“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples” (Psalm 77:14).
Consider these questions:
Who can study the universe and doubt His power in creation?
Who can study the history of Israel and fail to see God’s sovereignty and how he put events together?
Who can witness the birth of a child and not see what a miracle that truly is?
In contrast to the handiwork of the God of miracles, the work of humankind is rather puny. God does marvelous things, and He does them all with His own power, with no help from others.
The Hebrew writer reminds us how important is to understand God’s miracle making ability. Hebrews 2: 1-4
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. 2 For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. 3 So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? 4 And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
The Bible uses three main words to refer to a miracle: sign, wonder, and power. These three words help us better understand what the phrase God of miracles means.
On Screen: Basically, a miracle is an act of God beyond human understanding that displays God’s power, inspires wonder in humans, and acts as a sign that God is at work in the world.
From a human perspective, a miracle of God is an extraordinary or unnatural event (a wonder) that reveals or confirms a specific message (a sign) through a mighty work (power).
From the God of miracle’s vantage point, a miracle is nothing extraordinary or unnatural. It is simply a divine display of His might (power) that attracts the attention of humans (a wonder) to His Word or His purposes (a sign).
The God of miracles uses supernatural power to reveal Himself to people on earth.
The Greek word translated “miracle” is dunamis (the root of our word dynamite) and means “power.” God’s miracles often defy or overpower the laws of nature, but not always. God can also work within nature to perform a miracle. When God parted the Red Sea, He used a powerful wind: “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided” (Exodus 14:21). God does not use miracles merely as a means of authenticating Himself to people, but to reveal Himself to people who have eyes of faith to see.
The God of miracles works extraordinary wonders to capture people’s attention
The unusual, unnatural dimension of God’s miracles commands our attention. When the Lord caused a bush to burn but not be consumed, Moses took notice: “The angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.’ When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am’” (Exodus 3:2–4). The wonder of it all piqued Moses’ interest and moved him to the place where he was ready to receive God’s message.
The God of miracles uses signs to convey a message or reveal truth.
People who seek signs often want to be entertained like Herod in Luke 23:8 when he saw Jesus. But God never uses miracles to amuse us; they always serve a purpose. Their overall objective is to glorify God.
When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He confirmed this purpose: “Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me’” (John 11:40–42). Then Jesus called Lazarus back from the dead to life. Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary saw this astounding miracle. As a result, they put their faith in Christ and believed that Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus showed the disciples, and the world, that He has power over death (verses 43–45).
Screen: power reveals the source of the miracle: God. The wonder reveals the nature of the miracle: wonderful, awe-inspiring, worthy of attention. The sign reveals the purpose of the miracle: to confirm a message or convey a truth.
Faith in Action: Praying for Your Miracle
I want to pray for your miracle this morning but before I do so, I want to share a personal testimony as God did a miracle in my life this week:
I believe in my case the miracle was a sign as God wanted to remind me of a truth that I have often struggled with.
The Lord gave me two epiphanies this week. One, at a healing service I was a part of on Tuesday. The other came on Thursday morning during my pastor’s prayer network prayer time. Tuesday’s experience got me thinking about miracles and it moved me to change the whole direction of this morning’s message time, from what I previously was going to do.
All I could here in my spirit was this: pray for miracles at Mt. Pleasant.
I do believe that God is still in the miracle business. But God also reminded me this week that I haven’t always put myself in the position to receive His miracles.
At the Cove this Fall Pastor Jim Lyon was preaching on miracles. He said this, and I quote: “when we pray for a miracle why don’t we prepare/plan for the miracle.” Scripture tells us to pray, believing. Belief is an exercise of faith. So if we Ask, Seek, Knock we should Expect.
Yet, there are times where I believe God wants to do even more than I/we can hope for, or imagine. I want a new imagination when it comes to miracles! I want God’s imagination!
Not only do I believe that my lack of belief at times can impact God’s work, but so can the church’s doctrine.
At the Thursday morning prayer time, conversation came up about how, we, in the western church, have complicated the Gospel. With our theologies and doctrines, we have made the Good News of Jesus too difficult at times.
What God said to my heart in that moment was this:
Bruce…you have been preaching about holiness for nearly 30 years. But you haven’t always practiced what you preached. You have preached that living a holy life is not about a checklist of do’s and don’ts.
And yet, you have too often been held in bondage about what I can do through you because you haven’t checked every holiness box. You have allowed Satan to make you think that you are not worthy of my miracles.
When in fact it is this simple: when you accepted Jesus you died with Him. And when he arose from the dead you were also raised with him (Colossians 3: 1)
God reminded me that He has already done a miracle through what He did in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. In Isaiah 53: 5” it says this:
In other words, Jesus stripes are stronger than spots on our longs, or any scars we may have: both physical and emotional.
Through the prayer time and discussion on Thursday God opened my heart to this revelation…
Quit worrying if you are worthy to receive all that I want for you. I have already done everything for you. I just need you to believe it and live in it. Because of what Jesus did for me and because of my acceptance of Him as my Savior, I have God’s favor. You have God’s favor if Jesus is Lord of your life.
Psalm 30: 5 –
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
2 Peter 1: 3-4…
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
In this moment God reminded me of this truth: Holiness is not a list of do’s or don’ts. Holiness is simply abiding in Christ.
We live a holy life simply because Jesus is in us and for us. Holiness is simply a response to his love for me. Simply put: the Gospel is about love.
John 15: 1-15…
I believe there are some here today that need a miracle of deliverance.
Maybe it’s a physical deliverance.
Or an emotional one.
Maybe you are here today feeling as though your identity is tied up in your past…in what others say or think about you. You have forgotten, that your identity in Christ is what is most important.
Maybe you have lived in bondage over thinking that God will never be able to truly bless you because of your past.
Deliverance for a bad attitude
Deliverance from unforgiveness
Deliverance from doubt or fear.
Deliverance for your spouse, a child, a friend
Let’s pray to the God of miracles for His power, His wonder and His signs. Believing that He always keep His promises!