Powerless Christianity? Is that a thing??

Imagine a construction worker or an auto-mechanic ordering a tool to complete a task and after trying to use the tool finding much difficulty. How silly would it be if they called the tool company and told them their tool doesn’t work. The tool company’s first question would probably be, “Have you read the manual and followed all the steps?” 

I think this scenario paints a great picture of how we can sometimes be when it comes to the supernatural. God is at the other end of the phone line (aka our prayers) saying, “Have you read my words and acted on them?” 

When we do read His word we will come across a guy named Paul who wrote a letter to a church in a town called Ephesus. Ephesus was a town that was full of magic and occultism and much demonic activity. However, when Paul brought the message of the kingdom of God to that town it came with such power 💥 that people came and burned their magical books 📚 and the final sum of the worth of these books would be the equivalent to about $6 million in today’s currency! Check Acts 19 for details.

Miracles followed Paul wherever he went and God worked mightily on His behalf. When I first began reading the Bible I wondered why things like this don’t happen in the US today with so many churches and people who claim to believe in Jesus and in the Bible. 

(Let me make it clear that I believe the transformation of hearts is the most important thing. I’m in no way magnifying the gifts of the Spirit over the fruits of the Spirit. We need both!)

First of all, there are miracles happening in the US. You may have to look beyond the church down the street, but they are happening, and even more so as more people grow weary of powerless churches and powerless Christianity as a whole. 

Back to the letter Paul wrote to Ephesus. It’s so packed full of powerful insights that one cannot read it without wondering what this would look like on a daily basis. It should make you wonder any way…

I’m going to list a few things Paul says about the identity of Christ-followers: 1)we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heaven (1:3, that one alone is enough to spark a revolution)…2) the immeasurable greatness of God’s power is toward us who believe (1:19), I believe this refers to miracle working power and power to live like Christ in every area of life, 3) we have been raised up with Christ and seated in heaven with Him (1:21-22; 2:6). 

The 3rd point meant a whole lot to people in Ephesus because Paul was basically telling them they have power over all the spiritual forces operating in that city. For us in the US we have power over every evil force that operates in our land, but if we do nothing they are free to torment and destroy. So, let’s do something! 

The gospel works and if we find ourselves not experiencing God’s power in our lives, whether it’s power over sin or power over physical sickness the problem is not that the gospel doesn’t work, the problem is we may not be connecting with the heart of God. 

For instance, Jesus told His disciples to keep asking, seeking and knocking until they found and experienced what they were looking for. Some of us may have prayed for a sick person or two and saw no result, then conclude that God isn’t healing sick people any more. We’ll never see miracles with that belief. I find the more I go after these things the more faith I have to see it happen. 

A good friend of mine was in Africa and heard from an African pastor his opinion on why Americans don’t see miracles (he was specifically speaking on raising the dead). He told the Americans the reason they don’t see the dead raised is because in America we tend to give up too easy. He proceeded to say that he sees the dead raised because when he prayed for the first one and saw no result he prayed again for the next one, and the next one, and kept doing it until it started to happen. And he has now seen over 50 people raised from the dead! Whether you believe this or not is between you and God.

I believe God is testing us to see how much we want to see His kingdom come. Are we willing to look weak in front of people so that the power of God can begin to manifest through us? These are questions we must wrestle with. The revival of America depends on it. Depends on you, man or woman of God. Grace and peace 2u. 

Author: jmatherson

Follower of Jesus according to the ancient way, which He passed down to His twelve apostles, and which they passed down to the early church.

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