Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jesus Is The Miracle Worker

This morning I was praying for two miracles - a man who has stage 4 cancer and another lady who is having stoke-like symptoms and can't move her right side.  Some say Jesus doesn't do miracles anymore.  I would wholeheartedly disagree!  In seminary I was taught a principle of "first mention".  This meant if something was controversial in scripture, go back to the first mention of it in scripture.  No doubt Jesus did many miracles.  His first was turning water into wine at a wedding in John 2.  What is so significant about this?  Anyone ever had or seen something go bad at a wedding?  It is supposed to be the perfect day of a bride's life.  No one is more upset when something doesn't work out than the bride - well, maybe her mom.  So much hard work and effort.  So much time and money spent. 

Isn't that true about us when something goes wrong in our lives?  Everything was going so right and then BOOM!  Cancer, stroke, financial ruin, death, etc.  We are in desperate need of a miracle. Jesus still works miracles.  In the middle of your need for Jesus to move, what if He asks you to do something?   Me?  I thought HE was supposed to do it?  Of course Jesus is the only healer and miracle worker, but He wants our faith.  In this story of water being turned to wine, Jesus asked them to go and get large vessels to hold water.  What?  Just make it rain wine Jesus!  Just make it appear in our glasses again. Remember what Jesus' mother told them? (John 2:5) “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'"  Be ready in the middle of your need to do whatever Jesus tells you to do.  Why?  A miracle isn't far behind.

Remember these words.  (Isaiah 55:8-9 LB) “This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours! For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.”  You must focus on what Jesus wants to do in you.  Stop focusing on the problem at hand and focus on what God wants to do overall in and through the miracle at hand.  1 Peter 1:6-7 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  Trials will come, but so will greater faith, spiritual growth, and a huge blessing in the miracle.

You must believe the unbelievable.  When the world tells you its impossible you must remember Mark 10:27, "Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”  Jesus is still in the business of doing miracles.  It doesn't matter how many miracles you hear about or see sometimes though.  The one you need now isn't the one you read about long ago or hear about in a distant land.  The one you need is yours.  Jesus will do a miracle in you!

You must also expect the best to happen.  In John 2:10 we read, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”  Jesus is still saving the best part for your life.  The latter will be greater than the former.  I'm reminded of one of my favorite scriptures in Ephesians, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" (Eph. 3:20).  Jesus can do more than you could ever expect or see in the natural.  It is time to believe and expect the greatest from the greatest.  Jesus is the miracle worker!

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