John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is not a new thing for people to argue about God’s existence. It is actually time wasting engaging people in such debates. There was a time when John the Baptist asked Jesus such a question and it is good to look at that scripture.
“And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Luke 7:19-23 (KJV).
Jesus responded by letting them see the power of God in action, after which he sent them back to John. He instructed them to tell John the Baptist what they saw. Jesus was sure that John the Baptist doesn’t need a lot of words. The miracles will speak for God.
The ungodliness all around us will not respond to arguments. The miraculous will do the work.
The miraculous is more than mental assent to God’s promises. That is the real problem that many people face today, they subject the work of God to human thoughts. There is no miracle in the Bible that men had the capability to understand except by revelation. Zechariah, a high priest in Israel, had the need to resolve such a puzzle.
“Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” Luke 1:8-18. (NIV)
In the natural realm, the message that the angel delivered to him was very difficult to accept but God was not asking him to subject it to mental reasoning. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was confronted with such a condition when the conception of Jesus was announced. This is what the scriptures said.
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:26-35. (NIV)
The question has always been “How can this be?”
Luke 1:35, explains it. Miracles happen by the power of the Holy Spirit; and the word of God will never fail.
Jesus told us of our part in the miraculous in Mark11:22-24, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “TrulyI tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NIV)
The secret to the miraculous is:
- Faith in God. This is absolute. This kind of faith could make you look foolish to people. How easy is it for you to believe that an 80 years old lady will become pregnant? The issue is that it is tasking mentally to think of such a thing. Faith in God is simply not to question his ability to do anything, like the adviser of Ahab, a former King of Israel, did, when Elisha uttered a word of prophesy at a time when there was lack of food in the country. In his prophesy, Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seahof the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” 2 Kings 7:1-2 (NIV).
The man brought reproach to God by his unbelief and sarcastic comment. He was quick to limit God’s abilities to the mundane world. His loud mouth cost him his life.
- You must believe in your heart: A heart belief is not a mental assent. We can see this in Mary’s reply to the angel, she said, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her” Luke1:38. (NIV). She simply acknowledged that she knew God can do anything even if it was beyond her comprehension.
- To walk in the miraculous you must become very compassionate. You must radiate the love of God to people in very genuine ways all the time. The power of God operates in an atmosphere of love and compassion.
- You must never have the tendencies to abuse the power of God. God does not permit the use of his power to do evil and wickedness. Jesus rebuked his disciples who desired to abuse the power of God. This was stated in this scripture; “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them But Jesus turned and rebuked them.” Luke 9:51-55 (NIV).
- You must not take the glory due to God. You can see the attitude of the early Apostles to the miraculous in the Acts of the Apostles. They always used such occurrences to talk about Jesus and the love of God.
- You must seek the will of God and obey Him in everything. You do this by studying the word of God. Joshua 1:8 says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV) You must be prayerful.
- You must watch what you say. Careless talk may become very dangerous.
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 1 Cor. 4:20 (KJV)
God bless you.
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