In 1982, Miles was drafted from a Division III college into the NFL. He was so excited as he flew to California for the first time in expectation of an NFL life. He expected everything that the NFL had to offer: stadiums, parties, TV, autographs, etc, and he wanted his expectations to be fulfilled.
When you got saved, did you have an expectation that you would live like Jesus lived and experience everything that God had to offer you?
When you got saved, did you have an expectation that you would live like Jesus lived and experience everything that God had to offer you? Did you expect that you would heal the blind and the mute, cast out demons, and raise the dead? If not, why not? Are you walking in power, or living a defeated life that is barely different from people you know who are not Christ followers?
When Jesus did all these things, He did them as a man. He humbled himself and gave up His Divine privilege to live as a man submitted to the Holy Spirit and empowered by the Holy Spirit—the same Holy Spirit that we have—to show us what could be done on earth with that kind of submission and power. He wanted us to see how we were intended to live as we walk with God and the expectations that we should have on our lives.
Indications that Jesus humbled Himself and lived as a human
in perfect dependence on the Holy Spirit.
1. He was born into a human family full of drama. Matthew 1:1-17
2. He used Scripture to fight the devil. Matthew 4:2
3. He needed physical food. Matthew 4:2
4. He was strengthened by angels. Matthew 4
5. His body required sleep. Matthew 8:24
6. His Soul was overwhelmed. Matthew 26:38
7. He did not know when the second coming would be. Matthew 24:36
8. He prayed. Matthew 26:39
9. He bled real blood. John 19:34
10. He died a real death; His spirit left Him. Matthew 27:50
11. He grew and developed. Luke 2:40
12. He was baptized, filled, led, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Luke 3-4
13. He depended on the Holy Spirit for miracles. Matthew 12:25-28
14. He followed the Father’s lead in what He said and did. John 8:25-29
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— Acts 2:22
Jesus wants us to do the things He did as a man because we can, by the power of the Holy Spirit! Miles pointed out that in third world countries, where people have less than we do, fewer responsibilities and material distractions, Christians perform amazing miracles because their faith is so much more evident and focused. Why wouldn’t we want to live the full life that Christ has for us?
These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:5-8
Do you have any idea how much faith it takes to pray for a dead person to be raised? Or to pray for someone in a wheelchair to get up and walk, or for someone afflicted with blindness to see? Yet Jesus commissioned His followers to do these things.
Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. Acts 3:1-8
Note that praying in faith and performing miracles is not for the glory of the disciples, but for the praise and glory of God!
In John 14:12-14, Jesus says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. Jesus says that we can do even greater works than He did, so we need to ask God every day and live with that expectation every day, looking for opportunities to give Him glory and do His will.
In order to live in that kind of power, we must try and practice these things. The Bible tells us to “work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling.” Just as we feel sore the first time we work out at the gym but slowly build muscle and endurance over time, we can build out faith and work out on a spiritual level. We can exercise our faith in God and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us by the authority given to us in Christ. We are even given authority over the demons, so we should never walk around defeated and beaten down by their influence (Luke 10:18-20).
So we are all challenged today not to live a defeated life or go through the motions of Christianity, but to pray with expectation that God will do everything in our lives that we are meant to do. Let’s pray as though He's really going to forgive us, love us, give us purpose and clarity, and provide supernatural power for His glory!