Tag Archives: Spirit of God

What is a Miracle?

  • What is a Miracle?A Miracle

What is a Miracle is the question raised by a recent comment. In my terms, a miracle occurs when God intervenes in any otherwise natural circumstance. – in other words – when He does something that wouldn’t naturally happen. I like to think that a miracle is God’s response to faith in action.  I.E., We have some human need, we hold out our hand to God and He responds. Viola – a miracle happens.

  • How big is a miracle?

When I had life-saving lung surgery for cancer many years ago, I had no hesitation in calling the result a miracle.  I went into surgery with no fear, joking with the surgery staff, and came out with no pain, and a very smooth recovery.  The anesthetist came and sat on my bed after to tell me he had never had an easier intubation – I told him, “of course you didn’t doctor, there was a whole church full of people praying for this op.”  It is easy t o classify such events as miraculous and to think of miracles as wonderful and momentous; but what about the little things?  When we find the empty park in a crowded street right outside the shop we need; when the rain stops just when we have to go out; when life flows so smoothly for us we feel blessed; are these blessings not miraculous in nature?

  • Little miracles.

Psalm 1 states, “blessed is the man who meditates on my word day and night”; and that “everything that he does will be blessed”.  I can testify to the truth of that.  Our lives have been wonderfully smooth and blessed since we gave God control. So it is plain to me that all these little blessed things in our lives are God-given, and therefore are a never ending stream of little miracles.

  • The Miracle of Baptism

Taivesi Duanitutu states that the baptism of Jesus is not a miracle.  I don’t understand the comment, because for me, baptism involves some divine intervention.  When the Spirit of God landed on me, and when my mind was filled with blinding light and with joyful words of wisdom and illumination; I was born again and  in no doubt that God was present. For me the size of the event was major, but for others it may be or was minor, but whatever the size, it is miraculous because God is present and involved. The element of baptism and the miracle of being born again are not necessarily synchronous, they may be separate in time, but they are one in fact.

  • Reach Out In Faith

The worldly view of a miracle is that event which can only be described by divine intervention.  My view is that it is better described as a transaction between believers and God, where the believer reaches out in faith, and God responds in love. We have some human need, and God supplies that need in some manner.  It is more impressive when the result is dramatic, but however the result is delivered it should be described as miraculous, and answering the question; “What is a Miracle?”

Scriptural Balance

  • Scriptural Balance

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    Scriptural-Balance

We must have scriptural balance – There are a thousand texts that can be made to mean whatever we suppose if we take them out of context. We pray about a passage and look for the central meaning, but to understand each part of the reading we must look at the whole. Example – Paul speaks about behavior and says (1 Corinthians 11:5-15) that “Women must wear hats”.  This is not to say that women must wear hats at all times, so much as to say that women and men should be careful to conform to the social norms of the day. You could extract a “cast iron” rule about hats from this passage, or you could look for the inner meaning and get a valuable insight.  Look for the whole meaning.

  • Balanced Perception

On the previous Sunday our speaker shared about the first “Beatitude”, and what it really means to be humble. Then last Sunday, the lesson was about  self esteem – How we are to take a sober look at ourselves and see ourselves as God sees us.  There is a lovely scriptural balance here in the examining of both sides of one aspect of self perception.  We were blessed that both speakers are led by the Spirit of God.

  • Confirmation

Another aspect of this scriptural balance is that we ought always to seek various forms of proof for what we believe: It is not enough to have a “Peace” about something we believe, we should also look for confirmation in scripture and in the wisdom of our brothers and sisters. All the proofs must agree and be in scriptural balance.  If it isn’t scriptural, or if your spiritual brethren do not agree, then it is unlikely to be the the right will of God. God does not contradict himself, so if you believe the Spirit is telling you something, then the other “Proofs” must follow, if it is true.

How to Know Preaching is from the Spirit

  • Recognize The Spirit
    Recognize The Spirit

    How to Recognize The Spirit.

This is How to Know Preaching is from the Spiritwhen you hear conviction ringing out from the words of the preacher, and when you are riveted to the edge of your seat by the RELEVANCE and FRESHNESS of what you are hearing you know you are hearing from God.

  • God is Never Boring

The eternal, one true God who created the universe and everything in it, is capable of infinite variety.  Consider the magnificent sky-scapes, freshly painted minute by minute while you gaze in awe! With every resource of creation at His fingertips, He doesn’t need to repeat himself. So it follows, that if a preacher is led by the Spirit of God he will be given suitably fresh material to use. A spirit led preacher will be talking about things that have happened to him, or are happening in the NOW; not using anecdotes from the life of some other missionary to the middle of darkest Africa last century.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven is HERE AND NOW.

When you are ‘born again’ you are birthed as a brand new spiritual being into the the Kingdom of Heaven – therefore you must be living in that place RIGHT NOW. It follows therefore, that a spirit led preacher MUST be preaching from conviction gained from his present and past experience, and must be sharing from that. So, such a preacher has to be basing his testimony on what he believes right now – testimony gained from living the Christian life and interacting with God and his fellows. A rule of thumb – any preacher who starts off like this; “A funny [or interesting, or significant,] thing happened to me this week…….”; is most likely to be led by The Holy Spirit, simply because the  Spirit of God will have purposefully put such an experience into that preachers week, just for this purpose; and if he goes on to share a ‘Kingdom’ experience, you may then be quite sure. Any preacher who builds his narrative around someone Else’s experience is selling you second hand goods!

  • This is How You Recognize The Spirit

John said, in his [1 John 4:2-3]2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.. first epistle, “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;” so it follows that a spirit led preacher must be preaching about the ‘crucified’, ‘resurrected’, ‘ascended’ Christ.

  • God Knew You Were Going to Go to Church

– and for that reason, some part of the address will speak to you! There will be parts of the message that will minister directly to you. We are each in a different ‘place’ and various words will react differently on each of us, but a spirit led message will contain something especially for you. This is part of the ‘daily bread’ that God provides and it is part of the assurance we have that He loves us and provides for ALL our needs.

  • The Compelling Word of God

God is totally consistent, so any Holy Spirit led preaching must accord with what He has already said in His recorded Word – the Bible – Ergo,  preaching must be based on and agree with the Bible – so the authority for what a preacher is testifying must rest in God’s Word; and because it is Bible based it is both authoritative and credible – and that is how to know preaching is from the Spirit!

How to Get Christian Unity

  • Christian Unity
    Christian Unity

    Getting Christian Unity

The question of how to get Christian** Unity is paradoxically simple – we just need to go obediently about our Kingdom business.  If we are led by the Spirit of God, then we certainly cannot be getting into conflict with our brothers. Highway Ministries: is an example of Christians from many denominations and races working in unity because they are in obedience to His command to; “Love one another“.

  • Lack of unity is not necessarily divisive

The reason we don’t have Christian unity is that there are as many opinions as there are Christians, and this rich diversity of opinion is exactly what God planned when he gave us individuality and free will. It is pointless to argue objectively about a subjective matter.  We each have our own journey with God, and we can feel threatened when someone says, “No, you are wrong; my way is right.”  We need to just be obedient, not judgmental. The lack of agreement between the theologians and religious savants does not disprove the Gospel in any way, it merely illustrates the diversity and richness of the whole Christian experience.

  • Compare Modern Art to Christianity

Consider a modern painting: The artist ‘saw’ something and committed that vision to canvas, but viewers will all have their own interpretation of what is portrayed, and will energetically argue their own interpretation. That is subjective! Considered objectively, the technique, the composition, and the style, can all be defined and all may agree, but the meaning, the message, and the emotions evoked will never be the same for everyone. So it is with Christianity, we each perceive God in our own way, according to our unique experience.

  • Unity Springs From Obedience

God will not work against himself.  Ergo, if we are each obedient to His leading we must be in unity. Do you ‘get it’? If I am obedient to the one true God, and if you are too, then we MUST BE in UNITY! We will not be doing the same things, at the same times, because the broad spectrum of humanity requires that we will be ministering to [different] others in our individual way and to their [unique] needs. But unity will be evident in the pattern of the whole cloth.

  • Our Mission [in unity]

Our mission is really very simple, and is contained in the Commandment – “Love God, love each other, love your neighbour and ‘tell the good news‘.”  Implicit in that is the need for obedience, and the desire to do good* – what more needs to be said? That is how to get Christian Unity.

*Derivation of Good: from the old English God;

**Derivation of Christian: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus CHRIST;