One of the definitions of a miracle is “phenomena which appear to violate natural laws but reveal God actively moving,” or “a sense of awe that points to the presence of God at work in power.” Miracles are a phenomena that inspires awe and awareness of God’s power. I’ve personally witnessed them and you have too.
God has forever done miracles. Everything that God has ever accomplished was first impossible to do, and He has never ceased being Himself, doing the impossible and performing miracles all around us - even to this moment in time. Miracles and power are a part of the kingdom and whatever is touched by His Kingdom, the miraculous is present. In fact, miracles are an ongoing gift that God has given to the church:
“And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.” 1 Cor 12:28
In addition to the Bible being replete from cover to cover with miraculous stories, history and the world itself has a multitude of unexplainable mysteries, and I have personally witnessed things that could not be included in any other category except “the miraculous”: People healed of many different ailments, a witchdoctor completely changed in moments after seeing me coming to him in dreams for decades before we met, signs in the sky that spoke clearly, dreams in the night that became reality soon after, unexplained experiences, demonic spirits thrust out of a person and peace filling their lives, prophetic revelation being spoken that no one knew about, money appearing at our doorstep or in the mail at the perfect time, a baby being born, and on and on.
One thing that stands out to me as very interesting is that as I hear others share testimonies of what miraculous thing that God has done in their lives, with no two stories being the same, I do see a pattern emerging. Most of the miracles and phenomena that violates natural law for individuals has come through the “touch” or actions of other people! In other words, most miracles do not come as God working independently and unilaterally, but rather God choosing to work through His dependents – His children that rely in faith on Him and step out in love and compassion to take action and touch someone else.
Jesus didn’t come to show off His power to impress, He came to show everyone who believes in Him how to do what He was doing and even greater things. God has chosen to use us to work through.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go to the Father.” John 14:12
Consider for a moment the miracles you have seen or received personally. How did most of them happen? My guess is that many of them came through someone who gave, someone who prophesied, someone who placed their hands on you and prayed for you, someone who said something that altered your world, someone who God used to do the miraculous through.
What this means is that just as Jesus became the miracle for all of humanity by stepping out of heaven and coming near to people, healing them and releasing them from their bondages, we are here to do the same. We are invited to step out of our own haven of comfort and give away what we have already been freely given. It’s faith working through love, not power working through feelings.
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” Matt 10:8
“Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.” 1 John 2:6
When we step out of our safe environment and go to the people that we see in pain, those who need encouragement, those who are sick or depressed, we become a part of God’s provision and His miracle for another. God has chosen to do it this way. He is waiting for us to step out while we are often waiting for Him to do something. He has already filled you up with the miraculous to give away. The reservoir of His Spirit inside of you holds the resources that sets others free (Luke 17:21). God’s is looking for His “dependents” to send a check through – looking for armies of His own children that want to get in on doling out heaven’s riches. Whether we realize it or not, our own life is a miracle and we are a transport vehicle of miracles to others.
Matt is the Lead Pastor at Awake Church, as well as the founder of the water supplying organization Hydrating Humanity. Matt lives in North Carolina with his beautiful wife Debbie and their five sons. He is an avid storyteller who often shares his own adventure-packed history as well as stories of others that have inspired him.