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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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Miracles and Math

MIRACLES AND MATH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

John 6:5-7 NKJV

In school, we learned facts before we were tested. Not so as Christians, who learn from our tests.

Are you in a difficult season? Perhaps, a health crisis, and the doctors say no other treatments are available. Despite your prayers that prodigal or lost loved one appears more distant from God than ever. Defeat overwhelms you. We have all faced times of financial crunches.

Let’s unpack John’s account about feeding the five thousand and gain some understanding about Christ. If the Apostle Phillip was alive today, he might be a Wall Street mogul. Judas was the treasurer for the group, but Phillip might have been the man in charge of operating expenses. He was a man of reason, studying the facts, and drawing conclusions solely based on his figures. Miracles don’t add up on a calculator.

“No, Jesus, I have run the numbers, and there is absolutely no way we can purchase food for this multitude.” Phillip reasoned.

He did not realize what Jesus could do. Phillip had witnessed miracles. He watched Jesus turn water into wine. Weak faith fails to put God into the accounting process.

Ready to blow a hole in Phillip’s logic, Jesus questioned him. Jesus had not revealed His plan. Jesus already knew what Phillip would say, but this pop quiz taught Phillip something. It teaches us too.

Andrew arrives announcing there is food on the premises, but it is only five barley loaves and two fish. Jesus takes the miniscule portions, blesses and breaks them. The disciples distributed food to everyone in attendance with twelve baskets of leftovers remaining.

Phillip’s faith grew. He discovered all his figures and results were meaningless with Jesus.

Our faith grows when we read about this miracle. Faith increases when Jesus shows up in our tests.

When the doctors are shocked. When the prodigal returns. When that lost loved one is saved after years of prayer.

When facts fail, factor in Jesus.

Heavenly Father, You are still saving, still healing, still providing and still doing the impossible. Forgive us when we listen to man. Help us remember all things are possible with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 6:5-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Believe and expect. Do you believe God can? If not, prayerfully consider what causes your doubts. Read Mark 11:24 and expect your miracle.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell