Miracle for them that believe
Faith and belief play invaluable roles in God and human relationships. It is with these twin virtues that God touches people’s lives. It is important to note that God intervenes on individual’s affairs based on his/her faith.
The entire Holy Bible is awash with reports of people who benefitted in one way or the other from God’s blessings. It is pertinent to note that all the beneficiaries of God’s blessings believed in His power and ability to do all the things they asked for. It is when you believe in someone’s ability that you have faith in him to do what you are requesting for. It is also important to note here that the magnitude of what one receives is subject to his/her faith.
It is based on the above fact that Matthew 9:27-30 says: “And when Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, thou son of David have mercy upon us. 28: And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus saith unto them, ‘believe ye that I am able to do this?’ They said unto him, yea Lord. 29: Then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you. 30: And their eyes were opened; and Jesus strictly charged them, saying, see that no man know it.”
The belief in a miracle worker and on his faith to perform has the ability to open the door of miracles. Our Lord Jesus Christ wanted to be sure of the faith of the blind men before healing them. They recognised the power of God in Jesus Christ and also knew that he has the power to do all things including restoring their sights.
In the lead scripture, it is emphatically stated that God rewards the people that diligently seek Him. In seeking God, one must faithfully approach Him. Faith plays a vital role in our relationship with God.
Prior to his call, Abraham did not know God, as the people of Mesopotamia were idol worshippers. The Supreme God was strange to them, yet when that superior God called Abraham with the instruction to leave his people and his country to go to an unknown place, he obeyed. Without questions, Abraham obeyed, believing that the Supreme God was powerful enough to provide a better country for him. That obedience, the strong belief in God and the faith that God would not disappoint him was among the virtues that counted for him for righteousness. This really paid off, as the Bible later reported that Abraham was well stricken in age and God blessed him in all things.
Again, as recorded in the lead scripture, it is because Enoch believed God and faithfully worked with Him that he was translated to heaven without testing death. Miracle takes place in the lives of the people that faithfully believe in the power of the Almighty God. Mark 9:23-27 says: “Jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24: And straightway the father of the child cried out and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25: When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26: And the spirit cried, and convulsed him greatly, and came out of him; and he was like one dead, in so much many said he was dead. 27: But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.”
It is the faith of the father of the sick child and his belief that Jesus Christ has the power to heal the sick that opened the door of deliverance for the child. Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded the evil spirit to depart from the child as soon as the father declared his belief in the Lord. Believing in God for who he is brings miracle. In the lead scripture, it is written that one cannot please God without faith. It is based on faith and belief, that people diligently seek God. They know God is powerful and ready to bless, deliver, and protect; hence the belief that when God is with them, the Devil will never have his way. In approaching God, we need to believe in Him and have strong faith in His power to do whatever we are requesting from Him.
In John 15:5-8 notes: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6: If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7: If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” In everything we do, we need to have faith in God and believe that we will make great achievement, which the Bible describes as bearing much fruits.
There are four levels in fruit bearing:
• No fruits imply making no physical and spiritual achievement.
• Fruits indicate physical and spiritual progress.
• We need more and more fruits; plenty of them.
• As we bear fruits, the Father is glorified in us.
The fruits represent new converts in God’s kingdom (Romans 1:13); Christian character such as the manifestation of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23); and conduct, which is spirit of righteousness (Romans 6:21-22). The moralities and graces of the spirit are often imitated, but not duplicated. For the will of God to manifest in anyone such a person must abide in our Lord Jesus Christ, be obedient to His words, and do the work, which our Lord Jesus Christ has come to do. This will only be possible if one believes in Him and have faith that God can do what the recipient is asking for in anyplace and at anytime. The case of the Roman Centurion comes to mind immediately.
The Senior Army Officer had a sick servant and he sent some soldiers to invite Jesus Christ to heal his ailing servant. While our Lord was about to come, he sent another set of soldiers to tell Jesus Christ to just issue instructions from wherever he may be and his servant would be healed. He observed that as a Centurion, he is not worthy to have the Son of God under his roof. Our Lord Jesus Christ issued the healing statement and the servant was healed. Jesus Christ commended the faith of this army officer, adding that even in Israel He has not seen such level of faith. A Roman Centurion commands 100 soldiers. He knew what it means to be in authority, knowing that any order issued must be carried out. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, is a man of authority and the angels who minister to men must carry out any order He issues. We should, therefore, believe in Him, obey and depend on Him. We must have faith in Him because any prayer made in accordance with the will of God will be answered in Jesus’ name.
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