I struggle with our struggle to embrace the super-natural.
Mankind always seeks to understand and explain that which cannot always be explained. From the beginning, with Adam and Eve, the temptation was understanding. The serpents tempting words to Eve in Genesis 3:5: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Science tries to make human sense of creation. Medicine tries to make medical sense of miracles. There are times when the only thing that makes sense is Jesus!
The problem with the church today is we struggle to understand and embrace that God performs miracles! And that God’s desire is to use us to perform miracles! There is a true shortage of the use of spiritual gifts active in the church. Why? I believe the reason is we fear being ‘super-spiritual’ and the ‘weirdness’ of it, and where it will ‘take us’.
We must understand God’s purpose for the church though!
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Now don’t get me wrong…I’m not stating we are to tempt God with foolish actions! But we can be directed, spoken to by, and used by God! If we aren’t, then are we truly Christians? If we aren’t being obedient to the commission given us, then we can’t claim to be followers.
We can’t forget about spiritual gifts? 1 Corinthians 8-10 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
We are His church, and He places in us gifts and abilities to be His hands and feet on earth! When we fail to believe in and utilize those gifts, we can’t claim full obedience to Him.
What brings about this struggle? I believe a lack of faith! Faith is put to the test through action. Think about it…we encounter a lame man…we offer charity, we offer love, we offer prayer…but look at Peter and John and the lame man: Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
What prevents the church from performing in such a bold manner today? Remember, Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
What is our excuse? Don’t be like Doubting Thomas. Don’t doubt God’s ability to come through at the right time. Exercise the Holy Ghost power we behold!
As a camp preacher declared a few years back…when the devil thinks he has me out on a limb…all I can say is…that’s where the fruit goes! Go out on a limb…exercise faith…believe in the impossible! The church of yesterday can still live today!