Miracles Do Happen
Lisa Shefferly-Gillay • May 13, AD2014
I believe in miracles, in big ones and in small ones. God is still alive and well on planet earth. He still cares for us and also cares for what matters to us. He hears our cries. He knows our desires. He sees our needs. He wants to heal us and make us whole. As for us, we just hope he answers us in the way we want, but that’s not always the way He works. God’s ways are higher than our ways and He always knows what is best. So, even though we might pray for miracles in our lives and in the lives of others, they may not come with the answers we expect. Sometimes we receive more than we thought and sometimes the answer given was entirely different and totally unexpected.
Sometimes I come across friends and family and the subject of prayer and miracles comes up. During these conversations some of each of our concerns are discussed and we decide to pray for each other. One friend wanted us to pray together in order to have God help her pass a class she was taking. She honestly thought she wouldn’t, considering some of the grades she said she received on her tests, but miracle of miracles, she did! Our combined prayers for her desire to pass the class were answered in the way she hoped they would be answered. She was very happy and let me know as soon as she found out.
My daughter had lost a special diary a little while ago so I said we should pray together to St. Anthony to help her find it. I said that he never failed to find a lost item for me. I told her to trust him to find her diary. One day, quite some time later, she found it packaged up in a box. She was so very happy, but her happiness was more in her increased faith due to answered prayer than in finding her diary. The look on her face was my pure joy. Last month, I ran into a friend who asked if I could say a prayer that God would help with something he and his wife were trying to work through. I told him I would. When I saw him again this month, he said the issue was resolved, praise God!
Recently, a girlfriend of mine was feeling down and wanted to talk about it. She said that she and her husband seemed to be growing more distant but what she really desired was a closer relationship with him. So we prayed about it. When I saw her later on, she told me that things were much better between them. I was very truly glad to hear that their relationship had really come around for the better for them.
Today, I had the opportunity to witness yet another miracle movement of God in my life. I was able to talk to my husband about something very painful to us both. At one point in our short conversation, I felt God’s presence very strongly between us and knew, even if briefly, it was a healing moment. Maybe the rest of the conversation wasn’t as powerful, but at that one special point we both became totally vulnerable with one another, looking intently at each other and showing the fullness of our pain. It was so very beautiful to me and a sign of hope that we might actually get through this after all. I pray that somehow it was a God moment for him as well. I love that man so very much!
God does hear the cry of the heart. God does answer prayer. God’s miracles are His way of coming into our world in an extraordinary way. They can be everyday miracles that are sometimes so common that we don’t even view them as such. And then they can be the “Lazarus, rise” type that just makes you fall to your knees with the power of God’s holiness. God listens to prayer. He may not always answer it in the way we hope or in the time we want, but He hears us and gives us the grace we need for the moment to continue on. Miracles do happen, big and small. Wait, hope, pray, and persevere, and never, ever give up faith that God will hear and answer the deepest desires of the heart.
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About the Author: Lisa Shefferly-GillayI enjoy writing and have always found it to be one of the best ways I communicate my thoughts most clearly. I hope you enjoy and find what I have to say to be interesting, insightful, and even uplifting. I also am a big fan of marriage and believe it is one of the stepping stones and pathways God has planned for us to reach sainthood and Heaven. God's peace to you and yours!
Does God still perform miracles today? Are there still miraculous healings done in this age of the church? Can we still expect miraculous healings that Jesus and the apostles performed in the New Testament? What does the Bible say about miracles?
Theology vs. History
A major mistake that most people who read the Bible is that they read the book of Acts or the accounts of Jesus’ ministry in the New Testament and assume that these same miracles should still be occurring today. Jesus raised people from the dead, caste out demons, and healed the sick. So too did some of the apostles in the book of Acts. Paul raised one young man from the dead. Some were healed just by being in the shadow of a passing apostle.
There is a decided difference in the Bible that few people seem to disseminate. That is there is a difference between theology and historical accounts. If you read the gospels or the book of Acts, you read of the history of Jesus’ ministry and the history of the early church through the apostles. There exists a difference between the gospels and the book of Acts and the letters in the New Testament of Paul, Peter, James, and the other general epistles. The book of Acts and the gospels are historical accounts and are more concerned with recording events of Jesus’ ministry and the history of the early church. Conversely, the general epistles are more concerned with theology. You can not read of an account in the book of Acts and assume that is the theology and that the things recorded should be still occurring today in the church.
One example is that there have been no authenticated accounts in the modern day church where a man or woman of God has laid hands on a dead person and raised them to life. And people who lie to church leaders die instantly like Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira did for lying to the Holy Spirit and Peter when they withheld part of the money they had given to the church for land they had sold. Neither has anyone seen cloven tongues of fire over the heads of people who had received the Holy Spirit. No churches at present have members speaking in languages other than their own languages like they did in the book of Acts. These were one time occurrences that were used by God to establish the authenticity of the New Testament church. To use historical accounts of the gospels and the book of Acts is to misapply the intent of these books.
Healings Still Occur
There are literally hundreds of accounts of miraculous healings today among countless Christians but these are at the discretion of God alone. God miraculously heals some while choosing not to heal others for His divine purpose. No one would accuse the apostle Paul of having a weak faith, yet God refused to heal him after he asked three times. In God’s higher wisdom, He knows who and what to heal and what is best for the believer in choosing not to heal someone. Yes, miracles still happen, but they are not at the direction or discretion of believers but a decision of God alone. He does heal through petitions of prayers but there are times when His answer is no because He has a higher purpose in mind. Our sufferings and afflictions work out a purpose that we may not be able to understand at this time (Romans 8).
Miracles Still Happen
God is still in the business of miracles. I believe that the greatest miracle of all is that of converting a blind sinner to see their sin and to change the human heart; from one of serving the god of this world to seeing their own sin and the need of a Savior in Jesus Christ. The miracle of human conversion is actually greater than any healing miracle because this brings eternal life in Christ. A healing miracle is only temporary. The person healed will eventually die but the one that is born-again has inherent eternal life that can never be lost and that person can live with God for eternity, never to die again (John 3:16).
Those who call themselves or are called by others as “faith healers” are not biblical in any sense. For one thing, God is the one who chooses to heal a person. Supposed faith healers have a win-win situation. If they “heal” a person, then they get the credit because they laid hands on them. If they are not able to heal someone, they usually say that the person lacked faith in God. Jesus never, ever failed to heal even one person on account of their lack of faith. Neither did any of the apostles neglect to have someone healed due to the person’s lack of faith in God. Those faith healers who attribute the inability of someone to be healed on their lack of faith ignore biblical theology. Faith is a gift of God and it is the faith that comes from God alone, freely, and not of our own selves. He might use the prayers of believers but He nowhere says in the general epistles in the New Testament that healing will always occur.
Faith healers have been exposed as charlatans, some have their own “sick and infirmed” that they supposedly heal but many of these are the same people are known and used repeatedly by the fake faith healers. If a person comes to them that they do not know and they are not healed, then they can shatter this persons faith in themselves and can cause them to fall away from the faith in God on account of God’s inability to heal them. Faith healers have done more harm than good. True healing is a healing of a sinner’s heart; through repentance, brokenness, and a need for a Savior by realizing their own sinfulness.
Receive Your Own Miracle
If you are a born-again believer, then you have received the greatest miracle that any human could ever experience. It is a miracle in the sense that you were once an enemy of God, was blind but now can see, and were separated from God by your sin. Jesus took on God’s wrath in your place. God sent the Holy Spirit to reveal Who Jesus is. He turned the heart of stone into a heart of flesh. You now have eternal life and can never, ever be lost (John 10:28-29). The fact is that this is the greatest miracle of all and one that supersedes all of the miracles of healing or being raised from the dead that have ever been written in the Bible.
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