The subject, Miracle, makes many people uncomfortable. To many people it sounds like a joke or words of an unserious person. However for a Christian, what is the relationship between him/her and God if there are no miracles? The simplest definition of a miracle is help from God.
The moment a Christian stops believing in help from God, his relationship with God becomes dry and hopeless. The scripture says in Psalm 123:1-4 “Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorn of those who are at ease, with the contempt of the proud.” (NKJV)
Praying to God is like the servant in this Bible passage who is looking up to the master/mistress to provide what is needed to do the business of the day. Exceeding contempt and shame are the consequences of unanswered prayer. Why would God ask us to pray, if he is not going to help?
There are people who will argue that help from God depends on our goodness; that is not the absolute truth. Rom. 5:8-9 says “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Rom. 8:31-34 (NKJV)
For as long as one seeks to justify himself before God, he will struggle; (I believe Christians should live their lives pleasing God), but it must be understood that we are saved by grace and live out our lives through grace. In many places the common practices are, “pleasing God so that he will be appeased to bless you.” God chose to bless us in Christ Jesus and we can access help from God through prays. This help is what is called miracle.
You may not see miracles in your life if you don’t believe in miracles. You rarely notice what you are not looking for. I have conducted many services where there were miracles and testimonies of divine intervention in people’s lives, (In Africa and Europe). They include areas like relationships, fruit of the womb, business, healing, material things etc. I have seen people who stepped into the church for the first time and left with miracles; I have heard members of the church testify (showing evidences) of how God helped them (miracle); there were cases of long time issues overturned through prayers. I have seen revivals in fellowship groups because people prayed.
The Christian journey could be burdensome without answer to prayers (miracle); in fact, if the person backslides, it is very difficult to restore such a person. Miracles end arguments about the existences of God. Here is an evidence of it:
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.” Acts 4:13-16 (NKJV)
Whose report would you believe, “that of unbelievers” or that of the scriptures? God answers prayers and that is what produces miracles.
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jer.33:3.
Call on God today and experience a breakthrough. Do it.
This is one important question everyone – no matter their race, creed, religion, sex, or life achievements, want to know. People want to be at peace with God. It is unfortunate that many people may never get to know the truth until they have positioned themselves properly to know the answer. God has said, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jer. 29:13
We live in a world where this question is increasingly demanding answer. Does God love me? People, no matter who, find themselves in precarious situations with family relationships is tumult, job and careers are constantly threatened, and various dangers are posed to lives and properties. There are many young people who don’t know what their future will eventually turn out to be as world events have become highly unpredictable. Abuse is on the increase and laws are being twisted daily to suit power-brokers; those who are supposed to provide protection to people are the very ones perpetrating atrocity against the populace.
Many people face all kinds of humiliation daily and the burden of sin is so heavy to bear and with problems weighing people down, it is appropriate to ask “Does God love me?” We have this assurance from God clearly stated, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) It is love with a commitment.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:” 1 John3:16
God’s love was demonstrated by the death of his only son and the scripture say “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 14:13. However, we were not his friends when Jesus died for us. He did it because of love. God said,
“But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” Ezek 18:21-23 (KJV)
God love everyone, though he hates sin, he wants all people to turn to him in repentance. He does not despise you. He loves you.
““Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding. He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the oppressed. He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted. And if they are bound in fetters, Held in the cords of affliction, Then He tells them their work and their transgressions— That they have acted defiantly. He also opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity. If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures. Job 36:5-11
God loves you and has said so. He also demonstrated it. God doesn’t despise you. If you are not living right, he wants to help you. The troubles you are going through don’t give God pleasure; God does not take delight in the death of people; he is not happy to lose people, the devil does.
This is what God is thinking about you at the moment. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jer 29:11.
You must exercise faith in God and in his promises. Take the word of God for it. God loves you. If you have not accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, do it today. Make peace with God – repent of your sin, ask for forgiveness and accept Jesus into your life. Thank God for his love and live the rest of your live basking in that love.
- God Loves… You! (spiceofyourlife.wordpress.com)
- The Wonder of God’s Love (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
Life challenges are like a second nature to many of us. We are always looking for people who will help us out of troubles. That is natural and normal. However help from fellow men no matter how useful it can be, is limited. The psalmist says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (NIV) Those Mountains used to be places where people had their idols. It can infer looking up to people in “high places” for help. Real help comes from God. He knows who to connect you with and when.
Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
God’s help comes at the right moment for those who trust him. John 5:1-8 tells us of a man who waited 38 years at a pool’s yard for the help of a man but never found it.
“Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am tryin
g to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” (NIV)
Many of us live in such frustration and confusion daily, year after year. You can experience a change today. Let God speak to that situation and you will be fine. That was what happened in the beginning and it has always been so as we read in John 5:2-8. Jesus spoke to the situation of the man who was invalid for 38 years.
Gen. 1:1-4, says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (NIV)
The word of God changed horrible situations and health the sick. The word of God brought into existence the things that did not exist. It can do the same for you. You can only experience it when you decide to give God a chance in your life. Give him the opportunity to help you. This is the right time to you it.
God says in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (NIV). Do it now.
- God is waiting for you (writenwodexpress.com)
The end of the year is usually devoted to reviewing the activities in the passing year and projecting into the future. It is more of a tradition and many people do it involuntarily. It is highly acknowledged that this action helps to shape the coming year for everyone who is serious at making tangible progress in life.
The word of God advises that people should not do this without bringing God into it. James 4 13 -16 says, “Pay attention to this! You’re saying, “Today or tomorrow we will go into some city, stay there a year, conduct business, and make money.” You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and carry out our plans.” However, you brag because you’re arrogant. All such bragging is evil.” (GWT) When we make plans for the future without considering things that are outside our control, it is like doing a guess work and gambling. One of the things we don’t have a control over is life. There is nobody that can achieve anything without life. God is the giver of life.
Jeremiah 29:13, shows us how we can approach the issue of divine help. The following are some important things to do:
- We should seek God wholeheartedly.
- It must be a conscious and diligent effort.
- It should be done prayerfully and with the word of God as a guide.
- It should be done meditatively and in humility.
- It should be done with gratitude and fortitude.
- It should be done with sincerity and consideration for other people.
- It must be done with faith and expectation.
Heb.11:6, says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV)
Jer. 29:14a, is very exciting to me. God says, “I will let you find me.” It means that God is ready to meet with you. He is waiting for you to come. He is willing to help you.
God bless you.
- What Does The Future Hold? – Seek The Mind of God (holyspiritcomfort.com)
- What Faith Can Do In Our Lives, Especially When Ill (chronicillnesspaindevotionals.wordpress.com)
- Our Dependance Must Be In The Lord! (pilgrimpassing.com)