Today we read of a very unusual case, a man who was Spirit-filled in his mother’s womb, accurately prophesied and eye-witnessed the beginning of the Messiah’s ministry, Jesus accredited him as “among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist“. He himself also accurately fulfilled a prophecy about his birth!
Yet, there was a time when John doubted whether he had made a mistake in hearing the Holy Spirit. Here are portions of the related Scriptures:
Luke 7 recorded Jesus healing a centurion’s servant without going to his house, just as the centurion declared, “But say the word, and my servant will be healed.” (7:7)
Then Jesus raised from dead the son of a widow of Nain. ” 16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” 17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.
18 Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things. 19 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
… 21 And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Isaiah 61)
24 When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: .. Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You’ (Malachi 3:1).
28 For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” ___________________
Doubt hinders spiritual discernment. When we doubt it means we look at the seen instead of the unseen. Watchmen/intercessors are required to discern in the spirit and see, hear, and understand what the physical realm may not manifest.
In practice, this means we do not look at the symptoms of diseases. We do not take heed of the bad reports from professionals. We walk by faith and not by sight. We are led by the Holy Spirit and not our flesh or carnal mind (mind that depends on natural instead of supernatural laws and practices). We do not even consider our own past education and professional training and experiences. We take no thought of all external circumstances and manifestations.
Tough? Yes, indeed tough for John the Baptist. Tough for us if we persist of being distracted by the seen realm. Jesus did not even answer John’s very direct question. Jesus continued to demonstrate signs and miracles which require the power and authority of the Son of God, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, aligning His works with the Word of God (fulfilling all prophecies about Him), John knew and believed the prophecies. John knew and believed in the Word of God. He lived God’s Word, as Spirit-led.
Similarly, watchmen and intercessors depend entirely on God’s Word, coming to life as we apply them, pray them, proclaim them, live them.
Yes, God does confirm His Word with signs and wonders, just as Jesus had demonstrated as a proof to John, and many others who doubted His credibility. God’s Word comes to pass. None returns void. This is our motto as watchmen and intercessors for God.