When Intimacy Becomes a Formula


Two Christians saw a blind man and ran up to him and shared the “Good News” with him. They told him that Jesus died for his sins and God wanted him well. So they laid hands on him and commanded his eyes to be opened in Jesus’ name, but nothing happened. They rebuked the spirit of blindness, but nothing happened. They spoke healing over him, but nothing happened.

Finally, frustrated they said, “Sir, we are sorry, but keep on believing. We will keep on praying for you; can you please tell us your name?” The blind guy opened his mouth and said, “Elymas.”

Ok, I made up that story to illustrate a point.

Here is what the Bible says about Elymas:

“But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.” Acts 13

Notice that Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit and it was the hand of the Lord that made Elymas blind. Imagine as Elymas was walking out of the building and two eager Christians came up to him trying to heal him when the hand of the Lord just made him blind.

That’s why we can never trade formulas for intimacy with God.

There has been an attack on the Sovereignty of God in preaching today; an attempt to box God in, to suit our expectations of Him. Ask Herod, Ananias and Sapphire – Acts 12 & Acts.

I once heard a preacher say that a policeman doesn’t need to get permission if he sees a house being broken into; after all it is his job. That is true, but limited. There is a reason why policemen wear radios. He may see a house being broken into and respond, but may get a call that someone is being killed.

It is time for the church and preachers to fix their broken radios.

You say, but what will I do? Isn’t it God’s will to heal all? If you take away this formula I will be lost! No, you can just have a real relationship with God. He is alive and His Spirit is in you.

Why not get to know God and walk in a real, intimate relationship with Him. Jesus did not depend on formulas but He said, “I do nothing except I see my Father do it.” – Now that’s authentic ministry…

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