We take out the trash. We put out the garbage. We throw away leftovers. We will clean out clutter and give it away to charity. We may even dabble in putting off the old man and putting on the new.
But there is a key that MUST be put off in order for you to see supernatural miracles taking place on a daily basis in your life and the lives of those around you.
Jesus showed us this Kingdom Key in Matthew 9:18-26. He is asked by a Roman leader to come and revive his dead daughter. When Jesus arrives on the scene, there was a bunch of crowd noise surrounding the girl.
"After the crowd had been put outside, He went in and took the girl by the hand and she got up." (vrs. 25)
We are missing the miraculous because we allow unbelief to remain.
Crowd noise can be overwhelming. Go to a major SEC football game and the crowd noise is so loud that you cannot hear yourself speak! The noise around you can drown out any and everything else! It's distracting at the least, immobilizing at its best.
Yet we expect the Father to do miraculous things amongst the noise of unbelief.
Unbelief is as loud as crowd noise, even if you can't hear it. Sometimes you CAN hear it in the negativity, cynicism, and doubt of others words. Other times it is an "atmosphere" more than words. Unbelief is nonetheless the silent killer of the miraculous.
Unbelief is the silent killer of the miraculous.
It was so primary that Jesus didn't perform the miracle until He first put out unbelief.
You may argue that Jesus healed people all the time amongst a crowd...maybe even a crowd of unbelievers. I would propose that it took some sort of belief to even go to where Jesus was going to be. If they had heard about this man who could heal the sick, they had to at least have had an inkling of belief that they might get to witness or even receive His healing, to even show up. The fear of the Romans, the fear of the Pharisees, the fear of their parents, all of these fearful noises could have kept them away. And yet, they came.
"If you have the faith of a mustard seed...."(Matthew 17:20)
So, today I just wanted to encourage you to look at the people, the perspectives, and the posture that surrounds you. I want to encourage you to put out the unbelief within yourself. I encourage you to remove all unbelief around you. Surround yourself with people that are fully persuaded (Romans 4:21), and watch what God can do!!!
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