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.”
It’s by putting on the whole armor of God that we stand, believing and receiving all that Christ is in our lives. We stand because of our position in Him. We stand because our righteousness, sanctification and redemption come from Him by His grace. When it’s challenging to stand in victory in any situation, we need to appropriate again the truth of who we are in Christ.
We stand in our salvation protected from the kingdom of darkness, death and despair. We stand in our forgiveness from sin and the grace we have to forgive others. We stand in the righteousness we have in Him, having been reconciled to God through Christ. As we stand in our identity in Christ, we stand against the evil one.
We stand against the lies with the truth. We stand against the accusations with the acceptance we believe we have in the Beloved. We stand against doubts with the affirmation we have in the Word of God. We stand against fear with faith. We stand against evil with the goodness of God. Our standing position is a resting position. As we stand in Christ, we stand against the enemy and can stand for what we believe. We are standing for healing, miracles and breakthroughs in all of our lives, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
A couple needed a miracle for their marriage, but could not accept miracles because they had experienced the “fleshly” misuse of gifts of the Holy Spirit in their past. Because of these inappropriate behaviors in the church, they stopped attending church services or receiving prayer from others and gradually found themselves isolated. It appeared fear had won, but faith reached out to them. The Lord drew, healed and restored them when they were invited, and attended, a church service. Now they pray for others and allow the Holy Spirit to move freely.
How important it is to believe in spirit-led prayer even though we have experienced flesh-led prayer. We can stand in faith for God to heal and move in miraculous ways even if unbelief surrounds us. When negative things happen, we should draw closer to the things of the Lord, not away. We must guard against whatever was sown in the flesh so we are not hindered from receiving what is of the Spirit.
As we pray for the Lord to lead us to what is of Him, we can trust He will keep away what is not of Him and heal us accordingly. Our trust is in Him. When our faith is to receive all that comes from Him, He will bless us in spite of our surroundings and bypass our circumstances. Let us never stop believing and receive all the Lord has for us, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
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).
When we believe in the Lord’s presence and power, we seek after Him with desperation in every situation.
As the woman with the issue of blood pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of the Lord’s garment, she knew she would be healed when she reached that point. She believed she would be healed if only she could touch Him. That day there were many others around the Lord crowding and pressing against Him; but they were not believing and seeking Him the way this woman was. She was reaching to submit to His authority, His Word, His Lordship. There was a throng of people around Him; only one touched Him. At the very moment that she touched Him, Jesus perceived power going out from Him.
We believe in who He is with all our hearts. We seek after the cloud, not the crowd. We believe His Word is true and trust the manifestation of His glory. We touch Him as we worship and commune with Him, in spirit and in truth, from glory to glory!
Luke 8:45-46 “And Jesus said, ‘Who touched Me?’ When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, Who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.’ ”