Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Creative Miracles

Creative Miracles
What do you do when you need a miracle but none of the spiritual gifts are working for you? The gift of miracles would solve your problem, but if it is not working then it is just not presently an option. You could wait for something miraculous to happen, but it could be too late in coming. Is there not another option for you? Yes, there are always options for those who believe God’s living word. The word of God is full of power waiting to be released as active energy by those who believe. “The word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing and effective]” (Hebrews 4:12 AMP). Speaking the word of God can produce high-energy, creative miracles. God spoke the worlds into existence. “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God” (Hebrews 11:3). By hearing the voice of the Spirit, believers can speak the living word of God into the earth and miraculously change things. This study examines how believers can operate in God’s creative miracles.

Introducing Creative Miracles

The mighty power of the Spirit is given only to those who believe. It takes prayer for believers to “understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him” (Ephesians 1:19 NLT). The same mighty power used to raise Christ from the dead is available to believers. The great miracles of Paul drove out diseases and evil spirits (Acts 19:11-12). Such healings were immediate.

When people are born again, they are given only a measure of the Spirit, but when they are filled with the Spirit they are given the Spirit without measure or limit. Until believers are filled with the Spirit they are instructed to wait to receive the Spirit and be equipped with power from above (Luke 24:49). When they receive the Spirit without limit, then they are sent to do the Father’s will. Those whom God sends are filled with the Spirit without measure and equipped with mighty power (John 3:34). However, the Spirit’s power is held in reserve as an inactive force within a believer until it is released by faith.

The Spirit’s Voice Stirs Faith

The Spirit hears the living word of God and speaks that word to those who will believe. The Spirit will not speak on his own but will speak only what he has heard (John 16:13). He only speaks God’s word. Hence the word which the Spirit speaks is the word of God. His word will not contradict the written word, but it will give specific instructions to believers. Faith arises and a divine connection is made when the voice of the Spirit is heard. The Spirit speaks only the word of God, and faith comes from hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17).

A person with no faith one moment can experience a complete turn around to have faith in the next moment to receive a miracle by hearing the living word of God. When Jesus was asked by a nobleman to heal his sick son, he addressed the man’s lack of faith (John 4:46-54). The nobleman would not believe without seeing a miracle, but when he heard “Go, your son lives”, his faith arose to the point where he could receive a miracle (John 4:48-50). The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him without seeing anything, so his son was healed. He asked for a healing and received a miracle. Likewise, believers today can hear the word of God as spoken by the Spirit and have faith to receive a miracle.

Faith Energizes and Activates the Spirit’s Power

Energy is the key to creative miracles. The higher the energy expended the greater the miracle. Creative energy is the highest form of energy in the universe for it created everything which is seen.

Power is only stored energy until it is released into transforming or creative energy. A sports car with much power has only stored energy until it starts moving. The Spirit’s power within a believer has the potential to be stored as energy or released to transform and create. The Spirit’s creative energy displaces doubt and unbelief and supersedes sickness and poverty. Sickness and poverty abound in low-energy areas where the voice of the Spirit is not heard. For if the voice of the Spirit was heard, faith would arise and creative energy would cause sickness and poverty to flee.

When believers hear the voice of the Spirit within and speak his words, they release creative energy. The voice of the Spirit stirs up faith and releases his power. As believers give expression to the voice which is heard within them, they are expressing God’s word on the earth. Then they will produce his fruit and what they say and do will be fruitful.

Miracles come from Speaking the Word

The words Jesus spoke carried the power to create miracles. He only spoke what he heard the Father say, so his words had great power (John 8:26-28). He calmed the storm and raised the dead by speaking the word. Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still” (Mark 4:39). Then the wind ceased and it became perfectly calm. Jesus cried out to the grave, “Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43-44). Then the man who had died came out of the grave still wrapped with burial clothes. Those who believe in Jesus will do miraculous works like he did and greater ones (John 14:12). They are able to do miracles because Jesus returned to the Father so the Spirit could be sent to believers.

Those who understood the authority of God’s word were described as having great faith. Their miracles resulted from speaking the word of God only. The Centurion believed in the authority of Jesus’s word, so all Jesus had to do was to speak the word and his servant was healed (Matthew 8:5-13). The daughter of the Syrophoenician woman was delivered from a demon, because the woman believed the words which Jesus spoke were the truth (Matthew 15:21-28).

Miracles follow Believers

Everybody needs a miracle in life at one time or another, but most people do not know what to do when that time comes. This section presents three major keys to receiving a miracle by faith. Faith empowers ordinary people to do extraordinary feats. “Miraculous signs will accompany those who believe” (Mark 16:17 NLT). All things are possible for the one who believes (Mark 9:23). There is no limit on what can be done by believers.

Desperate Situations

Miracles arise out of desperation (1 Peter 5:10). Until people become desperate, they are willing to live with their condition. Believers are God’s light in this world, and their light will rise out of the darkness. When Gideon was hiding from his enemies, God called him a warrior (Judges 6:11-29). Then the spirit of the warrior rose up within him, and he tore down the altar of idol worship. God’s truth alters facts and prevails over natural situations. Gideon led a small band of mighty warriors against a great army of Midian (Judges 7:7-25). Each of his warriors carried a light in an earthen vessel and a trumpet. The men broke their vessels exposing the light, blew their trumpets and shouted the victory. Their enemies turned against one another, and God gave them a great victory. Light is released through broken vessels, so God can intervene with miracles and bring the victory.

Everyone faces situations which are too difficult to handle on their own or even with help from others. God’s intervention is needed in such desperate situations. Miracles come out of desperate situations as people turn to God. God is the God of hope even when man offers no hope. When people turn towards God with all their hearts, they have reason to hope for a miracle.

A woman who had suffered greatly from continuously bleeding for 12 years was desperately in need of a miracle (Mark 5:25-34). The bleeding she suffered caused her to be an outcast by the law. She had spent all her money on physicians who were unable to help her. Instead, her situation grew worse. She heard about the miracle-worker Jesus and wanted to reach him to receive a miracle. She said within herself that she would be healed if she could touch his cloak. But Jesus was surrounded by a crowd of people, and it was unlawful for her to be among the people. She was desperate, so she pressed her way through the crowd and was healed when she touched his cloak. What a relief she must have felt when she heard Jesus say, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34).

Highly Charged Atmosphere

With the help of the Spirit believers can create an atmosphere charged with God’s power where miracles occur. Such an atmosphere manifests the glory of God in the midst of his people. An atmosphere charged by the Spirit’s power is an open portal of glory pouring out miracles. The psalmist invites all of God’s people to be open portals for the King of Glory (Psalm 24:7-10).

Miracles readily occur in an atmosphere of worship. Such an atmosphere is not based on numbers or performance but on the hearts of true worshipers. “A new day is coming—in fact, it’s already here—when the importance will not be placed on the time and place of worship but on the truthful hearts of worshipers” (John 4:23 VOICE). The atmosphere for miracles is a highly charged atmosphere in which people are seeking the Lord and his will with all their hearts.

Sherry and I have witnessed the effects of a highly charged atmosphere as we worshiped the Lord with other believers, as well as with just the two of us. In one service, I smelled a strong, sweet fragrance and thought someone near me had sprayed perfume. But then I learned many in that service smelled the presence of the Lord. As we were worshiping with others in a large conference, the glory began to move through the auditorium like smoke. As this smoke passed over a man on crutches, he began to dance while holding his crutches high in the air. Other spiritual gifts began to operate in this glory. In particular, a prophet began to prophesy about world events including the fall of the Soviet Union a few years before it happened. In another service, a man who was paralyzed from his waist down wanted to be healed, so the whole congregation gathered around as we prayed for him. The glory was so strong that as he began to walk for the first time, the people fell on the floor when he walked by them. As he walked by those with demons, they were delivered.

Praise, faith and expectancy charge the atmosphere for miracles. Praise creates a place where the Lord can abide in the midst of believers. The dwelling place of the Lord is a spiritual place, not a soulish or emotional one. Lord, you are enthroned upon the praises of your people (Psalm 22:3). Life in the spirit is by faith, and without faith people do not experience miracles. Miracles are poured out where people are looking for miracles and expecting them. “As for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation” (Micah 7:7).

When Paul and Silas obeyed the Spirit to preach God’s word in Philippi they brought salvation and miracles to the people (Acts 16:6-25). They operated in unity doing God’s perfect will. Wherever people walk together in unity, the enemy will attack and try to divide. They were persecuted, beaten and imprisoned. The enemy attacks even those believers who are in the perfect will of God. In prison Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises, and immediately the doors were opened and the chains were unfastened (Acts 16:25-26). The charged atmosphere they created in prison yielded miracles and led to the salvation of the jailer and his household. God came and inhabited the praises of Paul and Silas.

Daring Action

Miracles are extraordinary and amazing events. They never happen as a person does normal things under ordinary circumstances. Otherwise, a miracle would be simply an ordinary event. Something out of the ordinary has to happen in people’s lives before they receive a miracle.

Heroes of faith risked it all for the promises of God. “By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them” (Hebrews 11:33 NLT). Prophets of old risked everything to miraculously turn nations back to God. Elijah challenged 450 prophets of a false god to show whose god would answer by fire (1 Kings 18:18-40). When Elijah’s true God answered with a miraculous fire from heaven, Elijah slew the false prophets and turned the hearts of the people back to God.

Some people took great risks to come to Jesus and receive a miracle from him. A leper who was seeking a miracle from Jesus came to him in the midst of a large crowd of people. Leprosy is a terrible, contagious disease which kept the lepers from mixing with people. He risked everything by coming to Jesus, but leprosy could not be cured with natural means. Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came to Jesus when his daughter was sick and near death (Mark 5:22-43). Coming to Jesus meant he was turning his back on everything he had stood for as a religious leader. The Jews had agreed to expel the followers of Jesus from their synagogues (John 9:22). Therefore, this ruler of the synagogue risked losing his religious position, status in the community and income by coming to Jesus. Jesus responded to Jairus by miraculously raising his daughter from the dead and healing her.


When Sherry and I discovered we needed a miracle in our lives, we had to turn our back on our friends and everything we had been taught over the years about the word of God. We were like Jairus who had to turn his back on religion to get his miracle. The miracle was more important to us than anything else, so we were willing to risk everything to receive it. We had known Jesus for years, but while searching for a miracle we encountered the Spirit and the ways of God. Miracles flow out of knowing God and his ways by the Spirit. We actively and passionately sought the miracle and found so much more.

Implications for Spiritual Leaders

A social gospel which supports the leaders’ visions but blatantly denies the power of God’s Spirit is an abomination for it sets up the people for destruction. The kingdom of God is in power (1 Corinthians 4:20). Demonstrate the Spirit’s power in your own life, and teach people to be sensitive to the Spirit’s voice. Teach people to trust in the great power of God’s living word. As they hear the Spirit, believe his word and obey his commands, they will demonstrate great power in their lives. Their faith-filled words will release creative energy. Signs, wonders and miracles will follow them.

Personal Story about Our First Miracle

The defining moment for Sherry and I came in our living room over 35 years ago when our daughter, Amy Elizabeth, was sick and near death. We had waited 14 years for her birth, and we refused to accept the doctors’ report of her imminent death. Instead, we chose to trust Jesus and him alone for her miraculous healing. It was the midnight hour, and we had no one other than Jesus. But Jesus is more than enough for any sickness or disease or any other situation.

The doctors at the best medical centers in the nation had reported our baby daughter would soon die, because she had no immunity system. She was subject to any and every disease. Even when man gives you no hope, God still offers hope (Luke 18:27). Sherry and I began to search diligently for healing and miracles in the word of God, so our faith in Jesus for our daughter’s miraculous healing began to grow.

On that memorable night, Amy Elizabeth began to run a high fever from one more infection from a long list of infections. I would normally pace the floor with her while she was crying, but that night I laid her on the living room sofa. Sherry and I got down on our knees and began praising Jesus for providing for her miraculous healing. Although she was still crying, we continued to praise Jesus because we believed he had already healed her just as the word of God promised: “By his wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus stretched forth his hand that night: curing the infection, making her temperature normal, giving her sweet sleep and, most importantly, giving her a sound immunity system. This was a high-energy miracle. A bright spherical light or orb was manifested over Amy Elizabeth as she lay on the sofa, and an immunity system was created where none had existed before. She still has a sound immunity system and continues to serve the Lord through her life and ministry in the medical profession. Our lives were changed eternally that night for we will always put our hope and trust in Jesus.

Conclusions

Are you facing an impossible situation? Many people will not trust God to miraculously intervene in their lives until they have exhausted all other possibilities and realize they are desperate. When the doctors, lawyers, bankers and such can not help, the miracle-worker Jesus can still help. He wants you to seek him before anything else, but he will help whenever you turn to him.

Miracles arise by faith in the midst of apparently impossible situations. Nothing is impossible for believers. No situation is too desperate nor is heaven’s answer too distant for those who believe. Formulas do not work, but the Spirit can remedy even the greatest problems. Miracles come to ordinary people who follow the Spirit. The Spirit will guide you through dark and uncertain situations to get your miracle. Follow the Spirit and expect miracles!

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