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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: The Paths

 

THE PATHS

 

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.   –Ps. 23:3

 

The shepherd leads the flock down the paths which are best for them. Sheep are prone to wander. They see a place where the grass is greener and off they go on their own path, not the one the shepherd has chosen. Eventually the shepherd will go find that wandering sheep and restore him back to the flock. However, the sheep may have experienced troubles because he was out of the shepherd’s will.

Christians are like those wandering sheep. Our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, leads us in the paths of righteousness – right living. Sometimes we stray off the path of righteousness to the path of sin. We cut back on tithing or cheat on our income taxes because we need a little more money for ourselves. We cut off our Bible study time because we need more time for ourselves. So the Christian has to encounter the consequences of leaving the paths of righteousness. Nevertheless, the Shepherd will restore that wandering Christian back to the flock.

Believers are given the reason why we need to follow the Good Shepherd. It is for His name’s sake. We don’t want to tarnish the name of Christ. Christians are to lift up the name of Jesus so that others may see Him.

“All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His commandment and His testimonies.” (Ps. 25:10). “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Prov. 3:6).

Obedience to God will keep you from wandering into trouble. Our good Shepherd will never lead us on a path which will harm us. The path may have a few rough spots, but His mercy will carry you over them. Stay on the Shepherd’s path.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.