God wants to work through us to do the extraordinary. He allows storms to get our attention so that he can extend an invitation to us to do something amazing. As I look at Isaiah 61:1-3, I see people that are captivated by different storms. However, in these verses, Christ is doing some extraordinary things.
Jesus is the Chief Apostle and Isaiah 61:1-3 speaks of his mission: “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
Some of us are struggling with several of these circumstances. He wants to release you in extraordinary fashion so that you can do the exceptional! Like Peter on that stormy sea (Matthew 14), he was released by Christ in the midst of the worst storm of his life. He was released with one word by Christ, which was “Come.” Instead of trying to get out of your storm, it is time to release the extraordinary within your storm!
He has returned to the Father and left this work in the hands of the Church. Sometimes we feel inadequate to deal with these conditions in our own lives, let alone being qualified to minister to others. We may feel that if Christ were physically here, there wouldn’t be anything we could not do. However, Jesus said I am sending you ANOTHER Comforter (PERSON), which is the Holy Ghost, and he will walk with you. Another Comforter means a PERSON that is and can do all that Christ did, and will intimately walk with us. Sometimes we act as if the Holy Spirit’s presence is somehow less than Christ being physically present with us. That is a lie from the devil if any Christian feels this way.
Christ realized our inadequacies in his chosen limitations to be human. He and the Father released the Holy Spirit to walk with us to fulfill this mission and to extend his reach.
On this twelfth day of release, I believe that we need to release apostolic signs and wonders to be performed in Mt. Pleasant. II Corinthians 12:12 says, “The things that mark an apostle –signs, wonders and miracles – were done among you with great perseverance.”
God doing great things in our midst should be commonplace and not the exception. Apostolic ministry is legitimized by the manifestation of the miraculous.