Summary: Miracles are for today
Acts 19:11 - Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul
1. Miracles are secondary to the Gospel
Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you
2. Miracles draw a crowd
John 6:2 - Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.
3. Miracles reinforce the message of the Gospel
John 2:23 - Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.
4. Miracles demonstrate God’s compassion
Mark 1:41- Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
5. Miracles test our hearts
Numbers 14 – 22 - Because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
6. Miracles are for today
1 Corinthians 12:28 - And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
1. Misplaced priorities
Matthew 17:19 - Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
2. Faltering faith
Matthew 17:20 - "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ’Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Luke 13 – 18 - Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19“It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
3. Lack of Effective Prayer
Mark 9:29 - So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
4. Fear factor
Job 3:25-26 - For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”