Demonstrating The Power Of God In The Church
Is the church demonstrating the power of God? Why is there hardly any supernatural miracles in the body of Christ?
Why are many pastors, evangelists, prophets and healers dabbling into witchcraft to demonstrate signs and wonders?
The Church appeared to lack the anointing and power of God. The Church is not growing rapidly, and the young people are being enticed by the things of this world.
But, is the current state of the Church a reflection of the power of God? I hardly think so!
The solution to our problems is so simple that the devil blind our eyes so that we cannot see it.
Let us look at the beginning of the Church movement in Acts 2.
On the day of Pentecost after the apostles and brethren were filled with the Holy Spirit, thousands of people were convicted and were baptised and the Church grew daily.
Many signs and wonders were demonstrated by the apostles. People were delivered and healed of every diseases.
The Church at that time demonstrated the power of God.
Let us take a close look at the behavior of the early Church in Acts 2 and compared it to our modern Church.
- The apostles steadfastly continued with one doctrine – the doctrine of Christ.
The present Church is comprised of many doctrines and denominations. The World Christian Encyclopedia states that there are over 33, 000 denominations world wide.
- The early Church fellowship and prayed together and they had all things in common. If any of the brethren is in need of anything the wealthier members shared their substance with them so that no one was lacking among them.
Our present society has become more selfish where every man for himself is the policy of the day.
Sadly, this practice has crept into the Church.
- The early Church worked together in unity demonstrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Our modern Church compete with each other and covet each other’s gift.
- Everyday the member of the early Church fellowship together in the temple and visited each other’s house eating and breaking bread together.
In our modern day society and Church, we only visit and eat with friends and family.
Strangers and foreigners are treated and considered as such.
- The earlier Church were humble and sincere in their service to God and each other.
No one had time to gossip and backbite. They had the same mind, pursuing the same goal which was to praise and worship God.
Consequently, unbelievers were impressed by their lives and were attracted to the Church.
And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved ( Acts 2:47).
Note that it is the Lord who added to the Church not man.
The unsaved persons only need to see us living an exemplary life unto God and the Lord will save them.
If only we eould return to the lifestyle of the early Church and show the love of God to each other.
The power and glory of God would manifest in our midst.
When we return to the place where the believers in Jesus Christ – His Church -have the mind and heart of Christ we will see signs and wonders in our midst.
Acts 2, 4