Devotional,  Inspiration

Getting Unstuck

And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:17-20).

The word “unstuck” seems to be a reoccuring one in the kingdom language. I recently published a book for a pastor with that very word in the title, and I keep on hearing the term being used in different circles, and it has me thinking. I have often observed the Church Jesus encountered when He came to earth to fulfill His ministry. It seems that God wanted to shift from the age of the law, to the age of grace, but the Church was so “stuck” they could not see that God was doing a new thing. That is the character of God, isn’t it? To always do a “new thing” (See Isaiah 43:19). After all, He is God and if according to His soverign plans He wants to end a certain age and begin a new one, who are we to argue. Yet, many of our churches seem to be “stuck” and we are quick to label the “new thing” as a cult or deception, even though it appears more Scriptural than what we have embraced as truth.

In the above text, we see the early church culture where men and women went about preaching the gospel, and God confirmed their words through a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. Without God confirming His words through His demonstrative power, how can we know that what we are preaching and teaching is the truth? After all, the Bible is open to numerous interpretations, which is why we have so many denominations, but this is man’s doing, not God. Any denomination that claims exclusively that God set them apart from others, and they are right and everyone else is wrong is already walking in deception. They are stuck. Doctrine’s can cause us to be stuck in the past. Building a ministry or business off a revelation can cause us to get stuck. Building a ministry off a spiritual gift can cause us to be stuck. God wants to do a new thing in our lives, but we must be willing to let go of the old stuff.

Prayer

Father, thank You for all You do and for who You are. Thank You that I don’t have to get stuck, but there is liberty where Your Spirit dwells, and I can live in that freedom. In this age, as You do a new thing, please don’t do it without me, in Jesus Name. Amen.

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