Sunday, January 29, 2017
JANUARY 29 "THE BATTLE OF THE MIRACLES"
BE careful of hinging your witness on the miracles that God does because you may find yourself taken back a little when you hear that you are not the only one that has experienced miracles. You may say, "live righteously, serve the true God and then you will experience miracles". Problem is you will find out that there are many who are not living righteously, serving false gods that have experienced miracles too! If our aim is to convince by miracles we will fail or worse, misguide people only to find out the people we were trying to win are now caught up in a counterfeit revival that is full of supernatural manifestations, but yet is not God, what will you say then after you put such an emphasis on "miracles". According to God's word our power is in our testimony. Sinners, religious people, folks caught up in the occult our counterfeit revivals may have plenty of testimonies of the "supernatural" but the one thing they do not have a testimony of is a changed life, deliverance and salvation. Revelations says it is by the "word of our testimony" that we overcome. If we are going to start engaging in a battle of miracles....you may just lose. You may just find out that the person you are trying to convert, once prayed the rosary in his car in a near death experience and right after he prayed his rosary, a miracle happened. What will you say to that? A Buddhist may tell you that she prayed to Buddha for her child to be healed and that moment her child was healed, what will you say to that? Our scripture in today's reading clearly opens our eyes to the fact that Jehovah is not the only one who has the ability to do perform miracles. Jesus would not cater to this "show me a miracle" so I can convert idea...to the unconverted Jesus said the opposite, "a miracle you will not see except as Jonah was in the belly of a whale for 3 days so the son of man will be..." in other words, the only miracle you will get is my dieing for your sins and raising from the dead. In other words, the first miracle you need to see is your salvation which will only come by repentance. People who try to strong arm God into showing them a miracle before they get saved will never get that miracle. Jesus (God) knew that all the miracles in the world will not bring a soul to repentance, He pulled every miracle in the book with Pharaoh and to the Egyptians but it only moved them for a bit, not long after the miracle, the "change of heart" brought forth by the miracle was quickly dismissed and they returned to their stubborn and defiant ways. We can speak of the miracles that God has done for us to unbelievers, but remember, our greatest power and punch when witnessing will be the power of our testimony and if they will not listen to that than so be it..