Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Don't Laugh

I’m one of those people that believe everything in the Bible. In one way or another, I know it is trustworthy. I don’t need to know how, or if it is literal in every way or not, but I know that I can believe the promises. So When Jesus says that we can do the things that he did and more, I believe him! In my journal and in my prayer time, I am all in. Very serious about it all! “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12 (NLT) My question is, why is this not happening in my life? I prayed for my friend in chronic pain and she did not get better. I even prayed in Jesus name, I mean I said in Jesus name after I prayed. I’m beginning to think that praying in Jesus name is not a “houcus poucus-get whatever you want” spell that we chant at the end of a prayer. No, living is Jesus name means so much more. It means following him and doing the things that he would have done or is doing in you. Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on the healing ministry, but for now, I’ve decided to learn how to abide in the Father so that I can find unity in the relationship of the trinity in my own life. How can Jesus live out his life through me? Jesus said, I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. John 17:21 (NLT) So I believe! BUT when I find myself in conversation with friends proclaiming this truth! I giggle or follow my statements with an uncomfortable laugh. We all know what God thinks about people who laugh at his promises. In Genesis 18, the Lord appeared to Abraham and told him that his wife, Sarah would have a son. “So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” “Then the Lord said the Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son. “Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.” “But the Lord said, “No you did laugh.” Did Sarah laugh because she was amused at the Lord’s promise? Or did she laugh because he felt silly believing that something so incredible could happen to her? Did she laugh because she felt like a fool believing that at her age, she would bear a child? I laugh because I’m afraid of the response. I’m afraid what people will think about the kind of person that believes impossible things. Her laughing did not cancel the Lord’s promise. It did still happen. But who likes to be laughed at. I know I don’t. May we all believe in the impossible things that Jesus proclaimed about his followers. May we learn to truly follow Him so that his promises will manifest in our life. More than the miracles, how I would love to just rest in knowing that I’m doing what the Father does and doing what pleases Him. “I do nothing on my own, but say only what the Father taught me. And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” John 8: 28- 29 (NLT) May these incredible words from Jesus be what we seek. To be so intimate with the Father, Son, and the Holy Sprit, that we can be confident that we always do what pleases the Father.

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