Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “They threw down their staffs, which also became serpents! But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staff.” (Exodus 7:12)
Miracles - are they from God?
Miracles are not for its own glory but for the manifestation of God’s glory through the living life of love. We should not be weaned, swayed and tempted by people who do miracles. Miracles can help us to believe, but it is dangerous to rely on them alone. Miracle-doers and centers mainly attract people for healing, prosperity and money. Here, the medium is glorified, but not God and his commandments. Jesus did not do any miracles for the sake of doing them, but did it only for the glorification of God and His love. "The miracle sign at Cana in Galilee was the beginning when Jesus manifested His glory” - John 2:11. “But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” - John 20:31. "But the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law" - Galatians :6:22,23. If any miracles and miracle centres transmit these, then we can say that is true by the power of Jesus, otherwise we have to shun these people and centres once and for all as fake, trickery and satanic.
God performed a miracle by turning Aaron’s staff into a serpent, and Pharaoh’s magicians did the same with their magical powers. Some of their feats involved trickery or illusion. Satan can imitate some parts of God’s work and lead people astray. Pharaoh focused on the miracles rather than the message. We can avoid this error by letting the word of God be the basis of our faith . No miracle from God would endorse any message that is contrary to the teachings of His word.
Aimee, the great miracle doer of the first half of the 20th century in North America, attracted millions of people to her. She was reported to have had the most medically documented healings of any Christian minister up until her time. But her personal life was in shambles. Her three marriages had ended in divorce and her children were leading wayward lives. She could not adjust with her mother, colleagues or staff. She became very depressed and also had many illnesses. Finally, she committed suicide with an overdose of sedatives.
Prayer : Jesus, our source of all miracles, we thank you for the science and wonders you have revealed to us. In this faithless generation, we are in need of more miracles. Let the fake healers and miracle-doers be convinced that they are wrong in using your name for benefitting them. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, 7th Feb 2012
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012