I think I’ve discovered why there is little evidence/manifestation of real demonstration of God’s power in the church in America.
We have “little faith.”
I remember when I was a child and went to the amusement parks. I desperately wanted to go on a ride, but when I stood up to the “measuring line” that they had on a wall or pole to measure height, I wasn’t tall enough to qualify yet. I just couldn’t understand, but they told me, “those are the rules.”
Most of us see the miracles in crusades across Africa, China and almost anywhere else, but America…
Oh, they still happen here, but not like they do in other places of the world. Why?
For the same reason Jesus could do few miracles while He was here in the body of a man. Oh, they believed it in the sense of Him being the historical figure as fact, but to believe as the Apostles believed the fact… they didn’t! “And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”
They didn’t really believe He WAS God!
That’s right, I’m saying it! And I guarantee you that the majority of Christians will attack me for saying, they had little faith, when a loved one died of a fatal disease, or other malady that they “claimed” they were believing God to heal them of, never manifested in what they say they were believing for.
Pride takes a different form in Christians… It takes a “spiritual pride” direction when you “challenge” their faith. Maybe that’s why Paul wrote this to the Romans…
“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
If I am actually having faith in God to heal me, I am “completely trusting” and that will be evidenced by my total and complete healing and recovery! I know this has some “Christians” grinding and gnashing their teeth at me right now, but I make NO apology for what Jesus said. This isn’t my opinion. This isn’t a matter for debate. It IS the Word of the Living God!
In John chapter 15, Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
Do you see the keys in having faith? Abiding in Jesus and being filled with His Word and love for others…
What do YOU think He meant by, “ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you?”
I have NO desire to beat anyone up over their “little faith.” I”m guilty too! But, I also know that when I have faith in God… He has NEVER failed to deliver His promises to me! NEVER!
But let’s put our “false spirit of spiritual pride” down today and say, “I need you Lord and want to abide in your love for me DAILY. “Get His Word in you more than the “world’s word” for you…
Americans have transferred their “faith in God” to their “faith in science and technology, their faith in the medical community to cure their physical problems” and their faith in their own “abilities” to handle things themselves!
I challenge anyone in the church to say I’m wrong about this! The church message to the angel in Sardis is very relevant to American Christians…
Jesus said “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy deeds, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
It’s a dead church that can no longer operate in the power of the Holy Spirit, see healing and deliverance for the lost around us and find themselves more comfortable hanging around the lost, than they do with their brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!
Remember what John said? “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
There’s little expectancy and little faith in the church in America! Oh, we have patriotism galore, but that’s not going to build our faith!
Real faith is when you trust in Christ alone, not just for your salvation, but for your EVERY need! Treat Him as He deserves… Treat Him as One who can be trusted!
Moses told the Jews, “Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey him and commit yourself to him, for he is your life.”
You see, in order to “Abide in Him,” you must be committed to Him. Most American Christians are committed to Sunday Morning, maybe Wednesday and when I feel moved to be… Abiding is a constancy of occupancy.
As Americans, were complacent about our relationship with Jesus. That’s means, “take Him when I want to and leave Him when I want.” That’s NOT abiding!
Why do “saints” fail in their efforts to have faith when their world is collapsing on them?… They haven’t been abiding in Him…
Jesus told us how to be victorious! If we’re not… should He ever be blamed? God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; As the Scriptures say, “He will be proved right in what he says, and he will win his case in court.
If American believers ever leave the place of being “satisfied with little faith,” and DO what Jesus Christ told us to do, I shutter to think of the glory we would see!