Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Crazzies, Part 5- MIRACLES

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DEFINITION OF A MIRACLE - A miracle is something that only God can do.

There are 2 types of miracles
“God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing.” Romans 4:7 (NCV)

That's what Romans is talking about. God does two types of miracles: He resurrects something that's dead (He gives new life to it) and He creates something out of nothing. Those are both miracles. If you need a miracle from God, here's what you need to do:

1. RECOGNIZE That You Need One.
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” For this people’s heart has become calloused...”. Matthew 13:14,15

2. ASK God for one.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7
“... if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

3. EXPECT God to do it.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Key thought- Faith is a verb, Faith is not passive, it is active. Faith is taking the initiative.

4. You Can TRUST Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
Jehovah-Rapha (The Lord that Heals) Exodus 15:26
Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord that Provides) Gen 22:14.

The cross qualified you for a miracle!
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)