What God has done for others, He can do for you!
Jesus left His followers with an amazing promise of power—supernatural, superhuman, miraculous power. “Anyone believing in Me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father” (John 14:12 TLB).
That promise has stood for two thousand years, and multitudes of other Christians have done those “greater things.” God empowered otherwise ordinary people like you and me to work His miracles. Now that same power can work miracles through us, if we will simply believe and act on God’s Word.
The trouble is, most people put God’s promises of power in either the past or the future. The past was wonderful, glorious, and supernatural, with all those heroes of the faith working miracles and angels intervening on behalf of God’s people. And the future is going to be marvelous and “miraculous” in Heaven. But they don’t believe that any of those things could happen in the present. “They say, “Of course you couldn’t expect anything like that now.” But that’s not what the Bible says!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews13:8). God is still the God of miracles. What He’s done before, He can do again—and not only later, but right now if you need it and have faith for it. If all the little people in the past have already done miracles by the scores and scores, in both the Old and New Testaments, as well as throughout the past two thousand years, then Christians today can do them too! And they don’t have to wait for the Great Tribulation or the Millennium or the New Earth. They can do them now.
Too many Christians try to excuse their little faith or get out of the job the Lord has for them by saying, “That’s not us. That’s not me! That was just for the miraculous days of yore. He doesn’t expect that of me. Not now!” They try to squirm out of the responsibility to do the things that God has told them to do, including telling others about their faith and doing miracles to help people.
That was the only reason that Jesus did miracles. He didn’t do them to show off His power or demonstrate that He was a great miracle worker, or even to prove He was the Son of God; He did them because He had compassion upon the multitudes (Matthew 14:14).
He did those miracles for their sakes because He loved them and hated to see them suffer. That was His motivation. And that has to be our motivation too—not to show off and say, “Look how wonderful I am! Look how powerful I am! Look at the mighty signs and wonders I can do! Believe in me!” We are to go about the Lord’s work quietly, sweetly, and humbly, with lots of love and compassion. We’re to simply try to help people, like Jesus did, then He will do the miracles through us when He knows they’re needed, when the time is right to accomplish His purpose, and when He knows the power and attention won’t go to our heads.
Sometimes the Lord doesn’t give that power to people because He knows they’d become very proud and they wouldn’t be able to handle it. For example, for years I wanted the gift of tongues, the ability to speak in a celestial language, which is one of the more visible manifestations of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Acts 2:1-11). But the Lord didn’t give it to me because I wanted it in order to be able to show people that I had the Holy Spirit, and to prove it through the supernatural, miraculous gift of speaking in tongues. He didn’t give me the gift of tongues then because I wanted it for the wrong reason, because of my pride. But when my heart was right and the time was right, I did get the gift of tongues.
People’s pride is not the only reason a miracle doesn’t happen every time someone prays for one. Sometimes it’s simply not the Lord’s will or His time—when He knows it will accomplish His purpose in the lives of those involved. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t get this supernatural power immediately in every situation.
The important thing to remember is that He has promised you that power. God is still alive, well, and working just as powerfully as ever amongst those that trust in Him, so when you or someone you know needs a miracle, let God use you and your prayers to help make it happen. He will if it’s His will and you believe and claim it in Jesus’ name!
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