Moving in the Miraculous: the lifestyle of spiritual people.
Many of us have heard wonderful stories about David and Goliath, Samson and Delilah, or Daniel in the lion’s den. There are stories like Noah and the Ark where all of mankind is wiped out by a worldwide flood, but Noah and his family and animal life are saved. We’ve read about powerful miracles through Elijah and Elisha. They both prayed for people who had passed away and those individuals came back to life. In one instance, Elijah prayed, and it did not rain for over 3 years. He prayed again, and torrential rains poured down. 1st and 2nd Kings record many miracles through these two men. I personally found 2nd Kgs 4:27 particularly interesting in that Elisha was surprised, “the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.” He was used to “moving in the miraculous” and sensing and knowing what was of God and what God wanted him to do. The apostle Paul told the Christians in Corinth that we as believers and followers of Christ have a new spiritual nature which is of God, that we can know the things freely given to us of God. Men and women of God in the Bible accounts were led by the Spirit and they stepped out by faith believing what they were doing was directed of God. Acts 3:4-9 shows Peter and John going into the temple and Peter looked at a lame man and took him by the hand and pulled him up. He knew with great certainty as he looked at that man, that the power of God was going to be manifested through him and the lame man was going to walk. As Peter sensed the moving of the Holy Spirit in him, he responded by faith. God confirmed it was Him, and it became a lifestyle of faith and power.
When I became a born-again believer, I read scriptures that stated the power that raised Jesus from the dead was in us; that we have not because we asked not; and how we were to covet and desire the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I read the accounts of miracles through Jesus and His Apostles, plus the early church in the Book of Acts. I wondered why we don’t see many miracles today and I realize most churches don’t teach it because their leaders and their denominations say it’s not for today. There are so many scriptures showing men and women of God stepping out by faith and they experienced the reality of what they believed. As a business person who was born again at age 27, I was asked by a group of people to be their Pastor at age 33. As I sensed God’s confirmation, I stepped out by faith to teach those who were coming to Sunday and mid-week meeting times. Not being a religious professional, I was desperate to know the truth of God’s Word and I would not teach something unless I had 2 or more scriptures in harmony and context, and I could not find 2 or more contradictory scriptures. The Holy Spirit made most things simple and understandable, by using God’s Word to be the commentary on God’s Word. Too many times it was apparent that some confusion reigned among different Christians concerning some doctrinal areas, and often, those leaders were using only 1 scripture as their basis or they were using conjecture to interpret based on their own experience. I primarily read scriptures and a few inspirational books and God was stirring me to seek His truth and step out in faith to see that His promises and power was available today. I was skeptical of the numerous television programs featuring people getting pushed over by the “spirit”, public, highly emotional outbursts and people claiming to be healed. I needed to know that I was not being moved by the flesh or fleshly desires or wrong motives. If it was not directly from God, I wanted no part of it. I started fervently asking God to use me for His glory. I asked God to manifest Himself in and through me, that as we all read in the Book of Acts, that miracles and healing drew people to believe in Jesus, and many were added to the church. Miracles are not generally considered “normal” occurrences. They are things attributed to God, or a supernatural phenomenon that is beyond this world. Because it cannot be explained, and a lot of people might not understand, it’s easy to put in the back of your mind or just forget something supernatural happened.
James 5:14-16 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the LORD. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the LORD will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Initially when God first started to move in our midst, we were being obedient to pray for people asking for prayer after Services, and some were being touched. As we continued, God started to show us who He was going to heal and others in the room knew who was going to be touched even before we prayed. I started sensing a power flowing in me and through me as we laid hands on people and prayed for them. It seemed to be God confirming to me that He was touching that person, and after praying for them I asked whether they felt the power of God coming upon them and whether they felt any different. Our church was growing because we were stepping out in faith to reach people that needed to be saved, and to feed those that needed the solid meat of the Word, and people were being called out to serve God in other areas. Our church was doubling in size about every 5 months, with signs and wonders confirming God’s Word going forth. We saw demonic possession released, rains and winds stopped and powerful manifestations of God’s Spirit. It was a sovereign work of God and He allowed us to be a part of what He was doing. Frequently I’ve known in advance things that were going to happen. There were many times where I stepped out in faith by the leading of the Lord and then the miracles happened.
Do YOU want to move in the miraculous? Would you like to have supernatural occurrences happening in your life on a regular basis? Would you like God to show you things or speak things to you or do miracles in and through you? It starts with a childlike mentality that most of us grew up with. Remember when you were a child and you had make believe friends or imagined you were a princess or knight or you could fly, or you were superman or superwoman? Jesus said, “except you become as little children you won’t enter the kingdom of heaven.” The idea He was conveying was not that we become children again but that we would be childlike as we walk as children of God. We grow up patterned and molded and shaped by those who have gone before us. We took on the culture, religion, and traditions of our parents and the world.
Have you thought about how when circus elephants were young, they were tethered by a chain from a band around their leg to a stake in the ground? When they were young they were not strong enough to pull out the stake and as they grew stronger and bigger, they could have easily pulled out the stake, but they gave up and resigned themselves to being bound to the stake. They may have tried to get loose, but it hurt, and they were forever captive by the way things always were. Most people are in the same mind set, whether they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, or not. The Book of Acts shows the early church experiencing miracles and healing and the dead being raised and the power of God being manifested! God has not changed nor has His Word. In Acts 4:29-35, the early church was praying, “Lord grant unto thy servants that with all boldness they may speak your word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And When they prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they all were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they space the word of God with boldness.”
When we read the bible with an open mind and heart, it cleanses us, gives us faith, and it helps divide right from wrong and what is of God from what is not. It feeds our spirit and it keeps us from sin. It helps us be overcomers as it abides in our hearts. The Word is our offensive spiritual weapon against demonic attacks and the weakness of our own flesh. Think about it. God created the world and universe around us and He knew us before He even created all of this. He created us and loves us unconditionally, and He wants us to respond to Him and fellowship with Him. He wants us to walk in the Spirit (read Romans 8) and grow in our spiritual nature. God wants us to mature in our new spiritual nature and know by personal experience His presence, His power, His authority, as a way of life as His children. He has given each one of us spiritual gifts and they are to be used for our good as well as the body of Christ. It’s time to get into the Word and start a lifestyle of moving in the miraculous!
As you step out by faith to walk in your new spiritual nature, you will see, hear, know, understand, and experience things that are a substance of things hoped for, and an evidence of things not seen. So, let’s break the bands that hold us and let’s be willing to walk by faith according to the Word and Spirit of God. Let’s break the chains that hold us captive to the human elements of the world. Let’s open our minds and hearts to what the Word of God is saying and walk in the Spirit rather than the flesh. Let’s walk in the sense of seeing, knowing, understanding and experiencing the things of God. Send us praise reports of what God did in you or through you. It’s exciting to be a child of God and give Him glory for the things He has done.