Many people have tried to explain why we do not see the miraculous today as it was seen in Jesus’ and the apostle’s ministries. Jesus told His disciples that those who believe would be accompanied by miracles. It is easy to come up with excuses but fundamentally this is missing today due to unbelief which is permeating the Church.
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
The disciples had tried to deliver the man’s son from a demon but failed. When asked why Jesus placed the blame on their unbelief. I am sure that this was not the answer they wanted to hear!
Jesus told His disciples that the kind of unbelief that kept them from being able to minister to the boy would only come out through prayer and fasting. Do you remember our earlier conversations about the price required to unlock God’s plan? This is part of it!
We have been talking about the cost that is required. Each of us has a different call that God’s plan will lead us into. For some, it will be a full-time ministry. For others, it may be a secular career. Each one of us will have different directions that the plan’s path will take us but regardless of the direction, our lives should be accompanied by the miraculous.
Even though we still hear accounts of miracles today they are still the exception. We are surrounded by darkness that just seems to be getting darker. It is impossible to turn on the television without being confronted by some form of murder, immorality, or talk about sickness. Christians are feeding on this without giving any thought to the damage it is doing to their spirits.
Smith Wigglesworth paid a tremendous cost for the anointing he walked in. He lived a separated life and would have nothing to do with the world’s entertainment. This even extended to the daily news!
Lester Summerall told the story of his first visit to Smith’s home. It was customary in England at that time for young men to carry the paper under the arm and so he had one with him. He knocked and Smith answered.
Smith opened the door and demanded Lester tell him what was under his arm. Lester answered and said he had the morning paper and an umbrella.
Smith shouted and said, “Throw it away! You can’t come in here with it. I don’t permit those lies into my house!”
Smith Wigglesworth was a man mightily used by the Lord. His life was completely surrendered to God. He would not even allow a daily newspaper to enter his home!
I have heard Christians speak of the necessity to keep up with the daily headlines. They say this helps them pray more effectively. Does it? Do we believe that the Holy Spirit needs our assistance to help Him determine the most needed direction for our prayers?
Do you think that the Holy Spirit is much more effective in leading us when we are keeping up with the daily headlines? This may seem to be a strange question but many Christians seem to believe things like this based on their need to keep up with what is going on in the world.
I am not talking about anything that I’ve not struggled with myself. None of us is perfect but it is time to begin taking the things of God much more seriously. There is no spiritual value to be gained from feeding on the death and destruction surrounding us.
Television, sports, social media, and news organizations are all being used by Satan to mold humanity into the image of the world’s system. Part of the price to be paid is turning away from these things and making the Word of God our only source.
Paul told us not to be “conformed” by the world around us (Romans 12:1). This is exactly what the majority of Christians are doing today. People like Smith Wigglesworth paid the price for the anointing they walked in. Are we willing to do the same?
We can sit around reminiscing about the great meetings of times past or we can pay the price and take our place in Church history. The choice is ours alone to make. God loves those who do not pay the price any less than those that do. It is just that those who will pay the price have much greater eternal rewards waiting on the other side!
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