Poison!

This upcoming generation of young people has much to offer the world. Many are passionate about the things of God and it is such a joy to watch their imagination run wild as they begin to consider how God might use them. There are no limits on how the Holy Spirit can move through a man, woman or group of God’s servants regardless of age or even experience. God desires to work through any and every usable person. It is more than probable. Absolutely all things are possible.

As a young boy, I remember opening a Bible and being astonished at the miracles of Jesus. It said that Jesus healed a blind man. I think it was the story of blind Batimaeus. Inspired faith flooded my soul as I read. “This is amazing!,” I thought. “Jesus heals sick people!” Quickly, I took my new revelation to a grown-up in my family to verify what I read. “Is it true?!” I asked. “Does Jesus heal blind and sick people?”… “No” came the regretfully sheepish answer. “That is what the Bible says, but that is not really what it means,” they said. I was devestated and my growing childhood faith was cut down to adult-sized skepticism. Although this adult answered out of ignorance, its effect was immense. It is a tragedy and an atrocity of the highest order to crush the faith of a child.

Jesus spoke the following on no uncertain terms. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18:6-7)

Just recently, while ministering in the Philippines, a dear brother in Christ passed me a copy of a certain book which was endorsed by a very well-known Evangelist. It was a book specially designed to help preachers with their preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the preview was this statement: “although signs and wonders are in the Bible, they are not for today.” What an indictment to the cross! “This is poison!,” I said. “Poison to a young (or old) preacher.” Unbelief is poison to the soul and message of a gospel preacher. It is poisonous to every believer as well.

The gospel of Christ Jesus comes by the Spirit of Christ; the Holy Spirit. He is the same Spirit who worked mighty miracles through Christ and He still does it today!

Preach the gospel. Expect results. Expect that people will cast thier trust upon Jesus; that they will receive the forgiveness of sin and eternal life now and forever. Cast our demons in the name of Christ. Speak in new tongues. Pray for the sick and they will recover. (Mark 16:15-18 )

Only believe. (Mark 5:36)

About the Author Jason Betler

Jason communicates for transformed lives. He is the founding evangelist for The Nations Hope and lead pastor of Life Tree Church in San Jose, California.

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