You Asked For It: WHAT ABOUT MIRACLES
Acts 10:38 (Phillips) You must have heard how God anointed Jesus with the power of the Holy Spirit, of how he went about doing good and healing all who suffered from the devil’s power—because God was with him.
- Q. What did Jesus use to perform a miracle?
- A. The power of the Holy Spirit.
- Q. Is healing good or bad?
- A. Healing is good. Sickness is bad.
- Q. Where does sickness and suffering come from?
- A. The devil’s power.
- Q. Are miracles still for today?
- A. Yes! Miracles are a result of the Holy Spirit’s power.
As Christians we need to learn how to think and act beyond the natural resources available to us. God wants to perform miracles in our lives.
HOW DO I RECEIVE A MIRACLE FROM GOD
Acts 6:8 (KJV) Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
1. Surrender yourself to God.
James 4:6-8 (CEV) Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you.
Clear anything off the back-burner of your mind which robs you of your confidence before God. Repent where you need to repent. Forgive who you need to forgive. Surrender to God.
“It is wonderful what miracles God works in wills that are utterly surrendered to Him.” – Hannah Whitall Smith
2. Be full of faith.
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 surrender? Do we see faith? Do we see a miracle?
Faith in God is when you know your answer is found in God’s presence and you don’t care what it takes–you will press into His presence.
3. Connect to God’s power.
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 . . . . 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 . . . . 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.
Faith and power were present, but the man wasn’t healed until there was action! Our act of obedience connects our faith to God’s power.
Romans 1:5 (NIV) Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.
When you press into God’s presence what is He asking you to do? Do it!