Monday, August 24th, 2015
Deliverance (Part 15)
'Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.' When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, 'Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.' And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, 'Little girl, arise.' Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately.
Luke 8:50-55 (NKJV)*
In the signs and wonders business, doubt is a deal breaking demon. If bondage is like a jail cell, if torment is like a dark tomb, if fear is like a raging sea, then doubt is the voice of logic. You're too hard, low or deep for help. Rescue is unreasonable.
In the receipt of miracles, faith invites God's Hand to extend. God's angels open prison doors. God's Spirit brings the dead to life. God's Son calms down the storming waves. God loves impossible missions. 'Is the Lord's Power limited?' (Numbers 11:23).
Do we think miracles have ceased in our well-dressed churches? Do we think our biggest thrills will come on screens and stages? Do we think skepticism is our justified response? We think wrong.
If you want to see God's amazing grace, then carefully choose your inner circle.** As a Man, Jesus did exactly that. Because a doubter can quench the Spirit.*** Because miracles require flames of faith. Because bad leaven can prevent the rise. Because one man's doubt is a deal-breaker.
On special missions, Jesus invited Peter, James and John. On your mission in media, be equally selective. Unwavering, optimistic faith is the qualifier.
To Be Continued...
* Full story of Jairus' daughter: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+8%3A50-56&version=NKJV
** Previous AMTC Devotion, Your Inner Circle: http://amtcdevotions.org/your-inner-circle
** Previous AMTC Devotion, Personnel Decisions: http://amtcdevotions.org/personnel-decisions
** Previous AMTC Devotion, Impossible Healings: http://amtcdevotions.org/impossible-healings-part-6-the-eviction-of-doubt
** Previous AMTC Devotion, Dream Haters: http://amtcdevotions.org/dream-haters-part-9-faithless-fretters
*** Short article: What does it mean to grieve / quench the Holy Spirit? https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+8%3A40-54&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.