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Sunday, January 14th, '18

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MIRACLES FOR ALL

"And God has set some in the church...teachers, after that miracles..." (1 Corinthians 12:28)

 

Notice the structure of that verse, God has ordained within His church first apostles, secondarily prophets, then teachers and "after that" miracles. I can understand miracles following apostles and prophets, but teachers? Reword it like this, there are Sunday school teachers, Nursery or Children's Church teachers, Junior High School teachers and "after that miracles..." Aha, supernatural living isn't just for Christian celebrities. Teachers teach then "after that miracles..." These signs shall "follow" them that believe (Mark 16:17). The average teacher follows after signs but this says that signs follow after the average teacher! Don't sell yourself short. God's message in your mouth puts God's miracles in your hand. You have been dealt the same faith as your pastor, the big shot on TV or even Paul himself. "According as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith..." (Romans 12:3) Use it. Drop that humble act where you think because you are not professional clergy that you can't do the works of Christ. Miracles are for all. Paul taught, "For to one is given the word of wisdom, to another...gifts of healings...to another the working of miracles..." (1 Corinthians 12:8-10) "For to one" means which one? Why can't you be the one?

 

That is a matter of exercising faith. Paul said that we prophesy "according to the proportion of faith" (Romans 2:6). The same applies to miracles. Miracles are believed for. A kindergartner has as much right to believe as does a king. Moving into miracle mode requires asking and it requires expectation or visualizing the end from the beginning. Norman Vincent Peale's theme years ago was "Expect Miracles; Make Miracles Happen". Now I personally put more stock in Paul than Peale. Peale followers could aptly be called little Pealings, but that is another message for another day. I will agree with him that miracles manifest in the atmosphere of positive faith.

 

To add to my list of coincidences that I've been sharing this week, it was back in 1980, revitalizing a small church in Shenandoah, Iowa, that I was reading Peale's book The Power of Positive Imaging. Times were tough back then, paying most all the church bills out of my own pocket, restoring a closed down church from scratch. The cupboard was basically bare as I read that book. Okay, let's see if this works. I prayed for groceries to come in, followed the steps outlined, visualized the answer, confessed my faith, gave God thanks in advance and the whole nine yards, amen. Three minutes later, a knock at the front door, Nick P. standing there with two sacks of groceries in his arms, hmm. Why three minutes? Because Safeway was right across the street and that is how long it took to go through check-out and across to the church parsonage. Enough chicken to last a preacher's family for two weeks! Don't misinterpret, God doesn't work by a formula but He does work by faith. Believe that miracles are the rule not the exception. Live in vision (seeing), always speak the Word (saying), and freely give of your seeds and deeds (sowing) then keep your eyes open for miracles when they come (seizing), because they don't always sound a trumpet when they arrive. Some say the day of miracles is past but that can't be for the God of miracles is still very much alive. As the old Kathryn Kuhlman theme song said, "I believe in miracles for I believe in God".


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