In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Bible records numerous accounts of the power of God in action. We read these accounts and they intrigue us. But over the years I have heard a number of people ask the question, where is the power of God in the Church today? I too find myself asking that very question.
I know some Christian denominations don’t believe God performs the kinds of miracles today He did during biblical times. But according the Bible He says, “I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). On that basis, I believe God still works miracles.
In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul the apostle underscores the need for us to have Faith in the power of God. “My speech and my preaching was not with Enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,” he wrote (1 Corinthians 2:4).” His objective was, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (verse 5).
I believe Paul’s words are relevant to us today. For instance, some of us who preach focus on things such as enticing words and so-called “revelation knowledge” aimed at impressing those who hear us. For some preachers, the use of alliterations and “three-points” in the sermons are sacred. At the same time, my observation is that too many of our pulpits are silent on proclaiming the power of God.
The possible end result of this kind preaching is what Paul the apostle said he wanted to avoid. He chose to come in the demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God. That’s where he wanted the people’s faith to stand and not in the enticing words of men.
What’s the big deal you may ask? Remember that according to the Bible, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). So if church attendees never hear the power of God proclaimed in the pulpit, they will lack faith in the same. And the fact is, we need the power of God today. It’s not an option but a must.
As preachers, it does not matter how schooled we become through formal education. Or how articulate we can proclaim biblical truths. Or how enticing our speech is. The fact cannot be changed that there are some things that only the power of God can accomplish in our lives. That’s why we need to see and experience the power of God in the church today.
What are your thoughts on the miracle-working power of God today?
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