When God asks a question, He doesn’t do it for His own sake. We think Job is a really good guy, but he mumbled and grumbled (less than we do, but still). God asked him lots of questions. When God robed Himself in flesh, He asked lots of questions as well. Who touched me? Peter, why did you doubt? Do you believe? Will you go away also? Lovest thou these more than me?
When God robed Himself in flesh, He asked lots of questions as well. Who touched me? Peter, why did you doubt? Do you believe? Will you go away also? Lovest thou these more than me?
Jer 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”
We are almost outliers in so many ways because we live godly in an ungodly world. People are genuinely scared and perplexed today. They are very worried about life in general. The governments can’t fix what’s wrong, celebrities can’t fix it, armies can’t fix it. People say to us, ‘How dare you preach?’ The reason is we have the right answer to that question, ‘Is there anything too hard for Me?’ The answer is ‘No, there is nothing too hard for our God.’
God is a miracle worker, but He’s looking for people with faith in His power.
Thomas Jefferson appreciated the teachings of Jesus. However, he went to the Bible with a razor and glue. He included the teachings but deleted the miracles. Jefferson’s version of the gospel ended with Jesus in the tomb. He was a great teacher, but not God. When you subtract the miracles, you get a very weak Jesus. If you subtract the supernatural from the church of the 21st century, you end up with a very weak church.
Today people don’t actually cut and paste the Word, but they pick and choose their favorites, excluding the verses that challenge them to change. They end up creating a God in their image. In doing so, they miss the miracles God wants to do in His church in this day.
You can see the miraculous if you just pick up a telescope. Right now, the earth is spinning around its axis at a speed of 20,000 miles per hour. We hurtle through space 87 times faster than the speed of sound. On the days you feel you didn’t get much done, you’ve gone several thousand miles through space. No wonder you’re so tired! In your body, you are inhaling oxygen, fighting antigens, purifying toxins, digesting food, and circulating blood. You’ve never not experienced a miracle! You are a miracle!
The planet we live on was created for us with boundaries. There is an invisible but impassable fence between the natural and the supernatural, but there is a gate in that fence whose name is Jesus.
The miraculous is not an emotional performance by a human being. It’s not about the right music or the right preaching, it’s about walking with Jesus. You can experience the supernatural just by walking with Jesus everywhere. It’s easy for Jesus to nudge you through the fence at any moment. You don’t have to feel a certain way or be in a certain meeting. It’s the God you serve. There’s nothing too hard for Him.
34 distinct miracles are recorded in the four gospels. To God there is no easy or difficult. With our God all things are possible. God doesn’t see any degree of difficult between curing a headache or curing cancer. At any time, you can slip into the supernatural and receive a miracle.
Mat 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
God is sometimes waiting on us to see if we’re going to go after our miracle or if we’ll sit around and wait for the inevitable to happen. If you assume the answer is no, you won’t get your miracle. God won’t answer the miracles you don’t pray for. Our effort doesn’t make things happen, but our lack of effort can keep things from happening.
A woman with an issue of blood pushed through the crowd, lepers broke protocol shouting for a healing. Four men tore off a roof just to get a sick friend to Jesus. A woman humbly begging for crumbs from the Master’s table said, ‘I know the bread belongs to the Jews, but I’ll do more with a little crumb than your kids have done with a whole loaf of bread.’
All of these miracles took effort, but they also took seeking. There are things we can do. Show God you’re serious. You don’t cause the miracle, but you say, ‘God, I’m serious.’
If you want God to do a new thing, you can’t keep doing the same old thing.
We love to be in our own churches because that’s safe. The best place to be is the will of God, but it’s not necessarily the safest place. Jesus rarely ministered where He and His disciples were not in the minority. The church was only 120 on the Day of Pentecost, but 3000 were saved that day. When the church was outnumbered, God stepped in.
After the power came in the book of Acts, they prayed for boldness to use the power they already had. Paul asked for prayer not that the doors would be unlocked, but that he would be bold to witness.
God, would you do something great for Your church? Draw attention to Your church so we can deflect that attention back to You. We want God to get the glory!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Raymond Woodward
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