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Put it under several inches of dirt. Give it enough water, light and fertilizer. Get ready. A mountain will be moved. God is still in the business of miracles today. He does them every day and will do them in your life as well. When you want to see a miracle in your life, all you need to do is pray and believe. God wants to answer your prayer.

Choose to trust God to make the best decisions for your life, because He sees the bigger picture. God knows when something needs to happen, the way it needs to happen and the perfect way to make it happen. He knows you better than you know yourself. Trust that God has your best interest at heart and will perform miracle after miracle in your life — in His way. His way will bring you more fulfillment than you could ever bring yourself.

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Even though it is an extremely uncommon event, I would not be surprised if it were happening several times a year. John Wimber, of the Vineyard, lists raising the dead as one of the basic elements of any healing ministry. Now, with the supposed large number of people being raised from the dead, you would imagine that somebody could manage to come up with one who could give testimony to the validity; but not one modern occurrence of raising the dead can be verified. Later, he recalled only one incident more than 20 years before, when he had supposedly raised a dead child in front of 10, witnesses.

Well, what are we supposed to make out that confusion? And if this Dr. The truth is those who claim miracles today are not able to substantiate their claims.

And the types of miracles that are being claimed today are absolutely nothing like New Testament miracles; absolutely nothing like them. In fact, the types of miracles today could be distinctly seen as different than New Testament miracles. Jesus and the apostles instantly and completely healed people born blind, a paralytic, a man with a withered arm - all obvious, indisputable miracles. He raised the dead, of course, as we well know. They never did a miracle that was slow, they never did a miracle that took time, they never did a miracle that was less than permanent.

By contrast, most modern miracles are partial, gradual, temporary, sometimes reversed, and almost impossible to verify. And the only instant miracles today seem to be those that deal with psychosomatic diseases; people with visible disabilities are rarely, if ever, helped at all by modern faith healers. I recently watched a televangelist interview a man he had supposedly healed of lameness. The man said he was free from his wheelchair for the first time in several years; however, the man was walking with crutches and had heavy braces on his legs.

No modern miracle-worker claims the kind of unequivocal success seen in the ministry of Christ and His apostles. The Holy Spirit is still with us today, and therefore, with Him we have the age of miracles. David du Plessis - who is sort of the patriarch of the movement, who has been called Mr.

They say the Holy Spirit never changed. They say the early church changed. And the thing that always amazes me is, if the Holy Spirit were going to release His power, why would He release it to authenticate the people who teach bad theology? If He wanted to authenticate anybody with miracles, you could be sure it would be those who were the truest, and the purest, and the most profound and Biblical, and the most skilled and dedicated teachers of the Word of God who were teaching the truth.

Many Pentecostals and charismatics talk about the restoration of the New Testament Holy Spirit power through their movement. Is that true? Should Christians today expect miracles? Are we supposed to be able to do miracles, heal people, raise the dead? Well, in answer to all of this, we need to take a look at Scripture, and I want to give you just a fast look, overview at this matter of miracles, that I think will set your thinking in the right frame.

Most Biblical miracles happened in one of three relatively brief periods of Biblical history - you need to note this. Most Biblical miracles happened in three relatively brief periods of Bible history: the days of Moses and Joshua, during the ministries of Elijah and Elisha, and thirdly, in the time of Christ and the apostles. None of those periods lasted much more than years. But even during those three times, miracles were not just normal, everyday occurrences that happened to anybody and everybody. The miracles that did happen in the time of Moses and Joshua involved Moses and Joshua.

The miracles that happened in the time of Elijah and Elisha happened around the ministries of Elijah and Elisha. And the miracles that happened to Christ and the apostles and through them, happened through their ministries.

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And aside from those three intervals, the only other miracles recorded in Scripture are very, very isolated events. It is true in the days of Daniel, God miraculously preserved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace - Daniel 3. But those are very uncommon and very unusual. It is true that God did miraculously preserve Jonah in the belly of a great fish. Now, God, of course, at any time can inject Himself into the human stream supernaturally and do a miracle. But He chose to limit Himself primarily to three periods of history, and very rarely will you ever find a miracle in the times in between.

The rest of the time, God just works through providence. The reason He did a miracle is because a miracle can only be attributed to God. It can only be explained supernaturally, and there were times when that was crucial.

Let me give you some points - three characteristics of the miracles in Scripture will help you understand this. One: miracles introduced new eras of revelation; miracles introduced new eras of revelation. All three of those periods of miracles were times when God gave His written revelation. Moses and Joshua, the time of the giving of the law. Elijah and Elisha introduced the prophetic office, the prophetic age, and all of the books of prophecy, major prophets, minor prophets. In the New Testament, obviously, Christ did miracles, the apostles did miracles; that introduced the era of the New Testament revelation.

So, whenever God was going to pour out His Word, He wanted to certify certain prophets and teachers of His Word, to authenticate them.

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You come to Elijah and Elisha, and the miracles that attended their ministry, as they were the prophets of God, and they were introducing a very long era of prophetic literature, as God revealed through the prophets - of which, really, they were sort of the introducers. And even those rare miracles that occurred in other eras involve people who were used by God to write Scripture. The three men in the fiery furnace involved Daniel. Those two were what we call major prophets, who spoke and wrote for God. Moses performed many miracles in an attempt to convince Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go.

How else would they know who to listen to? And Moses recorded the truth of the Pentateuch - the five books - and Joshua wrote the book that bears his name. Other books were added intermittently after the time of Moses and Joshua. Samuel probably wrote Judges and 1 and 2 Samuel. David wrote the Psalms, Solomon penned most of the wisdom literature. But those books were not accompanied by the great outpouring of miracles that had distinguished the days of Moses and Joshua.

They were kind of a continuation, in some ways, of that revelatory era.

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Second major cluster of miraculous events accompanied a new era of Biblical revelation: the age of the Old Testament prophets. The northern kingdom quickly deteriorated because of idolatry and hit a low point under King Ahab - you remember his wife Jezebel. At that time, God raised up two spokesmen, Elijah and Elisha. The prophetic office in their lifetime was marked by dramatic miracles, to certify them as the spokesmen for God and to call back the people to God.

The prophets that followed them were the continuation of that era. Then, when that era closed out and the Old Testament was done, there was a year period of silence in which no prophet spoke for God and no miracle is recorded to have occurred.