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.