Jan 20 2022

Even the simple things matter

So many of the physical miracles in the Bible deal with big diseases like leprosy, blindness, deafness, or being crippled and it’s really easy to think that more simple sicknesses are not miracle worthy. I remember offering prayer to a guy once who refused because he didn’t want God to waste any time or power on his relatively minor problem and that He should instead focus on bigger issues. It’s pretty easy to fall into that way of thinking; it’s easy to say “it’s just a cold, it will go away by itself in a few days.” Or “the doctor can take care of it so I don’t need God to intervene.” I love modern medicine but why would we ever take this perspective? When Jesus went to Peter’s house He healed his mother in law of a fever. He didn’t say, “it’s just a fever, it will be gone by tomorrow.” His perspective is different and His compassion is unreserved. And it’s the same in any other part of life. There really is nothing too small or too big that God can’t handle and there is nothing we need that he doesn’t care about. Jesus gave this great example about how God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers; if He cares about flowers, then he definitely cares about every need of every person on the planet. So no matter what you are in need of, God is ready to help. And when you encounter someone else with a need you can confidently declare His goodness because when we minister out of love it doesn’t matter what the problem is; there should never be a time where we pass up an opportunity to reveal God’s goodness even in the midst of the simplest of problems.

Jan 6 2022

Love or Power

I’ve been writing a lot about love and intimacy lately. There is this passion within me to see the love of God pour through every believer because without love all ministry is pointless. 1 Corinthians 13 paints this picture of how prophecy, tongues, faith, etc. are all worthless when love is not the core element within each. It’s so true. I have seen people minister from pride; their words were amazing but their heart was in the wrong place. I have also seen people minister from love and the difference is night and day. Love is the key. Love always has to be the key. But there is another side to this story. Without love the gifts of the Spirit are pointless. But love without power is also pointless. I feel like we can flip this chapter around and say that love without power is nothing more than good intentions. I can love someone. I can teach them great Christian principles. But if I do not have the power to actually set them free from the addictions they are fighting, bring them deliverance from the demons that haunt them, or release joy and peace into their lives then I am still just making noise. People need to know true freedom and we aren’t doing a good enough job. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the power came. What if we told all the believers to do the same. What if every believer was a passionate lover of God, loved every other person with God’s love, AND operated in the gifts of the Spirit? That would really change the landscape of the church. Power without love is pointless. Love without power is also pointless. There has to be a combination of the two to see people set completely free.

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