Good News For The Last Days

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Miracles are for the hungry. 

You are a candidate for miracles.

You are a candidate to receive and work miracles.

“Miracles occur when the faith of man intersects with the ability of God.”

Miracles are not the exclusive purview of the seasoned believer.

I encourage new Christians to start their walk with God by asking Him to do the supernatural.

Why?  It is impossible to continue in the right way without starting in the right way.

John 2:1 in the New King James Version says:

“Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there.”

It did not take long before one happened.

Jesus did not have to spend years "working up to it."

Jesus worked His first miracle in the third day of His public ministry.

John 2:2 in the New King James Version says:

“. . .and Jesus and his followers were also invited to the wedding.  “

Jesus did not do away with society.

Jesus came to sanctify human society.

We can best evangelize those whom we know.

Jesus and His disciples were present to bless the wedding.

John 2:3 in the New King James Version says:

“When all the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."  

The Jewish wedding is a typology of heaven.

The Jewish wedding accommodated only invited guests.

One day Jesus will call forth with an invitation only to the invited guests.

The Jewish wedding lasted several days, "Until Daddy's money runs out."

The Church will be then be found attending a wedding which will last forever because Daddy's money will never run out!

John 2:4 in the New King James Version says:

“Jesus answered, "Dear woman, why come to me? My time has not yet come."

Try not to be too surprised...I do not agree with conventional wisdom concerning this verse.

Scholars have long taught that Mary was unable to direct Jesus in the affairs of the flesh. 

Because of this they say we should not attempt to direct Him concerning our needs.

I heartily disagree.  It was not the position of Mary as the Mother of Jesus that brought results. 

Supernatural results came because Mary released her faith and Jesus responded accordingly even though the scripture tells us He told His mother His time had not yet come.

John 2:5 in the New King James Version says:

“His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you to do."

Jesus corrected His mother with the statement, "It is not time for me to work miracles, Mom!"

However, Mary had confidence that Jesus would respond to her request and instructed the servants to do as Jesus directed.

John 2:6-7 in the New King James Version says:

“In that place there were six stone water jars that the Jews used in their washing ceremony. Each jar held about twenty or thirty gallons.   7 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled the jars to the top.”

Preparation is a key in receiving a miracle.

If you believe financial abundance is coming, open a bank account.

If you believe God desires to help you get a new automobile, buy some car wax.

If you believe God will help you lose weight and feel better, buy a new pair of pants or get out the old one you want to fit into again ...get ready!

John 2:8 in the New King James Version says:

“Then he said to them, "Now take some out and give it to the master of the feast."

The works of Jesus can stand scrutiny.

Jesus had the wine taken to the person in charge of the feast.

He was willing for His works to be evaluated and subsequently validated.

If you believe you have received a physical miracle, expect your physician to validate it.

John 2:8-10 in the New King James Version says:

“So they took the water to the master. 9 When he tasted it, the water had become wine. He did not know where the wine came from, but the servants who had brought the water knew. The master of the wedding called the bridegroom10 and said to him, "People always serve the best wine first. Later, after the guests have been drinking awhile, they serve the cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine till now."

The servants took the water to be evaluated by the master of the wedding.

The master pointed out that the bridegroom usually serves the best wine first.

As the guests drink to the point of satisfaction the later "rounds" are served with inferior wine.

What a picture of days to come:  Our Lord Jesus is saving His best blessings for the last days of the church.

Even if you have been drinking in His best blessings for a while now, there is more for you. 

Get ready for better things.  As time winds down, the best is yet to come!

On April 21st and 22nd of last year Bev and I did a two-part teaching entitled “7 Lessons From The First Miracle.”  As I was preparing this teaching I felt stirred to share those seven lessons with you.

# 1     When A Need Arises. . .Don’t Panic.

When the storms of life are swirling around you. . .don’t panic. . .turn to Jesus.

# 2     Be Specific In Your Request.

Do you want a raise?  How much?  When do you want the raise to become effective?

Do you want a new car?  What make and model?  What color interior?  Do you want leather or cloth seats?  What toys (electronic gadgets) do you want on your car?

Our God is a God of specificity which is why you must be specific in your miracle prayer request.

# 3     Understand What You’re Capable Of.

When Jesus arrived at the Wedding Feast at Cana. . .His mother approached him with the news that the host was out of wine.

Mary clearly understood who her son was. . .and what He could do.

The question today is. . .do we understand who we are. . .and what we can do through His direction and with His power?

 # 4    Start With What You’ve Got

John 5:6 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Now there were six waterpots of stone standing there, as the Jewish custom of purification (ceremonial washing) demanded, holding twenty to thirty gallons apiece.”

Water weighs eight pounds to the gallon so. . .the waterpots would weigh between 160 and 240 pounds based on the scripture.

The scripture says they were used for “the Jewish custom of purification (ceremonial washing). 

Water is used to cleanse not only literally. . .but spiritually as well.

Ephesians 5:26 says:

“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.”

# 5     Jesus Treated What He Had Available As What He Desired And That’s How the Water Becomes Wine.

Jesus treated what He had. . .the water. . .of which, He had an existing abundance. . .as the desired supply of what He wanted. . .the wine. 

He didn’t complain. . .He didn’t question. . .He didn’t make excuses. . .He used what He had to manifest what He desired.

We should do no less. . .in our daily lives.

Each of us have the God-given ability to perform at a level you never previously thought possible.

Romans 12:6 in The Living Bible says:

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well….”

Personalize the scripture:

“God has given <<YOUR NAME>> the ability to do certain things well….”

Start with what you have. . .where you are. . .and make the best of it.

# 6     Don’t Talk About What Your Going To Do. . .Do It.

John 2:7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Jesus said to them, Fill the waterpots with water. So they filled them up to the brim.”

Jesus gave specific directions to the servants.  He didn’t just tell the servants to fill the waterpots. . .He instructed them to fill the waterpots to the brim with water.

When you begin to take action with what you’ve got. . .there is a spiritual dynamic set into motion.

Start with what you have. . .Praise God for it. . .then take action.

# 7     The Last Is The Best

The water had turned into wine but nobody knew it. . .until the servants drew it out and took it to governor of the feast.

The superintendent of the banquet wanted everyone to know. . .that the best wine had been saved for the last.

By the way, it was the best wine. . .not the kind you find at the 7-11 but the very best.

If we want miracle manifestation in our lives. . .we must give Him our very best and then expect His best.