I am a big time believer in God glorifying himself through powerful miracles, signs and wonders. I believe it is meant as much for today as it was during the time of Acts. I take Jesus at his word when he said we would do greater things than he did and I am not about to excuse the lack of miracles by claiming they were given for a specific time. The lack of miracles is due to my lack of faith, but I am changing that. Some of you know that I am pushing my spirit, mind and body to live within the zone of "Jesus said it. I believe it. I live it." Either we accept all of Jesus' teachings or we accept none of them. It is not a supermarket where we get to pick and choose.
There is a reason Jesus left so the Father could send the Holy Spirit. Why do we think we are possessed by the Holy Spirit? When Jesus came to us he set aside his divinity and operated by the Holy Spirit, not because he had to but to set an example for us. He was the prototype. What he did was done through the Holy Spirit and then he sent us the Holy Spirit so we could so the same things and more. Some people don't want to accept this. Perhaps it's because they are afraid that it will show that their faith isn't real. Some use the excuse that it requires faith and miracles rob people of faith. Let's be clear on this, even if people see the miracle, even if it happens to them, it does not mean they will believe. Listen to Jesus:
If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’" (John 15:24-25)
Miracles mean nothing to a heart that is hardened, but it is God giving them an opportunity to believe. Look at all the things that Jesus did, that were spread far and wide. He had huge crowds following him. As soon as he healed the first person that person began to spread the news and Jesus was pursued by thousands of people wanting a miracle and wanting to see a miracle. Yet, they still crucified him. However, there were those who saw and put their faith in him and its for these people that these miracles are important.
Every opportunity you have to pray with someone is an opportunity for God to reveal himself. Don't be afraid of the big ones. Don't be afraid of praying for healing from deadly diseases. God promised healing, Jesus demonstrated that healing, and then he told us to do the same thing. Sight for the blind, restoration for the lame, diseases and demons put to flight, all so God can be glorified. These things are not happening today, and it's because we don't believe, we have been robbed of our faith. For too long the Church has been divided on this issue and it is like we are afraid to disprove God's existence. It is like we treat our faith in God and his promises like a china bowl, fragile and breakable if we do not handle it carefully. I look at Jesus' life and I do not see a man who handled faith like a china bowl. It was a relationship and a tool, something he used with great strength, like a hammer. I don't think we handle a hammer as if it is fragile.
To see miracles flowing from the Church again we need some changes in our understanding and attitude. We must believe:
1. Jesus said it so it must be.
2. He did what he did by the Holy Spirit.
3. He sent the Holy Spirit so we would do the same powerful things.
4. He said we would do greater things than he did.
5. That God's purpose for this is to reveal his glory, that those who choose to believe will be saved.
6. That we are possessed by the Holy Spirit, who is filling us with the resurrection power and giving us access to the divine nature.
7. It is God's will for Jesus to be revealed through his character in us and by his power through us.
The fact that there are not more miracles is not God's fault but ours. The fact that there are more atheists than before is not God's fault but ours. The fact that the Church has become an academic institution instead of a power house of God's glory is not God's fault but ours. Jesus pondered if he would find faith on this earth on his return and now we can understand why. Just as we trust Jesus for our salvation we need to trust him when he said that the Father will give us whatever we ask. Start asking for those miracles, and believe. To God be the glory.