Matthew 26:41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!
Observation is watching through opened eyes and opened ears.
One of the joys in my life is to make observations. In the past when I went to Church, I would be looking at the structure of the building, how the sanctuary is laid out, and how overall things could be made better. Of course, all I was doing was making observations. Sometimes when you are making observations you have to ask questions, and that’s when you could get into trouble. People don’t like when you ask questions about things where they are involved, especially if your observation suggests change.
However, observations are important. Observations start you down a path that will help you dig deeper or ask more penetrating questions. Such is the case in my observations about the Ministry of Jesus.
As I was going through the Gospel of Luke, I found that His Ministry had a lot to do with interacting with people who had needs. Healing and casting out Evil (demons) was a big part of what He did during His Days of earthly Ministry.
It only made sense because His Miracles caught the attention of the people, and once that attention was given He had an opportunity to tell them about the Kingdom of God. The best way to describe His Ministry: ‘It was radical.’
The radical thinking that Jesus brought to His audiences started by His Understanding of why He came. In Luke 4:43 He revealed it.
Luke 4:43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
Knowing your purpose has to be the foundation of your involvement in ministry. Answering the question: “Why has God brought you into His Kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ?“ It is the same reason Jesus came to earth: to Proclaim, not to pontificate, procrastinate, or position yourself as important. The reason He came was to Proclaim. What is your reason? How do you describe your purpose?
Please note, the proclamation was demonstrated by Miracles.
Jesus didn’t just put together some fantastic sermons that would persuade His audience. He Demonstrated the Power of God by the Healing of sicknesses and casting out of Evil spirits. This was the part of Christianity that demonstrated that we had Faith in God.
Today, we Demonstrate our Faith by attending Church or attending a Bible study. Why have we become afraid to engage in Divine Healing and in the Deliverance from Evil spirits? If we were to ask ten Christians if they believed in Divine Healing/Miracles, they would say yes. If we asked the same question about casting out Evil spirits, most would say, “Yes, I believe that is possible.” Yet as we all know, that is not reality in most of our Christian experiences, and the question is why?
Why? Have we made Faith in God something different from what the Bible teaches? We claim that we preach the Bible in our evangelical Churches, yet if Jesus is our pattern for ministry, why aren’t we caring for people in the same way that He did? I have actually heard some people say that we don’t need Miracles anymore, because we can cure most diseases today by medical science. That may be true to some degree, but you can’t cure demon possession and there are many diseases, viruses, and bacteria that are not curable, so having Faith in God goes beyond the scope of science.
My observation on this matter is quite simple:
Either we don’t believe in Miracle Healings any more, or
We are afraid to Trust God and don’t want to be embarrassed if we fail in the results.
Some may even believe that Jesus did Miracles in the First Century as His Way of proving who He was, so that does not form a pattern for us to follow.
Another observation that I can offer is this: “If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then His pattern and methods of healing and casting out demons hasn’t changed … we have.”
We have changed. How you ask? We have decided to play it safe. Safety is, of course, the optimum word these days because everything has to be safe. Playing it safe with God means that I don’t have to take any risks. I believe, therefore I belong, no need to be a risk taker for God.
Praying for the sick for Healing and casting out demons for deliverance are not safe activities. Only risk takers will ever think about doing such things. Am I right?
Risk takers. Those people I think Jesus referred to when He said:
Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Are the risk takers the new normal? Perhaps they should be, but, of course, be safe.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler
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