You can of those who profess to have the power to perform miracles every day, and usually they charge a hefty fee. However, they never perform. They can’t heal the lame. They can’t make the blind to see or the deaf to hear. They can’t heal cancer or heart disease or for that matter any disease. In order to understand miracles is to understand from where the power comes. God, not man has the power to perform miracles. In this lesson I am going to surprise you as to where the miracles of God have gone.
First of all, miracles of God have existed since the world began. It was by the Word of God that the universe was created. Imagine saying, “Let there be light and there was light”. No human being has ever duplicated what God did in the beginning of time of man. Yet, all Christians believe and know of God’s power of miracles. What is in contention is, do men have the power to perform miracles today.
We know prophets of old had the power of miracles. Elijah and Elijah were two perfect examples of two prophets who performed miracles. Elijah raised the dead and confronted the 450 false prophets of Jezebel with the power of miracles (1 Kin 18). The most famous miracle of Elisha was when he healed the leprosy of Naaman (2 Kin 5). His dead bones even raised a dead man back to life again (2 Kin 13).
We know the apostles of Jesus Christ had the power of miracles. They healed the lame (Acts 3:6-8). They raised the dead (Acts 9:36-42). The performed many signs and wonders (Acts 5:12).
We know Jesus himself perform many miracles. Jesus cured the nobleman’s son (John 4:46-47). Jesus healed a leper (Mark 1:40-45). Jesus cured a woman of an issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48). Jesus cured a deaf and mute man (Mark 7:31-37). Jesus opened the eyes of a man born blind (John 9:1-38). Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-46). Last, but not least, Jesus arose from the dead (Luke 24:5-6).
So, the question we need to answer today is, do miracles exist today. We know prophesies, tongues and knowledge from on high ended with the completion of the new testament (1 Cor 16:8-10). We know the power of miracles the apostles had ended with them and was not passed on from generation to generation. They passed on the laying of hands but those who received such power could not pass this ability to anyone else (Acts 8:14-19).
Yet, if we are to believe the book of James, the power of miracles exist today. Are you shocked? Are you shaking your head in disbelief? Yet, we find this in the book of James, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit” (Jam 5:13-18).
Consider this, every man who ever performed a miracle first prayed to God for their request. This my brethren has never ended. Elders of the church have such power if they have FAITH. Sadly, most don’t have such faith and no such miracles are performed. As Christians, we all have the avenue of prayer and with such FAITH, we can ask God to heal us, heal others and if it be His Will, it will be done.
Now, let me share with you a part of my personal life. I have had my own life spared several times which go beyond anything normal. I and my family were delivered from what should have been a head on collision from a semi-truck on a heavy icy road in December of 1969. I have been delivered from several auto wrecks, all unscathed. I have been delivered from more than one assassin. I have been delivered from a venomous snake. Bit by a venomous spider (deathly allergic to its bite and suffered for many years), but allowed to live without treatment. I have been delivered from would be muggers unscathed. I have went through much afflictions and turmoil in my life only to be delivered from what no man could deliver me.
Now, all of these miracles came directly from God and not man. Some by the power of prayer and some by the Will of God. I have had times when the very sick and near death would have their family members call me and asked me to pray for them. One woman was actually in a coma and the ER doctors already said that she had no chance of recovery. In seconds after I prayed for her, her eyes opened up and she began to talk. She walked out of the ER in minutes and shocked the physicians who had treated her. Coincidence or miracle of God? I had my own wife who had lost 6 pints of blood and the doctors in the ER tell me that even 3 pints low in blood will cause one to go in shock. They had never had anyone even walk into the ER low of 3 pints of blood much-less 6 pints of blood. I was told that they would begin to give her blood in drips over 3 days but not to expect her to survive. I prayed for her and 3 days later she walked out of that hospital healthy and well. To this very day they call my wife the miracle lady. Coincidence or miracle of God? Yes, I have prayed for others and some have died or never got well. The power is not within me, but is in God. It’s not my will but God’s will be done. The power of miracles never began with man of no generation but with God. Yes, the prayer of a righteous man avails much, even today! However, you must pray in FAITH and according to God’s Will, or God will not answer your request.
Having said all this, these are not the miracles the apostles performed or Jesus performed or even the prophets performed. Yet, they are still the miracles of God. I have never caused a blind man to see or the deaf to hear. I have never caused the lame to walk or raised a dead man back to life. I know of no one since the apostles who could do such miracles as these. Yet, the faithless in the days of Jesus and his apostles did not believe God healed anyone the way he did, but he did. Today, many still don’t believe God heals through the prayer of a righteous man, but he does.
Many today scoff at such notions that God can still heal mankind today. They run to doctors and place their trust in them, but to no avail. When God heals, a man is completely healed. He doesn’t have to take medicine or walk around on a cane. Man can give temporary fixes to long term illnesses, but only God can heal completely.
Now, I know many will scoff at what I have written as the writings of a mad man, but the scripture bears record, God still heals and delivers man from his dilemmas. After all, did not the scripture comfort us with these words, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb 13:5). Remember this, “With God, all things are possible” (Mt 19:26). And again Jesus said, “…All things are possible to him that believes” (Mk 9:23). God still works miracles through prayer and God still answers the prayers of the righteous (1 Pet 3:12).