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The Three Most Powerful Words
I remember one of the first messages that I preached after I had gone into full time ministry. It was a Sunday morning service and I made the statement, "Jesus has already done everything He is ever going to do for you!" I then went on with my message to explain what I meant.
Some time after the service, one of the founders of our church told me that when I said that it initially put up warning signs as he thought, "What in the world does this guy think he is talking about". But then as he listened to the message faith rose up in His heart and he actually received a healing in his body. He had a blood pressure problems for which he had been on medication, but after that service he was completely healed.
I want you to consider a verse of scripture that I feel contains the three most powerful words in the Bible. It is found in John 19:30:
"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." (KJV)
It is finished! Why did Jesus say these words and what did He mean by them? To understand this we have to understand what Jesus' purpose was. We need to fully understand why He went to the cross. Yes, we know that He purchased our salvation by bearing our sin in His body, but was our eternity in heaven or hell the only issue being addressed?
Consider the following scriptures:
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.(I Jn 3:8 - KJV)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 - KJV)
When Jesus, at that moment that His Spirit departed from His physical body, had completed the purpose He came into the earth. He had destroyed the works of the devil in our lives. He had also completed everything that He needed to be completed for the life of God to manifest in our lives.
Jesus had purchased our salvation. Salvation that would apply to all areas of our lives. He paid the price of sickness so that we would not have to bear it, He carried all our sorrows so that we would not have to, He made all the resources of heaven available to flow into our lives, He broke down the wall that separated man and God so that we could now be the righteousness of God.
The reality of what I am saying is that everything you need, He has already done what needed to be done for you to have it. Too often, we view Jesus as our personal servant when we pray. We are trying to get Jesus to go get us this, come and heal us, go take care of this problem, move in a specific area of our life, when the reality is, it has been finished.
Our faith now receives what Jesus purchased for us. Even in the Old Testament under the Old Covenant God declared through the Prophet Hosea (4:6) that, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge."
As we discover the truths of the New Testament we find that the power of God resides in us so that we will manifest the power of God in this earth. You and I are critical to the plan of God. But if we don't realize that everything we need has been provided we are going to continue to sit and wait for God to give us what He has already given to us. This type of mindset keeps people from fulfilling the call of God on their lives.
I heard a preacher say one time, "Stop waiting for your ship to come in, start swimming out to it!" What a powerful truth. Realize that God has provided everything you need. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father and He is not running around doing the work that He already completed.
Let the faith in your heart start receiving what is available and purpose in your heart that you are going to accomplish everything that God has called you to.