Losing Our Identity
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy and drive out demons” - Matthew 10:8
A woman just left my office who confessed that she doesn’t trust anyone and has only been a Christian for a short time. She had deep emotional pain and had pain in both knees. We prayed for a short time and she walked out in total peace and free of pain…these encounters bring me so much joy, but they don’t happen enough!
Our Foursquare Church may be in danger of losing our identity as a movement centered around the power of the Holy Spirit, specifically in the area of Divine Healing. We have programs and performances replacing the “risky” and “unpredictable” work of the Holy Spirit. We are trying to keep up with America’s Got Talent, with “polished” and “professional” performances ensuring that “nothing gets out of hand.” But the question we have to ask is: “who’s hand?”
Jesus says: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” Jesus intentionally limits himself to the commands of the Father. In this passage, “Nothing” and “only” are very powerful words: Do I have them in the right order in my own life or am I “only” doing things in my strength and doing “nothing” by what I see my Father doing. My heart for our movement is that we would intentionally limit ourselves to the commands of the Father.
For us, I feel this calling from the Lord to “repent and do the things we did at first.” (Revelation 2:5) When was the last time you preached on Divine Healing? When was the last time you prayed in your services for Divine Healing? I feel convicted that 25% of our theology gets 2% of our attention (one Sunday a year). God is calling us back to our roots or our DNA (Divine Nature Activated) in the Church. Let’s contend for Divine Healing this year…after all, Jesus already paid for it!
- Ponder the order of “nothing” and “only” in your ministry (John 5:19)
- Commit to ‘making space’ in your services to pray for healing
- Ask God to restore your faith for healing
Pastor Joel and his wife Sonja have impacted many different ministries at Northside since God placed them there in 2005. He grew up in New York, but has made Coquitlam his home since graduating from Trinity Western University in 2004. He manages the day to day operations of the church, and oversees all Core Ministries of Northside. His primary Circle of Influence is his wife and their five children.