We believe God for our Salvation — but most Christians believe not for healing and miracles.
We know and believe God our Father in heaven sent His Son to this earth to die for the forgiveness of our sins.
We know and believe God blesses us and keeps us and gives His angels charge over us to protect and aid us. We know His power works mightily within us by His Spirit.
His Word tells us of Jesus healing and working miracles. “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
“When Yeshua came into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her. So she got up and served him. When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” Matthew 8:14-17.
We do not see much healing and miracles, so we take pills and go to the doctor and pray for healing but believe not.
The man seeking a miracle from Messiah Jesus for his demon possessed son believed Jesus would miraculously heal him.
Jesus told the man, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
This miracle shows us the importance of adding belief to our prayers.
“He asked his father, “How long has it been since this has been happening to him?”
He said, “From childhood. Often it has cast him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
Yeshua said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out with tears, “I believe. Help my unbelief!” Mark 9:21-24 (Mark 9:25-28)
“After Jesus cast out the demon, the disciples asked him: “Why couldn’t we cast it out?”
He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but by prayer and fasting.“” Mark 9:28-29.
Thus we learn, we must pray, believe and sometimes even fast for healing and miracles.
Messiah Jesus promised Peter he would give him the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
“I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 (Ephesians 4:1-17; Matthew 7:24-27)
Messiah Jesus rose from the dead and fulfilled that promise on the day of Pentecost 50 days after he shed his blood for the remission of our sins.
A few days before Pentecost, Jesus told the 11 to stay in Jerusalem until the day of Pentecost. He told them:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8.
The book of Acts is an account of the apostles work and the miracles, healing, signs and wonders following them that believed.
“The aim or object of St. Luke in writing the Book of Acts appears in every chapter and almost on every page. He wanted to relate, in the first place, in what manner the gift of the Holy Ghost was given on the day of Pentecost, and that the subsequent work of the apostles was due entirely to His agency and ministry.
So prominent is this feature, the Holy Ghost and His work being mentioned about seventy times, that one teacher of the Church has called the book the Gospel of the Holy Spirit. Closely connected with this feature is the fact that all the happenings in the history of the early Church are based upon, and made to appear as following out of, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For this reason another teacher of the ancient Church called the book the Demonstration of the Resurrection.
“But, in the second place, Luke wanted to give an account of the spread of Christianity, not only among the Jews, but also among the Gentiles, by the missionary efforts of the apostles. “The dominant note of the book is the missionary cause.”
“The Book of Acts intends to supplement the history of Jesus, as found in the Gospel of Luke, with a history of the apostles, and to give a graphic account of the victorious progress of the Gospel of Jesus from Jerusalem, the capital of Jewry, to Rome, the capital of the world.
“But there is also a third purpose evident in the Book of Acts. “This book you should read and regard not merely as St. Luke’s record of the personal doings or history of the apostles, but this is the point you should rather note, namely, that with this book St. Luke teaches all Christendom to the end of the world the true chief article of Christian doctrine, which tells us that we must all be justified alone by faith in Jesus Christ, without the Law or our own works.” (Luther) Hence the frequent use of the word “grace” and the continual reference to the glad tidings of the mercy of God in Christ Jesus.” Kretzamann
“If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God. Whatever we request we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus the Messiah, and to love one another as he commanded us. The person who keeps his commandments abides in God, and God abides in him. This is how we can be sure that he remains in us: he has given us his Spirit.” 1 John 3:20-24 ISV.
~ Bill Bremer