By Caleb Hong, Spiritual Life Division Head
Do you ever read the Bible and come across something miracles that you honestly find hard to believe? Like raising the dead or walking on water. But then, do you believe God can make those things happen and that he is omnipotent?
We see that Hebrews 11:1 says that “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen.” (ESV). Therefore, if we have (enough) faith, then we can presume that these kinds of miracles can happen. Imagine what it would be like to live in a community where signs and wonders are a daily occurrence, where God works in such a visible, tangible way. It would be a never-ending cycle of reassurance:
- We have faith.
- Miracles happen.
- Our faith is reaffirmed, strengthened, and refreshed.
- We praise God.
So why is it that this does not happen at LCA? No shame or any shade was thrown here, just pure askance.
I was speaking with a pastor who worked with the underground house church network in China and he told me this story: “I hold monthly meetings with around 50 pastors of the largest house churches and we gather and we pray together and for each other, stuff like that. But one day, one of the pastors called and said that he would not be able to attend the meeting that day. When I asked him why, he said that two of his ministry team had been killed in Northern China and he was heading there straight away.”
Now most of us would probably mourn, comfort family members, evacuate all nearby personnel and control the situation with the government and the media. But when he was asked why he was risking his life to go where two of his team had just been martyred, the pastor replied, “I’m going to see if God will raise them from the dead.”
If we want LCA to be a Spirit-filled community, we need to have this kind of absolute obedience to God and complete, utter surrender and obedience to God. And when we have that sort of faith, signs, and miracles will come as a manifestation of that faith.
I am in no way condemning or passing judgment on anyone, this journey of faith is just that: a journey. Everyone is at a different place, but all heading towards the same goal, and I believe that step by step, we can reach this kind of deeper relationship with God.
Keep Fighting the Good Fight