Terry R Baughman is Lead Pastor for LifeChurch in Gilbert, AZ. See his complete bio at trbaughman.com
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MIRACLES IN THE MAKING
Terry R. Baughman
“The apostles went out announcing the good news everywhere, as the Lord himself consistently worked with them, validating the message they preached with miracle-signs that accompanied them!” (Mark 16:20 The Passion Translation).
The signs following salvation are an incredible authentication of the power in the Gospel message. Undeniable miracles, the gift of the Spirit speaking in other tongues, physical healings, spiritual deliverance, and conflict resolution may all be witness to the presence and power of God working in the lives of believers. Prayers are answered and faith grows exponentially. When miracles happen it is natural to share the good news with everyone in our circle of friends. The word spreads, others with curiosity come to see and hear what incredible things are happening.
It is been said that we do not seek after signs, but we do seek the powerful witness of God’s Spirit and power working within. When God performs miracles we understand that is His work and His alone. It is beyond human ability to manufacture or manipulate. When the sign is undeniably supernatural there is a tremendous witness of God’s presence working in our midst.
Miracles, signs, and wonders lead others to believe, causing many more to experience the salvation message. Faith is the essential ingredient in our relationship with God. The writer of Hebrews said that, “He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). We know that, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). When the Word is preached and the accompanying signs are seen, faith arises in the hearts of those who have heard it and witnessed the miracle. Faith produces more faith and others are filled with His Holy Spirit.
The Spirit working in us and through us is God’s way of affirming our testimony and spreading His message. We should expect the accompanying signs and miracles as we obediently share the story of Jesus. We are not working alone. We are not responsible to produce faith or save anyone. It is God who works with us and it is His power that is mighty to save, transform, heal, and deliver. Paul said, “We are God’s fellow workers” (1 Corinthians 3:9), and, “If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). We are not working on our own strength or dependent on our own abilities. God is with us and with Him, “All things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Followers of Jesus have seen incredible miracles take place from biblical days in the Book of Acts to the local Pentecostal churches in our cities. We pray in faith knowing that Jesus is able to do anything we ask. We trust in Him to do what only He can and we simply speak His Word. It is as though Jesus was right there waiting for us to ask and ready to do amazing things in response to our requests. Jesus said, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14).
We have an assurance that Jesus is with us and His supernatural signs will accompany us. Whatever the challenge or obstacle, those who come believing in Christ and expressing faith in Him will receive what He has promised. It’s time to trust Him!
“How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord …, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit?” (Hebrews 2:3–4).