Tag Archive | miracles

Acts 9:40 ” Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning towards the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”

Peter sent the mourners and doubters out of the room much like Jesus did when He brought the dead little girl back to life in Matthew 9:25.  Both didn’t allow negativity and unbelief to remain in the room.  Nor did either permit skepticism and scoffing to change their confidence in what God could do.  So what can we take from this when praying for someone seriously ill?  First is to get rid of all distractions and those who can’t believe for a miracle.  Instead, gather around those who have faith for a healing, (remember, it can be as small as a mustard seed).  Next speak life and not death into the person and ask God to heal them.  Finally, continue to speak life into the person and watch God work.

Job 37: 5-6 ” God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow,’Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ “

God is far beyond any boundaries of our minds, knowledge or expectations.  As Job 5:9 tells us, “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”  We’d have to then agree with Genesis 18:14 when it asks, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”    The simple answer is, No…there’s nothing that’s impossible for God.  For there’s not one thing He can’t do, change, fix, or accomplish according to His Will.

Jonah 3:4 ” In 40 days Ninevah will be demolished.”

In the Hebrew, this sentence is only 5 words long.  It doesn’t even mention God, nor did it call the people of Nineveh to repentance.  So why did the Ninevites believe what Jonah warned them of?  Jesus tells us in Luke 11:29-32 that the Ninevites had heard of Jonah’s miraculous deliverance from the belly of that fish and that they will, “stand up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.”  The people of Nineveh heard and believed God…may this present generation do the same.

Psalm 131:1-3 ” My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forever more.”

Have troubles gone beyond the bounds of your human strength…put your hope in the Lord.  Have all your expectations, desires, and dreams crumbled before your eyes…put your hope in the Lord.  Are you in the middle of an impossible situation with no seemingly way out…put your hope in the Lord.  For God can perform wonders that cannot be fathomed and miracles that cannot be counted. (Job 5:9)  He is the God of the unattainable, the unsolvable, and the hopeless…for He is the God of the impossible, and nothing is too hard for Him. (Genesis 18:14)

John 4:11 ” ‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.’ “

Jesus had just offered the Samaritan woman  Living Water, but by her observation…He had no means of drawing water from Jacob’s well.  We seem to quickly revert back to our humanness anytime we doubt that Jesus can really do what He says.  We question if He’s in touch with reality or even realizes the gravity of our circumstances.  Subjectively, our biased opinion says, “I can’t see how You can possibly do this Lord.”  But if we put aside our humanness and instead take Jesus at His word…miracles will happen.

Acts 16: 25-26 ” About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.”

Earlier in the day, Paul and Silas had been stripped, severely flogged and then thrown into prison.  So we now find them hours later holding their own praise and worship service to a rather captive audience of fellow prisoners and guards.  They could have wallowed in their sorrow and pain, but instead chose to worship God.  When we praise God in the midst of impossible situations, the atmosphere changes and with it, our attitude.  Our eyes are taken off the incurable, the grief-stricken, the hopeless dilemma…and allows God to work in miraculous ways.  It says here that the earthquake caused all the prison doors to open…not just the one to Paul and Silas’s cell, and that everybody’s chains came off…not just theirs.  When our focus is on praise rather than on self-pity, everyone around us will be blessed.

Mark 13: 21-22 ” At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect – if that were possible.”

Jesus warns us of people who will try to seduce us away from the truth.  Pseudo-christs  acknowledge Jesus…but then claim to actually  be Him, while  anti-Christs  oppose the true Jesus Christ and His power.  Both will amaze the multitudes with wonders…both come in sheep’s clothing to deceive the nations.  But the very last phrase of this scripture gives all Christians confidence.  “…to deceive the elect – if that were possible.”  The elect are us…chosen by God, and we won’t be deceived, for  with the prompting of the Holy Spirit we will be able to discern good from evil…a testing of the spirits if you will, to know deep down when something just doesn’t look or sound right.