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Does God Perform Miracles?
By Brian Price 9/4/2012

"15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen." - Mark 16:15-20

Now we read here in the gospel of Mark that God said to his disciples to preach the gospel. And he said that these signs would follow. Now, always when we have miracles of God, it's always going to be the word of God first, and then the miracles. Jesus said in reference to the doubters and unbelievers:

"22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause." - John 15:22-25

As you can see from this text, Jesus said "If I had not spoken unto them," and then he said, "If I had not done among them the works." So we see that its first the word of God, and then the miracles. It is always going to be the word of God first and then the miracles.

Because if people do not believe the word of God, then they are not going to believe the miracles which he sends. Miracles only help to confirm the word of God. They do not serve exclusively apart from the word of God. You cannot have miracles without the word of God. The whole purpose of miracles is for men to believe the word of God.

Abraham, in the parable that Jesus gave of Lazarus and the rich man, said, "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." - Luke 16:31

Now, that being said, Moses and the prophets is the Old Testament. And basically, what he was saying was, If they do not hear the Bible, if they do not listen to the word of God, they're not going to be convinced of its claims, even though God were to perform such a miracle as raising someone from the dead.

Now I can attest to miracles in my own life. I have personally had experiences in my own life, which if you are a skeptic, you are not going to believe. You are just going to think that I am lying. But nevertheless, I have experienced miracles.

And I'll just briefly touch on one of them, and if I have time, I'll get into the other one.

If you read in Matthew 18, Jesus says this,

"18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." - Matthew 18:18-20

Now Jesus very plainly promises to grant us our requests. And the condition is, "...if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." And then Jesus goes on to give other conditions in other parts of the Bible, such as according to his will, asking in his name, etc., etc.

Now there was a time in my life before my current spouse, where I was involved with a woman. And her name was Michelle. We were discussing our future, and she was telling me that she wanted to go into the military. She wanted to join the Marine Corps.

I thought that was a bad idea. And so I told her, "I don't you should do that. I think that's a bad idea." She said, "I don't care. I'm going to do it anyway." I said, "Okay. I can't stop you. But I will pray for you."

And that is exactly what I did. So I called up my friend Jason. He's one of my best friends. And he's a saved individual. I said, "Jason I need a favor. Michelle is trying to join the Marine Corps, and I don't think that's a good idea. Would you please pray with me the prayer of agreement?" At this point when I was asking him, I was basically just asking to pray with me that God would kick her out. So he said, "Sure I will do that." So we both got on our knees and prayed. We prayed for about a week or so.

And we prayed that God would, basically kick her out of boot camp. At this point, she had already been in for about 3 weeks. I had not spoken to her for about 3 weeks time.

So on one particular night, before I went to bed (I have a normal routine where I get on my knees and pray right before bed), and so in this particular night, I specifically opened the Bible to Matthew chapter 18, and I prayed, "God, your word says that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be down for them of my Father which is in heaven. Now God, me and Jason are asking that you would please kick Michelle out of the Marine Corps. I don't want her joining that. And I just ask it in Jesus name."

And when I prayed that, I went to bed, and before I could fall asleep, my phone rang.

And do you know who it was? It was Michelle.

I had not spoken to Michelle for about 3 weeks. She was in boot camp at this time. She said, "Brian, you are not going to believe this, but they are sending me home."

I said, "They're sending you home? What are you talking about?"

She said, "They're sending me home. They're kicking me out. They said that I'm not fit for the Marine Corps."

And I said, "You're kidding!" Of course, silently and in my heart, I was rejoicing and I was thanking God.

Long story short, she ended up getting sent home. And from that moment on (I'll never forget that), that right there was a miracle that served a purpose that confirmed to me exactly what God said.

"If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it." That's what Jesus promises. Anything, anything, anything.

Now the conditions are according to his will. Nevertheless, he promised to do anything that we as Christians will ask him. And so God was true to his word, and he granted me this request. And he did it in such a time frame as to show me that he has all power. And so God does perform miracles. So that's a personal testimony of my own.

I say all that to say that God does perform miracles. He does it #1 after the word of God. You see, God will always give the word of God first, and then he will perform the miracle. God said to Moses, "Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you." - Exodus 3:14

And so Moses basically replied with "What if they don't believe me?" (Exodus 4:1)

And so God told him that these signs would go with him. And some of those signs were a leprous hand. He would put his hand into his bosom, and pull it back out, and it would become leprous. And he would put hand back into his bosom, and pull it back out, and it would become normal flesh again. (Exodus 4:6-7)

The other sign was the staff. He would throw the staff down and it would become a snake. (vs. 3).

The thing about miracles is that, you see, the priests of Egypt could also do miracles. So when Moses went to Pharaoh and told him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, Pharaoh said, No, and who is the LORD? So Moses, when he threw his staff down, it became a serpent. But you see the priests of Egypt, they also did that. When they threw down their staffs, they became serpents as well.

So we can conclude from this illustration that, you see, the powers of darkness also can perform miracles. However, they are very limited. Because if we read further on, in that same story, we see that the staffs of the priests of Egypt were swallowed up by Moses' staff. So God, his miracles are much greater. God is much more powerful.

And let me talk briefly about the finger of God. "The finger of God" is only mentioned twice in the Bible. Once in the book of Exodus, and once in the book of Luke.

And in the book of Exodus, when Moses was performing miracles, he brought forth lice by the power of God. And the priests of Egypt tried to do the same thing, but they couldn't. And then they said, "This is the finger of God," (Exodus 8:19).

And the time when it is mentioned in the book of Luke, was when Jesus was casting out devils. He said, "But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." (Luke 11:20) So I think one of the strongest miracles that God gives is casting out devils. And Jesus also said, "And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out?" (vs. 19)

The answer is, by the name of Jesus. Jesus said that these signs would follow, "...they shall cast out devils IN MY NAME." So when people cast out demons, its only by the name of Jesus. It's nothing else. And this is the finger of God.

So God does perform miracles. You can look up exorcisms and read about it. And if you don't think he does, then fine. But nevertheless, I am giving you a personal testimony. And I am attesting to the fact that God does perform miracles. He's done it in my own life. He's done it in many of our lives, those of us who are saved.

The greatest miracle of all is that of a resurrection. You see, every Christian you see is a resurrected person.

And how so?

Because the Bible says, "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins." - Ephesians 2:1

You see, Abraham said, that if they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead. Even though Christians are risen from the deadness of sins, people still will not believe. They still will not repent.

You see, I used to be in bondage to things like cursing, and anger, and lust. All of these things held me in bondage, but Jesus set me free. "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." - John 8:36

Perhaps you too are in bondage to sins like I was. Did you know Jesus is the only one who can set you free? No one else can. Why don't you trust in him today?

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