Miracles / Day 2

BIBLE READING

Matthew 4: 17

From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’

Matthew 4: 23

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and illness among the people.

Matthew 6: 9-10

‘This, then, is how you should pray:

‘“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven….”

REFLECTION

On the popular television show The X-Files, FBI special agent Fox Mulder had a black and white poster on his office wall featuring a flying saucer and a caption reading, “I want to believe.” That’s how many of us feel about miracles. We want to believe that God can do the impossible, that He can intervene in our desperate situation and turn it around for our good and His glory. We want to believe so badly, but we perhaps struggle with our own feelings of doubt, inferiority and inadequacy. Or perhaps we believe that Jesus can heal today, we’re just not sure that he will heal us or will work through us.

Yet, for the believer, seeing and experiencing the supernatural should be increasingly normal and natural. We represent our risen King Jesus who taught us to pray and expect that his kingdom would come and his will would be done, here on earth, as in heaven. Through his own ministry he vividly and repeatedly modelled what it looks like when the kingdom breaks into our world:

“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Acts 10: 38)

For too long the church has talked about a God who can save our souls so that when we die, we can go to heaven. That might be right and true. However we haven’t obeyed the commission of Jesus to bring the reality of heaven into every sphere of life here on earth. We have proclaimed that Jesus is King of kings but have failed to demonstrate his kingdom. We have substituted the supernatural for sound theology. We have preached the Gospel with many words but with little power. Yet the Apostle Paul himself said:

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” (1 Cor 4: 20)

Deep within every passionate Christian is a desire to see Jesus at work in them and through them to transform the world around them. Bill Johnson puts it like this:

“Written into the spiritual DNA of every believer is an appetite for the impossible that cannot be ignored or wished away. The Holy Spirit, the very Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in us, making it impossible for us to be content with what we can only see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. Our hearts know there is much more to life than what we perceive with our senses; we are spiritually agitated by the lack of connection with the realm of the supernatural. In the end, nothing satisfies the heart of the Christian like seeing so-called impossibilities bow their knees to the name of Jesus. Anything less than this is abnormal and unfulfilling.”

Why not ask the Father today that you would see and experience His supernatural power manifest through your life, in both small and significant ways, everywhere you go? It’s the normal Christian life.

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