It had been 2 months since I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior on December 28, 1991. I started out reading the Book of Matthew and now I was up to reading the Book of Acts, I read 5 chapters in the morning and I returned later that evening to read further I stopped at chapter 12, I went back briefly over the 12 chapters skimming through the pages in amazement that these disciples were operating in such Power. A Divine desire entered my heart about being used by God to operate in the same Measure of Anointing. All this happened before I ever read any books about any man of God operating just like the disciples did in the Book of Acts. I immediately got on my knees and Prayed;
Lord, I read what these Disciples did in the Book of Acts from chapters 1 thru 12, Peter, John, Stephen and Philip all were used in a mighty way with many Signs, Wonders and Miracles of Healing. I want to be used like them. I just donít want to give out tracts and tell them about You without having the Power to demonstrate that You are real and that You Save, Heal and do Miracles today as You did back then.
Lord, You know what I did in the past I was a big Drug Lord and illegal Gun Dealer, and many highly regarded me as the man who was not to be messed with. Now, I need to be someone who was touched Powerfully by You and be used in a great way for Your Glory so people can see the change and difference, that Iím not religious but Anointed to help them. Use Me like You used Peter, John, Stephen and Philip in Jesus name. Amen
Note: I lived a double life in the past before I was Born-again. I was a Drug Dealer and Illegal Gun Dealer from December 1985 through August of 1987, and made Millions of Dollars. I also worked in Construction. I never shared dark-side of my life until now. I will share more about my past as the Lord leads me for testimonial purposes in the future.
Praying for it!
I did not totally understand what I was doing nor did I know the challenges I would face to become a Powerful Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I grew more spiritually I now know that I was led by the Holy Spirit to;
1. Desire spiritual Gifts (See 1 Corinthians 12:31/ 14:1 NKJV)
2. To Pray about it (See John 14:12-14 NKJV) (Acts 4:24-31 NKJV)
3. And to do the Work of an Evangelist (2 Timothy 4:5 NKJV)
You see, the Holy Spirit will Teach us what we should do in regards to Praying about Greater Works (See 1 John 2:20, 27 NKJV). The Holy Spirit is a Practical Helper, Truth Revealer, Constant Companion, who dwells with us, and Teaches us all things, then He brings us to remember all things that Jesus had said (John 14:16-17, 26 NKJV).
After I Prayed the Prayer for being used in a mighty way like the disciples were used, evil thoughts of doubt came into my mind trying to talk me out of believing that this was possibleóthat God wasnít going to answer my Prayer because I wasnít good enough. After all, I was a Drug Dealer and Gun Dealer I destroyed many lives by selling this stuff to make a profit. Then the Holy Spirit placed a thought in my mind saying, I used Paul who persecuted Christians and stoned them to death, I said yeah, thatís right! And Jesus said, Pray for Greater Works (John 14:12-14 NKJV). The Holy Spirit comforted me and I was at Peace when these thoughts came to me! The Holy Spirit knows when the devil speaks to our minds and tries to discourage us into thinking that were not worthy to be used by God. So after we are attack with the negative thoughts the Holy Spirit will remind us about what Jesus said and give us Scriptural references to secure that God can and will use us no matter who we use to be (See 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NKJV).
Jesus said to Pray for Greater Works
After Jesus answered Thomas about where He was going to prepare a place for them in Heaven with the Father. Jesus said no one can come to the Father but through Him. Jesus then goes on to say, if you seen Me you seen the Father (John 14:1-7 NKJV)
1. Then Philip said show us the Father, Jesus said seeing Him is the same as seeing the Father (v. 9)
2. Jesus said You donít believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me the words I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; But the Father who dwells in Me does the WORKS (v. 10)
3. Believe Me that itís so or believe Me for the sake of the WORKS themselves (v. 11)
4. Most assuredly, 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 My Father (v. 12)
5. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it (v. 13-14) (John 14:9-14 NKJV)
Believing in Jesusí Words
The application and key to Praying about Greater Works is to;
1. Believe what Jesus said here about Praying for Greater Works.
2. Understand what Jesus said about Greater Works.
3. Greater Works means Preaching and Teaching Powerfully than the Theologians of today as it was in His day as He walked the earth. It also means being used by God to Minister Salvation, Healing and Miracles to the people God will direct you to serve.
4. We must ask the Father by Prayer so He may manifest the Anointing to us to be used in the 4th Dimension of Faith and Grace. (See the example of the Disciples and how they Prayed for Greater Works in Acts 4:24-31 NKJV)
5. Jesus reaffirmed that if you ask Him about doing Greater Works, Jesus will do what you asked in regards to doing the Greater Works. He will grant you the Anointing needed to Minister in whatever capacity He wishes to use you to be a blessing to others.
How many of you ever came to revelation of these passages of Scripture that we just discussed? How many Pastors or Preachers ever explained this Greater Works concept as Jesus explained it to His disciples? I did not promise you this will work if you Pray itóJesus made this promise to all of us who believe it (John 14:11-14 NKJV). I believed it and Prayed it and it Works, Hallelujah!
Donít worry about the Pastor who doesnít believe this and ignore the Theologians who do not believe in the Supernatural Manifestation of Greater Works. Christian Leaders who failed to tap into this promise are only limiting themselves and God from being able to use them in a Mighty way. Jesus desires us to operate on a higher level of Faith and Grace in Him. Itís not my ideaóitís His Divine idea for operating in His Kingdom. We WORK for a Mighty God, a Miracle WORKING God who wants to show the world that He exist and that His Glorious Kingdom is available for all who believe in Him.
My Biblical Experiences
After I Prayed for God to use me in a Mighty way on February 1992, I was Baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues on September 2nd, 1992. And then my first Preaching gig was on February 7th, 1993; I Preached on the topic of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and 2 men came up and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues just like the Book of Acts chapter 19:1-9 NKJV. Although I was kicked out of Bibles Studies and Prayer meetings for doing this in 1993, God turned the Pastor around 3 years later on July 1996, the Pastor allowed me to minister in the Church and people were being Saved, Healed and Baptized in the Holy Spirit.
When we are Called to operate in the Gifts of the Spirit the devil will not take it lightly we will be rejected, ignored and verbally ridiculed by our own carnal Christian brothers and sisters. However, we must move forward and Minister where we can. I Ministered outside the Church back then and I currently Minister outside the Church today. Some Churches Call me every now and then and they are Bless by the Ministry God had entrusted to meóothers are plain carnal or unspiritual and yet others are jealous of me. I shared all this to warn you ahead of time that whoever wishes to be used in a Greater capacity it will be a lonely and hard journey. God will be with you through it all but we must accept the assignment with all the challenges it will bring us. So, if you Desire to be used by God in a Greater Way Pray for it and do not worry about who rejects you, God will always see us through it in Jesusí name, Amen.
Remember there is always someone out there who wants more of God and God will use you to Minister to them.
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