I had been in need of encouragment on the Word of God during a time of
daily discouragement as I hear and read many comments on life's
happenings of daily 'facts' opposite to God's 'Truth' and that
challenge me to make a choice: I can either side with God and believe
God's TRUTH or side with 'the enemy of my soul' and believe life
happenings that are contrary to Jesus teachings and God's Will for my
life. I pray that others will be encouraged too.
"Miracles in the Church" by Dr. Larry Ollison, Ph.D. * as always I
am posting this message with full copyright permission*
If I were to ask you if you believed in miracles, what would you say?
Well if you are a Christian, the answer should be yes. Why? Because
miracles are a major part of the church.
Let me explain. When we read about the offices in the church, we
usually read Ephesians 4:11. Here we find where it says, âAnd He
Himself (referring to Jesus) gave some to be apostles, some prophets,
some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of
the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Here we find that Jesus placed apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors and teachers in the church to build up the church. But when we
study the scriptures, we cannot take one verse and build everything on
it. In other words we must take the sum of the scriptures and see what
With that in mind letâs look at 1 Corinthians 12:28. Here it says,
âAnd God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second
prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings,
helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.â Did you catch that? God
placed the miracles in the church, just like He placed healing,
teaching and apostles. If this is true, and it is, then why do we not
see more miracles in the church?
Well, the answer to that is actually explained by the Bible. In Mark
Chapter 6, Jesus went to his hometown of Nazareth along with His
disciples. When the Sabbath day came, Jesus began teaching in the
synagogue. There were many people there who had traveled to hear Him,
and they were astonished at what He said. In verse two the people said
âWhere did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is
given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands!â
Then some of the people began to doubt his authority. They said, âIs
this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and the brother of James,
Joses, Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?â
In other words they said, âWho does this guy think he is? Heâs just
the local neighbor boy who grew up down the street.â Then the Bible
says that the people became offended at Him.
But Jesus said to them, âA prophet is not without honor except in his
own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.â In other
words, Jesus said that when you are among strangers, the people will
listen and believe, but at home the people are too familiar and itâs
harder to believe.
For years, I traveled and one thing I noticed. It seemed like my
notoriety was directionally proportional to the number of miles I was
from home. The farther I would go, the greater the crowd.
But listen to this. In Nazareth, the Bible says in Mark 6:5 that Jesus
could not do many might works there. Notice it doesnât say he would
not, it says He could not. Why? Because they did not believe. Verse 6
says that Jesus marveled at their unbelief.
Jesus said all things are possible for those who believe. That must in
turn mean that all things are not possible for those who do not
believe. The choice is ours.
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