“Then Peter said (to the man lame from birth), ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’” …(the lame man) jumped to his feet and began to walk.” (Acts 3:6)
Just the other day, a good friend texted me with a really important question. He mentioned the verse quoted above and simply wanted to know: “Why don’t we see that kind of power in the Church today?”
Great question! Why don’t we??
We say that we believe in the power of God. And we believe He is still able to do miracles. But when it comes right down to it – what we say we believe and what actually happens in our churches is (so often) two very different things. When was the last time you remember when God moved so powerfully that your whole city was shaken to the core? If I am really honest, the answer to that question is… never.
That should bother us!
We read about the ministry of Jesus — and immediately notice that it was a ministry laden with power. We have the Book of Acts — normal people, used by God to do amazing things. And we have the powerful moves of God (Revivals!) throughout human history. Undeniably, God has revealed Himself in powerful ways at many times in the past. He is real. He is powerful. He moves in miracle power.
And we have the testimony of how God is moving, in power, overseas… even today! In Africa and Asia, documented miracles ARE happening almost daily.
Why not here? We believe in the same God. We are trusting in the same promises of the same Bible… and the same covenant. Why are we not seeing the same results?
Over the next several days, I want to explore the why behind the why not…
But before I do, I just want to establish a few things right up front…
It is not my intention to attack anyone, or any denomination, personally. This is not anti-anybody. I believe that God is bigger than whatever “brand” is on our church door. There are true believers to be found in every church, regardless of the label. Christians have spent way too much time casting aspersions on other Christians – and quite frankly, it isn’t right.
Sometimes we forget that we are ALL called to be like Jesus – and He was described as being “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) So many Christians want to make it all about the truth. But the truth is cold and harsh without the tenderness of grace. Jesus was BOTH truth and grace. Both are essential. But grace must lead the way – especially with those who may be in some form of error.
Ephesians 5:25-27 tells us that Jesus gave Himself to “Purify His Bride (that’s us!).” He came to make us pure and holy in thought, word, and action. And it must begin with minds that are centered in the very thoughts and thinking of God.
If we are truly Christian, we desire to be everything God wants us to be. We also believe that He desires for us to be “clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
Above all, we must understand… the Book of Acts is not the description of extraordinary Christianity – it is the description of normal Christianity. It is the record of what the Church was created, and destined, to be – and what it will be when we are truly centered in all that God has for us.
Prayer Focus: God, open our eyes to see the fullness of all You have for us… and give us a revelation of all You desire to do… in our day!