28 January 2014

Can You Imagine?

"And they set the men in their midst and repeatedly demanded, By what sort of power or by what kind of authority did [such people as] you do this [healing]? Then Peter, [because he was] filled with [and controlled by] the Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and members of the council (the Sanhedrin), If we are being put on trial [here] today and examined concerning a good deed done to benefit a feeble (helpless) cripple, by what means this man has been restored to health, Let it be known and understood by all of you, and by the whole house of Israel, that in the name and through the power and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead, in Him and by means of Him this man is standing here before you well and sound in body. This [Jesus] is the Stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which has become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone]. [Ps. 118:22.] And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved." (Acts 4:7-12 AMP)

Can you imagine . . . can you imagine observing a court case where a blue collar worker is accused of practicing medicine without a license, who then stands and testifies that he not only heals miraculously but offers eternal salvation (eternal salvation, people!) through the authority of a politically disfavored but wildly popular social media figure, recently executed by the government, and rumored to have risen from the dead?

That's the power of Jesus. That's the radical faith that comes from His Spirit, and His works done by mortals. Utter madness to the physical, logical mind. And the only course that makes sense to those who belong to Him. 

Father in Heaven, increase my faith, please. Show me more and more clearly Your love; and sharpen my spiritual senses to better feel the prophetic witness of Your Spirit. I love Your word and will, God, and I always want more. In Jesus' powerful name, amen. 

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!