THERE WILL BE MIRACLES WHEN YOU BELIEVE

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THERE WILL BE MIRACLES WHEN YOU BELIEVE

Not too long ago, Disney did an animated movie called Prince Of Egypt. Its title track was called When You Believe. If or not the composer meant to convey its complete meaning, its lyrics carry the message for us from Jesus’ heart.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Faith, belief, trust, in Him, is really all that Jesus wants from us in order that we may receive from Him. Let us see how faith and trust in Jesus unlocks miracles.

Jesus’ first miracle was during the wedding feast in Cana. The host had run out of wine. So Jesus’ mother asked Jesus to intervene. Here, the miracle usually takes the limelight. But for now, pay attention to the manner in which the request was made.

“And when they had run out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”” John 2:3

And then,

“His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” John 2:5

Simple, no doubts, no pleading, just stating the fact, then telling the rest to do as He says. Now that is faith.

In the same way, when Jesus cleansed the leper and healed Peter’s mother-in-law, it was in much the same way. No elaborate pageantry. Just a simple request, and faith that Jesus can and Jesus will.

“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:1-3

“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left. And she arose and served them.” Matthew 8:14-15

Isn’t it so wonderful how the account with Peter’s mother-in-law happened? It was as if healing was part and parcel of being with Jesus. No astonishment from the disciples. No gasps. Touch and heal; all in a day’s work. Done and over in two verses.

Beloved child of God, that is the reality that Jesus wants us to realize that we are in. As long as we are with Him, such miracles will become common place.

But also note how the Spirit records for us the leper’s request. The leper came to Jesus and worshiped saying, Lord if You are willing, You can make me clean. He did not come with long psalms and verbose prayers. He did not come with burnt offerings, bulls and goats. He came with a request. And Jesus considers it worship.

When we approach God with full knowledge of who He is, and who we really are, we acknowledge that He is the omnipotent and we are the incompetent. That recognition puts us in a position of dependence on God; and God considers that worship. Wow, what a revelation!

And you know what? Jesus is impressed with faith and by faith. Look at these accounts.

“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
“And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
“The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it.”
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!.” Matthew 8:5-10

Firstly, Jesus makes no distinction between peoples. He was a centurion, not a Jew, but once Jesus heard his request, He was willing to go immediately. So in the same way, Jesus makes no distinction between peoples now. As long as you have a request, Jesus is willing to come to you immediately, regardless of who you are.

But what is more is that the Spirit, through Matthew, saw fit to record the fact that Jesus marveled at the faith of the centurion. He was not merely pleased, or happy, but MARVELED! So faith counts as worship, faith from us marvels God!

But this is not the only occasion. When Jesus was walking through the crowd, on His way to attend to Jairus’ daughter,

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was not better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.” Mark 5:25-29

“And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”” Mark 5:32-34

Notice the faith that she had in Jesus, that a mere touch of His garment would heal her. And notice how He responded. Though He made her well, He attributed her healing to her faith in Him. Beloved, faith in Jesus is the key to unlocking the healing that He comes to bring! He tells us this very plainly in the episode with Lazarus.

“Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to him.” John 11:14

“Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now, I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:21-26

“Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God ?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that you sent Me.” John 11:40-42

All God ever wants from us is for us to believe in Him. Not even in the signs and wonders. But in Him. This He shows us in the episode at Bethesda. There, a man was waiting to be carried into the pool for miraculous healing.

“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.” John 5:6-9

Jesus does not want us to be caught up with miracles and signs. He wants us to realize that the healing comes from Him! The man need not have gone into the pool. All he needed to do was to go to Jesus.

In the same way, we do not need to be looking for miracle cures or solutions. We just need to look to Jesus. And when we look to Jesus in faith, this is what happens.

“Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.” Matthew 8:13

You know, if we think carefully, what God wants is no different from what we want from our children. Though we have made the best plans to take our children on a day out, if they do not believe us, and make other plans with their friends, they will never enjoy the day we have planned. Similarly, as bosses, if our subordinates do not trust us to negotiate the best work package for them and instead run to Human Resources on their own, they will never enjoy the benefits that our influence can bring them.

So in the same way, all Jesus is asking is for us to trust Him, believe in Him, and let Him do the work for us. So let us trust in Jesus for there WILL be miracles WHEN you believe.

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