Daily Archives: November 11, 2020
1 John 2:15-17 (NRSV)
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; 16 for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.
“And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction” (Matthew 10:1).
It is interesting that there are many that believe the age of miracles is over. In fact, many people struggle with the belief that miracles still happen. To push the conversation even further, there are many people, to include clergy and laity, that do not believe the miracles that Jesus performed were literal miracles. Rather, they were some sort of metaphor that pointed to a “higher truth” about God.
I have struggled with the notion that we can reject the literal miracles of Jesus and with the assumption that the age of miracles is, for the most part, a bygone era that basically departed with Jesus and the Apostles. I struggle because I believe that the same Holy Spirit that empowered the original disciples is the very same Holy Spirit that is still present with the disciples of Jesus today. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the reason we do not see the miracles that were evident in the Scriptures is not because they are not possible – but rather it is because many do not believe that they are possible!
When we look at this verse in Matthew’s Gospel – we do not see a power that was just temporarily granted for a specific time in history. Rather, I believe what we see in the initiation of the age of the power of the Holy Spirit. In his commissioning the disciples to go out into the world to proclaim the inbreaking of the Kingdom, Jesus empowered the disciples with a power in which they were able to bind and break the forces of this world and of the demonic that held people in bondage to sin.
What I think is worth consideration is this: The demonic hasn’t changed. The power of sin has not changed. But – neither has the power that Jesus gave his first twelve disciples. That power is still as much alive and powerful as it ever has been!
So, you might ask, why do we not see more miracles? Why don’t we see more healings? Perhaps it is because we are not looking. Are we able to see the small miracles as well as the “large” miracles? Do we have eyes to see? Are we even looking?
Second, I believe we don’t see miracles happen like we have been equipped to do because we no longer believe. I actually believe they do not happen because many, particularly in the West, no longer believe in the things in which we need deliverance from. Yes, we may believe in physical maladies from which we need healing…but how many believe in spiritual maladies? Many no longer we need healing from those old, archaic things. What makes matters worse: how many believe that we, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can still perform the miracles that the first disciples of Jesus did? Do we have the faith to believe that we can do these things through the power of Jesus?
It disturbs me that so many “Christians” negate the demonic in our midst and the power to perform miracles. I pray that the church would receive a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, that our eyes would be opened and we will once again “…have authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.”