Well today I had my post all ready to type up; about positive lessons that the Church could learn from the Startup community. Of late, I have been immersing myself into that world, and thus far it has been deeply encouraging. So I was planning to write about some of the exciting that I have encountered.
HOWEVER it appears that that post is no longer going to be written, at least just yet. Just an hour or so ago I finished watching a documentary about how God is moving, all around the world, how different teams are each regularly experiencing His supernatural power, which is being demonstrated through healings of the sick, raisings from the dead, and other miracles. And my goodness, these people prayed! Last week, when writing out my faith manifesto, I was completely sincere when I spoke about my prayer life of my final year at uni possibly being poor relative to other people in other countries. But then just earlier today, I was revisiting that in my mind, and thinking actually, no, the prayer I demonstrated then was probably strong by any standards. But on watching this documentary, I realised that actually, my first impulse had been right. These people live to pray; they live for intimacy with God. God is literally everything to them.
This documentary also made a big point that everything is happening through the love of God. This is love that is offered to people without obligation, without needing to see them accept faith in Christ; love with no strings attached. This documentary also made the point that this power is available to all of us as Christians! This is something I’ve always believed. I found it both exciting and challenging to watch as I asked myself “Well why am I not walking in that power?!”
At the moment I am feeling a little dazed and confused. I feel like I need to take some time to process everything that I saw. The big answer that I am asking myself is this: (I think I may already know the answer, but I am a little scared about it!):
If this power is indeed available to all of us as Christians, what practical changes would I need to make in my life to start walking in that power? At the root of all this are a few secret fears, namely how I would support myself in a lifestyle that was centred around living for God? But I feel like I finally need to start “putting my money where my mouth is.” And I have to take some time to prepare my mind, prepare my heart etc, until I get to the point where I can honestly tell God: “OK Lord, I’m ready to do it!”
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth
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