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Isaiah 65:17-21
Psalm 30
John 4:43-54

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i believe in miracles

"Jesus told him, 'Return home. Your son will live." —John 4:50

Do you believe in miracles? I did when I was a kid. Then I got more sophisticated. Actually I got hurt and spent time weaving theories around my pain. That was called "education." When I became "learned and clever," so many things, including miracles, were hidden from me and revealed to the "merest children" (Lk 10:21). I was now secularized. I reasoned that miracles happened rarely, if ever. This reasoning caused miracles to happen rarely.

I finally repented of a life devoid of faith and therefore of miracles. I repented of stifling the Spirit (1 Thes 5:19). I let the Bible speak for itself. I no longer insisted on screening God's works through my human intellect. At that point, the miracles of the Bible began to happen in my life. Children in intensive care were miraculously healed (Jn 4:47ff). "The blind recover their sight, cripples walk, lepers are cured, the deaf hear, dead men are raised to life, and the poor have the Good News preached to them" (Mt 11:5).

Now I believe in miracles. I believe in healings and deliverance. Most of all, I believe in Easter, the resurrection, the miracle of miracles. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Heb 13:8).

Prayer:  Lord, create new heavens and a new earth. May the things of the past "not be remembered or come to mind" (Is 65:17).

Promise:  "They shall live in the houses they build, and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant." —Is 65:21

Praise:  Someone brought the word of God to James in prison and it changed his life.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape I Believe in Miracles on audio AV 63-3 or video V-63.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 16, 2005

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