SIGNS,WONDERS AND MIRACLES
By Jemima Rayan
Miracles are the
'the supernatural works of God that defies the laws of nature'.
Even from the days of Moses, we see signs, wonders and miracles
in the Bible. Peter said, '...Jesus
of Nazareth. A Man attested
by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through
Him in your midst' (Acts 2:22).Peter said to the people
that the credibility of Jesus was based on His miracle ministry.
Look at the early Church! Miracles,
signs and wonders were given importance in the early church. They
prayed and expected God to do miracles (Acts 4:30). And God always
glorified His name by working through His church. 'The
disciples went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with
them, and confirming the word through the accompanying signs'
(Mk 16:20). God gives witness
to the message of salvation. Jesus said, 'Believe Me that I am
in the father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the
sake of the 'works' themselves' ( Jn 14:11).
We too can see those signs, wonders
and miracles in our lives. Isaiah records the name of Jesus as
9:6). Miracles are credence for the preaching of the gospel. Jesus
always taught and signs and wonders followed. Jesus
said, 'If you ask anything in My name I will do it' (Jn
The men of the city told Elisha
that the water was bad and the ground was barren. Elisha asked
them to bring a new bowl and put salt in it. Elisha went to the
source of the water, and cast in the salt and the water was made
good (2K 2:19-22). In this incident, it really didn't make any
sense to put salt into the water in order for it to become good.
But it was the word of the Lord and therefore it worked.
said, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed
and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but
believes that those things he says will be done, he will have
whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you
ask when you pray believe that you receive them and you will have
them (Mk 11:23,24).
We need to expect the miracle!
We need to get filled with expectancy in order to see the miracle.
The order is 'believe', 'pray' and then 'receive'. It doesn't
work the other way.
is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious
in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders (Ex 15:11).
Our God is a God of miracles. He showed signs to his people. Unless
we believe we will not be able to receive miracles.
The Bible says, 'who
confirms the word of His servant, and performs the counsel of
His messengers' (Is 44:26). God performs whatever His messengers
say. Every believer is a 'messenger'. Then it becomes our responsibility
to 'say' and He 'does' it.
is nothing too hard for You (Jer 32:17). Behold,
I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard
for Me? (Jer 32:27). Nothing means literally 'Nothing'.
We are living in a time when we should talk the word for God and
God performs it. He wants to work 'with' us.
are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord
(Deut 33:29). We are the most privileged people on planet earth.
There can be none compared to the people who are saved by the
Lord Jesus Christ. It is time we realize this and stop talking
'negative'. Cheer up! There is none like us and there is none
like our GOD.
and the children whom the Lord has given me! We
are for signs and wonders in Israel' (Is 8:18). You are
blessed! Look at what God has done to us. 'God
has made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus'
(Eph 2:6). Isn't that awesome!
'I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever
you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose
on earth will be loosed in heaven (Mt 16:18). In this verse,
'Keys' represent 'authority'. Jesus passes on the authority that
He had to His Church. That means, the Church can demonstrate what
Jesus has released through His death and resurrection. "Binding"
means preventing or forbidding. "Loosing" means releasing
Jesus said, 'How
can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless
he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house'
(Matt 12:29). If someone is living in sin, the body of Christ
can 'loose' that person by preaching the good news (Rom 6:14).
If someone has opened a door for a demon to operate, the body
of Christ can 'bind' the demon and command the demon to leave
said, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the
works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these
he will do, because I go to My Father (Jn 14:12). 'God worked
unusual miracles by the hands of Paul' (Acts 19: 11)
We, believers can do greater
works than Jesus did. Believe that! Never let any man talk you
out of God's word. You too can be used of God! You are a Chosen
generation. God is counting on you while you are counting on Him.
"Release that miracle in Jesus'
name". We are created for such a time as this. I praise
God for miracles, signs and wonders. To God be all the glory for
the things He has done.
May the Lord work mighty
miracles through us in Jesus' name. Amen.