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Are We Missing The Miracles

ARE WE MISSING THE MIRACLES

By Carolyn Dale Newell

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee,

and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

John 2:11 NKJV

 

Before we pray, do we pause to consider the glories of God that will be manifested from our requests? Do we think about the miracles we will see?

Jesus’ first miracle occurred at a wedding. Not everyone attending the wedding observed the miracle.

Jesus’ disciples witnessed water becoming wine. It might have been for their benefit. They had no part in the miracle which increased their faith.

Jesus commanded the servants to fill the water pots to the brim with water. These folks knew better than anyone that there was nothing but H2O in those pots. They obeyed Jesus, unsure of what was going to transpire.

Next, Jesus asked the servants to take a step of faith. He commanded them to draw out of the pots and serve it to the master of the feast. they obeyed the Lord without questioning Him.

I doubt the master of the feast would have been pleased if he was served water. Would you want to be the one handing him a glass of water when he expected wine? The disciples were probably kept on the sidelines because they surely would have objected. And if we are honest, we would have protested too.

“Jesus, I’m not going to give him water. Do you realize what You are asking me to do?”

But not a word was uttered by the servants. In humble obedience, they became part of the first miracle. They were involved in the miracle.

How exciting! Wouldn’t we all like to be part of a miracle? We can when we pray.

When we boldly go to the throne room and make requests before our Father, and we trust Him to heal. We trust Him to deliver. We trust Him to break through in our finances, in our families, and in our churches. We must have that kind of faith.

Next, we must be submissive to God. Those servants obeyed Jesus without any hesitation. Is there some sin we think we have hidden? One of those attitude sins like hatred. We can hide nothing from God.

Are we willing to do whatever the Lord asks? This is often where we fail. No, Lord, I can’t leave the church I attended for years and go elsewhere. No, Jesus, I can’t pull my kids out of school and home school them. No, Jesus, I can’t give that amount of money.

If we desire to see the manifest glory of God, we must trust and obey. Just like the old hymn.

As we pray today, spend time pondering on the glories we may see. Just because we became part of the miracle with a prayer.

Heavenly Father, I long to see Your manifest glory. Increase my faith. Help my unbelief. Give me courage, and help me always obey. Forgive me for the sins I have tried to hide. Cleanse me from it. Thank You for the miracle I will see because I trust You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 2:1-11.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Are you ready to believe   for a miracle? Pray now.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Fingertips of Grace

Fingertips of Grace

By Carolyn Dale Newell

I could not distinguish the pattern of dots. Again and again, I ran my finger across them. Frustration boiled up inside of me, and I wanted to slam the braille book onto the floor and declare, “I quit,” but I couldn’t do that. The impact would flatten the raised dots, making it difficult for someone else to feel them. Someone who could learn braille easier than this 50-year-old woman. Besides, the vision loss would continue, and I had to learn to live without sight.

Several Bible verses flashed through my mind. They were the ones that I was clinging to through my rehabilitation process. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9b NKJV). Oh, how I needed that grace! It was more than the braille. It was this whole new way of living.

I was reminded of my life verse. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13 NKJV). I uttered a silent prayer for God’s grace and strength. I made another attempt at reading the letter, and this time the answer was correct. From that point, I could feel God’s grace as it flowed right to my fingertips, and the remainder of that lesson became smoother. Afterward, I erupted in praises and thanks to God.

 

Amazingly, this act replayed over and over. I explained to my teacher what was happening, but there was so much more.

There were the occasions when I would drop something on the floor. Groping for that lost object, I asked my heavenly Father to help me. It was not instantaneous, but God always directed me to the place where the wandering item had landed. My faith increased as I saw God, the invisible, more than the visible world which was slowly passing from my eyes.

I am reminded of something Jesus did near Bethsaida when He fed the five thousand. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus took the five loaves of bread and the two fish, and blessed and “broke” them before the disciples distributed them to the multitude (Luke 9:16). The bread had to be broken before it could be used to feed so many. It was broken before it became a display of the Lord’s power.

We are like that bread. Sometimes, we have to be broken to experience God’s glory. When we are dashed to pieces, we cry out to God. In humble dependence, we seek Him because we cannot do anything in our own strength. Jesus commanded us to ask, believing it will be given to us. We must storm heaven, asking for that all-sufficient grace, seeking divine strength, confidently knowing that these prayers will be answered because He faithfully fulfills His promises.

Friend, it is unlikely that you are going blind, but you may be broken in so many other ways. Maybe it is cancer, or another health issue. It could be financial burdens. Possibly, it is a wayward child or the grief of losing a loved one. Whatever the cause, call on God. He is the Master of putting broken pieces back together. Ask Him for peace. Ask Him for grace. Ask Him for strength! It is yours because He has promised it.

What is your need today? Take it to God and prepare to be amazed.