Jesus Didn't Do...and the Coming Move of God"
By Melissa Nordell
I love to
read the red letters of Jesus in the Bible as often as I can. Jesus is the Word, and the Word is Jesus (John 1:1, 14). I love how the anointing and understanding rubs off on us. Reading and meditating on Jesus' own words blows religion, tradition and formulas
out of the water!
Jesus' own red-letter words are found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts and Revelation. Of course, the entire Word of God is vital; but it will change your life, shift your
ministry, and blow up 'sacred cows' when you do a Bible study just on Jesus' own words. This time, while reading and meditating on His words, the Holy Spirit had me think about what Jesus did not do, and how that compares with what happens in ministry today.
Prophetically speaking, the Lord revealed to me that following how Jesus operated in ministry will be exactly what will bring in the coming great move of God in these last days. We need to ask ourselves:
"How did Jesus minister?" But before we see how Jesus fulfilled His ministry, let us look at ways Jesus did not minister, which is important as well.
How Jesus Did NOT Minister
One thing Jesus did not do is to call out sin in a legalistic way when He was healing people who came to Him. Jesus didn't say to the woman with the issue of blood: "Now you didn't obey the law. You came
in here with an issue of blood, knowingly, and the law forbids you to do this. So go on your way. I cannot heal you because you did not obey the law. In fact, you touched Me." No – Jesus healed her (Mark 5:25-34). He came to fulfill the law (Matthew
In another example, Jesus didn't say to Jairus: "Now, I am sorry I can't heal your daughter. You said from your mouth that she is dying, so because you said that, I cannot heal her.
Go on your way and think about what you confess with your mouth for a while, and then, maybe then, I can heal her." No – Jesus surely has the power to heal and raise the dead, and Jairus' words could not stop Him (Mark 5:21-42).
In praying about Jesus' words, I also saw that when people came for healing, He didn't ask them to test the healing; He didn't slap people or push them down (at least there is no biblical basis for this).
No – people absolutely knew they were healed. They didn't need anything in the flesh. I envision them leaping joyously, smiling from ear to ear, exclaiming wildly how they were made new.
way that Jesus, our Savior, did not minister was to tell demons that He was "standing against them." He never "stood against" any demon! He did not say to the man possessed with demons in the country of the Gerasenes: "Legion, I stand against you." No –
He took authority and told the demons where to go, thereby setting the man free and bringing revival to the region of the Gerasenes (Mark 5:1-20).
How Jesus DID Minister
So, how did Jesus operate in ministry? In the Word, Jesus said that He ONLY did what He saw His Father do (John 5:19), and ONLY said what He heard the Father say (John 12:49); so isn't that what we should do also? Don't we have
the same heavenly Father as Jesus? How much more should we mere humans depend fully on listening to the voice of the Father through the Holy Spirit – then from there, do or say only what He says and does?
What did Jesus say when He was about to ascend to the Father after His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead? He said that He would send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, who would lead us and guide us so that we can do works like Him, and
so that we can do greater works (Acts 1:8; John 14:12, 16, 26, 27; John 15:26). How much have we been depending on the Holy Spirit whom Jesus sent to direct us to do works like Him and greater works?
When we follow the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sent to us, we cannot go wrong. The Holy Spirit is never wrong. We just need to learn to submit to the Spirit, hear from Him accurately, and follow His directions. It is by reason of use (which means practice)
that we learn to accurately hear the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 5:14). The flesh accomplishes nothing.
Jesus healed everyone who asked and operated in deliverance for all He chose. Why are we not
seeing these "greater works" like Jesus told us we would? Because we rarely follow the voice of the Father, through the Holy Spirit, when we intercede and when we minister. We need to copy Jesus Christ. Jesus healed and delivered people in varying ways as
He followed the direction of the Father. Under God's control is never "out of control.”
The Era of the Holy Spirit: Following His Voice and No Other
For years, I have been hearing what I call "the major prophets" say that the last "great and coming move of God" will be a "grassroots" movement, a movement of the saints (the "nameless, faceless" saints) – not superstars.
But how can the "nameless" and "faceless" do these greater works? By following Jesus' example; emulating Him by only doing what they see the Father do and only saying what they hear the Father say. It's as simple as that. We seem to have made it so complicated
when it truly is quite easy.
Isaiah 2:22 says, "Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?”
To do this, we need to tell our flesh to stay quiet, hear the Holy Spirit and follow His direction – not our own. We need to be able to accurately hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and yield to Him. The Holy Spirit has a voice,
and we need to listen to Him.
John 10:27 says that His sheep hear His voice. I had the privilege of attending a barbecue at the home of friends who have many animals, including sheep. It was
wonderful when the shepherd (the husband in this case) called the sheep to go through several gates to get to their food for dinner on an opposite part of the property. Another friend attending was very curious as to how the shepherd directed the sheep, but
because she was standing near the shepherd, the sheep were in confusion and scattered a bit. Sheep only listen to their shepherd – not another – for their safety and substance, otherwise they get into confusion. It's imperative that we learn His
voice and no other.
It is not just for ordained ministers or those in the pulpit – everyone can hear the Holy Spirit. It's by reason of use that we all become more skilled and confident.
It's time for us to use and depend on the Holy Spirit, the precious one who was given to us by Jesus Christ to fulfill the Great Commission. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to have His way and usher in the
greatest move of God...ever.
By Melissa Nordell
Strategic Prayer Command
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321