Thursday, March 13, 2014
March 13: Extraordinary miracles…
God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. (Acts 19:11,12 NET)
As Paul preached in the pagan city of Ephesus God confirmed and publicized his message with extraordinary miracles. People were healed without even needing to be touched by him. Articles of clothing that had touched Paul were taken to the sick and demon-possessed, and they were healed and set free—truly amazing.
Why are things like this recorded in the Bible? Are these things included in the Bible for the sake of history only, so that we know what went on in the early church? Surely not! The main reason must be to encourage and spur us on to expect more from God. Our God today is the same God that did these things in an evil, unbelieving city in the hope that it would make them it’s people believe, and this is exactly what we need today many cities spread all over the world. A demonstration of God’s power and love is the only thing that can throw the devil down from his throne. We can't do it with words only—the word of God and miracles must go hand-in-hand.
Miracles only happen where people have faith. Yes, God does miracles to confirm His word and help people to believe, but He doesn't do them where no one believes, or where people are negative and proud. Because of this, we need to do all we can to create an atmosphere of faith, where people are hungry for the wonders of God. When needy people come to God with open hearts, He does great things.
The first century Christians prayed, "Lord… enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus…" and it happened!