Church Life, The Church

I’ve Seen a Miracle!

In fact, I’ve seen hundreds of miracles.

I personally am a living miracle.

You see, I once was dead. Completely. Utterly.

But now I am alive. Completely. Utterly. Eternally.

A few years ago, the ekklesia we are a part of spent a season pursuing the Lord on how He wanted to express Himself through us to the community we lived in. For me, this was an opportunity to allow the Lord to reframe my ideas and expectations about things like evangelism, service, healing, miracles, and outreach. I knew I had old religious baggage concerning these things and I was eager to let it go and see what these could look like inside of Life. One thing in particular I was wondering was why we don’t see as much physical healing and miracles today like we read about in the gospels. Wouldn’t that be a great proponent of outreach and evangelism?

As we pursued the Lord concerning these things I began to see something entirely new. First, all the miracles that Jesus performed when He was in His flesh were shadows. They were pictures of what He was truly coming to do. Saints, hear me, those physical healings were just the SHADOWS. Yes, Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, but is Lazarus still physically alive today? No! Why? Because that healing was TEMPORARY. It pointed to the true, the real, the eternal raising that God was preparing to do. It was only a picture. 

When I took my eyes off the physical, earthly, temporary things and put them firmly on Jesus in the heavenlies I began to see something breathtaking. The Lord has been continuing in his many, glorious, miraculous works, but now they are the real ones. They are the eternal ones. You and I are testimony to this fact, saints. We all were dead, but now we are alive! Lazarus was one man, but I have seen God raise MANY! And these many will never die.

I have seen blind eyes opened. Eyes that will not grow dim again with age, but that shine brighter and brighter, that see clearer and clearer as we go on in Jesus. I have seen the lame walk, and not grow faint with age, but walk stronger and surer as they know Him more. I have seen real miracles, and the truth is so have you. You are one.

Saints, are we still so concerned with this earth? Are we still so concerned with temporary things? Jesus Christ is doing a work that is eternal. A work that will not fade with the passing of time. Every physical miracle he performed in His flesh has succumbed to death. Every. single. one. Why are we still so concerned with this?

I recently heard of a church meeting where the saints prayed earnestly for the father of a brother who has cancer. This is wonderful, I’m not saying that it isn’t. However, when another brother opened up and shared about how he hasn’t been able to see spiritually for a while now, the enthusiasm to pray for this brother wasn’t even close to the same as for the man with cancer. Oh, saints, it must not be so!

I was recently in a meeting where a sister was sharing about some serious physical issues her daughter has and asking us to pray, and a brother asked, “where is she with the Lord?” Yes, saints! This is the heavenly mind we are given in Christ! Let us see the eternals, not the temporary.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t pray for sickness, nor am I saying that God doesn’t heal physically anymore. I have actually seen and personally experienced this working of the Lord. However, God is after something so much more.

Let me ask you this, if you asked God to heal you  and His response was, “I will heal you if that is what you desire, but I will gain nothing. If you allow me to carry you through this sickness or suffering, I will gain immensely.” Which would you choose?

God gains through suffering. If you do not believe me then you do not understand the cross of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor. 4:16-17

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.

This life is so very momentary in light of eternity. Let us take our eyes off this world, this self, and put them on the One whom it is all for. Jesus the Christ. And let us not be moved by man’s physical, temporary need, but by God’s need. What does He stand to gain? For there is the experience of true miracles.


Featured Image Credit: “Miracle Mart rue Jean Talon, St-Léonard (Montréal)” by Flickr user ghost_of_steinbergs (cc)

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  1. Reply
    Kennth Dawson
    April 21, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    You are so right–ten years ago my wife was preparing to divorce me so I was praying for God to stop her and he said let her go…I did and she divorced me and now ten years later I am living much closer to my lord and I do not hold any bitterness towards her–that’s what I call a miracle!

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    Steve
    April 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes to this. My first wife died of breast cancer at 41 after she battled it for six years. We prayed for physical healing every day and believed God would do it. People around the world were praying for her. Three days before she died, when she could hardly talk anymore, late at night, she asked me if I wanted to see Jesus with her. Immediately I said yes. I “saw” Him and was truly in His presence. He told me the miracle we had been praying for His love not anything physical. Ohhhh how I’ve seen and tasted of His love!

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    Bridget Babione
    April 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Amen, brothers! Thank you so much for your beautiful testimonies!!

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    Seth
    April 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

    As I have been pondering this post I had a couple of thoughts I want to share in brief. One is as Jesus was demonstrating His authority and kingdom overthrowing the rule of the enemy by healing and other miracles He was showing who He was and what He came to do as it says in 1 John 3:8. But He was always demonstrating particularly to His disciples who He was, sort of like an illustrated sermon. One of the most clear ones that I think of is in John 9. Not going into depth He demonstrated how He came forth from the mouth of God having put on flesh (clay) and found in the form of man. He showed how John had stated in chapter 1 that He was the light coming into the world, the true light who gives light and life to every man. That clay mixed with spit being applied to the blind mans eyes and after washing providing light so he could see. There is much more there but I just wanted to show agreement that Jesus’ miracles always had a greater purpose or I would say multiple purposes being accomplished at once.
    So back to sickness and a thought about why some pray more intently for that than lets says someone’s salvation. I think that may depend on the filter of theology they approach the Scripture with. For instance if someone comes from lets say a Calvinist background and the thought is those who are to be saved will be saved (predestination) then perhaps there isn’t much urgency produced to pray for the salvation of another. But in the case of sickness especially a life threatening one there is that element of battle, knowing that we are wrestling against an enemy and we can overcome him. I would say that there is a warfare in both cases and seemingly more so in the case of salvation and the bringing of truth to bear on the mind by the Holy Spirit dispelling lies. This battle is raging intensely all around us. So in all things may we be conformed to the image of Christ and also may we wage a proper warfare against all the works of the enemy especially the blindness of the heart. Most of the time that is simply standing in faith and speaking the truth in love.

    I remember after my life was transformed by Christ out of much darkness and despair. I was at a bible study and this lady came up to me and told me how she was so blessed to see me. She told me, “you have no idea how many hours I have spent praying for your salvation and deliverance.” I was personally humbled and in awe of the love of the Lord and this sister. Apparently she was a part of a women’s prayer team that knew my mom. But the point is the Lord moved in her heart to pray fervently for me over a long period of time and the Lord answered her prayers and for that I am very grateful.

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