The Two Ingredients for Miracles from God
We live our lives in two realms simultaneously: the natural and the supernatural. As Christians we need to learn how to think and act beyond the natural resources available to us. God wants us walking in the miracle realm! Miracles are NOT for just a select few. They are for every believer (Mark 16:17-18). However, to maximize our life in the supernatural realm we are called to be full of faith and power.
Acts 6:8 (KJV) Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Today, we are going to look into Jesus’s ministry to discover how to receive miracles. We know that faith and power are the two key ingredients. But how do they work together? How does faith and power produce a miracle? To begin our study it is important to realize that Jesus did NOT do ANY miracle UNTIL He was first filled with the Holy Spirit. In other words, Jesus did not perform any miracle on earth as God. Every miracle Jesus performed in His earthly walk, He performed as a man anointed by God.
Acts 10:38 (NKJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Notice that God the Father anointed Jesus [God the Son] with the Holy Spirit and power. According to this verse, Jesus performed miracles because God was with Him—just like you and me. Why? Because if Jesus did anything on earth as God, He would have forfeited the right to redeem man. Since a man got us in a mess [the first Adam], a man had to get us out [Jesus, the last Adam]. That is why Jesus became a man and was born of a woman. That is also why Satan’s temptations, in Matthew 4:1-11, centered around, “If you are the Son of God, then . . . .” Satan wanted Jesus to perform a miracle as God. This would have ended Jesus’s substitutionary work. It would have disqualified Him to be our Redeemer.
This is important for us to understand because it reveals that Jesus’s potentials are also our potentials. Jesus shows us what a man anointed by God can do. This is why He said in John 14:12, “These works and greater works will YOU do!” Jesus came to show us our potential with God.
Luke 4:14-21 (NKJV) Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Mark 6:5-6 (NKJV) [Same Account as Luke 4] Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief [lack of faith]. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
Some people think Jesus just went around healing everyone to prove He was the Son of God. But that’s not true. In this passage of scripture we see that Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit, but we do NOT see faith. We have one ingredient for miracles, but not the other. Therefore, Jesus could not do any mighty works there. The words, “could do no” implies that Jesus tried, but couldn’t. Just like us, Jesus needed both ingredients. Remember, the two ingredients for miracles are faith and power. Let’s look at the woman with the issue of blood.
Mark 5:25-34 (NKJV) Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, “Who touched Me?”‘ And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Do we see faith? YES. Do we see power? YES. We also see a miracle! The two ingredients were present. However, notice that multitudes were touching Jesus (verse 30-31). Why weren’t they all healed? Because they were not all touching Jesus in faith. Only the one who touched Jesus in faith made a draw on God’s power! Let’s look at another miracle of Jesus.
Luke 5:17-20, 24-25 (NKJV) Now it happened on a certain day, as He [Jesus] was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you . . . .” 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
Did you notice the power of the Lord was present to heal everyone (them)? If not, look again! However, we once again see only one person getting healed. Why? What are the two ingredients for miracles? Faith and power! If you want to learn how to receive miracles, the key is in this story!
How to Receive Miracles? Faith and power acted on!
This story reveals two hidden secrets. First, we see the power of the Lord present. We also see faith present. So both faith and power were present. However, the paralyzed man was NOT initially healed. Jesus had to help him connect his faith to the power that was present! In other words, healing doesn’t just happen because faith and power are present. Faith has to make a connection to God’s power! The man, although he had faith, was still paralyzed until Jesus helped him connect his faith to God’s power.
The paralyzed man and his friends knew Jesus could heal. In that regard, they were full of faith. They were so full of faith they tore a hole in a roof! However, they did NOT know if Jesus would heal. That uncertainty hindered their faith from connecting to God’s power. Jesus helped the man make the connection. Verse 24-25 show that the man began to glorify God (he started using his words) and he acted on Jesus command. This was after he knew all his sins were forgiven. Knowing his sins were forgiven armed him with the certainty that God would heal him—that he was qualified to receive healing in the eyes of God. So the first hidden secret is knowing God WILL answer your prayers—that all your sins are forgiven and you are qualified for your miracle.
The other hidden secret is found in our words and actions. Our words and actions are the key. Our words and actions are what cause our faith to connect to God’s power. This man was full of faith but still paralyzed, until he put action to his faith. Faith is an act! As you stay filled with the Word and full of the Holy Spirit—speaking and acting on God’s Word—you will live in the supernatural realm. You want to know how to receive miracles? By knowing you are qualified for a miracle, all your sins are forgiven—so there is nothing holding your miracle back, and then connecting your faith to God’s power through your words and actions. The two ingredients for miracles are faith and power that’s acted on!