Miracles attract attention.
Miracles point the sincere to Jesus.
Miracles lead the lost to their Savior.
Miracles are often verbally desired but seldom spiritually expected.
There is no such thing as a surprise miracle. . .you believe for it. . .pray for it and yes, you must expect it to manifest.
We must place our focus and expectation on miracle manifestation. We must always be ready for a defining moment. . .so we never let it passes us by.
Here are seven keys for your miracle focus.
First, be ready to seize your miracle opportunity.
Acts 14:8-9 in the New King James Version says:
“And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple
from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. 9 This man heard Paul speaking. . .”
This man was from a pagan culture and had no background in the things of God.
We’re not sure how old he was. . .just he had been crippled since his birth. He lived the life of a beggar.
But one day, he heard something that changed everything. He heard the voice of someone who could change his life forever.
When was the last time you heard a voice that could change your life forever? Was it the words of your pastor last Sunday. . .perhaps a preacher on TV. . .a podcast or CD you listened to. . .the voice of a friend or just the inner voice of the Holy Spirit telling you it’s now your time. . .for a miracle breakthrough?
The real question is. . .are we ready to receive our defining moment when it appears? Are we focused on receiving our miracle?
Acts 3:19 in the Message Bible says:
“Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus.”
The Greek word for time in this verse is G2540 Kairos which is used 81 times in the King James Version of the Bible and it means;
“due time, right time, opportune or seasonable time, the right moment” or a time-stopping significant event.
Are you ready?
Second, is your miracle focus evident?
Acts 14:9-10 in the New King James Version says:
“. . .Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!”
Paul discerned that the man believed the Gospel.
Do the things we say and do. . .indicate we’re focused on our miracle?
Is that focus evident by the life we lead and the words we speak?
Sensing active faith, Paul commanded the man to stand.
Psalm 77:14 in The Living Bible says:
“You are the God of miracles and wonders! You still demonstrate your awesome power.”
Third, act on your miracle.
Acts 14:10 in the New King James Version concludes by saying:
“. . .And he leaped and walked.”
He acted in faith and had reason to celebrate.
This unnamed man received a creative miracle into his body.
His response was that of a thankful heart demonstrating God's work.
If the man had thought or said. . .’I’ve been crippled all my life … nothing ever seems to change’. . . he would still have been setting there after Paul left.
God calls on people to take a step of faith so that miracles will take manifest in their lives.
When Jesus said he would heal someone…he often used the Greek word ther-a-pay -o (sounded out for you) from which we get the word therapy.
Jesus would “therapy” them or require them to participate themselves… like “reach out your hand” or “go wash in the pool.”
In the same way, many scriptures require that we first do something, before we receive the promise of God.
Jesus tells the nobleman with a dying child to go His way…the man believed and went home to see his child healed…
Are we willing to act on our miracle?
John 4: 49-51 says:
“The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.”
Fourth, know that it’s not you but Him who performs miracles.
Acts 14:11-13 in the New King James Version says:
“Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, intending to sacrifice with the multitudes.”
The desire for a supernatural relationship with God resides within the heart of every human.
The Lycaonian's were involved in pagan religions that promised supernatural things but failed to deliver supernatural results.
The people of our day are no different. The forays into occult practices are a cry for the Church to manifest the power of God.
Standard Christianity is to be a life of signs, wonders and miracles.
Through our demonstrated faith we can be used of God to lead unbelievers into the Kingdom of God.
Fifth, persecution may precede your miracle.
Acts 14:19 in the New King James Version says:
“Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.”
Paul had stirred the anger of the Jews in Antioch and Iconium by preaching salvation by grace through faith in Jesus.
His demonstration of the power of the resurrected Christ by the working of miracles left the spiritually bankrupt religious leaders baffled and enraged.
Hearing of the move of God in Lystra, they came to the town and stirred anger against Paul and this "new religion."
The Jews dragged Paul outside the city, stoned him and left him for dead.
As you focus on your miracle . . .you may come under persecution and doubt. But in the midst of the ridicule . . .stay focused on the manifestation of your miracle.
Sixth, resurrect dead situations.
Acts 14:20 in the New King James Version says:
“However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.”
A close reading of the Greek reveals they left Paul for dead because he was.
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for rose up is G450 and it means:
“to cause to rise up, raise up, to raise up from the dead”
On 40 of the occasions where this particular word is used in the New Testament each time. . .it’s a direct link to resurrection.
Visualize something in your mind's eye. How many times have we gathered in a circle to pray for a suffering believer?
Honestly, before today I did not realize this was more than just a nice thing but a valid Bible practice from ancient days.
Barnabas and the disciples gathered in a circle around Paul, called his spirit back to his body, and the great apostle rose up.
We all know people with a need. Who and what can we encircle by faith?
My faith is set for dead situations to receive newness of life.
Seventh, what is your miracle focus for today?
I’m firmly convinced that God has even greater miracles and memories for today. . .available to each of us. . .but we must focus on our miracle.
Like I mentioned earlier, there is no such thing as a surprise miracle. We pray for it. . .plan for it. . .believe it’s going to happen. . .and happen soon!
We serve a right now God. . .wanting to manifesting His power TODAY.
Yes, we should stir our faith and the faith of others by the recounting of our Lord's miracles. But, we must be expecting miracles "in the moment"...this moment. . .our defining moment.
Acts 5:12 in the New King James Version says:
“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. . .”
I encourage you to write down the areas of your life where you need miracle manifestation. Let them become a great. . .daily. . .miracle focus and confession in your life. And you will receive them.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS