To Work Together

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

—Romans 8:28

 

Everything that we see around us that God has made—it’s a miracle, isn’t it?

A flower bud blooming out into mathematical perfection.

A misty sunrise over the mountains.

The birth of a baby.

These aren’t things we could do.

No–only God can do these things.

And God can cause everything to work together for the good of those who love Him.

That “working together” is miraculous, too.

It is only God that can do that for us.

 

 

 

 

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Possible With God

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

–Luke 18:27
Yesterday, a miracle we had been praying for occurred. 

A great answer to prayer with truly eternal significance. 

I noticed today as I looked out into my back yard that the first rose of spring had bloomed on my bush. 

New life. 

That’s what miracles are all about. 

God brings us new life!!

Who Performs Miracles

Miracles.

They really do happen.

They happen because they are the business of God and God is at work.

A miracle happened just weeks ago when a friend for whom I had been praying for over a ten year period stood in my church with her family, seeking prayer.

A miracle happened today when I had a conversation about Jesus with someone that I have been praying earnestly for.

Both of these precious people are opening up to change and acknowledging their need for God.

I have witnessed and been a part of other miracles, as well.

It is important to pray.

It is not just important, it is of eternal significance.

I praise God for His work in the lives of the two people I just mentioned.

Even when we cannot see when miracles are on the way, they are still on the way.

You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the peoples.

—Psalm 77:14

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He Split the Rocks

He split the rocks in the wilderness

And gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths.

—Psalm 78:15

 

Miracles.

They happened before.

They still happen…

God split rocks and provided water for His people in the wilderness long ago.

God hasn’t changed.

His power remains constant.

He is able to do the miraculous in our lives, too.

Do you trust Him today?

 

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Countless Miracles

He does great things too marvelous to understand.
    He performs countless miracles.

—Job 9:10

 

The Passion Flowers growing near the fence by the parking lot were so colorful and bright.

Each bloom was so intricately designed and formed in perfection.

God creates beautiful flowers every day.

And not just beautiful flowers.

Beautiful sunsets.

Beautiful rainbows.

Beautiful snowflakes.

And not just all these—

He creates a beautiful heart inside each of us who is willing, every day.

Isn’t that a miracle?

 

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Your Requests

What do you wish for?

As I was walking on a small bridge above a pond of water, I noticed that people had thrown coins into the water to make a wish.

Although I do not know how that tradition ever came about, I am certain that throwing money into water does nothing to help.

What is a wish, anyway?

A hope or desire?

I wish for many things.

Not a bigger house or an expensive car.

Many of the things I wish for I could not bring about.

I wish for a better relationship with someone that I love very much who is within my family.

I wish for the salvation of my unsaved friends.

I wish for good health for people I know who are very ill.

I can do my part in attaining wishes like these.

It will never involve throwing coins into a body of water…

I can work toward being friendly and loving to help a relationship mend.

I can talk to friends about Jesus and what He has done in my life.

I can encourage friends who are ill with cards, phone calls and visits.

But cause someone’s heart to change?

God will need to do that.

See salvation come to a lost soul?

God will need to draw them to repentance.

Hear a diagnosis of remission of cancer?

God will have to heal and restore.

There’s one more thing I can do besides wish…

In fact, it’s the most important thing.

I can pray and talk to God about my hopes.

About my desires.

I can pray for healed relationships.

I can pray for physical healings.

I can pray for the salvation of others.

What do you wish for?

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

—Philippians 4:6-7

 

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Gathering Sticks

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Do you believe in miracles?

In the Old Testament, the prophet Elijah was told by God to go to a place called Zarephath. There was a drought and God told Elijah that a widow living there would give him food.

What do you think Elijah did? God had spoken—–

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So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”  As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.  For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.  For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

—1 Kings 17:10-16

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He Performs Wonders

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There were so many plants for sale!

Walking through a market area, I came to an open air aisle with several varieties of plants.

On the end of a display a particularly unusual one warranted closer inspection.

I didn’t recognize its kind at all.

Of course, God has always known, since it was created by Him.

I just didn’t know about it.

In fact, I don’t believe I have never even imagined anything like it.

But there it was, right in front of me….

In the Old Testament book of Job, we find this words:

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

—Job 5:9

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I have been praying for several people lately involving incredible needs.

There are times when those needs are so heavy and so great.

I can’t fix the problems.

I can’t lift the burdens.

Beyond that, I don’t have the wisdom to really know what would be best in each situation.

It is happened before, though, and I trust it will happen again—

I will see how God works in each life as He performs wonders that I have never even imagined.

There will be miracles that I may not even recognize at first, yet they will be right there in front of me and all involved.

Of course, God will have known all along what He would do.

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Among the Reeds

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Miracles are recorded for us in the Bible.

We see God’s sovereign hand in many lives.

God spared the life of Moses, during a time of great treachery in the land.

Not only did He spare the life of Moses, but He miraculously caused Moses’ very own mother to care for him as a baby.

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Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman,  and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.  But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.  His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it.  She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

—Exodus 2:1-7

That Hebrew woman was Moses’ own mother.

God was in control then.

God is in control now.

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Sit Down on the Grass

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What would it be like if Jesus was on Earth today?

What if He came up on a canoe to the shore near a housing development and started healing sick people as crowds began to gather?

What would it be like if He took a little boy’s lunchbox and His disciples started feeding the entire crowd from what was in it?

What would it be like if Jesus was in your neighborhood?

Would you believe?

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When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

 “Bring them here to me,” he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

—–Matthew 14:14-20

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Their Lack of Faith

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There is a certain scripture passage that is very sad to me.

Matthew 13:58 reads,

“And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

Here is more of the passage in context:

Coming to His hometown, He began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked.  “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all His sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”  And they took offense at Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”

 And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

—Matthew 13:54-58

The people were “amazed,” yet many must not have believed.

Think of all the accounts in the Bible of Jesus healing people.

Blind people.

People who couldn’t walk.

People with demons.

People with fever.

Jesus even brought people back from being dead.

But in His hometown?

Not so much.

He would have, but instead of everyone running to Him, bringing their loved ones to be healed, they had a lack of faith.

Is it any different today with some?

Jesus is ready and willing to bring many facets of healing into every life that believes.

Does everyone who hears about Him take advantage of that truth?

Not so much.

Instead of running to Him, bringing their broken hearts and broken lives to be healed, they have a lack of faith.

Jesus is ready and willing.

Are you?

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Everlasting

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Answered prayer.

How could I possibly describe what it feels like to see God work?

People experience answers to prayer all the time—–

When they pray for funds and an unexpected check comes in the mail.

When they pray for healing and the tests come back negative.

When they pray for a marriage and the divorce is cancelled.

When they pray for the salvation of someone they know and that person comes to know the Lord as their Savior.

I could try to describe it.

There’s a feeling of gratitude that bubbles forth from deep within.

Praise rises from your thoughts to your lips.

A testimony of God’s goodness can hardly be contained.

Several weeks ago, my heart was heavy concerning those I was praying for.

I told God that I needed a miracle.

I was praying this prayer with my head covered with a towel, because it had just started raining as I was sitting in a chair at the beach.

When I uncovered my head, a beautiful rainbow had appeared above the ocean in front of me.

I thanked God for showing me a rainbow, and I felt that in His time, there would be a miracle concerning my request.

In the past several days, miraculous occurrences have been taking place in the realm of that request.

I have been thanking God for His work.

Praise and gratitude fill my heart.

Yesterday, I was driving to a Bible study, or so I thought.

As I drove, I saw a rainbow. I stopped to photograph it.

Within minutes, it was gone.

As I drove on further, I saw an incredible site.

A rainbow-like patch had appeared by a cloud.

I had been thinking about how I could see God working in one person’s life that I had prayed for, but I was still hoping for miracles in the other person’s life.

As I watched the rainbow patch, a dark cloud began to cover it.

I could tell that the bands of glorious color were still there, even though the dark cloud was beginning to hide it from view.

I believe that God is going to answer my prayer from that day on the beach for BOTH the people that were on my heart.

Just because I can’t see a rainbow, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Just because I may not see God working in someone’s life, it doesn’t mean that He isn’t.

As I pulled up to the home where I was to attend the Bible study, there were no cars in the driveway.

Checking the message I had received about it, I realized that I had come on the wrong day.

If I had not gone out to go to the Bible study, I might never have seen the rainbow patch and the dark clouds that floated past.

God wanted me to see it, I believe, to encourage me.

To remind me of His message to me that day at the beach.

His brilliant arc of blazing light in the sky as I uncovered my head.

God is with us, you and me.

He hears our prayers.

He knows our hearts.

He loves us with an everlasting love.

But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

Psalm 103:17-18

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A God of Miracles

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Sitting on a canvas chair, I had just settled down not far from the ocean’s edge.

The sun was bright as people scurried around me, enjoying the water and playing in the sand.

My lap contained two cameras and a beach towel.

Suddenly, I felt a few drops of water.

Looking up, I saw crystal drops of water plunging from above me, blazing with white light.

The drops seemed to be coming from a clear, blue sky.

A little confused, I began to search for a cloud as the water fell onto my eyes.

Just a bit away, I spotted the white, cottony puff responsible for the sudden shower.

The wind was blowing the drops from underneath it over to the unsuspecting beach inhabitants.

Deciding to stay put, I placed the large beach towel around my head like a shawl, protecting myself and the cameras as best as I could.

With the towel partially closed around my face, my thoughts were drawn to prayer.

My heart was focused on two people I had been talking to God a lot about lately.

With certain situations in place with a great many concerns, both of these individuals weighed heavy on my heart.

Finally, my prayer ended with something like, “God, I need a miracle.”

The rain had ended.

As my face emerged from my personal striped terrycloth shelter, my eyes looked out to the ocean before me.

There, a radiant rainbow dazzled in the sky, arcing from the water to a distant cloud.

A miracle?

Yes, indeed.

Some might argue that God was not speaking to me through the pastel hues of His bow, but I know in my heart that He was.

He knew what my requests were for those that I was concerned about.

He knew that when I asked for a miracle that the first thing I would see was the rainbow.

That miracle was for me.

So, what will their miracle be and when will I see His work in the lives of those I was praying for?

The answers to those questions can only be given by God.

With a thankful heart, I am waiting in hopeful expectation to witness His miraculous power.

 

You are the God of miracles and wonders! You still demonstrate your awesome power.

–Psalm 77:14

 

 

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