Are you a Practical Atheist?

Are you a practical atheist?

What is that?

A practical atheist is one who believes God can perform miracles, but does not believe He will do it in your life.

There is something missing in the life of the Christian who never seems to be able to grasp the impractical side of the Christian life. That means, he is so set in his logic that he cannot accept the fact that God is able to transcend that which just doesn’t make sense. He is bound mentally to accept only that which can be explained.

He admires people who can give a testimony of praise of something miraculous that has happened to them.  He may even at times pray that God will show Himself real and mighty in some way. But, he has never felt the spiritual unction to ask God in the faith that is necessary.

It is no sin to be practical minded. In many ways it is admirable, but until a person is able to fully acknowledge the capability of God’s ability to transcend the natural and do the supernatural it will not happen. Too often we acknowledge our belief that God can do whatever He wants, then we add a safety clause: “But I just don’t think God will do that with me!” We become practical atheists, believing that God can perform miracles but never expecting a miracle in our own lives.
(Experiencing God Day by Day: A Devotional and Journal).  It is truly a sad state to be in.

What is the answer? The answer lies in our ability to set aside that practical thinking and accept that God can and will do that which should not be possible.When the Apostles were unable to cast out devils. (Mark 9:29), Jesus said, “This can come only by prayer and fasting”. That’s new territory to many Christians because they do not have the faith a person needs to believe that God will do it for them.

They believe there needs to be a certain sense of the desperate. God doesn’t require that we be desperate. He requires only that we care enough and can muster enough faith to follow though in our desire to have God perform a miracle in our life.

God says, “Try me, prove me… see if I will not pour out unmeasured blessing upon you” (Mal. 3:10) That is true in giving and it is true in asking in faith.

Most Christians are afraid to ask the impossible of God because they are afraid He will not answer that which is a real burden on our heart. Then we are afraid it will weaken our faith. God is a loving and giving God and He wants you to enter into the kind of relationship with Him that you can ask and expect His answer to come.

He will answer. It may not be immediate or He may know that what we are asking would not be best for us, but He will answer.

Try Him!

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