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God in You, God through You

Friday, June 2, 2017 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could understand God’s replies to your prayers while you pray or discern a very active way that your reading of scripture seems to be God whispering in your ear about something?

Wouldn’t it be wondrous to say something to others that you understand is a “prompt” from God to speak rather than merely your own notion? Wouldn’t be remarkable if ordinary people, like you and me, could pray for someone’s healing and more often than not watch the healing happen?

All these things are declared in scripture as exactly the sort of things that disciples of Jesus would do in the normal course of life in the goodness of God’s presence and power at work in them!  A pastor-friend of mine likes to call this being “naturally supernatural.” God’s supernatural being and abilities are granted, in at least some measure, by his Holy Spirit to those who make up his Church– we disciples of Jesus.  I must say that the biggest break-through for me in these matters came simply from accepting more deeply the truth of Jesus’s teachings that these remarkable gifts of God would be “ordinary” (dare I say it that way?) for the people of God. I have experienced many times all that I just wrote above.  I have also experienced the peace and acceptance when God doesn’t grant me something to share or say, or I actually discern that I am not being led to pray for someone. God’s in control, not me. I’m happy to be used. I am also happy to stand back if so led.

Is someone healed immediately and completely each and every time I pray for healing? No. But are others healed often enough to keep on praying? Yes! Or, when I quiet my spirit to ask the Holy Spirit to grant me something to say to encourage or guide someone else, very often those people are greatly surprised at how precisely that “word” that came to me applies to their lives in the present moment. This is especially true of strangers or of those for whom I have no knowledge about their personal struggles.  This is actually meant to be a more ordinary reality in the lives of Christians rather than being extraordinary. In fact, in the early days of the Church as recorded in the book of Acts, such events, though wondrous, were part of what was so persuasive of the gospel message– it was truth AND demonstrated with power.

Across the spectrum of Christendom, Christians are very divided about these ideas. There is deep skepticism on one extreme and over-zealous and immature assumptions that amount to commanding God what to do at another extreme.  I think the divide is unfortunate, and neither means that a middle ground is not more reasonable and biblically accurate. I will chose that ground gladly and the upcoming date that marks such a beginning for the Church.

On Sunday, June 4, we celebrate Pentecost. Nothing could be a more vivid example of what I just described than the Holy Spirit coming upon Jesus disciples on Pentecost and the events that followed as recorded in the book of Acts in the Bible.

The date on the church calendar comes 50 days after Easter and marks the promise of Jesus kept to send the Holy Spirit to empower and indwell his disciples that they would do what he had been doing– and even greater things!

John 14:12, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing,  and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

The moment is a remarkable shift in the plan of God from “God with us” (the meaning of Jesus as “Immanuel”) to “God in us.”  The promise of God goes far back before the time of Jesus.  In just one biblical source, God uses the prophet Joel to declare what is to come,

“In the last days, God says,  I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy… and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Saved. That is the point of it all. It means more than a safe escape from danger or peril. “Saved” describes being in right relationship with God, where one’s wrongdoing has been atoned and forgiven and one is in a familial relationship with God as Father. Saved.  Even Joel declared before Jesus said it to his disciples– when the Spirit comes upon you then you’ll be empowered to do what you could not have previously been able to do.

This is very humbling and joyful. To be a part of seeing God at work in and through his disciples is ordinarily amazing and naturally supernatural. You’re invited to come celebrate with us!

Grace and Peace,

Mark+

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