Jun 1, 2010

Faith and Miracles

"And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith" Matthew 13:58.

This comes at the end of the section where Jesus says "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor". The scriptures are clear that Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. The scriptures never say that Jesus could not because God can do whatever God wants.

But there is a link between faith and miracles. While there are no formulaic equations of healing in scripture, in many of the instances Jesus affirms, "Your faith has made you well..." or "your faith has saved you."

There is no way to ignore the relationship between faith and miracles.

As strange as it sounds, in order to experience miracles, you have to believe in the God who orchestrates miracles. Because if your faith worldview has no room for miracles, even if God were to manifest right before your very eyes and perform a miracle, you wouldn't recognize it.

Alistair Macgrath in Evangelicalism and the Future of Christianity says something interesting. He says, "The Holy Spirit is present where the Holy Spirit is wanted."

What would be like to be in a community that genuinely hungered and thirsted after the presence of God?

What would we experience if we truly believed in the power of God present in prayer and churches all throughout our communities got busy praying?

What would our world look like if we genuinely and authentically desired and needed God?

I want God's miracles in my life and in the life of the church. Our world can use a healthy dose of Godly miracles.

I pray that we become a church where Jesus did many miracles because of their faith!!!

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