John 10

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

If I don't do the works of the Father then don't believe me.
Bill Johnson


Hi I’m Bill Johnson from Bethel Church in Redding California. I want to be an encouragement to you concerning the supernatural lifestyle that God had called us to. Jesus made this rather extreme statement in John 10:37, where he said if he didn’t do the works of the Father than don’t believe him. That’s incredible when you realize just how many elements there were that were released into the earth that testified to who Jesus was. One of the angels showed up to declare who he was, creation itself, the star pointed to who he was. We had the testimony of all the prophets that spoke to who he was and yet Jesus stood in front of the people and said if I don’t do the works of the father, and in the context of John, is miracle signs and wonders.

If I don’t do the works of the Father then don’t believe me.

I’m looking for the day when the church will stand before the world and say “if we don’t do the works of our Father than don’t believe us either.” It’s time that we own up to the fact that Jesus has actually called us to follow him which automatically is a supernatural lifestyle.

I don’t have explanations for why this one works and why this one doesn’t, what I do have is a very simple charge, a simple command, we have the privilege of following Jesus.

Jesus illustrated a lifestyle that actually could be followed, he is eternally God, he never forfeited his position as God, but he did become a man. When he became a man he made, decrees, declarations, confessions about his life and ministry. For example he said “I only do what I see my father do, I only say what I hear my father say.”

Elsewhere he has said that he only can do what the Father reveals to him to do. The Holy Spirit leads him into the Father’s will. So this makes something clear to us, the son of man can do nothing of himself, that’s astounding. That means if I have the right, the responsibility to follow in Jesus then I have the responsibility to do what I can do. That seems unfair until you realize that he’s given us the same Holy Spirit he had. The Holy Spirit, that raised him from the dead is the same spirit that cause you and me to be born again and it’s that same Holy Spirit that allows us to live in possible lifestyle where we confront things that are wrong, things that are broken, things that are not like Heaven and that is the mandate “on earth as it is in Heaven”. So I want to encourage you in this, pursue what it is, seek God, call out to Him, contend for breakthrough in and through your own life, in and through my own life to see the reality of who Jesus is, the resurrected victor over all. That he would truly demonstrate that through you and through me. The world deserves to see this Jesus, who he is and what he’s like. He’s not a philosophy, he’s not a church membership issue, he’s not any of those things, he is the God of all power, the God of the absolute breakthrough, he is a perfect Father. And fathers that have resource have the delight of resourcing their children when they are in need. And that’s our heavenly father. It’s foolish for us to think that we can display the love of God perfectly and completely without power.

So here is my charge, I encourage you to get along with God, get in his book, get in the word of God and read and find the wonderful privilege that we have of demonstrating who Jesus is. He’s the extravagant one.

It’s when we take risks and we pray and we believe that we see breakthrough come.

So I am going to pray for that. Father I ask that you release the real spirit of breakthrough upon those watching this episode, that there would be a mantel of breakthrough that would come, that things would yield to the name Jesus through our lips at a whole new level, that there would be a courage and a faith for breakthrough that demonstrates the resurrection of Jesus. That’s our cry, we want you to be glorified in all of the earth, that’s our cry. So I pray for this for the honor in the name of Jesus. Amen.