7. ACCESSING DIVINE HELP | The Place of Miracles

One of the questions many believers ask today is “does God still perform miracles?” Everything God has ever done or will do remains a miracle to man but it is normal to God. To ask if God still does miracles today is like asking “does God still exist?” God’s breath alone is a miracle to man, the normal of God is the miracles men see!

Come to think of it! The entire universe is mathematically perfect in the sense that everything happens in a way that can be predicted. The moon revolves around the earth, helping us take count of months. The earth revolves around its axis helping us take count of days, the earth revolves around the sun helping us take count of years! Would this have happened by accident? Isn’t it a miracle how the entire universe is put together without any visible pillar? Isn’t creation, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field and the ants amazing at how they all contribute to the ecosystem?

To prove that miracles don’t happen anymore is to prove that God doesn’t exist anymore but it will be foolish to try thinking that this world was set in such order by an accident! It is no accident that before the coming of man on earth, the man already had food to eat! It is no accident that man is the only creature on earth that can take care of it! Animals may take care of themselves but the man takes care of the earth. Isn’t all of these things miracles?

Let’s take it a bit higher.

Many people desire extraordinary things beyond the ones we already know, they desire to see God prove himself and many believers want to prove themselves too! Truth is, God isn’t so much interested in proving himself because he doesn’t need our cooperation or election to be God. In the Old Testament, God did wonders in the sight of the Israelites but now and then they rebelled against God. The Bible wasn’t economical with the truth.

We also see in the New Testament that despite all the miracles Jesus did in Israel, it didn’t get everyone to believe in him. Miracles are not there to prove if God is real or not because it doesn’t get to convince everyone after all! Convictions based on miracles do not stand the test of time, it can at best produce childish believers and the enemy can also take advantage of the supernatural. Let us read what Jesus said concerning miracles and how people will be deceived by it

“For false Christs and false teachers will provide great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones)…” Matthew 24:24 AMP

If our faith should be based on miracles, then we are likely to fall for the tricks of the enemy. Signs and wonders are not proof that someone is from God, signs are not proof that any ministry has the backing of God. One of the ways God’s chosen people can also be deceived by signs and wonders is when false prophets come pretentiously in the name of Christ. They may teach morality, they may do charity and other positive works but in their teachings and by their fruits, you can know them. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is not a great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

It is possible to hear false teachers speak our kind of language, write our kind of books, build our kind of buildings and even perform amazing signs and wonders but any man who doesn’t teach the truth of God’s word, the truth of God’s grace, the humanity and divinity of Jesus, the finished work of Christ on the cross, the resurrection and the ascension of Jesus, such man is not to be trusted!

The reason I have to begin this way is to encourage you never to be a seeker of miracle! People who always want God to prove himself in a certain mysterious way often get encounters with demons and they submit their lives to demons because they will assume this is God! Let me show you how mischievous these evil Spirits can be.

When Jesus was still on earth as man, a certain demon was speaking well of Jesus through a man it possessed! Some people would have been carried away by it; some people would have said: “if this Spirit testified of Jesus, it must be a good Spirit from God.” The Spirit came saying the same thing Peter could only say by revelation! The undiscerning would quickly submit to such Spirit simply because it wore a face of “truth”. Let us read:

“And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.” – Luke 4:33-35

Jesus didn’t need the endorsement of demons; he didn’t want his credibility to be based on the testimony of unclean Spirits. Whatever they were saying, no matter how valid it was, meant nothing to Jesus but the undiscerning may feel there was nothing wrong!

Let’s read another place in the Bible, Act 16:16-18

“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, these men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the Spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out that same hour.”

Here again, we see an evil Spirit saying things that sounded nice, things the undiscerning would have celebrated. When we allow and entertain the endorsement of false prophets and demons, we are gradually accepting them and endorsing them indirectly. While the demon in the girl had said nothing demeaning about the ministry of Paul, Paul was able to discern that the Spirit is not from God and he went ahead to cast the Spirit out!

Now, it is clear that miracles are not the sole way to prove ministry, God doesn’t need to prove himself any more than he already did. The greatest miracle is the gift of Jesus to the world and the salvation of souls. All the miracles in the Old Testament were pointers to Christ. It never succeeded in getting people to believe wholesomely in God. Many people who are looking for miracles have not even believed the miracle we have already!

Some say they won’t believe until a miracle happens, Jesus is the miracle and they haven’t believed! They want another miracle and of course, they will want yet another miracle after miracle. The Jews were seeking for more miracles despite witnessing healings and the dead coming to life and Jesus said to them in Matthew 12:39-40

“An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth…”

Jesus was referring to his death and resurrection and by implication; he was talking about the salvation of man! This is God’s greatest miracle but people are looking for magic, they are looking for what will entertain them or make them live an easier life. Spiritual maturity is not built on signs and miracles but the knowledge of God’s word. God doesn’t want us to remain babies who can be led astray by mere sweets! I have seen babies kidnapped just with sweets and biscuits and this is not what God wants for us.

Having said all of the above, miracles are real and they still happen today! God hasn’t changed, he didn’t go on a break and he isn’t going on a break! Miracles never stopped at the cross, the greatest miracle didn’t become the end of miracles and those who trust in God remains strong. Whether we experience miracles or not, it doesn’t change the truth of God’s word, it doesn’t validate or invalidate God and we need to know that miracles can also happen in ways we do not understand.

A certain viral video on social media showed a man kneel to propose to a lady he had dated for a while. This proposal was done publicly and the young lady was still undecided about marriage. The man flared up, took off the shoes he bought for her, packed the food that was served on her table, disgraced her publicly and walked out on her. While many saw the negative, I saw a miracle! This is a miracle for the young lady! Is this the attitude she should have to put up with if they eventually got married?

I know miracles are real because I have worked miracles on several occasions. I have prayed for the sick and they got healed instantly and some other times, I have prayed and they got healed gradually while there were times I prayed and nothing happened. Whether they happened or not, it is not what validates God to me.

After the cross, the Apostles worked mighty miracles and after the Apostles, I know that miracles have continued to happen in different ways. Miracles happen in ways peculiar to each generation. The advent of Christianity in Africa brought a stop to the killing of twins, the burial of chiefs with the head of virgins and too many forms of abuse against women and the outcasts. At a point; it also gave voice to the cease of the slave trade! Isn’t that miracles?

A Church full of miracle seekers will be church full of potential disasters because even the devil can come in and take advantage of them. After the cross, the emphasis on ministry was not miracles but on preaching and teaching of the word of God. We know God through his word and the more we stay in the place of the word, the more we understand his will for our lives.

Jesus didn’t heal all the sick in his time, he didn’t raise all the dead in his time and the Apostles didn’t do same! We often think there are more miracles in the Bible than we have in the world today but that is not true. There are more miracles today than there was recorded in the Bible just that we read that of the Bible and never get to know that which happen around us. The world has gotten bigger and much more populated, miracles happen in places we do not even know.

In the Bible, miracles were not a common sight and because we read miracles line after line doesn’t mean miracles were happening day after day. Abraham didn’t witness what we would call miracles, Abraham simply lived by faith! Isaac wasn’t a miracle in the sense of what we call miracles because Abraham’s neighbours had many more children. The same can be said of many people in the Bible, they were people of faith and not people whose faith depended on miracles.

Again, the miracles of Jesus were unique and consistent with his person. The miracles he did were to point towards his identity. In John 10:37 we read “If I am not doing the work of my father, then do not believe in me.” He brought the kingdom of God to earth and performed miracles as the son of God. Even the demons understood this about Jesus. Concerning the uniqueness of Jesus even in his miracles, the Bible says in John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Where does that leave us today? Believers get sick sometimes, believers experience lack sometimes, believers experience accident sometimes and so on. Well, if you take a look at the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles, you will see that it was the same thing with them. They also felt sick, they also experienced lack but they knew that all things work for good to them who love God. They lived in faith and trusted God. Sometimes they prayed and answers didn’t come at an instant, they just had to believe and rely on God’s perfect will.

All around the world, there are miracles recorded in various ministries. As much as there are fake miracles, there are original experiences of miracles. While it is not safe to rely on miracles as the basis of your faith, it is also not faith to think that miracles can’t happen today. You don’t have to withdraw and never try working miracles. When you practice the supernatural in accordance to God’s word, you are growing in your faith capacity.

Always remember, that we are also living in a phase. Abraham lived in a phase, Moses lived in a phase, Jesus lived in a phase, the Apostles lived in a phase and the phase we are living in will soon go making way to the physical manifestation of God’s perfection in us. Nothing is wrong with you if you didn’t see a tangible miracle when you prayed but something is wrong if you always pray never expecting the extraordinary.

The gospel of our Lord Jesus that we preach is not done with validation from miracles; yes, signs and wonders will always follow the preaching of Jesus to the unbelievers but it doesn’t validate it. The validation of the gospel comes from the greatest miracle ever recorded on earth; the glory that was revealed in the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus!

Just like the prophet did in the Old Testament, we no longer need to stage false prophets in miracle competition; we no longer need to prove any point aside from the gospel. Sometimes, after testifying on how we worked God’s miracle in certain situations, people say to us “if it is true, why not go to the hospital and heal everyone there, why not go to the streets and raise all the lame men?” That isn’t what we were asked to do as a ministry and if we should try, we will be disappointed!

The ministry we have been called to is the ministry of reconciliation, to reconcile men with God and to make known the manifold wisdom of God to the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, Ephesians 3:10) In doing this, signs will follow us. Our desperation is not in miracles, our desperation is in getting men saved but in getting men saved, miracles happen! Isn’t this why miracles happen more often in mission fields than in Church auditoriums?

Is it right to believe God for a miracle? Of course yes! Miracles haven’t ceased! A miracle is a divine intervention and there are always those points in our lives where we don’t know what else to do, where it is only a miracle that can pull us through! Perhaps you were diagnosed with a disease or you saw yourself in the middle of life’s puzzles, it is not wrong to believe God for a miracle! God still comes through for believers in a way only he understands.

All that God wants us to do is to obey, believe and be open! I don’t know what the problem is with you, I don’t know the area that you need a miracle but if you can just depend on God, trust him and stay unshaken regardless of the situation. The Bible says after all “All things work for good to them that loves the Lord.” Romans 8:28

Things to note:

  • Miracles do not validate the gospel.
  • Miracles do not validate a ministry.
  • Salvation is God’s greatest miracle.
  • Signs follow us in obeying the command of Jesus and evangelize.
  • Miracles can happen in a way we do not understand.
  • It is not wrong to trust God for a miracle.

This is where we wrap up the series on Accessing Divine Help. Hope you were blessed by this series? We hope to make a book based on this teaching available soon.

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