The Most Common Reason You Don’t See the Dead Raised

02/07/18 at 06:00 AM | Published Under On Campus




This blog excerpt is based on a Charis Minute with Daniel Kolenda.

After teaching in an evangelism school and talking about seeing people raised from the dead, an evangelist came to me and said...

"How come I haven't seen people raised from the dead?"

I didn't know this man; I'd never seen him before. So I thought, Do what you do when your grandma calls and asks why her computer is not working. Start with the basics. Is it plugged in? Is it turned on?  

I started with the basics with this gentleman as well.

"How many dead people have you prayed for?" I asked.

"None," he said.

I said, "I think I know your problem. It's not as complicated as you might think."

If you never pray for any dead people, you will never see one raised from the dead! If you don't pray for sick people, you'll never see one healed. If you don't preach the gospel, you'll never see a person saved. If you don't rebuke demons, you'll never see one come out. You've got to do something. 

When you build a culture and your belief around the feeling that it all hangs on you, it's all about you, and if it doesn't go well, it's your fault, you’ll never pray for the sick. Then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy—nobody gets healed.

I had a revelation, and I realized: If I have to take the blame when somebody doesn't get healed, then that means I should get to take the credit when they do get healed. Right? But I'm not allowed to take the credit. So why should I have to take the blame? 

I suddenly realized what I needed to do was just completely disconnect the little red wagon of my ego from the locomotive of God's glory. I detached the two completely. 

So, when I pray for someone, whether they're healed or not, it does nothing for my ego because I didn't do it. I never do it. I tell people all over the world that healing is the easiest part of my job because I don't do it at all. 

It can become the easiest thing in the world for you to see the dead raised, the sick healed, the lost saved and demons cast out if you realize it’s not you.

It's just Jesus.