Looking For A Miracle?
by Michael Chu
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AS Christians, we are meant to live life to the full. But, there may be times and situations when we need a miracle to get by and enjoy the good of the land. We can we receive our miracle by having a divine encounter with Jesus Christ. We have to persist to get a touch from Him. Just one touch from Him and our life will be transformed. Let’s seek after Him and be full of faith to receive our miracle. “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
1. Seek After God
Most people seek God for the miracles, but not the God of miracles. In order to know God, we must first have the determination or WILL to do so. This means a commitment to expend resources such as time and transport costs to learn more about God – His nature, and His perfect will and purpose for us. Our will, in itself, is powerful. If there is a will, there is a way. Much more than this, we have Hope in Christ Jesus who bore all our sicknesses on His body at Calvary and have sent us the promised Holy Spirit to be our Helper.
As we hear, read, study, meditate and memorise the word of God, the Holy Spirit will illuminate the word of God and gives us: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26).
We can read all about God’s power to perform miracles through the Holy Bible, Christian literature and testimonies of those who have experienced them. Let your INTELLECT / MIND come into full agreement that God has the power to perform miracles such as healing, deliverance and restoration. “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).
Do not be double-minded, but single-eyed to trust God completely for your miracle. Put your faith into action. Honor God, and He will honor you. “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” John 16:24).
Christianity is not merely a religion where we are taught how to be good and do good things. It’s about relating to the God of our universe. We need to learn how to praise Him for who He is; thank Him for what He has done; confess our sins to Him; receive His forgiveness of our sins and repent from them; and delight ourselves in the Lord to become the person that He wants us to be for His glory. Our EMOTION or passion has to be engaged when we prostrate and pour ourselves out to Him at His feet in prayer and praise.
By aligning our soul to the word of God, we are building up our faith to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Our progression from the Table of Showbread (Word of God and the will of man), to the Golden Lampstand (mind) and onward to the Altar of Incense (emotion/passion) in the Holy Place will bring us before the veil of the Holy of Holies, wherein is the Mercy Seat and the Ark of the Covenant. We are now in the realm of God’s Presence, falling under the weight of His Shekinah glory.
And, we come within the veil of the Holy of Holies through the torn flesh of Jesus Christ, who is the Way (Outer Court), the Truth (Holy Place) and the Life (Holy of Holies).
There is no natural light in the Holy of Holies; God’s glory is the source of light. David was well acquainted with the Holy Presence of God and yearns for Him. He said, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? … One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:1 – 5).
In God’s Presence, David knew that he could of good cheer, overcome the enemies of His soul and be strong to finish well his life’s purpose for the Lord. “And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. …Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. …that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:6 – 14).
2. Be Full of Faith To Receive Your Miracle
By His grace and mercy, God comes to us who are full of faith. At the pool of Bethesda by the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a certain man who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years. Unless God made a way, there was no way that the man could receive His healing. He did not stand a chance to be the first to step in the water after an angel had stirred it because he did not have anyone to help him and has to compete with a “… a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water” (John 5:3).
He did not have friends like the paralytic to bring him before Jesus (see Luke 5:18). Or, maybe his friends just got tired of waiting with him at the pool over the years. Nevertheless, he was at the pool looking forward to a miracle against all odds. His faith did not waiver. He knew that IF ONLY he could be the first to step in, after the stirring of the water, he would be healed without a doubt.
“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6). The sick man’s reply in effect showed that he has faith to be healed but for there being no one to help him get to the water ahead of the others. As with the healing of the paralytic, I believe that Jesus saw the sick man’s faith. Jesus noticed him even though it was a crowded place.
“Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk” (John 5:8) “Instantly the man became well and recovered his strength and picked up his bed and walked. But that happened on the Sabbath” (John 5:9 Amp.). He did not question Jesus’ authority nor did he try to reason out whether such an hitherto unconventional method would work. All he knew was that he was healed, and he would obey voice of the One who had healed him notwithstanding that it was against the law to carry his bed on a Sabbath. The man recognised it was Jesus only later when He met him again in the temple. Man, he hit the road running when he was healed! He received the miracle he had been yearning for.
Soon after the Day of Pentecost, Peter and John met a certain man, who was lame from birth, asking for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. “And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention EXPECTING to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:4 – 6). The disciples of JESUS saw something in that man.
In Lystra there was a cripple, who had never walked. “This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and SEEING THAT HE HAD FAITH TO BE HEALED, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked” (Acts 14:9 – 10). Would JESUS see in us the faith to receive our miracle? Would an anointed minister of God see in us the faith to receive our miracle?
In Capernaum, four men uncovered the roof and let down the bed, on which the paralytic was lying, before Jesus. Jesus “saw their faith (Mark 2:5)”, forgave the paralytic of his sins and proceeded to heal him. When we help others to receive their miracle, would JESUS see our faith?
Over at Caesarea there was a certain man, a Gentile, called Cornelius who was “a devout man and one who FEARED GOD with all his household, who GAVE ALMS GENEROUSLY to the people, and PRAYED TO GOD ALWAYS” (Acts 10:2). In verse 30, Cornelius testified that while he fasted and were in prayer, suddenly a man stood before him in bright clothing “and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God” (Acts10:31) and told to send for Peter so as to hear all the things God has commanded of Peter.
As Peter preached the word of God, the Holy Spirit fell upon Cornelius and all those with him who heard the word. They spoke in tongues and were extolling and magnifying God. They were then baptised in the name of Jesus Christ and received the greatest miracle of all – salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. (Note: He was a good man and his good works would not save him from the curse of the law. He and his household were saved through faith in Jesus Christ.)
God is no respecter of a man’s status in life according to worldly standards. He is looking for men and women of faith who are a delight to Him. God is waiting to perform His word over our lives and give us the God-glorifying miracle that we yearn for. There is nothing too difficult for God. All things are possible with God. The only problem is with us. Do we have faith enough to believe? Do we have the faith to give substance to our hope and to be the evidence of things not seen?
Let’s get diligent to know Him more and more, growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ, and look forward to our miracle with the Holy Spirit as our inner witness that we are His and will have God’s best for us to the praise of His glory. Amen.
~ THE END ~
(All Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright ©1982, by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)
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