In times of revival, the Holy Spirit renews supernatural and miraculous manifestations in the Church. Then the Word of the Lord comes and clarifies the meaning and purpose of the miracles. The Word restores he Church and enables it to fulfill its mission in the present generation by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Miraculous works of God occur internally and externally. The greatest miracle takes place internally as the Lord changes the hearts of men and forms the image of Christ in them. The power of God works to strengthen Christians to carry out the mission He has given them.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…”
Colossians 1:11 “… being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.”
Externally, miraculous signs and wonders of God confirm the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom, making the message more persuasive. The external working of God’s power always serves the harvest.
Mark 16:20 “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.”
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The obedience of man combines with the will of God to produce miracles. Only God in heaven initiates miracles, but they become reality as believers cooperate with heaven by faith. The sequence of events appears as follows:
1> Hearing the Word of God
When believers have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying, they can respond obediently to the Word and see the grace and power of God released to do His will.
Acts 9:17-18 “So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized…”
2> Believing the Word
When believers hear the Word, they must receive it and be willing to act upon it, no matter how silly that might think it looks.
Acts 14:8-10 “Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice, ‘Stand upright on your feet.’ And he sprang up and began walking.”
3> Speaking the Word
God’s power flows through His Word (see Genesis 1:2). Whenever God desires to perform a miracle, He seeks an instrument through which He can speak or articulate His Word. With the speaking of the Word, power is released.
Acts 3:6-8 “But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.”
4> Acting on the Word
An action must correspond to the Word. A step of faith begins the process of seeing God’s sovereign will accomplished
Acts 27:22-25, 31-32 “Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told … Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship’s boat and let it go.”
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