Charisma ~ The Spiritual Gifts (Part 7)

Miracles ~ God’s Miraculous Power

Have you ever yearned for a miracle? Pleading with God to be the beneficiary (or someone you know) of His powerful outstretched hand, producing results only He is capable of? Lord, we need Your miraculous intervention in our lives!

There is not always a clear line between the gift of healing and the gift of miracles. The gift of healing is usually associated with a curing of the human condition while other experiences could be classified as a gift of miracles.

Do you recall when Elisha asked for a “double portion” of the Spirit that had rested on Elijah? As Elijah was taken up into heaven his mantle (symbolic of his anointing) fell off. Elisha ‘picked it up’ and performed a miracle by parting the waters. (2 Kings 2:9-14) The Scripture records that Elisha’s request was honored because through him, twice as many miracles were seen! Praise God and Hallelujah! Now look at this. Jesus said we would do the works He does and will do even greater works. (John 14:12) We SHALL do greater works than Jesus! Do you ever think about that? He did not say we would receive a double portion because no limit was set! Shall you ‘pick up’ where Jesus left off?

Let’s expect to see great miracles in this day! We have been given full power of the Spirit. Remember Moses had difficulty leading God’s people and he asked for assistance? God took ‘some of the Spirit that was on Moses and placed the Spirit on the 70 elders.’ (Numbers 11:25) He took only ‘some of the Spirit’. The portion He took from Moses was enough to spread around to 70 others while Moses still retained some! The 70 others could then operate with the power of the Spirit. What is interesting to keep in mind is the measure taken from Moses was enough to supply 70! Moses had plenty of the anointing of the Spirit that some could be taken and he was obviously still left with plenty. He had the ability to operate in tremendous power! As believers yielded to the Spirit, that same divinely powerful Spirit is available to us. Would you agree we operate shamefully below our potential? How often do you feel you operate full throttle in the Spirit?

A couple of years ago I was doing bible study with a beloved friend and her precious mom. I frequently prayed for both of them but on this day I had been praying exclusively for the mom. I prayed as I was driving that day and I experienced a strong feeling of love (agape) for her. I began praying as the Spirit led and as I was praying, my arms and legs began shaking so dramatically I could no longer drive the car. I pulled into a parking lot and my body continued to shake as I prayed. I was filled with joy for her and knew without a doubt something miraculous was about to take place in her life. I phoned her daughter and asked her to relay the information to her mom because I knew she was about to receive “the joy of her salvation.” Speaking became difficult because it seemed that as my body was shaking uncontrollably so were my vocal cords. When our flesh is overcome by the influence of the Spirit it does not maintain the status quo! My friend contacted her mom and as best she could, she tried to relay the message I had given. A few days later I got word that my friend’s mom had been praying and attempting to explain to her husband what I had said. As she asked the Lord to help her, she began shaking uncontrollably just as I had a couple of days earlier. As she spoke on the phone her vocal cords were also shaking so her speech was difficult for her; just as it had been for me. The power of the Holy Spirit had fallen on her. Because this was a new experience she had many questions. God is so good! He allowed me to experience exactly what she would experience just a few days later so that I could assure her this was an experience from the Spirit of God and nothing more! By her own account, she has never been the same since. A miraculous intercession indeed. Praise God!

Here are some recorded examples of Jesus’ miracles (there were even more that were not recorded John 21:25). When Jesus performed the miracles they were either to a believing crowd or to those needing encouragement to believe. Some of His miracles include asking Peter to retrieve tax money from the mouth of a fish (Matthew 17:27), feeding the multitude (Mark 6:38-44, 8:1-9), walking on water (Matthew 14:25-33), rebuking a storm (Mark 6:45-52), turning water into wine (John 2:1-11), and suggesting a perfect fishing spot (John 21:5-12).

Recently I heard someone make a comment regarding God not performing any more miracles based on Matthew 12:39-40. However, Mark 16:17 (please read) says something different. As always, it is a matter of the heart because if you require a sign to believe then where is your faith? The recorded miracles of the Old and New Testament show God intervening to meet the needs of His people and to demonstrate His sovereignty. Always having the same character, (Hebrews 13:8) we can still expect to see the miraculous in His sovereignty.

Following Pentecost, there are times when believers received miracles. Some examples are when the believers were set free from prison (Acts 5:17-25, 12:1-17, 16:25-40), and when Phillip was bodily transported in Acts 8:39-40.

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♥Prayer:  You are the God who performs miracles; displaying your power among the people. You perform wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. We learn from Your word that in some places you visited you were unable to do many miracles because of the lack of faith. Let it not be so in my life! Bring your gift of miracles into the church! I yield completely to the Spirit and I am ready to represent your hands and voice for a work of miracles whenever you see fit. Display your power in me so that your name is proclaimed in all the earth! You ARE the God of miracles! I thank you in advance for all that you will do through me for your believers all in the name of Jesus. Amen!

The word ‘power’ in the following verses are forms of the Greek word dynamis. Strong’s defines dynamis as a force, miraculous power (usually implied as a miracle), ability, abundance, worker of miracles, power, strength, mighty wonderful work.

♥Matthew 13:54 He went to His hometown and began to teach them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “How did this wisdom and these miracles come to Him? The word ‘miracles’ here is the Greek word dynamis. You have heard of the principle of cause and effect, which God created. God, in the miraculous, works outside of cause and effect – things outside explanation. The wondrous. The things beyond our imagination.

♥Luke 21:27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with ________ and ________ _____________. Don’t you know when you see Jesus returning to the earth it will be a miraculous sight! I do not expect anything less.

♥Romans 1:20. For His invisible ____________________, that is, His eternal ______________ and divine _____________, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. This verse regards how creation clearly bears witness to God the Creator. Through that revelation, understanding brings a conclusion to your intellect about who God is. Lets also consider that miraculous power is one of His attributes (a characteristic of Himself, like the color or shape of your eye is one of your characteristics). It is attribute of who He is. When God is invited into your circumstances, He brings all the workings of His attributes with him! Hallelujah! Matthew 26:62 speaks of Jesus being seated at the right hand of the Power. Here, God is called the Power (dynamis). Mark 9:1 describes the Kingdom of God as power (dynamis). That is why in Luke 21:27 (above) He will be coming in power and glory! The Kingdom is coming!

♥Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope _______ ___________ with ____ joy and peace as you _______________ in Him so that you may ________________ with hope __________ the ________________ of the Holy Spirit. Believe in God – be filled with all joy and peace. This is not just an exhortation to believe God exists but to believe what He says He can do. Believe God! The Spirit miraculously overflows you with hope with this kind of believing!

♥1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the __________ is foolishness to those who are __________________, but it is God’s ________________ to us who are ____________ ________________. (See also Romans 1:16). God rejects human wisdom’s attempts to acquire salvation apart from God as well as man-made precepts and the empty mouthed words of salvation (please read Isaiah 29:13-14). However, to those with humble hearts turned towards the Lord, the cross of Christ is miraculous power made available to us on a continual basis.

♥1 Corinthians 6:14 God raised up the Lord and will _________ raise us up by His _______________. By the same miraculous power God used to raise His son from the tomb, He will also raise His people from the grave. The grave could not hold Jesus and it will not hold the believer either. Hallelujah!

♥2 Corinthians 4:7 Now we have this ________________ in _________ jars, so that this extraordinary ______________ may be from _____________ and _________ from us. The treasure we have is the Holy Spirit. The clay jar is our body. We were formed from the dust (clay) of the ground. The miraculous power will be evidence to others of God at work in our lives by manifestations of the Spirit as well as a transformed life.

♥2 Corinthians 12:9 But He has said to me, “My _______________ is ___________________ for you, for _____________ is _________________ in _________________.” Therefore, I will most gladly ______________ all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s ______________ may reside in me. Paul asked God to remove the ‘thorn’ he was suffering and God’s response is recorded above. Even though the ‘thorn’ would remain, God promised Paul would never lack ample grace to conquer it. According to verse 8, Paul asked for the ‘thorn’ to be removed three times. Have you ever prayed hoping for a particular response but the answer you received was not what you hoped for? Paul did. The answer to his prayer did not come as he expected but he received an answer nonetheless. His affliction would be leaving any time soon but he found reason to rejoice in the provision God provided! The grace Paul received was sufficient for him because miraculous power is perfected in human weakness. The greater the believer confesses human weakness, the more conspicuous Christ’s empowering strength will be. How will you choose to respond today?

♥Ephesians 1:19… what is the immeasurable greatness of His ________________ to us who __________________, according to the working of His vast strength. Do you see how this can also tie in with 2 Corinthians 12:9 above?

♥Ephesians 1:20-21 He demonstrated this _________________ in the Messiah by raising Him from the ________________ and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens – ________ ____________ every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this _________ but in the one to ____________. ‘Far above’ in this verse is not speaking of dimension but superiority. We may be tempted by the powers of rulers and authorities to think of ourselves as unworthy or unable but that is a lie straight from the pit of hell authored by non other than the enemy of your soul. Let’s not be deceived to think the enemy does not possess power, but Christ’s power trumps all power the enemy can pull together. Don’t be tempted to think anything else.

♥Ephesians 3:16 I pray that He may _____________ you, according to the ____________ of His ______________, to be _____________________ with ____________ in the ____________ man through His Spirit. We have divine resources through the Spirit because of Christ’s redemptive work of the cross. We shall rebuke discouragement and be strengthened by the miraculous power that God made available to us through the Spirit. Even though our outer man is being wasted away our inner man should be getting stronger and healthier by the working of the Spirit through our faith. Are you insuring your ‘inner man’ is getting stronger and healthier as a top priority?

♥Ephesians 3:20 Now to _________ who is __________ to do __________ and _________ all that we ask or think ____________________ to the _____________ that ____________ in us. The word ‘able’ is also a form of the Greek word we are looking at for power. This verse is considered to be a doxology – an outpouring of praise and worship to God. The word ‘above’ (exceedingly abundantly) and ‘beyond’ is the same word for the abundant grace of God in Romans 5:20. According to the power that works in us, Wuests translates: in the measure of the power which is operative in us. Strongs indicates it can be used with the connotation of “distribution”. He is going to do this superabundantly more than we can ask or think in the measure of the power that is distributed from us. How much are you yielded to the Spirit and how much of the Spirit is distributed from you? Do you ever think He will do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the miraculous power of the Spirit that is distributed from us?

♥Philippines 3:10 My ___________ is to ___________ Him and the __________ of His ________________. Shall we not only know the miraculous power that raised Christ from the dead but also that same miraculous power that resides in us? Do you know Christ so well as to identify with Him and put to death your previous way of life and walk continually in the miraculous power made available to you by Christ’s resurrected life?

♥Philippines 3:21 He ______ ________________ the body of our ________________ condition into the ______________ of His _________________ body, by the _______________ that enables Him to _____________ ___________________ to Himself. The humble condition is referring to lowness. As you know, your body is weak and vulnerable to oppression, disease, sinful desires, and death. At the return of Christ your body will be transformed into a glorious representation of who you are in Christ Jesus and the weaknesses of the flesh will pass away. Thank you Lord. How does this happen? By the miraculous power that enables Him to bring all things under the subjection of His authority. Hallelujah!

♥Colossians 1:11 May you be___________________ with all ____________, according to His glorious _______________, for _______ _____________________ and ____________________, with _________ giving _____________ to the Father, who has _______________ you to share in the saints inheritance in the light. Amen! May we be strengthened with all God’s power! I read this recently, “Christians are engaged in moral conflict with the cosmic powers of a darkened world and nothing short of divine empowerment can enable them to stand.” Praise God! How can you not resist giving thanks to the Father with joy at that realization! May God forbid it not be so! You are strengthened WITH ALL POWER, according to His glorious MIGHT (vigor, strength, dominion). Do you think you have been able to stand any other way? Look to the Father to enable you EVEN MORE with His miraculous strength. Stare down your moral conflict with the eyes of faith and stand strong in HIS strength!

♥2 Thessalonians 1:11 And in view of this, we always pray for you that our God will ______________ you worthy of His ________________, and will, by His ______________, fulfill ____________ ________________ for ___________ and the ____________ of ___________. Shall we edify each other and build up the fainthearted? Even in the certainty of God’s plan we shall continue to pray for its fulfillment! (Please read Phil. 2:13) The prayer given by Paul is for the fulfillment of every good purpose of yours and every act of yours that is prompted by your faith. (Please read James 2:26) The realization of which will only be known by God’s power.

♥2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of ____________________, but one of ______________, love, and sound judgment. In order to be effective in your service to Christ you must have power that is provided by the Spirit (see Acts 1:8). The Spirit enables you to operate in love, power and self-discipline. Fear does not originate with the Spirt of God. Fear is deadly and one of its symptoms is paralysis. We are given God’s love (Romans 5:5). We are given a sound mind (1 Co 2:16). We are given power.

♥2 Timothy 1:8 So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in the _______________ for the gospel, ____________ on the ______________ of God. Paul is speaking to Timothy from prison and desired to strengthen his courage. It is easy enough to boldly proclaim the gospel of Christ when there are no threats to your life or even your faith. How bold is your proclamation when your loved one is dying, when the dam burst that has been holding back all your sorrows, when you receive a diagnosis, when there seems to be no end in sight for your suffering, or when a fellow believer suffers for the sake of the Gospel? This verse is exhorting (1) don’t be ashamed,(2) share in the suffering and (3) rely on the power. (Don’t be tempted to shrink back in fear or hesitation)

♥2 Timothy 3:5 …holding to the __________ of godliness but ____________ its ____________. ______________ these people! What ‘form’ of godliness or religious standards do people follow? Church goers? Prayer reciters? Followers of habits or traditions? If you deny the power of the cross you have an empty religion. Let it not be so! Why do you think the command is given to ‘avoid these people’? ______________________________________________________________

♥Hebrews 11:11 ______ ___________ even Sarah herself, when she was __________ to have children, __________ _____________ to conceive offspring, ________ ______________ she was past the age, ____________ she _________________ that the One who had _______________ was faithful. She was past the age to have a child under natural human conditions but she was not beyond the miraculous reach of God! What was her part? Her faith considered the miraculous One that had promised. Does your faith consider the same in the face of your situation?

♥1 Peter 1:5 You ______ being ________________ by God’s _____________ through _____________ for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You are protected by God’s miraculous power! Hallelujah! Our part in the arrangement is that it is done ‘through faith’. God is continually protecting you. Do you have the kind of faith that continually operates?

♥2 Peter 1:3 His divine ______________ has given us ________________ required for _________ and _______________ through the ___________________ of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. The Word of God contains everything we need for salvation, and for trusting and obeying Him perfectly. His Holy Spirit and the cross of Christ is the divine power at work in us. Are you allowing the miraculous power of the cross to transform your life? Make the exchange today. Lay your burdens and stubborn places of sin at the cross. Since the cross is the place of exchange, you release your burdens and sins and ‘exchange’ them with the Lord’s forgiveness and peace. Whatever you lay down at the cross you then make the exchange for the Lord’s provision in that area. Don’t leave that place of exchange until you have received. (If you have not received then you have not let go of what you are trying to lay down.)

Remember: (1) Pray the prayer throughout the week (or your own specific prayer relating to miracles) asking the Lord to reveal insight to you regarding His divine power. *Try not to take your prayer time lightly as you seek the Lord regarding insight into these gifts of the Spirit. (2) Fast as you are able on Tuesday. (3) Complete the Scripture blanks for further study. And (4) if you have not already done so, add your name in the comment section indicating your intent to participate – it is never too late!

In His grace,

Amanda

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