Miracles?

Miracles?

Can we believe in miracles? When the impossible becomes possible; the supernatural becomes the natural; and what cannot be accomplished by men can be accomplished by God; then, we remember our Savior’s birth and gain faith for all the miraculous expectations we carry in our hearts.

When the doctor announces an incurable disease to a patient; someone gets laid off a job at a time when unemployment is high; an unforeseen divorce brings hopelessness;  or finances diminish to nothing; then, we may be caught up in despair and fear of an uncertain future. The question is: was Jesus born of a virgin? Our answer to that question stirs up faith and brings us divine answers for whatever we face.

The angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, so not only could she believe, but we could believe as well. We learned that miracles not only pertain to Jesus, but are available for everyone. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the amazing, astounding and astonishing works of God. Yes, we do believe! Nothing is impossible with God. Our walk of faith expects divine steps at every turn, from glory to glory!

Luke 1:36-37 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”

 

Love gives

Love gives

Because God so loved us that He gave…we so love that we give. God’s love is what we are to give, above all. It is a gift; therefore, it’s given without any expectation of receiving anything in return. God keeps on loving us and we keep on loving, by grace through faith.

As we give love we find that forgiveness, joy and peace come. It’s not our human love that we give; it’s the unconditional love of God that has been given to us in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Love is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit and the one without which none of the others could exist. We recognize we are walking with the Lord by the way we love one another.

It’s not what is given in the natural that has value; it’s the love that is given through a gift. This gift can be a hug, a smile, a scripture or a cookie. The value placed on a gift is the same for all things given: the love that is behind it. A hug from a heart of love is worth much more than an expensive gift from obligation. Truly the Lord Himself is a gift that never stops giving, from glory to glory!

1 John 4:11-12 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.” 

 

The Cup

The Cup

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus described the sufferings He was going to go through as a cup. The cup that He drank symbolically represents our sin, death and all its consequences. Jesus was the sin-bearer, our great redeemer.

There is another cup that we now partake of, and it’s the cup we drink during communion. This cup symbolically represents the new covenant in His blood. As often as we drink it, we remember the cup the Lord drank for us. As we remember what He has done for us, we receive the provisions obtained for our benefit. Communion is not something we partake of because we are worthy or perfect, but to receive all that belongs to us in Christ by faith. When we fall short of His glory, we commune with Him and partake of His glory. When we go through things that are a result of our sinful nature, we remember the divine nature we have in Him.

When we go through suffering, we can relate to what the Lord went through; and He knows what we are going through because He endured it. He gave us the victory over suffering. It is finished. He carried our sorrows and sicknesses. He drank our cup for us and we can now rejoice in the power of His resurrection, from glory to glory!

1 Corinthians 11:25 “In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ ”

 

Just Like He Said

Just Like He Said

The angel announced Christ was risen, just like Jesus said. Christ’s resurrection resulted from all He had accomplished on the cross. Death had been conquered so He rose from the dead. It’s like the receipt of what was purchased—paid for. It happened just like He said so we can believe everything else He has spoken has, or will, come to pass. His promises are yes and amen and can be depended upon as we hold on to our receipt.

Seeing and understanding His resurrection makes other truths easier to accept. If something of that magnitude occurred, then surely everything Christ has said can be expected. We’ll be more than conquerors in all of our trials. Because He is risen; just like He said; He will be with us, always, just like He said; and He has gone to prepare a place for us, just like He said. Anytime we are heavy laden, we can come to Him and receive His rest and His peace that passes all understanding. When we are thirsty we can come to Him and drink, just like He said!

We can be of good cheer because Christ has overcome the world. Praise God it’s not just like we say. Our words don’t always line up with His as we continue to grow in His likeness. Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful. As we walk through difficult circumstances victoriously, we realize it’s just like He said, from glory to glory!

Matthew 28:6 “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

 

Our Hour

Our Hour

Jesus waited for His hour to come; we also may be waiting for our hour to come. The hour for the Lord was to fulfill His purpose: His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. It was the hour when His Father would be fully glorified and Jesus’ mission would be completed. There is an hour set for us, the Body of Christ corporately and individually, when we step into our season of greater purpose.

Are we ready for our hour? Are we studying the Word of God? Are we worshiping the Lord? Are we praying? In a moment, our hour will come. Something significant will be asked of us. An opportunity will come to take us to our destiny. When this life changing season comes, we must be prepared to step into it by faith. When Jesus told Mary His hour had not yet come, He called her “woman” because His hour and His mission was going to be accomplished by the Son of God, not her son in the natural. He then worked miracle-upon-miracle until His greater purpose was achieved.

We are walking into our divine identity, addressing things in the natural from our place of belonging to Father God, preparing for our hour. The authority and anointing the Holy Spirit is increasing in our lives is for us to walk in what He has prepared for us. As we are expecting our hour, we are walking in miracle upon miracle, from glory to glory! 

John 2:4 “Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.’ ”  

 

Running Short

Running Short

Whenever we are running short of what is needed, we can trust the Lord to provide above and beyond our necessity.

We run short of love, patience, joy, gentleness and self-control. We run short of wisdom, understanding and ability. We run short of hope, strength and passion. We run short of finances and things we think will bring us happiness. It’s when we run short that we run to the Lord. God uses our lack to show us His abundance. We come to Him, knowing that no matter why we reach forth to fill the void, only He can satisfy.

If we need bread, He’ll add a few fishes. If we lack strength, He’ll increase His power. When we are deficient, He is all sufficient. When we feel inferior, we remember He is superior. When we cannot, He can. We all fall short of the glory of God, but when we receive Him, we receive His glory and can come to Him with trust and expectation. God will meet all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, from glory to glory! 

John 2:3 “And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’ ” 

 

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