Apostle Grace Lubega
Mark 7:13 (KJV); Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
There are a variety of ways in which traditions in the Christian walk arise. One such way is through the imitation of patterns but without the revelation of the patterns.
For example, I once heard a woman testify that in order to be healed of HIV, she had to pray and fast for many days in order for God to hear her. She was preaching prayer and fasting as the only avenue through which HIV can be healed.
It is possible for another Christian to imitate this and pray and fast for days in order to be healed. This is a typical case of imitating a pattern without revelation.
The truth of the matter is that not everyone who gets healed of disease has to pray and fast for days. There are those who received healing mere seconds after hands were laid on them, when they watched a TV program or when they rebuked the devil out of their bodies.
You must understand that our Lord is a God of diversity. Because He is, He has never intended to dogmatise method. This is the reason why we as believers function in the wisdom called phronesis.
Phronesis is expressed in the liberties of the ‘hows’ of the miraculous. In one instance, Christ could command a blind man to receive sight. In another, He could spit on the ground and apply the mud to the man’s eyes. That was phronesis at work.
Thus, every time you study a pattern, you should not be fixated on the pattern itself but seek the revelation behind it because in the revelation is the mind of God. It is not about how the healing was done but why the healing was done in the way that it was done.
FURTHER STUDY: Mark 7:9, Titus 1:14
GOLDEN NUGGET: Our Lord is a God of diversity. Because He is, He has never intended to dogmatise method. This is the reason why we as believers function in the wisdom called phronesis.
PRAYER: Father, I am grateful for this truth. You have given to me the Spirit of revelation and it works mightily in me. My imitations are not merely after patterns but they look behind the act. I see the Spirit by which men function. In this wisdom, I grow and I am established in the faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.