WOW how my ears would prick up at the sound of those words. “A NEW THING”; I wanna know what it is! I want in on it! I don’t want to miss out! I don’t want to be left behind!
Bigger! Better! More Spectacular! More Sensational! The here, the now! God is moving! I want in on it! (and dare I say: I want it to be about me)
Well it is about “me”. The whole Bible is about me, but not in a narcissistic way.Every story is not about me. It is not an individual book written to me and you and you and you separately but giving us all the individual promises oh health, wealth, and so on.
David took his sling shot and killed Goliath acting on his faith in God. This is true. And our lesson is that we too must act on our faith in God– even when the masses cower.
The lesson is NOT– if I act in faith I will slay my biggest giant.
That is not promised anywhere.
God does promise never to leave us:
Hebrews 13:5 (see not promised wealth in this one)
Hebrews 13:6 (this one doesn’t mean we can’t be hurt or killed…but if we are we will go to heaven with the Father so what are we fearful about)
I think you get the picture. We may still go through terrible times but we are not alone. I know that is NOT what anyone wants to hear. But it is the truth.
NO WHERE in the Gospels does Jesus tell anyone “If you follow me your life will improve.”
He instead warns a would be follower that he, Jesus, does not even have a place to lay his own head…asking if the man is really serious about taking up the cross and following in the footsteps of our Lord.
He tells another man to give up all his wealth to the poor before he can be a follower and inherit eternal life. (When is the last time a sermon like that got a million likes on FB?)
I am just working all this out in my own mind as I write this. I won’t have it down pat by the end of the post.
These are deep things to think about.
It is so much more enticing to hear how God is going to move and provide, to break our chains, to deliver us from debt, to restore us to perfect health, to heal our marriage. And sermons like these are the most popular on the internet.
But did you notice that there were times when Jesus only healed one out of many?
John 5:1-15New Living Translation
Jesus Heals a Lame Man
5 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,[a] with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.[b] 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, 10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”
11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”
12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.
13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” 15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.
Nowhere does it say that Jesus stayed there and healed the rest of the people. To say so is to make it up, make it say what we want it to say. We can only go by what it recounts and that is that ONE of the many in the crowds, was healed.
We hear a great sermon where the pastor implies that everyone in the congregation and listening online will have dramatic breakthroughs. But that is NOT scriptural. Nowhere does it say EVERYONE gets the relief they need most.
I am sure some of you are angry– but bear with me a moment.
Would you agree that the Bible , if it and all its principles and promises, applies to ONE person — then it must apply to all?
Yes, most will agree with that.
Then I ask you:
If God is ready to pour out a financial blessing on his followers— what about the poor believers in Haiti? The Congo? Southeast Asia? REMEMBER — it applies to all believers! If a whole country is destitute, and filled with believers under persecution, who do not even have housing and food daily….do you believe that in the next 6 months (as the sermon might say) that God is going to actually rescue all believers in that country and not only grant them their most imminent needs but abundantly bless them to American standards on top of that?
Could God? YES.
Is there Biblical precedent? NO
Is there ever a time in history where that has happened? NO
The new thing that God is doing in me is that He is taking me back to the scriptures myself on everything I hear and take in.
There is too much Eisegesis these days passing as the Word and promise of GOD. Eisegesis:(/ˌaɪsɪˈdʒiːsɪs/) is the process of interpreting text in such a way as to introduce one’s own presuppositions, agendas or biases. It is commonly referred to as reading into the text.
Then it gets worse. There is a LOT of Narcigesis: Inserting oneself into the narrative of the Bible, such as“You are like King David,” to make the Bible about YOU instead of the word of God being about Christ Revealed (as brought up earlier in the post)
Exegesis is the way we rightfully understand scripture. By careful analysis of the written word and what it means in the context. Then without distorting that, we gain principles to learn and live by.
I know this won’t be a popular post among some very lovely Christian folk who are getting their ears tickled by preachers who use the word in such a way to make promises not in the Bible by claiming they got it straight from God.
I just ask myself, and you all, does it stand for the people everywhere on the globe? Is God going to slay the ISIS giants that decapitate believers— if they just believe enough while they are tied and kneeling before these monsters?
What is it that we expect of GOD?
Is his righteousness enough?
Or do we only seek righteousness to get things given to us to make our lives better?
Is it the beginning of verse 33 that we are focused on (where are hearts and souls should focus)… or the second part (our gain)
Matthew 6:33The Passion Translation
God is always doing a new thing!
God wants us to be blessed by His love, by His fellowship, by eternal life.
God wants the best for us.
But there is still a fallen world where others (too) have self will and can cause harm and distress to us in a lot of ways. We also have self will and cause ourselves problems.
All things can be used for the glory of God…but not all things are going to be good or even pleasant.
A dear friend of mine, leading a class on the gifts of the Spirit, recently wrote that if a prophets words tear down or depress– it is not from God. This implies that the gift of prophecy is just to encourage and uplift us. (again tickling the ears). How wonderful! We can dismiss all prophecy that is warning, convicting, calling us out.
B.S. (excuse me but it really applies)
I know this lady has read and re read the scriptures but where in her mind did she file away the prophets of old with there “WOE TO YOU”. What about when they called the people out on their sin and disobedience and warned them to turn away from wrong doing?
We have become so accustomed in the United States to hearing positive, affirmative messages that promise great things…that we are forgetting at times to check the whole of scripture for validity.
God is doing a new thing…in me.
I am tuned in now more than ever. I am critically analyzing what I listen to and take in as a word from God. The gospel is not about health, wealth , security, good relationships, and peace. These things happen and God does do miracles where He chooses. But we do not come to Jesus for anything except restoration to the Father and the certainty of eternal life now that we are forgiven and restored.
Until Next Time~