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Judges 7:2 “The people who are with thee are TOO MANY for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, MINE OWN HAND HATH SAVED ME”

God wanted to MAKE SURE that it was abundantly apparent that an “IMPOSSIBLE” VICTORY had been achieved….. and this is the essence of a MIRACLE.

But why ?

The PURPOSE of miracles is to BRING GLORY TO GOD…. and cause us to THANK and PRAISE HIM for His wonderful attributes…. His LOVE, KINDNESS, MERCY  in caring for us.

But you will say, why don’t we see DRAMATIC and AWESOME miracles TODAY ? …. just like we did in the OLD TESTAMENT !

Hear Jesus words, Matthew 16:4 “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign…” Matthew 11:20 “Then began he to upbraid the cities in which most of his mighty works were done, because they REPENTED NOT”

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament PROVE that although humans are “fascinated” by God’s miracles, the effect is only TEMPORARY…. incredible as it seems, even the most AWESOME “miracle” only brings immediate and TEMPORARY “Praise to God” from the majority who witnessed it…. of course God knew this all along, so why did He bother to do ANY “awesome and spectacular” miracles at all ?…. because WE humans need convincing…. as we, who have never seen any of these awesome miracles, READ THE BIBLE and see… time after time…. that these miracles had no LASTING SPIRITUAL EFFECT on most of the people who saw them… we must accept that we are no different… and we must worship and praise Him in our generation and circumstances and not always be seeking after “awesome miracles”….

and yet…. He is STILL in the “miracle business”…. every day in smaller (less dramatic) ways our lives are impacted by His supernatural care and provision for us….. that accident that “ALMOST took our life” and was avoided entirely…. the little prayer that was answered wonderfully.

The fact that just one or two DEDICATED BELIEVERS can bear much fruit…. and impact thousands of lives for Jesus…. these are all miracles, in the sense that they are impossible for us to do ON OUR OWN.

My friend, do not strive to do YOUR service for God…. but rather let GOD do His work through you….. in faith, WANT and EXPECT that He will “bear fruit” through YOUR life…. and then be SENSITIVE to the opportunities and circumstances in which you find yourself and He will guide you what to say and do (if you are truly seeking His guidance).

“TRUST and OBEY for there’s NO OTHER WAY…. to BE HAPPY IN JESUS…. but to TRUST and OBEY” John H. Sammis

…. may this Chorus become “a real experience” in YOUR life.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, our very best welfare is assured by following Your directions…. no matter how much it might SEEM otherwise….. please forgive us when we fail at this… and don’t stop guiding us and giving us opportunities to “obey your Spirit”… in Jesus name … Amen.

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.

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