John 7:38) “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.“
- 1 Peter 3:15) “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:“
Many say that miracles and supernatural manifestations were only for the early Church time, because the dispensation was different. Well yes, the Apostles had a different gifts, but that does not mean that we were not given the authority as well. All scripture is given and is profitable, and as God doesn’t change then neither does His Word as it is from Him. We in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ can heal and help and cast out devils and all sorts of things, but the thing in how it works is in the attitude of the heart. This is where the Charismatics go wrong, they just look at the ability and not where it is coming from, as we see for example in (John 15:7) “IF” ye abide (to live in completely) in me, “AND” my words (all scripture) abides (lives in) you – THEN ask (2 Chronicles 7:14) what ye will (Mark 11:22-24) and it shall be done unto you (James 1:6-7 / Psalms 66:18 / Proverbs 28:9)
It comes down to absolute belief and obedient trust – (Isaiah 7:9) “…If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.“
- Colossians 4:2-6) “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.“
Consider salvation, the same faith you have in Christ to be saved, you place the exact same faith in the rest of the story as completely literal and true. The Sea actually split, the jar of oil really did not run out, the dead actually came to life, the iron axe head actually floated, the staff of Moses actually turned into a snake, Jesus and Peter actually walked on water…..and these actually happened in our world for real. We say we believe these things, but sometimes we don’t really think about this as actually being real world literal, and we can sometimes push it back in our minds and forget the literality of it all. Actual supernatural miracles are 100% literal and possible, God doesn’t change, His workings don’t change, and we were ONLY told that Prophecies (“fore-telling” – like OT prophets), words of knowledge (new revelations and teachings from God), and Tongues would cease, nothing else – now think about that.
- 1 Corinthians 13:8-10) “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.“
So does that then mean that “according to your faith be it unto you” is how this is limited? How we view that God is able? The thing is that all this is not of us and our abilities do not limit the abilities of Christ, we have nothing to do with the manifestation of the gifts, we only speak as the Spirit gives us utterance. As we see in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 all things come from the Spirit of God and He is the one that guides us in the moment as He sees fit, He gives us the words and guides our steps as He directs.
John 14:26) “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.“
For example the Charismatics and Continuationists are close, very close, they have great belief in the possibility, but they miss the entire point of Fundamental Doctrinal study and belief, and the Cessationistic Fundamentalist has great Biblical knowledge but lacks the belief of faith in the miraculous. But, If we can couple these 2 things together we then find the full Key to unlocking this mystery. Many want the benefits of God without having to work for it – I mean work as in obedience as in the verses I cited above from Psalms and whatnot. The Key when you combine the 2 is “Dying to Self” becoming that which the Lord can fully posses (Proverbs 8:22), and He is able to work through us without hindrance.A great explanation I once read on this is –
- “The Father sits on His throne and has no need of a body, the Son is by His right hand and already has a body and has no need of a further body, but the Holy Spirit indwells the believers and has need of a body – will we give Him ours?“
Being able to be completely used and directed, so that we don’t need to worry or doubt anything we say or pray, because the Spirit will give us the words with which to say in the moment and He will teach us to pray as we ought, and the steps of a righteous man will be guided – because we are praying without ceasing, loving the Lord with ALL our hearts, soul, mind, and strength……nothing is left of ourselves, and thusly we become “channels” through which God can work freely. It is not ourselves that decrees or declares but God through us, it’s not our ability or powers it’s God through us, it’s not us teaching and preaching but the Spirit through us……this is what the charismatics, continuationists, and cessationists don’t understand, it’s right in the middle. It’s all the knowledge and doctrine and obedience, coupled with absolute belief in the supernatural.
God is a person, with emotions, personal attributes, and characteristics. God is personal and desires a close relationship with each of us, and those closest to Him are able to manifest aspects of that relationship. The devotional life is the time we spend in communication, discussion, and building a life with the person of God. Flippancy, religiosity, and traditionalizing this relationship is irreverent and disrespectful to the person of God – if we were to treat our spouses and loved ones as many treat God, how well do you think those relationships would last? Not long I presume, so therefore we must remember (Isaiah 62:6-7) the reality of God and His ways as literal person and treat Him as such. This is will ward off apathy and forgetfulness and stop the “mystic spirit of religiosity” from overtaking our relationship.
The physical reality is putty that is molded by the hands of praying faith, and the spiritual reality is more real than the physical. God is not held to the laws of physics and neither should our thinking. The Sea is not supposed to split, the dead are not supposed to be raised, and people are not supposed to be able to walk on water. This is why Christ said “whatsoever ye desire, ask” because when we are living in complete communion with the Lord, our asking will be in line with His because the Spirit of God then is telling us what to ask. What is the will of God? (John 6:28-29 and 39-40) that you would believe on Christ. When you believe on Christ with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength out of you will flow “springs of living water” (the good works and righteous desires) and naturally instinctively you will desire the things of God and naturally instinctively hate the things He hates (Hebrews 1:9).
(Isaiah 55:11) His word is absolute, doesn’t change, it is above His very name, and is preserved unto ALL GENERATIONS (Psalms 12:6-7). So why would the abilities of God not be for today? Nowhere does God clarify that that’s the case, but again only that Prophecies (fore-telling, OT prophet types) and Tongues would cease. His word will go forth and accomplish all that it is sent to – so when we are walking completely sold out to the Lord, in full faith, prayer, and obedience to all His word and ways, the Spirit of God will tell us what to “declare/decree” and it will be so. Everything He says and does is in line with His word, and is not for just our satiation and such, but is for proving His ability and reality for the unsaved. Miracles are for 2 things, the exhortation of the Saints, and for helping, drawing, and showing the lost the 1 way 1 truth and 1 life in Christ.
It’s not even a question “are miracles for today” or “can they happen” but rather the question is “Is God able to use you to do it?” – and the follow up is “What could cause Him to not be able to use you?“. It comes down to obedience, love, and complete blind faith in Him. Like Daniel in the lions den, the burning fiery furnace, Peter on the water, the leper before Christ, or even the odd miracle we may see today – God is able to do above and beyond all that we can do or think, so obey Him and ask (whatsoever ye desire, during complete penitence, obedience, and love) –
- “those who honor me, I will honor“
God can part the Sea today, move the Mountain literally, and is able to heal. God is able, and He is only looking for those who will stand up and Be Able to be used by God so that it can be done. Those who did such things in time past were the Prophets, Apostles, Disciples, and Saints of God who preached, taught, and demonstrated full obedience and love of the Lord according to full doctrine and righteousness of God. There was no watering down, flippancy, or half measure with them.