Miracles. What are they? How can they take place? What can we do to make them?
I think it is safe to say that anybody would welcome a miracle in their life. I mean, why not? Healing? Fixing of relationship? More money? ______________________?
Why do miracles take place? As far as I am concerned, God does a miracle as He sees fit. ONLY God can do it and He does not always explain the circumstances!
But I think we have a part. When following a cake recipe, it is important that you get all the ingredients otherwise the cake won’t turn out right.
The difference between my wife and I decorating cakes! Ha!
While I am not baking a cake here, I am listing the ingredients for a miracle.
And for the miracle to take place, to actually happen, all three of these need to be present. Let’s go back to the Jordan river to see the Anatomy of a Miracle.
- A miracle consists of an Objective Impossible for you to Obtain. The Israelites had a promise given to them many years prior to this point. Literally, God had told them that He would take them to the Promised Land. They had their eyes set on an objective. We all need something that holds our attention. Call it a goal, desire, objective or whatever; you need to be looking at something ahead of you or you will never move forward. Flip the coin. That objective that you want-it must be impossible for you to get. For a miracle to take place, you first need to be looking at something that you cannot get on your own.
- A miracle consists of an Obstacle Insurmountable for you to Overcome. There was a river in the way. A fast-flowing river that would prevent them from entering the Promised Land. Is there an obstacle in your way? Is it something that you cannot overcome? Good. You are on your way to a miracle. If you have a goal but something is blocking you then I see that you are two-thirds closer to God doing something great in your life. Whether that obstacle is a person, an idea, a negative thought, a physical thing, it must insurmountable for you.
- A miracle consists of an Opportunity Included for you to Obey. Yes, the dreaded ‘O’ word. The older I get, I keep coming back to the idea that all I can ever do is obey. That is all God asks of me. Yes, He wants my heart and mind but my obedience is that handing over of those things to Him. Every time I get stuck, I get an opportunity to obey. Standing before the river, the command was to step into the river. When facing an obstacle, do I obey and take the step of faith? For the Israelites, it was a literal step. For me, what is my step of faith? For you, how can you obey God today?
It is my opinion that someone would need all three of these”ingredients” for a miracle.
However, one thing I need to make clear is this: God can and will do miracles in His sovereignty. I can’t force God to do something. This might be debatable but I feel like God will do what He pleases when and how He pleases. That is part of what makes Him God.
Let me end 2018 with a recap:
A miracle consists of an Objective Impossible for you to Obtain.
A miracle consists of an Obstacle Insurmountable for you to Overcome.
A miracle consists of an Opportunity Included for you to Obey.
Or, just simply obey God with all your heart. No matter how small or unimportant it may seem, trust what God is telling you.
Who knows, you may be experiencing more miracles in this next year! So go ahead and take that step of faith!
Good post Tim! Here’s to an obedient 2019 for all of us!
Sounds like a great plan!
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