This was one of my favorite verses as a child. Nothing was impossible to me, no situation too tough and no boogyman too scary, because my Jesus said if I believe on Him and follow His commandments (as stated as a condition in a later verse), then anything He did, I could do… “And More!” Wow, what a powerful statement, and Jesus said it, so I believed it!
As a grown up I still believe it and hold that verse close to my heart. Though the situations may be a little tougher and the boogymen, a little scarier, they are still never too tough or scary for me because I serve a big God, a powerful God, an omnipotent God, and through Him all things are possible!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13
God calls us all to walk in miracle working faith but the devil often robs us of that faith by causing us to feel too unworthy to receive what God has freely given to us… Power, authority, permission, a commission, His Name!
Don’t think he’s robbing you? Test yourself. Tell yourself out loud right now, “I can do greater things then Christ did”. If you are hesitant to do that or if you cringe at the thought as you do it, then you are being robbed of a promise that came from Jesus himself. You are not receiving the most powerful gift God has given you, and that gift is “authority“.
So now that we realize that we’ve been robbed, how do we take back what the devil stole from us? By understanding and taking back our authority. Why can we do the things that Christ did, and greater?
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” – Romans 8:14-17
To be a child of God and a joint heir with Christ through the adoption granted us by his precious blood at Calvary, means that we “inherit” from God the same inheritance as Christ. Hence, the same authorities and miracle working power!
It’s important to note that you cannot inherit something unless there is a death. Christ being both God and man provided that death that we might inherit eternal life (the greatest gift) and all authority! We in-turn must lay down our lives to the obedience and service of a God that died so that we might live. Once you understand that it becomes possible, if not “easy”, to receive and fulfill the commissions, commandments, and promises of God with miracle working faith.
“And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” -Matthew 10:7-8
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark 16:17-18
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:18-20