- “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these…” (Matt. 10:1–2).
- “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
- “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Faith for Miracles—Shifting into an Apostolic Mindset
A wise older minister once told a younger one who lacked faith for healing to “preach about it until he found that he had faith.” I have found that adage to be very true. The more I preach and teach on a subject, the more faith and understanding the Lord releases to me (and hopefully to those who are listening). Anyway, it’s time to do much more preaching and teaching on healing and miracles, because the Lord is releasing a new wave of the supernatural.
The twelve apostles illustrated this by choosing to appoint new leaders to handle day-to-day affairs so that they could continue to focus on “prayer and ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). The apostles seemed to know that choosing to keep focused on ministry of the word was what would keep their faith growing so miracles could flow continually—not only through them, but also through all in the early church. Thus, I encourage all of you to do much more preaching/teaching on healing and deliverance. Miracles will begin to flow through you and through those connected to you.
Moving in healing and deliverance is also essential for shifting us from a “discipleship mindset” into an apostolic one. With Jesus, we see the following progression: First, he called the twelve disciples. Second, he gave them authority and power over sickness and demons. Third, he describes them as apostles.
This week, I am with a group that really wants to be more apostolic and wants to function as an apostolic center. In the first meeting, I was led to demonstrate and activate healing. It was then that I saw the truth from Matthew 10:1–2 about moving from a discipleship mindset into an apostolic mindset.
On one hand, we’re always disciples that need to keep growing and learning. On the other hand, there is a “human” and negative side to the concept of discipleship. It can carry the notion that since we are just disciples or learners, then it’s okay if we sit back and watch. Likewise, we can feel that we’re not accountable to address, confront, and change our environment. This is not what God has envisioned for us as believers.
In Matthew 10:1–2, Jesus gave his disciples power and authority and then called them apostles and sent them out. It was the imparting/activating for healing and deliverance that released an apostolic mindset. He later did this with the seventy (Luke 10), and finally did the same for all believers everywhere. When He gave the Great Commission, Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me. … Go and make disciples of the nations. … I am with you” (Matt. 28:18–20).
It is imperative that the church shifts from this negative kind of discipleship mentality to an apostolic mentality. Every believer needs to know they are sent into their homes, their neighborhoods, and their workplaces, and that they are accountable to effect change and release God’s glory. The easiest way to shift is to activate them to heal the sick and to break demonic bondages.
This shift into the apostolic is well under way in most nations. In fact, there is an incredible hunger to do the same works as Jesus. After all, He Himself said, “I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
So in conclusion…
First, as you preach and teach on miracles and healings, your faith and the faith of others will be strengthened. Second, activate, heal, and break the power of demons. You will find your mindset radically shifting. You will know and experience the authority of a sent one!
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Sign Up for Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 14–16
I hope many of you from overseas can join us in Taiwan. Although the majority of attendees will be from Taiwan, there will also be people from Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. All sessions will be in English and Chinese. To register and for hotel reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (English and Chinese).
Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan
It’s good to be back (MPP was off last week). There has been trouble with the wifi and the Facebook live broadcasts have suffered. Thank you for your prayers and for your understanding.
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Note: I will be visiting relatives in Edmonton and no ministry events are planned. I apologize for any misunderstanding, particularly to those of you who have asked about it.
- June 8–17, Ministry Trip
- June 23–27, Visiting relatives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- June 28–July 1, Canada Gathering, Montreal
- July 2–4, International Gathering (Leaders), Montreal
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