In verse 28 of John 6, people ask Jesus, “What exactly does God want us to do?” Jesus replied, “God wants you to have faith in the One He sent.” (v. 29)
The people were needy for The Word and asked Jesus what was His secret to work miracles. He had just fed 5000 people, healed the diseased and done other miracles. Jesus, the Christ of God, replied that the work of God is to believe! It is belief (faith) that works the miracles of God.
Do you recall the reason Jesus gave for lack of miracles in His own country? Yes, even Jesus saw when things were missing from life. What was the reason? Unbelief. It was that simple; not many mighty works were done because of unbelief. “Because the people did not have any faith, Jesus did not work many miracles there.” (Matthew 13:58)
Now Jesus told them, “Elijah certainly will come and get everything ready…but people did not recognize him…” (John 17:11) Jesus was talking to them about John the Baptist. Then, in verses 14 and 15, “A man knelt in front of Jesus and said, ‘Lord, have pity on my son. He has a bad case of epilepsy… I brought him to your disciples, but none of them could heal him.’ ”
Look at Jesus’ response: “You people are too stubborn to have any faith! How much longer must I be with you? Why do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy here. Then Jesus spoke sternly to the demon. It went out of the boy, and right then he was healed.” (John 17-19)
Later the disciples questioned Jesus, “Why couldn’t we force out the demon?” (v 19) Jesus replied: It is because you don’t have enough faith. But I can promise you this: If you had faith no larger than a mustard seed, you could tell this mountain to move from here to there. And it would. Everything would be possible for you.” (v 20-21)
Jesus told us we could do the same work He did, and more. (John 14: 12-13) Are we doing It? Jesus submitted Himself totally to Father God and He resisted the temptation of Satan. Nothing is impossible with God. But we must do it, act quickly, put Satan under our feet and speak The Word—His truth. Faith comes by hearing an doing the word of God. No manmade formula, but the everlasting, all powerful word of God which cannot go out void [empty, meaningless]. (Romans 10:17)
Our God cannot, does not lie; so don’t doubt! The truth is the will of God. “The faith of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16) Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do…shall he do also; and greater works that these shall he do; because I go to my Father.” (John 14:12)
The word used is believe—NOT unbelief. Holy Spirit, strengthen each of us reading these words to act quickly. Your word never goes out void but will accomplish His purpose. Holy Spirit, enlighten each of us to receive and impart Your anointed word in the name of Jesus.
What then is the work of God for each today? The same today as then. Christ is the same today and always. (Hebrews 13:8) Believe, and all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)