One of the things that often is heard is, “Where are the miracles of God?” People will sit down and go through a litany of miracles that seems to be lacking in their church. Of course, normally this is directed at the pastor, implying that maybe he or she is the problem or isn’t spiritual enough. In this article I want to discuss the subject of Miracles Today, specifically, dealing with parameters, hunger, and presence.
In Acts 17:26-28 it declared, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us: for in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring” (KJV).
The basic message of this passage is that God has set the bounds on our habitations. He knows who we are and how we are to attain. He knows our hopes and goals for our calling. I mention this because when we pray, we are not informing God of something that He does not know. Also, we can “…therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, KJV) because we know that it is God who has set the bounds of our habitations. Not circumstances, situations, history, or upbringing; but God is the ultimate determining agent.
For example, consider Abraham. His circumstances were that he and Sarah were too old to have a child. Their situation was that this couple was past the time when they could still reproduce. However, God oversees our parameters and He has set the bounds on our habitations.
The second vital point that you need to understand is that God reveals Himself to people who seek Him. Those who find are those who seek. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8, KJV). The door of your miracle is opened only to those who knock. The gifts are only given to those who ask. My point is, initiation is our responsibility. Jesus also said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6, KJV, emphasis mine).
A good example of this is found in Mark chapter 16. God instructed His disciples to go into the world and preach the Gospel. He then promised that He would and then did confirm their words by signs and miracles (Mark 16:15-20). What I want you to see is that the only way God would bestow signs and miracles to confirm their preaching was if they were actually out their preaching.
Finally, we come to an essential: God’s presence is necessary for God’s power to be present. David said in Psalm 16:11b, “In Thy presence is fulness of joy” (KJV). Paul told the Philippian church, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:16, KJV, emphasis mine). We must never forget that God is the ultimate source of our strength and power.
Questions: In light of what has been written, what do you think is necessary in order to see God move in our churches? What type of things are you wanting to see?
(Note: We look forward to your comments. You may answer any, all, or none of the questions. If you wish you can pose your own questions or simply add your insight and viewpoint to the article.)