“Hocus pocus! Bow legged locust! Poof! I now turn you into a frog! You must get a kiss from the princess to be changed back into a prince!” “With the wave of my magic wand, viola! The lady is sawn in half!” “All you have to do is slip her a bit of this potion and she’ll fall in love with you forever! (‘This potion’ aka Brass Monkey or rufies.) “Just focus on my watch. You’re getting sleepy. Now, when I count to three, every time you hear the word time, you will dance like M. C. Hammer.” “Let me look into my crystal ball. Yes! Yes! I see it so clearly. You’re going to have some good times! But wait! You will also have bad times!”
We’ve all seen, and heard examples of the above scenarios. If you haven’t you’ve obviously never watched tv, read a book, or ventured out from under your rock. The funny thing is, all these things can, and are believable to most. I mean, I’m fairly certain most of us, at least those of us who have a heartbeat, and are over five, don’t believe there’s a witch who could turn a human into a frog, or that a magician could saw a person in half, but most people don’t have a problem believing that black magic, hypnotism, or fortune telling is real. Would y’all agree? I know I certainly believe in evil forces, so therefore I’m not touching anything associated with black magic or voodoo, fortune telling, or anything of the sort. I’ve never been hypnotized (nor do I plan on it) but I’ve heard people say they’ve tried it to help them stop smoking or overeating and it worked! I’ve known of people who’ve planned their whole lives around what their “fortune teller” told them. My question is this, what makes those things believable?
If you’ve ever seen, or been to a fortune teller, they don’t claim to have a Master’s Degree in fortune telling, they claim it’s a gift. Clearly, when we see someone get hypnotized, the hypnotist is just a person, made of flesh and blood, right, not some sort of god? People who practice witchcraft or black magic, they most likely, didn’t go to college and get a degree in casting spells, and they’re certainly not gods. So why then are those things so believable? It’s because they’re real! Or at least they have potential to be real. Most aren’t IMHO. The bible speaks about magic, witchcraft and fortune tellers, and says to avoid those things. *Deuteronomy 18:10-13* Evil is real. And evil spirits can work through people. My next question is, if we can believe in evil, and evil spirits working through people, why is it so difficult to believe in God’s power? Especially when it comes to God working through us?!
In John 14:11-14, Jesus is talking to His disciples and He says this, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or believe because of the miracles I have done. I tell you the truth, whoever believes in me will do the same things that I do. Those who believe will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it for you so that the Father’s glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.” Just in case you didn’t get that, Jesus told His guys that they would be able to do the same miracles He had done, and even greater things, all they had to do is ask. Then, are we to believe that, should we ask and believe, we could have the power (through Jesus Christ) to heal, cast out demons, or change water to wine? (Baptists would not be required to practice the latter :-).) Look, I’ve told y’all before, and I’ll tell y’all again; I ain’t no bible scholar. Yes, those of you reaching for your red pens, I am aware that I used double negatives, and I happen to believe that ain’t is a word! It may be southern slang, but it’s a word!
*Ain’t – ānt/, informal, contraction. Am not; are not; is not. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Has not; have not. “They ain’t got nothing to say.”
Anyway, now that the rabbit has been thoroughly chased. I ain’t no bible scholar, so what do y’all think? Could we perform miracles? Do we have the potential, in Jesus’ name, to cast out demons, to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, or even raise the dead?! Jesus did all those things, and He told His disciples they’d do those and even greater! If we could do those things, why don’t we?! And if you could turn just one person into a frog who would it be? What are your thoughts?