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 Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (KJV).
In the words of Jesus, the believer that is filled with the Spirit should be operating with power, but I rarely if ever see that these days. I grew up in a spirit filled Pentecostal church. My father was a pastor and even as a child I saw the power of God move in many ways growing up. I saw people being healed, set free. I’ve even seen demons cast out of people. To me even as a child, this was normal.
These days I hear a lot of talk but rarely do I see Christians walking in any real power. What happened to people coming to church bound and addicted and walking out totally set free? Instead we have to refer them to a 12 step program. Whatever happened to someone coming in sick and walking out totally healed? Instead we have to refer them to their local doctor. Why do we tend to run to the doctor before running to our Heavenly Father? I’ve even heard some proclaim that maybe God wants to do a partial healing. When did Jesus ever do a partial healing? I think that we use that as an excuse when we pray for someone and we don’t see them get healed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking doctors or 12 step programs, but what Jesus has to offer is so much better.
In Matthew 10:8, Jesus said, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (KJV). What Jesus is commanding here is normal Christianity, not this watered-down wimpy stuff that most are accustomed to.
So how many devils have you cast out lately? What happened to demon possessed people coming to church and walking out set free? These days most preachers would back down, call for church security and have them shipped off to a psychiatric hospital.
I think that many times we pray but don’t even believe our own prayers. I’ll give you an example from my own life. I have a background in healthcare, and several years ago, I was working in a nursing home. One of the residents that I was caring for was sick and wanted to stay in bed that morning. I asked her if I could pray for her and she allowed me to do so. After I prayed for her I went on about my days work not thinking about it, but about 30 minutes later, I saw her up and about. I told her you better go back to bed because you’re sick. She said no, I feel so much better. So obviously I didn’t have faith to really believe that God could heal her but was going through the motions (thank God she had faith).
There are some believers are afraid to pray. I’ve seen this way too many times. I’ve been in groups where someone is asked to pray and they sheepishly decline (I’ll address this further in a future post). There are times when it is an issue of obedience. How many times have you felt that prompting to pray for someone and you ignored it? Many times when someone comes to us with a problem, we listen to them and give the standard response, “I’ll be praying for you.” Why not stop right there and then pray for them? I caught myself slipping into this mode earlier today. I was talking to a young man I know from church and he was telling me about some of his struggles and of course I caught myself saying, “Ok I’ll make sure that I pray for you.” Right then, I could feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit telling me to stop and pray for him right now, so I did. Did I see heaven and earth move when I prayed for him? No, but that’s not the point. The point is stepping out and being obedient to what the Holy Spirit is telling me to do at that time. I wonder how many have missed out on a healing or miracle in their lives because of someone else’s disobedience. So I encourage all of us as believers and followers of Jesus to rise up to that which we have been called to. Let’s get back to normal Christianity.
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