“Salvation is the greatest miracle!”
This is what they shout from the pulpit in the corporate modeled church, but where is the scripture to acknowledge this?
A miracle is an act of divine, unnatural, or unusual type of event. It is something that is performed by someone. Jesus/Yeshua’s first miracle was turning water into wine.
Show me in scripture where following Jesus, or accepting salvation, is considered a miracle! Out of all the people who became disciples – even the boisterous Simon/Peter – the Bible does not refer to their conversion as a miracle.
Where does this statement come from then?
I’ll tell you where… This is a statement made to validate weakened faith. Normally this type of statement is made in churches that seem to not really believe in the full power of the prayers where they are praying.
I’ve been to the churches where though they read the scriptures and even pray, they act like they don’t believe in what the scriptures say about divine healing, casting out spirits, prophecy, gifts of tongues, restoring life from death, and so on…. despite that these are things that the very scriptures attest.
These churches will address medical science procedures as miracles.
Why? Because, by calling something they know is common as a miracle will protect them from the let down something bigger not happening. In other words, it is playing it safe and basically saying that, “if this is all I can get to prove my faith, I’ll take it.”
God’s miracles, however are REAL miracles. God’s miracles are things like: bringing someone back from death, healing leprosy with the restoration of lost limbs, multiplying food massively, casting out vile spirits, and causing a plant to die from just speaking it. God’s miracles are not figurative, but they are REAL.
When we are ready to truly walk in faith, we will no longer call the non-miraculous as miracles, but believe in true miracles. Yes all these other things are great, but God is truly able, and we don’t have to weaken our expectations of faith to help Him out!
As we celebrate the month of March, known in the Western society for St. Patrick’s Day, I want to take a moment to bless you with the words that luck has nothing to do with it! Yes, we live in a time and place where things like “get rich quick” schemes, microwave mentalities, and instant gratification plague the masses. We can so easily get caught up in wishing for luck to overcome our deficits as we become engulfed in our surroundings. But God has provided us a better way… one that is assured and where luck has nothing to do with it.
Faith!!! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). God’s way is not a way of luck or chance, but a way of assurance as a result of obedience. When the soldier was healed by Jesus simply saying a Word, the request was granted because of the understanding of how obedience grants use of authority. (Matt. 8-9). And God established by His own example in the beginning, that the authority of the Word produces manifestation. The key, though, is not simply saying things, but saying things using the authority that you have been granted through obedience to the supreme authority.
This example was also established by Jesus/Yeshua. Before He began His public ministry, He fasted for forty days and nights (bringing his vessel into obedience), was baptized (publicly recognized under God’s authority), and then proceeded forth with power. The difference between Him and so many of us, however, is that He only spoke faith. We, on the other hand, almost always speak doubt shortly after declaring faith. Once Jesus stated His faith, such as with cursing the fig tree that produced no fruit (Mark 11:21), He did not continue with “vain repetitions” as in doubt, but stated it and left it, BELIEVING it would be done, and it occurred. He also did not go around speaking negativity into existence, as most of us never speak enough positive into our lives to outweigh the negative we have manifested.
God has absolutely NO PROBLEM with blessing us beyond our wildest dreams, and actually delights in our success and wealth, for the Bible states that it is He who “gives us the power to get wealth.” (Deut 8:18). The problem is when we don’t first acknowledge or submit to Him, and then don’t trust that it shall be done once we do. But if we shall only learn to be obedient and then control our words/declarations, then believe, we shall become open to receive solutions to any of our obstacles and the answers to all of our needs. On that note, remember to SPEAK, BELIEVE, and RECEIVE!