followers to walk in the reality of God’s Word (John 14:12; Matthew 17:20; Luke 18:27, and Hebrews 11:6) so that they will be able to present the fullness of His message and reveal the secrets of His kingdom—the mystery of Jesus Christ dwelling in and empowering us by His Spirit.
Published by: Awakening America Alliance