It says in Romans 6:1-3 that we are baptised into Christ's death. Jesus died to get rid of the 'flesh', and He rose again to triumph over the devil, defeat the last enemy, death, and gave us the victory! When you are baptised in water, you are dead! I'm a dead man! When I asked to be baptised in water as a 12 year old boy, I was buried with Christ! And when I came out of the water, I was a newborn baby! I'm in Christ! This is what the Word of God says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, if we are in Christ, we are a new creation! The old things are gone! Gone forever! But you need to have the faith to accept the power of your salvation!
I've been filled with the Holy Spirit and I expect to see the power of God. We have to believe that God can work miracles. But in order to receive we need to spend time alone with Him; in the Bible, throughout Jesus' ministry, He would withdraw to the desert to pray; how much more is this necessary for us. It is only in these times of prayer and worship that we receive His strength. God is our answer; He is our power; God is our strength; He is our hope and deliverer; God is everything!
There is a power in the Word of God that transforms and revolutionises our lives; it is a power to heal the sick, raise the dead and bring new life to a troubled soul. That is why, when we declare the Word of God, miracles happen. It is not us, it's God fulfilling His Word. It is so easy to know what is in the Bible, but then dismiss it. We read it, study it, preach it, 'spiritualise' it, until there is a danger that we make it mean something else. But everything in the Bible can happen today! Don't limit God. I want to challenge you to a new kind of faith. We are commanded to go in and possess all the blessings which God has promised. Get into the Word of God, search for and mark every promise that you want in your life, and then claim them by faith!
The Bible says, 'Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever.' That's the only bit of the Bible I don't agree with. Listen carefully. In my life, the Jesus I know today is not the Jesus I knew when I was first a Christian. The Jesus I know today is a thousand times stronger and more powerful, more wonderful, than the Jesus I knew 70 years ago. The Bible says He's always the same, but to me, the Jesus I know becomes stronger every day, more powerful. Ten times more powerful this year than He was last year. A hundred more times powerful than He was a few years ago. A thousand times more powerful than when I was a young man! So who is right and who is wrong? I've discovered the truth! God doesn't change, I change. The change is this, I know God better!
'You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you' (Acts 1.8). Our power from God is through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and then through our relationship with God in prayer following that experience. The clear promise is that HIS power would be in US. Also that we would become witnesses. A witness is one who sees something and reports on it. We need to see, experience and witness God's miraculous power in action! Not merely by sitting and waiting, but by making it happen through the power of God. To me, it seems that the older I become the more powerful God is, yet it is not God who changes, but me, He reveals more of His glory as I seek after Him.
My God is the greatest and most powerful God in all the world and He is about to work the greatest miracles of all time. Yes, we are about to write the sequel to the Acts of the Apostles - yes, we are about to see the fulfilment of the Book of Revelation. And let me shout this loud enough to wake even the dead and bring Elijah back - Jesus is coming soon! I want you to know that, as for me, I believe the Book - 'in the last days I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh says the Lord' - Joel 2.28. I personally am ready to go. I am fired up, filled up, powered up, on my feet, ticket and sword in my hand, ready to go now. No power on earth or from hell can stop me. I'm not too old, too poor, too tired, too weak or ready to quit! If God could use Moses, David, Elijah, He can use me. I have the same Holy Spirit power they had, I believe in the same God, and I am already filled with revival fire. No more waiting - the urgency of the crisis is call enough - I have already seen the power of God in action, received a ten-fold more powerful anointing, preached the Gospel, won the lost and dying, healed the sick...! We must get back to the authority of the Bible. When God answers, He does it by a miracle. The only real evidence of the reality of God that I find in my Bible is the miraculous.
'I have surely seen the affliction of My people, and have heard their cry; I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver' (Exodus 3:7-8). When I had lung cancer, who did I call, who could I go to for help, I went to the Lord. He was the only one who could deliver me from my sickness. I've seen the power of God to deliver; yes, He has healed me twice of cancer, freed me from a communist prison, but I have also seen Him deliver men from the power of sin. I once preached in a Siberian prison to all 1400 inmates, desperate men: 200 multiple murderers, 400 serious sex offenders and 800 even worse criminals. The commandant said he was an atheist, that God could not change these men, that I was wasting my time. But, faced with the crisis of this challenge, the Holy Spirit came on me and God transformed the prison that day. All 1400 criminals repented and 140 of those convicts are now pastors, some of the best evangelists in Russia today were saved that day in that place!
God changed my life; I realised He had done what He promised, God had filled me with a new fire and passion. After my first visit to Jerusalem in 1961 I became a missionary to Israel, coming up to eight times a year, bringing tourists. In order to get to Jerusalem I had to go behind the Iron Curtain, through communist countries, and God opened my eyes to a new vision. In 1964, only three and a half years after my first visit to Jerusalem, I discovered I had throat cancer. I went to the Word of God for my healing. The Bible is the most powerful book in the world! All the power and authority that God has is revealed in His Word! After three months of praying and believing, I went to the hospital where they confirmed that God had worked a miracle; God had cut my cancer out as with a knife. In 1961, I went to Jerusalem wanting a new anointing, a new fire - three and a half years later I got what I sought when He healed my cancer.
All my life I have been desperate to meet with Jesus, to see His power and glory here on earth. Why did I first go to Russia, why do I have the ministry I have today? My first visit behind the Iron Curtain was over 50 years ago. I was an evangelist, a pastor in England, yet I had seen how the church had lost the anointing, lost the power. I was determined that I would have an experience with God that was incorruptible, that would last until the appearing of Christ. When you meet with Jesus, when His fire comes into you, you become a changed person: from a powerless individual into a mighty man of God.