miracles

The essence of a miracle is not how awesome it is COMPARED to “anything else”…. but rather that it happens when you need it most or as a direct answer to prayer.

NECESSARY CONDITION

FAITH….  he who comes to God must BELIEVE that HE IS and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)

1. How GREAT is your God ?? …. Do you believe that He can do ANYTHING ?  (Genesis 18:14, Jeremiah 32:27)   …. if not, you will have doubts whether He can help you.

2. How important do you think you are to Him ?? ….. even if you believe that He CAN help you….. you may still NOT believe that He WILL help you…. particularly if you feel guilty and unworthy. (James 1:6 – 8)… First, cleanse yourself from all known SIN according to His Word… Second, rebuke FALSE ACCUSATIONS from satan.

You need both of these pre-conditions…… and there is plenty of failure around to discourage you…. lots of people who begged for various miracles got NOTHING…. so where does that leave you ??

Many people have wondered about the Bible passage Matthew 13:12 and again Matthew 25:29 …… and repeated in Mark 4:25 and Luke 8:18 …..  FOUR times so it must be quite important.

Does this position seem fair to you ? …. why should somebody get all in abundance and the other fellow get NOTHING…. surely, according to our thinking, the one with little should get some more…  that everybody might have EQUALLY…. since we are all equal in His sight ?

The fellow gets his little taken away because he does not use it in any constructive way, he is ungrateful and lazy…. the one who gets more (even though he has already) is appreciative and industrious with whatever he has been given.

In the natural world…. many of the poor will remain permanently poor no matter how much money you give them, because they quickly use it up UNWISELY and then want more (they have a MENDICANCY MENTALITY…. they are always wanting to be given what others have… they are always feeling disadvantaged and “unfaired”….  they are always envious of anyone with more than themselves, yet they do absolutely  nothing productive with what they actually have at their disposal (so it eventually gets used up and disappears). Meanwhile the successful are getting more and more because they put to WISE USE whatever they have at their disposal… and they really APPRECIATE the VALUE of even the “smallest amount” of anything and are always busy trying to find ways to put it to better use (they never waste time complaining or envying those who have more… because they are too busy “making the best” of what they have).

all people are NOT created with “equal” abilities… neither physically, mentally or spiritually….. this does NOT mean that anyone is “better” or “worse”…. because ALL have the responsibility of doing the best with whatever they have been given.

How does all this relate to miracles ? everybody may have the POTENTIAL  for a miracle… but those who regularly experience miracles, see more and more of them, because their faith and love for God grows… while those who see less and less miracles (or maybe none at all) eventually become so unbelieving that they may actually doubt the existence of the God who they once professed to believe in.

We NEED to remain in a state of THANKFULLNESS…. always giving thanks for what we have been given (whether little or much)

We NEED to seek WISDOM and GUIDANCE in our dedicated attempt to USE whatever we have been given (whether little of much).

We NEED to AVOID being COVETOUS of what anybody else has.

We NEED to AVOID BLAMING GOD  (or anyone else) for everything that “we do not like” about our lives.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, help us to be ALWAYS thankful to you… for you are GOOD… and your GOODNESS endures forever ! … Amen.

unbelief

To an “educated”  person, our  faith is “nonsense”

because in a child-like manner…. we believe God for all sorts of matters in our everyday lives…. and when it happens according to our prayers, we thank God and our faith is strengthened…. it is the times that it does NOT happen according to our prayers that give the unbeliever the opportunity to discredit us…. “see I told you so” they gleefully tell us “all those other times you thought GOD was making things happen according to your prayers it was just “good luck” and “chance”… and this is their proof…. FAILURE.

So what are we to make of this ?…. certainly everything we pray for is not going to happen for several reasons:

1. God is NOT a genii…. “your wish is my command”… and we are supposed to be serving Him (and not the other way around).

2. Even if we are “good” saints and totally dedicated… we should be praying ACCORDING TO HIS WILL… and sometimes we just dont know what His will is in some cases.

3. Other factors may be involved… besides our wishes and His will…. what about the wills of other people  ? (the people we are praying for)

It is harder to exercise faith when various prayers (seem) to go unanswered…. but we are not to stop praying or exercising faith (Luke 18:1 – 8)….. and some prayers have been answered many years after those prayers were made.

The way I see it, there is always a positive and a negative way to look at everything…

FAITH is the positive way…. faith goes on even when things are not looking so rosy

UNBELIEF is the negative way…. once unbelief sets in….. it is followed by frustration and despair…. is there any advantage to this ?

Optimism versus pessimism….. looking on the bright side…. versus looking on the dark side…. Thankfullness and praise versus grumbling and complaining.

Take your choice today.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, Thank you for all your many blessings every day…. help us to focus our attention on your goodness and the many blessings you pour out for us each and every day…. help us to have right thoughts towards you… and guide us what you would have us to pray about. Amen.

strength

“He giveth power to the faint; and to those who have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their streangth; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint;” Isaiah 40:29 – 31

“….And Ahab rode,and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins; and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.”  1 Kings18:45 – 46

Dont you think that this is a physical proof of that passage in Isaiah ? …. Elijah ran faster than a horse for (how many ?) miles….  Elijah was an ordinary human being just like any of us…. but the reason he could do these amazing things is given in the passage “AND THE HAND OF THE LORD WAS ON ELIJAH”.

God wrought spectacular supernatural miracles and signs through Elijah because that was His choice…. but even if your miracles are less spectacular, the important thing you need to know is that GOD can do ANYTHING…. you have to have the right frame of mind towards GOD….  you have to BELIEVE that NOTHING is impossible even if “science” and “common sense” tells you otherwise… but that is not enough… why ?

Suppose you go and jump off a cliff and say…. I strongly believe that God can make me fly… you will end up dead and everybody will say that you were a lunatic.

FAITH is simply not enough…. the other most important condition is OBEDIENCE to GOD’S WILL…

God would never tell you to go and jump off a cliff just to prove His power (or amaze yourself or your friends)…. but satan and his demons might give you that idea to help you to an early death.

So you need to TRUST and OBEY… for there is no other way…

God’s WILL for you may not include any spectacular miracles at all…. and you will just have to accept that (if you want to be happy)…. the most important thing is…. finding out HIS WILL at all times (I will give you more guidelines on this in future posts)…. and being OBEDIENT to HIM..

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, may we surrender to Your Will…. and please keep and protect us from being deceived…. deliver us from evil and we thank You for Your many blessings today… in Jesus Name. Amen

Faith – Part 2

1 Kings 17 …. the whole chapter

First, the OBEDIENCE of Elijah… He did everything the Lord told Him to do…

Second, the provision of God for all the physical needs of Elijah…. Can you imagine, the birds brought him food every day, twice a day ?…. he did not question, as we might do, where did it come from ? it might have germs or make me sick ?… NO… God sent it for him and it was for his health and well-being, no matter what our doctors and scientists might have to say about that.

When the brook dried up…. God sent him to a woman that he did not know…. the woman told him that she was going in to make the last meal she had for herself and her son…. and Elijah says, “feed me FIRST”…. the sheer impertinence of that demand… but he also told her that God would provide for her and her son.

She exercised FAITH in her WORKS…. by OBEDIENCE, she did what she was told to do… and God worked a miracle and they all ate for many days from the very “small meal”…. but the story does not end there…. her child dies…. imagine that !

After both her and Elijah have been totally obedient to God… why should this catstrophe happen ???…. she was upset and so was Elijah….. but in FAITH, he took the child and prayed for him to live…. and God brought back the child from the dead….

Finally…. at the end of the chapter the woman “gets it”… and gives glory to God for his awesome power.

The Jews saw miracle afer miracle after miracle…. but each time they were confronted by another tragedy, they murmured and complained…. INSTEAD of exercising FAITH in GOD’s ability to do the impossible (when He had already shown them what He was capable of).

What about us ?  Do we believe that God is able to do anything ? …. or do we only believe He can do the “easy” things ?

We run to the doctor and/or swallow pills every time we feel sick….. we buy insurance policies for everything…. and only when all these fail do we call out to God “as a last resort” (since we have no other choice) and just MAYBE He will help us….. what do you think ?…… where is your FAITH ?…. and in what do you TRUST ?…. do you have any FAITH at all ?

FAITH can only grow if it is tested…. testing is never pleasant…. testing is a frightening experience to go through….. we dont want to be tested…. we just want everything to go along smoothly, perfectly….. unfortunately, the real world is not like that and there WILL be problems in the lives of everybody…. what do you do when you have a problem ? look for a human solution ?

You know the heathen say that GOD is a crutch for weak-minded and inferior people….. but what does God say about them:

“He hath shown strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.” (Luke 1:51 – 53  and then read also 1 Samuel 2:1 – 10)

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father,  O that we would trust you more… and really BELIEVE that you care for us…. we are your little children and we want to obey you…. please dont be angry with us and keep us from failing you when we are tested …. in Jesus name we pray. Amen