God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God
From the Desk of Pastor Asher
30 January 2015Posted by on
NIV2010 John 21: 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
During his life on Earth, Jesus performed many miracles; more than we can count. I suspect that if every miracle that our Lord performed during his ministry was recorded, our Bibles would be too heavy to lift.
Miracles bear lessons of faith. Again and again we hear Jesus say, “Your faith has healed you.” He did not say, “Your decision, determination, resolution, ability, strength, intelligence, rituals, courage, moral efforts, etc. have made you well.” Every miracle that happened in the past or is happening around us at present exposes our fallenness and inability to save ourselves. Jesus’ words, “Your faith has healed you,” reinforce faith — faith in God’s Love and Grace towards us, his children. To perform miracles, God challenges ordinary people like you and I to strive to be the best versions of what God created us to be and in the process to perform extraordinary feats of faith that give us a glimpse of the loving nature of our Creator.
God has a dream and a vision for each one of us individually and for our community. In many cases the apathy in our lives and in our church communities stem from the fact that our dreams are not as vivid as our memories. It is so much easier to focus on our pains and sorrows than on our blessings. Nehemiah warned about it when he preached, “The joy of the Lord is your strength…” (Nehemiah 8:10, also Psalm 28:7). What brings us hope is the wonderful knowledge that if we step out in faith God will meet us half way. Sometimes miracles happen in a way that we recognize them, and sometimes our own hubris and fallenness gets in the way and we pat ourselves on the back thinking that we accomplished something on our own.
My hope and prayer is that all of us are consciously aware of God’s presence in our lives in all times and all circumstances. My hope and prayer is that we step out in faith in search of God’s will for our church and for our community, and in that search we will recognize the renewal that God offers and brings in our midst.