Trickle Effect – rerelease, 14Oct
Revisiting the awakening connections that God established, I edited this email turned blog for re-release… Faith is spread as a trickle effect…
I hesitate changing the exuberant way I wrote the original email… really all my discussions that have the phrase “oooooooh” are how I felt, learning about Jesus and poking around the new paths in my brain that God set aside for His connections space – that’s all “oooooooh”… maybe that’s why we have such ripples in our brain, God can use them when we let Him… Jesus loved discussing faith as the good rabbi He was… using our whole heart, soul and MIND continues as a trickle effect of increasing our faith… sometimes Jesus comes in floods (like for me) and always we need to let the Living Water keep seeping into our lives…. let us all want to be dripping wet with faith….
this was the original dripping wet with exuberance at: https://debbieupper.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/email-with-professor-about-trickle-effect-05sep-257/
Trickle Effect, 05SEP – #257 edited
It interests me how Jesus truly didn’t want to be considered a sideshow attraction… He wanted people to dig deep within themselves, He wanted individual conversions…. And even though miracles also worked to convince folks, Jesus’s intent was simply showing mercy – simply kindness to deserving believers who were in bad straights…. He could have done flamboyant miracles with grandeur, but He didn’t… I was all about the faith of the person asking for mercy.
Thinking about our avenues of teaching and trying to spread the Gospel to the masses, we wonder: what is the best way to reach people? God could have waited and sent Jesus now, in our day and age, when mass media would have spread (or squashed) His message like wildfire… But He didn’t…
But God choose a trickle effect of spreading the Good News…
Some mega churches try a big scale approach… Kinda like the debate people had with free education when it started, questioning if it is better to water down education for all to understand?, or keep education at high level for a few?… I think with faith, God wants the trickle effect – Yes, even at mega churches there is the trickle effect – it might be the person sitting next to you, with whom you can discuss the message’s meaning, where conversations about Jesus occur… It’s the way of the personal trickle down/bleed over effect – where God becomes REAL to you…
I am always wondering where God will take all these pockets of faith next….. Hmmm…. God sure is interesting in His approach….
Feeling and seeing the trickle effect of faith is watching and seeing the Holy Spirit in action…
God wants us to come to Him – one by one – by our own realization that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life!
36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
from John 14:10-12, 27 (NIV)
“… The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 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…”
“…the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”