KEY THOT: Even the Son of God could not do much in an environment of unbelief. Because of preconceptions about who Jesus was (“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?"), they took offense at him. Their offense was expressed as unbelief about what Jesus could do.
God’s power is released or restricted by our faith or lack thereof. When a church believes the age of miracles has ended when the apostles all passed away (which is contrary to facts of church history in the second-fourth centuries), their limited faith is self-fulfilling, for they will experience “no mighty work there” because of their unbelief. Faith is the key to unlock God’s power to work on our behalf.
My faith or unbelief can facilitate or frustrate God’s purpose for His church. God has called the church go out and set people free with the Gospel of the kingdom. If we restrict what we believe God can or will do, we restrict also the power of the gospel. In the case of the twelve, their faith was not undermined by any pre-conceived ideas about Jesus. So, they acted in faith and saw results: “So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them” (Mark 6:12-13). But fear and over-familiarity can hinder and frustrate God’s works through His people. One manifestation of unbelief is becoming offended by those who take actions in faith.
I will continue to believe and act on the presupposition that the Kingdom has come, bringing with it the salvation blessings of deliverance from the devil’s works of moral degradation, demonization, diseases and death. When we preach the gospel and pray for people to be set free from degradation, demonization, diseases and even death, we are demonstrating in a tangible ways that the Kingdom has come: “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20). The supernatural works of God are not prerequisites to faith but the products of faith.
Father, thank You that it’s only when we believe and act on our belief that things happen among us. Amen.