My Latest Confession
When I don’t trust God, I don’t move to worry. Instead, I move to self-sufficiency. Even when I don’t feel capable, I begin to assume that I need to be capable. I need to figure it out. Find a way. Come up with a solution.
I can go for weeks in this mindset, without even being aware of it. Not intentionally, but gradually, I begin to look at situations as if God isn’t there. As if it’s up to me. I lose joy. Motivation. Energy.
My desire is to reach millions of people with the opportunity to understand who God is and begin a relationship with him. And I’m aware of all sorts of possible digital approaches.
There are multiple layers of strategies in Google, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Webinars, YouTube, and more. It’s easy to begin to think (and believe the lie) that I need to be proficient in using all of these!
That’s ridiculous! And, worse when I start thinking that way I’m not relying on God to guide and accomplish what he has in mind. Jesus said to “follow” him.
Fortunately, God’s Word, the Bible, is there to reset us. So, I was reading Mark 5 and 6. The first account is of the man controlled by a legion of demons. The demons knew Jesus was the Son of the Most High and had power over them.
The most surprising aspect of this entire account is that the demons put forth a prayer request! They felt they could ask Jesus for a favor. Demons. Enemies of Jesus who enslave people…who seek to kill, steal and destroy…to ruin people’s lives.
Yet, they had faith in Jesus’ power (and perhaps in his mercy) so they asked Jesus…actually, they begged him not to send them out of the country, but instead into the pigs. Jesus granted their request. (Did you ever think Jesus would respond to the faith of demons?)
Next, a man asked Jesus to come heal his daughter who was dying. Jesus went with him and did so.
On the way, a woman with continuous bleeding believed Jesus would heal her if she just touched the bottom of his clothes. And Jesus did…and pointed to her faith.
In all accounts…the demons, the father, the woman…believed Jesus could and so they asked!
The next chapter, when Jesus was among his family and in his home town, he couldn’t do a mighty work there, and “he marveled because of their unbelief.”
Recently I heard someone say, “If tomorrow God granted everything you prayed for today, how many new believers would be in the kingdom?”
As we seek to reach millions, we need to ask Jesus. Really ask him! Ask him for ideas, for ways to reach many, many people.
Jesus said: “Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, that you may receive, that your joy may be full.” (Jn 16:24)