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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.

spirit

HUMAN has a body, soul and spirit (Genesis 2:7) and today I want to help you understand the nature of each of these.

On the lowest level is the body, people who are living a “body” existence (meaning that their body is very much in control of them) manifest no self-control or discipline….  whatever their body wants…. they do (usually) right away… and this is no different from all the other animals on the planet.

On the next level is the soul… people who have “developed” their soul (meaning brought their body under the control of their soul)…. do not automatically “give in” to whatever their body wishes (food, sleep)…. their body does what their soul wants (instead of the other way round)…. sometimes they give it what it wants , other times they do not and still other times they make it wait until it suits them to give it what it desires…. most people have achieved some level of “soul control” otherwise they could never be “successful” in this present world.

On the highest level is the spirit…. very few people (statistically speaking) are aware of the functioning of their spirit….. and their spirit remains “underdeveloped”…. spiritual people (people whose spirit rules soul and body) are either “very good” or “very evil”…. they are very “powerful” people and lead a life of “miraculous” happenings outside the experience of the “average human”.

WHY must they be EITHER “very good” OR “very evil”….. and not somewhere “in between” (like the rest of mankind ?) ?????

Because these “spiritual people” interact with the spiritual world where the INVISIBLE WAR is still going on….  they are either in communication with God Himself or one of the many “evil spirits” trying their best to “entice and seduce” any human spirits that dare to enter the realm of the “spirit world”.

Humans who seek to develop their own spirits are doing so to gain “an unfair competitive advantage” over the rest of “ordinary mortals” and are already being led by “EVIL entities”.

The CORRECT attitude towards “SPIRITUAL” development is  NOT SEEK IT APART FROM GOD…. you let GOD control the when, if and how… otherwise there are risks for you…. the PRIDE that caused Lucifer’s downfall is waiting to swallow you up and place you right where the “evil entities”  want you to be.

Let us examine the life of Elijah…. 2 Kings 1:9 – 10

“Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him, and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spoke unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, IF I BE A MAN OF GOD, THEN LET FIRE COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND CONSUME THEE AND THY FIFTY. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

And this happened a second time also.. verses 11 – 13… until the THIRD captain BEGGED for his life and the lives of his men (verses 13 – 14)…. then the LORD told Elijah, he could go with them. (verse 15)

CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THAT DISPLAY OF POWER would have done to an “average” person…. their head would have swelled with PRIDE immediately… I can consume ANYONE…. I am the GREATEST human on the planet…. I am INVINCIBLE…… I AM GOD on this planet…. it did not have that effect on Elijah BECAUSE… GOD Himself had SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN Elijah and equipped him to handle such POWER.

Let us see what Jesus had to say to His disciples (who were quite eager to do the same thing and THEY had PRIDE issues (Luke 9:46-48))……. “And when his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven , and consume them, even as Elijah did ? But he turned and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of; For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” (Luke 9:54 – 55)

JESUS had ALL POWER but consistently did NOT USE it “to show off” or “defend Himself”….. GOD is the SAME … FOREVER….  BOTH these episodes happened for OUR instruction…. it was GOD’s WILL to burn up the people in Elijah’s day and it was GOD’s WILL NOT to burn them up during Jesus time on Earth.

People today IMAGINE that GOD is no longer in the “burning business”…. they need to read REVELATION…. GOD will burn them up when HE is “ready”….  it does not mean that He does not “love them” or He is “cruel” (that is a HUMAN viewpoint) and GOD does not view things according to our standards (Isaiah 55:8 – 9)…. HE is GOD and we are not (although quite a few people would LIKE to be god…. just like Lucifer wanted to be god).

So what does God want for YOUR “human” SPIRIT ?? …. I will reveal this in the days to come…. enough for today.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, there is only one “safe” place for us, your little children…. the place of HUMBLE worship and adoration of YOU… help us to see that this is NOT a “pathetic inferior idea” as the heathen regard it…. but is actually the HIGHEST and MOST EXALTED “occupation” in the entire Universe (Revelation 4:8 – 11, Revelation 5:11 – 12)…. thank you for looking after us today and delivering us from evil… in Jesus Name. Amen.

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“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