At the gym today, I saw an ad on the television for the Mayo Clinic. It went something like this, "Cancer is the deadliest disease mankind has ever faced. When you need answers, you know where to turn: the Mayo Clinic." It irritated me.
Please understand, I have had at least two relatives die from cancer in my family. The exact number is a little more elusive as I do not know the cause of death for most of my deceased relatives. This is not an article to undermine the seriousness of cancer or to mock anyone who has had it.
But I disagreed with the ad.
'Cancer' is not the most deadly disease mankind has ever faced.
The demonic trinity is the most deadly disease mankind has ever faced.
Demonic trinity? What is she talking about?
What I am talking about is fear, doubt, and pride. Those three are what I call the 'demonic trinity,' and they have been plaguing mankind ever since the incident with the serpent in the Garden of Eden. (Don't worry, I'll write more about the demonic trinity in an upcoming post soon.)
The part that particularly got on my nerves was the line, "When you need answers, you know where to turn...".
Where the world SHOULD be turning to is to the Church!
Sometimes, I feel badly for God. Here He is, planning to come back to a pure and spotless Bride (Ephesians 5:27), and half the time the Church can't get their act together long enough to agree on anything, let alone provide answers to the world around them!
Now, seriously, I'm not here to dog on the Church. I long more than ever to see the Church rise up in her full glory and with the power and authority bestowed upon her. I truly do. And I know that day is coming, for which I am profoundly grateful and expectant!
The ad just drove home to me the tragedy we live in and how the Sons (and Daughters) of God need to rise up and take their place as the rightful rulers of this world (Romans 5:17 and 8:29).
You see, we are called to take the mind of Christ given to us and USE IT to better the earth itself, to replenish and to restore. You don't believe me? Read the original mandate given in Genesis chapter 1! We are meant to take the leaves of healing for the nations (Ezekiel 47:2, Revelation 22:2) and HEAL THE NATIONS! Crazy, huh?
Do you want to know what else is crazy?
The Jewish people are GENIUSES!
(Okay, disclaimer: I'm sure there are a good many of them who probably do not fall into that category. Not everyone is perfect.)
All joking aside, though, the Jewish people have it figured out. They are consistently some of the brightest, most creative, ingenious, and wealthiest people around. Why?
They actually believe the Scriptures!
What a novel idea....
We as a Church need to follow suit and start believing what God has said about us and acting on it. We are not supposed to finish last. We are supposed to be the HEAD and not the tail, ABOVE and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13), to PROSPER (Jeremiah 29:11), and for no harm to come to us (Luke 10:19).
There are pockets of people all around the world who actually take God at His Word and see some CRAZY manifestations of His presence, of miracles, signs, wonders, healings, etc. There are people laying hands on vehicles at their repair shop and fixing cars by words of knowledge. There are doctors and nurses finding cures to mystery ailments by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Businessmen and women pray and are given divine instruction to multiply their efficiency and profit while reducing costs. There are parents who pray for the destiny of their children and are given specific insight on how to raise them to be world-changers. It's time for these people to become the new normal.