We love miracles, we love to live them, to taste them, to witness them. What is a miracle? It is something unexpected, something that it is not “normal” to take place, it is something happening in an unordinary way! Everybody – believing or not in miracles – is astonished when one happens.
We read in newspapers and we hear on the news various facts considered miracles! When a baby is saved from a house fire, we exclaim that it is miraculous, it is a miracle! People accept it as miracle independently from their faith and beliefs. So, I assume that humanity still believes in miracles.
The question is: “should we expect miracles?” there is a difference between believing in miracles and expecting miracles. The response is connected to the Word of God and to individual worth.
By worth, I mean that we need to not only believe that there are miracles, that miracles keep happening but also that we deserve miracles. Many believers are persuaded through wrong teachings or incorrect perceptions that they cannot claim their miracle. Many believers feel that they live a so sinful life that the Lord will not grant them the miracle. Plus, the fact of low self-esteem that results a life without love, without expectations, without worth, without dreams, without truly breathing!
It is pity and makes me sad when I think of these people or meet them through my work. When I think that a table full of beauty and quality was given to us by grace and yet we ignore it or we have no clue that exists, really breaks my heart. Many times believers decide that it is not for them or they have no courage to go and enjoy it. Shame!
Miracles do exist, miracles happen every day and each moment around the globe. Open your eyes and see! Miracles of healing, of overcoming, of breakthroughs, of saving life, of physical, emotional and spiritual growth.
Christians live in a confusing world. Some read the Bible with a “suspicious” eye, if I may! The Bible is not too complicated but believers’ mind try hard to complicate it!
As I have already written few articles on miracles – check the blog on this subject – today, I wish and am inspired to talk specifically for those ones who believe that when Jesus was on earth performed miracles – true – but since He ascended to the Father, miracles ceased. I wish to address to another category of believers who are certain that only a “saint” man or woman can perform a miracle.
“Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and sigs were done through the apostles.”
So, we read that the apostles did continue performing miracles. A clarification: the miracles were performed through the apostles, not by their own power. The miracles were performed via them. Miracles did, are and will be performed ONLY by the God Almighty, believers are just vessels.
“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word. By stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. ”
Another scripture that confirms that the apostles knew their authority and that the Lord could use them. Through them those signs and wonders – note the firm word WONDERS – could be done. Observe: ONLY in the name of Jesus Christ!
So, miracles kept happening. Why not? Miracles are signs for God’s existence, it is His presence in our life and they happen for His glory, for His sake!
Nevertheless, you might debate that even if miracles do happen, yet, they only happen by special anointed people or good/saint people. The Bible says something that brings this debate to an end:
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover;”
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”
The Lord speaks just before He is to ascend to Heaven. It is wonderful knowing that the last thing He spoke to His followers was about signs, wonders and miracles; highlighting the authority in His name, plus, the full pack for salvation!
To whom was He addressed? To believers! For who did he speak? For believers; in few for anyone who believes in Him! No special people, no special anointed men! The true believers, the ones who truly love Him, give Him the honour; all these people will be followed by those signs, wonders, miracles…call it whatever you like.
For one more time, the reason for the existence of miracles till our days – and for the days to come, is confirmed: the signs is the validation of the word; the miracles are a confirmation and a manifestation for His glory, for His sake, for nations to bow, people to return to the Word.
It is not more complicated than that, just start practicing your authority in His name, your work for His glory, for His kingdom. It is part of our work on this earth! Amen!
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