“Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons” Mark 3:14.
Although Jesus appointed twelve apostles to be with Him, Peter, James and John accompanied Jesus more closely than the others. Peter, one among the twelve apostles was the first to speak out to the public after they were anointed by the Holy Spirit. His first speech brought three thousand souls to the Lord. We read in John 15:4 ”Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” Peter knew he could do nothing of his own because one word (John 21:6) from the Lord gave him one hundred fifty three large fishes and the net was not broken (John 21:11). We need to be coupled with the Lord in order to have a fruitful ministry.
The apostles obeyed Jesus’ words in preaching the Word to the nations. As we read in Mark 16:15 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” The Lord wants us to “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” 2 Timothy 4:2. Apostle Paul says in Timothy 4:3 & 4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” Last week I was so happy to see a sticker on a car which read, “We want God back in America.” It is good that people have started to realize that without God we are nothing.
During these days, we hear about many new kinds of sicknesses. These are the days we need more of healing, miracles, signs and wonders. Peter and John healed the lame man who was seated at Solomon’s Portico Acts 3:6. Apostle Paul annoyed by the slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination commanded the spirit to come out of the girl in the name of Jesus Christ. And it obeyed him Acts 16:18.
Dear believer, I strongly believe that these words are meaningful to you and as Christians we need to exercise our authority to preach the Gospel and heal the sick.“Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.” Joel 3:13.