A SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE BY JACK HARRIS
I The Lord Your GOD am a jealous GOD, MY glory will I not give to another. –(Exodus 20:5 & Isaiah 42:8)
I don’t believe for a moment that the Almighty GOD has an ego problem or that HE is the least bit insecure. The Bible is written in human language, with very human concepts to help us understand the nature of spiritual things which are otherwise hard to articulate or wrap our brains around.
GOD’s Glory is something we as morals cannot handle without it corrupting our nature. I sincerely believe this is the message and meaning of the scripture. Something very ugly manifests when we attempt to wear the mantle of GOD’s Glory. This is apparent throughout history.
In fact, the manifestation of the spirit of Antichrist has to do with this very thing; the Deification of Human Nature.
… so that he as God sits in the Temple of God showing himself that he is God.2 Thessalonians 2:4
This brings us to an understanding of why GOD delights in revealing HIS strength through our weakness. The Apostle Paul makes the case for us and uses himself as an example. He’s dealing with what he refers to as a thorn in his flesh. There’s been endless speculations as to what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was but the most likely thing is that it was just what he said it was; a physical infirmity. An embarrassment to a man who is preaching and teaching concerning the power of GOD and demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit through his life and ministry.
As he prays for this infirmity to depart on five different occasions, The Lord finally speaks to him and says; MY grace is sufficient for you: for MY strength is made perfect in weakness. What an answer! Paul’s conclusion is that GOD reveals Himself through our weakness so that others may see Him not ourselves.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
THIS CONCEPT SEEMS TO BE ALMOST COMPLETELY ALIEN TO US TODAY.
Which brings me to my point; I had an interesting experience while ministering for our Miracle Crusade in Bucharest, Romania. I was standing in front of the loud speakers after the first service, someone had come up to speak with me when suddenly the band came on with some after service music. It was loud, so loud in fact, that I actually felt my eardrums flutter, something I’d never experienced before. Later that night in my hotel room I got up to walk to the bathroom and the whole room seemed to tilt and spin and I almost went to the floor. Apparently I was suffering from vertigo a condition caused by a disturbance within the inner ear. I’d never experienced this before and I’m going to be afflicted with it for the remainder of my time in Romania.
I couldn’t walk without someone at my side to support me, I couldn’t stand to preach, I had to sit down. Now picture this, I’m the evangelist preaching our healing crusade and I have to be helped to the platform and can’t even stand to preach, imagine! I felt humiliated. If I were one of those in attendance, I think I’d have taken one look at me and fled.
“That guy’s the Healing Evangelist? I’m out of here! He looks like he’s fixing to die!”
Fortunately, my infirmity didn’t seem to bother anyone but me. I preached the Gospel message and The Lord confirmed it with miracles of healing following as HE always has. It’s the Message, not the Man that has the power to touch people.
Each night it was the same, I preached and The Lord Jesus saved and healed people; it was glorious! The altar space was filled with people wanting to receive Jesus as their savior with miracles of healing manifesting. In fact, during the four nights of the crusade there were six tumors that simply disappeared from people’s bodies, one of them was a very large visable ovarian tumor a woman had suffered with for years.
When the miracles began to happen others rushed forward and wanted personal prayer from me; something that is counterproductive in a Mass Evangelism Healing Crusade focused on demonstrating the power and reality of Christ and His Word. I was able to Testify to the crowd,
“ It’s The Lord, Jesus Christ who is among you doing the healing, not me! I didn’t touch one of you! These miracles are a sign that The Kingdom of God has come and the Finger of GOD is among you!“
There’s a powerful truth revealed here; GOD is not looking for Superstars or Pretty people to work through. HE’s looking for ordinary people of faith who know HIM and have experienced HIS redemptive power and are willing to take HIM at HIS Word and in faith obey HIM and take the Gospel to those who do not know HIM.
Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel; And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.
THIS WAS THE LORD’S DOING AND IT WAS MARVELOUS IN OUR SIGHT! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
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Jack Harris, JHMin.com