As we intentionally lift our eyes above the chaos and confusion that surround us, Jesus fills our hearts with hope and restores our faith in His good plan.
And, though it seems like a difficult thing to do, now is a better time than ever to expect a miracle!
In a society driven by social media platforms, one smartphone application after the other to make our lives “easier,” virtual reality and geopolitical reality and global intrigue and political reasoning above all, even as Christians, elevating our expectations and embracing the supernatural reality of God seems a stretch.
Nevertheless, we serve a God who loves to break the rules!
I devote much of my writings on this often because I believe that miracles have the potential not only to impact our lives as individuals, but to display the glory of the Lord in a way that will draw many people to a saving knowledge of Him.
Far from being unique to a particular season in history, demonstrations of divine power have been happening since the dawn of Creation, and many were recorded in the Old Testament, long before our Savior Jesus came to earth.
Fascinatingly, though they remained common when Jesus appeared, they weren’t all happening at His hand.
In fact, there were other rabbis besides Him who were able to invoke a manifestation of the miraculous power of Yahweh.
This is because faith is the fuel of miracles, and it is not reserved for any one person or season in time.
Even today, cultivating a deep and vital confidence in the omnipotence of Almighty God is the beginning of experiencing His wonder.
The earnest expectation He will intervene in our daily lives opens the door to seeing Him do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ever ask for or think!
Faith releases God’s power and our source of faith is the Word of God.
Faith is a work of God and not our own work and therefore releases to God all the impossibilities we strive far too hard to hang on to and (gasp) magnify.
Matthew 9:18-30 Amplified Bible
Miracles of Healing
18 While He was saying these things to them, a ruler (synagogue official) entered [the house] and kneeled down and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just now died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and began to accompany the ruler, with His disciples.
20 Then a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the [tassel] fringe of His outer robe; 21 for she had been saying to herself, “If I only touch His outer robe, I will be healed.” 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Take courage, daughter; your [personal trust and confident] faith [in Me] has made you well.” And at once the woman was [completely] healed.
23 When Jesus came to the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players [who were professional, hired mourners] and the [grieving] crowd making an uproar, 24 He said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead, but is sleeping.” And they laughed and jeered at Him. 25 But when the crowd had been sent outside, Jesus went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 And the news about this spread throughout all that district.
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, screaming loudly, “Have mercy and compassion on us, [a]Son of David (Messiah)!” 28 When He went into the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe [with a deep, abiding trust] that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith [your trust and confidence in My power and My ability to heal] it will be done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus [b]sternly warned them: “See that no one knows this!”
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
What I would not give to have a day with Jesus as he walked this earth.
They were amazing times! Amazing teachings!
The great thing is that we can take ourselves to those days by simply picking up a Bible reading it and imagining that day as if it were today.
I want to take you back to one of those days as it is being depicted in the Gospel of Matthew 9:18-30.
Here we are given a glimpse of a day in the life of Jesus.
And during this day we hear about three amazing and miraculous healings – a girl, a woman, and two men.
Each is healed from a different illness, and each is healed in a different way.
But with all three, Jesus is directly involved.
The first is a ruler of the synagogue from Capernaum – a leader in the community. He is grief stricken that his twelve-year-old daughter has died.
According to Luke his name was Jairus and he of course has heard Jesus teach – possibly knows him since Jesus had taught many times in Capernaum and certainly in the synagogue.
Jairus had also witnessed many miracles or at least heard of many miracles of Jesus. Most recently a boy from the village of Nain was raised from the dead.
So, he seeks Jesus out – he’s desperate.
He says something revealing his incredible faith: “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Later Jesus arrives at the home where all the neighbors and relatives are grieving.
They laugh when Jesus says that she is just sleeping.
They know she is dead and that’s the end.
There is no faith in their hearts.
So, Jesus sends them out, takes her by the hand and calls her to arise.
The second healing involves a very different person – a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve long years.
That was not just irritating but it separated her from society.
She was unclean meaning that she was not allowed near the temple or the synagogue. She must touch no one and no one can touch her.
While Jairus was experiencing the joy of his daughter and life in his home for twelve years, we have all those years that this woman was grieving alone.
No husband, no children, no connection with the fellowship of believers.
It was a very lonely life.
In a moment she sees Jesus passing through the crowd.
She has heard him teach and preach.
This is her chance. And in faith she reaches out from the ground and grabs the tassel from the corner of his robe.
Jesus feels the power released from him to heal her but doesn’t know who it is.
Jesus asks who touched him. She confesses her faith that if she touches only his garment, she will be well. And Jesus affirms: Your faith HAS made you well!
The third healing is that of two blind men.
They too are desperate.
They will follow Jesus wherever he will go.
They see him along the way and follow him from the home of Jairus all the time crying out “Have mercy Son of David!”
This was the special title they give to Jesus of Messiah.
He’s not just a teacher but the Savior of the nation.
They follow and follow all the way to the home where Jesus is staying and finally when inside the house, Jesus confronts their faith:
“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Hearing their faith, they are healed by his touch.
These are three amazing and wonderful and different stories of healing but what binds them together?
Each is an example of the power of faith and teaches us the great treasure that is right in front of us every day.
Do we realize how much faith changes our lives and the world around us?
What do we learn about this great treasure of faith?
1. The first lesson about faith is this: faith is the key that releases the power of God. The opposite is true as well: a lack of faith limits the power of God.
Notice first of all what Jesus tells this woman who has been healed of her flow of blood in verse 22: “Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.””
Also notice what he says to the blind men in verse 29-30: “Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened.”
It was clearly their FAITH which healed them both.
It was also FAITH which the synagogue official had.
All of them had absolute confidence that Jesus not only could but would heal.
From their statements there was no doubt.
And that is the key for the work of God throughout the Gospels.
Somehow God’s power is linked with faith.
In fact, if there is not faith – his hands are bound.
When Jesus was in Nazareth, his hometown, he spoke in the Synagogue, but people rejected him as the Savior.
He was just the hometown boy. And so, his ministry there was also very limited:
Mark 6:5-6 “And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief.”
Why are there so few miracles today?
Why don’t we see what happened in the Gospels and in the book of Acts?
Why do we refer to the days of miracles as “Bible times”?
Jesus said John 14:12
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”
Why don’t we see that?
Because we live in a time in which there is little faith.
We believe only in that which we can touch, see, and measure.
For the most part, we do not really believe in the power of God as they did.
2. But there is another lesson about faith which is good news for us: we have a source of faith which is the Word of God.
I have read these miraculous stories of healing many many times and I am continually amazed at their faith.
We wonder if those people were just born that way?
Did they have a greater religious inclination?
Were they just more spiritual?
No! They were not one inch any different in their doubts than we are.
But what made them different than others were the fact that they received the teaching of the Word of God.
You see we’re not born with faith.
It’s not a talent or ability that some have, and some don’t although it does seem easier for children to believe than adults.
Faith comes from outside of us. Just as Jesus told the story of the farmer who planted the seeds in the soil and the plants grew up – so God plants in our heart the Word of God which results in steadfast faith that grows and produces fruit.
If you have your Bible turn back with me to Matthew five.
Now if you have a red-letter Bible, you can see that chapter five is all red, so also are chapters six and seven.
This is the sermon on the mount.
Miraculously, Hundreds of people sat and Miraculously listened to Jesus teach.
And miraculously, what happened?
It was planted in their souls! Faith was produced.
Miraculously – They trusted in Christ.
Miraculously – They believed he was Messiah, Lord, miracle worker.
Miraculously – Their hearts were transformed.
And look at the additional MIRACULOUS results…
• A leper kneels before him having faith that Jesus can heal him…and he does (8:2ff)
• A Centurian’s servant healed – from a distance. Greatest faith of all time! (8:5-13)
• Many others (8:16)
So also, with each of these three stories of healings we just read.
Their Miraculous faith didn’t come from nowhere.
It was planted by the Word of God.
They had heard Jesus teach.
They were open to God’s Word, and it produced faith.
Romans 10:17 says: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
It’s no wonder so few are saved and so few are seeing the miraculous working of God today. Because if the Word of God is rejected, faith will NOT be planted!
Today the Word is attacked left and right as just a book, just stories and fables, unreliable, one of many ancient and “too far out of date” irrelevant classics.
And if we throw out the Word, do not receive it, how will God touch our souls?
Miraculously return to the Miraculous Word of our Miraculous God, which is able to Miraculously heal your souls, Miraculously plant faith and release the Miraculous power of our Miraculous God today! Expect the Miraculous today!
3. A third lesson about faith is concerning the power of faith – Faith is a work not of man but of God.
Just as we’ve seen that faith comes from the Word of God, so also the power of faith is not in ourselves but in the power of Jesus Christ and it is to him that glory is given.
Look at the two blind men that follow Jesus to his home.
They call him Son of David – in other words, Messiah.
They say the right things and yet what they say needs to match what they believe in their heart.
There are many that say one thing but believe something completely different.
So Jesus tests their faith – “do you believe that I am able to do this?” In other words, “You believe that I am the Messiah, the king. But do you believe I am God? That I have power? And their answer? “YES, we do!” There is no doubt.
But what I desperately want you the reader to see here is that this is the power of JESUS. It’s not just some magical ability or a “virtual reality” of these men.
The miracles that come from faith are God’s power alone.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Salvation or any other miracle that happens through faith is a work of God’s power alone.
It gives no credit to us, or to any other person but gives glory to the Lord of the universe – God Almighty.
4. Fourthly, we can learn the lesson faith releases to God all the impossibilities.
The greatest impossibility is the salvation of a lost soul.
We are born self-centered, self-seeking.
We are born living for the flesh and in the world.
And yet God does a miracle through the Word and touches our hearts.
He creates faith and brings us to confession of sins and faith.
We trust in Christ alone and are totally righteous through Him.
God takes the soul that is long lost and far from God and transforms that life!
Jesus spoke of the impossibility of a rich man being saved is like a camel going through a needle.
And then he said this: “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” (Matthew 19:26)
“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
When Mary was told that as a virgin, she would bear a son the angel told her: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
To the father of the boy possessed by demons Jesus told: “All things are possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
By some Miracle revelation, do you and I see the common theme here?
A Miraculous Faith is simply releasing all of our burdens, all of our fears, all of our impossibilities into the hands of God because we cannot deal with them.
We cannot do ANYTHING.
We are totally helpless.
But our Miraculous God can do the impossible.
A Miraculous Faith Miraculously lets everything go out of our hands and into his hands because, Miraculously, God can handle it better than we can.
Miraculously, we can trust him.
But the main question concerning any miracle is this: is Jesus being glorified?
Are we lifting ourselves up to our own altars?
Is Father, Son and Goly Spirit the One to be lifted up and praised above all?
Miracles are not self-serving.
They are not just to give us what we want but to give the Lord praise.
My readers, now more than ever, the Lord wants to do a miracle in your life!
If you believe that and own it as truth, your faith will grow larger and deeper, and your awe at the magnificence of His power will propel you to hold onto hope, put down deep roots, cultivate unshakable confidence in His character.
While the world around you has limitations, God’s power is limitless, and He invites you to cling tightly to the truth that nothing is impossible with Him.
When time has run out in the natural and you’ve reached the eleventh hour, His supernatural abundance has only just begun.
No matter how great the task or how large the dream, He is ready, willing, and able to rise to the occasion.
Stretch your tent, expand your capacity to receive, expect to see His glory, and know that He will meet you Miraculously at the point of your earnest desire.
Do we NEED the Lord or are we self-sufficient?
People in these stories couldn’t live without him.
They were desperate.
Are you and I desperate enough to take and receive everything he says to you?
Are we living and ministering with the expectation a miracle is less than one second away from being realized and visualized and genuinely actualized?
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us Pray,
Perform miracles in my life Lord to display your awesome power and glory. Despite of the sinner I am, please, increase my faith to trust in you. May my whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless to the end. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior, Gloria! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.