I am not so short sighted to believe I have found THE keys to healing, the miraculous, or signs and wonders. What I do know and believe is that I have a relationship with my Father who wants me to learn His trades and pursue the gifts and desires He has planted in me. This relationship is based on trust and love so why should I try to have any relationships based on anything other than trust and love?
How quickly we are found out if someone senses our relationship is solely for personal gain.
In certain corporate settings when a check over a set amount ($1,000 – $5,000) is cut to pay for goods or services there is a requirement that the check be signed by two corporate officers. This helps eliminate the possibility of fraud. In a multi-billion dollar company the CEO can write a check for $10,000,000 and the funds are readily available but the disbursement check must have two signatures or else it is worthless.
Healing, miraculous, signs and wonders have the same requirement as a two signature check. For overwhelming miraculous results there must be more than a gifting, faith, word of knowledge, or prophetic word, there must be a “second signature” to see the fruit. The second signature is always LOVE.
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 1 Cor 13:1-3
God intentionally put the chapter on love between two chapters on spiritual gifts to keep our focus on the two greatest commandments. LOVE God with all of your heart, soul and mind. LOVE your neighbor as yourself. (Matt 22:36-40) Without love even the best of intentions will bear little fruit at best. God wants us engaged with His heart of love FIRST then signs and wonders will follow. God is always attracted to compassion, we see Him working miraculously through Jesus’ compassion and compassion can not come without love.
When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick. (Matt 14:14)
(continued from above) He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, 20 and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. 21 There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children. (Matt 14:19b-21)
32 And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”… 36 and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 37 And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full. 38 And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. (Matt 15:32, 36-38)
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him. (Matt 20:34)
40 And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. (Mark 1:40-42)
When I enter any situation in life my heart must be turned on by love, not being right, not making God look big, not what I can receive out of a situation but only LOVE. Without love our hands are empty and our words are hollow.