There’s a lot of things in Christianity that are confounding to the World system. Miracles, speaking in Tongues, Word of Knowledge and Prophecy for starters.
Christianity has developed it’s own language and culture, resulting in people not a part of the church feeling excluded and left out. Jesus never did that – it was what the Pharisees did. When He spoke to shepherds, he talked about sheep, fish to fishermen, lost coins, lampstands, everyday simple analogies that would open people’s eyes and hearts to His message.
He spoke of unclean spirits because the understanding that this world is held by a force other than God was understood then better than now. Nietzsche is purported to have coined the phrase “God is dead”, and the philosopher Charles Baudelaire – “The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist.” These two statements go hand in hand into 21st century culture, resulting in a society across cultures as Western society permeates all areas from one side, and Communism from the other seek to convince us that Self is the most important thing – particularly in Western culture – and to sacrifice anything that gets in the way of promoting Self above all else.
Anything that cannot be “proven” by science is disregarded as fantasy in it’s most negative & damaging form. Even irrefutable miracles like healing from paralysis or raising from the dead are disputed by our “civilised” and “educated” culture.
They are simply a flight of fancy, or unbelievable. Stories for children to give them comfort.
We have lost the plot in a big way.
Jesus calls on us to believe the impossible. Move mountains, walk on water, heal the sick, raise the dead. Freely receive from God & freely give what we have received.
I have a friend who used to often say to me “The impossible we can do immediately. Miracles may require a little more time” We worked together for a year or so, and I miss the close friendship I had with him during that time, but our God-focussed conversations stay with me, and despite being on opposite ends of the planet now I am able to stay in touch – something I value deeply.
God challenges us, almost dares us to ask things of Him. We see it through the Gospels. High quality wine created from water, 5000 men and their families fed by a packed lunch of a small boy, Peter walking on water, lives changed in unimaginable ways by a simple touch – blind eyes open, deaf ears hearing, lame walking. Even just a word from the creator is enough to heal the sick.
Impossible – scientifically.
“Believe the impossible” is the message Jesus shouts with every action. Whatever you ask for in My name, God will give you He tells us.
I watched a man of God named Dave Duell praying for some people back in the 1990’s at some conferences in the UK. Something stood out in this man. It wasn’t his holiness, or his (large) personality that grabbed you, it was how ordinary he is. Everything about him said “You can do what I do, you just don’t know you can yet”. One child had a growth issue in his legs, one was shorter than the other by over an inch. Dave didn’t shout and scream, he simply touched the boy’s short leg and said “Thank you Jesus”, nothing more or less. The boy’s leg immediately started to grow until they were the same length. Then, with a twinkle in his eye he leaned in to ask the youngster “Wanna be taller?” The boy nodded, and then the other leg lengthened by about an inch, followed by the second to the same length. His trousers suddenly much shorter than they had been, and the boy stood up, taller and straight.
Unbelievable, but true. I know people will disregard the story and make up their own mind. They will say I’m nuts or a storyteller spinning a tale to make myself look good.
But God says the wise things of this world are foolishness to Him, and we will be fools for Christ.
I’ve never raised anyone from death. I’ve never seen cancer healed by my prayers. But I’ve experienced small victories. A dear friend had bad toothache so I prayed for complete healing. She had a dentist’s appointment that would be charged for if cancelled so she went anyway. He couldn’t find anything wrong, and she had no symptoms any more. Neither of us was surprised, but he was! I’ve prayed for bad backs and strained muscles and seen healing manifest on the spot. I’ve prayed for healings and seen partial recovery and nothing more – it’s not just my prayer that matters. It’s also on the part of the receiver to gain what God has for them. We have a choice. In His home town, Jesus was only able to do a few minor healings because of the people’s lack of faith. Most of the people I’ve prayed for where I’ve seen healing manifest don’t know me, so they believe it will work because they don’t know I’m only as human as they are. Most of the people who know me can’t separate the part of me that is tuned in to God from the man they know, so the prayer is less effective. But the source is the same.
Believe what the World system declares impossible and you begin to see God work to produce it. What God can do in our lives is limited only by what we will allow Him to do.
So believe the unbelievable. Let God’s Power flow through us like a rushing wind or a mighty flood and see the blind see, the deaf hear, the destitue fed and housed, the sick healed and the dead raised.
One step at a time. Hope to see it gives Faith to see it and Faith manifests it. The unbelievable becomes what it should be for us.