Summary: Today's Sermon is about our need to start living miraculously. We all need a miracle, and we serve a God of miracles, because nothing in impossible with God. The sermon looks at what how we access God's miracles, and what inhibits God's miracles when we pray.
Let me just begin by saying that we all need a miracle. And that’s because we all have problems, and every miracle starts with a problem. All of us, young and old, sick and not so sick, healthy or not healthy, employed or not employed, persecuted or well liked, we all need a miracle.
As I began to contemplate today’s message, that is, how to live a miraculous life, I realized that this could easily be a chapter in my last book on “Wells of Living Waters,” because this is easily a doctrine that Satan has covered up in the church.
Satan has got the church in the Western industrialized nations, in which America is a part of, believing that we do not need miracles, because we are far more educated than they were in Bible times. He has us believing more in modern medicine and science than in God and His word.
Yet, those who live in other countries are seeing miracles, because they don’t have all these other things to distract them from the truth of God and His word. Instead of going to doctors, which are scarce, they turn to God and God honors their faith, and we see healings and miracles happening on a daily basis.
We see such lives in the stories of King David in the Old Testament, and the Apostle Paul in the New Testament.
After God had anointed David to be king, Saul, who was the king, sought to kill David. And so David was constantly on the run. When he was hiding out in a cave he penned this psalm.
“I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.’” (Psalm 142 NKJV)
David not only needed a miracle right then and there, but as we look at David’s life, he lived a life full of miracles. He lived miraculously.
The Apostle Paul also lived miraculously, saying that it was through the power of God that such a life is available to us.
He said, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NKJV)
So how can we have such a life, a life of miracles? First we need to look at what is a miracle.
What is a Miracle?
Webster’s defines a miracle as “An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs, and an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.”
And so as believers in Jesus Christ we can say, “Miracles are those acts that only God can perform, usually superseding natural laws.”
A miracle happens when God gets involved and intervenes performing what the world would call impossible. And we believe God can do this, because we know that with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).
We can see this when blind eyes are opened, those who are deaf now can hear, the lame and paralyzed can walk, and the dead are raised to life.
A common word used for miracle in the New Testament can also be translated as a “sign.” A miracle is a sign that God uses to point to Himself; the same way we follow signs that tell which way to go, and which way to turn.
Probably you know of or have experienced such signs. I have seen miraculous healing where cancer totally disappeared in one man, which was confirmed by the doctors when they retook and reexamined the man’s X-Rays, and I’ve seen others as well who have been miraculously healed, myself being one of them.
When we went to men’s camp several years back, one of the men with us was healed. He hobbled into the sanctuary with a walker, and after we prayed for him he started to walk down the aisle, and by the end of the service he was walking and leaping and praising God. Also, at that camp, a man who was legally blind had his eyes healed and now he can see perfectly, and I was also told of someone who had a hearing problem was healed.