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God of Wonders

October 5, 2017

 

 

Believe me, if you say "yes" to walking with the God of wonders, you will see Him put His power on display in and around you. What is more, He will require you to take step after step with nothing more to stand on than His promise that He will show up and do the impossible. It will be frightening, messy, controversial and mind-blowing. But it will definitely be anything but boring. It will be real - reality itself crashing in. God wants to teach His sons and daughters to live in that reality - to live as He does. He wants His normal to become our normal.

 

The more we learn to live as Jesus did, only doing and saying what the Father does and says, the more we will be living from passion, from our hearts. We will not be like small children, dependent on their parents to direct their every move. Rather, because we have committed ourselves to love what our Father loves, we understand that He trusts us to make decisions and is more than happy to back us up. This would not be the case if we had a competing agenda, of course. But our hearts beat in time with His, so why would He not want to fulfill what is in our hearts? Jesus put it like this, "If if you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you" (John 15:7).

 

The story of Jonathon and his armor-bearer illustrates this beautifully. The Philistines had so oppressed Israel that the only ones left with any weapons were King Saul and his son Jonathon. But instead of Jonathan camping out with his dad and waiting for something to happen, he took it on himself to face the Philistines in battle. He did not have a word from God; he was just fed up with seeing his country oppressed, so he decided to do something about it. He said to his armor bearer: "Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few" (1 Samuel 14:6).

 

I love his armor-bearer's response: "Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart" (verse 7). I also like the fact that Jonathan said, "Maybe God will help us," because I feel that way so often. I find myself having to decide important issues in life and ministry without having a definitive word from God. In these situations, I have to trust what He has already sown in my heart. Jonathon's heart was to trust God and face his enemy boldly. When he did what was in his heart, he stepped into the supernatural. The Lord defended him, and the entire Philistine army was defeated!

 

We were created to be like Jonathan - to live from our hearts, free from fear. When our passion for the Lord is our guide, we step into the superior reality of life with God. We were not called to just be survivors. We were divinely designed to do exploits. Paul wrote, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10).

 

That phrase "good works" is the same one Jesus used to describe His own divine exploits - healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, casting out demons, raising the dead and preaching the Good News to the poor. These are the "works" that evidence our partnership with the living God (see John 14:12). When we begin to live from our hearts and pursue our true passion, these supernatural signs will follow us.

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