"Equipping God's People to Reap the Harvest"
Miracles are one of the ways God gives evidence of His power and authority. It’s in the Bible, Hebrews 2: 4, “God also bearing witness both with signs, and wonder, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?”
Miracles are to glorify God. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 9:7-8, NKJV. “And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”
There is nothing that is impossible with God. It’s in the Bible, Jeremiah 32:27, NKJV. “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
Does that mean God will do any miracle I ask of Him? There is a difference between faith, and presumption. It’s in the Bible, Luke 4:9-13, NKJV. “Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.”
Miracles validated the ministry of the early church. It’s in the Bible, Acts 5:16, TLB. "And crowds came in from the Jerusalem suburbs, bringing their sick folk and those possessed by demons; and every one of them was healed."
I can’t work miracles, is there something wrong with my faith? Working miracles is only one of the several gifts the Holy Spirit gives. It’s in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:10-11, NKJV. “to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
Miracles are not proof that someone is a servant of God, if they disobey God’s Word and instruction. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 7:22-23, NKJV. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
While miracles are a sign of God's ministry, one needs to be alert, for Satan can perform miracles too. It’s in the Bible, Revelation 16:14, NIV. "They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle of the great day of God Almighty."
How do we avoid being deceived by Satan’s deceptions and miracles? We need to have a love for the truth. It’s in the Bible, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10, NKJV. “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
To have faith in God does not require miracles. It’s in the Bible, John 20:29, NKJV. “Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
Miracles remind us that nothing is too hard for God. It’s in the Bible, Exodus 14:21-22, TLB. "Meanwhile, Moses stretched his rod over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the sea, with walls of water on each side; and a strong east wind blew all that night, drying the sea bottom. So the people of Israel walked through the sea on dry ground!"
Trust God with your problems and anxieties. It’s in the Bible, Job 5:8-9, NKJV. “But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause—Who does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.”
When God does a miracle in your life, tell people about it! It’s in the Bible, 1 Chronicles 16:24, NKJV. “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.”
When you are troubled, remember how God has done great things for you in the past. He won’t let you down now! It’s in the Bible, Psalm 77:10-11, NKJV. “And I said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the LORD”