Acts 8, v6
When the crowds SAW the miracles Philip did, they paid close attention to WHAT HE SAID.
Is this not one of the most important purposes of miracles today - yes they demonstrate the Kingdom, yes they show the intent of the King BUT they should also open a door that enables the King to be proclaimed. How can they believe if they have not heard? This use of the miraculous in evangelism is a truth that John Wimber taught, illustrated and demonstrated very well, and which was outlined in his book Power Evangelism, but it is also a truth that so easily 'drops out of our practice and expectation' although it may remain as the 'language of aspiration'.
Maybe, for many of us and our churches, it is time with regard to this to move into the realm of faith spoken of in Hebrews: 'the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen' so that our aspirational language manifests in our daily Christian ministry. However, our passion for it to be so is not, in itself, sufficient, as passion must be focussed and tested through prayer and a Spirit filled lifestyle. Here is my prayer for today, and each day - Lord give us vision which flows from Your Word, passion to see vision realised, prayer to see passion grow and faith to manifest vision and passion in our daily living.
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