I think the greatest thing that I have discovered about myself, the church and my fellow Christians, is that we don’t know who and what we are in Christ Jesus and what we are capable of doing. Putting it another way, we are like poorly trained soliders going to war who can’t shoot and if we can, don’t bother too. One of the best and most influential books I have ever read was Kenneth Hagin’s “The Authority of the Believer.”
It was the Roman’s who gave the early church believers their “name;” Christians, or “little Christ’s” When we are born again, we are filled with power to do the SAME works that Jesus did. (and He said we would do even greater works then He did; done anything like that lately? Why not?) cast out demons, heal the sick, perform miracles, speak in tongues, and interpret them; give prophesy etc. etc. The problem is, many many Christians either don’t know that, or don’t believe it, or don’t do it! We are seated at the right hand of the Father; we are healed, sanctified, blest, anointed, praised and prosperous. Instead, Christians are failing at “authority” and caught up in the Babylonian system of fiances and the spirit of mammon just like the rest of the world. Christians are just as much in debt as the unsaved are, yet the bible tells us to be the “head and not the tail.” Why is this???
How can you fire a gun at the enemy with no bullets? How do you stop the devil and all his works, without the ammunition? We have the power to step on scorpions, (ie. the devil) Why are so many Christians afraid of him, when “in the Name of Jesus” we have all power and authority? With respect to my blog, why is it that the unsaved have the money and not the Christians? Mostly because the Christians don’t believe and don’t know how to get money and manage it. I would say that 90% of what I have learned about biblical economics I did not learn from sitting in a pew. Why? Because the churches don’t know it and/or the pastors are afraid to teach it. Many believers are still living under a spirit of poverty which is Greek thinking, brought into the church by Constantine in 300 B.C. Very few churches acknowledge the businessman and market place ministries (read this: 10 Reasons Business Leaders Reject Their Local Churches).
The church needs to start teaching to it’s body, who we are, what we are, what money is for, how to get it and manage it. How to heal the sick, cast out demons, give prophecy. – the works! In other words, the church needs to teach the “authority of the believer.” We are to be so blest and letting our light and success shine so much that the unsaved run to us and say, “What do you have? How did you get that? How can I get it too?” Our reply of course is, “Well, let me tell you about my friend; his name is Jesus!”
Our blessing, is the “hook” for the unsaved. How do we “hook them” if we ourselves are not blest?
Let us be the light and salt of the world… 🙂