Anybody Need a Miracle?
“You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.” (Psalm 77:14, ESV)
God is a God of miracles!!
Anybody need a miracle?
“On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.
When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:1–11, ESV)
Defining a miracle: What is a miracle?
“An act of God, contrary to natural law as human beings understand it, but not contrary to natural law as God understands it, and which He performs in accordance with His will and redemptive purpose.” –Herschel Hobbs
But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” -Luke 18:27
“As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number: Job 5:8-9
“It’s a God thing.” – Gary Fine
Dangers of miracles:
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Matthew 12:38-39
- Not now, back then
And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:22-23
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs. Mark 16:17-20
Miracle Principle: Believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus.
So, what about when I need a miracle?
- Miracles and faith go hand in hand.
When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:3-5
- Miracles and obedience go hand in hand.
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5
So, when you need a miracle, it is important to ask some questions…
- Have I done all that I could do?
- Have I completely trusted God in prayer?
- Am I asking God for His glory in view?
Miracles and God’s glory go hand in hand
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
It’s not about us but about God.
- Miracles and God’s purpose go hand in hand.
… And his disciples believed in him. John 2:11
“So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”” (John 4:46–52, ESV)
Are the miracles in the Bible to be taken literally?
Is God a God of miracles and wonders?
God does not use miracles just as a way of proving or authenticating Himself.
- Reveals Himself
- Captures our attention
- Reveals truth/message
I need a miracle:
Write it down.