The Need for the Miraculous

Is there a need for the miraculous? After all, life itself is a miracle, with only a heartbeat dividing time and eternity. To see the anatomy of an eye, or an ear, is to glimpse the miraculous and yet we take these things so much for granted.

It seems to me that a church without the creative touch of the breath of the Holy Spirit bringing revelation to the finite mind of man, must surely succumb to the weak struggles of human endeavour, lacking the Signature of its Master Designer.

The book of Acts opens to us a dimension in the Spirit which we seem to be barely touching. Yet we know it is true in our own experience, as well as in Acts, that the miraculous…the touch of His Hand…the glimpse of the light of His Glory, is the very thing that causes man to take his eyes off the natural and to reach, as it were, ‘on tiptoe’ into the realm of the Spirit.

How much we miss through ignorance! How much of the Divine communication we miss each day, because we are ‘too busy’! What a tragedy if the Church should be ‘too busy’ to fulfil the Master’s Plan…’too busy’ to stop and find out how He wants it done.

THE MIRACULOUS IN THE CHURCH

As the Church continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers – Acts 2:43 says, “Fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles”. Verse 47 says, “and the Lord added to the church daily”. Chapter 5:11,12 repeats the message – the fear of the Lord, then signs and wonders and many added to the church. Chapter 9:31 “walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, (the churches) were multiplied”.

I do believe if we had a greater fear of God in the church, we would have a whole lot less grumbling and complaining and criticizing. From these few verses we see that the fear of God came upon the people, before the signs and wonders. Did the fear of God come as a result of the manifest Presence of God, or did the teaching in the church contribute to that outcome? I am sure we would like to see the signs and wonders, but are we ready for a fresh revelation of the ‘fear of God’ and the necessary changes that would bring in our lives?

THE MIRACULOUS IN PUBLIC

Many of the miracles recorded in Acts, happened in the market place, in full view of passers-by.

On almost every occasion, these miracles attracted a large crowd of inquiring people, and afforded a wonderful opportunity to testify, which resulted in many people being saved. It also resulted in persecution and arrests, which gave more opportunity to witness…and more souls were saved.

Almost invariably, persecution brought more glory to God, as the persecuted ones exhibited fearless courage and joy in the midst of their troubles. Do we exhibit that kind of courage and joy?

The real question here, however, is: “why do we not have these kinds of miracles happening out there in the community today”? (Actually I know of some young adults groups who DO see these miracles, as they pray for people in shopping malls and in the streets) – but this is the exception, rather than the rule.

We live in an age that has cast inhibition to the wind, yet we Christians are often so inhibited that we would not pray for someone on the footpath, or in a shop. Instead, we invite them to church, or offer to put them on the prayer list! Yet the disciples did not so much pray for people, as simply to speak healing or deliverance (as Jesus did), and it is recorded that their praying in faith brought to the church boldness, unity, power and grace.

THE MIRACULOUS IN THE INDIVIDUAL

The work of the Master Potter in an individual is miracle indeed. To create such a diversity of personalities that only His creativity could design, and then to patiently re-create the regenerate soul in the Divine image, drawing each one to a place of willingness to conform to the harmony of the Whole – is His alone to contend with! In the book of Acts, we see the church in the making. We see the miraculous at work in individual lives, giving discernment, wisdom, revelation, direction, authority, comfort and courage.

The miraculous in the life of the individual has to do with relationship. God forbid that we should try to live as Christians without it!

THE SOVEREIGN NATURE OF THE MIRACULOUS

The realm of the miraculous belongs to God. We cannot enter it by striving, nor by manipulation. However, there is a way in, to those to whom He chooses to reveal it. I sincerely believe the Father wants His children to enter into the realm of the Spirit in an ever-increasing and progressive revelation. However, very often we can only receive a tiny bit of what He intended to entrust to us. Why is that?

  1. We are too often too busy to sit at His feet and learn of Him.
  2. We have such a strong grip of the ‘natural’, we will not let go long enough to grasp the ‘supernatural’.
  3. Our lives are not sufficiently ‘in order’ to impart His ‘order’ to another.

Surely the world is in need of the miraculous, to wake it from its stuporous plunge into darkness.
Surely the church is in need of the miraculous, to shake it from its apathy and self-centredness.

Oh God, strengthen my hands. -Nehemiah 6:9

About The Author

Kerrie Price

I am a grandmother and a recently retired pastor. On my retirement I decided I needed a new interest in life and wanted to supplement my income. I have chosen to use my skills as a Christian Life Coach, and to learn new skills in the field of Internet Marketing, and though I haven't been on the journey very long, it has been a most interesting one. There is a great deal to learn and many wonderful people to meet via the Internet. I am enjoying this new stage of my life, and hope to help others who want to improve their circumstances and make a change for the better.

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