The fourth-century monk St. Anthony wrote, “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, ‘You are mad, you are not like us.‘” We have reached that time.
People today apparently think that if you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and the fact that He is alive, still touching and changing lives, and is God in the flesh – that you are insane, mad, delusional, deceived. And, I for one do believe that He is God and is alive and actively changing lives – and I am one of those lives. So, that means I am mad according to those who do not believe in Him and believe that they are sane and the normal ones.
I believe in the resurrected Lord Jesus. I believe in miracles, signs and wonders. Several nights ago in a small city in Ohio I was in the home of a church elder who was in serious pain and had been for almost 24 hours. As we were saying goodnight we prayed for his healing in the Name and power of Jesus and then left. On my way to the city of Mansfield the next morning to visit with a worship leader we received a phone call saying that this man had been healed and was living without pain. Jesus is alive and still doing what He does best – healing, delivering and saving people from Hell.
The next night I was involved in a service in the town of Butler, Ohio – the topic was the working of miracles. This is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12. And after a short teaching we prayed for people who needed to have Jesus do a miracle in their lives. Powerful time of ministering and prayer. God touched a lot of people that night and the reports are just beginning to come in via email and Skype.
He is alive; He is God; He is actively changing lives for all of eternity. I believe that! I teach, preach and share that every opportunity I am given – and even make opportunity when there is apparently none. I am excited and getting more excited all of the time. My Jesus is alive, He is able and willing – in fact, eager to touch people with His healing and miracle working power.
If that means the majority of people will look at me and consider me mad then so-be-it. Remember, they are only normal because they are in the majority. If there were more of us and less of them then normal would be redefined differently. But, if they want to think I am mad that is okay with me. Felix called Paul ‘mad” in Acts 26 and he was anything but – he was powerful and mightily used of God. And, I would rather be powerful than popular.
I believe and because I do I see lives changed and miracles happen on a regular basis. How about you? Do you believe in the living God who is still seriously involved in the lives of His people? If so, why are you living like an atheist as if God no longer exists and is out of the miracle-making business?