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The God of the Miraculous

“It was a miracle!”  Narrow escapes, risky surgeries that were successful or fortuitous blessings evoke the same sentiment in most of us.  Still, many don’t believe in miracles.  I do. I accept the reality of the supernatural based on both the scriptures and ministerial experiences. 

  • The Scriptures do not teach that miracles have ceased. Many deniers say, “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away,” in 1 Corinthians 13:10 means that the when scriptural canon was complete, the need for miracles ceased. Not true.  This verse refers to Christ’s return for his church. As long as the church is in the world, God will perform the supernatural! 
  • Jesus said that whatever we asked in his name he would do it. John 14:13-14 states, “If you ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” Asking “in his name” is not a carte blanche, but it must reflect the nature and will of God.
  • Jesus said believers have promises. “In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17
  • Jesus stated that the church would do greater works than he did. John 14:12. “Greater” refers to more in number because Jesus would not be limited to a physical body when He returned to his Father. Thus, he now extends himself and operates through his church. 
  • Multitudes in the Bible were saved because they saw the miracles. “Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see.” Matthew 15:31. That prospect exists today as well.
  • We must not limit God. “Yea, they limited the Holy One of Israel.” Psalm 78:41 If God works miracles today, why should we limit Him?
  • The Bible instructs us to pray for healing and miracles. “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, and the prayer of faith shall save the sick.” James 5:14-15. If this scripture retains any value for the church today, it is because the potential for miracles to happen still exists.
  • Healing gifts and the working of miracles are among the gifts of the Spirit. “To another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles.” 1 Corinthians 12:9-10. Nestled among the spiritual gifts that are resident in the church are these supernatural gifts. We must accept them along with all other gifts.
  • Those who say there are no miracles imply that prayer does not work. Many sincere people believe that if answers to prayer don’t come immediately, then we should stop because it must be against the will of God. Yet, they continue to pray for peace, strength, joy, and more, even without answers. But praying is never wrong! Keep praying. You never know when and how the answer will come.
  • When miracles happen, we know who to thank.  Should we thank man? Science? Nature? Chance? No. James 1:17 states, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Miracles come from God. 

Doubt serves no spiritual purpose at all. “Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  John 20:27. God honors faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Hebrews 11:6. If God wants to work miracles, how could He convince us over our doubt? The testimony of millions today affirms the promises of the Bible. Too many examples of miraculous events and supernatural healings abound for us to accept the cynicism of the critics. The Healer is in the house.  Acknowledge Him and pray for Him to extend His hand of power and dominion to us!

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