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Is something sick or even dead in your world? A relationship? Finances, career, or business? Ministry? Well-being?
Peter (and he learned this from Jesus Christ) modeled for us 3 key Kingdom dynamics in seeing someone (or something) experience new life.
Tabitha (trans. in Greek as Dorcas) fell sick and died (Acts 9.36-43). Luke writes she was a woman who abounded with “deeds of kindness and charity.” Something good and beneficial had ended.
How would Peter move forward when asked to come and minister to this situation?
He learned these 3 key Kingdom dynamics from Christ. And we can move in them as well.
He Conditioned the Environment For the Miraculous
“When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. But Peter sent them all out … (Acts 9.39-40a NASB).”
Grieving is understandable. But Peter knew that if they were to see the miraculous in this situation, he needed to shift the environment, conditioning it for Kingdom possibilities. He saw Jesus do the same: “He (Jesus) said, ‘Leave’ … when the crowed had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up (Matt. 9.24-25 NASB).”
We must do the same …
We must condition our “environment.” We probably need to stop listening to some things. Stop viewing some things. Stop allowing the circumstantial and environmental to affect us. The Lord may lead us to courageously and graciously transform or release some relationships. We need to look to Him for new relationships. We most likely need to forsake memories and past experiences.
There are many ways we condition our physical environment as well as our internal environment (inner man).
After conditioning the environment, Peter “knelt down and prayed (Acts 9.40 NASB).” This is where we go. This is where the grace and power flows. We “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4.16 NASB).”
We dial in to the heart and mind of God.
His ability is imparted to us. He is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Eph. 3.20 NASB).”
He Now Turned to the Situation and Spoke
“And turning to the body, he said, ‘Tabitha, arise.’ And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive (Acts 9.40-41 NASB).”
Jesus defined faith as absolute dependence on God and belief-filled speaking: “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him (Matt. 11.22-23 NASB).” [Explore Matt. 8.5-13 where Jesus identifies the greatest faith He had ever seen as a faith which understood authority and commanding words.]
This faith-filled speaking is sourced in the womb of prayer.
In the next verse in Matt. 11 Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you (Matt. 11.24 NASB).” Peter rose from a place of praying through, turned to face the situation and then spoke. Kingdom possibility was released through prayer-based, belief-filled proclamation.
Is something sick or dead? Align yourself in right standing with God in Christ. It’s comeback time.
- Condition your environment for the supernatural
- Kneel down and pray through
- Now, turn to the situation and proclaim.
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