READ: ACTS 19:1-41
Do you believe God is all-powerful and good all the time? Or do you believe God when it’s easy and working for you? A harsh question, I know. It’s one I had to ask myself recently and one I wasn’t proud of the truth I found nestled under the surface.
“Radical” a book that was written by David Platt and one that has really challenged me to believe all of God, not just the parts that are convenient for me. In the book he says and I paraphrase; as believers, we have gotten really good at taking the scriptures that work for us and leaving the scriptures that we don’t feel apply to our lives.
It’s that selective faith mentality that keeps what is easy but disregards the hard for someone else to do.
In our scripture in Acts today, we read about some traveling Jewish exorcists who were trying to mimic the power of God without enlisting the help of God himself. They had been swept up in what looked like powerful magic instead of getting to know the true power of the gospel for their whole lives. Jesus.
A few years ago I lived in Haiti for a season. While I was there doing ministry in some of the poorest communities I’ve ever worked in, I was amazed by how many people were eager to have me come pray for them. They sought me out and asked boldly for prayer. It was great to not have to enter into the awkward, “Can I pray for you?” ask that often can ensue when doing street ministry. The communities we worked with were not known to believe God and church wasn’t something that was practiced so I didn’t understand their interest but I was overjoyed that the people recognized where their real help comes from and wanted me to pray and interceded on their behalf.
After I had been serving in Haiti for several months there was a Haitian pastor who came to shared with our team and explained that the reason many of the people we ministered to wanted us to pray with them was because they wanted the power of Jesus but didn’t want the relationship with Jesus.
When we try to go it alone and in our own way, the enemy knows. The tempter and tripper-upper of our faith knows when we are half-hearted in our belief and when we are full of faith in God.
God is good. All of God is good and so worth knowing and being in relationship with. Not just the parts of God where we get our prayers answered and blessings showered down on us. But walking through every part of our day with Jesus is good. When we take the time to get to know God through the study of His word and walking in relationship with God daily, that is when we truly get to experience the great and magnificent power of God in our lives! His power is outstretched over every part of our lives!
May you be richly blessed in the knowledge, relationship and love of our Heavenly Father as you walk with Him today!
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