In practicing meditation a few years ago, I had a profound experience. I went fishing with Jesus. He was jovial and fun to be around, but He was catching fish after fish, and I was not catching anything. He taught me a valuable lesson that day when I asked Him what He was doing differently. He said, “It’s all about the bait. You cannot catch fish without having the right bait.”
My mind went to Peter pulling that lame man to his feet at the gate beautiful. After which, he preached and 3,000 people got saved. The miracle was the bait.
Jesus says, I will make you fishers of men. That is interesting when you think about it. You cannot go fishing without having the correct bait. Because the supernatural is missing from our churches, we had to depend on the powers of persuasion, and the church’s bait became, “Get saved or you are going to hell.” Many of us got saved out of a fear of going to hell, which we still struggle with to this day, and not for our love of a God who is able to do above and beyond what we can ask, think or imagine.
So what happens to the church when our powers of persuasion no longer scares the population…few people get saved…fewer people remain long-term after getting saved.
Unless we are able to do as Paul did, do as the disciples did, do as Jesus did, our ministering will not yield the kind of harvest we would want because the gospel is supernatural. You cannot separate the two.
So, here’s my issue. I believe in the supernatural…we believe, we pursue it, we go after it, but we still see so little manifestations. Why is this? So, I look at one example in Scripture where Jesus had this challenge in one town.
When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:54-58 – NKJV)
So, we struggle with this very serious issue of unbelief, where you can have all the faith in the world and zero doubt, but if you are operating in an environment of unbelief…very little manifestations. So, the greatest hindrance to the supernatural is unbelief…plain and simple. We can fix this in ourselves, but we also need to fix it in others because unbelief is an assassin to the supernatural. If this is true for Jesus…how much more us.
So I say to us, develop a supernatural mindset and a journey of faith in your home, with your family, with your neighbors, among your friends first…start there, perfect it there so it can be carried over into our churches.