I spent a good portion of my adult life in churches that believed that miracles were something that only happened during “Biblical Times”. The idea that the giftings of the Spirit of God were only true in a long time ago when the Church really needed it to advance the Gospel. (This view is called cessationism if you were wondering.)
Never having learned anything else, I accepted this as fact even though it twitched in the back of my head as not feeling right. Now, I’m not trying to start a debate with anyone, and I’m not trying to say that millions of people with this point of view are wrong. I’m just saying it didn’t sit right with me.
As I grew in my relationship with Jesus, and grew in my love and reading of the Bible, I began to experience things in my life that could only be described as miracles. And I didn’t know how to partner these experiences with the teachings I heard from the pulpit.
I watched my devout Muslim husband come to Christ.
I experienced physical, instantaneous healings.
I knew things about people that I couldn’t possibly have known and was somehow able to speak to them in that knowledge and offer supernatural encouragement and wisdom.
I began to hear God speaking to me in my “heart”. I heard scripture that I didn’t know but googled to discover was in the Bible.
I got comfort when I should have felt nothing but pain.
I felt freedom when horrible things in life had enslaved me.
I could go on and on and on about this stuff. And the older I get, and the more I “grow” in my love affair with Jesus, the more experiential and miraculous my encounters with the Living God become. It has become undebatable to me. I know what I know. It’s my testimony.
God has empowered us, gifted us, to do miracles. Ya, that’s what I said. And He did it for His Glory and for His bride and for His Honor. In other words, He did it for us and for Him.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Corinthians 4:7-11
Do you hear that? Those are miracles. Miracles that glorify a Good God, a Worthy God, a Loving God. Miracles we might miss if we are too busy questioning the validity of such things.
Lord, teach us to see the miraculous. Teach us to see Your Power. Teach us to be Your Bride and Your Sons, with full inheritance to what You offer us. Teach us to listen better to You and test everything against Your Word and Your Spirit. Lord teach us to think and listen and learn through Your Spirit, so that we can be more conscious of the miracles you want to perform through us and for us. Amen.