The Bible is clear that God’s power often manifests in the form of a miracle. Do you believe they are for you? Do you believe they are for today?
Here’s something Jesus said that makes me believe they are:
“I tell you, anyone believing in me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask him for anything, using my name, and I will do it, for this will bring praise to the Father because of what I, the Son, will do for you. Yes, ask anything, using my name, and I will do it!” John 14:12-31 (TLB)
Jesus is clearly encouraging us to believe for miracles.
WHAT IS A MIRACLE?
Webster's dictionary defines a miracle as an "extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs." Miracles were a regular part of the life of Jesus. He healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry, and calmed storms. There are at least 30 miracles in the gospels, but John implies many more:
“Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down…the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25 (NLT)
If Jesus did miracles, and promised we would do miracles, should we expect miracles? Of course. Miracles are part of Christ’s eternal character.
Hebrews 13:8 (NLT) - “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
HOW DO MIRACLES HAPPEN?
To get clarity on this astonishing thought, let’s think about how God’s power operates.
- God’s power operates through the Holy Spirit. God the Spirit is the vehicle of God’s power, including miracles. In fact, while everyone who believes can see miracles take place, the HS has given some people the “gift of miracles” (1 Cor. 12:10 and 29).
- God’s power operates when faith is present. The miracles in the Bible took place when people believed God and His Word. That is not to say that we can control God with faith. Because He is so great, all we can do is believe Him and worship Him. He is sovereign and He does as He pleases, but when faith in His promise is present, miracles do take place.
“All things are possible for the one who believes.” —Jesus Christ
If you want a miracle, reach and stretch yourself out in faith for it. Adam and Eve had to reach for the tree of life. For every miracle in Egypt that Moses did, he first reached our his hands. When Jesus did miracles, the gospels often say He reached out His hands.
- God’s power operates progressively. Healing happens over time but it’s still God’s power. There was a man whose eyesight was progressively restored under Jesus’ healing ministry. It took several applications of heaven's medicine to clear his vision. Don’t expect all power to be instant!
- God’s power operates instantly. This is known as a miracle.
MIRACLES ARE FOR TODAY
Jesus is clearly promising that if we believe and follow Him, we’ll see miracles even greater than His own. Why would He make that promise? What is the value of a miracle?
1. Miracles establish GREATER witness. Miracles bring an effective testimony: Jesus is who He said He is.
“…By giving them power to do miracles the Lord proved that their message was true.” Mark 16:20 (ERV)
Miracles establish the identity and authenticity of Jesus and the Gospel. When Jesus calmed the storm, and even in the miraculous way He died, people said “Surely this is the Son of God.”
Our eyes should not be on miracles as much as on Jesus.
2. Miracles encourage GREATER faith. His miracles were done and recorded to bring people to heaven.
“Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” Jn 20:30-31 (NKJV)
Can you imagine the revival we’d have if we would experience more of the miracle power of God?
“Anything God has ever done, he can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere,
he can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, he can do for you.” —A.W. Tozer
3. Miracles express God’s GREATER kindness. Miracles are really the result of the extreme kindness of God—intense and huge, healing and life-changing. They are God expressing His goodness in our lives.
“The Lord gave [Paul and Barnabas] the power to work miracles and wonders, and he showed that their message about his great kindness was true.” Acts 14:3 (CEV)
My goal for you is to inspire you and build your faith to receive all He has for you. Miracles are a part of who Jesus is and what He does. They come when we believe God, reach out and let the power of His Spirit move however He chooses to. God has a miracle for you today.
“You are the God of miracles and wonders! You still demonstrate your awesome power.” Psalm 77:14 (TLB)