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.”
Can our lack of faith get in the way of God’s sovereign plan? Is our faith in the faith we are able to muster up, or in God? As the author and finisher of our faith, is Jesus able to meet our needs? When it seems as though the promises of God are delayed and our faith for them diminishes, do we still stand by faith in God?
Zacharias, a priest, performed his duties religiously. He served God faithfully. However, when it came time to believe the news the angel Gabriel spoke to him, his faith in the God he served turned out to be lacking?. He was told he would be a father even though he and his wife were both well advanced in years. Because of his unbelief, he became mute and unable to speak until the birth of his child. Nevertheless, it did not stop God’s purpose.
As a child of God, we believe, therefore we speak. Unbelief quenches our witnessing. It hinders our testimony and silences the powerful words of life we can speak, in Jesus name. On the other hand, when necessary, God knows how to keep unbelievers quiet and bring forth His divine plan, from glory to glory!
Luke 1:20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
When God moves in our lives, it’s always to allow room for His next move. We can trust that it’s for much more than we could ever ask or think. It is spiritual and cannot be comprehended in the natural.
We live and walk by the Spirit. All that is done has to be done by God. Our part is to surrender our will and ways to His. God’s will is achieved through divine communication, divine connections and divine contributions. When we are rooted and grounded in His love we understand that His love is beyond our natural understanding. He strengthens us with might through His spirit in the inner man so we can know His love and be filled with all His fullness.
No matter what width, length, depth or height we think we reach; God’s will is to take us above and beyond all our expectations. The abundant life we have in Christ is experienced most when we reach a limit. It’s when we do not see more that He brings more. When we cannot perceive how something is going to work out, He unveils His ways for a supernatural breakthrough. He lifts us up above our circumstances and stretches our horizons to give us hope. God’s love will see us through and bring us to our place of victory. All that He does keeps us going from glory to glory!
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Abraham had hope even though the promise of God made no natural or logical sense. In Christ, hope is the complete expectation of coming blessings. We are not to waver through unbelief, but be strengthened in faith giving glory to God.
To be fully persuaded that what God has promised He is able to perform; we cannot walk by sight. At the age of eighty-six Abraham received the promise that he and his wife Sarah would have a child. Fourteen years later, he still believed God would fulfill His word. There is often a time gap between the spoken and the seen promises of God. Timing is not to be pondered when walking by faith. We do not look at any limitation, but at the unlimited potential we have in God. Abraham didn’t consider their weaknesses, but counted on the faithfulness of God. We do not reflect on what appears to be dead, but on the one who gives life. No circumstance should diminish our conviction. We are to be immovable at all times. It’s our believing, not our behaving, that matters most.
Our spirituality does not have to be complicated. We are to only believe. It’s the tendency to add to this one basic principle of faith that hinders our full persuasion. Doubt is often planted through others around us. It comes to cause us to vacillate, hesitate and no longer be fully convinced. We must shut out all voices opposite to God’s and stand firm in His Word, from glory to glory!
Romans 4:20-21 “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
Each of us encounters the risen Lord. One primary way we encounter Him is through personal encounters unique for every person — intimate and private.
We grow in our awareness that God knows and understands us with love and compassion. What we find in the process is that God draws us to know and understand Him. He does so personally: to a gardener, He reveals Himself and speaks through the gardening process; to the fisherman, through fishing; to the shepherd through sheep; to a parent, through a child. He meets us where we are and ministers to us through personal experiences and situations so we can know Him for ourselves. Mary recognized Jesus after He had risen when He called her by name. This showed His knowledge, love and care for her like only He could. When we seek the Lord, amid our tears, we will find Him closer than we ever expected.
The personal relationship we have with the Lord is such an individual experience we cannot compare it with others. We can never think that one is experiencing the Lord more than another, because it’s not the more or less, it’s the one on one. It can never be the same, because God’s ways are new every day. Familiarity can hinder our hearing from God through a fresh approach. We are taught not to take things personally, but that doesn’t apply to what comes from the Lord: it is personal, from glory to glory!
John 20:15-16 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).