John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.

Mark 7:37 Miraculous Hearing And Speaking

People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Mark 7:37

Hearing and speaking is something that every person wants to be able to do on their own. It is very common that when a person begins to have problems with hearing or speaking, people will quickly try to get help to cure the problem.

No one wants to be deprived of being able to hear or speak. It creates many difficulties in every area of life.

A man who could neither hear or speak was brought to Jesus for a healing touch. When Jesus healed the man, the people were amazed that He could make the deaf hear and the mute speak.

Even today people are amazed when a physical miracle occurs allowing a person to physically begin hearing or speaking. While this passage is directly about physical hearing or speaking, there is another dimension of hearing and speaking that God works in people.

This is other miraculous change that occurs is in the hearing and speaking in the spiritual realm. When Jesus touches the life of a person, one will have his spiritual ears and mouth opened. He will begin to see and speak about the things of God that the natural man cannot hear or speak about.

Those who see someone who can begin to speak and hear in the spiritual realm will often be amazed. They will not understand how a person can hear and speak about the things of God in a clear way. His words will be new and different than those of his past or of the world.

All these changes come about because he is made into a new creation in Christ Jesus. He now has open communication with God, the things of God and things in the spiritual realm.

As a believer God has given you His Holy Spirit to open your ears and mouth. God makes it possible for you to hear what He is saying or what the demonic spiritual realm is saying. He also makes it possible for you to boldly speak His life giving words and truth in this dying corrupt world.

When you allow God to work in and through you in miraculous ways, people will stand amazed. They will see the hand of God doing miracles in your life.

Have you allowed God to open your ears and mouth?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your ears to hear His word; that God will open your mouth to boldly speak His word; and that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit to do miracles in and through you.

Mark 6:6 A Lack Of Faith Or Faith In The Wrong Things

He was amazed at their lack of faith. Mark 6:6

Every person has some faith of some sort in some thing. All faith is, is believing in something that one cannot directly see.

People have faith every day that when they sit down on a chair that it will hold them. They have faith that the other drivers will stay in their own lane. They have faith that their boss will pay them correctly on pay day.

Faith is nothing new to people, but only what their faith is in.

Jesus had went back to His hometown of Bethlehem. While there He could only do a few miracles and healings because the people lacked faith in Him.

Every where one goes there are people who are desiring some type of miracle in their lives. People want to see great and sudden changes in their own health or in some other area of their life. While they hope for something, it is not hope and faith in God.

This problem often occurs inside the church. Many believers lack faith in God for every area of their life. They may have great faith for God to bring about a healing, but do not trust Him with their finances, not giving the full tithe.

God is always wanting to work in the lives of people in great and miraculous ways. Yet many refuse to have full faith in Him alone, but rather trust themselves or in other things or people.

If a believer can have faith that Jesus has forgiven him and will save him, he can have faith that God can do other miracles in his life as needed. Either God is a God of His word or He is not God at all.

God has already given you a measure of faith. Most likely there is an area in your life that you need help or a miracle in. Do not put your trust in yourself, people, things or ways of this world, but have faith in God. He has already promised to meet all of your needs.

There is nothing too big or too small that God cannot do in your life. Do not allow yourself to be like the people of Bethlehem and lack faith in Him. Allow God to do miracles in and through you.

See what God is willing and can do when you have faith in Him.

Today I pray that you will know God’s great power in your life; that you will put all of your faith in God; that you will allow God to work in your life; and that God will be able to do miracles in your life.

Matthew 11:20 Woe For Not Repenting

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. Matthew 11:20

Any time that someone tries to help someone out and the help is rejected, it is a slap in the face to the one offering the help. No one likes to have their help rejected by anyone else, yet this is something that can occur all the time.

Often the help is rejected out of pride. People do not want to admit that they need help, it shows weakness or faults. Others reject it because everyone else is rejecting. They want to fit in with the crowd.

Jesus started to cut down or denounce the towns He had done miracles in. He warned of disaster coming because they had refused to repent of their ways.

God is still in the miracle working business today. Some nations, such as America, has received God’s favor and miracles for many years. Yet, these nations, as a whole, have rejected Jesus and refused to repent. Sin has become acceptable and promoted widely and openly across the nation, including inside many churches.

If Jesus were walking on the earth today, He would most likely denounce America for refusing to repent. Choices to openly live in sinful ways are becoming more and more common. People are refusing to repent, change and live for God.

When a person chooses to repent of his sins and follow Jesus, he will stand out as different. He will be going against the flow of this world. While doing so, he will also be a great light in this world, revealing Christ and His great love and mercy. In doing this, it will allow God to perform greater and more miracles in the lives of people. His favor will rest upon the people and nations.

If you will allow God to open your spiritual eyes to see what He has done you will see many miracles on a regular basis. As you see and recognize these miracles being performed, turn your life more towards God than to this world. Do not allow your heart to grow cold and follow the sinful ways of this world.

God does these miracles to reveal Himself, so that you will repent of sin and follow Jesus. Seek God to help you turn from sin and follow Him. Do not bring judgement upon yourself.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the miracles God has performed in your life and around you; that you will repent before God of all your sins; and that you will rely upon God to turn from all sinful ways of living.

Daniel 4:2 Excited To Talk

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It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. Daniel 4:2 

When something great happens in the life of a person, he is excited to talk about it. He will begin to tell everyone and anyone about what has happened. He does not care what others think about it.

People are very quick to talk about getting a new car, a new job position, a new house, a new child or grandchild, and the list goes on as to what they want to talk about. They will also talk about the latest events in the news or the latest sports game.

The passion and excitement about what is talked about can run high. Some will agree, while others may disagree with what is said.

King Nebuchadnezzar was excited to talk about what God had been doing in his life.

Every believer has a story to tell about what God has done in his life. Many believers act as if there is nothing exciting that has ever occurred in their lives. They do not see any miraculous workings of God in their lives. Yet, they do have miracles in their life.

Just being forgiven and saved is a miraculous story itself. However, there is also the miraculous work of provision of food, clothing, housing, and more in each person’s life. The daily life of being able to breathe and live is a miracle in itself. God’s amazing provision for places of worship and other believers to worship with is something to be talked about.

Along with all of these, there are the miracles of overcoming sin and temptations that occur on a regular basis. Many also experience miracles of healings and recovery.

When the believer thinks about it, he has many things that God has done in his life to talk about.

Take a moment to take note of all the things great and small that God has done in your life. The blessings are as numerous as the sands on a beach.

Now go out and tell others about those things. Be bold to stand up and talk about God and what He is doing in your life. Be willing to boldly talk about what God has already done in your life.

The world needs to hear your story about God. Do not be afraid of the world, but let them know.

I pray today that you will see the work God has done in and through you; that you will see all the miracles God is performing around you; that you will talk about what God has done and is doing; and that many will come to know Jesus because of your testimony about God.