Thursday, August 22, 2014
Dawkins on deliverance 3: Minister outwards and you’ll be blessed inwards
Robbie Dawkins, whose parents were missionaries, intentionally planted a church among the urban poor of Aurora, west of Chicago. Much of the membership has come through deliverance as part of salvation.
WE ended yesterday with Robbie Dawkins’ comment that Jesus set out, not to show what He could do, but to show what we can do in Him – saying that we should expect to see greater works.
And greater works are being documented, such as the supermatural removal of metal plates inserted during orthopaedic surgery which often cause their own pain and restricted movement. Praying with people on the street, people of any faith or none, and seeing them delivered, is probably in that category of ‘greater works’. Robbie’s comment is that they will stay free if they come into a relationship with Christ, but otherwise, as the Bible teaches, the way is open for that demon to return, with others. Sometimes, he says, people just need to come to a point of enough crisis to turn and accept Jesus.
He spoke about moving from a position of fearing confrontation (a fear that is put on us and can therefore be put off again) to choosing to act in protection of others – for example going into the hospital to minister healing there. That becomes God’s revenge on the fear-giver.
Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke?
There is a tactic set out here – do it for others. We are in an upside down kingdom, and that is how God works. Minister outwards – then it will come to you also.
Taking the focus off our own needs putting the focus on the needs of others will often result in a need in us being met – it just happens. This is where the fear melts away, as we make a choice to minister outwards. There is a peace that is received as we step out in obedience, as we are sent to others, as Jesus said:
“Peace be with you… As I am sending you…. (John 20:21).
This is a territorial dispute which is being addressed according to the values of the kingdom of God which often seem upside down to us. But that’s how it works.
Mark 16:17-18 (The Message)
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons… they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”
Our mission deployment is to destroy all the works of the evil one.