Miracles

Dear Fellow-Disciple:

And the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."

And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.

Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.

"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven." (Luke 10:17-20)

We get excited when we witness miracles, especially when they occur through our own personal intercession, but our Lord was clear that we should not build our doctrine around miracles. He put no confidence in those who went from place to place just to witness His miracles. If our behavior as Christians is primarily to seek the excitement of miracles, we never take time to establish a strong root system through relationship with Him. We build our houses on sand rather than upon the Rock.

Now when He was at Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs (miracles) which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man for He Himself knew what was in man. (John 2:23-25)

Every answered prayer is a miracle. It is an indication that we touched the heavens with our petition and the Creator of the universe responded. That is indeed a miracle.

When we accept the fact that our life is in our spirit, not in our body (James 2:26), we should walk in constant contact with the Holy Spirit. The supernatural is natural to the Holy Spirit; therefore, we should walk in the supernatural all the time. To the natural mind this is either nonsense or a miracle.

If we really believe we have the Spirit of Christ within us we should walk with impulsive obedience. Peter is a good example. Jesus said, "Come!," and Peter immediately stepped out of the boat and experienced a miracle. That was impulsive obedience. As a result he walked on the water, until another voice whispered in his ear that he wasn't acting logically.

The disciple understands that when he seeks God, the first voice he hears is the response of God. That is the voice he obeys impulsively. There is always a second voice immediately following the first. The second voice whispers, "What if..." or "But first, I should..." or "Maybe that's just me, not God."

The second voice is easily recognized because it always brings doubt. Satan used that tactic with Eve in the garden of Eden, and he uses it today. If something works, why change it?

Miracles are valid and they should be a way of life for the disciple, but their primary purpose is not self improvement or sensual exhilaration. Jesus used miracles to draw people to the Father. As we walk with Him, directed by His Spirit, He continues to use miracles to draw people to the Father. The glory should always go to God, we should never forget that.

Jesus told us not to have the wrong perspective. We rejoice when demons flee and healings take place and money comes in from some unexpected source. But He says we should really rejoice about the miracle of our redemption.

Our names are written in the Lamb's book of life, though we don't deserve it. It's a miracle that He loved us while we were sinners and provided a way for us to spend eternity with Him.

In 1 Corinthians 3:4, Paul clearly states that following after one man's doctrine is carnal. God may call a man to a ministry of miracles, but we are not to build a doctrine around his ministry. That sort of behavior breeds fanaticism. We find ourselves focusing upon the miracles or the man rather than upon God.

In that situation, there isn't room to establish a relationship with Jesus. Without a relationship, our house is built upon sand. When problems arise we collapse under the pressure because we have no strong foundation. Miracles are merely transient events used by God to point us to the stability we need.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires (2 Timothy 4:3).

We read that verse and say, "That could never happen to me." But that is exactly what happens when we follow the excitement of miracles without taking time to study and apply the word of God in our lives. It is possible to witness the miracles of God without getting to know Him. That happened in the days of Jesus and it still happens today, even if the miracles are performed through our own hands (Matthew 7:21-23).

As we work out our salvation, God transforms us into the image of His Son. That is certainly a miracle. It is also a miracle that our heart beats twenty-four hours a day, regardless of what we do to our body. The fact that our lungs take in air and our liver cleanses our blood and many other things happen every second to keep us alive, are all miracles put in operation by our Creator. Any way we look at it, we are walking miracles.

Miracles are wonderful, but we can't build a doctrine around supernatural manifestations only. Jesus gave us the key:

"I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me." (John 17:20,21)

If we really want to walk in the supernatural and experience miracles on a daily basis, the key is to abide, to be conscious of His presence every minute, and to consult Him in everything we do. That is what Jesus did in His relationship with the Father, and it is what He expects us to do. That puts us in the perfect position to experience miracles.

Jesus is King!

P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?

Question for today: Am I walking in the supernatural?