REDEFINE NORMAL

I want to talk about a common lie that the enemy tries to tell you. “Christians are weird,” is probably a statement you have heard more than once. He also tries to make you feel weird for being a Christian as well. This, however, is a hugely false statement. 

John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

If we look a little closer at this sentence we see that the “Word” translated in Greek means “logos.” Logos means the “divine reason.” This word is used in the old testament a lot to explain God’s revelation. A lot of theologians refer to the logos word as the entire word of God (meaning the whole Bible). This scripture is also referring to Jesus being the Word. He is our revelation and our divine reason. 

This scripture states that “In the beginning was the Word,” and, “the Word was God.” So this means that the word of God has always been with us. Jesus and his word have always been with us. There literally was nothing before God and His word. So what this means is that everything in His word is the original norm. Everything in His word is how things are supposed to be. 

Have you ever heard the term that God is omniscient. The omniscience of God is the principle that God is all-knowing; that He encompasses all knowledge of the universe past, present, and future. In the beginning, God created the world and everything in it, including knowledge. This means that everything that has ever happened on this earth, God knew it would happen. God knew that we would not be able to live a holy life without sin, so that is why He sent Jesus. Jesus is not only our pardon for sin, He is also our “logos.” He is the Word that has been here since the beginning. 

So just to pull it all together here, Jesus is the norm. Everything Jesus did and said is what we are supposed to try and model our lives after. This means that Jesus is the original normal. Jesus is not weird.  Weird means to be unnatural and abnormal. Yes you could say that things like miraculous healings seem unnatural or abnormal, but the point I am trying to make is that it was never meant to be! The things we read about that Jesus did, that is how the normal Christian life should look. Jesus even tells us that we will do things even greater than He did!

John 14:12: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

The other thing you have to remember here is what I stated before. The term “logos” means the entire word of God. We cannot just read the Bible and pick and choose the things that we want to be true. We have to stop only believing and reading the scriptures that make us feel comfortable. I believe that this is one reason that we do not see the things that Jesus did as normal in the world today. We have chosen our comfort over truth. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6 This means that every single thing in the Bible is true. 

When you read about the life of Jesus you saw Him do many signs and wonders. When these signs and wonders are attempted to be done in today’s world, people tend to think it is too strange for them and some people even think it is demonic. I must point at that when Jesus walked on the earth the people also thought that He was working with demonic powers. 

When you read in the Gospels you will find Jesus healing people, prophesying to people, walking on water, calming the storms, and turning water into wine. In Acts, you read about Paul and the church speaking in tongues. In the old testament you read about David dancing naked before the Lord because He was so undone by who God is. 

I encourage you next time that you see someone at church kneeling or dancing in worship, hear someone speaking in tongues, hear someone prophesying, or even hear a testimony of a miraculous healing, reject the lie from the enemy that comes to tell you that it is weird. With God, this stuff is normal. This is who He is and this is who He always has been and who He always will be. We have to stop thinking with a worldly perspective and start thinking with a heavenly perspective. If we really want to bring heaven to earth, we have to redefine normal. 

PASTOR APRIL GADDIS

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