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Miracles That Bear Witness for Jesus (Part 8)
Series: The 9 Power Gifts of the Spirit
Miracles. When you think of miracles, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Maybe:
If you said yes to any of the above, you would be correct. All of these and more fall into God’s repertoire of miracles. I want to see these kinds of miracles happening in my life. Don’t you?
This week, we are going to build our faith for miracles like the ones mentioned above and more.
Having faith to see God work miracles is easy when we find out why God works miracles in the first place. The Bible tells us why God works miracles in Mark 16:14-20. This passage says:
“Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:14-20, emphasis mine).
The secret to how and why God works miracles is contained in that very last line. “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs."
Did you notice the secret? We see it again in Acts 2:43, which says:
“Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles” …
… And again in Acts 19:8-12, which describes the activities of the apostle Paul:
“And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.
But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, ...
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