1 Thessalonians 1:5 – “…our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction…” NASU
I never cease to be amazed at how frequently in church, spiritual things, and the life, we are willing to accept something less than the best available. So many times politically we seem to be choosing between the “lesser of two evils,” and in life relegate ourselves to “average” and deem that acceptable.
When it comes to spiritual matters and the church many have bought into the idea that the miracles and power that was exhibited in the Old and New Testaments were for another era and are no longer available for today. I can only ask, “When did Jesus change?” The Bible clearly says in Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” NASU It also tells us in Malachi 3:6 – “…I, the LORD, do not change…” NASU Then Jesus said to His disciples and to us generations later in John 14:12 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” NASU
WHEN DID THAT CHANGE? I suggest that it has not and that the Power of God is still the Power of God today as it was in the yesterdays of our human history. God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent today just as he was in the beginning as we read about in Genesis and in the end as we read about in Revelation. HE DOES NOT CHANGE!
If He confirmed His word with “signs and wonders” in some bygone era will He not do the same today? I can attest that I have seen the Miracle Working Hand of God in demonstration. I’ve experienced it personally, seen it come for others and have two miracles of healing that I have documentation from medical doctors confirming.
I’ve had broken bones healed and cancer driven from my body. I saw my mother healed of a broken back and the paralysis relieved. I’ve watched people recover from sickness in which the doctors said there was no hope. I cannot explain God and won’t try. I’ve prayed for people to be healed and they weren’t and prayed for others and they were. I can’t explain it and won’t justify failure to receive. But I feel like Peter and John as they came to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate and Peter said, “Silver and Gold have I none, but what I’ve got I’ll give to you.” He then reached out his hand took the man by the hand and lifted him up only to see the power of God flow into his legs and he walked. I want to give what God has deposited in my heart to everyone in need.
I’ve seen hard-hearted men, physical giants, crumble before the power of God’s Word and their hearts melt. Tears would stream down the cheeks of those rock hard men as they wept before the Lord broken and repentant. I’ve seen homes restored as the Power of God transformed hearts and brought reconciliation. I’ve seen financial disaster averted by a miraculous supply.
Yes, I’ve seen the POWER OF THE GOSPEL and long for more and more of it. Not so that I will be noticed but so that lives will be rescued by the Power and Grace of God. I get angry at what I see the devil doing in lives and cry out continually for the POWER OF THE GOSPEL to be manifest in my life and the lives of those I come in contact with.
May God be with you as you go through your day!