Posts Tagged ‘Miracles’


Deuteronomy 10 (NLT) “At that time the LORD said to me, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. Also make a wooden Ark—a sacred chest to store them in. Come up to me on the mountain, and I will write on the tablets the same words that were on the ones you smashed. Then place the tablets in the Ark.’… “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good… “For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. You must fear the LORD your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone. He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes. When your ancestors went down into Egypt, there were only seventy of them. But now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky!

After falling so many times as a nation, it is amazing that God still wants to bless Israel with Himself. Is there more to this than meets the eye? (more…)


Exodus 11:1-2,4-7,9 Now the LORD had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold”… So Moses said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel… The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”

This is probably the shortest chapter in Exodus and for good reason too. It is the last warning threatening the greatest genocide known to man and yet Pharaoh decides not to give in.

How hard could Pharaoh’s heart be that he was not able to see the destruction around him and why does God continue to permit suffering? (more…)


Exodus 7:1,3,4,7,10-13,20 Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet… But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites… Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh… So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said… Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt. But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.

God eventually does get across to Moses and Aaron and gets them to follow his direction. Not sure about your thoughts but I keep wondering why God would harden Pharaoh’s heart and make the situation harder for the Israelites? (more…)


Acts 8:5-8, 26-27, 38b-40
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. So there was great joy in that city…Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians…Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

The book of Acts gives us a sense of how the Church exploded after Jesus’ resurrection. Nothing was the same and followers of Christ were doing things that were not of them. Philip seems to be the man of action mentioned throughout this chapter and he was involved in some real mystifying acts like healing people with evil spirits inside of them, healing cripples and paralytics and even disappearing after baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch who accepted Christ. What is God speaking to us today through this passage?

For many weeks, a dear friend of mine has been plagued by a rasping cough. It’s trying and hard when the medication he has been taking has had no effect and his faith is being challenged. It is at times such as these when one doubts why the Lord permits suffering in the lives of his cherished and those living far from God seem to be in bliss. The reality is that like Philip, we are called to serve God regardless of when and where and we should consider it a privilege to serve for the salvation we have received from the Lord. Philip was not acting in his strength but through the Holy Spirit at work in him. The Lord works in mysterious ways when we submit to his will and we need to pray for humble hearts that we might serve faithfully and God is glorified through our lives.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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John 11:47-52
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

A long while back, I had this deep desire to write about my interpretation of God’s work in and through time and space in the form of a tapestry. This was a really big tapestry with fine colors, intricate patterns, many stories etched in every inch of the painting but all adding up to an awesome image of perfectness and the painter was God himself. What I found most interesting was that the darker colors seemed to try to eclipse the lighter pastel shades but somehow the lighter ones were so beautiful that they were well contrasted by the overwhelming darks. God works through all of Satan’s attempts to distort humanity and achieves something far more beautiful. None of this might make sense to you but in today’s passage, it just came back to me again.

Caiaphas spoke words that were ill meant and intended death and destruction to Jesus but to Caiaphas’ dismay, Jesus was Lord over life and death and no act of man could destroy the creator himself. The only hope we as humans have in making our lives purposeful here on earth and then enjoying eternity in God’s presence is through a sacrifice that is pure and perfect, none other than Jesus Christ himself. We need to stop fretting about Satan’s damage and start focusing on Jesus. He has won the battle and we just need to give him glory and ask for his direction every step of our way.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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John 10:40-42
Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus.

At times, I wonder if this ministry God has called me to is blessing anyone as I seldom hear back from readers and I sometimes let self-doubt creep in about whether the Lord really called me to this mission. Today morning was one of those days and I found it so encouraging to read the passage above. John the Baptist came into this world just prior to Jesus to make clear the path for the Son of God to minister to the lost. John’s life was cut short by a violent end when he was beheaded for speaking out against the ruler’s marriage to his own brother’s wife.

During John’s ministry, several of his disciples left him to follow Jesus and I wonder if John had feeling of self doubt about whether he was serving God faithfully but because of him, many thousands followed Christ and in the centuries to follow, people continue to be inspired by his life and are directed to Christ through his service to the Lord. Sometimes we try to measure our service to God through the world’s standards and that’s when we go off the path. We need to serve God and let God chose how he wants to use our willing service for his glory. In this passage, Jesus spoke to those John had ministered to and the fruit of that ministry came when the Lord spoke to them. I hope you are encouraged like I am that we are to serve the King of Kings without measuring the success or counting the loss for it is to God’s glory and that is what matters.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Christmas Lights


John 7:1-10
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. You go to the Feast. I am not yeta going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.” Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

After the miraculous conversion of water to wine as requested by his mother Mary, Jesus is now forced to go to the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles in Judea by his own brothers. This is the 2nd record of him being forced into doing something that he felt not led to as his time had not yet come. However, again Jesus goes to Judea and ministers to the people there but at the cost of nearly loosing his life. What is the issue Jesus has with going out and showing himself as the messiah? Why are his family finding it difficult to believe in him? What in all this is the Lord saying to us??

It is obvious that at the time, Jesus’s brothers did not believe him or his claim that he was the son of God. They were trying to test him and thought he was holding back because he was not sure. However, for Jesus, things were not the same. His intention was not to have the world make a mockery and spectacle of him. He came to save the lost and not entertain the crowds. He knew his time was short because his ministry was not going to something the world loved but hated because he came to show the world how desperately their situation was and how he was the only hope for them. In our lives, what are we seeking from Jesus? Are we looking for a miracle worker, a wise man who can give us good counsel, a famous personality we can associate with or are we seeking to find hope in a hopeless world? Jesus wants to help only those who want help and I hope this morning, you are woken up to this fact that the messiah is here and waiting for you to put your trust in him completely.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Beachside Beggar


John 5:24-27
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

Before I start the devotional every morning, I spend some time in prayer and the Lord lays on my heart his wisdom to discern what to pen. Sometimes I wish I was given wisdom on things other than salvation because it seems like that is a “common” topic but I realize after reflecting on the gospels that it is the topic Jesus came to share with our broken world because that was his sole purpose. The miracles, the heady knowledge of God’s ways, his character, etc. are not what matters as much as the truth of who he is, what he came to do, what is that to us and what our future holds.

When we consider the life of the invalid man who sat beside the pool of Bethesda, pity is the first thought that comes to mind. 38 yeas is not a short period of time to wait to be healed and chances are that he might never have been healed if Jesus did not visit him that day. Repeatedly Jesus ministers to the broken and suffering and not to the content people. This is because the content don’t have a need of him and live in oblivion to the pain faced by the world. The suffering and broken, as most of us are, are those who have reached a point in their struggle – physically, emotionally, intellectually, etc. – where nothing of this world can help. Jesus reminds us again and again that he is the only balm that will fix us and our issues. No matter how big or small our issues are, he will heal us, grant us new lives, a passport to eternal life with him and real meaning and purpose. Are you willing to call on him? Do you need prayer? It would be my privilege to pray with and for you as I always do and I hope today you meet you savior in spirit and truth!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Road to New Pastures


Mark 5:2,3,12,13a,25,27,29,41,42a
When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain… The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs… a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years… When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak… Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering… He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!”. Immediately the girl stood up and walked around.

Every morning before I read the word, I spend time in prayer and I often reflect on the word as not just God’s word for me and you today but as words that are life giving, life altering and life transforming. Chance and luck are words often used to give hope to people because there are things outside of our control and we know we cannot exercise control over those things. Like when someone is going for an exam, they are told best of luck as if they would only do better by luck and not effort. I am guilty of this too because these are common statements that are part of our vocabulary and we need to get rid of it.

In today’s passage (a mish-mash of verses from Chapter 5) it is evident how Jesus was not only a miracle worker but that his dominion was over the forces of evil and even over death, something only God can do. You might wonder what faith it is that these people exercised to have Jesus work such miracles in their lives but there is no special something they did which we cannot do. All of the seekers were genuine in their need and they all went to Jesus knowing he is able. For Jesus, being the Son of God, all things are possible and when we completely submit our pains, needs and problems to him, he choses to bless us in ways he sees fit. Sometimes with healing, sometimes with patience, sometimes with silence but every time in ways that are his and not ours. Next time you want to wish someone, wish them God’s blessing and then pray for their need. Lets be prayer warriors to permit God to continue to work miraculously in our broken world. Are you up to the challenge?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

Light at the End of the Tunnel

 

 


Matthew 8:3,10,14-15,26,32
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy… When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith… When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him… “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm… He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.

The passages I chose today may not make sense in a single read but I hope you will read the entire chapter 8 to make sense of it. The reason I took snippets is to show you the thought I had when I read this chapter. First observation is that Jesus performed so many miracles and that’s no surprise. It says in verse 17, ‘this was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”’ I am certain there were so many touched and healed that the writers of the gospels couldn’t record everyone of them but the ones we read have something in common.

Jesus dint walk up to every sick and demon possessed person and heal them. He healed those in need of healing when they displayed their faith in his power and the need for saving. The leper, the centurion, Peter’s mother (Even though not shown but her service later shows her faith), the storm (This was to show those in the boat their lack of faith in him) and the demon possessed men. Again we learn today that what Christ wants from us is that we entrust our all to him and he will work through our brokenness. When we come to realize that it is not us and our medicines and our wisdom but that we are helpless without him, then our call to him is answered, if it is his will. Following Christ is to loose one’s self and if you are willing, then only should you call him Master or Adonai.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet