Key Observations of Miracles

July 21, 2017

 

Miracles by our God and savior are numerous and have been throughout mankind’s history. It is to show God is with us, he answers our prayers, that he can alter our lives when need be, and can do anything at his pleasure that pleases him. He is an almighty God who has the power over life and death, can command angels and demons, and is present everywhere all the time for us. We are his children and he only wishes the best for you.

 

There are a couple of key observations we want to make about the type of sickness used to make us a better Christ-like minister to others, read II Cor. 1:5-6,  “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”  (When we experience a sickness, we are able to empathize and minister to others in a very personal way.)

 

Observation #1—Other people should hold their tongues in assuming the sickness is because of some sin in a person’s life. In the book of Job, three of his “friends” kept telling Job they knew there was some hidden sin in his life and that was the reason for his sickness. God held those guys accountable and would not even accept their worship until they made things right with Job (Job 42:7-9).

 

In our list of reasons for sickness here there are ten possibilities. So the chances of the sickness being due to a sin issue are one in ten. Unless you are in a truly good position to say for sure which of the ten it is, it is best to keep one’s mouth and opinions to oneself.

 

Observation #2—The anointing with oil by the Elders in James 5 is in the context of confessing sin (James 5:14, 15, 16). If a judgment has been given by God for a sin issue and the recipient of the judgment senses this, that one may call the Elders of a church to anoint with oil and confess the sin and God will lift the judgment.

 

Most of the time, people, who are anointed with oil, aren’t sick due to a sin/judgment issue and they totally neglect this context. It is not the Elders who contact the sick person, it is the sick person under judgment who contacts the Elders and apparently this person has some specific sin notion as to what this is all about. When the Elders arrive and the sin is confessed and the Elders anoint with oil, healing will be the result.

 

 What are the Grace Age miracles we are able to see today?

 

God does not want His people groping in the dark to try and discover some miracle. He wants them seen and known in every dispensation. We may recall that there are two ways God may perform a miracle directly or indirectly. If He performs a miracle by Himself, it is a direct miracle.

 

If He uses an individual to perform the miracle, it is an indirect miracle. In this Grace Age, God does not work indirectly through a human to perform some sign and wonder miracle; however, He does do some miraculous things directly and He permits His people to see it and share it. If one of the purposes of a miracle is to glorify God, the God glorifying believer must know exactly what to look for in seeing the miraculous at this present time in the Church Age, because when the believer sees it, he or she may give glory to God.

 

 Church Age Direct Miracle #1—The miracle of soul salvation.

 

When a sinner believes on Jesus Christ as Savior, the actual logistics of this are so stupendous and miraculous that there is so much “joy in heaven” (Luke 15:7) that the angels rejoice (Luke 15:10). Angels view this moment as a miracle of God.

 

If we remember the necessary ingredients for a miracle, we may see just how amazing it is to see a sinner come to faith in Jesus Christ. We may recall the five ingredients are:

 

1) A being with enough power to perform the miracle.

 

2) An object on which the miracle may be performed.

 

3) Normal, natural laws of the ways that object works.

 

4) Reliable eyewitnesses to verify the miracle.

 

5) Specific purpose of the miracle.

 

When it comes to salvation, only God is capable of performing this miracle. A person is born dead in sin and is blinded by Satan. The human being apart from God is called the natural man. A natural man does what is natural for a sinful man to do. When it comes to God, not one natural man in and of himself will ever seek God (Romans 3:11).

 

The natural man has no capacity whatsoever to accept or understand things that truly relate to God (I Corinthians 2:14). In order for a natural man or woman to come to faith in Jesus Christ, God must perform a miracle. He must supernaturally overrule the normal and natural and bring that sinner to faith in His Son. There are multiple thousands who have had this miracle wrought in them.

 

 

Every single believer in Jesus Christ is a miracle.

The reason God performs this miracle is so that these people may demonstrate His glory all over the world. In this Grace Age, God in His grace is miraculously saving sinners. We could call this the miracle of saving grace. Don’t overlook your own life or the life of someone else God has saved. As Ada Habershon said, “God’s people are His miracles, His signs, and wonders to the world around” (The Study of Miracles, p. 248).

 

Church Age Direct Miracle #2—The miracle of life transformation.

 

In I Corinthians 6:2, the apostle Paul appeals to believers in the Church to make righteous decisions in view of the fact that the “saints will judge the world.” The actual period of time in which this will happen is the Millennium, in which believers share in the righteous reign of Jesus Christ. During the millennium, Jesus will change the nature of all kinds of things such as the animal world. For example lions, wolves, lambs and serpents will all get along as one big happy family.

 

Israel, which is a barren desert type of place now, will blossom as a fruit producing rose. Humans will live long lives, in fact if one were to die at 100 he would be considered a youth (Isaiah 65:20). Paul’s point in I Corinthians is that present day Church Age believers should reflect a transformed millennial character in their present decisions, knowing they will judge the world. Just as the world in the Millennium will stand amazed at the transformed world, so now the world in the Church Age should stand amazed at the transformed life.

 

As we are transformed by the renewing of our minds on the Word of God, we become a living example of a transformational miracle for the world to see (Romans 12:2). When we see someone believes on Jesus Christ, that is a miracle. When we see someone transformed to become more Christ-like, that is another miracle.

 

Church Age Direct Miracle #3—The miracle of written revelation.

 

When you pick up a Bible in the Church Age, you are actually holding in your hands a miracle. Ada Habershon said – “The Bible is an ever-present everlasting miracle …” (The Study of Miracles, p. 227). There have been many books written in history, but only one is God’s inspired word (II Timothy 3:16). The Church Age of Grace is the only dispensation that has had the privilege of having the entire written Word of God in existence.

 

Holy men were selected by God to write inspired Scripture (II Peter 1:20-21). Although we cover this subject in depth in Bibliology, the truth is the Bible is a supernatural book in which the Holy Spirit worked through different personalities and literary styles to see that every single word written was in fact the Word of the Living God. Its power may be seen in its various metaphors:

 

 1) The Bible is like a seed that can save us (I Peter 1:23).

 

2) The Bible is like milk that can nourish us (I Peter 2:2).

 

3) The Bible is like meat that can satisfy and strengthen us (Hebrews 5:14).

 

4) The Bible is like water that can wash us (Psalm 119:9; Ephesians 5:25-26).

 

5) The Bible is like fire that can cleanse us (Jeremiah 23:29).

 

6) The Bible is like a hammer that can shatter us (Jeremiah 23:29).

 

7) The Bible is like a sword that can cut us (Hebrews 4:13).

 

8) The Bible is like a guard that can protect us (Psalm 119:11).

 

9) The Bible is like a mirror that can truly reflect us (James 1:23-25).

 

10) The Bible is like a lamp that can light us (Psalm 119:105).

 

11) The Bible is like a counselor that can comfort us (Romans 15:4).

 

12) The Bible is like a forecaster that can inform us (II Peter 1:19). Dr. Norman Geisler said,   “The Bible is the only known book in the world that both claims to be and proves to be the Word of God” (Systematic Theology, Vol. 1, p. 561).

 

Church Age Direct Miracle #4—The miracle of answered communication.

 

Answered prayer is a miracle. In fact, it is interesting to track the link between “signs and wonders” miracles and prayer. Moses, Joshua, Elijah and Elisha were men of miraculous power, but they were also men of prayer.

 

For example, in the days of the miraculous Egyptian plagues we read that “Moses cried to the LORD … and the LORD did according to the word of Moses …” (Exodus 8:12-13). When Joshua was involved with the miracle of the sun standing still we read, “Then Joshua spoke to the LORD … the LORD listened to the voice of a man” (Joshua 10:12, 14).

 

Elijah was such a powerful man of prayer that James uses him as an example of this very point (James 5:17-18). In II Kings 6, we have three of Elisha’s prayers in one chapter (II Kings 6:17, 18, 20). When Hezekiah was told he was going to die, he prayed (II Chronicles 32:24). Clearly prayer was connected to miracles.

 

As we move into the Grace Age, Jesus, Himself, spent a great deal of time in prayer and He spoke of a new dimension of prayer—prayer in His name John 14:13-14,  “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

 

 Jesus said anything you ask which is consistent with His name and which is prayed in His name will be answered. This is a miraculous new level of communication that was being opened for those who would believe in Him, read John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Anything is possible through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. There is power in his name.

 

 Apostolic Era

 

As we track prayer and miracles in the apostolic era, again we see the connection. When Dorcas was raised from the dead, Peter had kneeled down and prayed (Acts 9:40). When Publius was healed, Paul prayed (Acts 28:8). One of the great miraculous wonders that you will ever see in this Age is the wonder of God moving and answering your prayers. It is a remarkable miracle. The sad reality is many believers will never see or experience this miracle simply because they do not spend time in prayer.

 

As James said, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2). So many are willing to run to this crusade or that meeting, looking for something powerful, when they ought to be having private time in prayer.

 

The thought that a human can move an infinite God to answer an individual prayer is staggering. It is one of the great miracles of our dispensation and you do not want to miss it, but this may be missed.

 

This is why God is careful to give Grace Age believers certain prerequisites they must meet if they want to see the miracle of answered prayer. The more one meets the prerequisites, the more one will move God.

 

(Prerequisite #1) – A believer must be willing to obey the Scripture (John 15:7; I John 3:22).

 

(Prerequisite #2) – A believer must be willing to examine his motives” (James 4:3).

 

(Prerequisite #3) – A believer must be willing to examine his relationships” (Mark 11:25).

 

(Prerequisite #4) – A believer must be willing to deal with his sin (I John 1:6, 9; Psalm 66:18).

 

(Prerequisite #5) – A believer must be willing to judge his Phariseeism (Matthew 6:5-8; Luke 18:9-14).

 

(Prerequisite #6) – A believer must be willing to examine his marriage (I Peter 3:1-7).

 

(Prerequisite #7) – A believer must be willing to examine his or her faith (James 1:5-7; Mark 11:20-24).

 

Any believer who is willing to meet these prerequisites is one who will experience the miracle of answered prayer.

 

Church Age Direct Miracle #5—The miracle of Sovereign direction.

 

As I said previously ,Romans 8:28 is an amazing verse of Divine sovereignty in a person’s life. The miraculous is truly seen in this one verse. If you love God and have been called by God, the statement is that everything in your life is directly orchestrated by God and put into your world for your good to conform you to Jesus Christ.

 

 Think about that.

 

Everything that will happen to you this hour, this day, this month, this year is miraculously controlled by the Sovereign God of the universe and has been specifically geared to develop you.

 

That is a miracle of amazing proportions.

 

16 Bible Verses about Miracles:

 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

 

Mark 10:27 | NIV | salvation Jesus

 

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

 

Luke 18:27 | NIV | salvation Jesus

 

“‘If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

 

Mark 9:23 | NIV | faith healing

 

I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

 

Jeremiah 32:27 | NIV | God almighty

 

For you created my inmost being;

 

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

 

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

 

your works are wonderful,

 

I know that full well.

 

Psalm 139:13-14 | NIV | creation soul beauty

 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

Matthew 19:26 | NIV | salvation understanding

 

For no word from God will ever fail.

 

Luke 1:37 | NIV | overcoming almighty

 

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

 

Luke 9:16-17 | NIV | food prayer

 

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

Matthew 17:20 | NIV | trust faith

 

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

 

Luke 13:10-17 | NIV | healing  sabbath

 

But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I, don’t be afraid.”

 

Mark 6:49-50 | NIV | Jesus fear

 

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.”

 

Matthew 21:21 | NIV | faith speaking trust

 

I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’

 

Acts 22:7 | NIV | speaking persecution

 

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;

 

I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

 

Psalm 9:1 | NIV | worship gratitude heart

 

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

 

Acts 1:9 | NIV | Jesus heaven ascension

 

Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

 

Luke 8:50 | NIV | fear faith healing

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