Two weeks ago weeks ago during preservice prayer at Catch the Fire DFW, a few of us gathered to pray for Karen. She had been lying in a coma for three weeks due to renal failure, and a host of other related medical issues. This past Saturday, Karen was able to join us in worship during our weekend service. Her doctors say her recovery is miraculous. I agree with them!
I’m writing about miracles these days. Not just because I’m interested in them theologically or philosophically, but because I believe the gospel is only fully proclaimed when it is proclaimed in both word and power. In my first three posts on the subject, I began to address some key ways of thinking that must shift if we are going to experience more of God’s miraculous power.
In the first post, The Authority of Scripture and Miracles, I challenged us to expand the scope of how we view scriptural authority. If the theology and principles taught in scripture are to be authoritative, then the supernatural/miraculous reality presented as normal within the scriptural narrative must also be authoritative.
In the second post, Natural or Supernatural, I challenged our fundamental assumptions regarding the relationship of heaven and earth. Everything natural is spiritual, both finding its origin in God’s word and being currently sustained by God’s word. There is no such thing as a system of natural cause and effect that operates independently of God’s presence and activity. From this perspective, miracles are normal.
In the third post, God and Creation, I summarized some of the key ways of thinking that box us in and limit our expectation for and experience of miracles. Deism, Pantheism or Cessationism significantly shape the way many Christians think and process reality, limiting their capacity to expect, experience, or even recognize the miraculous power and presence of God.
If you haven’t already, please take the time to read through those three posts. I realize that for some, thinking about how we think doesn’t seem very practical. It’s easier to deal with formulas and behaviors. Please don’t fall into that trap. We are transformed by the renewal of our mind. Repentance essentially means to adjust the fundamental ways we think about and process reality. Thinking Differently requires some effort but it’s worth it.
In my next post, I’m going to talk about the kingdom of heaven and what Jesus meant when he said the kingdom is at hand.