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How to walk in the miraculous

John the Baptist baptizing Christ

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Dead Man Escapes from Jail!

Jesus appears to the disciples (watercolour)

Jesus appears to the disciples (watercolour) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some years ago, I was very fond of a Newspaper called “The Headlines”. This Paper publishes News that made the headline several years ago; I am taking a leaf from them to publish a story that probably featured as a headline several years ago and with a probable title like this: “Dead Man Escapes from jail. The story is true and the News is truth but the Headline is mine.

The News had it that a man who was killed by his adversaries because of envy and whose tomb was sealed with a big stone placed by several men and a dreadful security guard posted to protect the place, to forestall the claim by the dead man that he will rise the third after his death, has escaped from his tomb cell.

According to a reporter called Matthew, “there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.” (1)

The News was very disturbing because another reporter, Luke, said “Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb. They were carrying the spices that they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. When they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzled about this, two men in clothes that were as bright as lightning suddenly stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed to the ground. The men asked the women, “Why are you looking among the dead for the living one? He’s not here. He has been brought back to life! Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee. He said, ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful people, be crucified, and come back to life on the third day.’” (2).

According to this reporter, the man, who was certified dead, indeed lives.

When the security guards told the man’s adversaries want happened, the News had it that they were bribed to say that his followers came to steal him while they slept. “While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city. They told the chief priests everything that had happened. The chief priests gathered together with the leaders and agreed on a plan. They gave the soldiers a large amount of money and told them to say that Jesus’ disciples had come at night and had stolen his body while they were sleeping. They added, “If the governor hears about it, we’ll take care of it, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.” The soldiers took the money and did as they were told. Their story has been spread among the Jewish people to this day. ” (3)

The report also said that the man appeared to his followers alive “Mary from Magdala went to the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord.” She also told them what he had said to her. That Sunday evening, the disciples were together behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Jesus stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!” When he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were glad to see the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” After he had said this, he breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whenever you forgive sins, they are forgiven. Whenever you don’t forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Thomas, one of the twelve apostles, who was called Didymus, wasn’t with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord.” Thomas told them, “I refuse to believe this unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my fingers into them, and put my hand into his side.” A week later Jesus’ disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, and believe.” Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to Thomas, “You believe because you’ve seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me but believe.” (4)

It was a Headline story that will never be forgotten in all history. The information about Jesus’ death and resurrection was well publicised when it happened and the story about him is still spreading.

It was News, alright, When Jesus met two of his disciple who were on the way to Emmaus, (they did not know it was him) and when he asked them what they were discussing this was their answer “Cleopas answered, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who does not know what just happened there”? Luke 24:17-18. (NCV)

People have tried over the years to stop this story without success; Bibles had been burnt and preachers had been killed for the gospel sake but the story will not stop. It was not a story that was made up because even some of the disciples only believed the resurrection after they saw Jesus and touched him.

It is important that you believe the gospel and give your life to Jesus.

Quotes:

  1. Matt. 28:2-4.
  2. Luke 24: 1-7 (GW)
  3. Matt. 28:11-15 (GW)
  4. John 20: 18-29) (GW)

Ref:  www.biblegateway.com (all Bible quotes)