I’ve been running more and more into the idea that I don’t need to and can’t have everything about everything figured out beforehand. To paraphrase what someone up here at Bethel said recently, a lot of times God wants us to experience a thing before we find it in His word/develop a theology around it. It goes right along with the idea that we should not develop theology around what we haven’t experienced yet, even though it’s in Scripture.
The process of pre-excluding concepts is nothing more than trying to engineer the tiniest details of our lives so we can pretend to have an understanding of it. I’m not saying we need to experience a thing before we know whether it would be true/beneficial or not (murder is evil, drug use, pre-marital sex, etc); that would be incredibly irresponsible and there are some things one must take on faith. I am saying that there are some truths that ARE self-evident and we tend to study them into obscurity before we see their fulfillment because of the pull of faith on Holy Spirit.
Let’s take this discussion into an area of considerable disagreement: healings, miracles, prophecy, signs and wonders, etc. In our logical/”enlightened” Western culture, we have relegated to the sidelines the supernatural by substituting human reasoning and ability into what was the position of faith. In reality, human ability has become the learned mechanism of doing the improbable instead of seeing the impossible happen, which is un-explainable. We get very uncomfortable not being able to create a repeatable formula for success. We see this everywhere: buy low then sell high, eat fewer calories than you take in, eat these foods then you will be healthy, create a law so everyone will cooperate, etc…
Unfortunately, all of our human ability, understanding and creating/refining of systems does nothing except cover up the true mechanism of joy, health, power, happiness and greatness. We can have none of these things in a sustainable and pure manner without getting closer and closer to the One who embodies the Truth of them; our Father who is in heaven whom we know by Jesus, his son.
The same Holy Spirit who dwelt in Jesus while He was on the earth full time is the same one that raised Jesus from the dead and the same one who lives in the believer today. It is only by Holy Spirit that we have full revelation of Jesus who is the exact representation of our Father. Jesus, Kathryn Kuhlman, Benny Hinn, Paul the apostle, etc all knew the clear truth that without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, only what man can do is possible. To deny ourselves a close relationship with Holy Spirit is to deny ourselves access to the supernaturally abundant life Jesus came to give us as a part of what He did on the Cross. But faith is a substance that requires risk to be be made manifest on this earth.
Sometimes faith for supernatural provision makes no difference without taking the risk and enacting the work of moving across the country with no job, house or much money. Sometimes faith for seeing people healed by you laying on hands means taking risk and laying hands on someone before you have ever seen anyone healed, ever. The list goes on and on but as 1 Corinthians 13 makes clear, love is even more important than faith. It is the intimate relationship with Love that gives us hope and faith; it is our driving force.
Become intimate with Love today and see all of your dreams take flight as you activate faith with risk. He won’t let you down.