Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It might take a miracle

As I was reading through the first several chapters from the Book of Acts this morning, the presence of miracles in the ministry of the apostles once again appeared front and center. This wasn’t new, as miracles were instrumental in the earthly ministry of Jesus. They were just continuing the ministry of Jesus.   

God uses miracles to touch people’s lives and to get people's attention. Turning water into wine got people’s attention. Feeding the 5,000 got people’s attention. Raising Lazarus from the dead got people’s attention. Conquering the grave got people’s attention. The move of the Holy Spirit and the speaking in tongues at Pentecost got people’s attention and 3,000 came to Christ. The lame man walking got people’s attention and the number of believers grew to 5,000. The list goes on and on.     

But what about today? Does God still use miracles? He is the same today as He was yesterday. Around the world, God is still using miracles to get our attention. I have seen it first hand. While in Africa, I saw a man who was lame for four years get up and walk. This got everyone’s attention and pointed them to Christ. I have also seen many people physically healed and/or delivered from addictions right here in America. But, it still seems like we live in a culture, even in the church, that doesn’t fully expect God to show up in miraculous power. Is it a lack of faith? Is it a lack of desperation? I don’t know, but throughout history and in the lives of countless many around the world today, God is showing up in power and showing Himself to be the God of Miracles.

Can He do this in our generation right here in the United States? I know He can, but it might take a miracle. Let’s be people who continue the ministry of Christ and in faith allow Him to be glorified as He touches the lives of people through miracles.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Been thinking about miracles lately. God is amazing what He did in Africa! I wonder why there aren't as many miracles in America (or maybe there are and we don't hear about them?) Maybe it's because even a miracle won't cause some people to believe (due to blindness or stubborness of heart).

Been pondering this verse a lot lately...
Mark 11:24
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

I struggle a little with this, but I just need to BELIEVE! Sometimes I think maybe I need to believe more or have more faith...
I know even the apostles went through times of weak faith, right?
And then there's the whole thing about the mustard seed...

Many times I pray but no answer...

But I know that all things have to be in God's perfect will and God's perfect timing...

So I suppose just because prayers aren't answered right away doesn't mean God doesn't answer them.

God bless you and your family!