I was teaching a lesson I wrote on Miracles to my class a couple of weeks ago and I defined a miracle as an instant 180-degree change in circumstances. I told them the formula for receiving a miracle and here it is – only believe. Sounds simple. However, it isn’t as simple as we might think sometimes.
Mark 5:35-36 reads – “While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.”
If ever was a circumstance that called for a miracle, that is it. So Jesus instructed – only believe. You already know the outcome, he raised the little girl from the dead because six people believed.
Jesus compared the amount of faith needed to receive from God as the grain of a mustard seed. Not a tiny little mustard seed, but the grain of a tiny little mustard seed. That is a very small thing, yet, you can know if you can come to that point for a split second, you will receive a miracle.
There are no “minor miracles.” Contrary to what you may have heard in your life, there is a foundational truth that a miracle is of an extremely magnanimous importance. It is something that changes everything it encompasses. There must be a higher purpose for a miracle and here it is – it must glorify God. If you have a self-centered purpose for asking for a miracle, it will most likely never happen.
Just like all prayer, it has to have the right motive. The only motive that measures up is to glorify God.
In all my years in the ministry I have probably been asked one question more often than any other – “How do I know what God’s will is for my life?” It’s a legitimate question and it calls for a legitimate answer. The Bible is full of the will of God. When you apply the principle of what the Word of God says, his will is to any prayer before you go asking for something for yourself, two things happen immediately. 1. You have now opened a line of communication with God through the name of Jesus Christ. 2. You will most likely see your original request drop a little bit in importance because there is nothing larger than the will of God.
So, back to the original premise. How do you only believe? By abandoning all of your self-understanding, and put your faith in the knowledge that God is in complete control and by believing him we are taking our circumstances out of our own hands and put them into the hands of God.
One more thing. You must leave that request at the foot of his throne and never pick it up again. Whatever the illness, whatever the straits, God is Lord over all. Trust him and only believe.
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